JS News, 20 March 2019

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

By Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Important dates

Thurs 21 Mar              Harmony Day
Fri 22 Mar                   National Ride to School Day
Mon 25 Mar                5TL and 5TM Excursion to National Museum 


Autumn is a glorious time to be living in Canberra. Students have shared stories of their family attending community events, including the Balloon and Enlighten festivals. 

Autumn is a time of cooler evenings, warm rather than hot days, and the multi-coloured trees reflecting the change in seasons. Like autumn, itself, life in the Junior School is also about change. Students are more commonly wearing warmer attire, learning experiences are being offered and observed for student reviews, and calendars are filling up with schedules for winter activities.  

Student feedback
Effective two-way communication is essential in building a positive family-school partnership ensuring students’ success. 

Not surprisingly, research suggests that the more parents and teachers share relevant information with each other about a student, the better equipped both will be to help each student achieve their potential. 

In addition to being provided with written reports twice a year, parents are offered the opportunity to discuss their child’s educational performance with teachers at the beginning of Term 2. 

Our staff continue to gather information on students to enable the deliberate planning and facilitation of challenging and engaging learning experiences.  

Lost property
It is paramount that your child’s belongings are clearly labelled. A regular check that labels are still clear and easily read can prove invaluable. Some students are regularly relying on the availability of a spare hat from reception - a request becoming increasingly difficult to accommodate.

We are grateful to the parents and caregivers who continue to bring a positive outlook and high degree of patience to the Pick and Drop/Go area. Student safety remains a priority for us all. 

Quote of Week:

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop


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