Principal Rebecca Cody
Energy drives MLC to the heights
Travellers head off for once-in-a-lifetime adventures
Latest on Principal recruitment
As Semester 1 draws to a close, MLC’s vibrancy continues to thrive. This energy was palpable at the recent Junior Years’ Heather Lamont celebration, the IGSSA Cross Country track and the Dance Showcase. It also promises to reach new heights at Saturday’s Head of the River competition.
Looking ahead, there is equally intense anticipation surrounding a number of MLC Tours. Our first student and staff groups to depart include the triennial European Music Tour and the annual visit to Bethany Home in Malaysia. These groups are closely followed by our Service endeavours in Vietnam, and sporting pursuits in Melbourne. As we farewell each traveller, I feel mindful that every venture beyond MLC is an opportunity to share our values with the world. Whether it be through music making, service learning or sport, we have a chance to practise further what it means to seek truth, expertise, resourcefulness and fairness. We can do this most effectively when we open our hearts and minds to understanding others and extending unconditional love.
Travellers, may you be wrapped in the love of the MLC community as you showcase your skills and kindness nationally and internationally. Journey well. For those of us remaining in the West, may there be time for rest and contemplation across the upcoming break. As ever, I thank staff, girls and families for your efforts in Semester 1 to enable our school to realise its Vision, Mission and Values.
Finally, for now, Dr Penny Flett wishes to share the following update with the MLC community:
“I am pleased to inform all that recruitment for the Principal to succeed Ms Cody is on track, and proceeding well. Applications are under careful consideration, and interviews will take place over July and August. I look forward to sharing the outcome with you as soon as I am able.”
Deputy Principal Maree Baddock
Sports Uniform Update
Work has continued on the development of the new Sports Uniform. Earlier this year, designs were approved by the Uniform Review Group, whose members represent a wide range of voices in the MLC community. The designs have now been approved by Independent Girls’ Schools’ Sports Association. The next step will be the preparation of samples for sizing purposes. It is expected that the new uniforms will be available in the Uniform Shop by the early part of Term 4.
In addition to reviewing the colours in the sports uniform, this has been an exciting opportunity to update the fabrics and cut of the various garments. We look forward to presenting the new uniform later this year.
Parking on the MLC and Christ Church Grammar School campuses is limited, particularly during the busy morning and afternoon periods.
If you are dropping your daughter or son off, please use the designated drop-off zones and observe the direction arrows to keep traffic flowing. This will ensure parking bays are available for parents who are attending appointments, and that student safety and traffic flow are maintained during high volume periods.
Our parking is for MLC parents and visitors only.
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.
Closures this weekend
Christ Church Grammar School have contracted building company PS Structures to remove the surface of their tennis courts which contains minute traces of hazardous material as part of their building programme.
Hadley Hall Car Park, Meredith Taylor Health and Sports Centre and access to Christ Church will be closed to ensure this can be done quickly and effectively over the weekend.
The Week Ahead
Years 7 and 8 IGSSA Hockey and Netball Fixtures
Governance Committee Meeting
Years 7-12 IGSSA Celebration and Awards Barbecue
Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 Collaborative Forums
Year 6 Sustainability Fair
Middle Years’ Assembly
Men of MLC Bowling Night
Junior Years’ Thrival Curriculum Parent Information Evening
Junior Years’ Assembly
Term 2 concludes
Years 7-9 Glenwaverley International Schools Netball Competition
Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12
REVelation – A Weekly Reflection from Rev Wilson
Happy Birthday Uniting Church in Australia – 40 years young.
On 22 June 1977, at the Perth Entertainment Centre, people representing the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian churches gathered to celebrate the creation of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Decades in the making, the Uniting Church was conceived as an Australian Christian denomination that is united and uniting. The ‘Basis of Union’ became the central document by which the church organised itself. It proclaimed that ‘Christians in Australia are called to bear witness to a unity of faith and life in Christ which transcends cultural and economic, national and racial boundaries, and to this end the Uniting Church commits itself to seek special relationships with churches in Asia and the Pacific.’ I would add that this also extends into the Indian Ocean region.
It also says that ‘the Church is a pilgrim people, always on the way towards a promised goal.’ As a school of the Uniting Church, in many ways, this is exactly how we relate to our staff and students – as pilgrims going forward on a journey.
Wellbeing at MLC
In the last Wyvern, I wrote about learning that our emotions are ever changing, and learning that we are able to shift them by changing what we do or how we think. One of the strategies we teach in the Thrival Curriculum is learning to savour good experiences.
