From the Head of Junior School

Welcome back to you all as we embark on our final term of 2018. This term promises to be action-packed! Angela Johnston has returned from her Long Service Leave and we warmly welcome Sally Davis who is the Acting Head of Music whilst Tim Barker is on Long Service Leave this term. Currently we are interviewing for a number of positions in the Junior School and we will inform you about staffing once they have been finalised.

What is on this term?
Your child’s CLASSe page houses announcements from the teacher, Hometasks for students in Years 3 to 6 and curriculum overviews which are there for you to read. If you click onto the Term Curriculum Overviews tab, you will find a summary of what your child is learning for Term 4 in their classroom in English, Mathematics and Integrated Studies. Clicking on the specialist tabs on the bottom left hand side gives you the same term outline information. Your child’s class timetable is also available under its own tab, as are class announcements under the tab Class News. If you want to find out more information about what your child is learning for the whole year in any subject area, please have a look at our Pathways site. If you have any questions about this site or about the curriculum offerings in the Junior School, please see Louise Sayar.

Camp – another powerful learning environment
Our Year 5S students headed off to Camp Toonallook this week to enjoy and discover the beautiful Banksia Peninsula. The remaining two Year 5 classes will head off in the next fortnight. Our Year 6 children travel to Canberra in Week 3 to learn more about Government and our nation’s history. The Year 3 students go to Portsea in Week 7 for their overnight camp. The camp experience is a worthwhile one and it is part of our core curriculum; not an optional extra. Camp gives children the opportunity to build independence, resilience, new friendships, social and decision-making skills, environmental awareness and it gives children the experience of being away from home. Importantly, camp provides children with lasting memories that cannot be replicated or replaced by an online game.

Lost Property and Uniform
I am very pleased with the response from the children regarding the number of unclaimed items in the Lost Property cupboard; the items have reduced but we still have some work to do. I have spoken to the children about this at Assembly, especially the need to take ownership of their items and for everything they own to be named. I ask for your support in speaking to your child about their belongings and for them to go to the Lost Property cupboard to look for items they have misplaced.

The children have returned looking very smart in their Term 4 summer uniform. A reminder please that winter and summer uniform clothing cannot be mixed and matched. The proper summer uniform options are outlined in the front section of your child’s diary. Hats can be worn to and from school if needed but are compulsory during recess and lunchtimes. Can you please ensure your child has a named school hat to wear, otherwise they will have to sit in the shade during playtimes. Another good idea is for your child to apply sunscreen before coming to school. We do have a supply of sunscreen that your child can use if need be.

Thank you to many parents who are adhering to the turning circle carpark protocols. There has been improvement in the Drop Off Zone where parents know not to park there from 2.30pm onwards. It is essential that parents drive around the carpark and wait for your child to arrive in the area. We have staffing in this area to help make the carpark work effectively and ask that you follow their directions in good spirit.

Libby Russell
Head of Junior School Kew