17 May 2022

From the Principal

This week we have a special lead introduction from Allison Prandolini, Head of Girls’ Junior School.

Term 2 has seemed like the first ‘normal’ term in the last couple of years, and whilst we still have times where staff or students leave us for a week of recovery, we are now returning to everyday school routines. In the Junior School, which has meant that our first camp has left on Monday, interschool sport has returned, and our music programs are running back to capacity. This is a great feeling, but in moving forward, I have found myself reflecting upon the lessons learnt from the past two years.

One of the most important lessons that I have learnt is to slow down to build time in my routine to focus on my self-development, explore my passions and even just breathe some days. This was easier during lockdowns; now, I need to allocate time and prioritise.

Our children and teachers also need this time. In listening to Kirsten Douglas, National Manager of Headspace Schools, at a recent conference, she reminded me that we have all been through trauma over the past few years and to just move past this without acknowledging and allowing time for recovery can cause us further pain. Kirsten reminded me that well-being is everything, and we are no longer in survival mode; it is time to move to optimal function and excellence.

This term in the Girls’ Junior School, we are focussing on well-being, starting with our staff, as research tells us that if our teachers are not experiencing high levels of well-being, the education of our students will suffer. A recent study found that 75% of Australian teachers are suffering, with over 20% of these cases being severe cases of stress, anxiety, and depression (Adrienne Hornby, 2022), and our media tells us that teachers are leaving the education in droves. At Tintern, we are committed to supporting our staff as best we can to ensure that they thrive and be the best teachers they can be.

In the Girls’ Junior School, our theme for this year is ‘2002, it all begins with care’, a theme that aptly describes the importance of looking after all school community members. Our teachers do an incredible job of caring for our students, and now as a school community, it is time to demonstrate this care in return to them. I encourage families to think about a teacher they are grateful to, send them a short note, thank them, or show appreciation in some way. These little things can go a long way in the return to optimal function and excellence in well-being for all.

 

 

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Music Matters

Cathedral Service 2022

On Thursday 5 May, Tintern Grammar held its annual Cathedral Service at St Paul’s Cathedral. The day started with members of the Tintern Grammar Chamber Orchestra, Concert Choir, Intermediate Choir and Chamber Choir heading in to the Cathedral for rehearsals. We were greeted with the sight of ‘Gaia’, a huge art-work installation 7 metres across floating before us. After rehearsing our items throughout the morning, we headed off to Federation Square for lunch, where we were rewarded with a few moments of glistening sun; a welcome change in this cold autumn.

We returned to the cathedral, the instrumentalists did some final tuning as the rest of the school community arrived and we were off!

For the processional, the Chamber Orchestra played Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, which featured beautiful sweeping melodies that rang through the cathedral. We sang hymns with the choir captains leading us and the Combined Intermediate and Senior Choirs sang On Eagle’s Wings. The gospel reading was read by School Leadership Team members in five different languages: English, French, German, Mandarin and Dutch. The sermon by The Reverend Doctor John Capper was about finding peace and harmony in the world around you.

A vocal solo, entitled His Eye is on the Sparrow, was performed by one of our choral captains, Ella Jones and it was truly beautiful. The School Leaders lead the church in prayer, while the Tintern Flute Ensemble played Londonderry Air, which matched the reflectional tones of the prayers. The Senior Girls’ Chamber Choir sang The Lord’s Prayer, and later brought the service to a close with John Rutter’s blessing, The Peace of God. The organ, which featured throughout the service was majestic and its full sound resonated impressively around the church.

We were very fortunate to be able to go to the city and have this experience at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Nishka Fernando, Year 12

Instrumental Captain 2022

Concerti and Orchestral treats ahead

Make a note in your diary of 15 June, as the date when four of our talented young musicians play a concerto movement each on stage with orchestra in the CM Wood Centre at 7.00pm. Entry to the event is free and further details can be found here. We highly recommend this as a feast of outstanding music and a great way to end Term 2!

MUSIC LOCKERS FOR HIRE

Our Friends of Music Parent Committee manage the hiring of music lockers in the music corridor for the safe, lockable storage of personal and hired instruments which students may wish to store securely whilst at school. This means that instruments are less likely to be misplaced in the book locker corridors in Middle School and Senior College. The fee for a locker is $10 per term. The funds raised are returned to the Music Department to support the purchase of music and instruments and to support funding of special musical events. Please ask Mrs Feenane in the Music Office for a locker hire form if you are interested.

