4 June, 2021


On-Campus Events

Thank you to the many parents and family members who have been able to share their children’s excitement in learning through a number of recent events on the Elphin Campus. This support has a range of positive benefits for the students and the home-school partnership is valued highly by the College.

  • LIVE@Elphin led this week by students in Prep Dray, Prep Biggs and Year 3 Rockliffe
  • Connect @Elphin led last Friday by students in Year 4 Jones and this week by students in Year 5 Hodgetts.
  • Fun Run events for all Prep and Year 1 students this week

On Tuesday next week students in Years 4 and 5 will lead two short music soirees in the Mary Fox Performing Arts Centre. Online registration is required for visitors to these.

  • 1:00-1:30 Flutes, trombones, trumpets and euphonium
  • 2:00-2:30 Percussion and Rhythm Band

It has been wonderful to see the increasing visitor access to school events again this Term. As this continues, all visitors are reminded of the importance of adherence to COVID related protocols, including check-in and sign-in, limits on numbers in designated spaces as signed at entry doors, social distancing, hand sanitising and not attending if unwell. Thank you for your support with this.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Cross Country

A team of 48 runners from Years 3-6 will represent the College at the NIJSSA Cross Country Carnival at Windsor Park, Riverside on Wednesday June 9. The program runs from 10:00am -2:30pm.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


Prep and Year 1 Literacy Opportunities for Parents

All parents with students in Prep or Year 1 have been sent invitations to sessions to learn more about ways in which reading development can be supported at home.

On Tuesday 15 June Year 1 will be staff modelling best practice strategies for literacy learning in their classrooms. Visitors will see a range of experiences that contribute to the strong foundation of literacy skills and understandings that children are developing.  Focus areas include reading fluency and comprehension, vocabulary development, investigations of words and how they are written, and writing skills. A number of sessions are offered in each Year 1 classroom on this day. Online bookings are essential to ensure numbers in rooms meet the required caps.

On Thursday 17 June a session for Prep parents to learn more about ways to support emerging readers at this age will be led by Teachers in the Mary Fox Hall from 2.00pm-2.:45pm. This is timed to enable pick up of students directly afterwards.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


Traffic at Daily Pick-Up times

Daily pick up traffic at both Claremont St gates and the main Elphin road gate continues to cause some concerns for non-College passing traffic between 3.00pm-3.15pm.

Drivers using the drive-through zones at these gates are requested to arrive from 2.50pm (Early Learning only) and not before 3.00pm for Prep, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5.  These 3 drive-through zones are no parking areas between 2.30pm-3.30pm (as signposted).

For the Elphin Road gate, this allows Early Learning families to pick up from 2.50pm and be gone by 3.00pm. Staff rostered to support students in the handover to vehicles can then ensure the smoothest possible process for Prep and Year 1 pickups – in the order in which vehicles arrive from 3.00pm onwards.

For both Claremont St gates, the quickest and safest process is for a steady flow of pickups from 3.00pm onwards. Rostered staff are at these gates until 3.20pm so not all vehicles need to arrive right at 3.00pm.

The City Council has reminded us of the importance of adhering to normal road rules in these areas. This includes not hindering passing traffic and not parking over driveways.

For families opting to collect students on foot and seeking parking nearby, Cypress St and College St are options where parking is usually available and is only a short walk from the gates.

Thank you for your support through these busy few minutes each day.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Northern All Schools Cross Country

Last Saturday 29 May, as part of the School Series Cross Country, Newstead Athletics hosted the Northern All Schools Cross Country.  Scotch Oakburn was very successful in this event with every age group having competitors finish in the top 10, and in most cases the top 3!  I have attached the results of those students finishing in the top 3 as below.

U 7 Boys – 1km       3rd Reuben Derbyshire

U 7 Girls – 1km        2nd Katie Horsman

U 9 Boys – 1km       3rd Lachlan Kleinig

U 9 Girls – 1km        2nd Maia Barritt

U11 Girls – 1.5km     2nd Sarah Horsman    3rd Chloe Hassell

U13 Boys – 2km       1st Ben Giasli

U13 Girls – 2km        2nd Chloe Horsman

U15 Men – 3km        3rd Dougal Fyffe

U15 Women – 3km   1st Sophie Marshall  2nd Bella Shaw  3rd Blaise Fitzallen

U17 Men – 3km        1st Hamish Fyffe   2nd Bryce Lawes

U17 Women – 3km   1st Jasmine Irani   3rd Mackenzie Buck

U20 Men – 3km        1st Alexander Wood

Congratulations to all participants.  A superb effort from all our competitors!

Rachel Buck
Cocurricular Coordinator


Prep Chinese

A snapshot of our lovely Prep students’ Chinese learning this week about seasons and colours via a mini outside treasure hunting lesson!

Doreen Liang

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