Friday, 12 February 2016 08:00

Issue 1 - Head of Primary

  • Welcome                                                                                                       BACK
  • Swimming Lessons
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Parent Seminar
  • Year 6 Canberra Tour – Parent Information Session
  • Peer Support begins

We welcome our many new students to John Wollaston Anglican Community School. It is wonderful to see so many happy students join our school. For some, it has been a long wait while watching their siblings attend John Wollaston each day in previous years; and now they are finally here! We also welcome back all existing John Wollaston students to what has been a busy start to the year.

Swimming Lessons
Many students have just finished swimming lessons, after beginning on the second day of the school year. Thank you to our Physical Education Specialist Teacher, Mel Fowler, for organising our swimming lessons; such an important skill for all children to develop and certainly no easy task to orchestrate!

International Baccalaureate (IB) Parent Seminar
Thank you also to our Deputy Head of Primary for Teaching and Learning, Fiona Currey, for conducting an informative parent information session on the IB Primary Years Programme this morning. Fiona's passion for the PYP and wealth of knowledge about curriculum ensures her seminars are interesting and provide an excellent overview of our pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching).

Primary Parents' Seminar on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme very well attended.

Year 6 Canberra Tour – Parent Information Session
We look forward to the Year 6 Encounter Experience, a tour to Canberra in May. Staff and students will leave on Sunday May 15 and return Thursday May 19. We will travel by Qantas direct to Canberra and after a good night's sleep we will visit the Old Parliament House (now the Museum of Australian Democracy) and Parliament House. Other attractions include the Australian War Memorial, the Australian Institute of Sport, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. A highlight last year was our visit to Government House; not only for the tour itself, but due to our good fortune that the Governor-General was in residence and graciously gave up his time to speak to us and answer many questions.

Our Year 6 students are fortunate to participate in a variety of educational programmes with a focus on Australia's history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship programme. To assist families in meeting the cost of this tour, the Australian Government contributes funding of $240 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) programme. This rebate is paid directly to the School after the tour.

Year 6 cohort 2015 meet the Governor General of Australia in Canberra.

A Parent Information Session for the Canberra Tour
A Parent Information Session for the Canberra Tour will take place on Friday 19 February  at 2.20pm, in the Chapel. Students will meet their parents in the Chapel and attend together. I look forward to seeing you there!

Peer Support begins
Year 11 Peer Support leaders began their work with Primary students for 2016 working with the Year 3 classes today.

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