Junior School News - May 2019

Junior School News - May 2019

Junior School News – May 2019

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Welcome back.  I trust you and your family have had some time together to re-energise and to enjoy the company of loved ones.

This term promises to be action packed as all classes have returned ready to dive immediately into their learning programs.  Our Year 3 and Year 5 students will be involved in NAPLAN during Week 4.

Tracey Maynard
Head of Junior School


In Week 4 (week beginning 13/5/19) of this term, students in Years 3 and 5 will take part in the NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) tests. Please assist your child by making sure they have had a substantial breakfast in the morning so they are fuelled up and ready to do their best!

More importantly though, please reassure your child that whilst we would like them to give it their best shot, the tests are only a small window in time. The tests only assess literacy and numeracy, and whilst we know that many students are fabulous in these areas, we also have many students who are experts in other areas such as: music, drama, making friends and helping out at home, which are not being assessed through NAPLAN. The tests do not replace the extensive informal assessments your child’s classroom teacher is making on a daily basis. We know all of the things that makes your child special and unique!

Sam Birch
Head of Curriculum – Junior School


We require your assistance in working together to ensure the safety of all students, as duty of care is of prime importance to the St Hilda’s School staff and our community.  To ensure our students are able to identify staff, all staff members wear a name badge and our Maintenance, Cleaning and Kitchen staff members wear a uniform.  All visitors to the School are required to sign in at Visitors’ Reception and to obtain a Visitors’ Badge to wear whilst on the premises.  We ask that, if you need to visit the School during the school day, you obtain a Visitors’ Badge from Visitors Reception, which is located in the James Building.

Safety is also paramount with co-curricular activities held in the afternoon.  When students are dismissed, they must be collected by the nominated person at the conclusion of the activity. Any students remaining and not collected will be escorted to After School Care to ensure their safety whilst on campus. We appreciate your continued diligence and can additionally assure you staff are also invested in ensuring safe practices as we work together to maintain a safe community.


As you are aware, Year 6 students have recently undertaken an education tour of the national capital. During this time, students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with an extensive itinerary including Parliament House, National Portrait Gallery, Australian War Memorial and the AIS with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government is contributing funding of $60 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the School upon completion of the excursion.

Brooke Parkin, River Teixeira and Madeleine Jackson share their experiences below of what was a terrific experience rich with culture, heritage and lots of highlights including the delightful, well-mannered and presented Year 6 students who shone brightly.  Many thanks also go to staff who proudly accompanied the girls to Canberra.

Year 6 Canberra Trip by Brooke Parkin, River Teixeira and Madeleine Jackson.

Poppies, wars and remembrance, you guessed it, it’s the War Memorial! In Canberra, one of our destinations was the Australian War Memorial. This place is to remember the ones who fought for our country and gave up their family and lives back home to give this country pleasure and peace.  There were lots of history and primary resources. We were all so lucky to have a tour guide and now know so much about the world wars. We learnt so much about some of the soldiers’ backgrounds and we really should honour the millions of soldiers who all have a story behind them. Canberra really is one of the greatest cities in Australia.

If you are interested in coins, currency and history and even personalisation, the Royal Australian Mint is the place to visit, located in Canberra the Australian Capital Territory. Learn about how coins are made, meet the robots, see the stairs filled with coins, even sit on a stack of giant coins. A place filled with fun for the kids and for the adults. Did you know that some garbage bins are made of old notes? At the end of our tour we got to experience a machine that made personalised coins right in front of us. The gift store was amazing, filled with rare coins, coins with unusual pictures on them and even collectors’ albums. The Royal Australian Mint is a coin collectors dream.

Science, games and other fun activities! If you like the sound of that then visit Canberra in your next holiday to experience this fantastic museum. Learn how to balance, build and blow scarves up through tubes. We also experienced how buildings hold together and how terrifying it would be during an earthquake! The gift shop was unforgettable with toys, experiments and Questacon merchandise. Yes, all this in one venue! We were all so lucky to visit Questacon.

2019 Fete

Thank you to all members of our community for your attendance and support of the School Fete!

Thank you to all parents who contributed towards the annual Cake Decorating Competition.  The amount of support and effort was overwhelming.

The winners of the Cake Decorating Competition are:

  • Madison McGallan (PB) and Francesca Henderson (PH)
  • Elle Hunt (1C) and Raphaelle Julien (1C)
  • Anya Evans (2J) and Matilda Wecker (2J)
  • Jessica Taylor (3V) and Anna Kuk (3L)

A special mention to Chloe Rosset, Ellouise Herft, Elodie Willemsen, Dain Kim, Erika Waite, Lucette James, Minty Garrett, Nina Strangman, Portia van Twest, Tara Strangman and Willow Salam for their enterprising contribution. Last year the girls ran a slime stall and this year have focused their attention on the cleaner option of scrunchies. They have sewed their way through the holidays, even producing special edition St Hilda’s scrunchies in the School colours.

The Magic Carpet prepares for Flight!

The cast and crew of the Junior School Musical worked tirelessly last term to prepare for the 2019 Production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. With a cast and crew of over 80, the show promises to delight audiences young and old in its upcoming performances at the Arts Theatre, HOTA on Saturday June 8. Performing two shows, 12:30pm and 6:30pm, the performers will sing, dance and act, bringing the much loved tale of Aladdin to the stage.

We have been thrilled with the level of commitment and enthusiasm of our cast and crew and we thank all the parents and families who have supported the development of the show through working bees, making costumes and in ferrying performers to and from rehearsals. It has been a delight to see the girls develop their dance, drama and singing skills as they learn choreography, songs and dialogue; developing teamwork and creating life-long memories. This term we will be ramping up our rehearsals as we bring together the various parts of the show and encourage members of the St Hilda’s School Community to support us by coming to see this most wonderful show.

Tickets are now available for purchase directly through HOTA.  Click here to BOOK!

Belinda Gravel
Head of Drama, Producer/ co-director Junior School Musical 2019 Aladdin Jr

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