1 April, 2022



Respect is one the College’s five core values and consideration of just what this means in terms of daily interactions in our lives at school has been at the forefront of Year 5 class and House meetings this week. Some aspects of this, which the students have highlighted and which are important for all of us, include:

  • Treat others the way I want to be treated myself
  • Self-respect is extremely important
  • Consider the feelings, wishes and rights of others
  • Appreciate and value our individual differences
  • Greet and welcome others with a smile and a name
  • Listen and be present
  • Acknowledge others and say thank you
  • Address mistakes with kindness
  • Make decisions based on what’s right
  • Respect physical boundaries

As Leaders in the Junior School, all Year 5 students are reflecting on Respect, not only for  themselves but also for their daily role-modelling with buddy classes and around the campus in general.

Cocurricular Opportunities

Sportal@Elphin on The Dash has recently been updated and is where detailed information about Junior School co-curricular sports activities can be found.  The upcoming inter-school cross country series, open to students from Prep right through to Year 12, is one of these.

Arts@Elphin page is still being populated on The Dash, but the Launceston Competitions, Public Speaking and 2022 Junior School Production are among the activities being listed here.

Staff contacts for co-curricular activities can be found on these pages and Mrs Rachel Buck, Junior School Co-Curricular Coordinator is always a contact person for students seeking additional information at any time.

Vacation  Care – April/May

All families are reminded that the Term 1 school holiday break this year includes Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays. Around these, the Vacation Care program on the Elphin Campus is scheduled for Wednesday 20 April – Friday 22 April, Tuesday 26 April – Friday 29 April, and Monday 2 May.

Term 1 finishes on Thursday 14 April and Term 2 commences for all classes on Tuesday 3 May.

The full Vacation Care program, along with registration details, is available online, the Outside School Hours Care room or Reception at the Junior School.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Virtual Incursions in conneXions

Since the beginning of Term 1, different year groups across the Junior School have had opportunities to connect digitally with the Sydney Opera House. In Year 2, classes worked on a digital scavenger hunt through a storytelling workshop. Here the focus was on developing students speaking, listening and storytelling skills as we worked with the presenter to create an original story using students’ scavenged stimuli. These included a mirror, something round, a favourite picture and more.

Last week, some Year 3 classes joined to connect with a live, behind-the-scenes, digital tour of the Sydney Opera House with an expert guide. In this digital tour, we discovered the Indigenous history and cultural significance of Bennelong Point where the Opera House stands. We also gained an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the design principles formulated by architect Jørn Utzon, including an up close view of the specialized pottery tiles used to cover this structure.

Did you know there are more than 1 million roof tiles used in the construction all shipped from Sweden, and the final cost was over $102 million?

Kylie Brewster

Junior School Production Announced

We are delighted to announce that this year we will be producing a Junior School Musical.

In Term 3, our Year 5 students will be transforming the Horton Auditorium, Penquite Campus into a jungle and performing Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids.

We hope you are excited as we are.

More details to be announced soon.

Andy Prideaux
College Productions Coordinator