Junior School News: Term 2, Week 2, 2024

Another weekend of triumphs and cherished moments has passed, and what a weekend it was! Our vibrant campus was alive with talent, resilience, and love as our students showcased their skills, braved the elements, and prepared to honour the special women in their lives.

First and foremost, let’s celebrate the resounding success of our school musical! The stage came alive with the enchanting performances of our Junior School students. From the dazzling choreography to the heartfelt melodies, each moment was a testament to their dedication and creativity. The audience was spellbound, swept away by the magic of the show. A round of applause to all the performers, crew members, and staff who made this production an unforgettable experience. A particular congratulations to Mrs Rasmussen and Mrs Thomas for their leadership and expertise in bringing the School of Rock to our Hall stage.

Despite the rain pouring down, spirits were soaring high at the Father/Son camp held at Tuross Head. Our boys and their fathers embraced the challenges of nature with gusto, bonding over shared experiences and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Laughter echoed through the raindrops as father/son and friendships were strengthened. With activities such as fishing, fort building, table tennis and some deep and meaningful conversations, it was a true testament to the camaraderie of our school community.

As we look ahead to the coming week, let’s not forget the upcoming Mother’s Day Mass scheduled for Friday. It’s a time to honour and appreciate the incredible women who shape our lives with love, wisdom, and sacrifice. This week we encourage our boys to reflect on the immeasurable contributions of their mothers and mother figures, and to express their gratitude in meaningful ways. Whether it’s a simple gesture or a heartfelt word, we want our boys to make this Mother’s Day a celebration of love and appreciation.

Sacramental Program – Thank you to Ms Bridget Cusack for beginning our Sacramental Program 2024 with an information session yesterday evening. We wish our students commencing the program all the best as they embark on their sacrament education.

Mother’s Day Mass – Friday 10 May. Please note booking were required to attend this event. Mass will begin at 9.30am in the Hall. Please meet your son in the main quadrangle from 9.15am to ensure you can get a seat together in time for the beginning of the Mass. Morning Tea will be held after Mass in the Senior Library.

School Sport ACT Representative 12/U Opportunities – School 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 & Wednesday after school
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@sec.act.edu.au and sign up in Clipboard 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).

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 of uniform length 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