Junior School News - 17 October 2018

Junior School News - 17 October 2018

Junior School News – 17 October 2018

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Term 4 provides the ideal time to consider progress thus far and to take decisive action to address areas requiring development.  Now, not next year, but now is the time to increase the time spent reading, both for learning and for leisure and pleasure, to ensure confident recall of tables,  to engage in deep conversations about world events, and to build understanding of effective learning strategies.

My pre-Christmas learning wish is for all students is to be curious and to challenge themselves, all the while having good hard fun.


Keeping the focus on learning, I draw your attention to our approach to homework.  The homework debate is regularly played out in the media as is the attention to student achievement.

The following Parent Information Sessions are scheduled to discuss and receive your valuable feedback in relation to Homework and Learning Enhancement.  We encourage you to share your views by attending these sessions.

Parent Information Sessions:
Meeting Room 1, James Admin Building (near Junior School Reception)

  • Learning Enhancement:  Wednesday 31 October, 3pm – 3.30pm 
  • Homework:  Wednesday 14 November, 3pm – 3.30pm


Our goal is to build a learning community where the partnership between teachers, family and students is open, honest and united. To continue to build our learning community, the Junior School teaching staff have initiated an open invitation to visit on Friday afternoons.  The letter distributed last week via daily correspondence is below for your reference.   We would love to see you if you are able to pop in.

Dear Parents

We hope you have enjoyed a well-deserved break with family and friends and hopefully spent some time recharging the batteries ahead of the final 2018 school term.

This term, Junior School classrooms will be open on Friday afternoons from 2.55pm-3.15pm. At this time your daughter will either be with her Form or Specialist Teachers. Please discuss with your daughter which lesson she will be at so that you can locate her with ease. We welcome you to pop in and share in the company of the girls and their families prior to afternoon pick-up. We believe opportunities to share in the students’ learning and reflections on the week will be a valuable and joyous experience for parents and students.

We look forward to catching up with you on Friday afternoons! Please ensure you sign in and out at Junior School Reception before coming to the classroom. If you have any questions about this, please be in touch with your daughter’s Form Teacher.

Many thanks
Junior School Teachers


We are proud and excited to be offering the Honours program and, as part of the planning and developing the program, we have carefully considered the selection process.  While our rigorous assessment, procedures and results will provide important information about the strengths and weaknesses of students, there are some students who may have abilities which remain ‘untapped’ and are not ‘visible’ at the moment. It is for this reason we have included external testing designed by the highly reputable ACER, which will measure higher-order thinking skills and academic potential as part of the process.  This approach will provide a comprehensive ‘picture’ of each girl.

If your daughter is academically ambitious I would encourage you to consider the Honours pathway.


Congratulations to all staff involved in the organization of Techpalooza held at the School during the recent term break. Junior School staff, Dan Martinez, Gayle Neville and Raechel Alback shared their expertise with fellow teachers from Australia and around the world.

Trent Uebergang recently joined a growing network of high performing Australian teachers becoming certified as a Highly Accomplished by Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ).  Congratulations Trent.

2019 Musical

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and we hope that is the case for this much-loved, biennial St Hilda’s event.  We heard that speculation and whispers had begun to creep through the Years 3, 4 and 5 cohorts and the Musical team was very excited by the delighted response from the girls when we announced that Aladdin is the fun-filled story we will be bringing to life with you in 2019.  Audition Packs have gone home in preparation for Auditions in Week 3 – please read carefully and drop the application form to Junior School Reception as soon as possible.  Start warming up your voice, body and imagination, and get ready for lots of singing, acting and dancing in the coming weeks – we can’t wait!


The last week of Term 3 was a very busy one for the Prep girls!  To finish off our Science unit on weather, we had a visit from Paul Burt, the Channel 7 weather presenter.  Not only did we get to learn more about the weather and ask him all of our weather questions, we were also featured on the News!

To end the week, we had a visit from our TSS reception buddies. The weather was perfect for playing outside; we played on the playground equipment, built with Lego and blocks and did some drawing under the gazebo.  To finish off the morning, we got to share a delicious morning tea with our new friends.

Swell Sculpture Festival – Year 4 Excursion

In the last week of Term 3, Year 4 students visited the Swell Sculpture Festival in Currumbin. Luckily, it was a beautiful day and we all found the festival very inspiring. It is important for our students to engage with the Visual Art community so we are very lucky to have this fabulous event right here on the Gold Coast each year. The girls were impressed by a wide variety of sculptures, including Prickles the Unhuggable Bear (the overall winner of the festival) made from steel and barbed wire, and inspired by the debate around technology restricting the imagination of children. Students are now working on their own sculptures in class using a variety of materials including clay and wire.

Tracey Maynard
Head of Junior School

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