Junior School News: Term 2, Week 8, 2024

Congratulations to our cross country runners who competed in the ACT carnival last week. Well done to James Apperley (10 years – 28th), Blake Erwin (9 years – 35th) and Patrick Gane (9 years – 36th). On Friday we had a mufti day and Stay, Sort and Serve evening to help fundraise for Home in Queanbeyan and Karinya House. Thank you to all families who were able to donate a gold coin and/or non-perishable goods and well done to the many Junior School students able to stay behind on Friday afternoon to help. We look forward to a BBQ and movie afternoon on the last day of Term to finalise our fundraising efforts this term.

Wednesday 19 June – Year 5/6 Touch Football Gala Day. Good luck to our 5/6 touch football team today at the ACT Gala Day.

Thursday 27 June – Junior School Assembly at 11.30am in the R.J. Wallace Hall. During this assembly we will recognise students doing well in class and have some performances from singing blues and our Junior band. Parents/carers of students receiving a certificate will be notified via email this Friday.

Friday 28 June – Junior School Fun Fundraising and let’s go to the Movies event. Our Junior School Leaders have organised our major fundraising event for Karinya House and Home in Queanbeyan. On the last day of school, we will have a BBQ and movie bonanza with snacks and a chance to win a signed Brumbies jersey. All details were sent home in a note yesterday. Thank you to our leaders and Ms Cusack for the organisation of this event.

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.

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 – Please note there will be no homework club next week

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