Posted on: Wednesday 16 October 2019
Posted in: Junior School
I would like to welcome our St Hilda’s families and students back to school for an exciting Term 4, and extend a very warm welcome to our new students and families who are joining us this term. We were pleased to introduce our new students to the Junior School community at our first assembly last Friday.
I sincerely hope you all had a restful break and are completely refreshed and ready for a great new start to the final term of 2019.
I am thrilled to join the Junior School team and I would like to thank those families who were able to attend the afternoon tea last Thursday. It was wonderful to meet so many parents and members of the St Hilda’s community.
During our first assembly for Term Four, we welcomed back Mrs Wilkins who enjoyed well-deserved leave. We also welcomed back Mr Uebergang who enjoyed valuable time with his wife and their new baby. Congratulations were also shared for Miss Bennetts who married Mr Doyle during the September holidays. This term, Mr Moore is taking leave and Mrs Cubit is replacing Mr Moore during this time. Welcome to Mrs Cubit.
Years 3 and 4 Camps
We wish our Years 3 and 4 girls all the very best as they set forth on their camp adventures this week. Year 3 will be visiting Tyalgum Ridge, a beautiful camp set in the Northern New South Wales countryside. The Year 4 girls will be participating in an exciting beach camp located at Lake Ainsworth, along the Northern New South Wales coastline.
NAPLAN School Readiness Testing
The first week of this term has been a very busy one. The girls in Years 3 and 5 assisted the School by completing the NAPLAN School Readiness Testing. This process was a test of the School’s technical, physical and human resources in preparation for moving to the online delivery of NAPLAN testing. The tests allowed the School to have all of the Years 3 and 5 Junior School students logged into the NAPLAN online trial site at the one time, and for our staff to monitor and collect information on any technical disruptions that may have occurred. I am pleased to report that our systems handled the demand extremely well and without concern. The girls and teachers reported that they enjoyed using the online testing platform.
Please contact me if you have any questions about the NAPLAN School Readiness Testing.
Commonwealth Student Banking
Congratulations to the girls in Year 3S on receiving the award for the class who completed the most amount of banking last week. The banking program is a very beneficial approach to teaching the girls about money and how to be a responsible saver.
I encourage our Junior School girls to earn pocket money by completing a few chores around home and to bank some of their earnings through their Commonwealth Bank Book each Wednesday. For more information, please contact Junior School Reception.
|Important Dates Term 4 – 2019
Term Four is very busy for our Junior School families. Please find below a few important dates for this term to add to your home calendar.
|16-18 October||Years 3 and 4 Camp|
|16 October||2020 Pre-Prep Parent Information Evening|
|18 October||Year 6 Parent Meeting regarding Year 6 transition to Middle School|
|21 October||Staff Day – Students do not attend School|
|8 November||Principal’s OGA Cocktail Party|
|11-13 November||Year 5 Camp|
|18-22 November||Junior School Book Fair|
|20 November||Pre-Prep Christmas Concert|
|21 November||Year 6 Farewell Chapel Service|
|22 November||Prep – Year 6 Christmas Carols|
|28 November||Speech Day|
Hints for helping your daughter settle into the routines of being back at school
Many students have settled into the routines of their classroom and have a greater understanding of learning expectations by the time Term 4 arrives. However, holiday times do create a disruption to the usual term time routines.
Following are a few tips to help your daughter prepare for a successful start to Term 4:
In addition to preparing to start a new term, students need to prepare to re-engage with friends, to work cooperatively with others and to negotiate social interactions in the classroom and in the playground. Teachers will remind the girls about the benefits of being patient, communicating calmly, using their manners, showing kindness and compromising. Five top social rules to consider are:
If you wish to discuss any of the points above, please provide your daughter with examples or scenarios so that you can talk through how to manage different situations. This process will support your child as they start a new term playing and working with many friends at school.
I look forward to working with our wonderful girls, teachers and parents during a productive and rewarding Term 4.
Head of Junior School