Year 5 girls work with University of Auckland and the Centre for Brain Research
The MovinCog initiative has been set up by the University of Auckland and the Centre for Brain Research. This trial focuses on working memory. Our Year 5 girls were invited to be part of the trial. The programme, which will be launched in schools, will support the development of students’ working memory. Dr David Moreau worked in classes today and he will revisit us at the end of term. Our girls enjoyed this experience. Alexandra, Coco and Anjali said that it was fun, challenging and they each had favourite tests. I was with the girls during the morning session and it was a joy to see the girls working independently with the various trial activities.
Since 2015 Sue Downes, Head of Learning Support in the PLC, has been trialing the use of the Feurenstein method and this also focuses on strengthening working memory. We have had great success with this trial and girls have noticed growth in their learning capabilities.
This year our girls in Year 1 – 3 are working on a 20 minute daily programme that we call Foundation Fitness. This is in support of our girls’ working memory and also the development of fine and gross motor skills.
I look forward to sharing more updates on working memory with you this year.
New Junior School Receptionist
We welcome Mrs Michelle Colyer to the College. Michelle has thoroughly enjoyed meeting staff, girls and parents this week. Michelle works from 8.00am – 4.00pm in the Junior School Reception.
P&F Class Co-ordinators for 2016
My thanks to the many parents who have offered to be class co-ordinators this year. This team does an amazing job assisting with our communication for class essentials and Junior School events during the year. They support class teachers to disseminate essential information to our parents.
|6GRS||Mary van Wijk||Elizabeth|
|6IRE||Nina Vasan||Sasha Situe|
My thanks to the Year 6 parents in their support of the upcoming Wellington trip. We have held detailed information meetings and next week we have our camp supervisors meetings. I know that the girls will greatly benefit from the education outside the classroom (EOTC) experiences with the specific learning objectives each year group has this year.
Our Junior School House Captains and Deputies were announced at assembly last week. The Year 6 girls are currently applying for other key leadership and service positions in the Junior School and these will be announced next week. Congratulations to the following girls:
|House||House Captain||Deputy House Captain|
|Dunblane||Madeleine Clark||Grace Avny|
|Durham||Sasha Gabriel||Neeve Glass|
|Elgin||Katie Lawgun||Georgie Huxford|
|Iona||Rachel Duston||Georgia Barrett|
|Kelso||Elizabeth van Wijk||Isobel Fletcher|
|Lindisfarne||Sofia Kelliher||Giselle Patrick|
|Melrose||Sasha Situe||Charlotte Greenwood|
|York||Jasmine Liu||Gintara Smith|
I look forward to seeing our families at the upcoming Junior School Family Picnic on Sunday 6 March. This is going to be a wonderful afternoon for our community to gather together.
Ms Julie Gifkins
Head of Junior School