Welcome to 2019! The start of the year has been busy and positive and has provided opportunities for students to set up good learning habits and high expectations for the remainder of 2018.

A key focus for the Year 7 students has been adapting to a new community and they have approached new challenges with boundless enthusiasm. In the first two days, students completed an iLEARN program where they explored the school’s values, discussed character strengths, competed in a House Tournament and spent some time getting prepared for the year ahead. The Year 8s also had a one-day program focused on resilience, values, house spirit and getting organised.

There are some exciting events coming up for Junior School students including the Year 7 Orientation Camp to Phillip Island and the Year 8 Challenge Program. In the coming weeks a range of clubs and activities will also begin, including an orientation session at SYN FM for interested Year 7 students before they have the chance to host their own radio shift later in the year. Thank you to Ms Sarah Smith, Junior Campus Activities and Student Leadership Coordinator, for all of her work so far in preparing opportunities like this.

We are fortunate to have such a hardworking team of staff supporting students in the Junior School this year. Thank you to our Campus Principal, Mr Andrew Batchelor, Junior School Leader, Ms Lauren Kelly, and Year Level Coordinators, Ms Rachael McCracken, Ms Samantha Cody, Ms Jo Rogers and Mr Mark Quiambao, for their hard work and commitment to supporting the learning and wellbeing of all students in their care. Thank you also to Ms Danielle Mott (Student Wellbeing Coordinator) and Ms Margaret Taylor (Individual Needs Coordinator) who have provided expert support and guidance to our students to ensure their year has started as smoothly as possible.

We look forward to a successful and challenging year ahead in the Junior School and thank all students, families and staff for their support in ensuring the start of the year has been a positive one.

Mr John Simon
Head of Junior School