Junior School News: Term 2, Week 6, 2024

This week we had around 20 St Edmund’s students represent the College at the South Weston Cross Country carnival at Stromlo Forest Park. St Edmund’s was the host school, and I would like to thank Mr Denzil Fox, Ms Kate Gervink, Mr Lee Boswell and Mr Joel Richardson for their efforts and organisation of the event. It ran smoothly and was a credit to the school. Also in support was our Year 11/12 combined Sports and Fitness class with St Edmund’s and St Clare’s. These wonderful students assisted as marshals on the track and were keen to lend a hand to anyone in need. Of our students competing on the day, congratulations must go to James Apperley (10 years), James Darmody (12 years), Blake Erwin and Patrick Gane (9 years), for finishing in the top ten and qualifying for the ACT carnival to be held Friday 14 June.

Mufti Day and Stay, Sort and Serve – Fundraising for Home in Queanbeyan and Karinya House. A note will come home today or tomorrow regarding an opportunity to stay behind after school on Friday 14 June from 4pm-6pm to stay, sort and serve (donations for House and Home). Families may donate items from initial communications regarding this fundraising. On this day, Friday 14 June, students may wear mufti clothes, along with a donation of a gold coin or note).

The Junior School is keen to run a “colour fun and fundraising” on the last day of Term 2. More details to follow soon.

Staffing News – Please note that Mr John Bell will be returning from Long Service Leave in Semester Two. He will take over as classroom teacher in 5 White while Mr Joe Sidorko enjoys an overseas holiday. We congratulate Mr Sidorko on gaining a teaching contract with St Edmund’s upon his return to Australia in early September. We thank Mr Sidorko for his commitment to his students and look forward to having him back with us upon his return from overseas.

Year 6 into Year 7 – Please note that students currently enrolled in Year 6 do not need to re-enrol into Year 7. Year 6 student enrolment automatically continues into Year 7.

Hockey Congratulations – Well done to Nate Davidson for making the ACT Schools 12&U Hockey team. Nate will head to Cairns in mid-August to compete in the National Schools Championships.

Rugby Congratulations – This weekend we have four students representing the ACT Brumbies 12&U team in Sydney. Congratulations and good luck to Billy Unsworth, Allan Brookman, Tom Gibson and Hugh Gibson.

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