FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
What an amazing term it has been in the Junior School. Showcase week was a magnificent opportunity for the students to draw on their God-given gifts and talents and enjoy the performing arts! Each class item was amazing and the performers that tied the show together in the theme ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ did a marvellous job!
The term commenced with our teaching staff undertaking professional development in Mathematics as we examined the way in which we can continue to focus on integrating mathematical processes and higher order thinking into our lessons.
The Junior School students have enjoyed participating in the Dance program with Sport in Schools this term which culminated in a great assembly and grade dance off on Wednesday – the program provided a wonderful opportunity for all of our students and for our great dancers.
Year 1 enjoyed an amazing excursion to Gosford, visiting the Art Gallery and the Chinese Gardens, whilst Year 5 students enjoyed their camp at Bathurst where they had an enjoyable time of learning through exploring the goldfields, the Macquarie River and Mount Panorama. A further highlight of the trip was the opportunity to venture on the Scenic World Skyrail at Katoomba. The students returned with a great wealth of knowledge about the discovery of gold in Australia from all that they had been able to see and do.
A number of students enjoyed participating in Tournament of Minds with three teams being entered this year, all achieving wonderful results, whilst our Robocup teams competed in the Regional and State Championships at the University of New South Wales with Jerome Dagang and Daniel Palibino progressing through to Nationals in Melbourne.
Our HICES Debating teams also participated in the finals of the statewide Chapman Cup competition for Years 5 and 6 representing our school with pride in achieving a high level throughout the competition.
A number of the boys and girls from Years 2 – 6 competed in the ICAS UNSW Competitions this year, with results to arrive early next term.
Students in the Junior School relished the visits by acclaimed children’s authors, Charles Hope and Deborah Abela, who delivered some great workshops and presentations for the students with a real highlight being Deborah Abela’s launch of her new book at the school.
Many of our students from the Year 5 - 6 Choir, Band and String Ensemble entertained the audience at Sydney Town Hall at the annual IPSHA Performing Arts Festival, with Riharna Foreman also delivering the acknowledgement of country. The boys and girls sang some wonderful pieces for our school item and concluded the evening by participating in a combined choir of over 400 students with the other seven schools present on the evening.
It was quite the term on the sporting field with students representing the school with distinction in Oztag, cricket, soccer and netball as well as at the HRIS Athletics Carnival with many students progressing through to CIS level. A special mention goes to Zac Barton of Year 5 who placed 2nd in high jump, 2nd in discus, 3rd in the 200m and 7th in long jump at the CIS carnival, progressing through to PSSA level and Lexi Russell of Year 3 competed at the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships held at Perisher. Lexi had a very successful meet for Boarder X coming in 6th and also placing 9th in Giant Slalom.
Our annual Father’s Day Stall and Breakfast were again a great success and were strongly attended. These are always wonderful occasions to chat with our school families and the wonderful performance of our music students at the breakfast certainly added to the atmosphere. Our thanks again go to the P&F for all of their efforts with these two events.
A number of students attended the HICES Gifted and Talented Camp for a week at Elanora Heights Conference Centre to study a range of different topics and to enjoy being extended in their learning. The OC class also presented a wonderful Evening of Eminence on Thursday evening with a strong amount of research clearly going into their work and presentations.
We had an enjoyable time celebrating R U OK? Day to promote positive mental health and collegiality for both students and staff. A number of Senior School students set a wonderful example in visiting the Junior School and facilitating activities so effectively. Concluding the day with an impromptu dance and bubble blowing session under the COLA finished things on a real high!
Well done to the boys and girls who were able to attend the Pride in Excellence Morning Tea with Mr Hannah, Mr Johns and I on Monday. It is great to recognize the achievement and involvement of these students in all areas of our school life. I commend them for the high standard that they have achieved and for ‘having a go’ at the different opportunities on offer in our Junior School.
Ethan A, Nicholas B, Emma B, Alana B, Tag B, Alex B, Kaleah B, Marlon B, Samantha B, Raquel C, Brayden C, Nilay D, Ethan D, Cooper D, Georgie F, Jack F, Miranda F, Charlotte F, Roman F, Quinn F, Cooper F, Jacob G, Clare G, Jack H, Oliver H, Khloe J, Zara J, Liam M, Grace M, Jackson M, Ella O, Grace O, Jackson P, Chase R, Keira R, Jenel S, Grace S, Tahlia S, Indi W, Ivy W, Jack W, Abbey Y.
Our prayers are with our Year 12 students as they graduate and continue to prepare for their HSC examinations. We appreciate their contribution to Lakes Grammar over the years and wish them the very best for all that lies ahead!
Head of Junior School