Middle School News - 2 May 2018

Middle School News - 2 May 2018

Middle School News – 2 May 2018

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Welcome back to Term 2. It was wonderful to see many parents taking advantage of the opportunity to meet with staff at the Parent Teacher Interviews last week. We believe that if teachers, students and parents build strong relationships, they can work together to improve learning outcomes. Please use the feedback from the Parent Teacher Interviews as another platform to initiate discussion with your daughter about her learning journey.

Encouraging girls to get involved and contribute to our community through the Focus Week program helps to develop their personal, social and intellectual growth as well as a sense of responsibility. Through this process, students become active partners in identifying community needs and develop skills in planning and organising service activities. This week students from 9H have organised a range of activities promoting the theme of ConX, which encourages girls to get involved and connect with each other, whilst raising awareness of the movement Time’s Up.  As the girls explained, “This is a movement that started with celebrities wearing black at the Golden Globes, and has since grown to a world-renown movement, all about raising awareness for sexual harassment in the workplace. We would like to spread awareness for this problem which can happen to any woman in the workplace, and because this is a girl’s school we thought this issue would be very relevant and help promote sisterhood and ConX throughout the Middle School”.  They hope through activities such as factual daisy chains, a feminist speech compilation and team building exercises as well as the visual reminder of black ribbons, to highlight their message of empowering women.

The Pink Breakfast for Middle School students not only gives us the opportunity to celebrate the bond between mothers and daughters, it also acknowledges the special role that grandmothers, aunts, sisters and other important female role models play in the life of our girls. Spending time together is one of the most crucial things mothers can do to forge a strong bond with their daughters, particularly during the often difficult adolescent years. Please join us on Friday, 18 May as we pay homage to this special relationship. Click here for details of the event. 

Middle School Pink Breakfast, 2017

On Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16, and Thursday 17 May, Years 7 and 9 will sit for the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). The girls have been engaged in activities throughout the year that are similar in approach to the way they are presented in the tests. The tests are a mix of written responses and multiple choice questions. They have also been focusing on writing persuasive and narrative texts in preparation for the writing component of the test. Each of the literacy and numeracy tests is conducted in the morning sessions, over the three days. On the first day they will complete the language conventions and writing component, day two focuses on reading, and day three numeracy. All students will require the following equipment, in a plastic zip-lock bag or plastic sleeve:

  • 2 x 2B or HB pencils (not Pacers)
  • eraser
  • sharpener (preferably with a container for shavings)
  • blue or black pen – for the Writing test only (Tuesday)
  • a school calculator – for the Numeracy test only (Thursday)

To be ready, the girls need a good night’s sleep, a healthy and substantial breakfast, and the necessary equipment. We wish the girls well and know they will do their best.

Participation in sporting and cultural pursuits is an integral and enjoyable part of our girls’ daily lives. Our approach aims to instil discipline and focus, whilst also promoting the importance of teamwork and commitment. Opportunities to participate in school events such as the School Musical and the QGSSSA competition promotes confidence and builds a sense of community. We look forward to seeing parents at these events in the coming weeks.

Susan Sanburg
Head of Middle School


Term 2 key dates – Middle School.

Refer to the school calendar on the website for more detail and updates

Week 2
Wednesday 2 May: QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures v Somerville House (Away)
Friday, 4 May: QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures v SPLC (Home)

Week 3
Monday, 7 May: Labour Day Public Holiday
Tuesday, 8 May: QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures v MBC (Away)
Friday, 11 May: School Musical Performance
Saturday, 12 May: QGSSSA Cross Country (Rivermount College, Yatala)
Saturday, 12 May: School Musical Performance
Sunday, 13 May: Mother’s Day Classic Walk/Run

Week 4
Monday, 14 May: QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures v IGGS (Away)
Tuesday, 15 May: Years 7&9 NAPLAN tests
Wednesday, 16 May: Years 7&9 NAPLAN tests
Thursday, 17 May: Years 7&9 NAPLAN tests
Friday, 18 May: Catch Up NAPLAN tests
Friday, 18 May: Mother Daughter Pink Breakfast

Week 5
Tuesday, 22 May: Twilight Concert
Wednesday, 23 May: QGSSSA football/touch v BSHS (Home) reschedule from 9 March
Wednesday, 23 May: Women’s Auxiliary High Tea
Friday, 25 May: QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures v Clayfield College (Away)

Week 6
Wednesday, 30 May: Year 9 Dance Class
Thursday 31 May: Year 9 Altitude Day
Friday, 1 June: Year 9 Testblock
Friday 1 June: QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures v St Aidan’s (Home)

Week 7
Monday, 4 June: Year 9 Testblock
Wednesday, 6 June: Year 9 Dance Class
Saturday, 9 June: St Hilda’s Foundation Race Day (GC Turf Club)

Week 8
Tuesday, 12 June: Brainstorm Production (Verbal Combat)
Wednesday, 13 June: Year 9 Dance Class

Week 9
Monday, 18 June: Year 8 Subject Selection Presentation
Monday, 18 June: IOS Film Festival
Tuesday, 19 June: IOS Film Festival
Tuesday, 19 June: Twilight Concert
Wednesday, 20 June: Year 9 Dance Class
Thursday, 21 June: Last day of Term 2

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