There has been a lot happening in the Junior School over the past fortnight. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful staff for all of the work they put in to making the learning experiences so engaging and fun for our students.
It was lovely to host Glen Gerreyn last week. After speaking to our Year 9 students, Glen spoke to our staff and then our parents in the evening about Hope and how we can help our students achieve their goals and live their best life. Thank you to the families that supported this event; I am sure you would have learnt as much from the event that I did.
In Term 3, we will have eight mid-year Reception students starting school. Last Friday they began the process of transitioning into Reception. The transition process is an opportunity for the student to become familiar with the routines and expectations of Reception. The students will have four formal visits over the next few weeks. They will be made very welcome by the students and families of the Junior School and we look forward to watching them grow and flourish throughout their Junior School journey.
Year 1 Late Night at Currency Creek
The Year 1 Late Night at Currency Creek is always a highlight on the Year 1 calendar. The aim of the Late Night in Year 1 is to help prepare students for the camp program which commences in Year 2. Students had the opportunity to observe the changes that occur between day and night at our Currency Creek site, which was one of the focuses of last term’s Earth and Space Sciences unit.
Whilst at the site for the evening, the students had a sausage sizzle for tea, drank hot chocolate, went for a night walk and played a game of Sardines. The allusive Mrs Stopp proved hard to find. Thank you to Mr Freebairn, Mrs Stopp and Mrs Meadows for facilitating this wonderful experience.
Year 2 Camp
This week our Year 2 students are taking part in their first overnight camp to Narnu Farm. This is a wonderful opportunity and the students always look back favourably upon their time at Narnu Farm. Whilst on camp, the students got to ride horses, go on a tractor ride, feed a range of farm animals and experience what life on a farm is like. Thank you to Mrs Detmar and Miss Coppock for facilitating this wonderful opportunity for our students.
On Monday 30 May we had four Year 4 girls compete against 21 other schools across Australia in the FUSE Cup.
The girls danced off against other schools and completed 10 Just Dance tracks. The top two teams from each pool went on to the Grand Final. Unfortunately, our Investigator team did not make the Grand Final but had a lot of fun and learnt a lot about e-safety and gaming in the process.
Congratulations to Juliet, Ella, Paige and Audrey for representing the College with pride. This is the first time Investigator College students have competed in an eSport Competition.
Year 3 Farmer Visit
Pest management, environmental concerns, collecting and monitoring data and working more efficiently are real problems our farmers face. Recently our Year 3s met Farmer Hugh over Zoom and had a close-up look at some of the technology he uses on his grain farm in Victoria. The students posed some interesting questions and were impressed with some of the robotics used in farming. Later in the day, the students designed their own robotic device to solve a farming problem. There were numerous robotic arms and even laser eyes that could pull out weeds. This was a wonderful opportunity for our Year 3 students.
Katie Hills (Year 3 teacher)
Da Vinci Decathlon
On Monday 6 June we had eight Year 6 students compete in the Da Vinci Decathlon at St Peter’s Girls’ School in Stonyfell. The Da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students.
Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: engineering, mathematics and chess, code breaking, art and poetry, science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography, and legacy.
Investigator College contended well and was successful in winning the Science Discipline. Congratulations to Marlin French, Josh Harty, Oscar Hirsch, Hamish Farrelly, Edwina Ray, Evelina Serafin, Jaime Stopp and Ben White.
Our Principal’s Tour on Tuesday was a great success. Thank you for all of the recommendations for enrolling in our wonderful school. Please continue to encourage interested family and friends to book a tour!
Head of Junior School