It has been another busy fortnight in the Junior School with many noteworthy activities. At our Junior School Assembly on Friday, 10 of our courageous Year Six students and 1 teacher shaved their heads to help raise money for the Leukemia Foundation in the World’s Greatest Shave. Our guest speaker, Mr Alistair Hand, spoke of his experience with leukemia, his treatment and the direct support that was provided to him and his family through the Leukemia Foundation. It was a sobering experience for all of us to hear from someone so young who is battling cancer but it was also uplifting for us to hear of the direct benefits that our fundraising has provided to families. This year the Shave for a Cure team has already raised over $10 000. We hope to be able to confirm the final amount by the end of the term.
Hot on the heels of shaving their locks our 10 Year Six volunteers and their peers headed of to the cooler climes of Canberra for the annual Year Six camp. Fortunately the Canberra weather was relatively mild and the need for beanies was minimal. Our students enjoyed the bonding time together on the bus trip to Canberra and spent Tuesday visiting Government House, the War Memorial and the Australian Institute of Sport. As I write this article they are having breakfast and busily preparing to visit Parliament House. Many are hoping to witness a bit of excitement at Question Time but, with only the Senate sitting, they may be disappointed. All the same they will get to witness our system of government in action first hand which will make their classroom curriculum all the more relevant when they return.
Last week a group of our young gardening enthusiasts began developing our Junior School garden beds in the back playground. Ably led by Mrs Bath and Ms Morris these students have planted a variety of plants, vegetables, herbs and succulents, with the view to having plants in every classroom. The Year Three classes have been the first recipients with a bowl of succulents presented to each of their classrooms. We look forward to seeing the “growth” of this project throughout the Junior School.
Mr Donald Thompson
Head of Junior School