Posted on March 14, 2017
International Women’s Day
Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day across various sections of the school, with Junior Schools, Middle Schools hosting assemblies to talk about the importance of this day. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Last Wednesday, Middle School Leaders chose to symbolically make and distribute ribbons for students (and staff) in the Middle School and Senior College to wear in the three colours of the Women’s Suffrage Movement: Green, White and Violet. This year’s theme was #BeBoldforChange and it was terrific to see our boys and girls engage in discussion about these issues. Our Girls’ Middle School Captain, Ashleigh Dowling and Leaders, Alice Church and Camila Franco, organised an assembly dedicated to the day which included this video on a young girl and boy and what equality is to them.
Also in our assembly we had a wonderful performance on cello by Annabelle Guscott and reports on our recent achievements at the EISM Swimming Championship Carnival, as well as reports from Year 8 and 9 camps. You can read these camp reports here: Year 8 and Year 9.
In the coming weeks we have much to look forward to as we near the much anticipated performances of the School Musical ‘Hairspray!’ from Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 March. Tickets have sold out for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night’s performances. Tickets are still available for Thursday night, they can be purchased here.
Interim Reports and Parent Teacher Student Conferences
A reminder to parents that, as Jason McManus (Vice Principal Teaching, Learning and Innovation) has communicated already, Interim Reports and our Parent Teacher Student Conferences are coming up on Tuesday 21, Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 March. These conferences are a great opportunity to meet with staff and discuss your child’s progress. We strongly encourage students to accompany parents where possible.
Pastoral Mentor Group Leaders announced for Semester 1
Congratulations to girls nominated to carry out the role of ‘Pastoral Mentor Group Leader’ for Semester 1. In Friday’s Assembly we acknowledged each of these students and presented them with their badges.
Year 7A: Grace Jenkin and Isabella Vorpasso
Year 7B: Madeline Hupfeld and Alexandra Kavanagh
Year 8A: Tara Hagan and Holly Whitfield
Year 8B: Emma Jones and Grace Lloyd
Year 8C: Alyssa Dunn and Harriet Rasmussen
Year 9A: Stella Burke
Year 9B: Angelina Tully
Year 7 Camp Preparation
Over the next week our Year 7 girls will be spending time preparing for their upcoming camp at Merricks (27-31 March). Pastoral Mentors and Year 11 Outdoor Education Leaders will be speaking with the girls about the types of activities they will be undertaking and what they need to prepare in terms of equipment and food. They will also be introduced to a trangia (camping stove) alongside discussion around suitable clothing and menu items for their camp-outs.
Drinks and canapés with the Principal
On Thursday 16 March our Principal Brad Fry is hosting a drinks and canapés evening for Middle School parents from 6:00pm – 7:30pm on the Community Hub outside the school library. It’s a great opportunity for parents to have a chat with our Principal as well as meet, or catch up, with other parents of Middle School children. For catering purposes, please RSVP here.