Junior School News: Week 9, Term 1, 2021

As we near the end of Term 1 we can reflect on all the achievements, events, activities, learning experiences and enjoyment from our first 9 weeks of school for 2021. 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 20 April). 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.

2022 Enrolment Period
Please note that enrolment interviews for 2022 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 27 April. We already have over 80 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.

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 Mr Kelly in the library before the end of the week.

Athletics Carnival
Well done to Mr Fox on his terrific organisation of our Athletics Carnival. Congratulations to Haydon House for winning the carnival, closely followed by Treacy and then Mulrooney. Special mention to Henry Farfan for the fastest 100m of the day, to Brayden Kent for winning the super 8 race, and to Tyler Cotton for making the super 8, despite still being 8 years old. Thank you also to all the parents and carers who helped support our meal deals, which went ahead last Wednesday. We were able to raise over $300 for Caritas from this one event.

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 Darcy Davis (12 years), Darcy Borghouts (11 years), Phillip MacNamara (11 years) and Koby Carmody (11 years) on being selected for the South Weston Swimming Team. These boys will now compete at the ACT Schools Championships next term on Wednesday 28 April.

David Kelly
Assistant Principal – Junior School

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