From the Acting Head of Junior School

Robinson River
The return trip of the Robinson River group is always a highlight of the term for me. Meeting the children and staff from the Northern Territory is refreshing. The students are full of energy and awe. Seeing their faces when I showed them the views from the United Nations room in the new Centre for Learning and Innovation was priceless. Some of the children had not been in a lift before, and loved seeing the skyline of Melbourne which looked resplendent from up high.

The students have been to the MCG for a tour, the Zoo, the Eureka Skydeck, to a cake factory (thank you to the Hiou family) and our Donvale campus. The children are more than happy to play on Cluny Green and spend time in the classrooms. One thing that struck me as I walked around with the children was how friendly they are. They said hello to everyone they walked past!

A special note of thanks to Karen Ferraro who single-handedly organised the schedule for the week. She has done a magnificent job, allowing our friends from up north to have such a memorable trip. Our Year 6 and 9 students who went on the trip earlier in the year in June have stepped up admirably, spending quality time with their Indigenous friends, proudly showing the children around our school. Thank you to the many staff involved who have given up their own time to spend with the ‘Rob Mob’ (as we affectionately know them) and especially our JSK staff Janine de Paiva and Heidi Keily.

Staffing News
We thank Mark English and Eleanor Burns for co-teaching Year 1L whilst Amy Lovell filled the Acting P-3 Co-ordinator and English Co-ordinator role this term. We wish Mark well as he takes well deserved Long Service Leave in Term 4, and we also thank him for his fine work this year in the classroom. We hope to see Eleanor Burns back next term as an emergency teacher, and we thank her for stepping in so capably to co-teach the Year 1L children. Angela Straford has worked extremely well in her role in 5D filling in for Jacqui Douglas on Long Service Leave. Angela will teach 4D in the first week back of Term 4, filling in for Anna Davidson who is taking Personal Leave.

Angela Johnston is also taking two weeks of Personal Leave at the beginning of Term 4. Bronwyn Vary and Judy Battle will work extra days during that period to cover Angela’s teaching load.

We thank Andrea Golshevsky who worked as an Integration Aide. She has done a very good job filling in for Coral Chen’s Long Service Leave this term. We farewell Andrea and hope to see her back at Carey in the near future.

Our Junior School Counsellor Jennifer Dooley will continue working in the Junior School until the end of the year as Catherine Rashleigh has resigned. We thank Catherine very much for her fine work as a counsellor, working with many staff, children and parents over the years. We wish her well in the future.

I would like to thank Colleen Jarrett-Burke who stepped into my role as Acting Deputy Head Student Learning for the term. Colleen has done an excellent job and enjoyed working closely with staff and the children, overseeing the learning and programs in the Junior School. Amy Lovell has capably filled her Acting role this term and worked effectively with parents and students in her pastoral role, and with the teachers at planning meetings.

Congratulations to Amy Brown who has accepted a position as Teacher Librarian at Ruyton Girls’ Junior School in 2017. This is a significant appointment for Amy, and we know Ruyton will benefit from her passion for literature, her warm and calm manner, and her excellent teaching. We thank Amy for her contribution to our Junior School this year.

Libby Russell will return next term from her Long Service Leave as Head of School, having had a very relaxing and recharging holiday overseas and interstate.

Outstanding ILPs – agreement required from some parents
Thank you to those parents who emailed us to say they agree to the Semester 2 ILP (Individual Learning Plan) for their child. Unfortunately, we have a very high number of ILPs where parents have not emailed to sign off on the ILP and agree to the goals. Please email us as soon as possible. All you need to state is your child’s name and class, and that you agree to the ILP goals.

JSPA events
We are very fortunate to have an active and engaged JSPA committee of parents who dedicate their time to organising events for the children and parents. The Fathers Day stall was a big success last week. The children simply loved shopping for their dads. Our SRC gave feedback to the JSPA committee this year, stating that it would be a good idea to have a raffle and this was implemented. Thank you to Fiona Flanigan for co-ordinating this event, and to the other parent helpers who helped serve the children and wrap the presents.

The Fathers Day Breakfast last Friday was another successful event and we are glad it has been reinstated, taking place in our newly renovated JOT Quad. Almost 300 dads and their children attended and enjoyed a sumptuous meal, heard our beautiful choir sing and were also entertained by Ben Dooley, who reflected on fatherhood. Watching the sea of dads and their children on Cluny Green playing sport together afterwards was a joy to observe. On behalf of the children, thank you especially to Kate Bowtell who co-ordinated this successful event.

Walk-a-thon today (Friday 9 September) – supporting Juvenile Diabetes Research
The excitement is building about the prospect of walking around the Carey Kew campus this afternoon, and navigating different apparatus and play equipment with House buddies. Children have been busy collecting sponsors for the Walk-a-thon in an effort to raise awareness and money for a cause close to our hearts: Juvenile Diabetes Research. The children will be walking in their House groups, wearing their House sports uniform. For more information and a sponsor sheet, please click here.

Year 6 Passion Projects
There is nothing more rewarding than enacting your learning, being able to articulate to others what you have learned from research, and demonstrating a new skill learnt. This is the process the Year 6 children have undertaken for all of this term, culminating in a Passion Project Bazaar on Tuesday. The children had to dig deep and work out what their passion is; what they specifically wanted to learn about and deciding on core and sub questions; they had to interview an expert in the field and then research.

Their challenge was to express to others through public speaking, or through video or hard copy, or through visual effects or other means, their term’s learning. Many parents, staff and younger Junior School students enjoyed viewing projects on many topics, including: spices, acting, interior design, photography, cooking, sound waves, music composition, illustrating, trains, sport and nutrition, Claymation, and how to make chocolate – to name just a few. Thank you to the Year 6 teachers and support staff for guiding the children along the way and to the children for their fine projects. Some very powerful learning has occurred in Year 6 this term!

Term 4 reminders
We begin Term 4 on Monday 3 October where all students are expected to wear their full summer uniform regardless of the weather. We ask that students do not mix their uniform, and remind you that all students need to wear a blue Carey hat at recess and lunch time. Please ensure it is packed in your child’s bag from the first day of Term 4.

A date for the diary for Prep Parents is the annual Prep Celebration Assembly in Week 3 of Term (Friday 21 October) at 2.15pm in Metcalfe Hall. It is always a joy to watch as the Preps share their learning for the year!

Happy holiday and Portfolio reading!
I wish you all a relaxing three-week break. For those of you travelling interstate or abroad, safe travels. For those of us staying home and recharging, I hope you also have a rejuvenating break. Your child will bring home their portfolio on the last day of term. I hope you enjoy looking through the samples of work and marvel at the progress your child has made in all areas of the curriculum. Please ensure the portfolio is returned at the beginning of next term. If you have any queries about your child’s learning, your classroom teacher will answer any questions you have next term.

Louise Sayar
Acting Head of Junior School Kew