Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,
It has been a huge week with many unique, challenging and immensely enjoyable learning experiences for our boys.
This morning the Library Resource Centre, K-2 classrooms and hallways were full of Grandmas, Grandpas, Nanas, Pops, Nonnas and Pas for Grandparents’ Morning. It was such a delight to see so many boys so proud of their school and their grandparents. Grandparents often feature in the life memories we cherish of our early years and are so important for young children in providing love and connection with personal and cultural history. Thank you to all of our grandparents for making the effort to be here, purchasing books for our Library borrowing, and to many of the parents who assisted our special guests to attend. We are grateful to the K-2 teachers and Mrs Tredinnick for organising the morning, and Mr Nuilala for leading the singing. We hope to enjoy the support and involvement of grandparents in our school for many years to come.
Yesterday all of the boys, teachers and many parent helpers enjoyed the gorgeous spring sunshine and went for a walk! Smiles, chatter and some creative walking styles were on show as our boys completed between 1km and 3km of walking in class and buddy groups. We are very grateful to the parents and grandparents who stamped cards at checkpoints and distributed ice-blocks at the finish line. Thank you to the Auxiliary members who made the Walk-a-thon possible. All of the students who have collected sponsorship pledges are now asked to bring the money to school or lodge it online (by 20th September please). We will keep you posted on how much is raised and who claims the class pizza lunch and individual prizes.
Next week, Years 3 and 4 embark on camp, travelling north to Galston for three days from Monday. Camps serve as an opportunity to develop and extend relationships as well as participate in a wide variety of adventurous activities, including individual and team challenges. Camps can also be the first step for parents in allowing boys greater responsibility and freedom as they stay away from home, possibly for the first time. Please ensure that packing lists, arrangements for departure and pick-up are carefully noted. Any medication should be given to the class teacher with written instructions prior to departure. I have no doubt that our boys will rise to the challenges ahead of them. Please note that teachers will only be using Seesaw very sparingly from camp. Whilst we usually love sharing our learning with parents, camp entails extra responsibilities and demands for teachers and this decision has been made to allow teachers to devote their full energies to caring for the boys. It will also give the boys the chance to tell you their camp stories for themselves when they get home! Many photos will still be available post-camp and the class teachers will let the boys know how they can access these afterwards.
There will be no Intermezzo rehearsal next Monday (11th September) due to the camps and other events taking place. The final rehearsal for the term will be in Week 10. It was wonderful to hear this group perform publicly at Monday’s assembly and the boys are to be commended for their developing musicianship and teamwork.
I thank the parents of Year 5 boys who attended the session with Professor Andrew Martin about the Motivation and Engagement Scale on Monday evening. If you weren’t there, your son’s self-assessment results have been mailed to you and I ask you to read them in conjunction with the letter containing some key points from Professor Martin’s presentation.
Next Wednesday, it is the turn of students in Year 6 to sit a series of Allwell Tests conducted by Academic Assessment Services. These tests provide a diagnostic measure in Reading, Writing and Numeracy. Boys are not required to undertake any preparation for these tests. Ongoing school-based assessment remains our principal way of reporting student achievement. However, the additional information gained through these assessments will contribute to our broad academic profile of each boy, enhancing our ability to map their learning growth as they move through the School, and ensuring we continue to meet their learning needs. Results will be provided to parents when they are available. Teachers will also be reviewing the results and will be pleased to discuss them with parents as appropriate.
In preparation for joining the Junior School community, all parents and boys starting in Years 1-6 meet with either Mr Hassall or myself. This process commences next week, and will involve over 70 boys who will start at Trinity in 2018. I know that the current boys helping as tour guides will be proud to show-off their school and welcome our future families.