 

 

 

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Sport Matters

EISM Division 2 Athletics

On Tuesday 3 May, Tintern Grammar competed in the EISM Division 2 Athletics Carnival at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park. The weather was perfect for competition and the students were able to compete against quality athletes from other schools across the EISM. The day started well with Tintern winning a couple of the early races and we had some excellent individual results throughout the day. As progress scores were announced throughout the day, the competition was tight from places 3 to 7. Tintern was placed 5th or 6th for most of the day, only a few points behind the schools above. The students kept competing to the best of their ability and with some excellent results late in the day, Tintern managed to finish 3rd overall. Congratulations to the year 7 girls (U/13) who won their age group on the day. Thank you to Mrs Jurey, Ms Ord, Ms Vine and Mr Coghlan for their assistance on the day.

Overall results:

School Place Points
Donvale Christian College 1st 3765
Mt Scopus Memorial College 2nd 3494
Tintern Grammar           3rd 3215
Kingswood College    4th 3213
Oxley College 5th 3191
Plenty Valley  6th 3103
Knox School      7th 3085

On Monday 9 May Tess Flanagan swam for the EISM in the VSAC swimming competition against other school sporting associations. Tess swam extremely well on the night. Tess was the 4th swimmer in the U15 girls backstroke relay. In the medley relay Tess swam 1st in the backstroke leg against 16 year and swam a personal best time. The EISM finished 3rd overall against other school sporting associations.

Tennis

Please find the Tennis Flyer 2022 attached here.

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Community Matters

Mother’s Day Stall

Thank you to our incredible volunteers, led by Danielle Kelberg, who put together a wonderful Mother’s Day Stall for our ELC and Junior School parents on Wednesday 4 May.

Presentee Booking date extended – Presentation Ball 2022

The Volunteer Presentation Ball Coordinators and the School are delighted to offer our Year 11 & 12 students the opportunity to participate in our Annual Presentation Ball, to be held on Friday 16 September 2022.

The information booklet can be downloaded here, detailing what is involved to participate in the Presentation Ball program. 

All registrations and payments must be received before Wednesday 18 May via the Humanitix booking link.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by email to presentationball@tintern.vic.edu.au or our contact numbers are available in the booklet.

Alternatively you can contact Di Lacey in the Community Relations office on 9845 7877.

We hope you can join us for ‘An Enchanted Evening’.


Annual Inter-School Horse Trials 2022

 

Thank you to the incredible volunteers for the Friends of Equestrian (FOE) Committee who have been working hard to put together the 22nd Tintern Annual Horse Trials.

If you would like to see the events, please join us this Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May at Shirley Heights Equestrian Centre, 610/640 Yarra Junction-Noojee Rd, Gladysdale.

TPG Trivia Night 2022 – Save the Date: Saturday 30 July 2022

The Tintern Parents Group are pleased to once again host their Annual Trivia Night. Please save the date now – Saturday 30 July 2022 at 7pm.

Choose a theme for your table and ‘dress to your theme’, whether a colour, book, movie, song or television show, the opportunities are endless. There is a prize for the winning team!

There were so many amazing themes and costumes in 2021. We are excited to see what people do this year!

Parent Representatives 2022

Thank you to the many parents and guardians who have volunteered to act as the Parent Representatives for their Class or Year Level in 2022.
We are still seeking representatives for the following year levels:

  • Year 8 Boys
  • Year 9 Boys
  • Year 10
  • Year 11

Please note that some of the Class and Year Level representative are still in the process of being finalised, and this list will be updated on the Portal.

Parent Representative are a liaison between parents/guardians and the school. Informing parents about activities planned either by Tintern, our community groups or within the class or year level, such as fundraisers or events. We greatly appreciate the time and commitment given by our Parent Reps.

Parent Reps also organise class or year level functions to provide parents with the opportunity of meeting and socialising in a relaxed atmosphere. It is a great opportunity for class groups to connect, while supporting our local community cafes and restaurants still recovering from the lockdowns.

If you would like to volunteer to be your Year Level’s Parent Representative or would like further information contact us by email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or by phone 03 9845 7877.

Thank you to Glynis Casten, who organised a coffee morning on Wednesday 30 March for the families of the 3 year old ELC students.

Footy Tipping Competition – AFL

The Tintern Grammar community footy tipping competition is back again for 2022!

It isn’t too late to join, details are below:

You will then have to log into your own account or create one. When setting up your account, you might like to check the reminder email box so you don’t forget!

