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Term 1 has been a highly successful term with many highlights. It has been lovely to meet all of the students and families and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for making me feel welcome. Eased number restrictions at events has meant that a real sense of community can be felt at each event and a feeling of beginning to return to a sense of normality is starting to appear. I look forward to continuing to grow the numbers of parents/caregivers attending our events and there are several opportunities in Term 2 to share our learning and further build our sense of community. These opportunities include a family evening run by Kidz Biz Education and a Mother’s Day Breakfast to name a few.

The end of term is a great opportunity to reflect on ‘What Went Well’ for the term. We often do ‘What Went Wells’ with our staff and students and they are a lovely way of stopping for a moment and being grateful for the wonderful opportunities and experiences we have. I encourage you to take some time to sit down with your children and ask them ‘What Went Well’. You will be surprised by how often students mention the small things that they enjoyed. I would love to hear about what went well for you and your students this term.

It has been another busy week!

Our Year 5s went on an excursion to Monarto Zoo as part of their Science unit on Adaptations. A great day was had by all and the highlight for many was the chimpanzees.

The Year 6s also had an event-packed week hosting their Identity Day. As part of Identity Day, students shared the work they had been doing on what makes each of them unique and this was then shared with the other students in the Junior School who came to visit the displays they had made and set up in the PASC. It was great to see the Year 6 students conduct themselves with such pride and share their strengths and passions.

On Thursday, our Year 6s also hosted a leadership and collaboration day with the Year 6 students from St John’s Grammar School at our Currency Creek EcoCentre. The day involved the students collaborating to plant over 100 native plants at the site as well as prick over 500 seedlings. In addition to this, students undertook an orienteering activity and a collaborative art project which will be presented at Assembly in the first few weeks of Term 2. The day was a great opportunity for our students to get together with students from similar schools and to develop their collaborative and leadership skills. We thank Mr Freebairn and the Year 6 teachers for making this day possible. Based on the success of the day, we will definitely continue to grow this relationship with St John’s.

Also on Thursday, we had several students win awards in the local Encounter Celebration Competition. This involved students undertaking some research and making a poster about the meeting and work of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders. Congratulations to Romy Matthews who came 1st in the Upper Primary, Zhaleiya Heath who came 2nd and Zara Altamura who came 3rd in this fantastic competition of local significance.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank our wonderful staff for the work they have done this term; their hard work and enthusiasm inspires me and we are very fortunate to have them guiding our students. Have a wonderful break and I look forward to all that lies ahead in Term 2.

Happy Holidays!

Nick Smith
Head of Junior School

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