Junior School News - February 2020

Junior School News - February 2020

Junior School News – February 2020

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From the Head of Junior School

Hope – Fills The Heart & Guides The Mind

Welcome back to 2020!  It was wonderful to welcome the girls back to school.  The Junior School came to life with the joy of girls reconnecting and meeting new friends, with the excitement of sharing stories about holiday adventures and with the thrill of starting a new year in new classroom spaces with new year level Form Teachers.

Last Wednesday we held our Welcome Back Assembly for Prep to Year 6 and with great hope and joy for the year ahead, the 2020 Junior School Captain, Charlize Hamilton, and the Junior School Vice-Captain, Clementine Henderson, and I rang the bell to signify the start of the 2020 academic year.

This year our Junior School direction will focus on the Triple Cs – Consistency, Communication and Connection.  Working together with all of our community, we will continue to strengthen our consistency in all that we do including our communication and to continuously improve the connection of all parts of our community, our village.  We will also be focusing on the value of Hope. Hope fills the heart and guides the mind.  Research has proven that young people with hopeful outlooks are more successful in developing a fulfilling life and experiencing happiness and positivity.

Thank you

I would like to extend our many thanks to all of our Junior School families for their assistance and understanding as we implemented measures regarding the coronavirus to support our full village community.

In each newsletter, I will include helpful hints and strategies to help our families support their daughter/s as they learn, grow and develop into successful young women. Please find below a few helpful ideas.

Term One

Term One is filled with many exciting events and activities.  I encourage you to monitor the school calendar closely to ensure important dates are not missed.  This week we have the Junior School Parent Information Afternoons. These are important afternoons where form teachers will share essential information about the year ahead.  I look forward to reconnecting with many families during the refreshments and the information sessions.

In addition, our Junior School staff will be hosting a variety of parent workshops including volunteer inductions and curriculum based sessions.

On Wednesday 19 February, at 5pm for a 5.15pm start, Mr Steve Window, Online Safety and Digital Wellbeing Advocate, Anglican Schools Commission, will be presenting a parent workshop on how to keep our girls safe in the cyberworld.  It would be wonderful to see many of our families attend this event and benefit from Mr Window’s advice and information.  Please reply to the invitation that will be circulated if you are able to attend to assist with catering. Click the image below for the full invitation.



Legislation requires all children who attend Outside School Hours Care to be enrolled in the service. If you have an emergency and cannot collect your daughter, legally she cannot attend OSHC without a completed registration form. To ensure this situation does not arise we are asking all parents to complete the registration form. Please contact Junior School Reception or your daughter’s Form Teacher to obtain a form.  Thank you for your assistance with this procedure.

Code of Conduct

Further to strengthening our commitment to our village, I would like to remind all in our community about the importance of the School’s Code of Conduct.  For the purpose of this Code of Conduct “School Community”, comprises the Principal, staff, coaches, employees, parents and guardians who attend the School, for the purposes of visiting, participating or supporting the benefit of the School and its students. The School Community Code of Conduct sets clear standards of behaviour which are expected of members of the School Community. Further information regarding the Code of Conduct can be found at St Hilda’s School Community Code of Conduct Policy

Helpful hints to help establish expectations, routines and resilience for the start of 2020!

The start of a new academic year is a perfect time to consider the importance of establishing routines, expectations and helping your daughter to build resilience as a way of forming a strong foundation for success.

The following includes hints and strategies for establishing term-time routines:

  • Help your daughter to use her Student Organiser effectively by reviewing the School calendar and recording key events
  • Encourage your daughter to use her Student Organiser or a timetable at home to help her manage her homework, reading and activities. This will help your daughter to feel calm and in control of her learning
  • Set up weekly meetings to review your daughter/s’ schedules for the week(s) ahead.
  • Create a family calendar that tracks everyone’s activities and commitments. (how to make a family calendar – https://www.care.com/c/stories/5252/how-to-make-a-family-calendar/ )
  • Refresh your rules about screen time for the school year. What’s allowed, when and how long?
  • Establish a set “Family Time,” whether it’s during dinner or before bed.
  • Give your daughter a specific day when she can choose all the activities you do together.

Together with establishing routines is the need to develop expectations regarding learning and personal development.  Aim to make expectations explicit and achievable as this will allow your daughter to experience a feeling of success and accomplishment.

  • Aim to make expectations clear and easy to understand. For example, when your daughter is completing homework, provide her with clear expectations of what homework will look like when it is finished. E.g. homework is completed neatly and is easy to read.
  • Help your daughter set goals and break down goals into mini-steps so that she can ‘climb the ladder’, one step at a time, to reach the larger goal. For example, the goal might be to read a novel.  Break the goal into manageable steps by aiming to read a set number of pages or a chapter each night.
  • Encourage your daughter to set her own personal expectations such as the type of friend she wants to be or how she will interact with her friends and teachers or that she will use kindness and joy in learning each day
  • More information is available at https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/schoolage-children/clear-expectations-for-kids

The final area that was mentioned was the development of resilience.  For the start of the year, it is important to talk to your daughter each day both at the start and end of her day.

