Michelle Chaplin, Head of Junior School
Year 4 in particular have a big term in progress as they commence their leadership training and preparation to be student leaders in 2020. We have discussed the traits of positive leaders and what makes a great leader - some of the responses we discussed were that a leader - never gives up, helps without being bossy, listens, is courageous and brave, is a role model, conducts the team but considers all team members….. Year 4 will continue to learn more about leadership in the school as they hear from our school captains, Mr Waley our Principal and prepare their portfolio in applying for school captain 2020.
At the same time Year 4 are creating their own passion project - This is a thinking enrichment program designed to stretch their minds and expand their thinking skills.
The aim of the program is for each student to investigate, question and explore an area that interests them with support and guidance. This opportunity is to challenge and extend our students.
They will be involved in creating worthwhile and authentic personalised learning projects to develop agency and ownership of their learning.
Year 2 are currently working on their version of “Genius Hour” - Genius Hour is inquiry-based, student-directed learning. It gives students an opportunity to look at the big wide world around them and explore their own unique interests in a structured, and supported, way.
Each week, on Monday the students will have time to work on Genius Hour project. During this time they will research their question, work on their design and create their product.
Year 5 last week exhibited their travel show - a key learning project that developed numerous academic skills and life skills. In researching their country and then developing an angle to sell their country as the ideal travel destination the students truly became the experts - I have added a number of places to my bucket list as a result! Well done, Year 5.
The Junior School is a hive of activity as we pursue our academic goals and prepare for transition to new classes in 2020. The transition program will commence in Week 5 as students learn more about the changes for them in 2020, discuss any questions and eventually in Week 8 have a transition morning when they meet their new teacher for 2020.
Should you, as a parent, have any information regarding your child and 2020 that the school should know please ensure you have informed their teacher. Requesting grade placements or teacher preferences is not appropriate and not something a classroom teacher can discuss. A great deal of time is spent in ensuring sound placement of students in the correct classes for 2020.
I look forward to continuing our academic growth in the Junior School in the coming weeks.