From the Head of Junior School

Reflecting on the last week, I was struck by the rich and diverse experiences the children were exposed to.

Thank you to the parents who participated in the ‘Meet the Teacher’ night last Tuesday. Learning about the person who spends the most time with your child at school, as well as the expectations for your child’s development, places you in a strong position to support your child and build a positive partnership with the School.

The Year 6 students participated in their first two-day leadership conference with their fellow Donvale students on Wednesday and Thursday last week. They were impressive in their capacity to problem solve, work collaboratively, and ask thoughtful questions. They learnt how to lead activities in House and what qualities are needed in leadership. They also heard from an inspirational speaker, Don Elgin, on courage and setting your own goals. This sets them up at the beginning of the year for being the leaders of both Junior Schools and gave them plenty to reflect on individually.

Another highlight was the Commencement Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday evening. The Bel Canto Choir was so impressive both in the quality of the sound they produced and the sheer numbers of students participating. It was also lovely to see so many Junior School parents participating in the service.

Friday morning started with formal class photos and ended with the Year 3 to Year 6 swimming trials in the afternoon, all of which ran smoothly.

JSPA Welcome Carnival tomorrow!
Tomorrow, the whole school is looking forward to the Welcome Carnival on Cluny Green. The JSPA has done an amazing job organising and promoting the event. It is primarily about creating an opportunity to enjoy a social get together as a family, along with other families, to celebrate the beginning of the year. The staff and I are looking forward to seeing lots of parents and students there.

Dates to note for next week:

Year 2 excursion to Bundoora Park – Monday 22 February
As part of our History unit ‘The Past in the Present’, the Year 2 children will visit Bundoora Park on Monday 22 February. The purpose of this excursion is to take a step back in time so that the children can compare and contrast home life in the 1800s with life today. In keeping with the theme of the unit, and the excursion environment, the children are encouraged to dress in olden day clothing. There is no need to purchase special outfits for the day. Some suggestions for the boys are long pants, rolled up to just below their knee, with braces and a shirt. Girls could wear their hair in plaits or rag curls with a scarf, a shirt and a long skirt. The children will need to bring their morning tea and lunch, as well as their water bottle. We request that food and drink have as little packaging and waste as possible.

Leaders Induction Assembly – Friday 26 February in Metcalfe Hall at 1.50pm
All students in leadership positions are formally inducted at this whole Junior School Assembly.

JSK Training Band try out – Friday 26 February at 3.15pm
Students are invited to attend and try nine wind and brass instruments. They can then elect to join the Training Band program and learn a wind or brass instrument in a small group ‘fee free’ for a semester. Students that complete the Training Band program are then fast-tracked into groups such as Concert Band and Brass Ensemble. This program is aimed at current Year 4 and 5 students who have yet to learn an instrument, or who have yet to participate in this program. If you have any queries, please contact Timothy Barker.

Libby Russell
Head of Junior School Kew