From the Deputy Head of Junior School

Magical Mathematical Games Morning
Last Friday morning there was a buzz, a happy hum and a feeling of mathematical frenzy in the Junior School as the children and many parents were engaged in a fun Maths In Action morning in the classrooms. The morning served as an opportunity for parents to enter the world of the children and to share and experience first-hand some of the strategies and games that the children are using. The excitement of the children was evident as they were able to teach, and in many cases beat, their parents in some games. There were some of the old favourite table games, puzzles, card games and rolling the dice games, as well as a new selection of games on iPads that were challenging and engaging. Our thanks to the many parents who attended and who gained an invaluable insight about the learning of Mathematics in the classroom.

The focus for children in House in the coming week is also celebrating Maths week, where the children will continue to participate and explore more games with their buddies. This is an ideal way to connect with their buddies, and to connect with the curriculum.

If you think that these maths games are of interest to you or your children then have a conversation with your classroom teacher who can give you some excellent support and advice to enable you to engage mathematically at home.

So who is Healthy Harold the Giraffe?
Don’t be worried if, as a parent, you don’t know who Healthy Harold the Giraffe is! Your children will know all about Harold who is the ambassador of the Life Education Van. All the children in the Junior School attend the Life Education caravan annually as part of their classroom curriculum, helping to empower children to make safer and healthier choices. These educational sessions offer exceptional preventative health classes for the children that are age and developmentally appropriate. Content covered is outlined in the Australian National Curriculum and includes units titled ‘My Body Matters’, ‘Safety Rules’, ‘All Systems Go’, ‘bCyberwise’, ‘Relate, Respect and Connect’ and ‘Mind your Medicine’. If you wish to find out more about the program speak with your classroom teacher or visit Life Education.

Working with Children Check (WWCC)
The safety of our children is a key priority, and as such Carey continues to ask all parents entering the school in a voluntary capacity to obtain an official Working with Children Check. This simple process is free and is undertaken online or in an Australia Post office – this link is very helpful in assisting parents. Once you have obtained the WWCC, we would encourage you to contact Junior School Reception where Tahnee Parry can add your scanned copy to the School’s database. This would then allow you to attend excursions, help with BookChat in the Library, assist in the Kitchen Garden Program, as well as the many extra occasions where our parents are involved across the Junior School. It would be a good idea to think about asking your partner to also obtain this if they would also like to become involved. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch with any of the Junior School staff.

Living and Growing Family evening for Junior School Families: Wednesday 8 August
Parents and students in Years 1 to 6 are invited to attend our biennial ‘Living and Growing’ family evening on Wednesday 8 August.

There are three sessions being run by qualified Sex Education Australia educators across the evening for Year 1–2 students, Year 3–4 students and Year 5–6 students and their parents/carers.
Please read the flyer and learn more about the content for each session and how to book. If you have any queries, please contact Louise Sayar.

Ben Dooley
Deputy Head – Student Welfare
ben.dooley@carey.com.au