18 June, 2021


Literacy – Prep and Year 1

Thank you to all parents who have been able to attend a class literacy session (Year 1) or literacy meeting (Prep) this week. The class session for Year 1 Batt is on Tuesday 22 June. Parents who weren’t able to attend these sessions are welcome to contact their child’s class teacher for information relating to ways in which literacy learning at school can be complemented with learning experiences at home.

Prep and Year 1 are especially important years in the establishment of a sound foundation for ongoing literacy learning and the school-home partnership plays a vital role in this for every student.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Clowning around with Beatboxing and Mime

Students across Years 3-5 were offered the opportunity to participate in a live workshop hosted by the Sydney Opera House entitled Clowning Around with Beatboxing and Mime – A completely new experience for most of us involved! The highlights for students included the introduction of mime and developing our non-verbal communication skills through a variety of drama games.

Learning how to mime being in a box (& coming out of the lid),  how to mimic drinking a hot or cold beverage and that a fly is buzzing near us were all interesting activities that involved students using body movements, combined with vocal percussion and sound to communicate messages. We then combined this with learning beatboxing techniques using the phrase, “Pizza and cats, Baboons and pigs” and also developed soundscapes to tell stories of our environment. Being out of our comfort zone was enjoyable and entertaining for all involved.

Kylie Brewster

Cross Country

Congratulations to all members of the team who represented the College at this week’s NIJSSA Cross Country Carnival. All runners, from Years 3-6, gave their all on the course and encouraged their teammates as Scotch Oakburn finished second overall on the day. Over 400 runners from the nine participating schools made it an exciting day highlighted by very determined and high quality performances in every race. Special congratulations go to the Year 3 Girls, Year 4 Boys and Year 5 Girls teams who won their respective team events, and to students who achieved a top 10 placing – there were 54 starters in each event.

YEAR 3: Alice Hyde 1st, Michaela Kriz 3rd, Clementine Gee 5th, Alfie Beaumont 5th, Gwyneth McLoughlin 6th, Jaga Thorp 10th
YEAR 4: Charlie d’Emden 3rd, Chloe Hassell 4th, Sarah Horsman 5th, Hugh O’Connor 8th, Audrey Green 9th
YEAR 5: Poppy Beaumont 2nd, Eve de Deuge 3rd, Zoe Jarvis 5th, Josh Mau 8th, Bronte Krapf 8th, Charlie Johnson 9th, Olive Kwan 10th

Thank you to Nicky Reid, her HPE staff team members and other staff who managed the team in the lead up to the day as well as on the day.

Next week’s State Primary All-Schools Cross Country at Symmons Plains will be the final event in what has been an extremely busy and successful 2021 cross country season. The benefits for all students in terms of personal fitness (with spinoffs into all aspects of school learning) and learner attribute development are significant.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


Aleesah Darlison visits

Award-winning author Aleesah Darlison visited conneXions on Friday. We were excited to meet her face to face, as many students had participated in Zoom sessions last year and connections were developed.

Each Year level had a different focus, beginning with Yearthe 1 who were inspired by Aleesah’s passion for animals, especially Tasmanian endangered and extinct animals, and were treated to a launch of her new book, CoCo the Fish with Hands – focusing on the endangered Spotted Handfish. Year 2 students especially connected with Aleesah as her new book linked directly to their investigation of Under the Tamar. Students had lots of questions and developed their understandings of this endangered creature, found only in the Derwent River estuary. Year 3 and 4 students had separate sessions that involved learning more about being an author, developing their writing craft in a short exercise and then turning our focus to the future launch of her new novel, Space Kids Sabotage, set in a space station in the year 2088.   We were challenged to work to short time limits to craft an outline of a story but energised by the planning process enabling further writing to flow back in our learning spaces.

To learn more Aleesah’s visit, go to the conneXions Dash page in the usual spot! 

Kylie Brewster

End of Term

Term 2 ends for all classes at 3.00pm on Friday 25 June and for After School Care at 6.00pm on the same day. The Junior School reception closes at 4.00pm that day for the school holiday break. The Penquite Campus office will be open from 10.00am to 3.00pm throughout the break and Junior School messages can be left there if needed.

The Vacation Care program will run daily Monday-Friday from 8.00am to 6.00pm throughout the Term break period. Details of the program and enrolment processes can be found online or are available from the Junior School office over this next week.

The Junior School reception reopens on Monday 19 July and Term 3 commences for all Junior School classes on Tuesday 20 July.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Vacation Care

The Vacation Care program and Booking Form for the upcoming break is now available from Junior School reception or online via this link.

Download Vacation Care program

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