Interhouse Swimming Carnival
Congratulations must go to Ms Tracey Jeanes-Fraser, Ricki, Tereka and Cade Fasala, and all of the staff for their involvement in the smooth running of the carnival. Thank you to all parents and friends who assisted in some way and to those who cheered and supported the girls (in the heat). Special thanks are also extended to our Swimming Leaders – Milly Harris, Mia Kirk and Arlie Richardson who carried out a variety of duties with reliability and responsibility. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our House Leaders: Austen – Maggie Clarke, Libby Oelkers, Barrett – Olivia Braga, Ava Daley, Zahra Fraser, Rebecca Kerr, Bronte – Madeleine O’Dwyer, Lily Davies, Cavell – Sophie Hannaford, Bella Gjorgioski, Poppy O’Sullivan Williams, Elise Williams, Hartland – Sam Cooper, Amelia Hefner, Poppy Morrison, Miranda Shoesmith, Nightingale – Arpana Anand, Charlotte Herron, Willow Taylor, for fostering maximum team and House spirit.
Most importantly, congratulations must be extended to each and every one of our girls who competed in so many different events. It was certainly fantastic to see all of our girls given the opportunity for maximum participation.
In the Junior School, we are very proud of our girls’ academic results. Students work extremely hard and are acknowledged for their achievements at various assemblies throughout the year. The first of these assemblies was conducted on Tuesday of this week. Girls from Years 4-11(2018) were recognised for fine academic achievement for Semester Two, 2018. Students who achieved a Grade Point Average increase by one point from Semester One to Semester Two in 2018 also received progress awards at this assembly.
In Week Two of Term Three, girls will be recognised for fine academic achievement for Semester One, 2019. These awards will be calculated on the Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 15 point scale. Years 4, 5 and 6 students eligible for these awards will receive a GPA of 13 or above using results from English, Mathematics, Science and History/Geography.
Academic Achievement badges for excellent academic achievement across both Semester One and Term Three 2019 will be presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony (QPAC) in November. The recipients of these awards will have achieved a grade point average of 13 or above on a 15 point scale (A- or above) in English, Mathematics, Science and History/Geography. Junior School Dux and Runner Up to Dux, for our highest academic achievers in Year 6, will also be presented at this time.
Last Wednesday, Junior School girls wore bright pink ribbons and socks to raise money for Galentine’s Day. Over $500 was collected from the Junior School which will be sent to the Townsville and North Queensland Flood Appeal. Thanks must go to all families for their generous donations and to the Year 6 Penguin Aid leaders for raising awareness for communities in need.
As part of the Science unit for Year 3, students enjoyed learning about native animals and their characteristics in a hands-on presentation by Geckoes Wildlife. A carpet snake, frilled neck lizard, a young crocodile, tree frog, tawny frogmouth, sugar glider and a bettong (wallaby) were some of the animals included in the fascinating and exciting presentation.
This week, Junior School students have been reminded about the importance of Sun Safety. The Year 6 Peer Support Leaders presented a bright sunflower to display in classrooms and diary stickers for everyone reminding students to “Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide”. More information can be found on the Sun Safety website at Sun Smart .
Junior School Library
As we settle into the school year, now is the perfect time to establish some strong reading habits at home to support the reading education occurring at school. Don’t forget that parents are welcome to join the Junior Library and borrow extra books for home.
5 ‘Start of Year’ Reading Tips from Mrs Daley
1. Read aloud with passion! When a child is read to by a loved adult, they are hearing the rhythm and flow of language, building a rich and diverse network of words and seeing a love of reading modelled.
2. Keep buying books. Continue to build up a home library full of adored books. School reading material is designed for teaching the skill of reading whereas recreational reading is all important.
3. Talk about book choices. Talk with your child about why they have chosen books from the Junior School Library in order to develop an idea of your child’s reading interests.
4. Read the rainbow! Embrace any book or series your child is keen to read, while gently encouraging them to expand their reading horizons. A balanced reading diet is the healthiest by far.
5. Bring Books to life. Research author visits via your local bookstores and libraries and stay up to date with who is vising the Junior School Library (RA Spratt this term). Meeting an author helps form a bond between the child and their favourite books as they gain insight into the ‘story behind the story’.
Junior Library: Sharing Words
For those of you who may not be aware, 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The theme is Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation. UNESCO emphasises that “languages play a crucial role in the daily lives of people, not only in education, communication, social integration and development, but also as a repository for each person’s unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memory”. Each week, the State Library promotes a Word of the Week. This week’s International Year of Indigenous Languages, State Library's Word of the Week is...
Please ensure that all of your daughter’s items of uniform (Blues, Browns, socks, swimming togs, sunshirt, goggles, cap, towel, shoes) and lunchboxes and drink bottles are clearly labelled so that when possessions are misplaced they can be returned to their rightful owner immediately. It would be greatly appreciated if parents could regularly check their daughter’s items to ensure that they have not accidentally picked up another student’s belongings without knowing it. If your daughter has misplaced any of her belongings, please encourage her to see Mrs Morrison in the Junior School Reception.
Februhairy – Free Dress Day – Thursday 28 February
On Thursday 28 February, all Junior School students are invited to participate in Februhairy – A “Free Hair Day” to support global girls’ education month.
Junior School students are reminded to bring a gold coin donation to participate. We are raising money to support www.OneGirl.org.au. Our aim is to create a world where all girls have an opportunity to go to school.
We encourage all Junior School girls and Kindy boys to wear their hair in a fun hairstyle with bright coloured ribbons, crazy wigs, hair chalk, high pony tails or lots of crazy plaits. Coloured hair spray is allowed (but not permitted if you are swimming in school pool on Thursday), and all dyes must be washed out by the next school day.
We look forward to seeing some crazy hair styles in the Junior School on Thursday, 28 February!
International Women’s Day Fun Run/Walk – Sunday 3 March 2019
Once again, the Interact Club will be participating in the International Women’s Day Fun Run on Sunday March 3, and everyone in the school community is invited to join our team. This Fun Run/Walk is a wonderful opportunity to bring our school community together with students and their family members participating. We are encouraging Junior School families to participate alongside the Secondary School girls.
By taking part, you'll also be helping to raise vital funds for practical breast cancer support services and breast cancer research at Mater. Register now to join 10,000 others in creating a sea of pink through the streets of Brisbane.
As this event is likely to sell out, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. See attached information sheet to register.
If you need any assistance, please contact the Mater Chicks in Pink team directly on 3163 2102/ email@example.com.
We hope you can be part of the fun.
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Participation in QUT Research
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