It has been an incredible start to the year for all our students and staff and it was evident that all the disruptions from 2020 have only made us stronger when we look at the achievements so far.
We are all so proud of our little Kindy kids who have made a wonderful start to their life at school. It was great to welcome them and their parents onto the campus on their first day where some beautiful smiles were captured and maybe some tears wiped away by some loving parents. With the help from year 6 leaders, kindy students were able to quickly adapt to enter school by themselves and it wasn’t long before all our students confidently said goodbye to mum and dad and independently enter each day. It was great to see their Connie Confidence so early in the school year.
It was pleasing to see the return of our term 1 co-curricular events such as the swimming and cross-country carnivals, a year 1 excursion to Tocal, the inter-schools chess competition, debating and much more. At the carnivals we saw some amazing performances from some very talented up and coming sports stars. Many personal best times were achieved and some long standing records broken. In the pool, we had numerous representatives go through to higher level representative carnivals, with many of them drawing on their Pete Persistence to secure more personal bests times.
We need to highlight a couple of students. Isabella W in year 3 secured 1st place in her age for the 50m freestyle at the PSSA State Championships. Not only did she win her heat, but she qualified fastest for the final and took 1.5 seconds off her PB. What’s fascinating about Isabel is her times have improved over the course of the term. It seems that each time she was set a new challenge to compete against faster swimmers Izzy was able to draw on her inner strength to go one better. At the same carnival Evangelia in year 3 secured 2nd in the Springboard Diving competition. Congratulations Evangelia on your achievements. Whether you are in the pool, in the music room or studying at home these performances are a great example of what one can achieve with practice and perseverance.
It seems the game of Chess has grown in popularity with a huge turnout at our recent inter-school Chess competition held in the hall. Mr Clarkson has worked hard over the years to increase the participation levels and we are starting to see the fruits of his labour. As mentioned previously year 1 and 2 participate in a weekly Chess lesson and then get to practice their skills at the Tuesday Chess lunch club, one of the many lunch clubs that happen throughout the week. Chess encourages one to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills and long term, this will help the students in other learning areas.
It’s similar with music and the College was excited to see the primary band program extended to include years 3 to 5. On a Wednesday the school comes alive with the different ensembles coming together. The drummers can be heard across the district while the strings and wind instruments are doing their thing in different rooms throughout the College. Head of Performing Arts, Mr Ross, reports that it’s been a great start to the year and with more practice at home and school the students will be ready to perform at various events from term 2.
One of the most exciting events on the school calendar is the Da Vinci Decathlon held this week where participating schools from the district come to the College to compete. The event extends the student in a variety of different disciplines so it’s important each team has strong collaboration skills. All students performed to a high standard and its worthy to not Josh P and Josie C in year 6 won the engineering division. Good luck in the next round.
End of term will be celebrated in style with some fun and adventurous activities under the banner of our new House Spirit Cup. Throughout the term students have been set the challenge to answer all sorts of weekly questions earning points for their house. It’s fantastic to see the energy such a simple idea can generate in the student body. After today’s event we will announce the winner of the House Spirit Cup for term 1.
On behalf of the Primary staff I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. For those travelling, take care and enjoy your time away with loved ones.
Head of Junior School