Parent Support
Each day as I walk around the Junior School visiting classrooms, I am always encouraged by the amount of parental support that is offered in the school. Teaching young children to read and write, to count and understand number concepts is a task that requires consistency and diligence. The work that parents do in reading with students, assisting them by answering questions and working alongside small groups, is extremely valuable. Not only is this support helping with the learning, it also sends a very clear message to the children that learning is important – and so are the students. Thank you to each of the mums and dads who come along to help, and if you have been considering this for yourself may I encourage you to speak to your child’s teacher.

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 very soon we will have an honour board in the Junior School office to display these pictures. Celebrating success and effort is very important and I congratulate the students for their fine efforts.

Kidsmatter Lunch
It was a real joy to share a lunch with the Kidsmatter awards winners for this term and the Junior School Captains and Vice Captains. These students were nominated by their grade teachers for displaying excellence in the way they have lived out the values taught during this term. A list of students was published in last week’s newsletter.

Junior School Leaders
Thank you to each of the student leaders in Junior School this term. We have been well served by the Captains, Vice Captains, Prefects and Sport Captains. Each term the teachers nominate students from Year 4 to serve as Prefects in the Junior School and the new leaders will be announced next term.

Interviews
Parent teacher interviews were held this term. If you have not met with your child’s teacher, it would be most valuable to make this a priority early next term.

Toys
Students should not bring valuable toys to school, as they can become lost or broken. Also, trading of toys (such as Ooshies) is not permitted and these toys should remain at home. We have reminded the students this week, and will continue to do this next term.

Holidays
Have a great break from routine and we look forward to the next term.

Mr Scott Cousins
Head of Junior School

Dates for your Diary

27 April

First day of Term

28 April

Cross Country Fun Run

9 May

Mother’s Day Stall