FROM THE JUNIOR SCHOOL

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25 August, 2023

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Book Week 2023 – Read, Grow, Inspire!

The Elphin Campus has been transformed by the influence of Book Week in conneXions.  Congratulations to our conneXions team who have highlighted innovation and creativity in our World with Science Week and then transformed the space to inspire the celebration and excitement of Book Week!  Our community has been so fortunate to have visiting authors, illustrators and storytellers, the look of excitement and engagement on our students’ faces tells their story!

So many wonderful Buddy Class moments are showcased during Book Week, with older buddys role modelling the reading and exploring of written text with our beginning readers.

Book Week celebrations can come in many forms, from sharing your favourite book, talking to an author or experiencing a live drama show, they all connect us to the wonderful mindset of wonder and imagination.  What is so evident is that our Junior School students have wonderful imaginations, creativity and show joy in sharing and creating stories!  I encourage all families to ask creative questions to get the best response from our students about Book Week, and please feel free to explore conneXions during the week ahead as celebrations continue.

Learning in the community

I encourage all students to take opportunities and make the most of the chances that are presented to develop connections with peers and the community.  There are so many exciting moments ahead, including:

Book Week Celebrations – Dress Up Day, Thursday 31 August
Student Led Conferences
Inter-House Athletics Trials and Carnival in coming weeks
Seussical, the Musical – this week at the Princess Theatre, enjoy being in the audience
Fathers’ Day Breakfast – a community moment for our families to enjoy
Tasmanian Primary Schools Basketball Championships

Ben Green
Deputy Principal – Elphin

Science Week

Over the past two weeks, students at the Junior School have been exploring all things science through our Science Week sessions in conneXions. In these buddy sessions, students investigated binary code, coding robotic cars, how Virtual Reality can change the way our body feels, how chemical and physics experiments can teach us about our world, and observing through magnification and augmented reality.

The children’s curiosity was at the centre of our Science Week learning and was made visible by the giant question marks filled with wonderings created by each class.

Please come into conneXions and take a look at our wonderings.

Laura Beaumont
Teacher