1 April, 2021



What are we grateful for?  This question is a daily element of the Resilience Project for students from Prep to Year 5. It was also asked at last week’s Year 2-5 House meetings and from these meetings, the individual responses were linked as chains to symbolise the bonding within each House as well as collectively across the Junior School.

The Term 1 House Captains shared this at today’s Easter Service on the Elphin Campus.

Best wishes to all Junior School families for a happy and safe Easter break before we return for three days next week to finish Term 1.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


Vacation Care

The Vacation Care program will run Monday – Friday, from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily, from Monday 12 April to  Monday 26 April. This is based on the Elphin Campus (Erina St entrance).

Registration is open to current College students from Early Learning to Year 6.  Full details of the program and the registration process are online or available from the OSHC room in the Early Learning Centre.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


This year saw an outstanding 104 entries showcasing an enormous amount of creativity and planning from so many of our Junior School students. Thank you to all entrants who spent numerous hours over the weekend to build these amazing LEGO creations but also thank you to all students and staff who took the opportunity to come to conneXions to enjoy these creations.

It is with great pleasure that we share with you the results of the 2021 LEGO competition. The overall winning LEGO creation by Hamish Quill will go into the Tasmanian Brixhibition competition to compete with other students across Tasmania who participated this year.

Prep/Year 1

3rd place – Milla Walduck – Milla’s Zoo
2nd place – Jesse Cooper
1st place – Maddie Pike – My House

Year 2/3

3rd place – Shayur Sadhabiriss – Sweet Land
2nd place – Lucy Kershaw – Brixton Café
1st place – Sebastian Noonan – The Colourful Tower of DOOM

Year 4/5

3nd place – Issy and Hannah Markham – Our Dream House
2nd place – Riley Goninon – The Wreck
1st place – Hamish Quill – NASA HQ

Overall Winner for 2021 – Hamish Quill – NASA HQ

Miranda Creak

Bitlink visits

For the last 18 months, teacher Andy Prideaux has been helping a local company, Bitlink, develop a brand new Inquiry-based coding curriculum linked to the Australian Curriculum and using the theme of the Internet of Things – think Alexa, Google Home, automated agricultural watering systems etc…

The project is entering the final stages of development and so this week, the team from Bitlink came to Scotch Oakburn College to run a workshop with Year 4 Prideaux and to donate 14 Micro:bit kits to the Elphin Campus to enable us to access the lessons that have been created. They guided the class through the first few sessions and everyone had a great time.

We are one of few schools to have received these kits at this first stage.  A great opportunity to be involved in.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School  


Sydney Opera House workshop

Last week, Year 4 students worked in class groups to dial in live to the Sydney Opera House and participate in a storytelling workshop. This adventure style workshop required students to solve a mystery by inventing the story of who stole the Silver Shadow – and in fact, what the Silver Shadow actually involved. As a class group, students collaboratively built a picture of the suspect, by interviewing a bystander and using the objects contained in evidence boxes to piece together the location of the mystery. Working across other schools also helped develop our learnings around improvisation, play building and storytelling. Each adventure was unique!

Kylie Brewster


Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

Congratulations to all Year 3-5 students who took part in the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge for 2021. Over 31,000 students around Australia took part in this online event. Our teams showed much enthusiasm and enjoyment as they worked together to solve the range of online problems. The Challenge focuses on collaborative problem-solving skills along with critical and logical thinking capabilities.

Year 3

High Distinction

  • Tom Dobson & Henry Bishop
  • Ziggy Wolf, Nashwa Saleh Aljassem & Dezzy Wilson
  • Charlotte Moore, Hamish Cooper & Michaela Kriz


  • Willow Bonham, Georgia Byrne & Gwyneth McLoughlin
  • Mya Derbyshire, Lily Williams & Evianna Workman
  • Bharati Sundaram, Alfie Beaumont & Will Fawdry


  • Ryan Dhanaraj, Harry Allen & Zaaim Raza
  • Sebastian Williams & Thomas Walters

Year 4

Honour Roll (100%)

  • Ellie Walduck, Emma Campbell & Isabella Markham

High Distinction

  • Edie van der Aa, Clarice Kirschbaum & Milla U’Ren
  • Otto Allen, Ted Massie, Moses Lee-Archer & Zac Walters
  • Jasmine Ho, Nicoletta Bakirtzis & Ingrid Mills
  • Riwaj Koirala, Alex Poslon & Henry Chilcott
  • Douglas Hyde, Ewan Burbury & Bowen Yang-Sun
  • Zander Brock, Danielle Hextall & Amelia Verbeeten


  • Sarah Horsman, Audrey Green & Edie Kwan
  • Elizabeth Bartholemew, Poppy Beaumont & Sienna Ziesemer
  • Riley Beecroft, Evan Abbott & Rhys Morse
  • Charlie d’Emden & Deacon Sims
  • Sam Edwards & Hamish Quill


  • Tayah Rigby, Millie Corp & Maeve Dempsey
  • Ellie Toh, Hannah Chea & Meg de Deuge
  • Lucie Ackers, Clementine Dell & Chloe Hassell
  • Ida Eberle, Issy Adams & Poppy Marshall

Year 5


  • Anika Agarwal, Charlie Johnson & Lil Whittle


  • Shiv Kataria, Jessica Muldoon & James Seaman
  • Samantha Strong, James van der Aa & Zachary Vince

Marissa Saville


Hot Dog Day

The Junior School are having a Hot Dog Day on the last day of Term, Friday 9 April.  Hot dogs must be preordered via your My School Connect account by 9.00am Wednesday 7 April.

Hot Dog are $4 each.


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