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October 16, 2020

This coming Wednesday we have our first Market Day for 2021. Our 6th Class House Captains choose a charity or project they wish to support and together with their 6th Class team look to raise money around a fun event. This Term Neo Siu, representing Cook, has chosen Care Australia and the School will have a mufti day (children can wear clothes of their choice). Organising Market Day is an important part of 6th class students’ connection to the value of Service. They have also demonstrated other examples of service in their first few weeks of school by helping L1st students to class, speaking in Assembly and to visitors to our School, and most importantly through leading by example. …

Head of School’s Comment

This week our Primary students who had tried out, and been selected to be in a PISA team, had their first competitive matches. By all accounts their performances were strong and they supported each other as a team, as well as showing respect for the opposition. We have seen the same positive approach from students involved in our regular sports lessons as also during our current swimming program. As we look forward to our Primary Swimming Carnival in just a few weeks, it is the combination of individual personal bests, healthy competition between the Houses, as well as support and respect for fellow students across the board, that makes this event so special. We are looking at the value …

Head of School Comment

At our assemblies, each week we explore the School Value in focus with a discussion based on practical examples given by the students and a reading given by our leadership team. This week the reading was from a quote by Albert Einstein where he referred to the fact that his work was only possible through the combined effort and service of others and that his discoveries would serve those that are to come. It was the first assembly for our Lower 1st, and not only did they impress everyone with how settled and attentive they were, they also joined in with many insightful and “interesting” interpretations during the discussion. The honest and personal approach by younger children always brings …

Head of School’s Comment

It has been brilliant seeing all the smiling faces arriving at school this week and wonderful to welcome many new faces too! It has felt like a bit of a celebration after a quiet summer break for many. We are very much looking forward to our Lower 1st students beginning their first full week of school next week. The Core Values of our school are Stillness, Truthfulness, Courage, Service, and Respect. With our students and staff, we work through these values in all that we do throughout the year. However, we do select a Value to concentrate on each Term, along with an aspect of that Value each week. This Term we will be focussing on our Value of …

Head of School’s Comment

This week we had the pleasure of welcoming our Lower 1st Class for 2021 to their orientation day. Due to restrictions we were unable to bring the parents together, however we are hopeful that the new year will bring easing restrictions and we will be able to have some parent social activities at least in year groups. The students settled in very well with their new teachers Mrs Connell and Mrs Tomicki, who led the children in a range of activities, including a tour of the school. A big thank you to our 6th Class students who were great ambassadors of our school as they assisted students and welcomed parents. ‘It’s hard to believe that these students are only …

Head of School’s Comment

This Term our Value in focus is Service, and of late we have looked at the benefits of giving full attention to all that we do. There have been many insightful, practical examples given by students from Lower 1st through to 6th Class. As we move to the end of the year, we begin to determine our 6th Class leadership team for 2021. Interested 5th Class students have already begun thinking about what roles they may like to perform and to develop their speeches with votes being counted from staff, and students from 4th to 6th Class. Apart from the specific roles in 6th Class though, there are plenty of opportunities for all our students to show leadership and …