New families to the Junior Campus
As mentioned in last week’s Junior Campus update, we are very pleased to welcome all the new families to our School. Additional students have commenced in Early Learning and some students are attending for more days each week. We are very pleased that our younger learners are enjoying their time at Grammar and that our Kinder children are well on the way to being ready for full-time attendance in Prep.
The children attending in Omagh now have full use of the building. Omagh has a lovely, homely feel and our staff enjoy making both upstairs and downstairs spaces welcome and inviting. There is lots more to explore! Omagh Teacher, Emily Malinowski, is responsible for the group Monday – Thursday, ably supported by co-educator, Georgina Hodgetts.
Georgina is to be congratulated for completing her Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and meeting the requirements for full registration with the Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania. As a result, Georgina is taking responsibility for the growing Omagh group on Fridays, ensuring continuity of programming and support.
New students also commenced in Grades 5 and 6. Thanks to our continuing students who have reached out to befriend the newest members of our community.
Last week, we welcomed many prospective parents and children to a Discover Grammar Tour at the Junior Campus. It was great to see new Grade 6 student, Kaleb, taking up hosting responsibilities with such enthusiasm! Our Junior Campus School Captains, Ben Watson and Elsie Miller, were also excellent ambassadors for our School, as were Heidi Johns and Hamish Walker.
The additional interest in coming to Grammar means that places for 2022 and 2023 are filling. If you know of anyone who is interested in joining our community, please encourage them to contact our Head of Enrolments, Malcolm Dolman via Phone: +61 3 6336 6052 or Email: email@example.com
Junior Campus Captains – Presentation to the Launceston Grammar Board Wednesday 17 August
Our Grade 6 Captains have been collaborating to prepare a presentation about what is happening on the Junior School Campus to the Launceston Grammar Board. To begin, they used the Plus, Minus, Interesting (PMI) thinking tool to reflect on what is happening on our campus. PMI is a brainstorming activity that encourages the participants in a discussion to look at ideas from more than one viewpoint. PMI was developed by Dr. Edward de Bono, a proponent of teaching critical thinking in schools.
Ideas were proposed, written on post-it notes, sorted and prioritised. Groups were formed and the students took responsibility for progressing the agreed goals. Action plans were developed and at each meeting, the students reported on progress and identified next steps. The presentations are just about ready to share with their peers for feedback before the Junior Campus Captains present to the Board on Wednesday 17 August.
It has been a really great learning experience for us to organise our ideas and learn to express them. Caitlin G6
It has opened our ideas to trying new things and taking risks. Pluto G6
Primary Years Programme Exhibition (PYPX).
All Grade 6 students have been developing leadership skills. They are learning to initiate or help to organise group activities to address a common need and to set realistic goals when devising an action plan. Learning these social and self-management skills will stand them in good stead for the upcoming Primary Years Programme Exhibition (PYPX).
The PYPX exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the PYP and sharing them with the whole school community. Students are required to engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. IB PYPX Guidelines
Staff Professional Learning
The Junior Campus staff regularly engage in professional learning to further their knowledge of our students and how they learn, curriculum content and effective teaching strategies.
This week, Primary Years Programme (PYP) Coordinator, Claire Calvert, and Grade 6 teachers, Michelle Youl and Helen Wilson, shared information with the staff about the PYPX. This inquiry into ‘how we share the planet’ is a work in progress for all involved. The community will be updated as the inquiry unfolds. Invitations to attend the PYPX will be sent, so all can come and engage with our students and find out what they have learned and what action they take as a result.
Student Code of Conduct
Maintaining safe and supportive learning environments is also a priority for all our educators. This week we also looked at the Student Code of Conduct, modified for the Junior Campus students. Staff have suggested adjustments, to ensure that the document is appropriate to the younger Grammar students, and teachers are sharing the content with students to gain their perspectives.
The draft Junior Campus Student Code of Conduct document will be shared with parents next week, along with a Microsoft Forms Survey for comment and feedback.
Teachers have been reviewing our approach to Positive Behaviour Management and implementing proactive and preventative strategies to support the development of self-awareness, self-management and social awareness and social management skills, as outlined in the Australian Curriculum Personal and Social Learning continuum. Grade 3 and 4 Team Leader, Jude Coombe, also updated the staff about our experiences with investigating student well being check in surveys.
As part of our ongoing commitment to student wellbeing, we have decided to trial Skodel Check-In, beginning with students in Grades 3-6. Skodel Check-In offers us a simple and engaging way to check in with students on a regular basis. The application also enables students to focus on their own individual areas of wellbeing and create student-centred goals. By giving students an opportunity to share stories of gratitude, share their vulnerabilities or simply share a story with us we aim to achieve the following:
- 1. Build Stronger Relationships: By driving more meaningful conversations at school, we hope to build stronger relationships with students and families, develop the PYP Learner Profile attributes and dispositions and build positive School culture.