The competition is free and open to our entire adult (18+ @ 28/1/2022) Tintern community – Tintern Grammar students will not be permitted to enter. If you have any questions please email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au and we’ll help you get started.

Cash Prizes awarded for the winners of the AFL Tipping Competition:

AFL Footy Tipping Prizes:

  • 1st Prize $250
  • 2nd Prize $120
  • 3rd Prize $60
  • 4th Prize $40
  • 5th Prize $20

If the AFL season is shortened at a later date due to Covid, the tipping competition will continue, but the prizes will be adjusted accordingly. 

Good luck and start tipping!!

Community Committee Dates 

Community Group Meetings are now back onsite. Please check the information below carefully for details:

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 2 June 2022 at 7pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: CM Wood Common Room Or join online by selecting here.
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 1 June 2022 at 7pm  President: Debra Fryer Location: CM Wood Common Room
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Contact us for further information 
  • Friends of Snowsports (FOS) – Next Meeting: Contact us for further information 
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: Contact us for further information  Co-Presidents: Nelaana Heinrich and Sherie Vicary-Carter 

Please select here to view a Tintern map of the meeting venues.

Please note the following CovidSafe considerations to attend an onsite Community Group Meeting:

Upcoming Reunions

  • Class of 2005 – 15+2 Year Reunion – Book Here
  • Class of 2006 – 15+1 Year ReunionBook Here
  • Class of 2007 – 15 Year ReunionBook Here

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Chaplain’s Corner

Tintern Grammar Cathedral Service 2022

It was with great delight that Tintern Grammar was able to hold their annual Cathedral Service during the time when the Cathedral was hosting the art installation of GAIA by Luke Jerram.

Every year, Tintern Grammars Secondary School plus community members and parents gather together to worship in St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne. This year our theme was, ‘Dear World, Love God’ with John 3:16 as our main focus. Throughout the service the music, the prayers and the sermon all reflected this theme and linked together to remind students of God’s love for creation, and God’s love for us. Our preacher was the Rev’d Dr John Capper who enthralled the students with his reflection on this theme. The 7m wide Globe hanging and rotating slowly at the front of the Cathedral meant that our world was central to the whole service.

Our choir sang, ‘On Eagles Wings’ and an acapella solo was done of the song, ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’ by our Choral Co-captain Ella Jones. This when placed alongside reflections on the vastness of the universe provided a moving and grounding moment within the service. It also stood as a reminder that the God of the big is also the God of the specific.

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ELC News

It has come to that time of year, where we celebrate all the things our mothers and significant female others do for us, by making a day specially for them.

The children made special gifts, cards, drawings and paintings for their Mothers and attended the Mother’s Day Stall alongside the children in the Junior School. Thank you to the parent support on the day with helping with the transactions. The ELC children were excited to go shopping and visit the Boys’ Junior School.

In the ELC we also ran our Scones and Songs night. The children and their significant female joined us in the classroom to share some of our favourite activities and we ended the night with a little performance. The children sang a special Mother’s Day song, organised by Mrs Shari Bhatt and danced to two of their other favourite songs.  The youngest learners singing, is always a joyful moment, bringing a tear or two to their Mother’s eyes.

It is great to hear all of the positive feedback from the mother’s, Grandmother’s and Educators from our Songs and Scones night.

“It’s moments like these that makes you feel so proud to be a mother,” Jacqui, Gabriel’s Mother

“It so nice to be able to share moments like these as a grandmother, it’s so special,” Leo’s Gran

Lastly, thank  you to all of the Educators in the ELC supporting the children through every step in the lead up to Mother’s Day, it wouldn’t be possible without you.

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Girls’ Junior School News

Creating and Exploring a Variety of Media

It has been a hive of activity in the Junior School Art room as the girls have been making and creating a variety of artworks.  The girls explored letter designs in an array of different media across all year levels. Every year level completed their self-portraits which has been a long-standing tradition at Tintern.  We completed the highly awaited Mother’s Day gift. All the girls look forward to seeing what their year level will be making and creating. This year, the Preps created a mixed media portrait of their mother. The girls drew their mother in oil pastel with a painted background. The Year 1’s created a ceramic heart which they hand-painted. Clay certainly was the preferred medium with the Year 2’s making a clay heart dish. Year 3’s created a hand painted and embellished box for their mother. Year 4’s created a mixed media key chain and the Year 5’s made a beautiful hand painted ceramic wall tile. The Year 6’s explored acrylic paint on canvas and enjoyed creating a still life painting for their mother to enjoy.  All the girls across every year level have worked with great enthusiasm and creativity.

