14 02, 2020

Lifelong Learners in Action

2020-02-14T12:12:41+11:0014 February, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

Before the much-anticipated return of the students, all teaching staff spent four days the previous week engaging in professional learning (PL).  A variety of engaging opportunities were provided including team building activities connecting to some of the Round Square Discoveries, updates from the Principal, Marketing and Admissions and eServices, ‘PL snippets’ presented by other teachers, a fantastic guest speaker and collaborative meeting time.  Whilst all were valuable I want to focus on the ‘PL snippets’, which have been running for a few years now.  The focus for these is to share learning from one to others and they are […]

14 02, 2020

From the Junior School

2020-02-14T14:31:16+11:0014 February, 2020|Categories: Junior School|

Class meetings

Thank you to all parents who were able to attend this week’s class meetings for Prep, Year 1, Year 4 and Year 5 as we establish the all-important school-home learning partnership for 2020. If you were not able to attend, please feel welcome to contact your child’s class teacher for relevant information.

Next week (Tuesday 18 February) there will be class meetings for Year 2 (5.45pm-6.45pm) and Year 3 (6.45-7.45pm). The meetings commence in conneXions and include time in your child’s home classroom with the class teacher.


Literacy Learning

Literacy learning is a priority College focus right through the Junior School […]

14 02, 2020

6 weeks until Harvest Harmony

2020-02-14T14:30:13+11:0014 February, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

Six weeks until Harvest Harmony

Have you heard about Harvest Harmony?

The Elphin Campus is excited to celebrate our Round Square IDEALS through many fun, interactive activities in which everyone can be involved within a ‘fair type event’.

it is being held from 4.30pm on Thursday 26 March 2020.

Watch this space and keep an eye of the SOC Facebook page, but some of the activities planned are clay bead jewellery making, flag making, succulent potting and canvas bag painting. Of course, there will also be a jumping castle, face painting, crazy hair, virtual drumming […]

14 02, 2020

Round Square Conference 2020

2020-02-14T08:42:58+11:0014 February, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

We need families to host student delegates for the Round Square International Conference (RSIC2020), 18-23 September this year.

What is RSIC2020?

RSIC2020 is being hosted in Australia by Scotch Oakburn College, Ivanhoe Grammar in Melbourne and Ballarat Grammar. In total there will be 1200 delegates from 200 schools around the world.

All delegates will be aged 16-18 years, English speaking and excited to be here.

We are looking forward to welcoming 400 delegates (285 students & 125 adults) from 70 students in 24 countries.

What you’ll need to do

• Daily drop off and pick up (some early […]

13 02, 2020

Inspiration from Chris Duffy

2020-02-14T11:46:49+11:0013 February, 2020|Categories: Junior School|

Year 5 students found inspiration from Chris Duffy, co-founder of the Just Like Jack Foundation this week at Year 5 Leadership Day.

Chris spoke about the ability to solve problems, that true leadership is in the form of developing capacity, setting goals and being brave to change your leadership style to cater to the situation.  Chris inspired the Year 5 students, highlighting that through his life as a learner, a pilot, a teacher, an Armed Forces Squadron Leader, and a Fire and Rescue Leader he has had to overcome many problems.  He […]

13 02, 2020


2020-02-14T10:17:46+11:0013 February, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Round Square|

As a part of our Harvest harmony event at the Junior School, we are having a lamington fundraising drive for the College.

Lamingtons are a great idea for school lunches, afternoon teas, or desserts (sliced with jam and cream) and are able to be frozen and thawed quickly and conveniently.

You can order online via the link below. The form also includes details on when and how your order will be delivered.

Orders need to be completed by COB Wednesday 18 March 2020.

Thank you […]

12 02, 2020

East Launceston Junior Football

2020-02-14T14:22:44+11:0012 February, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

Our College is affiliated with East Launceston Football Club for playing football as a winter sport in Middle and Senior School (up to Under 16).  The club also has teams from Under 9 which many of our Junior School students are a part of, plus Auskick sessions.

The football season is fast approaching and pre-season training is starting soon (or has started for some age groups).

Please register now so your team manager can include you and your child in specific team information. Register @  www.register.eljfc.com.au

The season starts late March /early April, […]

11 02, 2020

Reducing separation anxiety in young children

2020-02-14T11:02:30+11:0011 February, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author:  Michael Grose


In the early years some clinginess, crying and tantrums are normal when a child is separating from parents. While a great deal of separation anxiety disappears with age, some young children will continue to experience anxiety when going to pre-school, child care or other care arrangements. This anxiety can be distressing for parents, and become an unnecessary source of guilt, further fuelling a child’s anxiety. Many children who experience separation anxiety are biologically predisposed to anxiousness, shying away from new or novel situations. Here are some ways to support an anxious child at drop-off:

Become practised at separations

Help […]

10 02, 2020

Community News

2020-02-14T14:32:29+11:0010 February, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

We are pleased to provide a community news section in our news highlighting events in the wider Launceston community that may be of interest to families. Included this week:

  • Messy Church – for all ages young and old
  • Northern Rangers Soccer U6-U16
  • Just Imagine Youth Drama School – 5-16 years

Go to Community News


7 02, 2020

Welcome to 2020

2020-02-07T12:20:45+11:007 February, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

Welcome back to school and to the 2020 academic year. There was certainly a great sense of excitement and a few nerves, understandably, on Monday morning as our students returned and our campuses once again felt like a school. In speaking to students and staff it seems that almost everyone did something exciting over the holidays and all are ready to begin the school year. Students and staff alike have returned with a positive approach to what promises to be a great year.

There are many new students and families, and some new staff members, at the College this year […]