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Dear Parents/Caregivers

What a fantastic 2021 we have had at Investigator College. The year has included many memorable events as well as some wonderful learning opportunities.

In Wellbeing and Values Education (WAVE) and in many classes, the students are often asked to reflect upon What Went Well. As a staff, meetings are often started with What Went Well so we can highlight all of the good things that have happened. As I reflect upon my first year at Investigator College there are several things that stand out to me as contributing to why 2021 has been such a successful year. These are:

  1. Our hard working and dedicated teaching staff have put in countless hours to make the learning opportunities and experiences for the students so memorable
  2. Our polite and respectful students. As I conduct tours of the school, take lessons or engage with the students, I am continually reminded of how polite and respectful our students are. Our students show each other respect, show their teachers respect and show the environment respect through their behaviour and engagement in the Currency Creek Program. Our students make this college a wonderful place for staff to work and students to learn.
  3. The warm and inviting sense of community. Investigator College truly is a wonderful and welcoming community. This is evident whenever new families start and current families reach out to them. It was also evident at our recent Twilight Picnic.

Thank you to all that have contributed to making 2021 the success that it was, families, staff and students I hope you and your children have enjoyed it as much as we have.

Year 6 Graduation

On Friday 3 December, the Year 6 students held their graduation ceremony in the Performing Arts and Sports Centre. The ceremony was a lovely occasion and a fitting way to celebrate the last year in the Junior School for this cohort. We wish them the best of luck as they transition into the Middle School, a change that they have been well prepared for by their Junior School teachers and learning experiences.

For many of our famailes, transition to the Middle School also signifies the end of a long relationship with the Junior School. Please ensure you maintain contact as one of the great things about being a teacher is hearing about how your past students are progressing.

The student journey through the Junior School is a team effort that involves efforts and guidance from many people including teachers, office staff, volunteers and ESOs. We thank all that have contributed to the education of our Year 6 group and especially thank Melissa Belton, Lisa Pointon and Sarah Viney for making their last year in the Junior School so memorable.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Year 6 cohort for their service this year. They have been wonderful ambassadors for the school and served the Junior School well at assemblies, carnivals, as buddies and in the canteen.

Fun Day

The Fun Day on Tuesday was a great way to celebrate the end of the year and gave the opportunity for our students to participate in a number of activities. These included a wheelies course, obstacle course, a waterslide and water play, dance sport and fitness games. Thank you to Melissa Belton and Tanya Stopp for organising this wonderful end to the year for our students.

Student Counsellor

Investigator College has recently sought applicants for the role of Student Counsellor. Currently, Nicole Eckermann is employed as our Student Counsellor three days a week. Throughout the year it has become evident that additional counselling time is required so that we can better meet the needs of our students. We received several high-quality applications and, after a rigorous process, I am pleased to announce that Mr Craig Donley has won the position for the additional two days per week. Over the past few years, Craig has been studying counselling where he received special commendations for his academic endeavours. Craig’s vast experience working as a Primary Teacher and his calm, nurturing manner will be particularly useful when working with all of our students, especially our ever increasing number of Junior School students and families that require counselling services.

Craig is very much looking forward to this new challenge and is excited about working closely with Nicole Eckermann to develop the counselling services offered at Investigator College.

Craig’s two days out of the classroom will be covered by Miss Lisa Pointon.

Christmas Concert

On Monday we held our Junior School Christmas Concert. This was a wonderful event and it was great to see our students have the opportunity to shine on stage, in front of a real audience. A lot of time and effort went into the preparation of this concert and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Amy Willcocks and Miss Lisa Pointon for their work behind the scenes to make this event such a success. I still have some of the songs running through my head.

 

Staff Farewells

Jill Bosanquet

Jill has been working in the ELC as the Early Childhood Teacher on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout Term 4.  Jill has done an amazing job in the short time she has been with us. We thank her for her work at Little Investigators.

Jim Dunbar

On Tuesday we were able to farewell Jim with a fitting tribute at Assembly. Jim has been a long serving and well respected member of our College and it was lovely to see the tributes flow. It is clear he has touched the lives of many in his time at Investigator College. Jim was awarded a number of awards and a special multi media presentation was developed about his long serving and successful career at our College.

We wish Jim all the best in his retirement and thank him for his dedication and service to Investigator College.

Bev Giggins

Bev will conclude her role as the Acting Director of our ELC on 17 December. In the short time she has been with us in the ELC she has made a significant impact.

Bev will continue working at Investigator College in 2022 as a classroom teacher in Year 4.

Allie Polson

Allie will be concluding her role at Investigator College ELC where she has worked as a Co-Educator over several years. Allie is much loved by staff and students in the ELC. We thank her for her service and wish her the best in her next endeavour.

Belinda Selge

Throughout Semester 2 Belinda has worked as the Early Childhood Teacher on Wednesday through to Friday. Belinda’s has done an excellent job in her time at Little Investigators and we thank her for her efforts and care of our youngest learners.

On behalf of  all the staff at Investigator College, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.

Kind regards,

Nick Smith
Head of Junior School

nsmith@investigator.sa.edu.au

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