Junior School NewsMarch 13, 2020
It is hard to believe that we are now over half way through Term One! Classrooms are humming with the ‘sounds of learning’ and the children are continually being encouraged and supported to ‘step out of their comfort zone’ to be the best that they can be.
Our Lenten season commenced on Ash Wednesday and we gathered together as a school community to celebrate special Liturgies. Taking place 40 days before Easter Sunday, Ash Wednesday is one of the most important holy days in the Liturgical calendar when we focus on our own spiritual growth and the three pillars of Lent; Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.
- Lent is a time of prayer.
- Lent is a time to think about how we can change and become better people.
- Lent is a time to for saying ‘sorry’ and asking for forgiveness.
- Lent is a time for coming back to God who loves each and every one of us in a very special way.
During this time of Lent we will be encouraging the children to donate to Project Compassion as part of the College’s commitment in Term One to support Caritas Australia through fundraising initiatives. Each year we run an Easter raffle, and once again call on the generosity of families to donate something small with an Easter theme. Thank you in advance for supporting this worthy cause, a wonderful example of how we can make a difference through our service to others. Our children are compassionate and caring and they will be comforted to know the money we raise will provide water, farming, schooling to people in many, many countries. Please take your Easter raffle donations to Student Reception. Raffle tickets will be on sale in the Junior School from Week 8 onwards.
Year 6 Assembly
The Year 6 Gold students gave us an insight into their future dreams and aspirations when they boldly shared their ‘2020 vision’ with us at the first Junior School Assembly. The future looks bright in the hands of these inspirational individuals. Year 6 Green will be leading the next assembly on Friday 27th March.
House spirit came alive and was proudly on display at the first College House assembly for 2020. Children from Pre-primary to Year 12 joined forces in their respective Houses and spent time getting to know each other and strategising for the year ahead. The Junior School children certainly led the way with their uplifting cheering, singing and dancing.
Students in the Early Years have enthusiastically embraced the Bush School Program, exploring, experimenting, creating and having fun getting dirty. Children naturally learn through observation, play and exploration, with Bush School a way for them to connect with the wider natural world to answer their wonderings. In our Early Years we value a play-based approach. Our approach to early childhood education is shaped by our image of the child as a competent and capable individual who is rich in potential. Thank you to the dedicated staff who, plan and deliver the nature pedagogy programs and to all the parents who help out.
On Tuesday 10th March, the Students in Years 3-6 fully immersed themselves in the Interhouse Swimming Carnival. Students, staff and parents rallied together and the day was a fantastic example of all that is good in our school community. Everyone is to be congratulated for the excellent team spirit and exceptional sportsmanship displayed. Congratulations to the Year 3 students who competed for the very first time; their positive attitude and determination was outstanding. There were many outstanding individual and team performances on the day, and well done to Watson for emerging victorious!
National Young Leader’s Day
The Year 6 Junior School leaders joined the Secondary leaders to attend the National Young Leader’s Day at the Convention Centre. Inspirational guest speakers wowed the children with their account of the life changing experiences that have helped shape them. Valuable advice was shared about how important it is to ‘make yourself proud’, ‘set goals that give you direction, purpose and strength’ and that ‘setbacks are often the foundation to success’.
The children in Kindergarten have been inquiring into the Transdisciplinary Theme ‘Who We Are’ and the Central Idea ‘I have a strong sense of identity’. To enhance their understanding health and health services, the children participated in the ‘Hospital Familiarisation Program’. The children learnt about the emergency services and through role playing they were able to take on the roles of various medical staff using medical equipment. They also had a wonderful time, putting Mr Funny Bones back together, having turns on the wheelchair and crutches and exploring a miniature hospital complete with ambulance, helicopters and medical workers.
Key dates for your diary.
For more information on these upcoming events and more, please refer to the College Calendar located on the St Brigid’s College website.
- 20 March – College Open Day
- 27 March – Year 6 Green Assembly
- 28 & 29 March – Reconciliation Commitment Masses, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
- 1 April – Colour Run
- 3 April – Year 3 Earth Day Expo Excursion
- 6 April – K-12 Mercy Assembly
- 8 April – Stations of the Cross, Easter Raffle and Easter Hat Parade
- 9 April – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
Acting Head of Junior School