Junior School News Term 1 Week 10
As we near the end of Term 1 we can reflect on all the achievements, events, activities, learning experiences and enjoyment from our first 10 weeks of school for 2019. I must say a huge congratulations to the Junior School students who have made this school such a pleasant place to be. Their endeavour, perseverance, attitude and manners make coming to work thoroughly enjoyable. As with all learning experiences, it is great to receive feedback regularly. Feedback on student progress is particularly important for our students. To this end, St Edmund’s students receive formal feedback on their progress throughout the term (application grade rubrics) and through reports each term. Our Term 1 and 3 reports are progress reports with commendations and recommendations regarding your son’s learning. Our Term 2 and 4 reports detail achievement levels in each subject. Please use these reports to discuss learning goals with your son and to help guide discussions with your son’s teacher at parent/teacher interviews (to be held Tuesday 7 May). If you have trouble accessing your son’s Term 1 report, please refer to the email sent out on this week. It will contain login details and provide IT support contacts if required.
2020 Enrolment Period
Please note that enrolment interviews for 2020 have commenced. If you know of any families keen to see what St Edmund’s College can offer their son, please let them know that Experience Eddies day is on Tuesday 30 April (second day back in Term 2). We already have over 40 students registered and it should be a great day. It is for any student currently in Years 3-6. Registering is easy on the school website.
ANZAC and Peace Ceremony
Last Wednesday we took a class of Year 6 students plus Year 6 Defence students to the ANZAC and Peace ceremony conducted at Eddison Park, Woden. Congratulations to Lukas Bathgate (6 Blue) who came third in the essay competition. Nearly 1000 essays were whittled down to a final 80 and Lukas did remarkably well to come in the top three.
Importance of Reading
As we approach the school holidays, our Junior School teachers have asked me to encourage boys to read consistently over the break. Reading aloud to a parent or carer for 10-15 minutes each evening can really boost their fluency and comprehension. It is also good bonding time and gives parents and carers instant feedback. Reading aloud, even for the most fluent of readers, is super beneficial for the academic demands ahead of them in High School. If your son would like to borrow a few books for the break please encourage them to see Mrs Larkin or Mrs Miller in the library before the end of the week.
Cross Country Carnival
Congratulations to the age champions of our cross country carnival. Well done to Darcy Borghouts (9 years), Serafin Caggiano (10 years), Jesse Borghouts (11 years) and James Dunne (12 years). Mr Fox has selected a team to attend the South Weston Cross Country carnival based on the top 8 placegetters from each age group. This carnival will be held on Monday 3 June at Stromlo.
South Weston Swimming Carnival Summary
Well done to all the boys who participated at the South Weston Swimming Carnival last Thursday. Some excellent swims were witnessed and many personal bests were achieved. Congratulations to Jack Jamieson (10 years), Darcy Borghouts (9 years), Bailey Sullivan (11 years), Thomas Keillor (10 years) and Jesse Borghouts (11 years) on being selected for the South Weston Swimming Team. These boys will now compete at the ACT Schools Championships next term on Monday 6 May.
Athletics Age Champions
Congratulations to the following boys on accumulating enough points to secure age champion status for their age group:
U9 – Eamon Hayes
U10 – Serafin Caggiano
U11 – Jesse Borghouts
U12 – James Dunne
David Kelly (Assistant Principal – Junior)