A Wrap Up and what’s in store for next term
Open Day was a wonderful opportunity for parents to have a peek around the classrooms and see some of the excellent student work on display. I hope you had a chance to pop in, to see, meet up and just generally be proud of what is happening in every aspect of the school.
Well done to our sportsmen and women on their wins these last few weeks, the French students for some great placings in recent competitions, the recent Eisteddfods, Music Gala night and Night of Talent competitors who showcase the excellent talent and hard work that many of our students put into their extra-curricular activities.
Here are a few photos taken over the past few weeks of Middle School students either in classes or learning ‘in the field’. Quite a few of them were taken on one day as I walked around the school. Year 9’s were learning how to change a tyre for their ‘service’ component for their Eagle Award, Year 8’s were working on Music assessments and a little later testing ‘rocks’ they had made to better understand geological knowledge. Year 7’s were working on mummifying chooks.
One photo shows a presenter we had for students and parents on the topic of dealing with very current teenage issues such as cyber-safety, bullying and substance abuse. Her session with the students and parents was relevant and appreciated by all those who were able to make it.
Once again I would like to say thanks for spurring on your child as they stressed about meeting deadlines or helping them to understand concepts so they could do a better job. I would like to encourage and remind you (and us as teachers) that if all we care about is today, we would make life for our students easy and meet many of their needs for them but instead we are choosing to think long term. We have high expectations, we don’t allow them to give up quickly and it can be tough going. However, in this perspective, we can be confident we are best preparing them for their future when we won’t be around and they are running the world (even just their small part of it.)
What’s coming up
Next term the Year 9s go on camp in the 2nd week and the Year 7s head to Canberra in the Week 6. This is a reminder that camps are an essential part of the curriculum and are not optional. The costs are included in the school fees. Forms for both of these camps need to be completed in the next few days if not already done.
The Middle School staff pray your children have a safe, active, creative and refreshing break.
Jacqualina Vreeling, Head of Middle School