FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
Term 2 has been a productive time of learning and friendship in the Junior School.
Our School was well represented in the Anzac Day March at Doyalson with many students also participating in a number of community marches, representing our school with pride, and commemorating the sacrifices that our fallen servicemen and women have made for our nation. We were also privileged to join with ex-servicemen from Toukley RSL for our School Anzac Day ceremony during the first week of term as well.
Junior School students have enjoyed their weekly Gymnastics lessons with Sport in Schools, as well as our School Athletics Carnival. Kindergarten and Year 1 enjoyed an Athletics Activity afternoon on our Junior School Oval, whilst students in Years 2–6 travelled to Warnervale Athletics Oval and enjoyed the friendly competition and College rivalry. Our Cross Country team enjoyed great success at the HRIS Carnival, with Ava Burgess, Ella Burgess, Kathryn Cook, Grace Crumbley, Mia Kehoe, Addison Kowaliw, Giselle Simon and Harrison Williams progressing through to CIS level. Our Year 5 students enjoyed participating in the HRIS Basketball gala day and a number of boys enjoyed participating in the Paul Kelly Cup AFL competition.
Our gratitude goes to our P & F Association for supporting the children in purchasing gifts for their mothers at the Mothers’ Day Stall and for the opportunity for all of our mothers at the school to enjoy our annual Mothers’ Day Breakfast with their children.
Year 2 students have been enjoying their study of History this term and valued the opportunity to take an excursion to Alison Homestead to visit the historical museum and extend their knowledge about changes to our local area over time.
Year 5 and 6 students participated in the HICES Debating Competition against a number of independent schools in our region with great success under Mrs Holland’s guidance. The students progressed through their first ever impromptu debate against William Clarke College in the HICES Preliminary Final last week. The topic was ‘That video games are good for children’s development’. The students took the negative and argued their points very well. They had a successful win and will go up against Central Coast Grammar School in the Quarter Finals. Well done to the team of Noah Simon, Diluk Adikaramudiyanselage, Tahlia Moore, Yalkin Shevket, Jaydee Lourens, and Alyvia Slade.
A number of students also attended HRIS Public Speaking with Mrs Leslie’s support, with the achievements of the students below being a particular highlight:
- Jayda Kemm - Highly Commended in Bible Reading
- Hannah Ruzicka - 3rd in Bible Reading
- Finlay Pigot-Irving - 3rd in Bible Reading
- Cleo McNeill - 1st in Impromptu Speech
- Sage Kenny - 3rd in Impromptu Speech
- Scarlett Kurki - Highly Commended in Impromptu Speech
- Ravi Francke - 1st in Prepared Speech
- Elodie Jewell - 1st in Poetry
Students are preparing to represent our school at Snowsports over the winter holidays and the Chess, Equestrian, Coding and Robotics Clubs have provided an excellent opportunity for many students. Our thanks go to Mrs Jobe-Parker, Mr Cantor and Mr Crumbley for facilitating these activities.
Our Band students had a wonderful time at the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music’s ‘Big Day Out’ this week and many of our Year 4 – 6 Choir students are busily preparing for the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival which will take place at Sydney Town Hall in August. .
A group of our students who have been undertaking the Trinity College London Speech and Drama lessons have sat their examinations for the next grade of that syllabus and achieved some outstanding results, with duo teams receiving a distinction grade. Noah and Giselle Simon received 87% and Tahlia and Briella Moore received a huge 94%! They also scored full marks on one of their pieces.
The HRIS and IPSHA Travelling Art Shows both visited the school this term, with many Lakes Grammar students proudly viewing their art work on display.
Year 3 – 6 students enjoyed our Family Chapel Service at Lakes Anglican Church in mid June and their choral singing and leadership of prayers and Bible Readings proved to be a wonderful addition to the service.
We commemorated National Reconciliation Week and our 2019 Kindergarten students began their visits to the school. The Student Representative Council has continued to meet and bring about positive growth in the school through their student voice and our Year 6 cohort have undertaken Peer Support training in preparation for Term 3. The Library continues to be a source of excitement and inspiration with many students continuing to work through the Premier’s Reading Challenge and participating in National Simultaneous Storytime.
Congratulations to all of the Year 5 and 6 students who participated in the DaVinci Decathlon, which is a series of challenges in which teams of eight from a range of schools compete in a range of disciplines inspired by Leonardo DaVinci. The theme was the concept of exploration. The tasks that students undertook included English, Mathematics and Chess, Science, Engineering, Philosophy, Art and Poetry, Cartography, General Knowledge and Code Breaking tasks for gifted and talented students. Our Year 5 and 6 teams initially participated in the Regional DaVinci Decathlon in Term 1 at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College with Year 6 placing first on that day and progressing through to the State DaVinci Decathlon championships at Knox Grammar in May A huge well done to our boys and girls who attended and gave a great effort on the day and were wonderful representatives of our school – Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Jaydee Lourens, Tahlia Moore, Finlay Pigot-Irving, Boyd Rumbel, Noah Simon, Rohith Srinivas, Nathan Wilson.
Year 6 students have been busy this term, in the Senior School Science laboratories working with Mrs Charker, our Science Co-ordinator, to grow crystals for the RACI competition. Year 6 and the OC also enjoyed their Camp to Canberra, making any discoveries about Australian government, democracy and Federation, as well as visiting a range of sites in Canberra including Questacon, the AIS and the Embassies.
Students have also enjoyed the Spelling Bees and Jump Rope for Heart fundraisers this week – our thanks go to Mrs Holland and Miss Lutze for organising these two events.
The Professional Development focus for our teaching team has been on refining our teaching programs to further integrate the use of student feedback on learning to reflect Hattie’s research in this area in the context of the English curriculum. We have also undertaken a ‘Lesson Study’ where the teachers on each grade have collaborated to plan and observe lessons tailored to a specific focus on teacher and student feedback identified by each grade.
Well done to all of our students from Kindergarten through to Year 6 for the manner in which they have embraced the wide range of academic, co-curricular and spiritual opportunities on offer at the school and made the term a successful one.
We are looking forward to Term 3 where building work will commence on our new Junior School STEM Centre which will prove to be an amazing resource to enhance students’ learning in the areas of Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics.
Students are preparing to represent our school at Snowsports over the winter holidays and the Chess, Equestrian, Coding and Robotics Clubs have provided an excellent opportunity for many students. Our thanks go to Mrs Jobe-Parker, Mr Cantor and Mrs Rush for facilitating these activities.
Mr William Wallace
Head of Junior School