Please find below some reminders about upcoming events. For all of Term 3 events, please refer to the College calendar.
- 18 September – Allwell Testing Year 6
- 21 September – Classes conclude
- 3 November – Year 6 Retreat Day onsite
ICAS Assessments 2023 – Winners
Congratulations to all the students who participated in ICAS Assessments. A special congratulations to the following students who received a credit or above in Mathematics.
- Distinction: Thomas Taylor
- Credit: Zac Bentley, Liam Hagley, Zachary Hickman, Oliver Johnson, Rufus Nicholson, Jamie Pettit, Jake Saad and Cillian Stankard.
- Credit: Hugo Binder, Taj Gadd, Boyd Haslam, Ryan Loughrey, Lachlan Moore, Noah Nunn, Owen Posada and Maxim Service.
Ethics Olympiad Silver Medal
Our Junior School ‘Eth-letes’ have achieved outstanding results in this year’s Ethics Olympiad. Year 5 was awarded the silver medal in what was a remarkable display of concise and respectful discourse. Year 6 finished in the top eight and received an honourable mention from the judges.
Students were required to work as a team to come up with the best possible answer to difficult ethical questions such as, ‘How do we balance past promises with new opportunities?’
Congratulations to Year 5 students Arlo Buchanan, Samuel Garratt, Jack Gibson, Lucas Marin and Jude McDermott and Year 6 students Charles Carrano, Vincent Lee, Louie Patane, Max Service and Jethro Venning.
Science Co-educational Experience with St Catherine’s School, Waverley
Last Tuesday, we invited 14 students from St Catherine’s to join 12 Year 6 students in a wonderful learning experience in our Science Laboratory. Students took part in a lesson looking at plant adaptations.
The students worked collaboratively, exploring the Junior School campus to find, collect and observe various plant specimens using our microscopes. It was a brilliant experience and we look forward to many more in the future.
Ms Gaby Bransby
Director of Junior School
Waverley’s Got Talent – Winners
Last week, the Junior School partook in Waverley’s Got Talent! A very exciting event filled with many extraordinary acts throughout the four days of auditioning; including singing, dancing, acting, playing an instrument and performing magic tricks.
On Friday afternoon, the Junior School came together to support and cheer on their friends who had the courage to perform and entertain us all. We were very impressed with the enthusiasm, excitement and energy that filled the room!
A big congratulations goes to all of our grand finalists, in particular the students who partook in the top three performances:
- 1st Place: Joe Roy and Thomas Cunningham (DJ performance)
- 2nd Place: Xavier Darragh (didgeridoo performance)
- 3rd Place: Joe Madden (clarinet/ piano performance) and Freddie Fearon (piano performance)
We were also very lucky to have the support of teachers who acted as judges throughout the week; in particular our Grand Final judges including Ms Bransby, Ms Rollins and Mr Johnston.
We look forward to seeing the many new talented performers next year!
Ms Chloe-Jane Tweedie
5 White Classroom Teacher
Home Learning Week 10
*No Home Learning on Wednesday and Thursday
We offer all students in Year 5 and Year 6 the opportunity to receive free additional support after school to complete home learning tasks. The afternoon sessions also provide a quiet, supervised study space for students who want to complete their assigned tasks.
Home Learning Club operates in the Learning Hub from 3pm-4pm – Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – during school term unless there is a scheduled Professional Development meeting and the club will be closed.
Only register his name once to allow other students the opportunity to attend. The session is limited to 20 spots. There will be a roll call to ensure attendance.
Students are required to stay for the full session unless there is a message in the student diary requesting early leave, a parent’s signature will be required.
As it is important to respect the rights of others to learn and work, all students are expected to settle to work in the Learning Hub and not cause a disturbance for others.
- Monday and Wednesday: Ms Natasha Zivanovic email@example.com
- Tuesday and Thursday: Ms Gaby Bransby firstname.lastname@example.org
If you require any further information, feel free to contact us.
An important note to remember, if afternoon training sessions are cancelled, unfortunately, you cannot send your son to Home Learning as an alternative plan, Students are registered for the afternoon sessions in advance and the capacity is always reached.
Avoid messaging your son during this period, unless it is urgent.
Lunchtime Talk with Mark Zimmermann
Inspiring, insightful and highly informative presentation by Mark Zimmermann the founder of, ‘Mindset & Performance Coach for Leaders in Sport and Business’ and dad of James in Year 5.
Mark shared with the students the top tips to success through a positive mindset, coaching, working as a team and goal setting, not only for the sporting arena, but also in all aspects of life.
Your point about ‘Dealing with Disappointment’ and how failure is an important part of our success story, was very powerful.
The Junior School students were lucky to learn from an expert in this field on creating and maintaining a healthy mindset, building mental skills and resilience on and off the field.
Ms Natasha Zivanovic
Literacy & Innovation Teacher
Microscopes Enhancing Learning and Science Week Winners
This term in Science Practical classes, students have been building their skills in making scientific predictions and recording accurate observations and results. We have conducted a range of experiments, from geology challenges, to melting ice, to using M&Ms to explore diffusion.
Students have relished the opportunity to use a range of scientific equipment to enhance their learning opportunities. Both Year 5 and Year 6 have particularly enjoyed using microscopes, allowing them to explore and contribute to class discussions more effectively. We look forward to continuing to learn and grow scientific knowledge into Term 4.
I also want to make special mention of our Science Week competition winners. Congratulations to Tom Taylor (Year 5 Winner), Harry Robinson (Year 5 Runner Up), Tom Johnston (Year 5 Runner Up), Joe Madden (Year 6 Winner), Hunter Bligh (Year 6 Runner Up), and Boyd Haslam (Year 6 Runner Up). Well done boys!
Mr Max Mancinelli