Year 1 Girls

This term, Year 1 girls are excitedly watching the progress of their bean seeds sprouting radicles (roots) as part of our Plant to Plate Integrated Studies unit. We have sewn a mini cress garden and explored the steps to do this via a procedural text. Down at the Farm, Mrs G helped us investigate what makes a healthy soil so we started our own compost bin to avoid food scraps causing methane and leachate in landfill sites.

In the STEAM centre, Mrs Campbell showed us how to make pollinators. Insects and birds pollinate plants by spreading the pollen from their bodies between flowers. This helps plants produce seeds. Our colourful honeybees gathered pollen from a variety of flowers to mimic the pollination process. Jelly crystals make great pollen and the senior students in the library sure wished they could join in our fun activity. Did you know that if we don’t have pollinators, we don’t have seeds. If we don’t have seeds, we don’t have plants,   ….you get the gist. Thank goodness for pollinators!

In Maths, we are doing calculations with money. We looked closely at all the Australian coins then ran our own playground marketplace. The economics of supply and demand, along with some pretty shifty price fixing was very evident.  There are a few successful businesswomen in 1A, that’s for sure.

Kelli Green,   1A Girls’ teacher

Year 5 Girls

Term 2 for 5A has seen the students commence their Integrated unit of study on Business and Economics.

This has seen students start planning and organising for their Business Expo Day in the last week of this term. Throughout the term, students need to work in small groups to plan what products they will sell by conducting market research, designing and creating advertisements and researching a nominated charity for their profits to go towards afterwards.

In our class, we have also started a classroom economy called, ‘Benson Bucks’. Students have to write a cover letter and CV to apply for various jobs in the classroom such as property manager, accountant, banker, tax collector, tech support and law enforcement. They are paid a wage and need to save their money to pay for rent of their seats, tax and supplies around the classroom. Each fortnight they get paid for their job and have to pay rent for their seats. Students also have the opportunity to deposit and withdraw any of their Benson Bucks. The students have been diligently been saving their money so that they can “purchase” their own chair instead of renting. It is a great opportunity for students to develop real-life skills.

 

 

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Boys’ Junior School News

Kew Traffic School

Our Preps had a very enjoyable day at the Kew Traffic School today.

Under the care of Ms Peters, the boys were able to learn more about road safety and being safe near traffic and roads, and then put their bike riding skills into action. At first, there were a number of near misses, the odd red light ignored and the occasional ‘you’re on the wrong side of the road’.

But it wasn’t long before the boys were confidently and safely riding around the new course, enjoying the banter on the road, and  avoiding being fined by the grumpy Law enforcement of Mr Kenny.

The traditional Maccas fries on the way home were a tasty and enjoyable end to a very active and valuable excursion.

 

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Secondary School News

Head of Secondary

A highlight of the last two weeks across our secondary school was our annual Cathedral Service held at St Paul’s Cathedral in the city on Thursday 05 May. After the last two years of challenge, it was such a delight to have our entire secondary school together, along with family and other members of the wider community to celebrate this occasion in one of the most beautiful cathedrals in our city. The acoustics within the building highlighted the amazing vocalists, both solo and large group, that we have, along with our instrumentalists. Our school leaders led the service wonderfully, along with Reverend Alison Andrews who was responsible for putting everything together for this wonderful occasion. The Reverend Dr John Capper spoke wonderfully to everyone around “Dear God, love the world” and how we as individuals can in return love our world and the people within it. It was a beautiful service that really is one of our highlights of the year.

Year 8 Camp
Our Year 8 students have returned from an amazing experience last week in the Grampians National Park in western Victoria. They were incredibly fortunate with the weather considering the risk faced at this time of year, with only showers occurring on the morning of Friday their last day. Staff were so impressed with their efforts and achievements throughout the week including their physical abilities, their commitment to trying new things and more importantly their support and care for each other during the week. Our camps program through the Middle Years is a sequential program that provides great learning experiences for our students in outdoor activities, whilst also helping to develop their sense of independence, commitment and responsibility. Following their Year 8 experience, our students are very well placed for the Year 9 Challenge Program that includes three week-long camps throughout the year. A huge thank you to Ms Emma Lowing and her team of staff who also commit and sacrifice an incredible amount to help provide this learning opportunity for our students.

