7 May, 2021



Years 3 and 5 students (also Years 7 and 9 at the Penquite Campus) will be undertaking their 2021 NAPLAN assessments over the next two weeks. All families with students in Years 3 or 5 have received details of this national online assessment schedule.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


Cross Country

Cross Country running will be a thread running through much of Term 2 for many Junior School students. The importance of regular physical exercise for students of all ages is well-known and this Term the HPE program in the Junior School has a strong focus on building up fitness levels through endurance running alongside other activities.

85 students from across the Junior School started the Newstead Athletics Inter-School Cross country series last Saturday with a run at Tailrace Park. This was the first of six Saturday races in the series, with this week’s run being at Scotch Oakburn Park.

All students in Years 3,4,5 are invited to join a before-school running training group (7.45am – 8.15am) on 11,13,18,20 and 25 May as we lead up towards 27 May, our Inter-House Cross Country. Year 5 Teacher Mr Tim Bristow will lead this activity.

On Thursday 27 May the Junior School Inter-House Cross Country Carnival at Scotch Oakburn Park is an opportunity for every Year 2-5 student to represent their House in a run around the sports precinct and through the Wetlands as well as enjoy the camaraderie that is a big part of all House activities.

On Thursday 3 June there is an on-campus fun run for all Prep and Year 1 students.

On Wednesday 9 June a team of Years 3-6 runners will represent the College as one of nine schools participating in the NIJSSA Carnival. Then on Tuesday 22 June a College team will take part in Athletics Tasmania’s State Primary All Schools Cross Country event at Symmons Plains.

All of these events are preceded by preparatory fitness activities led by the Junior School HPE Staff.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


National Walk to School Day

‘Now in its 22nd year, National Walk Safely to School Day on May 14 is an annual event when all Primary School children are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a Community Event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment.’

All Junior School students are invited to our Walk to School Day group on Friday 14 May. We will meet at Princes Square (St Johns Church corner) for a 7.30am start, and walk as a group to the Elphin Campus, arriving at about 8.20am. Younger walkers can join the group at the RACT corner or at the Aquatic Centre corner. A team of staff will lead the walk and parents are welcome to join in. Early Learning students should be accompanied by a parent.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

House Captains

Congratulations to the new Junior School House Captains for the Term 2 Cross Country season:

Nance: Anika Agarwal and Lachlan Goninon

Fox: James Dobson and Samantha Strong

Briggs: Pallavi Haribhakth and William Donald

Dean: Zoe Jarvis and Thomas Byrne

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


School Photograph Day

Annual school photographs are scheduled for May 20 and 21 for all Early Learning – Year 5. All classes have been advised which of the two days their photographs are scheduled on. All students should wear winter school uniform to school on their photograph day. Classes with HPE on the same day will bring sports uniforms and change for HPE lessons as needed. Any students in the Year 3-5 before-school running training group can wear HPE uniforms to school and change into winter uniform after training.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Junior School Rock Band

The Junior School Rock Band (Year 5) made their debut stage performance on Thursday this week! A capacity audience of all ages across the Junior School spent some of their lunchtime rocking to the music in the Mary Fox Hall. The Rock Band is a new initiative in the Junior School Music program this year, offering one more opportunity for students to engage in music learning experiences on the Elphin Campus. Music Teacher  Mr Jamon Dingemanse is working with this group.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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