From the Junior School

Our fluctuating weather has certainly taken its toll on staff, children and parents alike. Influenza has stuck both our campus and the ELC too. Please ensure if your child is unwell that they stay home, recuperate, and not spreads the flu further.

We have been fortunate to have five international students join our school this term. Sadly they will leave us after this week. Rikki, Dora, Rocky, Gavin and Tony settled quickly and were able to share some of their culture with us while improving their English skills. A huge thanks to their host families for being so supportive.

This week is Book Week with the theme of Escape to Everywhere, really lends itself to everyone’s individual imagination. Reading to your children and having them read to you has never been more important than in this age of hand held devices and electronic distractions. Activities have been organised throughout the week in the Library.

We have been very fortunate to secure the services of Madhavi Nawana Parker who is a published author of social emotional literacy programs including, The Resilience and Wellbeing Toolbox. She is driven by the value of young people feeling a sense of belonging and connection. Healthy relationships are at the core of a person’s wellbeing and good social emotional literacy provides the platform for academic and lifelong achievement. Madhavi strives to teach these skills to young people and through her training workshops, she also guides parents and professionals to develop simple and practical ways to support young people to be more resilient and socially-emotionally skilled. On Wednesday 30 August, the Junior School staff will have a workshop with her and that evening she will run a session for parents. A copy of the email invitation that you would have received last week is available here. I highly recommend this to all parents from Preschool through to Year 12, but seats are limited so please take the time to RSVP. One of the programs she co-wrote, What’s the Buzz, is used successfully in the Junior School.

Frank Ali

Head of Junior School