Junior School Report
February 18, 2021
By Mr Gavin Webb, Director of the Junior School
A warm hello to all. The fourth week of Term 1 is now complete, and the vast majority of boys have made an exceptional start to the year in the Junior School. There has been quite a number of Year Level and College events that the boys have participated in already. This will continue for the remainder of the term, but some normality and structured routines have been established (pre lockdown!). It is vital moving forward that your son does establish routines before, during and after school hours. This will allow homework to be completed, whilst allowing plenty of time for leisure and family. Student diaries have now arrived, and all teaching staff will explicitly be teaching the boys how best to use the student diary. As parents your co-operation and assistance in helping the boys manage their time and workload is much appreciated.
Thank you to all families for your co-operation and effort in ensuring your son was online and able to learn and communicate with staff and peers during the snap lockdown period. This no doubt would have placed strain on the household but overwhelmingly the feedback has been positive, especially at such short notice. To the boys, your ability to adapt was exceptional, congratulations. I would like to recognise the efforts of staff, who in an instant had to prepare curriculum for the remote learning period, well done and thank you.
Congratulations to the Junior School boys who were awarded a “Chris Nolan” award at last Tuesday’s Academic Assembly. To be eligible you need to have been in the top 15% across all assessment tasks in 2020. This shows a consistency of effort and a want to learn and improve. All boys need to strive to do their best, even if that means you may never win a Chris Nolan award, this is okay as you have done your best. As educators we understand everyone has different abilities so all we ask is your best effort. This habit will hold you in good stead for the future.
See below the list of award winners
Rex Van Berkel
Year 7 Camp
There were some very tired boys (and staff) at the completion of the Year 7 Camp’s at Log Cabin Camp, Creswick, last week. Having visited all the camps I saw first hand the great time that was being had by all. By having the camps so early in the year allows the ice to be broken and friendships to form and a real sense of identity and belonging to SPC. The staff enjoy getting to know all the boys in their care and remarked on how well behaved the boys were. Thanks must go to the Pastoral Teacher’s and Year Level Co-Ordinator’s, Jacinta Burge and Margie Dodd, who played a huge role in ensuring the week was a success.
The much anticipated SPC Swimming Carnival will be held at the Eureka Pool on Wednesday, February 24. Junior School students will be bussed down to the pool at 9:00am. All boys are to wear their PE uniform to school and are encouraged to bring House coloured clothing to put on at the pool. It is strongly encouraged that your son brings plenty of food and drink on the day as the canteen lines can be long! Boys who are not super experienced swimmers will be able to gain points for their House by participating in novelty events in the smaller pool.
Key dates – Term 1
SPC is quite a busy place, especially in Term 1. It is vital that you and your son are aware of what is happening on a day-to-day basis, be it with homework or a major College event. A reminder that all permissions are done electronically via PAM (Parent Access Module) and to ring the College by 8:30am if your son is going to be absent on a particular day. Besides this the Pastoral Tutor is the first port of call. The table below highlights just some of the key dates in Term 1.
|Tuesday, February 23
|Athletics House Assembly sign ups
|Wednesday, February 24
|SPC Swimming Carnival – Eureka Pool
|Tuesday, March 9
|Tuesday, March 17
|St. Patrick’s Day Mass
|Wednesday, March 24
|SPC Athletics Carnival
|Friday, April 1
|Last day of term
Mr Gavin Webb
Director of Junior School