Junior School News: Stage Highlights

April 9, 2024  
Ms Geneva Clayton - Head of Junior School

As we conclude Term I, we reflect on the successful start to 2024 that we have had. Transitions to School have been smooth, with students relishing in our programs. Our teachers work hard to ensure that these are always personalised, relevant and meaningful. These offerings are extended to the many co-curricular, lunchtime clubs, musical and sporting programs that our students readily take advantage of. There really is something for everyone, and I want to thank the staff of the Junior School for the attention to detail, their care and response to our students’ interests and the careful planning involved to ensure an excellent first term.

Da Vinci DECATHLON Outstanding Results

I am immensely proud to share the results from the Regional da Vinci Decathlon, which took place at the Illawarra Christian School on Tuesday. Our Year 5 and Year 6 team competed against numerous schools in the Illawarra. The Year 5 team were awarded 1st Overall, an exceptional result. They also received 1st in Art and Poetry, 1st in Ideation, 2nd in Maths, and 3rd in Creative Producers. The Year 6 team excelled with 2nd place finishes in Science and Legacy, along with a notable 3rd place in Maths and Ideation. Well done to all participants for their hard work and achievements! Our teams will now move on to the State da Vinci Decathlon hosted by Knox Grammar next term. Thank you to Mrs Nicki Stanis for guiding the teams so well and to Mr Peter Agnew for assisting on the day.

Easter Celebrations

Easter was a time of celebration, as we remembered the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of new life.  Reverend Binggeli led our Chapel Service, where students in Kindergarten to Year 6 listened to the Easter Story, so beautifully shared, and were encouraged to consider the importance of faith, love and forgiveness in our daily lives. Students heard about Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice and boundless love. His teachings inspire and guide us, offering hope and comfort in times of uncertainty. Our students were reminded about the power of compassion and empathy. We hope that Easter has been a time of joy, reflection, and renewal for you and your family.

Anzac Day Assembly

With Anzac Day falling in the school holidays, it is important for us to take a moment as a school community to reflect on the significance of this important occasion and to honour the brave men and women who have served our country with courage and sacrifice.

This week we held a special assembly to commemorate Anzac Day.  Kindergarten to Year 6 students had the opportunity to learn about the history of the Anzacs, hear stories of bravery and sacrifice, and pay their respects with a moment of silence. As we approach Anzac Day, let us take the time to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by those who have served our country. We encourage you to discuss the significance of Anzac Day with your children and to take part in any commemorative activities happening in your local community. Together, let us ensure that the legacy of the Anzacs lives on for future generations.

Stage Highlights across the Junior School


Mrs Kylie Cook – Early Stage One Coordinator (Kindergarten)

There is nothing more significant or exciting in the life of a five year old than starting school. This year we welcomed almost sixty children and it has been a privilege to watch their growth over such a short time. The nervous and excited faces that met us on the first day now appear comfortable and engaged in their school community. One of the earliest highlights for Kindergarten students was meeting their Year 5 buddies. The students love having an older friend and eagerly await opportunities to spend time together, many choose to attend lunchtime clubs together or catch up as they pass each other in the playground. Another highlight has been seeing each little learner mature into school routines and witness their pride as they begin to read and write. It’s been a big term, students have taken on so much and they are flourishing. Well done Kindergarten!

Mr Oscar Jorgensen-Hull – Stage One Coordinator (Years 1 and 2)

Students in Stage 1 have had an amazing term filled with art, identity and new friendships. Year 1 has been developing a love of literature, reading great stories like Doctor Dog, Spoons, and Possum Magic. They are eagerly writing and making their own books now! Year 2 showcased their artistic talents this term in their Art Gallery Celebration of Learning. They led their families around confidently and taught them some of the skills and concepts they had been learning about. 

Mrs Lennea Grace – Stage Two Coordinator (Years 3 and 4)

We know that The Illawarra Grammar School is a place where students experience encouragement and know they are celebrated for their unique qualities, ideas and efforts. This was highlighted by Year 4 as they so passionately cheered on their peers at the NSW CIS swimming championships. There was so much encouragement, happiness and support in the air when they watched their friends live online at the championships. Being a community that is brave, supportive and inclusive is crucial for every student at The Illawarra Grammar School. This was also demonstrated on Harmony Day where our Stage 2 students enjoyed sharing their stories about their cultural backgrounds. 

Mrs Rebecca Young – Stage Three Coordinator (Years 5 and 6)

Stage 3 enjoyed a very busy yet rewarding first term. Year 5 loved meeting their Kindergarten buddies and helping them transition into school. They also worked hard to prepare for Naplan and celebrated their achievements in style. Year 6 have been amazing leaders this term and have embraced this new role with enthusiasm. Throughout the term, many students represented the school in co-curricular activities and a couple of stand out achievements were the winning Girls Touch Football team and Debating teams.


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