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It has been a busy few weeks on campus with Term 1 now in full swing. Here are a couple of highlights.

Flexible furniture in our learning environments
Over the summer holidays the Shinkfield Building, which houses our Year 6, Years 4 to 6 French, Years 1 to 6 Music classes, was renovated. Redundant furniture was removed, carpets replaced and walls repainted. Additionally, the furniture in Year 6 classrooms has been upgraded with flexible seating. Bench seating, ottomans, high tables, white board topped tables, stools, curved soft furnishings and single study nooks are all featured in these modernised classrooms. Research suggests that when students are given flexibility and ownership over where they sit in their classroom it contributes to an increase in engagement (Barret et al 2016). According to Kariippanon et al (2017) flexible learning spaces promote student centered learning, collaboration and self-regulation. I would love to show you our new learning spaces so please let me know if you would like a tour.

You can read more about how flexible seating is increasing student engagement here.

 Bringing Science to life: crime scene investigation
Our Year 5 students were put to work as forensic detectives during Science lessons last week. Students were given the task of solving the crime of the Science lab break-in and missing turtles! Working in investigation teams, students analysed evidence including muddy shoe prints, fingerprints, handwriting, hair samples and the suspect’s alibis. Piecing together their observations, the students had to identify the culprit. We look forward to incorporating further hands-on engagement to bring Science to life for our students.

Lunar New Year
It was wonderful to celebrate the first day of Lunar New Year in Junior School assembly last Friday. Students welcomed Chinese calligrapher Mr Guo to paint the spring scrolls and Kung Fu Master Ye to perform the Bajiquan while our Junior School Mother Tongue students performed an emotive rendition of the Chinese folk song Jasmine Flower. Photos from the assembly and other Lunar New Year celebrations can be viewed here. May the Year of the Ox bring good health and prosperity to all!

Drop off and pick up
Thank you for following the drop off and pick up routines. We expect the congestion in the car park to ease as before school music rehearsals and after school sport practices commence.

Staff are ready to welcome students in classrooms from 8:15am.

Parents are not to leave their cars when using the following drop off zones:

  • Sports Centre/Uniform Shop car park
  • The Avenues
  • Junior School car park

Junior School staff will help students make their way to their classrooms.

To avoid congestion at the main entrances, students will continue to use external doors to enter their classrooms. Reception students should enter via the Junior Primary courtyard, Year 4s should enter Bickersteth via the western entrance and Year 5s should enter Bickersteth using the eastern staircase.

Dates for the Diary:
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Fri 26 Feb Years 3 to 6 assembly Years 3 to 6 9.00am, Memorial Hall
Fri 26 Feb Rec to Year 2 assembly R to Year 2 2.30pm, Junior School Hall
Mon 1 Mar Swimming Carnival Years 3 to 6 Burchnall Sports Centre
Tue 2 Mar Swimming lessons all week R to Year 2 Burchnall Sports Centre
Tue 2 Mar Year 5 camp departs Year 5 Finniss

Please remember my door is always open and I always welcome your feedback and questions. I also enjoy sharing highlights of the school day on my personal Twitter account that you can follow here.

For those that can make it, I look forward to joining you at our welcome cocktail event this evening.

Jasmine Taylor
Head of Junior School