From the Acting Head of Junior School

Social Justice – Do you compare up or down?
A large number of Junior School children ‘went without’ on Friday in support of the World Vision 40 Hour Famine. Most of our younger children ate a container of plain rice, or a bread and butter sandwich, for lunch and our older children fasted for 8 hours or gave up furniture, technology or talking for a period of time. It would be a shame if the 40 Hour Famine is the only time our children ever think about those less fortunate than us. Doing something practical like raising money for World Vision is a tangible way for them to make a difference to the global issue of hunger.

Colleen Jarrett-Burke and I heard Rev Tim Costello speak last week and he asked his audience whether we look up or down when comparing ourselves to others. In other words, do you think of what you cannot have and need to have, or do you think of what you do have compared to others who don’t? When you think in the latter way, you develop a better sense of gratitude about your life – you have perspective and are then in a better positon to role model this to younger children. It helps them to become empathetic, gain perspective, and be more aware of social inequity in our world. This is certainly something to think about.

NAPLAN – results and trials
Year 3 and 5 families would have received their child’s 2016 NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) results in the mail this week. The NAPLAN results give us a snapshot of how each child fared in writing, grammar and punctuation, numeracy and reading on one particular day in May. The class teachers and Co-ordinators analyse the results against what we know about each child. We also look at the data of each Year 5 student compared to their Year 3 result to check there has been growth. We are also able to access a copy of each child’s writing completed on the testing day. This gives the students and staff the opportunity to reflect on the writing the children completed, analyse it, and moderate it against our writing standards and national standards.

Our students in Year 5P and 3B have participated in NAPLAN online trialling for ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority). It is anticipated that the NAPLAN testing will move away from pen and paper testing to fully online testing by 2019. Carey Junior School is one of many pilot schools trialling online testing, and we thank our two classes for giving important feedback to ACARA about the online process. A special note of thanks to Colleen Jarrett-Burke for co-ordinating the trial and to the teachers, Jacqui Beringer and Jon Parks, and children from 3B and 5P.

Hats are back!
As per our SunSmart Policy, the children need to wear hats in the playground as of Thursday 1 September. So please dust off those hats or give them a quick wash before next week. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Year 4 Salvation Army Shopping
There is a saying that the greatest gift is that of giving to those in need. This week, the children in Year 4 were putting this understanding into practice by visiting some local retail businesses and purchasing products for the Salvation Army to distribute to those in need in our community. Well done to the children and staff of Year 4 for making such a meaningful contribution to those in need – we are sure that these gifts will be gratefully received.

Junior School Walkathon
On Friday 9 September, our Junior School children will be walking a fun route around the Carey Kew Campus, navigating different apparatus and play equipment, to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Each child will be walking in their House group with their buddy. Children can be sponsored per lap (750 metres), or with a donation. Your support will help to improve the lives of those living with Type 1 Diabetes, and support vital research to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 Diabetes. Download your sponsorship form and flyer here.

Fathers Day Breakfast is back – have you booked?
A big thanks to the JSPA for bringing the Fathers Day Breakfast back. This year it will be held in our refurbished J.O.T. Quad. I hope the fathers have circled the date Friday 2 September in their diary and booked on TryBooking. What a wonderful way to celebrate fatherhood with your children. Afterwards, there will be games on Cluny Green. 

Louise Sayar
Acting Head of Junior School