- Identify Students That Need Support: It can be hard for students going through a challenging time to speak out. Our aim is to give students a platform where they feel comfortable, so we can best support them.
- Connect wellbeing with academic outcomes: There is a link between wellbeing and learning. By engaging students with their wellbeing, and understanding this, better steps can be taken to improve outcomes over time.
- Encourage Self-Expression: We want to give students a voice and encourage them to use it. This helps students discover themselves and gives us a chance to get to know them so we can better support them face challenges and share in moments of joy and achievement.
Students will commence to engage with the Skodel application this term; we will continue to check in and work with them through 2022.
Mental health and wellbeing need to be our highest priority in helping our young people create great futures. Skodel enables young people to discover the language of their feelings and provides assistance in planning to increase wellbeing, I am delighted to recommend this initiative to schools. Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist
Additional information can be found here: Skodel – Simple, evidence-based wellbeing for schools
If you have any questions, comments or concerns then please feel free to make contact
Junior Campus Boarders Celebrate Christmas in Winter.
The Grammar Boarders celebrated Christmas at a recent Boarding House dinner. We have 3 Junior Campus Boarders who live at the Senior Campus; they thoroughly enjoyed the anticipation and engagement in this special event. Students and staff dressed in festive attire and the Boarding House dining room was decorated beautifully to enhance the festive feel. Each Boarder had to find just the right Secret Santa gift, so the spirit of giving ensured an extra layer of fun for the evening. the
Above: Grace, Heidi and David anticipate Christmas Dinner Below: Chef, Mark, and Jude prepared a delicious feast
Junior Campus Valet Service and Parking – a reminder
When collecting children from Valet, please do not block those cars which have parked in designated parks. Some drivers are blocking the road, making it difficult for parked cars to exit. If you are in the Valet queue, do not prevent other cars from leaving.
Pick up is particularly congested between 3.00-3.15pm. You may need to drive around the block, to allow parked cars to exit, or alternatively, arrive a little later when traffic has diminished. Bifrons Court is a quieter alternative.
In the interest of community harmony, please do not obstruct other drivers.
To help with traffic flow, signs have been produced for displaying on your car visor at our Valet Service. If you can display the signs on the passenger side, we can see the family name. Rubber bands can be used to hold them in place. If you need additional signs, please do not hesitate to ask.
Your support, ensuring safe and smooth traffic flow around the Campus, is greatly appreciated by all.
Thanks to all drivers who obey the parking signs around the campus. This helps with traffic flow as well as community and neighbourly relations. When dropping off, and picking up your children, please observe the signs and do not park in the drive-through zone between 8.15-9.00 am and 2.45-3.30 pm.
Students who arrive and depart School during the day
Students who arrive and depart School during the day should do so via Reception, which is in the Resource Centre. Please ensure that you sign in/out so that our attendance records are accurate. Once again, your support is appreciated.
Thanks very much to all parents and carers of school-age children who write to advise the School when your child/ren may be out of school for an extended period. This enables us to note the reason and dates for the absence, ensuring we are compliant. As schooling is compulsory in Tasmania, we do encourage holidays to be taken during the scheduled breaks.
Should your children be away during term time, please support their learning by engaging in everyday literacy and numeracy activities and keeping a diary to share on return.
Broadland House update
The structural work will soon be completed after which Design Intent (architectural services) will commence the interior and exterior renovation concepts and detailed design process. There will be several modifications to the interior layout, which are designed to improve facilities and the general use of each space. The teams at Faulkner Building, Design Intent and Rare Innovation are to be acknowledged for their amazing efforts in restoring this unique and historic building.
Steve Donaghy, Property Manager
We look forward to seeing members of the community at our upcoming events. Dates can be found below.
||National Science Week
|Wed 17 Aug
||Grade 6 Captains Presentation to the Board
|Fri 19 Aug
||Jeans for Genes Day Fundraiser
|Wed 31 Aug
||Broadland Voices performing at the Lyttleton St Chapter Luncheon
|Thurs 1 Sept
||Fathers’ Day Celebration Morning
|Fri 2 Sept
||Moderation Day (Student Free)
|Mon 5 Sept
||Summer Uniform Optional for Students
|Wed 7 Sept
||Grade 3-6 House Athletics Carnival
|Tues 13 Sept
||Spring Music Concert at Tailrace Centre
||Grade 3 Camp
|Thurs 15 Sept
||Discover Grammar Tour
||Grade 5 Production
|Wed 21 Sept
||International Day of Peace
|Fri 30 Sept
||Term 3 Concludes
Head of Junior Campus