Middle School News - May 2019

Middle School News - May 2019

Middle School News – May 2019

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It was wonderful to see the large number of families who attended the Fete last Saturday. The girls were kept busy managing the stalls for Chocoholics and Ring Toss. Thank you to the staff and students who contributed to the success of the Middle School stalls and for the generous support of our families for their donations. Students also sold raffle tickets in support of the Sisters of the North, who distribute funds directly to families and communities affected by the floods in North West Queensland. We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support: Ultiqa Hotel Group, Bemboka, R.M. Williams, and the St Hilda’s Volunteer Parent Groups. The prize winners were announced at the Fete and will be contacted in the coming week so they can collect their prizes from the Middle School Centre.

The Thrive Succeed program covers a range of issues that may affect students both within and outside of school. Some of these issues or topics include social media, healthy choices, cyber safety and respectful relationships. On Tuesday, the girls attended an educational drama presentation by Brainstorm Productions called, The Flipside. Through role-play and discussion, the presentation addressed the issue of cyber safety and cyber bullying, raising awareness of the safe and positive use of digital technology, and the role we all play in creating a better and safer online community. The Flipside challenged students’ perspectives on what is humorous, toxic, private, humiliating, informative, safe or appropriate. The performance provided strategies for positive, ethical communication online.

On Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15, and Thursday 16 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 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 om 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.

Our Parent eSafety Portal was launched in Term 1. You will find a number of valuable resources and articles on this site. The latest SchoolTV edition addresses the issue of Trauma. Please click here to access the link.

Participation in sporting and cultural pursuits is an integral and enjoyable part of our girls’ daily lives. Opportunities to participate in School events and the co-curricular program promotes confidence and builds a sense of community. Please see below for some key dates for Term 2 (refer to the school calendar on the website for more detail and updates).

Week 2

  • Tuesday, 30 April: Brainstorm Production (The Flipside)
  • Wednesday, 01 May: GC Debating Competition

Week 3

  • Monday, 6 May: Labour Day Public Holiday
  • Wednesday, 08 May: GC Debating Competition
  • Friday, 10 May: Middle School Play Performance
  • Saturday, 11 May: QGSSSA Cross Country (Rivermount College, Yatala)
  • Sunday, 12 May: Mother’s Day Classic

Week 4

  • Tuesday, 14 May: Years 7 & 9 NAPLAN tests
  • Wednesday, 15 May: Years 7 & 9 NAPLAN tests
  • Thursday, 16 May: Years 7 & 9 NAPLAN tests
  • Friday, 17 May: Catch Up NAPLAN tests

Week 5

  • Wednesday, 22 May: GC Debating Competition
  • Saturday, 25 May: Mother Daughter Lunch

Week 6

  • Wednesday, 29 May: Inter-House Debating competition
  • Wednesday, 29 May: GC Debating Competition
  • Wednesday, 29 May: Year 9 Dance Class
  • Friday, 31 May: Years 8 & 9 Test Block

Week 7

  • Monday, 03 June: Years 8 & 9 Test Block
  • Wednesday, 05 June: GC Debating Competition
  • Wednesday, 05 June: Year 9 Dance Class

Week 8

  • Wednesday, 12 June: GC Debating Competition
  • Wednesday, 12 June: Year 9 Dance Class

Week 9

  • Monday, 17 June: Year 8 Subject Selection Presentation & Subject Showcase
  • Tuesday, 18 June: Year 7 St Hilda’s/TSS Activity afternoon
  • Wednesday, 19 June: Year 9 Dance Class
  • Thursday, 20 June: TC Group Photos
  • Thursday, 20 June: Last day of Term 2

Susan Sanburg
Head of Middle School

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