From the Head of Junior School

Students from Year 6 have recently undertaken an exciting education tour of the national capital, Canberra. Our very lucky students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. This is linked to the ongoing curriculum focus and is continued in the classroom across the coming weeks.

I was lucky enough to spend some time with the Year 6 students in Canberra. It is always a joy to work with students on camp as you learn so much about them as individuals. I was immensely proud of the way the students conducted themselves during the camp. They were excellent ambassadors for the School. It was wonderful to observe the way students interacted together, looked out for each other and showed empathy. An important component of the Carey Learner Attribute ‘Connectedness’ is developing authentic relationships based on trust, reliability and honesty. This was very evident in the student interactions on camp. The students met the Deputy Prime Minister, Josh Frydenberg, at parliament. It was very good of him to stop from his busy schedule and have a chat with the students. Another special moment was when Lucas Dunn played the grand piano beautifully at Government House.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the School upon completion of the excursion. We take this opportunity to thank the Australian Government for seeing the educational value of Canberra and the history of Australia.

Last Friday we celebrated the Preps first year at school with their special Prep Assembly. They entertained us with song and dance and demonstrated how much they have learnt with each student having a moment in the sunshine. ‘Connectedness’ was the theme for their varying presentations. Thank you to the Prep teachers, Petrea Gherardin, Chris Skinner, Jodi Haines; the Allied educators, Nadia Lynch, Donna Bradley, Chris Pearce; to Lesley Collins and Mikl Longstaff; and finally, Amy Lovell, who all combined to support a wonderful celebration of the Prep Year. Maggie Stannard, who was the allied educator in Prep and prior to that worked in the library as an assistant, was farewelled appropriately after 21 years of service to the School.

Due to the wet weather and flooding of Bulleen, the Junior School Athletics carnival has been postponed to next Friday 16 November. We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience this may have caused.

I am delighted to inform the community that Lucy Woolhouse and Matteo Annetta have been selected as the 2019 Junior School Captains. We look forward to formalising their leadership positions in 2019.

Libby Russell
Head of Junior School Kew