Girls Junior School News
This week we have commenced House Week in the Girls’ Junior School, a time where the girls from Prep-Year 6 have been meeting in their Houses under the leadership of our Year 6 Leaders.
It has been delightful to see the girls learning and rehearsing their House cheer as well as undertaking some fun activities together.
Our Year 6 girls have done a wonderful job in managing these meetings and demonstrating their leadership skills. Thank you to Mrs Batty for coordinating this event.
Boys Junior School News
In Monday’s Assembly we recognised the anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birthday (13 September).
While being a prolific author of books for children and adults, there are many themes and messages in his literature that are worth reinforcing.
His quote, “You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that. Would Columbus have discovered America if he’d said ‘What if I sink on the way over? What if I meet pirates? What if I never come back?’ He wouldn’t even have started.” is one that we often use to encourage our boys to strive, to embrace and try new opportunities, even if they prove to be ‘uncomfortable’.
This is very similar to our focus in our two previous Assemblies, where we shared the inspiring story of Sophie Delezio.
On Monday 15th December 2003, two year old Sophie went to day care. The day turned into an incredible nightmare when a car crashed through the front of the day-care centre. 85% of Sophie’s body was burnt, she lost both feet, some fingers, and her right ear. So bad were her injuries, and with chance of survival considered very low, her parents were given the choice of turning off her life support. But they knew their daughter was a fighter and against all odds, she survived.
Almost unbelievably, on the 5th of May 2006, Sophie was being pushed across a pedestrian crossing in a wheelchair (by her nanny with her support dog Tara by her side) when she was hit by a car and thrown 18 metres to the ground. This time, Sophie had broken jaw, a broken collarbone, 9 broken ribs, punctured lungs, 2 fractured vertebrae and a brain injury.
Two such horrific incidents within three years of each other, and at such a young age, would be enough to crush the soul of anyone, but as we know with children, they can have incredible tenacity and resilience.
Sophie mentions that;“Everything is a choice. You can choose not to see the positive. You can choose to just focus on the negatives.”
Ion our end of term Assembly on Thursday 2.45pm, we will be celebrating our boys’ term of resilience, flexibility, new adventures and positive thinking. We will also be watching a few examples of STAFF throwing away the What-ifs…and moving out of their comfort zones.
I wish you all a very safe and enjoyable School Holiday.
boys in Years 3 – 6 have been studying the works of Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky – generally credited as the pioneer of abstract art. Here are some of the magnificent creations they were able to do during lock-down this term. What a creative bunch of boys!
Visual Arts Educator