FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
Term 3 has been an enjoyable and busy time in the Junior School with the students continuing to be engaged in their learning and the range of opportunities on offer, and our staff team enjoying their teaching!
We extend our congratulations to Mrs Andrea Harries on her appointment to the role of Co-ordinator of Quality Teaching and Learning and look forward to the achievements that she will make in this role for our school and for our students.
Year 5 students travelled to Bathurst and Hill End with the OC class, thoroughly enjoying the ‘gold panning’ experience and the opportunity to explore rural Australia and to learn more about the history of the Gold Rush in the 1850s.
Year 3 also enjoyed their camp in Sydney and the chance to explore our convict past, our indigenous heritage, and experienced the excitement of travelling to Cockatoo Island and up the Parramatta River by ferry.
Kindergarten to Year 2 classes enjoyed their weekly ‘Smash Tennis’ lessons with Bill Griffiths… and who knows – we may have a future Wimbledon champion within our ranks!
A range of students took up the opportunity to study the Trinity College London Speech and Drama training and qualifications or to participate in Drama Club this term with this exciting new initiative being well and truly embraced by our school community.
We marked National Tree Day with the planting of some seedlings and small plants around our school site, welcomed a number of new families into our school on Junior School Taster Day who have since joined the Lakes Family, and a number of children entered artworks in the Lakes Anglican Church Artfest.
Students achieved outstanding results in the University of New South Wales English, Writing, Spelling and Science competitions, with a number of credit, distinction and high distinction grades being awarded.
We conducted our Peer Support program again, with the Junior School participating in Peer Support for 30 minutes each week. Two Peer Leaders from Year 6 each facilitated a group of about 10 younger students from across Kindergarten to Year 5, and worked together through a number of structured activities around developing social and communication skills.
Our Athletics team competed well at the HRIS Carnival with a number of students progressing through to CIS Athletics and our School winning on the day and gaining promotion to Division 1.
Dick Smith arrived in his helicopter and had us in a spin – or is that a whirlwind? He had the students enthralled when talking about details of his achievements and our Year 6 students loved working with our Senior School ‘Scientists’ and Dick Smith for National Science Week.
Our Robocup teams enjoyed great success at Regional, State and National level, underlining the enthusiasm that our students have for STEM education, whilst our debaters also competed competitively at HRIS.
We showed our altruistic side through supporting the Samaritans’ Christmas Boxes initiative and our SRC came to the fore in their promotion and organisation of this charitable work.
Our soccer, netball and rugby teams all represented our school at gala days with great competitiveness and sportsmanship. We celebrated literacy and the love of reading with our K – 6 Magician Show, K – 1 Book Week Show, International Literacy Day and the ever popular Book Character Parade. The Fathers’ Day Stall, Breakfast and the Junior School discos were in there as well!
We then had a great taste of life in another country, hosting a number of students from South Korea for a fortnight. It was a great opportunity to share about our respective countries and languages as well as to celebrate our diversity. Our students made our visitors feel so welcome and a huge thank you is extended to our host families. It was sad to farewell our guests at a Year 4 – 8 Assembly as it has been such an enriching exchange.
Year 6 participated in the Pinnacle Challenge and a range of adventures on the high ropes as their program of transition to the Senior School continues.
Kindergarten travelled to the ‘big smoke’ and had a wonderful time with the animals in the great outdoors at Taronga Zoo.
The term continued with the Junior School participating in ‘Jump Rope for Heart’, our Chess teams competing in a range of competitions, and Year 2 travelling to Wildlife World before a great celebration and reminder of where ‘this is all going’ – the Year 12 Graduation and Formal on the final day of the term.
One of the pleasures of being part of a K – 12 school is to see young minds and hearts grow and the effort that goes into facilitating learning and the range of opportunities to our children bear full fruition into fine young men and women who are both ready and passionate to transition from our school to the wider community and be empowered to make a positive difference and change in our world.
Our children have grown in ‘heart, soul, mind and strength’ again this term and we look ahead to a fulfilling Term 4 in this wonderful place.
Mr William Wallace
Head of Junior School