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Junior School News - 20 August

20, August 2020
Junior School News - 20 August

City Stars Kindergarten to Year 2 Athletics Carnival

Students from City Stars to Year 2 will participate in their Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 26 August. The event will commence at 1.30pm and will continue on until 3pm. The carnival will be an opportunity for the students to engage in a full range of athletic events including running, jumping and throwing. Unfortunately, due to ongoing COVID restrictions, parents will not be able to attend. There are further details on Parent Portal.

Student Representative Council News - Daffodil Day

Next Friday 28 August is the Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day. Everyone knows someone affected by cancer. Thankfully, cancer research has made some extraordinary breakthroughs over the years and treatments are getting more successful all the time. Daffodil Day is one of the biggest dates in Cancer Council’s calendar. Every year, communities come together to help fund their vital work and bring us one step closer to a cancer-free future. To continue to raise awareness for this very worthwhile charity, students are encouraged to wear something yellow to school (hair band, ribbon on shirt, wristband etc) on Friday 28 August. The School will not be collecting any donations, however, if your family would like to contribute you can visit the Cancer Council online donation page.

Junior School Assembly

The next Junior School Assembly will be held at 8.30am on Wednesday 9 September. Year 1 will be making a presentation and Merit Certificates will be awarded to selected students from each class. At this stage, parents will not be able to attend due to the ongoing government restrictions in place, but we will keep you informed of any changes.

You Can Do It! Program

Our focus for the next two weeks of this term is on the ‘I am Responsible’ Character Kid. Students will be involved in discussions about what strategies and behaviours help us be responsible. They will be reminded that being responsible includes behaviours such as:

  • Being helpful to family, friends and teachers
  • Sorting out problems and issues without arguing or fighting
  • Caring about nature and living things

It would be appreciated if you could support this program at home as it helps reinforce the importance of these social behaviours that are central to all young people acquiring the social and emotional capabilities, they need to be successful in school, experience well-being and have positive relationships.

Class News from 3JH - History and Geography 

Earlier this term the students in Year 3 learnt about different celebrations around the world in their History lessons. Some of the celebrations we investigated were Ramadan, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, American Independence Day, Diwali and Bastille Day. We learnt that lots of these celebrations involve light festivals and lighting candles. Many of the celebrations are based on the beliefs of people from different religions. We thoroughly enjoyed designing our own Hanukkah menorahs (candelabra) in Art. We also loved looking at different types of rangoli, and we attempted to create some of these brightly coloured artwork patterns on our own when learning about Diwali.

After completing our study of celebrations, we are now starting to learn about Australia’s neighbouring countries in Geography. Already we have explored New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Did you know that Papua New Guinea is only 4km from the top of Australia? We had lots of fun making chatterboxes to help us remember facts about New Zealand. Over the next few weeks, we are going to explore places like East Timor and many of the Pacific Islands. Once we have completed our class study, we are going to undertake some research of our own to design and create travel brochures on each of these neighbouring nations.

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