From the Head of the Junior School

From the Head of the Junior School

Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,

All parties appeared to enjoy their role in the unique experience of Student-led Conferences on Monday afternoon, with the boys leading a parent or both parents (and some grandparents) through the challenge and reward of every-day learning experiences. It was a joy to see and hear the excitement of the boys as they could ‘show-off’ their learning, watch them take the lead and guide adults through learning stations, and note the wonder and appreciation of parents. These conferences give all involved an authentic experience of the daily learning, and they go beyond what can be communicated through reports and teacher comments. Congratulations to all the boys who led a conference and I thank parents for taking up this opportunity and giving your son your dedicated attention. Year 6 is planning something equally memorable when their turn comes around in next term’s Exhibition.

Next week we are celebrating Book Week. We are getting in a week early, partly because we just can’t wait and partly because we have a number of special weeks to squeeze in to this term (Science Week, Festival of the Arts, camps). Each year since 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia has hosted Children’s Book Week to honour and celebrate the work of Australian authors and illustrators. Miss Gratton and Mrs Bowden have planned a full schedule of events across the week around the theme ‘Dreaming with Eyes Open…’. Author visits, competitions, and a Book Fair have been scheduled. The climax of the week’s activities will be our Book Parade on Friday morning between 9am and 10am in the Sports Centre (adjacent to the Junior School). Parents and grandparents are warmly invited to enjoy the fun. You can even dress up! We would especially love parents and grandparents to purchase some books for their children at our Book Fair (before and after school Tuesday through Friday) as the School receives credit to be able to expand our Library collection.

The corridors are beginning to be transformed for the Trinity Grammar Junior School Arts Festival. The highlight will be the Festival of the Arts Evening in a fortnight on Friday evening, 26th August, in the Junior School building (5-7pm). Apart from a display of the magnificent array of artwork that the boys have been making at school, the evening will also feature musical performances and a ‘Scarecrow Walk’. We hope that families will join us on the evening.

We are looking forward to hosting fathers on campus for our Kindergarten – Year 4 Father & Son Breakfast on Friday 2nd September. Enjoying bacon-egg rolls, coffee and hot chocolate, with the chance to mingle with other boys and fathers is our plan for the morning and we hope it is your plan too. Please book via this link. We hope to see many fathers in attendance.

The work on the corridor link between the Junior School and carpark is progressing well, with the significant task of demolishing the various stairwells now completed. Reconstruction will soon begin. I remind parents that whilst this work is undertaken, the only access to the Junior School building and OSH Club will be via the door at the eastern end of the building via the K-2 playground. If you have reason to come on site during the school day, you must still report to the Junior School Office on arrival – parents are never to make their way directly to classrooms.

Our athletes have their first chance to compete against athletes from other schools at this weekend’s Invitational Carnival and we wish them well.

Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 46:10-11

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