Posted on March 23, 2021 / Middle School
The last two weeks have continued to provide some wonderful opportunities for our Middle School students, with the highlight being the presentation of our school musical Spamalot at the Karralyka Theatre. This was the culmination of 6 months of work for all cast and crew including many long after school and all-day Sunday sessions leading into the performances. The show was amazing with plenty of laughs, amazing choreography, singing and music, as well as a very impressive set of props put together by staff and students. On behalf of the school I would like to congratulate all the people involved, be it on stage in a major way, to those assisting with backstage or ushering at the performances. It takes a lot of work to put together such an incredible show and the sense of fulfilment upon completion is one that all involved will remember for a long time. We now look forward to hearing what the musical for 2022 will be and then encouraging as many students as possible to be involved.
The EISM Division Three Championship was held in the last week and saw one of our strongest swim teams competing against the other schools in both individual and relay events. Our swimmers performed exceptionally well on the day in all areas, allowing us to run out comfortable winners overall in what was a fantastic performance. I would like to congratulate all our competitors and coaches on the successful win and promotion back up into Division Two. Swimming training will continue over the weekend; however, it will increase again closer to the end of the year in preparation for the 2022 season.
On Friday 12 March a team of 13 Year 8 & 9 boys ventured to Mount Scopus Memorial College to play a 20-20 cricket match against their best side. This squad had been training since October last year and had prepared themselves really well for the game. It was clear from the start that our boys were a superior team and in the end ran out very comfortable winners whilst managing to give every player an opportunity to play on the day. Congratulations to the students involved.
On the same Friday we had the first of our student volunteers shave their heads for the Leukemia Foundation as part of a fundraising activity. Leukemia, and cancer in general, is something that has touched so many lives and it was wonderful to see the support demonstrated by our student body to both the cause in general as well as to the students who were shaving their heads. We have a second round of volunteers doing the same on Thursday 1st April (last day of term), with more time for awareness and fundraising before then.
Monday 15th March saw the first of our Student Progress Meetings for 2021 using the online platform of Microsoft Teams. This day ran from 12pm – 8pm and was a great opportunity for students to receive feedback from their teachers with their parents there and discuss ways they can continue to improve. This feedback is critical for students to listen to and to act on in order to help them continue to succeed to the best of their abilities. The second of the sessions is on Tuesday March 30 from 4pm – 8pm, this time face-to-face on campus in our CM Wood Performance Centre.
Our Year 8 students have begun their camp for 2021 this week in the beautiful Grampians National Park. This camp will have them journeying around the national park completing activities such as rock climbing, bike riding, canoeing, hiking, as well as connecting the curriculum with subjects such as Geography as part of their daily activities. The students are self-sufficient for the 5 days in terms of food, packs, clothing, and tents, which will provide them with a great lead in for their Year 9 bushwalks camp next year.
On Thursday this week we have a trial NAPLAN session for our Year 7 & 9 students (as well as Grade 3 & 5) in the CM Wood Centre, aimed at familiarizing students with the digital NAPLAN platform as well as ensuring that our IT infrastructure is as it needs to be. In preparation for a smooth trial day, students must ensure that their iPad and keyboard case are both fully charged.
We are extremely fortunate to have Madonna King presenting at our school on Monday 25 May to our parents and wider community. Her recent book, “Ten-Ager: what your daughter needs you to know about her transition from child to teen,” is the basis of her presentation and it promises to provide parents with invaluable information to help navigate the transition phase from child into teen. For parents of current teens, it will still be a night worth attending to help continue developing your own understanding of your daughter and ways to continue supporting her during her journey. To book a seat for this, please follow this link: https://www.trybooking.com/BPRXB
Our Tintern Parent Group (TPG) continue to work extremely hard each year to help connect parents and support the school in many ways. One of their major fundraisers is this coming Saturday 27 March with the running of the TPG Movie Under The Stars at school. The movie this year is “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which is a wonderful family friendly film that all kids will enjoy. I would like to encourage all families to join us. Purchase your tickets through Humanitix here. On behalf of the school I would like to thank the TPG for their ongoing support each and every year.
Another area the TPG assist is by working with parent representatives at each year level to help facilitate opportunities to connect and share the journey of your children’s progression through school. I would like to thank all those parents who have volunteered this year, and would also like to put out a call for other volunteers as we are still seeking reps for both boys and girls Years 8 and 9 classes. These roles are suitable for parents/guardians who are in the workforce or who undertake home responsibilities. It can be shared between many people, or looked after by one person. If you would like to volunteer to be your student’s Year Level Parent Representative or would like further information, please contact Community Relations: email@example.com or 03 9845 7877.