Junior School News: Term 1, Week 8, 2023

As I write this edition of the Junior School News, most of our Year 5 students have now completed their NAPLAN testing. The new time, earlier in the year, is designed to give schools earlier access to data to inform curriculum decisions/directions. As a school we look forward to receiving this data each year to help guide us in innovating our teaching and learning program. We also look forward to Friday’s athletics carnival which represents the second major opportunity for our House captains to lead their houses, following our swimming carnival a couple of weeks ago. Please see below for details about Friday’s athletics carnival and our swimming age champions. Please note that due to Open Evening there will be no Homework Club on Wednesday 29 March.

School Sport ACT Representative 12/U OpportunitiesSchool Sport ACT has changed the process for applying and participating in Sporting Trials.

Anyone interested in trialling for the various regional sports, now need to log onto the ACT Sports Website and register for the sport that your child wishes to trial. It is the responsibility of parents/carers to monitor the website for any upcoming sporting events, if your child is interested in competing in the regional competitions.

Please also note if your child is successful in being selected for an ACT team to participate in a national or regional tournament, a formal written letter is required, addressed to the College Principal to seek permission for absence from school during this period. Once the College has received such a request it can then be formally approved for your son’s participation in this activity with School Sport ACT. Secondly, we will also be able to acknowledge his achievement here at school.

Year 4-6 After School Homework Club
Tuesday after school (Next week no homework club on Wednesday due to Open Evening)
3.30pm – 4.30pm
Junior School Library lab
Boys are to bring work with them that they may need assistance with. This could be homework, assignments, extension work or additional work set by their classroom teacher.
Email hellem@stedmunds.act.edu.au should you wish your son to attend.

Year 6 Runners Program – As a part of our Year 6 into High School transition program, we will be enlisting the assistance of Year 6 students to help as runners. As runners, the students will get to know the school layout very well ahead of Year 7. The students will work in pairs for a full day (learning remotely between jobs). The students will rotate through on a daily basis for semester 1 only.

Junior School Swimming Carnival. Congratulations to RICE House who were able to take home the top prize from our Junior Swimming Carnival. The following boys were named Age Champions:
9 Years – Jack Peach
10 Years – Owen Evans
11 Years – Billy Unsworth
12 Years – Charlie Jamieson

Mr Fox will soon announce the team selected to represent the school at the South Weston regional carnival, to be held on Wednesday 5 March at Stromlo Pool.

Friday 24 March – Junior School Athletics Carnival. Please note that parents/carers are most welcome to come and watch the events.

9.20am Event 1a – Field Events qualifiers (qualification via PE classes or scheduled trial – students to be notified of qualification prior to carnival) only group Lonergan Oval (selection process for College team – top 4 to be chosen if they meet minimum standard)
– Shot-put
– Discus
– Long jump

9.20am Event 1b – Multi Sports
All students Years 4 to 6 who did not qualify for field events will participate in a multisport activity program. Students who finish their field events will return to the multisport activity program.

10.35am Back to Grandstand – Students Released to Recess 10.45am

11.20am Track Program will commence. This will allow students an opportunity to be selected for the College team (top 4 best times).  It also provides students of all abilities an opportunity to participate in running events and house team activities.


 All Students Move to House Areas 
TimeEventAge Group









Events not completed proceed after lunch

In age order 9 to 12 years


10 to 12 years


U9 years only

 LUNCH 12.45PM TO 1.35PM 
1.40pm to 3.10pm



House Relay (including Teacher Team)

100m Super 8 – (fastest 8)

In age order 9 to 12 years


Wednesday 29 March – Open Evening. If you know of any current Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6 students interested in coming to St Edmund’s, please feel free to draw their attention to our Open Evening Information on our various social media outlets. We will be asking our Junior School students if they are interested in helping out at this important College event.

Team HEAT Holiday Program – St Edmund’s College Junior School will be hosting a fun and exciting Team H.E.A.T holiday program in the upcoming school holidays. This will take place on Wednesday April 19 to Friday April 21. This will be the second week of the upcoming holidays. All activities are facilitated by Team HEAT staff and Team HEAT is an external provider, although staff are known to the school. Siblings of current students (boys and girls) are welcome to attend.  Numbers are limited.
For more information, please contact team_heat@outlook.com

Hair Policy – Thank you to all parents/carers for keeping your son/s haircuts in line with the school’s uniform and hair policy. At times barbers may make mistakes. If they are informed of their mistake, many will fix the haircut (in line with our policy) at no extra charge. Could I please ask that all parents/carers familiarise themselves with the hair policy so that students can get about their daily work without teacher’s asking them about their haircuts. Thank you for your assistance with this.
Hair should be kept neat, tidy and clean at all times and not grown or styled into an extreme or exaggerated fashion.
Hair should be above the shoulder in length (above the bottom of the school shirt collar) and no shorter than a number ‘two’.
Students are not allowed to have lines or designs shaved into their hair nor grow long sections of hair that can be fashioned into ‘top buns’, plaits, undercuts, braids, ‘rats tails’, ‘mohawks’ or ‘mullets’ etc.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up – Please do not use the staff carpark (off Canberra Avenue) to drop or collect students before and after school. This is a dangerous place for our students to be moving through and we would like to keep this area for staff only. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.

David Kelly
Assistant Principal – Junior School