Our brains are not programmed to focus on good experiences. This is due to evolution. We are programmed for survival. Cave people needed to remember the bad experiences in order to keep safe and stay alive. It is more important for survival to remember what happens when a sabre-toothed tiger comes along, than it is to remember a beautiful sunrise. The problem is that this won’t help us feel good. If we want to focus on the good stuff, we have to do it deliberately.
Savouring is mindfully engaging in thoughts and behaviours that heighten the effect of positive events and feelings. This increases the positive feelings, deepens gratitude, and enhances meaning and engagement. You can discuss this at home by asking, “What went well today? How can you increase the chance of this happening again?”
Dr Katherine Russell-Smith
Coordinator of Wellbeing
1920s Dress Up for Twelfth Night
This year’s College Production of Twelfth Night is styled around the 1920s era. We encourage all audience members for every night to dress up and have your photo taken in our photo booth, plus you could win a prize each night.
Thursday 3, Friday 4 and Saturday 5 August | 7pm | Hadley Hall
Tickets are on sale now. Book here.
The New Wyvern
Our next edition of Wyvern will be different. The first edition of our brand new Wyvern newsletter will be sent to you on Friday 14 July. This will be the first edition of Term 3.
Our redesigned and redeveloped newsletter will not only look different, it will be tailored specifically to your child/children’s experience at MLC.
You will receive an email during the last week of term that will outline how your user experience will differ in the future.
Director of Community Relations
Head of the River | Saturday 24 June
The annual Head of the River rowing regatta takes place from 8.30am on Saturday 24 June at Champion Lakes. All supporters are welcome.
Plenty of parking, shelter, food and drinks will be available.
Come along and share in the excitement of our crews battling it out on the water.
A few ‘limited edition’ supporter’s hats and beanies are available, so get in quick before they all go. Contact Mark Wheeler to reserve yours on 0467 735 273.
Rowing Club Committee
Early Learning Centre
We are seeking interest in an exceptional Early Learning Centre for girls and boys from six months to three years of age. Your child will thrive and be nurtured by our caring early learning specialists, nestled in the heart of MLC.
We have a proud 110-year tradition of supporting children and their families to flourish within our fully holistic approach.
We are exploring the possible expansion of our MLC learning adventure by inviting expressions of interest for an exceptional Early Learning Centre.
For further information regarding the MLC Early Learning Centre please see our Frequently Asked Questions or contact our Head of Admissions, Chavaune Francis, on +61 (08) 9383 0269. To submit an expression of interest, please complete this form and submit by Friday 28 July.
The College is continuing to support the collection of unwanted old-style uniforms to pass on to worthy causes. More than one tonne of MLC uniforms have been distributed so far to schools in Laos and to schools and orphanages in Kenya and Nigeria.
All unwanted uniform items (summer and winter uniform, sports uniform, hats, shoes, trainers, bags) can be placed in the collection bins located in Junior Years’ Sumner House (just inside main entrance), Middle Years’ reception and Student Services (for the rest of Term 2 the Middle Years and Student Services bins have been temporarily relocated for Vietnam donations).
Global Hand Charity, which distributes the uniforms in Laos, is asking for unwanted tablets and smart phones (Samsung S4 and S5, Apple 3 and 4 or i pods – no SIM cards required) to assist in providing wonderful visual experiences for children at the Deaf Mute School in Laos, as well as prescription glasses. These special items can also be placed in the uniform collection bins, but please place them in clearly marked bags if possible.
Any questions, please contact Lou Clayton at email@example.com.
You are invited to the premiere of Redfoot Youth Theatre’s first short film, Checkpoint, featuring a cast and crew of local students, including MLC Year 12 student Liza Kneebone in the role of ‘Jess’.
Wednesday 28 June | 6.45pm | John Inverarity Music and Drama Centre, Hale School
Tickets are $28.50 adults/$15 concession
Thursday 29 and Friday 30 June | 8pm | John Inverarity Music and Drama Centre, Hale School
Tickets: $20 adults/$15 concession
Please note that Checkpoint is not yet rated, but is recommended by Hale School for viewers aged 15+ (those younger should be accompanied by a parent or guardian) and contains mature themes, moderate violence and occasional coarse language.
Entertainment Books for Sale
Buy your 2017/2018 Entertainment Book through the Collegians’ Association and you will be supporting MLC’s future Bownes Memorial Bursary and Collegian Prize recipients.
Books are available for collection from the Office of Development and Community Relations, upstairs from the Middle Years’ Reception.
