11 September, 2020


Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

Once again, students in Year 3-5 have the opportunity to take part in the online Bebras Computational Thinking Team Challenge.

This is an international initiative, sponsored locally by the CSIRO and the Australian Government, that is free for all students to take part in.

The challenge promotes the development of problem-solving skills and requires students to break down tasks into smaller components.

Attention to detail is crucial, with not rushing the key to success.

It will be held at a time convenient for each class group at some point over the next two weeks in classrooms. Students’ privacy is maintained through the use of pseudonyms.

Students can access past challenges freely through this link if they would like to.

Marissa Saville
Primary Coordinator


Education Outdoors

Learning in outdoor environments both on and off-campus has continued this term on a ‘day trip’ basis while overnight programs are still on hold due to COVID protocols.

Bush Learning visits to Scotch Oakburn Park Wetlands for Early Learning Erina students and trekking in the Gorge for Prep students have been part of this.

Year 1 had a full-day program at the Valley Campus this week and Year 4 will have a hiking day at Liffey Falls in the last week of the term.

In Term 4 Year 3 will have a full-day program at the Valley Campus on 20 October and Year 2 will walk in the Trevallyn Reserve 30 October.

Full details of individual programs are sent in advance to all families with students in the relevant year group and class teachers are able to provide any additional information needed.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School



Junior School House Athletics is on the calendar in September-October for all Years 2-5 students. HPE classes this term have included a focus on athletics skills and House Trials are scheduled at Scotch Oakburn Park during the last two weeks of this term.

On Thursday 15 October the House Carnival will be held at Scotch Oakburn Park. With ongoing COVID-19 protocols still in place, the change of venue for the carnival, in conjunction with a modified program, will allow spectators to attend. Full details on the processes that will need to be followed will be forwarded to all Year 2-5 families shortly.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Vacation Care

Vacation Care will run from 8.00am -6.00pm each day Monday-Friday (apart from the Public Holiday on 8 October) during the coming two-week school holiday break.

This program is open to students currently attending Scotch Oakburn from Early Learning to Year 5.

Full details of the program and registration process will be available soon on the College website or can be sent to you from the Junior School Office or Outside School Hours Care Centre on request.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


Morning Arrivals

All families are reminded that morning arrival at school can be between 8.20am and 8.45am. This is the same for each of the designated entry gates around the Campus. Gates open at 8.20am and staff are at each drive-through zone from this time to meet students and bring them into classrooms.

It is important that students are not dropped off prior to 8.20am.  Any family needing an earlier school arrival time is able to utilise the Before School Care option from 7.30am. Registration by the previous day is needed for this and drop-off is at the Erina Street gate.  Full details are online or available by calling the Junior School Office.

While the current COVID-19 protocols for school drop-offs and pick-ups remain in place, parents are reminded that teachers can be contacted as needed via direct email or via the Junior School reception and where needed, meeting times can be arranged.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


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