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Easter Week

Easter is always a special week on the calendar. It was lovely to have over 60 parents/caregivers and grandparents attend our special Easter Chapel Service on Tuesday. We thank Rev. Theo McCall, the Chaplain of St Peter’s College, for conducting the service. The behaviour of the students was outstanding and the singing of our newly formed choirs was beautiful. Special events and celebrations on the Anglican Calendar are wonderful opportunities to come together as a community and celebrate.

Today we also had our Easter Buddy activities. Each year level connected with their buddy class and shared some stories and activities. It is always nice to see our older students be role models and mentors for the younger students; equally, it is beautiful to see the younger students admire and adore the older students. Buddy activities are such great opportunities to connect, engage, show patience and mentor.

Assemblies

The COVID-19 restrictions eased slightly on 31 March meaning we can be at 75% capacity for indoor school events. This means we would like to extend a warm welcome to parents/caregivers to attend our upcoming assemblies. On Tuesday 6 April we will have an end of term Gratitude assembly and on the first day back of Term 2 we will be holding an ANZAC day assembly at 9:00am. Parents/caregivers will still be required to sanitise and check in upon arrival. We look forward to seeing you at our Assemblies to celebrate the achievements of our wonderful students.

Reception Picnic

On Wednesday evening, last week (24 March), the Reception students, staff and families had their Reception Picnic on the quadrangle. It was a beautiful evening and a lovely way for families to get to know each other and build community. Thank you to the Reception teachers for organising the event; we hope that evenings such as these are the start of some strong family connections.

Maths Olympiad

This year a group of approximately 20 Year 5 and 6 strong mathematical students are competing in the APSMO Mathematics Olympiad.  The Olympiad aims to:

  • Introduce students to important mathematical concepts
  • Teach major strategies and develop flexibility for problem solving
  • Foster creativity and ingenuity and strengthen intuition
  • Stimulate enthusiasm and enjoyment of mathematics
  • Provide for the satisfaction, joy and thrill of meeting challenges

There are five Olympiads that the students compete in throughout the year. We are fortunate enough to have Mike Howard, an experienced extension Mathematics teacher, volunteer to work with small groups of these students and prepare the students for the Olympiads. We thank Mike for his support of this wonderful opportunity for the students.

Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee

Last week we had a number of students compete in the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee, an online National Competition. Our students really enjoyed the challenge and we are lucky to have nine students going forward into the state/territory finals!!

Only 100 from each state and territory are able to advance to the next round, so this is a great effort! Thank you, Miss Zorkovic, for organising this wonderful opportunity for our students.

Happy Easter!

nsmith@investigator.sa.edu.au

Nick Smith
Head of Junior School

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