From the Head of Junior School
Welcome back to all members of the School community for Term 2. We expect that it will be a both a challenging and rewarding term for each boy and hope that parents also benefit from the learning experiences that will be undertaken by your son.
Thank you to all the parents who ensured that their sons were appropriately dressed for the first day back in winter uniform. The boys will look wonderful in their dress uniform for next Wednesday’s class and individual photos.
The School marked ANZAC Day with a number of moving services this morning. The Junior School service provided an opportunity for boys and staff to reflect upon the sacrifices of men and women in years gone by, to deepen their understanding of the significance of this annual commemoration, and consider how we may all embody ANZAC values. Our service included: participation by the Trinity and Meriden cadets in the Catafalque Party; a reading of the Trinity Roll of Honour; a laying of a wreath; as well as prayers and readings. The behaviour and involvement of the Junior School boys was fitting for such an important occasion. I trust that many families will also participate in community services on Sunday morning.
We welcome Mr Brian Slabbert to the staff this term. Mr Slabbert will be responsible for STEAM lessons and co-curricular activities in the absence of Mrs Voysey who will commence maternity leave soon. Until this time, Mr Slabbert will be working with Mrs Voysey, getting to know the boys and programmes.
Wednesday was a gorgeous day to be outside in mild temperatures exploring the vast spaces of The King’s School for our Cross Country Team at the IPSHA Carnival. All boys are congratulated on their selection to represent the Junior School and for running strongly, often pushing through fatigue and pain. Particular congratulations go to Daniel Simpson, Jonah Chan and Jayden Bechara whose high placings led to their selection in the IPSHA Team for the CIS carnival later in the term.
Next week will be ‘Safer Internet Week’ in the Junior School and the boys will undertake many activities aimed at raising their awareness and ability to be safe on-line. We will keep parents informed of activities for each year group via the usual channels: social media; Seesaw, Canvas, but please also ask your son about the activities and messages of the week.
Our GROWTH focus this term is ‘Growth as a Learner’, a theme that lends itself to reflection on success and challenge, and learning about self. Against this backdrop, the teachers are planning lessons and activities that will stimulate the boys to develop self-awareness of their own strengths and areas for development as a learner, particularly as they relate to: the PYP Learner Profile; agency; collaboration; and citizenship.
It is pleasing to note that the trajectory of easing restrictions has continued in recent weeks to the point where most regular activities are permissible, conditional that additional safety measures remain in place such as enhanced hygiene, cleaning, registration and careful planning. I can confirm that it is now permissible for boys to bring treats for the class to share on their own birthday (and emphasise that this is not an expectation, and that treats should be modest if you choose to provide). We are still required to provide spaces with a ratio of two square metres for each adult when parents attend functions so will need to confirm in coming days the implications of this for Father and Son Breakfasts that require a substantially larger venue for bigger year groups. Our K-2 Mothers’ Day Morning will proceed on Friday 7 May and all mothers will soon receive an invitation from your son to attend the performances and classroom activities.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of Saturday winter sport games and we wish all teams well for an enjoyable and successful round of sport. I emphasise that the first rounds are viewed as ‘trials’ and some movement across teams is to be expected, although we anticipate changes will be minimal. Once tomorrow’s first round is complete, we will use the week to address any concerns or issues that arise. The sport selection process is often an emotive experience for boys and it is inevitable that some high hopes are disappointed when selections are announced. However, the expectation is that boys will have a positive experience of sport tomorrow in their teams and will feel more comfortable with one game behind them. There is something unique about the winter ball sports that often arouses passions both on the field and on the sidelines. Coaches remind players regularly of the values of sport and the manner in which we expect the boys to play. I take this opportunity to remind all parents that the games are primarily for the enjoyment of the players and encourage all who will be attending games to be mindful of the responsibilities of spectators which are outlined in the Sporting Code of Conduct (please review it in the Record Book). These ensure that win, lose or draw, games are a positive experience for players, parents and staff. Thank you for your cooperation with these guidelines. Tuesday morning skills sessions for ‘A’ team members and other keen boys commence next Tuesday morning.
Mark Dunn | Head of Junior School
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.John 15:12-13
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