27 November 2017

Head of Junior School

I would like to welcome all of families back to the new semester. It is clear the boys have enjoyed the three week mid-year break and have returned to school well rested and ready for the challenges of the term ahead.

We began the new term with the commissioning of our Semester 2 school leaders. Captains from Year 5 as well as class representatives received their leadership pins in a lovely ceremony on Friday of last week.

Last term featured a number of significant accomplishments by our boys.

Shaun Tan Young Artists Awards

Ms Sabitay encouraged the Junior School boys to enter the Shaun Tan Young Artists Awards. Three of our young artist featured in the final results. Alexander Fine was one of three finalists in the Year 1 and 2 Category, James Mahaffy was one of four finalists in the Year 5 and 6 Category and Billy Mahaffy's was listed as an exhibited artists. Well done to all our artists who took part and to the boys who's work was recognised in the finals of this competition.

IPSHA Speakers Challenge

Our three Inter-House finalists, Thomas Simich, Mitchell Hyde and Julius Kain, represented the Junior School at the IPSHA Inter-School Speakers Challenge at Carmel School in the last week of Autumn Term. The boys once again did us proud, each earning a bronze medal for the their speeches.

Australia Maths Trust Challenge Competition

Congratulations to the following boys who earned a certificate for their participation in the Australia Maths Trust Challenge Competition. The challenge involved working through a series of challenging maths problems and scenarios that involved research and collaborative work on behalf of all boys in the enrichment maths programme.

Middle Primary

Year

Winston Kwan

3

Jack Wood

3

James Winch

3

Nathan Liu

3

Thomas Byass

4

James Cowan

4

Xander Dore

4

Thomas Gray

4

Ryo Hiraiwa

4

Liam Jermy

4

Arnaud McVicker

4

Ross Whittome

4

David Walton

3

Ryan Wang

3

Callum Loghnane

3

Thomas Lambo

3

Alex Hudson

3

Thomas Harris

3

Ari Coulson

3

Kyle De Bruin

4

Callum Fairweather

4

Jonathan Groom

4

Nic Langsford

4

Noah Lewis

4

Alex Macfarlane-Grieve

4

Alasdair Orr

4

Lucas Woolf

4

Upper Primary

Winston Kwan

3

Rory King

5

Hamish Meston

5

Emanuel Radici

5

Henry Vaughan

5

Hugo Fellow-Smith

5

Mitchell Hyde

5

Julius Kain

5

Sean Palmer

5

Alex Russell-Weisz

5

Australia Maths Trust Competition

Last week all boys in Year 3 to 5 took part in the Australia Maths Trust Competition. The boys sat a one-hour paper and had to solve a series and simple and complex maths problems. I was very impressed with the manner in which all of the boys approached the tasks and accepted the challenge.

JPSSA Cross Country

At long last we have received the results from the JPSSA Inter-School Cross Country Championships held at Aquinas College. Our boys once again did us very proud finishing with a tied first place with the host school. Well done to the runners from Year 4, 5 and 6 and to Mr Whiston on their shared success.

Term 3 will feature many key events that I encourage our community to be involved with. Of note are the Year 5 PYP Exhibition, the Inter-House Athletics and this week's Student Led Conferences. I hope to see many parents at the final round of parent coffee mornings for the year, as well as our Parent Engagement Workshops. As always, I look forward to engaging with the Junior School community and I wish boys, staff and families a fine Winter Term.

Mr John Stewart

Head of Junior School