Junior School News - 20 September 2018

Junior School News - 20 September 2018

Junior School News – 20 September 2018

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The two-week holiday break provides an ideal opportunity for girls to recharge their batteries and prepare for a very busy Term 4 ahead. 

Next term, I look forward to sharing with you a short video that provides a brief summary of our approach to learning in the Junior School. 

Stay safe and enjoy the break.

Tracey Maynard
Head of Junior School

Pastoral Care in the Junior School

The importance of well-being and effective social and emotional skills can never be underestimated. Research informs us of an integral link between a student’s capacity to learn and their feeling of connectedness with their environment and most importantly with others. Understanding themselves, their emotions and how to respond to their feelings is also of value within a multitude of contexts.

Carol Dweck argues, the importance of a growth mindset to enable flexible thinking in an ever evolving and changing landscape. Lea Waters promotes visible well-being that is tangible and interwoven into daily practices. Extensive research has also been centered around positive psychology and the effects on a student’s capacity to learn. Undoubtedly the complexities young students face as they emerge into the social media space further contribute to the necessity to equip our girls with the skills to navigate their world. The importance of confidence and humility, resilience and resourcefulness, whilst carefully developing integral traits of empathy, compassion and grace (to name a few) all contribute to forming the whole child.

Whilst our current practices are adhering to the development of these integral skills, as with anything constant reflection and review is required to ensure our programs are meeting our needs. In acknowledgment of the importance of this we have developed a framework within the Junior School that will provide the girls with the language, skills and knowledge to inform their day to day interactions.

One element of this framework is the explicit teaching of social and emotional skills. During Term 4 we will trial programs that support and build these vital skills. Pre-Prep and Prep will trial a program called Kimochis (Japanese for feelings) where they will be discussing, collaborating, practising and understanding feelings. This program is accompanied by special characters such as ‘Lovely Dovely’ to help facilitate this understanding. Ellen Pritchard Dodge is Kimochis® Educational Director and Curriculum Author and additionally is also a pioneering speech-language pathologist. Ellen recognised that feelings fuel behaviours, and she saw first-hand how teaching basic communication skills helped children express challenging feelings which, as a result, eliminated a lot of negative behaviours and provided a deeper understanding of relating and building connections with others. Further information about this program can be sourced via the following link:  https://www.kimochisway.com/.

The ‘You Can Do It’ program founded by Professor Michael Bernard will be trialled by girls in Years 1-6. Professor Michael Bernard has been an international leader in the field of social-emotional learning and has extensive experience in this field. The program provides latest research-proven activities for developing socially and emotionally capable young people. As acknowledged previously, authentic and respectful communications and interactions with all girls is important. We believe the program, You Can Do It! will provide us with a framework to ensure that we maintain our values of love, hope, compassion, forgiveness and grace as we support the girls in their social and emotional growth journey. Further information can be sourced via the following link –  https://youcandoiteducation.com.au/.

We look forward to continuing to work together to enhance the success of our girls, improve their relationships and promote ideal levels of wellbeing while continuing to provide a safe and supportive environment for all. We encourage conversation should you have any queries or concerns as we navigate our way through this trial period and continue to build on our integral relationship between home and school.

Welcome to our new School Counsellors

We warmly welcomed two new counsellors to St Hilda’s this term.

  • Mrs Elizabeth Giovas (Monday to Wednesday) – lgiovas@sthildas.qld.edu.au
    Miss Cody Boles (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) – cboles@sthildas.qld.edu.au

The School Counsellors are available to all students and parents. They take a pro-active approach to student health and personal development, helping to design programs in these areas as well as working with girls on an individual basis and providing referrals. Please firstly contact your daughter’s Form Teacher should you have any queries regarding accessing the school counsellors.

Fathers and Grandfathers Breakfast

Thank you to all the fathers, grandfathers and grand friends for joining us for breakfast.  The joy on the faces of the girls was clearly evident as they shared learning experiences and a delicious breakfast.

Safeguarding our Children, Student Protection in Anglican SchoolsA Guide for Parents and Students is now available via the front page of the School’s website under Governance/Safeguarding Students Policies

Community support

On behalf of the Grevillea House Captains, I would like to thank the families of Grevillea for their support of our girls in their community service endeavours. Your very generous donations of stationery and colouring-in items will be delivered at the end of term by our Year 6 students.

Melissa Wilkins
Deputy Head of Junior School

Parent Learning Lounges

We have been holding fortnightly Parent Learning Lounges covering a range of topics including:

  • Mental Maths Strategies
  • Speech Development and Oral Language
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Pastoral Care – You Can Do It!
  • Intrinsic Motivation

It has been so lovely to work in small group discussions on how we can work together for the benefit of your girls. Whilst we will not be holding these sessions next term, if you have any suggestions for 2019, including times and topics, please let me know.

A big thank you to all the parents who attended and the amazing teachers who shared their knowledge and expertise – what a team!

