House Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to every student from Years 2-5 who represented their House at this week’s Swimming Carnival. The day started with Year 2 students in their House groups demonstrating some of the aquatic skills learned and practised in HPE sessions over the last 4 weeks before they joined a large crowd to cheer the raising of the Briggs, Nance, Fox and Dean flags for the first time at a Junior School event. House colours, costumes, mascots, chants, cheer squads and Year 12 students from each House all contributed to the very exciting, team -oriented atmosphere of a wonderful day’s swimming and community enjoyment.

The final results showed Fox House winning the House Shield, followed by Dean, Briggs and Nance. New individual records were set by Jessica Muldoon (Year 4 50m Freestyle and Year 4 25m Freestyle) and Isla Irani (Year 5 25m Backstroke).

Thank you to Ms Nicky Reid and the HPE staff for the organisation of the day, to all staff and parent volunteers who supported the students or worked as officials, to the Year 12 student supporters from each House, and to administration, Community Relations and Works staff who helped make it all run so well.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

 


Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

Parent/Student/Teacher (PST) Conferences for all Junior School families are scheduled for 10,11,12, 17,18,19 March (days vary for different classes). Bookings with class teachers can be made online where full details of available times can be found.

It is anticipated that students will attend the conference with parents for all Prep-Year 5 families, while attendance is optional for students in Early Learning classes.

These conferences provide an opportunity at this early stage of the year to share notes on how students have settled into their new class from both learning and pastoral perspectives, as well as discussing goals for the term and the year. Student participation in the discussions is an important aspect of building personal responsibility for learning and adding to a developing understanding of becoming a ‘better learner’.

Any family not able to make a time over the scheduled period should contact their child’s class teacher directly to arrange a convenient meeting time in March.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

 


Walk to School Day

All Junior School students are invited to join the ‘walking school bus’ to school on Thursday 5. The walk to school commences at the Penquite Campus car park at 7:30am and goes via Penquite and Elphin Roads to arrive at the Junior School around 8:20am. For those preferring a shorter walk, there will be pickup points at the David St corner in Newstead at 7:50am, and at the Richards Avenue corner at 8:05am.  Staff will accompany the walkers and parents are most welcome to walk with us.

Walk to School is one initiative in our ‘Move Well Eat Well’ program, highlighting the importance of regular exercise for a healthy lifestyle. This time of the year offers a wonderful opportunity for many of us to consider the option of walking to school regularly, either all the way from home if this is within a reasonable distance, or from a drop off a short distance away from the campus.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School