Junior School News: Term 3, Week 8, 2023

Yesterday students in Junior School were involved in a PE/Sports session with pre-service teachers from the University of Canberra. We will have another session of this next week, followed up by a Health lesson in Week 10. It was wonderful to see the students engage so well with their instructors and it is great to see young people training as teachers get an opportunity to put theory into practice. Thank you to Mr Richardson for organising and to our Junior School teaching team for being flexible and allowing these sessions to occur.

On Monday, Junior School classes were blown away by the quality and complexity of the Year 6 electronic toy assignments. With buzzer beaters, flight simulators, drones and skill testers, there was a palpable energy in the corridor and classrooms during the showcase. Well done to all of our Year 6 students for creating such engaging electronic toys and to the teachers for cultivating such a rich learning experience.

Thank you also to Ms Bridget Cusack for her organisation of the Stay, Sort and Serve initiative last Friday evening. Thank you to all families who have donated to the cause. Congratulations to Mrs Ellem, Ms Cusack and the students who stayed behind to help collate and group all of our donations for Karinya House and Home in Queanbeyan.

Also, well done to our wonderful staff and students for the Cabaret: A Night at the Movies. It was such a wonderful evening and terrific to see so many Junior School students involved. Please note that next year the College will be offering a chance to be part of the Musical: The School of Rock. Please email Rachel rrasmussen@stedmunds.act.edu.au

Year 6 Growth & Development Session – Wednesday 6 September. Please noter today representatives from Catholic Education delivered the follow up session for our growth and development program. Thank you to parents/carers for your involvement in the program this year in the lead up to this session.

Junior School Academic Assembly – Thursday 14 September 11.30am in the RJ Wallace Hall. Parents/carers of students receiving a certificate will be notified via email later this week and are most welcome to attend. At this assembly we will also acknowledge our School Sport ACT representatives.

Year 6 Marist/Eddies Fun Day – Tuesday 19 September. Please note that on this day, during periods 3 and 4, we will be hosting Marist Year 6 students for a session of activities, followed by a BBQ. If your son has dietary requirements, please let your son’s teacher know. We will have return trip to Marist in Week 1 of Term 4.

Junior School Parent/Teacher Evening – Tuesday 19 September. Please note you will receive information about how to book an interview with your son’s teacher.

Year 4 Camp – October 19/20. Notes and information are available on the parent portal. A hard copy note has also been sent home.

Homework Club – Mrs Ellem will be running homework club from Weeks 2-9 this term on Tuesdays/Wednesdays. Please email her hellem@stedmunds.act.edu.au with a day’s notice should you wish to book your son/s in.

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 4 October to Friday 6 October. 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

Canteen Reminder – Please note students are not allowed to purchase hot food over the counter at lunchtime. If a student wishes to have hot food for lunch, a lunch order must be completed through the parent portal.

Year 6 into Year 7 Enrolment – All current Year 6 families are reminded that there is no need to re-enrol your son into Year 7 at St Edmund’s College. The enrolment for Year 7 is automatic as your son is already enrolled at the College.

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, dreadlocks, braids, ‘rats tails’, ‘mohawks’ or ‘mullets’ etc.
Hair should be evenly graded and/or blended, of natural colour, warn off the face and should not obstruct sight. Hair requiring to be tied back off the face may be necessary but only as a low bun.

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