Health in the Junior School
I ask that parents keep their sons/daughters at home if they are unwell. Sick students put other members of our community at risk of becoming ill. Also, children who feel miserable are in no position to be active participants in the learning process in the school environment.
To minimise the spread of germs, it would be greatly appreciated if you could remind your daughter/son to wash their hands thoroughly throughout the school day and use the hand sanitizers in the classrooms as they enter/exit.
Year 3 Camp
I had the pleasure of accompanying Mrs Susie Rigby, Ms Kristine Cairns and the Year 3 girls on their camp to Kindilan Recreation Centre, Redland Bay last Thursday and Friday. This group of girls must be commended for their exemplary behaviour, enthusiasm, helpfulness and desire to do their absolute best at every activity. It was wonderful to spend time this special time away with them on their first school camp.
Special thanks must go to Susie and Kristine for the time and effort they put into the camp organisation and preparation, and their care of the girls while they were away from home.
Across the country, children are using social media younger and younger. Our primary position on Social Media use is to ask that parents and carers respect age restrictions, and game classifications - they are there for a reason, and most apps are 13+. However, for those who have decided that their child can use apps younger than the recommended age, we need to make sure children are safe and well educated on risks that are easily avoidable.
YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and Tik Tok are the most popular with very young children. One of the questions we always should ask children is how they identify that they are following a real celebrity. The reason we should ask is that we have seen multiple fake accounts trying to lure young people into following them. In extreme cases, Safe on Social has been told by young people that they have received private messages from ‘celebrities’.
Conversations with these ‘celebrities’ often involve asking for inappropriate photographs of the young child (this has been reported to the police immediately in all cases). Please make sure that your children know that a celebrity will not send them a private message.
For more information read the Fact Sheet about ‘Verification Symbols’ here.
Science and Technology Showcase – Tuesday 13 August
This year’s (K-6) Science and Technology Showcase is being held from 1.30pm-3.00pm on Tuesday 13 August in the Link.
We look forward to welcoming many parents and friends to this exciting event.
Book Week is just around the corner and we have a number of exciting literary experiences planned for the Junior School. The theme for Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week is ‘Reading is my Secret Power’ and in library lessons K-6 students are looking at the powers reading gives them and looking closely at the CBCA shortlisted books for 2019.
There are high and low tech learning experiences around the Book Week theme of reading being powerful and our lunchtime makerspace continues the literary themed fun.
Year 3 and Year 6 students last week worked with verse novelist Kat Apel and later in the term various year levels will work with author Rosanne Hawke.
Megan Daley Junior School Library.
Second-hand Book Collection
As part of this year’s Children’s Book Week, our Year 6 Penguin Aid Leaders will be co-ordinating a collection of pre-loved books. Any picture books and easy-to-read children’s books in ‘good condition’ will be suitable for the collection. The books will be donated to a children’s orphanage in India. Information about the charity can be found on the website called Romana's Garden.
Please send any suitable second-hand books to your daughter’s classroom or to the Junior School Library and place in the collection boxes from now until the end of Week 6.
Free Dress Day – Wednesday 21 August
On Wednesday 21 August, as part of our Book Week celebrations, students in Kindy-Year 12 are encouraged to come dressed as a character from a book. We will be having a costume parade in the Junior School Courtyard at 8.30am. Please join us!
Students must wear enclosed shoes and abide by sun safety rules. Girls involved in sporting activities (PE or training) must remember to dress appropriately for their activity or change into their Browns. All students must remember to bring a hat.
Funds raised from gold coin donations will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Father’s Day Stall/Raffle
In conjunction with the Father’s Day Stall (gifts $15) being held on Wednesday 28 August, we will also be holding a Father’s Day Raffle which raises money that is directly used by the Junior School to provide specialised learning materials for Junior School students. To enable the raffle to proceed and to provide you with the opportunity to win some great prizes, we would love donations to enable us to assemble some gourmet hampers.
For this to happen, and to make it easy for you to pick something up when shopping and drop it in to school, we have the following suggestions for each year group:
Kindergarten Wine or Chocolates/toffees
Prep Speciality coffee or Twinings Tea/ Tea 2 Tea
Year 1 Shortbread or gourmet sweet biscuits/fudge
Year 2 Savoury crackers suitable for cheese, or gourmet jam
Year 3 Shortbread/ gourmet sweet biscuits/fudge
Year 4 Wine or Chocolates or gourmet jam
Year 5 Wine or Chocolates/toffees
Year 6 Speciality coffee or Twinings Tea/ Tea 2 Tea
Of course, if you have something else (eg. book vouchers, Bunnings vouchers etc.) you would like to contribute as a prize, this would be very much appreciated.
Thank you very much for your assistance in contributing to these raffles which give much enjoyment to the girls at the lunchtime draw. Any contributions to the raffle can be dropped in to form classrooms or Mrs Morrison at the Junior School Reception.
We will be having a ‘wrapping day’ on Tuesday 27 August (in the Junior School Library) to package the gifts to be sold at the stall. If you are able to assist for any length of time, your help would be greatly appreciated. We will be commencing at ‘drop off’ time and concluding as soon as all of the gifts are packaged and ready to be scrutinised by many excited shoppers the following day!
Please click here for Important Dates Term 3, 2019.