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It is hard to believe we have already completed another term. The last two weeks have been jam packed with Parent Teacher Interviews, P&F Ice Cream Sales, a Year 2 visit to Monarto, the FUSE Cup, Reader’s RAP, SACA Cricket clinics, visits from St John’s Grammar to our Currency Creek EcoCentre, Year 1 visit to Old Tailem Town and a new event on the calendar, the House Song Competition.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Thank you to all of the parents that attended the Parent Teacher interviews in Week 9. It was lovely to have everyone on site for these and to meet face to face.  We hope this was a good opportunity for you to discuss the progress of your child/children.

House Song Competition

This year there has been an increased focus on developing a sense of connection and belonging to a House. Already students had a strong connection with their House but the opportunities to compete and show this pride dwindles a little after the Athletics Carnival. Therefore, we introduced our first ever House Singing competition which was a great success.

Throughout the term each House has worked together to present a song that represents a VIA Character Strength. There were two prizes on the day. One prize was for the best musical performance and one was for demonstrating House Spirit. The two aspects were judged separately. Wattle made a clean sweep taking both titles with their rendition of Sir Elton John’s ‘I’m still standing’ a dedication to the Character Strength of Perseverance.

Blue Gum demonstrated Zest and teamwork when they performed ‘Better when I’m dancing’. Waratah did an outstanding performance demonstrating the character Strength of bravery singing ‘This is me’. Banksia put on a great display of percussion and singing sharing their passion for Recycling and the environment.

This was a wonderful new initiative and, judging by the student and parental support, the House Song Competition has an exciting future as a regular fixture on the College Calendar.

Thank you to Mr Mark Tenny and Miss Lisa Pointon for their work in organising this event and to all of the teachers that helped facilitate the performances.

A few comments form our Year 5s…

I love how everybody tried their hardest and didn’t give up. They gave their complete best I loved the song choices everyone was so brave going on stage with all the parents and students watching them on stage it was so fun. Ajay Kolarik

I really enjoyed the house song competition. I thought all the teams did really well. I am in Wattle and our team won the performance award and school spirit award so we won the whole thing! The song we performed was ‘I’m still standing’ By Elton John. I had great fun doing the performance and preparing for it.

The character strength we did was perseverance I was super happy for all my friends because they all did really well. I couldn’t get the smile off my face the whole competition!

Georgie Byrnes

I loved the house comp! and it was really funny and fun. wattle definitely deserved to win but so did blue gum. I really don’t care if my team came last because I know we all tried and its just for fun I loved it!

Moira Blacket

It was difficult getting the right song, but we got used to it. As we got on stage honestly it was kind of fun. When we started singing I was a bit scared but I got used to it. When we got to the other songs and when wattle won the competition honestly wasn’t surprised. About the bravery it really fits in to the waratah song this is me.

Harrison Burzacott

Currency Creek St John’s Grammar

This week we have had both the Year 4 and Year 6 students from St John’s Grammar visit our Currency Creek EcoCentre.

The Investigator College Year 4 students shared their learning from their recent visits about frogs with their guests. Part of this included information about local frog species and the threats that exist for frogs. They also shared some lunch together. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to demonstrate their knowledge, broaden their friendships and plan and present to a target audience.

The Year 6 students continued to build upon the connections they made last year with the St John’s students. They shared their knowledge of the Currency Creek site, made kites together and shared a sausage sizzle lunch.

Next term our Year 2, 3 and 5 students will be connecting with those from St John’s, with our Year 2 students hosting and our Year 3 and 5 students visiting St John’s at Belair. It is great to see the relationship between our two schools flourish. As well as opportunities for our students to mix, many of our staff have also had the opportunity to share knowledge and engage in professional discussion over the last two years.

Thank you for all of your support over the last term. On behalf of the staff at Investigator College we hope you have a nice holiday. We look forward to seeing you again in Term 4.


Nicholas Smith
Head of Junior School



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