Parent Teacher Interviews – Week 7
Junior School will be holding Parent Teacher interviews in Week 7 of this term. Further information will be emailed to you closer to this date, with details about booking online for these meetings. May I encourage you to contact your child’s teacher at any time if you have any questions about their learning, or any other aspects of their development at school. In Term 4 we will be holding a ‘Celebration of Learning’. This will provide parents with an opportunity to see their child’s work at school, and engage with them in the classroom. School reports are due home at the end of Term 4.

Parliament House Visit
This week I had the privilege of attending a function at Parliament House, with the Junior and Middle School Captains. This was at the invitation of Mr Matt Kean MP, Member for Hornsby.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day
This is one of the biggest events in the Junior School calendar. Mrs Hard has about half of the volunteers needed to assist with the morning tea, and we appreciate the quick response from these parents. If you are able to help out, please let Mrs Cheryl Hard know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the Junior School office.

Operation Christmas Child
Boxes are now available for distribution, and a note was sent home recently about our support of Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child. Mrs Jenni Grul oversees this service activity in the Junior School.

Prep Staffing
Mrs Carla Brummell has been appointed to replace Mrs Samantha Reardon, who will be leaving for maternity leave in two weeks. Mrs Brummell is an experienced early childhood educator and is very excited to be joining the teaching team in the Junior School. We are thankful for the great work Mrs Reardon has done in her care of the children, and we wish her well as she plans for the birth of her second child.

Excellence in School Work and Effort
Each day a number of students visit me in the office because they have demonstrated excellent effort in class, or have some extra special work to show me. This is a highlight of my day. Each student receives a sticker on their work, and we also take a photograph of each child with their work. These photos are displayed on the electronic notice board in the Junior School, and soon you will find the pictures displayed in the Junior School office. Celebrating success and effort is very important and I congratulate the students for their fine efforts.

Bullying: No Way!
Bullying is defined as "an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert)”. bullyingnoway.gov.au

Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying. This is inappropriate behaviour.

If you have any concerns around bullying, or incidents of inappropriate behaviour that your child reports to you, please speak to your child’s teacher. Junior School students are regularly reminded to report problems to a teacher. When in the playground, these incidents are reported to the duty teacher (wearing the orange vest) and students can ask them politely to “write it down please”. This information is sent on to the child’s class teacher.

Mr Scott Cousins
Head of Junior School