From the Junior School - Athletics carnival results, camps and more

This will be the last Newsletter for the term which means that many students are about to complete their first term at St John’s Grammar school. We hope that they have enjoyed their first term with us, have made some new friendships, engaged in some exciting learning experiences, had some fun and made some mistakes.

Our staff really encourage our students to constantly reflect on their learning so, as the term draws to a close it would be great to sit your child down, have a discussion with them and encourage them to reflect on what a wonderful Term it has been. Some of the highlights have included; Year 3, 4 and 6 camps, Swimming and athletics carnivals, assembly performances, co curricular, zoo and farm barn excursions, as well as learning new instruments.

Parent teacher interviews were held last week. Thank you to all of the parents that attended these and teachers for the work and preparation involved in the interviews. Parent teacher interviews are a really important part of discussing your child’s learning and are a good way to develop a common language regarding what is being covered in class.

Athletics Carnival

The Junior School athletics carnival held last Friday was a great success. This was the first time all students from R-6 were involved in the Athletics carnival and it proved to be a fantastic event for the school community. Thank you to Simon Laube, Mitch Cunningham and the Property services team for all of the hard work that was undertaken to prepare for and undertake such an event. I would also like to thank the Parents and Friends for their Sausage sizzle, the St John’s Ambulance volunteers and all of the parents that helped out as well as all of the staff and teachers for their involvement in the day.

The results for the day were as followed.

House Winner: Gooch 714, Prince 640, Moffatt 636, Halstead 485. Age champion results are available here, along with some great photos of the event.

Congratulations to Gooch and all of the age champions and runners up.  All events were contested with great spirit so congratulations should also go to all of the students that participated.

Come to Try Football

Last Tuesday Danijel Herbut from the Sturt Football Club ran a come and try football clinic on the school oval. He then spoke to the Junior Primary students about Auskick, which will be running in Term 2.

Year 6 Canberra Camp

Students from our school this week have undertaken, an education tour of the national capital. Students have been given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $60 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

The student behaviour has been excellent and the highlights have included visits to the Governor General’s House, The AIS, The National Gallery, The Australian War Memorial, as well as Old and new Parliament House. In total 16 venues were visited in 4 days. The schedule was packed and  the tour was an excellent way of consolidating the term’s learning.

Year 4 Camp

In Week 11, Year 4 will be going to camp at Narnu Farm, Hindmarsh Island, Goolwa.  The camp will provide an enjoyable and educational farming experience for students, by way of ‘hands on’ involvement in organised pioneer farming and horsemanship activities.  It will also promote social interaction with peers and staff in an out of school setting.

Activities on the will camp include; horse riding, hand ploughing, blacksmith demonstrations, fishing, snake talk and butter making. The children will also take part in daily farm activities such as feeding the animals and milking the cows.

Prior to the camp, the Year 4 students have been undertaking a regional study of the Fleurieu Peninsula in Geography lessons. The children have been involved in mapping, mathematical and learning team activities, in their preparation for camp.

Palm Sunday Parade and Easter Service

Easter is an important event on the Christian Calendar, over the last two weeks of term we are fortunate enough to celebrate Easter with two services, our Palm Sunday parade and our Easter Liturgy. Chaplain Paula and Chaplain Steve run such beautiful services and these services really are a nice time to reflect and worship together as a community.

From all of us at the Junior School we hope you have a safe and happy Easter break. Enjoy the time together.

Nicholas Smith

Deputy Head of Junior School