Term 2 has been a great time of learning and celebration for the Junior Campus community. All the Junior Campus staff are to be congratulated for the ...
Term 2 has been a great time of learning and celebration for the Junior Campus community.
All the Junior Campus staff are to be congratulated for the successful result of our application to be an authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) World School. Being a PYP school ensures we have a common framework and pedagogical approach enabling us to offer the best learning experiences for our students. Mrs Claire Calvert (PYP Coordinator) and all the staff are to be congratulated for collaborating to achieve this result.
Our Early Learning Centre educators have collaborated to reflect on the philosophy that underpins the daily practices of our staff, the learning experiences planned for the children in our care, the learning environment we curate and our relationships with families. All agreed on the image of the child as a competent and capable learner and that the rights and best interests of the child are central to all that we do. We will seek feedback from our children and families as we refine our philosophy. Already, learning environments have been refreshed and there is a plan to reinvigorate the outdoor spaces. The staff will also be revisiting the Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) to ensure that our practices align with our philosophy.
Our Performing Art staff have prepared students to perform at evening events such as the Autumn Choral Concert, the 175th Birthday Church Service and Junior Campus Celebration Assembly and the concerts at the Junior Campus. The level of participation and enthusiasm is very impressive.
Our PE and Sport Teacher, Mr Christian Zantuck has ensured that the children engage in a challenging and engaging programme at school and beyond. Grade 3 to 6 students participated in our House Cross Country Carnival, the Winter Cross Country Series (Kindergarten to Grade 6), NIJSSA Cross Country Carnival and Tasmanian Cross Country Titles, with Harry Jackson winning the Grade 4 Boys event at the Northern meet and finishing Runner-Up in the 10-year-old Boys event at the State Championships. Harry was presented with his medal by our Headmaster, Mr Richard Ford at the recent End of Term Assembly. The Perceptual Moto Program (PMP) continues to be a highlight for our younger students.
While investigating units of inquiry, the Junior Campus students have enjoyed engaging with visiting experts, and having their learning extended through incursions and excursions. The regular visits to the Senior Campus have further enriched the science and technology learning of our students in Grade 3 and 4 and Grade 6 respectively. Our teachers continually seek ways to enrich the learning experiences of the children.
As the term draws to a close, I would like to acknowledge the loyal support of the leaders on the Junior Campus. Acting Deputy Head of Campus, Mr Christian Zantuck has been diligent with his attention to the daily organisation of the Campus. Christian always brings a welcome optimism to his role. PYP Coordinator Mrs Claire Calvert collaborates with all staff to ensure that the learning opportunities for the students are appropriately challenging, require the children to think and that we have a cohesive approach to teaching and learning across the school. Mrs Jess Kernan has been an asset to the Learning Enhancement team this term, leading the way with mapping our student data to ensure that we are providing the resources where they are needed.
Mrs Ann Green will be taking leave at the end of term. We took the opportunity to show our love and appreciation at our End of Term Assembly and at a staff function.
Many parents took the opportunity to attend the welcome events earlier in the term, which gave me a great opportunity to meet parents and friends. Since then, many have attended parent teacher interviews, shared expertise in class and attended sporting and musical events. Thank you to all for extending such a warm welcome. I do look forward to getting to know everyone better as the year progresses.
As the term draws to a close, I hope that you can all reflect with satisfaction on what has been achieved. Our community is committed and vibrant. Best wishes to all for a safe and relaxing break. We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Wednesday 21 July.
Left Mr Christian Zantuck with the special cupcakes created as part of the 175th birthday celebrations. Middle Grade 3 student, Max Scott celebrating his birthday on the same day as the School’s 175th. Right Celebrating as a collective at the all-school service.