Circle of Success membership closing soon
Join the momentum of the Circle of Success in 2017. Your tax deductible contribution of $1,000 will make a significant difference to all current and future MLC students. Have your say as you vote on a worthy project that will join the Yvonne Palmer Biological Sciences Laboratory (2015) and the Gertrude Walton Centre (2016) to vastly enhance the learning adventures at MLC.
You can join here or call Development Associate Cath Woodley on 9383 8856.
MLC Fun Run
Our next major community event is the MLC Fun Run on the afternoon of Saturday 11 November. This event will have two components – the fun run and the Community Picnic which are designed to celebrate Michael Brown’s Bibbulmun Track walk.
The Parents of MLC have been invited to contribute to this event via two sub committees to support the College.
I would like to invite expressions of interest to join one of the sub committees, we are seeking:
- two parents for the Fun Run project and
- four parents for the Community Picnic.
Ideally, we would like one representative from Early Years, Junior Years, Middle Years and Senior Years. Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a wonderful vision of fun for this MLC Community gathering.
Parents of MLC President
Men of MLC Bowling Night
Come along and enjoy lawn bowls, pizza and refreshments with Men of MLC. Feel free to come and go as your schedule allows.
Thursday 29 June | Doors open 6pm | Bowling starts at 7pm and finishes at 9pm | Tickets $12 per person | Book here. Any queries to 0448 790 145.
Hope to see you there.
President Men of MLC
Sustainable School Shop
All MLC families have membership to the Sustainable School Shop. The Parents of MLC offers this service to our families for the sale of all books and, specifically, MLC uniforms.
There is an easy one step registration process to start you off.
Parents of MLC President
School Holiday Programmes
MLC Masterclass | School Holiday Fun | 11-14 July
Join us for one of our daily or four-day programmes from 11-14 July.
There are two new topics this July: a Combination Dance Masterclass and Create a Masterpiece – Art Masterclass.
There are also Masterclass favourites:
- Minecraft Meets Mindstorms
- Next level Movie Making
- Cooking with our Chef Explorer
- Science Spectacular
Music Prize Auditions for 2018
Music Prize Auditions for 2018 will be held from Monday 14 August to Thursday 17 August, and are open to girls who will be in Years 6-10 in 2018 (current Years 5-9 students).
Please return your completed application form and reference to the Music Department by Monday 31 July.
If you have any questions, please contact Carisa Arrigo on 9383 0222 or email@example.com.
Vocal Recitals will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 August 2017 at 7pm. All vocal students in Years 5-12 are warmly invited to perform. Students learning within the College will confirm the details with their vocal tutor. Students learning privately will need to confirm their participation with Ms Creedon by Wednesday 28 June. If you have any questions, please contact Ms Creedon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Congratulations to Uma Sky Fisher who recently played in her first festival, The AUSTA WA String Festival, and was awarded a silver award.
Junior and Middle Years' News
Week 10 IGSSA Training and Fixtures
Term 3 IGSSA Trials
Trials are underway for basketball and soccer teams next term. Girls are expected to attend all trials. Students should contact Mr Smedley if they would like to be considered for a team but are unable to try out for any reason.
Week 10 Trial Schedule:
Years 7 and 8
Trial 2 | Monday 26 June | 7-8am
Trial 3 | Wednesday 28 June | 7-8am
Years 9 and 10
Trial 2 | Tuesday 27 June | 7-8am
Trial 3 | Thursday 29 June | 3.45.5pm
Years 11 and12
Trial 1 | Monday 26 June | 3.45-5pm
Trial 2 | Wednesday 28 June | 3.45-5pm
MLC Weekend Netball Update
Congratulations to the teams that had major wins last Saturday by beating teams above them on the ladder. This is the time to step up as ladders have not settled.
This Saturday is the final match for this term with matches recommencing the first Saturday back next term. Enjoy the well-earned break.
This Saturday our rowers will be absent due to the Head of the River – good luck to all rowers and thank you to all players filling in for us.
Training Next Week
All should be as per usual except where teams clash with Wednesday Years 7/8 basketball and soccer IGSSA trials. Coaches will discuss this with their teams.
Training Next Term
Training recommences as usual with Years 3-6 starting the first day back to school. Don’t forget your gear.
There are a number of netball clinics, coaching and umpiring, at PNA over the school holidays. Please register on the PNA website.
Perth Lions Cadet trials commence 30 July for Under 12s to 15s and we recommend our players try out. Go to Perth Lions Netball Region website to register or see the information on the Netball Club Notice Board.
MLC Melbourne Netball Trip
The teams will soon leave for Melbourne to play in the Waverley International Schools Netball Competition. The girls will play at least 14 matches so it is a very busy and exhausting week. Thank goodness they have the second week of the holidays to recover. The players have trained hard on Friday afternoons which is no easy feat.
