FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
Term 2 has been a productive time of learning and friendship in the Junior School.
Our School was well represented in the Anzac Day March at Doyalson with many students also participating in a number of community marches, representing our school with pride, and commemorating the sacrifices that our fallen servicemen and women have made for our nation. We were also privileged to join with ex-servicemen from Toukley RSL for our School Anzac Day ceremony later in that week.
Liam Lightfoot, Tia Palu and Kani Lukuta attended the Mathematics Challenge Camp hosted by Roseville College at Elanora Conference Centre. The camp presented a great opportunity for some of our gifted Mathematicians to further build their capacities in this area.
Junior School students have enjoyed their weekly Gymnastics lessons with Sport in Schools, as well as our School Athletics Carnival. Kindergarten and Year 1 enjoyed an Athletics Activity morning on our Junior School Oval, whilst students in Years 2- 6 travelled to Warnervale Athletics Oval and enjoyed the friendly competition and College rivalry. Our Cross Country team enjoyed great success at the HRIS Carnival, with Ava Burgess, Ava-Marie Carlson, Kathryn Cook, Caleb Dunstan and Daniel Foreman progressing through to CIS level. The sport program in the Junior School has continued to grow under Mr Cantor’s leadership, with students participating in HRIS Basketball for the first time and a number of boys and girls benefitting from soccer coaching with Mariners staff both during sport and in after school sessions. Many boys and girls also participated in Rugby League 7’s earlier in the term.
Our gratitude goes to our P & F Association for supporting the children in purchasing gifts for their mothers at the Mothers’ Day Stall and for the opportunity for all of our mothers at the school to enjoy our annual Mother’s Day Breakfast with their children.
Year 2 students have been enjoying their study of History this term and valued the opportunity to take an excursion to Henry Kendall cottage at Gosford to visit the historical museum and extend their knowledge about changes to our local area over time.
Year 5 and 6 students participated in the HICES Debating Competition against Central Coast Grammar, Newcastle Grammar and Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College with great success under Mrs Holland’s guidance. A number of students also attended HRIS Public Speaking with Mrs Leslie’s support, with Tia Palu, Liam Lightfoot, Diluk Adikarimudiyansenlage and Noah Simon coming first in their divisions, Finlay Pigot-Irving second, Sam Cook third and Kathryn Cook receiving a highly commended grade.
Many students are preparing to represent our school at Snowsports over the winter holidays and the Chess, Equestrian, Coding and Robotics Clubs have provided an excellent opportunity for many students. Our thanks go to Mrs Jobe-Parker, Mrs Mayall, Mrs Dwyer and Mr Crumbley for facilitating these activities.
Our Music program has continued to expand through the formation of a Training Band to complement the Concert Band that was formed last year, our String Ensemble performed at our recent Term Awards Assembly and many of our Year 4 – 6 Choir students are busily preparing for the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival next term.
A group of our students who have been undertaking the Trinity College London Speech and Drama lessons over the past year have sat their first examinations and achieved some outstanding results, with the Moore Duo team (Briella and Tahlia Moore) being awarded 89% at Grade 2 with distinction, the Simon Duo team (Noah and Giselle Simon) being awarded 91% at Grade one with distinction, Emerson Goodenough being awarded 89% at Grade 2 with distinction and the group Trinity being awarded 82% at Grade 2 with merit.
The HRIS and IPSHA Travelling Art Shows both visited the school this term, with many Lakes Grammar students proudly viewing their art work on display.
Year 1 and 2 students enjoyed our Family Chapel Service at Lakes Anglican Church in early May and their singing proved to be a wonderful addition to the service.
We commemorated National Reconciliation Week and our 2018 Kindergarten students began their visits to the school. The Student Representative Council has continued to meet and bring about positive growth in the school through their student voice and our Year 6 cohort have undertaken Peer Support training in preparation for Term 3. The Library continues to be a source of excitement and inspiration with many students continuing to work through the Premier’s Reading Challenge and participating in National Simultaneous Storytime.
Congratulations to all of the Year 5 and 6 students who participated in the DaVinci Decathlon, which is a series of challenges in which teams of eight from several schools compete in a range of disciplines inspired by Leonardo DaVinci, that connected to the concept of exploration. The tasks that students undertook included English, Mathematics and Chess, Science, Engineering, Philosophy, Art and Poetry, Cartography, General Knowledge and Code Breaking tasks for gifted and talented students. It was a wonderful day with our Year 5 placing second overall on the day, winning 4 of the 10 subjects, and Year 6 placing fourth, winning one subject.
Year 6 students have been busy this term, working with Mrs Charker, our Science Co-ordinator in the Senior School, to grow crystals for the RACI competition in the Senior School Science laboratories. Year 6 and the OC also enjoyed their Camp to Canberra, making any discoveries about Australian government, democracy and Federation, as well as to visit a range of sites in Canberra including Questacon, the AIS and the Embassies.
The Professional Development focus for our teaching team has been on refining our teaching programs to further integrate the contextual use of quality literature to more strongly reflect the philosophy of the new English curriculum. We have also analysed samples of student writing, benchmarking these against the literacy continuum and undertaking a ‘Lesson Study’ where the teachers on each grade have collaborated to plan and observe lessons tailored to a specific writing focus identified by each grade.
Well done to all of our students from Kindergarten through to Year 6 for the manner in which they have embraced a wide range of academic, co-curricular and spiritual opportunities on offer at the school and made the term a successful one.
Mr William Wallace
Head of Junior School