From the Junior School

We have almost hit the half way point of Term 4 and there has been a lot happening in the Junior School.

ICAS Assessments

ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment program developed by the University of New South Wales. This Year we had 21 Year 5 and 6 students participate in the ICAS Assessments. These assessments are a competition that students from around Australasia compete in. We often celebrate the sporting achievements of our students but do not as often celebrate the success of our students’ academic achievements. The ICAS assessments are a great opportunity for students to participate and challenge themselves academically in the areas of Mathematics, Science, English, Writing, and Spelling. I would like to firstly congratulate all of the students who were risk takers and chose to participate in these assessments. The assessments were challenging, but special mention should go to the following students who achieved a Credit, Distinction or High Distinction in their chosen fields. The certificates for these achievements will be given out at our Week 5 assembly.

Science

Credit

Adam Gleadle

Mia Handley

Annecy Morrison

High Distinction

Blake Tourneur

Maths

Credit

Julia Collette

Raghav Saim

Adam Gleadle

Thomas Donaghey

Distinction

Blake Tourneur

English

Credit

Mia Handley

Blake Tourneur

Distinction

Annecy Morrison

Poppy Birkett

Spelling

Credit

Blake Tourneur

Alice Moodie

Stella Dimitropoulos

Distinction

Thomas Donaghey

Writing

Credit

Poppy Birkett

Broden Mckenzie

Amelia Desteno

Thomas Donaghey

Ciara Hegarty

Alice Moodie

Distinction

Blake Tourneur

Annecy Morrison

Stella Dimitropoulos

Transition and Orientation Mornings

Transition from one Year level to the next or one campus to the next is a very important part of preparation for the following year. Next week, our Reception to Year 5 students have their Orientation Day on Thursday 16 November from 9.30am-10.30am. Our Year 6 students had their Orientation day to the Secondary campus last week and new Receptions will have a series of transition lessons from 20 November to 8 December. Changing Year levels and campuses brings about a big change for children and families as they leave familiar settings and the relationships they have established with their current teacher. The process continues as children settle into their new classroom environment and adjust to new relationships, expectations and routines. Some children adjust quickly to their new classroom environment, while others can take a little longer to adjust. At St John’s Grammar we put a lot of thought into our transition programs and have put several processes in place to ensure information about each child is handed over from one teacher to the next. All staff, including our Learning Support Staff and our specialist staff are involved in this process. Well structured transition programs ensure the greatest chance of success for our children.

Cookies for Cancer and Fundraising        

This week, Billie, Issy and Emily from Year 6 have been running a fundraiser, Cookies for Cancer. Each recess and lunch the girls have been selling cookies that they have made and packaged themselves. The fundraising idea came from a Year 6 Mi Space project. Mi Space is a time when Year 6 students get the opportunity to explore an area of interest, do some research, solve a real word problem or assist a current social issue. In Mi Space time Billie, Issy and Emily decided that cancer research was an issue that they would like to raise money and awareness for.

In the Junior School there is now a process for any student driven fundraising initiatives. The students need to pitch their idea to the SRC and the SRC choose two fundraisers per term to support, according to a set of criteria. After pitching the idea to the SRC, the girls discovered they were successful and began the planning process. They researched recipes, planned the materials needed, calculated the costs of materials and baked over 1000 biscuits. These were then packaged up and sold at School during the week. Several hundred dollars has been raised. This initiative and process has taught they many skills including, financial budgeting and planning, cooking skills, team work, advertising and marketing skills as well as how to pitch an idea to an audience. Great work, Billie, Issy and Emily – an outstanding example of serving our community.

Before School Care

We are very fortunate to have an Out of School Hours Care located on our Campus.  Teachers are on duty in the yard from 8.20 am so if you are needing to drop your children off before this time, please utilise the OSHC facility.  There is a duty of care issue if students are in the yard unsupervised and something were to happen. More information on how to book OSHC is available here.

Nicholas Smith

Deputy Head of Junior School