A wonderful start to Term 3 for the Junior School!

What an exciting day it was for 16 of our new Receptions on Tuesday of last week! Their transition visits and comfortability with knowing each other made for a smooth and enjoyable start for them with very few tears. Five international students also began their 5-week study tour this term. They are Rikki in Year 2N, Rocky in 5S, Dora on 5F, Gavin in 6G and Liguan in 6C. I am sure we will be enriched by their presence here. We also had Hudson R beginning his St John’s journey in Year 2N. We wish all our new children a happy and fruitful time with us.

Literacy in the Early Years

When children begin their school journey we often are asked when is it best to prepare children for the rigours of reading and writing. The short answer is that children are different and their readiness varies. Children learn through playful, hands-on experiences with materials, the natural world, and engaging, caring adults. Active, play-based experiences in language-rich environments help children develop their ideas about symbols, oral language and the printed word — all vital components of reading.

Our Statement of Shared Pedagogy for the Early Years, developed by Junior School leadership, allows for the development of literacy and numeracy skills though a range of experiences. Teachers continuously guide, question, review the environment, and observe the children to ensure optimum opportunity for each child’s development. Through guided play, teachers oversee these open-ended learning experiences, which provides a dual approach to learning. As an aside, the Association of Independent Schools has seen this particular document as an excellent example that could be shared state-wide. If you would like a copy let me know and I will send you an electronic or hard copy.

We hope many of you had the chance to see the opening of The John Bray Centre for Performing Arts on the Secondary Campus. The state-of-the-art facility will provide your children with the best possible opportunity to develop in the area of the Arts.

Two of our children have been selected in SAPSASA teams to represent their state. Hannah E has made the Touch Football State Team to compete later this year and Jack Button is representing us and the state in Hockey competing in Term 4. We congratulate both children on this significant achievement and wish them well for their games.

Stay warm and enjoy what sunshine we get!

Frank Ali

Head of Junior School