Posted on October 15, 2018
Welcome back to Term 4! It never ceases to amaze me how much a little sunshine and fresh air can brighten up the moods of students and turn their heads with the thought of summer and Christmas being only a few short months away! We have so many things to look forward to this term across the Girls’ Middle School. Our Year 7 girls are working away on their ‘Night of the Notables’ project, which is shaping up to be a wonderful evening on Tuesday 30 October. This night is such a great opportunity for students to show courage in hosting their own stand and representing their notable to parents and teachers, which can be very daunting for our more reserved students. Each year I am amazed that our Year 7’s manage to find new and creative ways to engage their audience and present with confidence.
Our Year 8 girls are continuing to work through their pastoral program, which has a global focus this term. It encourages our students to start to comprehend their place in our world as global citizens. They work towards their Social Justice project, Days for Girls on Thursday 15 November where they create sustainable feminine hygiene products for girls in developing countries. This wonderful project has many layers of value to it, both for the girls who will receive these packs but also for our girls in developing their empathy, social justice conscience and enabling students to feel empowered to help make a difference to others.
Our Year 9 girls have begun their preparations for Summer Expedition where they will be heading off to sea kayaking around the Banksia peninsula, rock climbing down in Tassie and white water rafting along the Mitchell River on 3-7 December. Each of these spectacular locations provides our Year 9 girls with an opportunity to engage at a deeper level with their peers, continue to build on the outdoor education skills they have developed over our extensive Year 9 camping program, and an opportunity to refresh and relax after they have completed their first official exams. We have been working with our Year 9’s in our pastoral program to assist them with exam revision skills, utilising the Elevate Education group to provide them with valuable training in this area.
A couple of quick reminders about the upcoming weeks. We look forward to welcoming you to our annual Celebration Evening, which is upcoming on Saturday 20 October. Our students have been working hard on their massed singing this year, which is a medley from ‘Sister Act’ and should be very entertaining. On an organisational note, a reminder that all students are expected to attend this compulsory evening, and are expected to wear their full winter uniform. We have also reminded students that this is the ideal opportunity to ensure that their uniform is looking extra spick before they get up on stage on Celebration Evening, so I am hopeful that your daughters will be fervently practicing their shoe polishing skills this coming weekend.
As you may be aware from 26 November until 7 December our whole school will enter into a transition program where each level will move up into their 2019 year level and attend classes that are part of that next year program. We have run them in our Senior College for many years and have made the decision to place them into our Middle School as this style of program has demonstrated it can relieve anxiety for students and provide excitement about learning opportunities that they have to look forward to in the coming year. (NB our Year 9 students will only have one week, as they will be away on Summer Expedition in the final week of transition).
On a personal note, I had a wonderful time away on my long service leave exploring the wilds of Scotland and England. I even squeezed in a visit to our namesake Tintern Abbey in Wales, which is truly spectacular and well worth a visit if you get the chance! Looking forward to working with you all again over this coming Term to help ensure that your daughters have an excellent final term for 2018.