13 November 2017

Head of Junior School

Paper Airplane Competition

In the final week of the Winter Term, boys from Pre-Primary to Year 5 competed in our annual Paper Airplane competition in conjunction with the Giving Tree lead by Reverend Anne Wright. For weeks leading up to competition the boys practiced folding a variety of paper planes from a classic design to their own personal creations and enjoyed testing them in the School playground. One had to watch when crossing the playground and duck periodically as paper airplanes glided gracefully and others made an immediate nosedive from the balconies.

Each boy from Pre-Primary to Year 5 entered two categories in the competition. A distance category to see which paper airplane could fly the furthest and an air time category to see who could design an paper airplane that could fly the longest. The boys enjoyed the challenge. The competition in the class events was very tough and the top flyers qualified for the grand final in the Dickinson Centre.

The grand final was a fiercely fought event. All the boys in the Junior School gathered to see who would be crowned victorious. The boys made wonderful attempts to throw their paper airplanes as far as they could. As the competition made its way to the final few Jack Cook from Year 5 unleashed a brilliant throw that sent his plane to a championship distance of 25.50 meters. The airtime competition was again very intense. The boys threw their airplanes as high as they could, watching them fly around the Dickinson Centre. While some planes glide only a short time, many boys broke the five second barrier. Our champion Ryan Shine flew his plane for an amazing 7.33 seconds.

The opportunity to compete was enjoyed by all the boys. I personally enjoyed how the boys who had not qualified for the final cheered on the attempts of their friends. Our competition not only provided a great opportunity for boys from across the Junior School to compete in the same competition and enjoy the challenge of folding the new paper, the money raised will support the Alice Springs Uniting Church, an Indigenous drop in center.

Air Time Finalists:

1st

Ryan Shine (5C)

7.33 sec

2nd

Matthew Hale (2F)

5.10 sec

3rd

Noah Lisle (4T)

5.04 sec

Distance Finalists:

1st

Jack Cook (5C)

25.50 m

2nd

Noah Lisle (4T)

19.55 m

3rd

Hayden Henschel (5C)

18.60 m

Early Learning Centre Opening

On Wednesday 12 October, an auspicious special event in the College's history took place. The first ever Pre-Primary class set foot in our brand new Early Learning Centre (ELC). The boys entered the beautifully displayed Antilier of the new ELC Centre and walked to their fantastic classroom that has been set up by Mrs Phillips. The boys engaged in wonderful activities and transitioned beautifully into the new space. Our ELC is a wonderful learning environment that soon will have the final outdoor spaces completed and the boys will get to fully explore and engage in their new learning habitat. The boys have had a wonderful start in the new center.

Mr John Stewart

Head of Junior School