Sam Birch
Head of Curriculum

Science Week

Science Week is all about learning about science and hearing ideas from scientists.  The girls at St Hilda’s were able to listen to some very impressive scientists share their research and demonstrate experiments over two lunch times during Science Week.  These very knowledgeable and very engaging scientists were students from Years 4, 5 and 6!   These budding scientists shared knowledge on topics ranging from human fluorescent protein, to forces, to the adaption of plants, humans and even the telephone!  Girls also demonstrated experiments showing chemical reactions to create elephant toothpaste, lava lamps, waterproof sand and rainbow paper.  It showcased the amazing scientific knowledge and skills our girls possess.  Thank you girls!

Nina Lee
Coordinator Prep – Year 2 Curriculum


Term 3 has been a busy time in the Library where we continue to encourage and embrace a love of Literature through a variety of activities including class novels, Roald Dahl Day, story time and visiting authors.

September 13 is Roald Dahl’s birthday.  On this day the students took part in activities during Library lessons to celebrate this very talented, much loved author.  We also were joined by many visiting BFGs during Grandfather, Father and Daughter morning!

How many of these Roald Dahl books can you name?

School Holiday Activities

**See The Owl and the Pussycat at Qpac! Click here to learn more/buy tickets.

The Owl and the Pussycat is an enchanting and intimate theatrical experience for families. Be swept away in this all-new opera with stunning vocals, interactive theatre, and a troupe of musical puffins.

Aboard a magical pea-green boat, this charming work explores universal themes of love, harmony and acceptance.

**See The Gruffalo LIVE on stage at the Gardens Theatre, QUT! Click here to learn more/buy tickets.


Visiting Author – Cameron Stelzer

Author and illustrator Cameron Stelzer, spent an informative and fun day with our Prep-Year 2 students.  They were treated to a reading of ‘The Stroogle in Space’ followed by insights into the illustration and book making process and, finally, the students took part in a drawing workshop.   http://drcameron.com.au/

Term 3 borrowing has ended for Prep-Year 2 so please ensure all Library books and DVDs are returned.  Years 3-6 are allowed to borrow for the holiday period.

We have a considerable amount of lost property in the basket outside of the Library. This will be looked through and organised, but please ensure that your daughter checks for any belongings.

Other Library Activities

Pre-Prep   students have been responding to stories about perseverance, emotions and courage.  They have also been developing their listening skills and practising re-telling the sequence of events in a story.

Prep   students have been exploring and responding to the wonderful stories written by the much-loved author Aaron Blabey. They have also talked about parts of a book and practised re-telling a story.  http://www.aaronblabeybooks.com/

Year 1   students have been exploring and responding to stories by the most wonderful author, Sue Hendra and have been engaged in a variety of activities related to these books.

Years 2 and 3 students have been building their reading stamina and exploring and responding to the CBCA short listed books.   They chose which book they thought would win Early Childhood Book of the Year.  The winner this year is ‘Rodney Loses It’, by Michael Gerard Bauer. You can see the 2018 winners using the links below.



Year 4 – students are exploring and responding to the wonderfully illustrated novel ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznick.  Orphan, Clock Keeper and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, is put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.


Year 5 students have been delving into the magical world of Harry Potter through the first book in this fabulous series.  Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first instalment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.  Jim Kay’s illustrations are simply gorgeous — they’re peppered throughout the story in different shapes and sizes, and perfectly blend with J K Rowling’s words.

Year 6 students are exploring and responding to the beautiful book, ‘Just A Dog’ by Michael Gerard Bauer.  Mr. Mosely is a special dog. Not just because he’s so big (he’s part Great Dane.) Not just because he’s all white (with one black spot under his eye and a heart shaped splotch on his chest.) Not just because he’s clumsy, or because of tricks (he only knows one, and it’s not very good.) He’s special because he seems to know exactly what everyone in Corey’s family needs, even when they don’t know themselves. This is the story of Mr. Mosely, from his puppyhood to the last time he curls up on the back porch. It’s the story of how sometimes a dog isn’t “just a dog”. Sometimes he’s the glue that holds a whole family together.

Other information

  • Junior School Library Opening Hours: 8am-4.30pm
  • Students can access the library outside of normal class times every day at:
    • 8am-8.20am
    • Lunchtime 1.10pm-1.30pm (Mon, Wed, Fri) 1.00-1.20pm (Tue, Thu)
    • After school (Years 4-6) 3.25pm-4.30pm

Pre-Prep-Year 3 students are welcome to borrow books or read in the Library before and after school, but must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Please note:

Students must bring their Library bag for borrowing books.

You can contact me via email at: jgrimmer@sthildas.qld.edu.au  or visit me in the library.

Mrs Finch and I wish you all a safe and enjoyable break with plenty of time for reading! We look forward to more exciting times in the Library in our final term of the school year.

Joanne Grimmer
Junior School Library


Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Hope, Grace