Junior School News - 21 June 2018

Junior School News - 21 June 2018

Junior School News – 21 June 2018

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The three-week break provides an ideal opportunity for girls to recharge their batteries, reflect on what has been achieved so far and start planning for Semester 2.


The first semester reports will be released during the first week of the holidays.  The Report provides ‘a point in time’ record of past achievement.  I would encourage you to talk with your daughter about her strengths, the next steps in her learning and how she might go about achieving her goals.

Inspiring Women, Your daughter’s future – Excerpt Junior School Learning platform speaking notes

Be Ready – for today, tomorrow, your future.

We are undeterred, not concerned or threatened by the future, rather energised by the possibilities. Coming from a position of relentless optimism, our job is to challenge and inspire each and every one of our students by transforming our fundamental teaching and learning model/s by which teachers teach and learners learn.

This evening I share with you an insight, albeit a concise insight, into the JS Learning direction. Over time these initiatives will be phased in; some will be obvious in the form of new programs or opportunities with others less so, as they will be enacted through changes to the staffing model, timetable modifications and approaches to planning etc.

Falling broadly into 5 key areas I would like to share with you our thinking around:

  1. Partnership
  2. Progress
  3. Personal Development
  4. Practice and
  5. Professional Learning


#1 Our Partnership

Human relationships take pride of place in the SHJS learning environment, not confined to a couple of minutes before or after, class but deeply embedded into the entire learning experience.  The relationships exist between and among students, teachers and students and between students, teachers and their families, and with other social networks that connect those with similar learning interests and aspirations. By leveraging these relationships, learning becomes more of a conversation, a mutual undertaking, a culture of learning, a culture of mutual respect and trust where we can all grow and prosper.

The remaining four sections will be elaborated on in future editions.

Congratulations to all participants in the Da Vinci Decathlon, Language Speaking Competition, and Chess Competition.  Click through to read more about competition results and the girls’ wonderful efforts.

The Acacia visit to Abri was a huge success. Well done Acacia. Click here to read more.

Enjoy the holidays and I look forward to seeing you all next term.

Mrs Tracey Maynard
Head of Junior School


GRIP Student Leadership Conference

GRIP Leadership is a values-driven organisation which explicitly represents and examines the core principles of: Generosity, Responsibility, Integrity and People (inclusivity). Our student leaders of House, SRC and School Captains participated in the conference on Friday, 11 May and enthusiastically contributed in all that they had on offer.  Their responses below are testament to their experience.

The GRIP leadership conference was so much fun and I wish I could go there every day, it was awesome. I loved the role playing and doing the fun worksheets in my booklet. The people were super funny and super nice to all of us and I even made a couple of new friends from other schools. I would 100% do it again.” Nicola DeFazio (Acacia House Captain)

“GRIP was a great way for me to spend time with the other junior school leaders while at the same time learning new ways and ideas to improve our school.” Alexi McCarthy (Junior School Captain)

“The GRIP Leadership conference was exciting, informative and fun. The conference hosts were energetic, enthusiastic and engaging. They used different games and plays to show us great leadership in fun ways. Personally, I would definitely go to another of their conferences.” Abby Long (Junior School Vice Captain)

“Hi I’m Piper Holtsbaum the Grevillea House Captain. I was given the opportunity to go to the Grip leadership conference. It was amazing learning new leadership quilting in a fun way. Piper Holtsbaum (Grevillea House Captain)

GRIP was amazing, and while we were having fun we learnt that being a leader means to be a strawberry not a watermelon. This means leaders should be nice on the outside and nice on the inside instead of being a watermelon which is nice on the inside and different on the outside. Mary Nash (Student Representative Council Secretary)


Having recently been outside of the school with the girls at events and camps, including the Year 6 Canberra trip in particular, it has highlighted the fact that our girls are so proud of their uniforms and the sense of belonging this brings. Of late, it has been noted there have been a few students who have misplaced their play hats and or their winter panamas. Whilst we always refer the girls to the lost property locations around the school and to check in with Junior Reception, on the odd occasions they are simply misplaced. Could I please encourage you to over the holidays check in with your daughters and ask if their play hats/panamas are at school and ready for Term 3. The girls are enjoying the benefits of a ‘Spot On’ sticker if they are in full uniform.

Mrs Melissa Wilkins
Deputy Head of Junior School


Outside School Hours Care


St Hilda’s School Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) is dedicated and committed to supporting the rights of children and supporting their safety. The OSHC Child Risk Management strategy which includes having relevant policies, procedures and training in place to effectively address the safety and wellbeing of children in our care has recently been endorsed by the Anglican Schools’ Commission. This has been uploaded on the School Website on the Outside School Hours Care page. Please feel free to forward any feedback or questions you may have about this Strategy to Mrs Lisa Cleverly.


Within the OSHC Centre there are a number of Child Protection Contacts. These include:

  • Mrs Lisa Cleverly – Director of Pre-Preparatory
  • Mrs Amanda Robards – Co-ordinator of OSHC

If you have any concerns relating to child protection please speak with one of these educators.


On 2 July 2018, there will be a new Child Care package that will help parents with children aged 0 -13 with child care subsidy. It will replace the current Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR). All families currently in receipt of either CCB or CCR will receive a Centrelink letter about transitioning to the Child Care Subsidy. Parents should follow the instructions in the letter and go online to complete the Child Care Subsidy assessment or claim for Child Care Subsidy. Further detailed information regarding the Child Care Subsidy can be found on the following link or at Centrelink.


Families currently in receipt of Child Care Benefit and/ or Child Care Rebate for approved care should have received a notification from Centrelink asking them to go online and complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment or apply for Child Care Subsidy.

Families need to complete their Child Care Subsidy assessment now. Families will not receive child care fee assistance from 2 July 2018, if their assessment is not completed.

Mrs Lisa Cleverly
Director of Pre-Preparatory and Head of Athena

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