A time of celebrations
December 2, 2022
Year 6 Progression
Year 6, congratulations! What a momentous occasion for you all. We are very proud of you and know that you are now ready to embark on the wonderful journey ahead in your Senior School years.
You have created so many long-lasting memories and have been such brilliant role models to our younger students. As we look back on your final year in the Junior School, I want to thank you for your ability to lead us to a return to ‘normal’ school life. You provided confidence and surety, an attitude of ‘let’s get back to it’ and the capacity to jump into new experiences with courage and tenacity. You have demonstrated maturity, adaptability, patience, resilience and kindness.
A real highlight this year has been the PYP Exhibition, your camps and your general leadership of the Junior School. You have been outstanding role models who have led by example. You demonstrated every single learner profile attribute; knowledgeable, risk taking, principled, balanced thinkers who communicated with open minds while reflecting through your inquiries, you have achieved so much through an attitude of care. The individuals that you have become are a testament of the hard work, good choices and the determination that you have shown over your time in the Junior School. You have made the most of the many opportunities that you have been given and it is because of this that you have grown remarkably.
It has been an absolute pleasure to work with such fabulous Year 6 Captains. You have served in your roles with such commitment and interest, so many excellent ideas and initiatives were launched and please know that these will be the inspiration for the future captains.
I want to leave you with some advice that very wise people shared with me.
- If you always compare yourself to others, you will never find out who you are.
- Cool is just a matter of opinion.
- You have more courage than you know.
- You will make mistakes and that’s ok. Mistakes are an important part of learning and without them, you will not grow.
- Every day is a new adventure waiting to be found. It can be a fresh start and a new opportunity to try harder.
- Strength is a power of the mind, not the body.
- Don’t waste your time listening to those that put you down.
- Your mental and physical health are important – please look after yourself, eat well, ask for help when you need it.
- Friendships are stronger and more valuable than you can even imagine. Sometimes these can be confusing though and these can change at times. Don’t stress, hormones can have an impact. Remember that healthy friendships bring out the best in you. Surround yourself with caring, positive people. Those that make you feel included and valued.
- If nothing else, be kind, the most important attribute that you can have. Being kind is such an easy thing to do. It requires courage and strength.
“Kindness is giving hope to those who think they are all alone in this world.”
“Kindness is seeing the best in others when they cannot see it in themselves.”
“Kindness is something anyone can give without losing anything themselves.”
“Kindness is not what you do, but who you are.”
‘Kindness is loaning someone your strength instead of reminding them of their weakness’.
I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful Year 6 staff Mrs Carswell, Ms Pather and Mrs Stanis, for their outstanding guidance and commitment to you all this year. To the many specialist teachers, who have assisted in your growth and development over time and the staff who have impacted your lives throughout their Junior School experience. And of course to your parents, an enormous thank you to you. Thank you for trusting us with your most prized gems. We love them and are so proud of them and excited to see them embark on their Senior Years. A special thank you to our very generous 6 parents and Mrs Dominee Bentley and Mrs Naz Barrett who ensured that every detail for our dinner and dance was so successful.
Congratulations on reaching this significant milestone Year 6. We wish you all the best as you move into this wonderful new phase of your life.
And remember to be yourself because that’s simply enough!
Year 2 Progression and Infants’ Pageant
It was with great delight that we celebrated the Year 2 progression and Infants’ Pageant this week. Our Year 2 students were proudly acknowledged for their leadership of infants and encouraged as they progressed to their primary years. Our hearts filled with joy as our youngest school children filled the stage with angel wings, crowns, robes and the sweetest of singing voices and dance moves to present the story of the birth of Jesus. I want to thank all of our amazing K- 2 staff for preparing their students so well to perform with such confidence to a very large and special audience. A very heartwarming thank you is dedicated to the very generous parents who so generously gave their time and expertise to helping with choreography, the amazing stage set and the coordination of costumes and props.
Year 3 to Year 6 Presentation Day
We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our Year 3 to Year 6 students next Friday 9 December, at 9:30 for our annual Junior School Presentation Day. You are warmly invited to join us on this day and we look forward to the opportunity to showcase our students. Please note that students have permission to leave with parents at the conclusion of the presentation by signing out at the front office.
Have a wonderful final few weeks of the term and thank you for your ongoing support. I look forward to the opportunity to catch up with you during this festive season.