18 September, 2020


Book Week

Children’s Book Week for 2020 will be celebrated in Primary Schools around the country in October – from the start of term in Tasmania. ‘Curious Creatures – Wild Minds’ is the theme for this year and all students across the Junior School (Early Learning to Year 5) will have a learning focus linked to an author of books for their own age group.

Book Week is one more opportunity to support, encourage and broaden children’s enjoyment of literature in conjunction with their reading skill development. At the Junior School, conneXions will have feature displays to inspire young readers and conneXions staff, class teachers and Literacy teachers will all be seizing this opportunity to promote reading-based learning experiences for students.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School



The Junior School House Athletics Carnival this year will be held over two days and will be at Scotch Oakburn Park. This will enable compliance with COVID protocols while maximising participation opportunities for all students and allowing spectators to attend.

On Thursday 15 October the Year 4 and 5 events will run from mid-morning until 2.30pm, and on Friday October 16 Year 2 and 3 events will run from mid-morning until 2.30pm.

Parents and friends will be able to attend on each day and we anticipate that total numbers at the Park will be comfortably within the permitted 500 person limit. All persons attending will need to sign a COVID Safe-Entry form and details of the process for this will be advised at the start of Term 4.

Full details of the program of events for both days will be distributed earlier in the week of the Carnival.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


End of Term

All Junior School classes finish the term on Friday 25  September. The Junior School reception closes at 4.30pm and After School Care at 6.00pm on the same day. Before School Care (7.30am), the Junior School reception and all classes (8.45am) resume on Monday 12 October. Students can arrive for classes from 8.20am as usual.

During the holiday break, the College’s Penquite office will be open in normal business hours and the Junior School can be contacted via this office if needed. The Vacation Care program runs from Monday-Friday (except for the Public holiday 8 October) from 8.00am – 6.00pm daily.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


Summer Uniform

All students should wear summer uniform from the commencement of Term 4. This includes hats which are required to be worn for recess and lunch breaks as well as outdoor learning activities. The Elphin Campus has good shade cover (both natural and artificial) but students are encouraged to bring sunscreen to school for use as and when needed.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Year 1 meet Bollygum author

Students in Year 1 Jones have recently been engaged in a study of an Australian picture book regarded as a modern classic –  Bollygum, written and illustrated by Garry Fleming.  Students took delight in investigating the elements of narrative writing by exploring the concepts of character development, setting and story structure.  They also enjoyed learning many new things about the Australian bush as depicted in the story.

Yesterday they were treated to a virtual meeting with Garry who kindly gave up his time to chat to them about the story behind Bollygum and answered their well composed and confidently delivered questions.  Students maturely discussed concepts and ideas and they were thrilled to learn the answer to one of their questions – that there is a Bollygum 2 in progress!

Catherine Scott

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