NAPLAN
The week of NAPLAN has been completed across the country and I would like to express my gratitude to the students for the way in which they went about completing their different assessments. We regularly discuss with students that events like NAPLAN and other associated assessments provide them with the opportunity to practice particular skills that they are developing throughout their schooling journey, whilst also understanding that regardless of results, if they have applied themselves to the best of their ability then they can be holding their heads up high. This “best effort” approach is something we encourage them to apply to everything they do: on the sports field, in their homework, whilst on camp or on the stage. If they continue to approach each opportunity with the outlook of doing their best, this approach quickly becomes habitual to them and will go a long way to helping them achieve success later in school and beyond.

I would like thank Mrs Alison Bezaire, our Director of Studies, Mrs Jodi Rogers and our IT team who have worked tirelessly to ensure the smooth execution of the online NAPLAN again this year.

Examination revision
Our Year 10 and 11 staff and students have been continuing their work around preparing students for their upcoming examinations during the week beginning Monday 30 May. For that week our Year 10 and 11 students will have a study day on Monday, with examinations beginning on Tuesday 31 May. Teaching staff have been discussing with their student’s subject specific content relevant to their examinations, whilst also providing revision techniques and material. This has also been covered through pastoral sessions with YLCs and Mentors continuing the guidance and education around approaching these types of assessments. Students are aware of which subjects they will be doing examinations in with the actual timetable for the examinations being released to students at some point next.

Year 9 House Showdown
As part of our Year 9 pastoral program, one of the exciting events we run is our House Showdown. This event is a combined gender event where students work in House groups to put together a dance/musical performance based on a particular theme. This year the theme is “the letter B, C and D” and as part of their production, students are also raising money for a particular charitable organisation with Beyond Blue being this year’s charity.

The activity culminates in a performance evening on Thursday 26 May where each House will compete on stage to see who will be judged the 2022 House Showdown winners. Parents and friends are invited to the event to help celebrate their efforts whilst also helping to raise money for Beyond Blue.

Senior Library
As the winter months approach and with it comes the colder days, longer and earlier darkness, a reminder to students and families that our Senior Library in our Resource Centre is a wonderful place for all secondary students to be going at any time. Students can attend before school, during classes or breaks and after school as well. Opening hours are from 7:30am Monday – Friday and closing time is 5:30pm Monday – Thursday, and 4:30pm on a Friday.

GEM Day – Year 7s, 8s & 9s
On Tuesday 24 May we have our first Middle School GEM Day for 2022. For this day each year level will be involved in a variety of activities around their pastoral program including The Man Cave for Year 7 & 8 boys, and the Butterfly Foundation for Year 7 & 8 girls, and activities around the Duke of Edinburgh and House Showdown for our Year 9s.

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TeamKids

A big warm hello from us here at TeamKids to you.

It is hard to believe we are already in week 4 of term. We have had a busy first couple of weeks here at Team Kids, and we are starting to see some new faces, which is amazing.

We are finally ready to start out Team Kids Clubs for term 2. As always, the clubs are chosen by the students, and the activities are also suggested by the students. This term we will be having Lego Club and Art Attack Club. We are all very excited to begin this week.

In the last two weeks, we have a lot of art and craft activities. Students have been showing off their creativity, imagination, persistence and confidence by creating some amazing works of art.

We have also been enjoying the last of this beautiful weather. We are spending as much time as possible outside, before we are stuck indoors for winter. We are being mindful that is it getting colder, so we are requiring students to wear a jumper while outside. The students love to run around, show off their skills on the monkey bars, and going down the slides. We have recently purchased a new outdoor toy, the vortex. This has quickly become a favourite, and everyone if trying their best to get it to whistle.

We are looking forward to the next couple of weeks of term and seeing what we can create and achieve. We also love hearing from parents and families. If you have any feedback, ideas or suggestions, please let us know.

That’s all from us at Team Kids. Just a reminder to make sure you book in to avoid missing out. Due to Government ratios, if you’re not booked in, there is a chance we may not be able to accept your child.

Dates to remember:

Friday 20th May: Pizza day at after school care

Contact us:

Service mobile: 0484 300 362

Service email: TinternGrammar@teamkids.com.au

Office phone: 1300 035 000

Office email: info@teamkids.com.au

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Tintern Grammar Big Freeze

It’s back! Bigger, colder and more enjoyable than ever.

The 2022 Tintern Grammar Big Freeze is promising to be a spectacular community event while raising funds and awareness for FightMND.

Our leaders are selling Big Freeze Beanies to our Secondary students and encouraging staff to be ice bucketed on Friday 10 June during Assembly.

Mr Fry may well become Mr Ice as he leads the way, returning for another bucketing.

