From the Head of Junior School

in Junior School News

Teachers and students alike have been very busy in what has seemed to be a whirlwind of activity over the past few weeks. Many of our parents have taken the opportunity to meet with their child’s classroom teachers to discuss the progress made in Semester One and the developmental focus for Semester Two. If you have not taken the opportunity to contact your classroom teachers I would suggest that you do so next week.

On Thursday August 2, Mr Di Fede and I accompanied our Boys and Girls Soccer teams to Swan Hill to compete in the School Sport Victoria Regional Soccer Carnival. The boys fought well all day and were unlucky to lose the final on penalties. Quarry Hill Primary School held their nerve from the penalty spot and were deserving victors. They will now move on to compete at the State level and I know that our players all wish them the very best as they take on the best Primary School teams from around Victoria. For our girls it was a tough day where they came across some physically dominant teams. The majority of our players will get to compete in the Primary School competition again next year so they now know what to expect and will come back stronger in 2019. Some of our intrepid soccer players backed up the next day with a Football and Netball tournament against Ballarat Grammar School.  Full story below.

On Monday August 6, Mrs Dusseljee and Mrs Higgs took the Junior School Performance Choir to Melbourne to compete in the Victorian School Music Festival. Once again the quality of our Performance Choir shone through and they were awarded a Gold Medal. Scarcely back off the bus and it was time for Ensemble’s rehearsals on Wednesday with the Junior School Ensemble Wednesday night. I thank all of the teachers, students and parents for supporting this wonderful event. Over 250 students performed on the night over a bracket of 26 items. The preparation, planning and execution on the night was excellent!

Friday saw us run the Junior School Athletics Carnival. While we were all very nervous about the weather leading up to Friday we needn’t have been as Mrs Hamilton, Mr Robertson and Mr Doherty arranged a superb day, weather included. Once again our students excelled in effort, sporting endeavour and attitude to make the carnival successful. Jenkin regained their victor’s crown as overall champion House with Frew winning the Spirit Cup. Congratulations to the following Individual Champions:


Indivdual Age Champions

9 year old        Jack Joynsen-Baker     Lily Georgos

10 year old      Fraser Allan                 Claire Jones

11 year old      Luke Johnson               Lauren Brunner/Mia Nichol

12 year old      Hunter Boswell           Sienna Hooke

Please enjoy the photo gallery from the Junior School Athletics and Ensembles in this edition of eLink.

Mr Donald Thompson
Head of Junior School