27 August, 2021



The home-school learning partnership is so important for student learning and wellbeing outcomes and it has been wonderful to see so many parents and family members able to attend on-campus events this Term to share in their child’s school experiences.

Thank you to all Early Learning Erina families who were able to join us for this week’s Celebration of Learning morning, to families of Prep Beaumont and Year 3 Ockerby students who attended the LIVE@Elphin led by students in each of these classes, and parents of Year 4 Jones students who attended this week’s Student Led Conferences.

Next week it will be Student Led Conferences for all remaining Prep-Year 5 classes.

All parents are reminded that a classroom drop off or other visit to the classroom can be arranged with the Class Teacher at any time, to enable your child to share things they have bene doing at school with you.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


Fathers Day Breakfast

A reminder to all who are planning to join us for the breakfast that bookings at are essential.

Friday 3 September,   7.30am – 8.30am
Cost $10 per person

Please RSVP by Friday 27 August

Please enter via Elphin Road main gate.
Don’t forget to bring a coat if it’s a bit chilly!


Book Week

Childrens’ Book Week 2021 has sparked great excitement right across the Junior School this week. Book Week is a celebration of books, authors and illustrators with a particular focus on Australian publications. This offers another avenue for the teaching, support and encouragement of reading skills and interests for students from Early Learning to Year 5.

The conneXions learning hub, which is home to the primary book collection on the Elphin Campus, has been transformed into an even more inviting reading space than usual this week, with book-related displays, irresistible invitations to students to find, read and borrow books, some touches of magic and intrigue, visiting authors and buddy reading experiences for Early Learners. In all, it is a space to step into another world and delve into the experiences that books and stories yield – to read! Across the Campus, favourite book characters have been spotted in classrooms and grounds as the joy of reading comes alive.

This week follows three days of captivating storytelling from Tamas Osvald last week and will stretch into the early part of next week with Year 12 students sharing some of their favourite books and book characters to the Elphin Campus and one more of book character costumes for Early Learners.

Thank you to all staff, particularly the conneXions team, to parents who have supported their children’s book celebrations, and to all students who have made the experiences of this week so exciting. Learning can truly be a lot of fun!

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


Author Zooms in

Prep to Year 4 students had an imaginative and humorous finale to BookWeek 2021 in the magical conneXions space via zoom sessions with Andrew Plant, author and illustrator and five-time CBCA Notable Book Award winner.

Andrew is an internationally published creator of picture books for children from preschool to secondary school. He loves stories that are unusual and challenging and look at the world from a different angle and is passionate about encouraging children to fall in love with books and reading. Andrew also designs and paints theatre sets and murals, and so rarely has a brush out of his hand. Due to border restrictions, we changed these workshops to online but were still honoured to meet Stumpy, the main character of his picture book, Jump. Many sessions incorporated collaborative storytelling where students ideas guided Andrew to create an original set of illustrations, that was sent to classroom teachers for students to continue the creative process! Please see the conneXions dash page for images and videos to capture the magic of this event The Dash – Andrew Plant (

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