There is an air of excitement around the school as the Primary children prepare to go on their yearly excursions to Milson Island and Canberra.
Three days at Milson Island, engaging in outdoor activities, does wonders for the children. There is also a great communal spirit as the children bunk together, eat together and engage in group activities. These situations build and strengthen friendships in the children, develop their character, and help them work with, and care for, others. They are also given the opportunity to engage in adventurous challenges within the context of a safe environment.
Canberra is quite a different excursion where the children learn about our government and the value of a democracy. When I have been to Canberra with the 5th and 6th Class I have always been impressed by their maturity, helpfulness and general consideration for others. We place a great deal of emphasis on the building of character in the children and this usually becomes very evident during the Canberra excursion.
The Infants are looking forward to their Sports Carnival next week – this is always a delightful experience for one and all. We hope that the weather stays kind and look forward to the day.
With the Infant’s Shakespeare Festival only just brought to a glorious conclusion the Primary is now starting to gain momentum, and the Bard’s words can again be heard reverberating throughout the school. It’s amazing how the children get better from year to year. They look as if they have reached the peak of what children their age can do, and then go on to excel themselves.
Also, at the present time, there is much practice around the school in the sporting area as the Infants prepare for their carnival, which is always such a delight, and so good for the children in terms of building fortitude, courage, sportsmanship and much more. Mrs Dunn took our best sports children to the IPSHA Athletics Carnival last Tuesday and they certainly made a valiant effort - a good time was had by all, particularly Mrs Dunn!
We very much appreciate your co-operation in the area of uniform and understand that it’s not always easy, particularly with hats and caps. The standard of uniform has been good over the term and we wish to thank you for your co-operation and continued efforts.
The children are still practicing “service” and the school has a harmonious feel about it – the children certainly seem very happy.
Happy, but weary, the Infants cohort can now look back on yet another successful Shakespeare Festival, and of course for the Lower First it was the beginning of what we hope will be a seven-year courtship of Shakespeare.
Parents are to be thanked for their usual indefatigable support of the event (there was an extra one this year due to the small size of the space), which includes providing and selling food and tickets, as well as making costumes, doing hair and makeup and being a wonderful, enthusiastic audience. The latter is of course the most important aspect! Primary are full steam ahead with preparation for their Festival at Glen Street Theatre in November, and they have been inspired by the performance of the younger children.
The big event this coming week is the Infants Shakespeare Festival, which is the culmination of many hours of work by teachers, children and of course wonderfully helpful parents. Everyone is very excited, and the dress rehearsals put on for the Primary School, went very well. The Primary children were delighted. The venue, despite early reservations, has proved to be excellent for an Infants performance, being contained and somewhat intimate, and the young voices were more easily heard. Teachers have voted to keep the “Secret Service” practice going for another while, as it has been so very successful, and they have noticed an increase of kindness amongst the children.
The gods were definitely on our side on sports day and everyone was commenting on the benign weather which helped to make the day such a pleasant and successful one. Another aspect that contributed to the success of the event was the attitude of the children. At Assembly on Monday the Headmaster asked the children about good sportsmanship and many of them spoke of courage, honouring each other’s performance, cheering each other’s houses and giving full support to those children who are not quite so sporty. The event is an end in itself and can be enjoyed by all, winners, losers and spectators. This is an ethos which will hold the children in good stead as they get older and it should be totally encouraged. An enormous amount of work goes into the organisation of this and a “technological first” should be noted – Mrs Layton recorded results directly onto the computer! Many thanks to Mrs Dunn and Mrs Layton. The next major event is the Infant’s Shakespeare festival beginning this week with full dress rehearsals staged for the Primary.
Last Monday in Assembly the children were asked how the secret service was going. They gave many observations of kindness and generosity to their fellow class mates, and others. It’s very encouraging to see the children look after and care for each other. We will continue this practice for another week or two because the children are enjoying it, and it obviously makes them happy.
Teachers’ Day Assembly was beautiful and the usual abundance of flowers demonstrated the parents’ generosity and gratitude. In the assembly the Headmaster pointed out that everyone has teachers, even the teachers themselves! We can all learn from each other and it’s very good to acknowledge this.
We trust that the “Secret Service” is going well, but as it’s a secret we really don’t know! However, we can surmise from the general atmosphere in the classrooms and the kindness and helpfulness of the children that it is going well.
By Mrs Donald – Infants Mistress; Mrs McKendrick – Primary Mistress The school precinct is benefiting from the children’s “Secret Service” which involves not only performing small acts of kindness and consideration towards each other and teachers, but also keeping their classrooms tidy and spaces outside their classrooms free from clutter and rubbish. Congratulations to all! We are encouraging the children to practise this at home also! We will keep this service as a focus for the next week or two.