Grandfriends, a swimming carnival and developing mathematicians

Grandfriends day
The Junior School was buzzing with excitement last Wednesday as we welcomed approximately 600 special Grandfriends to spend the morning in the classrooms with their grandchildren. It was lovely to watch the children’s faces light up as their Grandfriends enjoyed sharing maths games, reading picture story books, reflecting on their own experiences as a child, visiting our kitchen garden, and learning about our Asia Pacific neighbours as the Year 6 students presented projects they have been working on. The children were then accompanied by their Grandfriends at a Junior School assembly where our chaplain, Mrs Janine de Paiva, talked about the significance of the Hawaiian word ‘Ohana’. Ohana means family, but in a much wider sense, to include not only one's closer relatives, but also cousins, in-laws, friends and other neighbours. Contributions from our choirs, orchestra and band completed our assembly. Many Grandfriends commented on the wonderful experiences they had shared in the classroom and wished they could come to school every day and join in the fun of learning!

House Swimming
The House Swimming carnival was again a spectacular success where there were many examples of the Positive Learner Attribute of resilience. It was with great pride that I witnessed many children compete in greater distances and unfamiliar strokes to achieve the end goal of contributing to their house’s accumulation of points. Many children volunteered to compete in extra races to fill relay teams that were incomplete, with some children even competing in age groups above their own to support their house. Our Year 3 students proudly participated in their first House Swimming carnival, displaying perseverance, effort and determination. Congratulations to all the participants on the day and especially, to Burrows House for winning the 2019 Junior School House Swimming.

Maths Information Evening for Prep to Year 2
Thank you to the parents who attended our information session on ‘How to Help Your Child Develop as a Mathematician’. A shared understanding of how maths is taught is so important when supporting your child in becoming a successful mathematician. We know that when parents and teachers work together, we see the greatest benefits for the children’s learning.

Parents had the opportunity to understand how maths is taught in Prep to Year 2, information about some of the many programs and resources we use and the games that can be played at home to consolidate mathematical concepts. We are hoping for equally high attendance for our mathematics information session for parents of Years 3 to 6 children on Wednesday 8 May. 

Lee Taylor
Acting Deputy Head of Junior School – Student Learning