Welcome back to Term 3. As always it is a pleasure to see our new girls and their families so warmly welcomed into the College. With this busy term ahead I encourage you to book in dates for the many events and activities your daughters will be involved in. The Junior School Diary is a good place to check as well as myCollege.
We had a lovely Year 6 family Chapel Service on Sunday. My thanks to our Chaplain Roxy Gahegan, our Year 6 girls and staff. It is always lovely sharing this special time with our families. The girls reflected on what they treasured and shared these with us.
“From where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” – Matthew 6:21
100 Days has been celebrated this week in our Year 1 team. It was impressive to see the girls’ creativity and originality in their presentations. The party to celebrate was equally special and this made for a memorable experience for the girls. Thanks to Mrs Mowbray, Mrs Meredith and Mrs Waller for organising this special event reflecting the girls’ learning over 100 days at the College.
Our Junior Black Watch Singers sang at Chapel. This along with other practices helped prepare them for the Kids Sing competition on Monday. Junior Black Watch Singers was one of six choirs who received a Gold Award. They were also awarded:
Best Performance of the Test Piece
Best Performance of a New Zealand Work
Top Award for Best Primary Choir in the Kids Sing Festival
I was thrilled to see our girls perform during the competition and at the evening performance at the Town Hall. My thanks to Miss Amelia Giles for her outstanding work and development with this choir.
Congratulations to Sasha Situe in Year 6 who has been awarded the Sir Peter Blake Young Leaders award. This award was presented to Sasha at our College Assembly and also at our Junior School assembly.
The criteria for the Sir Peter Blake leadership award is:
- have their own leadership style – it could be a quiet or a big, bold approach
- work well with their peers, not just alone
- communicate well, and can relate to both students and teachers
- are doing good things in their school, home, and community
- aren’t afraid of a hard task, and get stuck in
- are thoughtful and considerate of others
- take on extra duties, and do them well
- do things with a great attitude
- know how to have fun
Congratulations to our Junior School winter sports teams. I have been thrilled to see our girls in action demonstrating amazing team work and fair play as well as skill development since the start of the season. As always our coaches, student coaches and development coaches do an amazing job encouraging and nudging the girls in these developments. All teams are showing great resilience in their competitions.
Raising Resilient Girls with Dr Judith Locke. Wednesday 31 August 6.30pm – 8.45pm.
We are excited to welcome to St Cuthbert’s Dr Judith Locke, internationally renowned clinical psychologist and author of The Bonsai Child. Dr Locke will present three parent sessions which will offer strategies for parents to assist their girls to grow into confident, capable young women. The Junior School parent session is on Wednesday 31 August, 6.30pm – 8.45pm in Clouston Hall. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
Junior School Showcase Wednesday 10 August
All girls and teachers are looking forward to sharing their learning with you in a range of curriculum areas. The showcase reflects skill development in core curriculum areas and also the Arts and Technology curriculum areas taught within the classroom. There will be a range of displays, performances and products that will be shared with you.
All girls need to attend and they must report to their class teacher to sign in and sign out. Please support your daughters with this expectation.
- At 5.00pm we invite you to begin in the Information Centre Atrium viewing Reception – Year 3 artworks on display.
- From 5.00pm – 5.30pm in Clouston Hall there will be samples of Music learning from some Year 4 and Year 6 girls.
- From 5.30pm – 6.00pm there will be performances from Reception – Year 3 girls in Clouston Hall.
- From 6.00 – 7.00pm there will be Year 4 – 6 Learning in Action in the Elizabeth Caughey Foyer, Year 4 and 5 classrooms and breakout spaces.
Ms Julie Gifkins
Head of Junior School