Help your daughter enter each school day with a positive, growth mindset.  Our children will embrace the behaviour and attitudes that we as parents demonstrate.  Help your daughter to be positive and excited about her day by demonstrating positivity towards school and using encouraging words.

At the end of the day, chat with your daughter about how her day was and help her to focus on the positive aspects of her day. This will help her to build hope and strengthen her positive outlook on life.  If your child experienced difficulties, help them to identify ideas to solve the problem.  When children solve their own problems, they feel more confident and develop a strong self-belief.  If the problem is larger then what your daughter can manage, please make contact with your daughter’s Form Teacher.

I look forward to seeing many parents at our Information Nights and in the morning and afternoon drop-off and collection times.  The Junior School staff are keen to form a village with you for the ultimate purpose of educating and helping to develop each of the girls in our care.  My goal for the girls is to enjoy 2020 by working hard, having fun and achieving the goals that they have set for 2020.

Warm regards,

Amanda Shuttlewood
Head of Junior School

From the Deputy Head of Junior School

It was truly lovely to see the heartfelt smiles and chatter amongst the girls as they excitedly streamed into the gates for their first day back last week. 2020 awaits us all and we anticipate much growth, fun times, treasured relationships and new adventures.


Our commitment to ensure the safety, welfare and wellbeing of students is paramount. This includes the provision of a safe and supportive living and learning environment for all students and requires all employees, volunteers and visitors to model and encourage behaviour that upholds the dignity and protection of students from harm.

As a continuation of the education of child safety and protection, the students will be involved in a range of workshops and sessions that will enhance their understanding and provide skills for ensuring a child safe environment.

Years 4 to 6 will be involved in a Cyber Safety session delivered by Steve Window from ASC and will explore what it means to be Cyber Safe. Pre-Prep to Year 6 students will participate in Life Education sessions in the coming weeks. During these sessions they will explore material that enables them to make safe and healthy lifestyle choices as they grow and experiences different stages of life. Some of the topics covered include nutrition, personal safety and the importance of physical activity. We encourage you to ask your daughters about their session with Healthy Harold.

Additionally, the students in Prep to Year 4 will be participating in workshops related to Protective Behaviours.  These sessions will be delivered collaboratively with True Relationships & Reproductive Health staff and Form Teachers, and will be held 2 – 6 March. The staff from True Relationships & Reproductive Health will work with the Form Teachers in each year group to ensure continuity and to monitor content. An information session for parents, outlining the aims and the content of the Protective Behaviours program, will be held in the Caedmon Centre from 2.30 – 3.15pm on Tuesday, 25 February. All parents are welcome to attend.


Procedures and policies relating to Child Protection require all volunteers working within Anglican Schools to undergo an induction relating to the responsibility they share in safeguarding students. Policy and procedure documents are available on the School website under Governance/Safeguarding Students Policies to inform parents.

More specifically, any parent who wishes to volunteer is required to attend an induction and read and acknowledge their understanding of their responsibilities as a volunteer. This includes parents and grandparents who assist with classroom activities, reading, School Banking, School discos, excursions and the like. We encourage any volunteers to seek guidance in this process by asking the ladies at Junior Reception or their respective Form Teachers. We have scheduled two volunteer induction sessions for Term 1 and have outlined these details below:

Wednesday 5 February – 8.30-9.00am in the Caedmon Centre

Friday 21 February – 8.30-9.00am in the Caedmon Centre

We look forward to welcoming all parents who wish to volunteer throughout the year.

We value the time parents volunteer with the students and the strong community connections this time fosters. We know that you share an appreciation of all the procedures in place to assist young people to feel safe and know that adults in their school will listen and report any matters of concern. Amanda Shuttlewood, Melissa Wilkins, Katherine Homes and Lisa Cleverly are Student Protection Officers within the Junior School. All students and volunteers are encouraged to seek the support and help of these staff and any other staff should they require some assistance and or support during the school day. Additionally and most importantly, students are encouraged to have at least five ‘go-to’ people whom they can talk to when needed both at home and school. We encourage you to identify these support people with your daughters as we work together to provide a safe environment for all.

Parent Workshops

Date Workshop Venue
5 February 2020

8.30am – 9.00am

Volunteer Induction Session Caedmon Centre
17 February 2020

9.00am – 10.00am

Life Education Life Education Van, Whitby Street Carpark
19 February 2020

5.00pm – 6.15pm

Internet Safe Education Parent Session – Steve Window BPR
21 February 2020

8.30am – 9.00am

Volunteer Induction Session Caedmon Centre
25 February 2020

2.30pm – 3.15pm

Protective Behaviours Parent Session Prep – Year 4 Caedmon Centre
26 February 2020

Prep – Year 2



Year 3 – Year 6

8.30am – 9.15am

How to develop confident and capable readers Caedmon Centre
10 March 2020

2.30pm – 3.15pm

Parent Information Session – Sexuality Education

Year 5 and Year 6

Caedmon Centre



All classes from Prep – Year 6 have Form Photos scheduled for Thursday 13 February. If you would like to purchase these photos you must place your order before Monday 24 February. Please refer to the Correspondence dated Friday 31 January for specific details of photos.

Melissa Wilkins
Deputy Head of Junior School 



Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Hope, Grace