Head of Junior School

This term has been incredibly productive, marked by growth, learning and memorable experiences. As we look ahead, we have an exciting lineup of events and activities planned to further enrich the learning experience of our students. This week, students will have the opportunity to meet their new Year 9 peer tutors. Additionally, they have been enthusiastically tending to our winter crop and nurturing the vegetable patch. The revamped rock pit has quickly become a popular spot and with an array of lunchtime clubs on the go, there will be no shortage of opportunities for our Junior School students to explore new interests and expand their horizons.

Strong Routines and Positive Attitudes

Throughout this term, our students have been demonstrating a commitment to excellence in their learning endeavours. From mastering new concepts in mathematics to exploring the natural world in science, our Junior School classes have completed a huge amount of learning across all subjects. It is lovely to see so many students display such a positive attitude towards school life.

End of Semester Report Changes in the Junior School

Starting this semester, we will adopt a progress-based reporting system. Our teachers have been diligently aligning our assessment practices with the Australian Curriculum Standards to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of your child's progress. This will be shared with you in Semester One Reports. Please refer to Karen Milkins-Hendry's report in the General News section of this newsletter for more details.

Extracurricular Achievements

Beyond the classroom, our students have participated in various extracurricular activities. District Cross Country was held a few weeks ago, with a huge line up. Congratulations to Jett Fawaz, Cooper Bennet and Fletcher Hennessy who made it through to the next level of competition. Congratulations to Andre Whitton, our school Chaplain, who was commissioned at St. John’s Uniting Church on Sunday. Thank you to Leith Cameron, Edward Lee and Eden Hallas who proudly represented our Junior School at this special event.

Junior School Disco

To celebrate the end of term, the Year 9 students have organised a Junior School Disco. On this day, all Junior School students are invited to attend school out of uniform and in free dress.

When: Friday 28 June during Period 4.

Where: The Pavilion & Canteen

Cost: $5.00 per student (each student will receive a bottle of water and glow sticks)

Nightly Work Habits

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all parents and guardians for your continued support and collaboration. Your involvement in your child's education is invaluable. As the term draws to a close, we eagerly anticipate celebrating and recognising students who consistently demonstrate strong reading habits at home.

Cath Huther

Head of Junior School

Year 4 Excursion to Candowie Reservoir

On Friday 24 May our Year 4 students visited the source of our local water supply, Candowie Reservoir. The children spent over an hour touring in and around the treatment plant, guided by welcoming and knowledgeable Westernport Water staff. The children developed their knowledge of the water cycle and the processes of precipitation, evaporation and condensation in the context of this large water source. They also gained an understanding of how water reaches our homes and the work Westernport Water is currently undertaking on the Phillip Island bridge. 

We thank Katrina, Dean, Sam and Matt from Westernport Water for sharing their expertise and parents Emily van der Walt and Laura McCabe for attending the excursion with us.

Kate Middleton

Year 4 Teacher

Junior School Choir

The Junior School Assembly area was filled with joyful singing on Wednesday this week as they rehearsed their favourite songs. They were under the guidance of Director of Music Matthew Goss and supported on piano by Carmel Slater.

We look forward to hearing the choir perform at the upcoming Spring Concert.

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.