Today the College held our Anzac Services in remembrance of those Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who fought and died at Gallipoli in 1915. Rev. Roxy Gahegan led a special service for the Junior School girls and Year 7 girls connecting the themes of peace and justice for our girls to reflect on how they can serve their community today. It was very special to see the hall filled with girls wearing their red poppies in remembrance.
My thanks to all teachers for meeting with parents from each class on two evenings in the past week for our first oral reporting. These meetings are very important in reviewing how each girl has settled into the term socially, emotionally and academically. This personalised learning then enables goals to be set going forward to Term 2.
My thanks to the P&F for providing a delicious meal for our teachers during oral reporting. This was greatly appreciated by the teachers in the evening. Thanks also to the wonderful work our class co-ordinators have done this term in supporting the teacher and class community. This caring and cohesive relationship between staff and parents is so important in our learning community. Your work with us is appreciated.
Each Thursday I meet with the Year 1 – 3 Community Circle and the Year 4 – 6 Student Council. These girls represent their classes as Values Reps, Class and Games Captains. We discuss aspects that are going well in the Junior School, anything that isn’t and how we can improve this. This group of girls have been a passionate and inspiring group of leaders to work with. As a collective they have added much value to the Junior School with positivity and solution focus in their student voice.
Sadly we will be farewelling Sarah Franklin-Browne at the end of next term. Sarah currently teaches PE, Year 6 Mathematics and Year 4 English. Sarah has taken a position at Cockle Bay School. This school is a lot closer to home for Sarah as she has been doing a lengthy commute from her new home in Beachlands during the past year. We will farewell Sarah nearer the end of Term 2.
I am pleased to inform you that Nichole Mayer will increase her current Learning Assistant hours to replace Bronwyn Flint in Year 1 – 3 and we welcome back Vicky Hacket Pain who will be a Learning Assistant in Year 4 – 6.
Grandparents Morning – Wednesday 18 May
Please let your daughter’s grandparents or special grand-family friend know to save the date in their diaries for this very special day. Grandparents can come along to Junior School and spend a fun morning being part of their granddaughter’s school life. A programme will be available early next term. To register for grandparents please click here.
I wish you all of our families a happy and safe term break.
Ms Julie Gifkins
Head of Junior School