FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
After a very positive and smooth start to 2020, we are all working our way into uncharted territory where what we understood as normal has changed significantly!
We began the year with the joy of welcoming both familiar and new students and families - especially the new group of Kindergarten children and their families who joined us. Our Year 6 students were quick to meet their Kindergarten buddies as they settled in - and of course Kindergarten had been keenly awaiting the opportunity to play with their Year 6! Our P & F were amazing with the ‘Tea and Tissues’ initiative which really helped us connect with our new Kindergarten families – I hope you felt a really warm welcome to your time at Lakes Grammar!
The P & F Welcome BBQ and the P & F Disco at the beginning of the term both proved again to be wonderful occasions for us to get together as a school community at the beginning of the year. We are thankful for our committed and active P & F and for the way they both promote our school community and fundraise to continue to improve our resources for the students.
The Swimming Carnival was again an excellent event where the children embraced the opportunity to compete for their College. It was a highlight of the day to see the College spirit and so many students trying their best and participating in the different races. We have a number of very talented swimmers in the Junior School and this was reflected in the number of students who went on to represent the school at HRIS and CIS levels. Well done to Hannah Ruzicka and Aaliyah Currie who were selected to represent Lakes Grammar at the CIS Carnival recently before it was postponed.
Pride in Excellence Morning Tea
Congratulations to all of the students who were nominated by their teachers to attend this term’s Pride in Excellence Morning Tea with Mr Hannah, Mr Johns, Pete and myself. It is great to see you all being involved so enthusiastically with your learning, friendships and the co-curricular activities on offer. Congratulations to the following students who have been recognised this term – in lieu of a face-to-face morning tea, we’ve prepared some great packs of treats for the children instead:
Jared Allen, Zahlia Nielsen, Blake Cromack, Chloe Quinn, Zeah Chadha, Thomas Webb, Bridey Jones, Henry Cliff, Nate Brownlaw, Sadie Ponchard, Kavya Dhaka, Louis Smith, Jorja Beasley, Jack Murdoch, August Keys, Ella O’Donnell, Karina Jangir, Max Spiteri, Kobi Keys, Ayanna Tapera, Chloe Chambers, Lachlan Collins, Jack Asquith, Amy Williamson, Noah Taylor, Mia Santwyk, Andrew Matri, Onadi Wijekoon, Hiya Bhatt, Marlon Buckland, Ayva Belgre, Abhishek Babu, Chanel Thun, Steel Wilkinson, Fatima Khan, Isaac Lancett, Leah Wood, Brody Lewis, Cohan Voisey and Claire Hennessy.
Whilst there are a number of changes to us all at the moment, one constant which remains normal are our core beliefs in ourselves and each other. This is a time where we can turn to what is important - family, friends, community and faith.
Our school is a really important part of this fabric, and we will continue to support our students to be the best they can and to work in partnership with all of our families as the key educators working together positively in a child’s life.
We have seen heartwarming acts of support and compassion within our school community in this difficult time – it is refreshing in talking with students, families and teachers alike, that the conversation has always been on what everyone can do for others rather than thinking about themselves. A huge thank you to our whole community for striving to live our Lakes Grammar motto ‘with heart, soul, mind and strength’ well.
My thanks go to each and every one of our amazing staff team for their efforts this term. At a time where education was literally transformed overnight by some of the announcements and requirements around coronavirus, our teachers have achieved phenomenal things with having online learning up and running for the students quickly and in working tirelessly and passionately to continue to refine what we offer on these platforms. We are blessed with wonderful students who enjoy their learning whether at school or at home, and an incredibly supportive parent community whom we’re blessed to partner with. I wish you the best for the upcoming holidays and look forward to welcoming you back in Term 2.
Congratulations to Montana McGarrity who recently conducted a fundraiser for the Australian Koala Foundation at school. The AKF recently contacted Montana to thank her for her efforts as she raised $656.35 which was the biggest fundraiser they had seen from an individual. Thank you to all of our Junior School students and families for your support of the fundraiser, we love the way in which we are passionate about making a difference to the world as a community as a part of what we do. The fundraiser will also be featured in their monthly newsletter.
Head of Junior School