FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
It was another busy and exciting term to bring a year full of wonderful memories to its conclusion and for us to continue our celebration of learning this year.
Our Year 4 students really enjoyed themselves at their camp at Morisset, to reach and achieve new goals and forming deeper friendships within their year group. The boys and girls had a fantastic time on all of the activities which included the giant swing, archery, flying fox, canoeing and high ropes, to name just a few!
A number of students achieved distinctions and high distinctions in the Newcastle Permanent Mathematics Competition this year whilst our IPSHA Debating teams travelled to Abbotsleigh to participate in the IPSHA Gala Debating Day. We were also well represented at the IPSHA Speakers’ Challenge at St. Andrews’ Cathedral School.
Many school families enjoyed our Spring Fair and Open Day. The boys and girls had an amazing time on the rides and visiting the stalls and displays on the day. A number of our Junior School students performed a range of musical items beautifully and the robotics demonstration was excellent as well. Our gratitude to all of our parents and students who volunteered their time to assist on the day.
Our Kindy Crew for 2018 enjoyed their first visits to the school for Orientation. They had a wonderful time reading stories, making crowns for craft, trying out the play equipment in the Kindy Courtyard and testing out the iPads!
Year 1 travelled to the Reptile Park for their excursion. They learned about a range of Australian animals – they tell me that seeing the crocodile and platypus were the highlights of the day!
Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 benefitted from their intensive swimming school and had a wonderful time at the Mariners YMCA Centre at Tuggerah! Year 3 – 6 also enjoyed their swimming lessons, with a number of students undertaking the Bronze Star, a component of the Bronze Medallion Award.
Year 6 undertook a number of visits to the Senior School for their transition, including Year 7 Orientation Day. They have enjoyed touring the Senior School, meeting the teaching team, visiting the library and partaking in a range of Senior School lessons.
Our Peripatetic Music Tuition Concert was a fantastic showcase of music right across the school with some serious talent on the stage – a very enjoyable evening indeed. Thanks as well to our range of peri music tutors for all of the work they do with the students throughout the year, and to the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music for their support of our school band.
We also celebrated the ‘Hour of Code’, this week, which is a worldwide initiative to get students all over the world having a go at computer coding. Students had the opportunity to participate in many activities that have been designed for this initiative with tutorials for all ages. Mrs Jobe-Parker registered Lakes Grammar for the initiative which presented a great opportunity for students in all grades who may never have coded before to try it, and there were plenty of more advanced projects for those students who already know how to code.
The Spelling Bee was a great success. It was immensely enjoyable to see such a wide range of students from Years 3 – 6 participating in this new event on our calendar. The standard of spelling was excellent on the part of all participants. It was a particular pleasure to see our warm school community coming together in generous support of the Compassion charity.
Year 6 students enjoyed their Valedictory Chapel and Social. The students have set a positive example for the Junior School, applying themselves to their learning effectively. Mr Samways (Head of Senior School and Deputy Principal) , Mrs MacLarty (Director of Student Wellbeing 7 – 12) and Mrs Briggs (Year 7 Adviser) were able to welcome the students into the Senior School for 2018. It was a pleasure to present the students with their certificates and to pray for them as the Junior School joined together in worship and to wish Year 6 the best for their secondary education, as well as celebrating the successes that they have enjoyed during their Junior School years.
Thank you to Mrs Hancock, Mr Allan-Ross, Mr Dunstan and Mrs Mayall for the contribution that you have each made to our school in your time here. We have appreciated having you as part of our team and our prayers go with you in your new endeavours in 2018. We also wish Mrs Adcock the best as she moves into a new counselling role and thank her for her tireless efforts in initiating the counselling programs we have at Lakes.
It has been another brilliant term at Lakes Grammar and we relish the way in which the children have been industrious, challenged and engaged right up until Speech Day with so many opportunities for learning, growing and celebrating all that we have achieved this year as well as the wonderful message of salvation that we have in celebrating the birth of Jesus this Christmas.
Luke 2: 10 – 11 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
It is with thanksgiving that I pen the final Junior School newsletter contribution for 2017. It has been a true blessing to be involved with such a fine Junior School and its wonderful students, parents and teachers over the course of this year once again. I wish to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to you for your support and encouragement towards the children in their education and the staff who care for and nurture them. I’m incredibly thankful for the deep gratitude that many families have shown towards our teaching and admin teams this week for our efforts with your children this year and greatly value the opportunity to work and learn together with the children and all of our school families in partnership. We look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year!
Mr William Wallace
Head of Junior School