The leaders’ aim is to fundraise $1000 to help DIY Big Freeze 8.

You can  help by making a donation through the team’s page: https://hub.fightmnd.org.au/diy-big-freeze-8/tintern-grammar

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Middle School News

Year 9 Clean-Up Australia

On Wednesday 30 March our Year 9 students and other representatives from our Green Team spent the afternoon performing community service as part of a delayed Clean Up Australia Day. With our original day cancelled due to COVID, we were able to transfer it to be part of our Year 9 Challenge Program tying in with their community service element of the Duke of Edinburgh Program. In small groups, our students and staff circulated around different parts of Ringwood East, collecting a substantial amount of rubbish that had been left by others. Thank you to all students and staff who were involved.

NAPLAN Practice Year 7 & 9

On Thursday 31 March our Year 7 & 9 students participated in two Practice NAPLAN sessions, one for writing and the other an omnibus test which is a combination of reading, conventions of language and numeracy. The practice session is aimed at ensuring students are familiar with the format of the new NAPLAN, whilst also ensuring that their devices and our IT facilities are adequately set up. After a few minor hiccups with our new Year 7 laptops, we are now very pleased that our students are well equipped for NAPLAN later in Term 2. The week for NAPLAN this year is the week beginning Monday 09 May.

Debating

Our Year 9 – 12 debating teams are two rounds into their competition, and we have had some very good results. All teams have either had wins or have been very, very close in their respective matches. A big congratulations to Adrian Bisignano, Elisha Sze and Mia Qian who have all received “best speaker” awards so far this season.

Year 8 Camp
Our Year 8 students have returned from an amazing experience last week in the Grampians National Park in western Victoria. They were incredibly fortunate with the weather considering the risk faced at this time of year, with only showers occurring on the morning of Friday their last day. Staff were so impressed with their efforts and achievements throughout the week including their physical abilities, their commitment to trying new things and more importantly their support and care for each other during the week. Our camps program through the Middle Years is a sequential program that provides great learning experiences for our students in outdoor activities, whilst also helping to develop their sense of independence, commitment and responsibility. Following their Year 8 experience, our students are very well placed for the Year 9 Challenge Program that includes three week-long camps throughout the year. A huge thank you to Ms Emma Lowing and her team of staff who also commit and sacrifice an incredible amount to help provide this learning opportunity for our students.

NAPLAN
The week of NAPLAN has been completed across the country and I would like to express my gratitude to the students for the way in which they went about completing their different assessments. We regularly discuss with students that events like NAPLAN and other associated assessments provide them with the opportunity to practice particular skills that they are developing throughout their schooling journey, whilst also understanding that regardless of results, if they have applied themselves to the best of their ability then they can be holding their heads up high. This “best effort” approach is something we encourage them to apply to everything they do: on the sports field, in their homework, whilst on camp or on the stage. If they continue to approach each opportunity with the outlook of doing their best, this approach quickly becomes habitual to them and will go a long way to helping them achieve success later in school and beyond.

I would like thank Mrs Alison Bezaire, our Director of Studies, Mrs Jodi Rogers and our IT team who have worked tirelessly to ensure the smooth execution of the online NAPLAN again this year.

Year 9 House Showdown
As part of our Year 9 pastoral program, one of the exciting events we run is our House Showdown. This event is a combined gender event where students work in House groups to put together a dance/musical performance based on a particular theme. This year the theme is “the letter B, C and D” and as part of their production, students are also raising money for a particular charitable organisation with Beyond Blue being this year’s charity.

The activity culminates in a performance evening on Thursday 26 May where each House will compete on stage to see who will be judged the 2022 House Showdown winners. Parents and friends are invited to the event to help celebrate their efforts whilst also helping to raise money for Beyond Blue.

Senior Library
As the winter months approach and with it comes the colder days, longer and earlier darkness, a reminder to students and families that our Senior Library in our Resource Centre is a wonderful place for all secondary students to be going at any time. Students can attend before school, during classes or breaks and after school as well. Opening hours are from 7:30am Monday – Friday and closing time is 5:30pm Monday – Thursday, and 4:30pm on a Friday.

GEM Day – Year 7s, 8s & 9s
On Tuesday 24 May we have our first Middle School GEM Day for 2022. For this day each year level will be involved in a variety of activities around their pastoral program including The Man Cave for Year 7 & 8 boys, and the Butterfly Foundation for Year 7 & 8 girls, and activities around the Duke of Edinburgh and House Showdown for our Year 9s.

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