FROM THE MIDDLE SCHOOL

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3 September, 2021

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Purpose

During this weeks celebration of Book Week, the connections to personal interests were evident as students dressed up as their favourite characters or chosen story.  For me, it was a reminder about ‘Purpose’.  Purpose, according to author Lisa Messenger is all about ‘your why’!  One of the greatest challenges in our world is for all citizens to be comfortable with who they are and have a sense of being grounded and content with their why.  This is not an under-achieving goal, as the mindset of knowing your purpose is formed from a continued pursuit and inspiration of being your ‘why’.  Our College’s Learner Attributes are designed for our students to be the pilots of their future, to be aspirational, to know their strengths and identify the areas of future focus.  As we approach the final few weeks of Term, I remind all of our students to stay true to their purpose, know their learning goals and keep aspiring towards their ‘why’.

A great example of our College’s Learner Attributes in action is the EY8 program.  We are all looking forward to this learning celebration in the Middle School, on Wednesday 15 September, commencing at 5.00pm, concluding at 7.00pm.  The evening will showcase servant leadership in learning, supported by dedicated mentors guiding our students’ passions.

Ben Green
Head of Middle School


 

World Champion Tenor Drummer

Year 8 student, Violet Haysom, recently competed in the World Online Piping and Drumming Championships which are based in Seattle, Washinton (USA). The championships provide members of the international pipe band community with the opportunity to compete as soloists and bands at an international level. With many state and national competitions on hiatus due to COVID restrictions, the online championship is a wonderful event as it allows performances to receive feedback on their playing, thus enabling them to refine and develop their skills as musicians.

Violet competed in the Grade 5 (Novice) Tenor Drumming and received 1st Place with her 4/4 March and 3rd place with her 2/4 March performances. These outstanding results culminated with Violet being awarded Overall Grade 5 World Champion Tenor Drummer. Not content with her success as a Tenor Drummer, Violet competed in the Grade 5 (Novice) Piping, receiving 5th place with her 6/8 March.

Congratulations Violet on such an amazing achievement.

Stephen King
Head of Visual and Performing Arts


Maths Relay

Our Year 5/6 combined team won their regional final of the Maths Association of Tasmania.  I congratulate the team of Charlie Johnson (Year 5), Olive Kwan (Year 5), Nathan Abbott (Year 6) and Ben Giasli (Year 6) on their teamwork and effort. The Middle School Year 8 team also took first place in their division.

Ben Green
Head of Middle School


 

Information Sessions for 2022 Middle School Families

On Monday 6 September we will be holding a Year 8 2022 Subject Selection afternoon from 4.00pm – 5.30pm in the Middle School.  This is your chance to meet with Heads of Department to assist with elective subject selection choices and gain a greater understanding of the scope of learning in Year 8.

On Wednesday 8 September, the Year 6 and year 7 2022 Information Evening will be held in Helix on the Penquie Campus. Year 6 will start at 6.00pm and year 7 at 7.00pm. There will be opportunities to tour the Middle School after each session.  This is your chance to meet Middle School staff ahead of the 2022 year, and find out more about learning highlights for both Year 6 and Year 7.

Ben Green
Head of Middle School

 

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