From the Junior School

As we speed towards the end of Semester One it is interesting to reflect on the past two terms and look ahead to the second semester. Firstly, we are so fortunate to have such a supportive community where volunteers are plentiful and community spirit high. Our Community Care program, where parents in need of support for whatever reason, are afforded care by our community has come to the fore again this year. We are ever grateful to those involved.

Our children have experienced many things too recently, including sporting events such as our Cross Country Championships (followed by the SAPSASA District Day run superbly by Mr Laube) and their weekly sporting representation. I have mentioned in a previous missive the work our grandparents and Year 6s undertook at the Belair National Park through the phone/microscope project. Our Year 4s through Mrs Chapman have been involved in trips to Kalyra where the children have been singing with the residents and, as you can imagine, both parties loved it!

 

You may be aware that the school is looking at student agency, project-based learning and entrepreneurship to prepare our children for the future. Many classes are undertaking some really interesting projects. The 6s, for example, have developed what they call MiSpace projects. One particular group have formulated a competition based around coding and to help “dummies” like me have developed tutorials on YouTube with clear and easy to follow instructions on how to be involved in the competition. They plan to share this with our Year 5s then more broadly to other schools (and then the world!). Talk about entrepreneurs! Another group are raising awareness of animal cruelty and have organised in-school fund-raising to help with this. There are many other exciting plans in place.

Reports will be sent home with your child on the last day of this term and should contain information that clearly outlines the progress of your child. Please be aware you can ask the School to provide you with written information that clearly shows your child’s achievement in the subjects studied in comparison to that of other children in your child’s peer group at our school.  This information will show you the number of children in each of the achievement levels. Please contact me via email if you would like this information. I am available during most of the holidays.

I hope all of our parents are able to enjoy the holiday period with their children. And children spend as much time screen-free and outside if possible!

Frank Ali

Head of Junior