Our team members are:
Trip Coordinator | Gayle Watson-Galbraith
Team Managers | Holly Constantine and Gayle Watson-Galbraith
MLC Claremont 1
Head Coach | Tibbie Galbraith
Assistant Coach | Dan Wright
Captain | Amelia Cox
Vice Captain | Ebony Horler
Players | Leah Basford, Elsie Gossage, Neve Gribble, Ruby Knott, Georgina Manners, Olivia Manuel, Lily Mather, Mem Monro, Lauren Murphy and Holly Thomas.
MLC Claremont 2
Head Coach | Helen Gillauyssen
Assistant Coach | Karen Horler
Captain | Alexandra Groppoli
Vice Captain | Sarsha Allia
Players | Madison Colman, Jessica Dauth, Morgan Kerr, Eloise Massey, Susie Muir, Olivia Pettit, Kasey Pigott, Jo-Elle Price, Georgia Rocke, Chloe Walsh and Amber Wallis.
Middle and Senior Years' News
Years 7-12 Interhouse Athletics Carnival
The Years 7-12 Interhouse Athletics will be held at the WA Athletics Stadium on Friday 21 July.
Parents are welcome to come along to show their support by cheering for their daughter and her House.
Please read the following documents for details of the day and travel requirements.
A Message from Mrs Riley
It has been a busy week up in the Boarding House; with the Head of the River on Saturday the rowing crews have been hard at it, taking part early morning training on these cold and crisp mornings. We will be down at Champion Lakes to cheers our girls on, from our Year 9s to our impressive first eights.
As you know, Term 3 is the busy term regarding Field Days. I do love to visit our families in the regions, with the Mid West Expo being my first one this year. We have had a photographer on site to take some beautiful shots of five of our boarders – Lara Smith, Evie Robson, Caitlyn Harley, Ella Harris and Chloe Elsegood; these images will be used for a new field day stand that I will take with me on my travels. The girls were amazing, so confident and poised, a wonderful example of the calibre of student we have at MLC Boarding.
The end of term is fast approaching. The Boarding House will close after the last student departs on Friday 30 June; please put a note in your diary that we re-open for returning boarders on Monday 17 July from 2pm.
A Message from Mr Brown
Last week I attended the Year 5 camp at Forrest Edge and spent the night in the dorms at the centre. It was truly a wonderful experience and I was reminded again about the importance of our Outdoor Education Programme.
For many of our girls this was their very first experience sleeping away from home. The girls were given a lot of responsibility, not just looking after their belongings and getting themselves prepared for the days activities, but they were also asked to serve the food and assist with washing up and cleaning the hall.
They were involved in a number of activities from rock climbing to tackling one of the longest flying foxes in Western Australia. It was joyous to watch how the girls all worked together, encouraged each other and were willing to take a risk.
The highlight was on the first night when Gary, our Outdoor Education leader, set up an outdoor cinema. The girls got their sleeping bags and lay down like sardines on the trampoline to watch Moana. The stars were shining brightly to add to the ambience. What a wonderful experience.
Thrival Curriculum Presentation | Thursday 29 June
Junior Years’ parents are invited to attend an informative session by one of our College’s psychologists, Dr Katherine Russell-Smith, about the Thrival curriculum at MLC.
Dr Russell-Smith will address issues such as anxiety, resilience, well-being, positive psychology and talk about strategies to support your child. She will also explain the DNA model we use with the students and how you could use this in your home setting.
The meeting will take place in the Boardroom commencing at 7pm.
Could you please contact Mrs Sweet in the Junior Years’ Office on 9383 0223 or email@example.com if you plan to attend.
Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 Parent Collaborative Forums
The next series of Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 Parent Collaborative Forums will take place on the following days and times:
- 2W | Wednesday 21 June from 3.15-7.15pm. Ms Walsh will be absent the following week as she’s escorting the Malaysia Bethany Home trip.
- Kindergarten, Pre-Primary, Year 1 and 2G | Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 June from 3.15-6.15pm
- Pre-Kindergarten | Wednesday 28 June from 3.15-6.15pm in the 2W classroom.
These forums provide an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress as well as voice any concerns or questions you may have.
Please click here for information on how to book your appointment.
Early Years’ Community Fire Pit
In Term 3 a temporary fire pit will be installed in the Early Years’ outdoor learning environment. This will provide opportunities for community cooking, such as making popcorn, toasting marshmallows or baking potatoes. Songs can be sung, and camp fire stories can also be shared.
