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Junior School News

From the Director of Waterford

From the Director of Waterford – Gabrielle Smith

Project Compassion

Throughout the season of the Lent, the Waterford boys have made a ‘personal pledge’ in support of Caritas Australia, Project Compassion Appeal.

The focus of their pledge is to open their hearts and unite together in solidarity with the world’s poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

Through their donations, the boys are helping the poor around the world to empower themselves in order to shape a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

It is wonderful to see the generosity of all the boys. Special mention is to be given to Fox Stapleton in 6 Red and Claude Natalizio in 6 Gold who have given a great deal of their time in baking cakes, cookies and brownies and selling them to the wider community over the weekend. Their generosity, initiative and care is a great example of love and service to others.  

Reflection

We received a call from a member of the community to compliment the behaviour of two Waterford boys on the 400 bus last week. They stood up immediately when a woman with a stroller got on the bus, despite their cumbersome backpacks, displaying great manners. Well done boys!

Year 5 Camp

I have just returned from the very successful and high energy Year 5 camp that was held at Vision Valley. The theme was ‘Let’s Get Together’ and it supported the boys in building relationships with their teachers and fellow students. With 145 boys beginning in Year 5 this year it was a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other better.

They were given opportunities to experience a sense of achievement as they took on leadership roles and worked together as a team to encourage positive decision making. This all being achieved within a supervised, safe and positive environment.

Thank you to our dedicated teachers; Ms Gaby Bransby, Mr Stephen Ghattas, Mr Ben Meadley, Mrs Michelle Rollins, Mrs Tracie Ryan, Mr Matt Ryan, Mr Anthony Stanton and Miss Charlotte Stephenson for ensuring the camp was such a success.

Canteen – Term 2

A huge thank you to the parents who have already volunteered to help in the tuckshop.

We are now looking for volunteers for Term 2. If you are able to give up some of your time to help in the Canteen, please sign up using this link

This is a great way to get to know some of the other parents of Junior School boys.

Holidays

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the staff, students and families of Waterford for a wonderful start to 2019. We have a dedicated team consisting of teaching staff, support staff, students and families who work so well together to support school endeavours. It’s a recipe for an enjoyable school experience and a pleasurable environment to work in. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday if I don’t see you before the end of term.