Window with a View - Week 2, Term 4, 2018
In Week 2 of our term and we had HSC exams running, our K,1,2 Swimming Program got underway, Wild Ground Bush Playgroup had their second session in our grounds on Tuesday morning (at 10.00am) and the Self Defence for Young Women Course- 12+ (and their mums if they wish) started on Tuesday evening from 5.45pm – 7.30pm. This will continue for six weeks and there are still places available. In PE this week high school students were coached in tennis (Years 9&10) and circus skills (Year 8).
Staff Professional development
As we stay connected to educational developments in order to remain current in our practice, several staff development courses, training sessions and updates on curriculum continue throughout the term. This week Jason, Jody and Rita attended the DigiStem Conference in Sydney, while Alistair and Rick attended the Association of Independent Schools RoSA (Year 10) and HSC Accreditation requirements update. Bec and Meaghan will be attending the K-6 Registration update while Elise and Anne attend the Anti Bullying Strategy Conference at the end of the month. Kizz, Sarah, Alistair, Kim and Louise will be participate in workshops on the application of the new syllabus requirements in PDHPE for primary and high school.
Louise, Hannah and thirteen students flew to Japan on Monday evening for eighteen days. Here is an update from Louise:
‘Day one in Tokyo found us at the lovely temple in Asakusa where traditional worshipping and ‘applying’ of healing smoke to whatever part of our body needed it was undertaken. We also got our fortunes and anyone with a less than happy one was able to tie it on a rail and step away from it. Love that practice!
Breakfast was a smooth operation with everyone making it down on time! ...this is a first for me on tour.... I am delighted to have people who can organise themselves so well. Most rooms are also beautifully organised although there are a couple of rooms that look like bomb sites. (NB. We have since heard they missed their transport in Kyoto due to some students sleeping in! But Louise remains optimistic.)
The Ghibli Museum was magical with us all reverting back to being six again and wrapping ourselves in the joy of Ghibli characters and visions. We also visited the Totoro Cream Puff Factory on the way back into town.
Then on to Harajuku where many shopped ‘til they dropped and some of us took time out to cuddle hedgehogs. Great fun and we are now searching for weirder cafes....we hear tell of an otter cafe..........’
And finally, a couple of the Year 12 Graduates of 2018 offered us their farewell talks to publish. Here we have sections of Olivia Gilmore McKimm’s thank you.
‘Hey, I’m Liv and I’ve got a little list here of the things I’m grateful for and can’t leave without saying soooo here we go;
To my primary teachers, I’ll always remember how hard everyone worked to make you feel important and unique and heard. Those were the little foundations that lead to a future of critical thinking, and this is something the school prides itself on so much, and should.
Now, my High School teachers. It’s been so, so special to be taught by teachers who have so much passion for their subject and for their students. When you can tap into that as a student... well it gave me that extra motivation to succeed and find what the relevance of these last two years was for me. And then, specifically, to my English and Art teachers, Lisa, Andrew, Anne you all helped me tap into that creative side of myself I didn’t even know I had. I'll have that forever now, and I’m so grateful for that. And then my science teachers, if it wasn’t for all of you I wouldn’t feel as competent or confident regarding where I want my career to go one day, and that means so much to me.
And then my family; Mum and Dad. Somehow you both knew that this kind of education at this kind of school would be what I would need, and you didn’t just work hard to get me in here, you also worked hard to make me feel supported in every little way.
And everyone up here (Year 12 on stage), I mean in a group of this size you’re not all meant to be this unique, entertaining and talented, and it’s been a gift to get to spend time with you all, some of you for over twelve years. So even though we’re all leaving, it’s nice to know that school will continue on a little bit in our friendships.’
We continue to hold you all in our hearts, especially as you approach each HSC Exam.
Have a beaut week!