Junior School News: Student Achievements to Celebrate

May 23, 2024  
Ms Geneva Clayton - Head of Junior School

We have so much to celebrate!

Our students have been busy preparing, training and qualifying for many competitions, near and far. I am thrilled to share the achievements of our very talented students this week.

Cantilena Singers Success

Cantilena Singers performed at the Shoalhaven Choral Eisteddfod on Thursday 9 May singing “Five Eyes” and the Swahili song “Sisi Sote.” They were awarded 1st Place, with the adjudicator commenting on their bravery in singing in another language, beautiful harmonies, and singing a great rendition of a difficult piece spanning a wide vocal range. The commitment of these 32 children every Thursday morning is truly commendable. It’s a joy to see them every week, full of energy and enthusiasm.

Mrs Liana Bonaccorso and Mrs Elizabeth Stevens lead this talented group of singers with passion and skill. Thank you very much for your dedication.

Primary CASA Netball News

The Primary girls netball team competed at the CASA Gala Day last Friday and were outstanding representatives of The Illawarra Grammar School. Their tenacity and team work earned them 2nd place. Congratulations to Alex Tarrant and Bertie Talbot who made it through to the CASA team, which will play in the CIS Gala Day on the 17 May. Further congratulations to Alex Tarrant for making the CIS Team to compete at the NSW Championships to be held in Penrith later in the term.

Thank you to Mrs Carswell for her coaching and guidance of our team and our wonderful parent supporters who made the trek to Netball Central. A great day’s netball!

Junior Futsal Report

The Illawarra Grammar School Junior Futsal teams performed well at the recent South Coast Futsal Championships hosted at the impressive Shoalhaven Indoor Complex last Friday.


The 10 Girls’ team, which competed in the 13s category, surprised everyone by reaching the semi-finals with two draws, a win, and a loss. Their semi-final match was a nail-biter, with our girls holding the opposition to a 0-0 draw even after extra time. The girls were defeated in the penalty shootout and finished third overall, a remarkable achievement for such a young team.


The 10 boys’ team, coached by Mr Terry Robinson, dominated the pool games, showcasing their skills and teamwork by scoring numerous goals. They continued their winning streak in the semis, defeating a determined Nowra Anglican College 4 – 2. The final match was a thrilling affair, with many goal-scoring shots saved. In the end, our boys emerged victorious with a 1 – 0 win.

Throughout the day, both teams displayed teamwork, grit and determination. Congratulations to both teams for qualifying for the NSW State Championships.  A very big thank you to Mrs Dribbus and Mr Robinson for ensuring our teams were prepared and supported on the day.

Da Vinci News – Years 5 and 6

The da Vinci decathlon is an academic competition. Two teams of eight students from Year 5 and Year 6 were selected to represent The Illawarra Grammar School. We attended the Illawarra Competition on April 9 where both teams achieved significant results. Year 6 came 4th overall, placing 2nd in Science and Legacy and 3rd in Mathematics and Ideation. Year 5 achieved first place in the Illawarra, placing 1st in Ideation and Art and Poetry, 2nd in Mathematics and 3rd in Creative Producers. Both teams went on to the State Competition at Knox School on May 16. This was a challenging Day. Year 5 were competing against 72 schools and Year 6 against 77 schools. Both teams collaborated well and we are keenly awaiting the final results.

Congratulations to these students who committed to weekly practice, extra homework and two very big days of competition. They represented The Illawarra Grammar School commendably.  A much deserved thank you to Mrs Stanis and Mrs Wallace for their preparation of the teams.

Labelling of clothing

Our lost property continues to grow daily. It is concerning to see the amount of unlabelled uniform accumulating. As we move into the cooler season, please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled, including second hand items where the names of previous owners make it almost impossible to return to students. Uncollected items will be donated to the clothing pool after a suitable period of time.


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