Head of Junior School

Junior School Term 2

Welcome back to Term 2! We hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday break. It has been a positive start and our students have quickly settled back into learning and routines.

The Newhaven College staff had a productive planning day on the first Monday of term, laying the groundwork for an engaging term of learning ahead. It is going to be a busy term, with many activities happening both inside and outside of the classrooms.


At the end of the term, we will be sending out mid-year progress-based reports that align with the Australian Curriculum Standards. We strive to ensure we are reporting to parents in an on-going way to communicate and foster an understanding of your child’s progress. Continuous reporting throughout the term will be sent out through SEQTA in a range of areas, before mid-year reports are released. We hope you enjoy seeing the continual growth and learning occurring for your child.

Junior School Families Excel in Term 1 Reading

This year, all Junior School students have received decodable reading folders to enhance their reading skills at home. We are thrilled to see nightly reading habits flourishing and know that this will significantly impact students' reading development. To celebrate this achievement last term, we awarded a Principal’s Award (golden sticker) to students who consistently filled in their daily reading logs. The enthusiasm and positivity from home learning habits highlight the success of the program in fostering a love for reading and growth in literacy skills.

In Term 2, we are expanding the daily reading focus to improve comprehension and the ability to orally retell main passages/texts in sequence. This addition will allow students to enhance their understanding and retelling skills, further extending home learning with reading folders.

ANZAC Day Service

Our Junior School leaders attended the 11am Cowes Commemorative Service and laid a wreath on behalf of Newhaven College. It was wonderful to see so many Newhaven College students and their families at the Service. Students understood the significance of the occasion and paid their respects to those who served our country. See photos in the College News section of this newsletter.

Winter Uniform

All Junior School students must be in full winter uniform from the week beginning Monday 29 April for the remainder of Terms 2 and 3.

Mother’s Day Stall

I am pleased to inform you that there will be a Mother’s Day Stall on Thursday 9 May. Each class will be allocated a time to visit the stall. Children can bring their money to school before the day and their classroom teacher will store it in a safe place. Thank you to the Parents & Friends Association for organising this.

Mother’s Day Morning- Mums and Muffins

We are excited to announce our upcoming celebration for Mother's Day at school- ‘Mum’s and Muffins’ morning! This special event will take place before school on Friday 10 May. We extend a warm invitation to all mothers or special individuals to join us over a muffin, tea or coffee.

When: Friday 10 May at 8:30 am to 9:00 am

Where: Junior School Assembly Area

Who: Mothers or special individuals accompanying your child/children

Foundation Day Assembly

Foundation Day Assembly is on Tuesday 14 May commencing at 9.10am in the Gymnasium. Students wear their winter or sport uniform if they have sport or PE on the day. Parents are welcome to attend.

Congratulations to Year 1L: Our First Class to Win Junior School Values Award!

At our final Term 1 Assembly, Year 1L was honoured as the first Values Class for accumulating the most values keys. Odin and Taleisha shared some words on behalf of the class about receiving this special award.

"Hello everyone, we in 1L were absolutely thrilled to win the Values Award! We earned our keys for lining up after recess and lunch, transitioning smoothly between classes, and spreading kindness in the yard. Our hard work paid off with a fun reward: playing Pass the Parcel as a class! Each of us received a small squishy fidget toy, and we welcomed a new addition to our class, 'Sausage Dog', our furry 'book buddy' for our book corner reading sessions. A huge thank you to all our teachers for recognising our efforts and values. And a big shoutout to our classmates for being fantastic every single day!" See photos of 1L below.

Key Dates:

Wed 8 May - Junior School Assembly (Year 3)

Thu 9 May - Mother’s Day Stall

Fri 10 May - Muffins & Mother’s Day (8.30 am-9.00 am)

Fri 10 May - Pyjama Day Fundraiser (Gold coin donation)

Fri 10 May Mothers & Grandmothers lunch at Phillip Island Winery- Booking required

Tue 14 May - Foundation Day Assembly (9.10 am)

Wed 22 May - Junior School Assembly (Year 2)

Cath Huther

Head of Junior School

Merit Awards

Congratulations to the students in the following photo who were presented with their Merit Awards and recognised at Junior School Assembly from Term 1 and last week.