If you have a particular experience you would like to organise or be involved in, the Early Years’ staff and students would be most delighted to welcome you. Grandparents, extended family or friends are also welcome to assist in this experience. Please contact Katie Petchell at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be involved.
Strategies for Managing Me: Mood Management and Resilience
In Term 3 the Social and Emotional learning programme, Highway Heroes, will be offered at MLC for students in Years 2-4. The programme utilises an overarching metaphor of travelling along the ‘highway of life’ and becoming a ‘highway hero’.
By acquiring and learning ‘highway tools’, children are encouraged to successfully deal with and develop resilience to adjust to and overcome the inevitable bumps and hazards they may encounter along the way. Learning is through the explicit teaching of skills to develop healthy habits of emotional self-management and social engagement.
The programme will operate at lunchtime for nine weeks from Wednesday 26 July.
For more information on how to enrol your daughter in the programme, please read this flyer and contact Kate Williams on 0419 912 868.
Free Dress Day | Friday 30 June
The Student Council has decided that on Friday 30 June it will be a Free Dress Day. They’ll be running a ‘guess the items in the jar’ competition. Girls should bring a gold coin donation for the Free Dress Day and a dollar for guessing the items in the jar. The items in the jar are stickers, pencils, erasers etc.
All monies raised will go towards the Junior Years’ Redevelopment.
Exploring and discovering are natural dispositions for children. It is wonderful to watch the excitement the children display when they share discoveries with their caregivers during playgroup sessions. By working together children can share in the joy of learning as well as being supported when necessary.
The children have been so engaged with our space inquiry. They have enjoyed finding out about spacecraft, showing a particular interest in rockets and space shuttles. Next term we will begin with an investigation of insects and plants found in our outdoor environment. This stems from an interest in the butterflies and bees which have been visiting The Village.
We will be holding our Collaborative Forums on Wednesday of Week 10. Pickup time is unchanged on this day. If this time is not convenient for your family, please contact Mrs McNamara to arrange an alternate time.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
West Oz Wildlife Incursion
All students in Kindergarten will be involved in a wildlife incursion on Tuesday 27 June from 1-2pm.
The children will have an opportunity to interact with Australian wildlife and if they wish, may hold the reptiles and pat the animals. The keepers will teach the group about habitats, diet, behaviours and survival adaptations.
Supporting Creative Play
The educators value and encourage opportunities for creative play by providing open ended materials, time and space within the outdoor and indoor learning environments. Children use a variety of skills to help them engage in creative play such as, using their imagination, accepting others’ ideas and being flexible in their thinking which are supported and scaffolded by the educators, where necessary, to help develop rich play experiences.
Kindergarten and Pre-Primary
Reading books are due back on Friday 30 June. The holidays are an important time for the girls to take a much-needed break, spend time with friends and family, and to come back refreshed ready for Term 3.
Next Term we will be ceasing to send home the oral language books. If you wish to continue to receive an oral language book, please get in contact with us. Please also check to make sure you have returned all oral language books as we have a few missing.
News Sharing | Term 2
The girls will have the option to share news with their peers. We will place a sign up roster outside the classroom for you to sign your daughter up for news in Week 10. Each day we will allocate five spaces and will follow the same instructions from Term 1. The following suggestions will assist your daughter to choose an appropriate news item to bring in:
- Photograph of a special memory
- Something they have made (craft, book etc.)
- Favourite book
- Drawing or painting
- Project work
We are encouraging the girls not to bring in toys for this special news time. It is helpful if you have a discussion with your daughter about the interesting things they could tell the class, and focus on information regarding who, what, when, where and why. If you would like a planning sheet, please let us know.
Digital Technologies Research Project
The Pre-Primary teachers and parents have been invited to participate in a research project conducted by Edith Cowan University. The focus of this project will be on ‘Connecting with families in Early Childhood through digital technologies’.
If you are willing to participate, parents will be asked to complete a short online survey and be involved in a brief interview. Please read this information letter for further clarity and detail on the project. Consent forms may be returned to the Pre-Primary classroom teachers by Friday 30 June.
Pre-Primary and Year 1
Pre-Primary to Year 2
This Week in Year 1
Year 1 is bursting with facts about animals. Our general knowledge and understandings about living creatures has grown and stretched after each research presentation. In Maths the girls have investigated the properties of 3D shapes – cubes, pyramids, spheres, cylinders, cones and all sorts of prisms.
Repeating and growing patterns using odd and even numbers, shapes, letters and colours are proving a challenge for some. Skip counting in tens, forwards and backwards from any number, is being explored – 32, 42, 52. Lines of Symmetry and measurement, with a particular focus on capacity, are our current areas of investigation.
In spelling the girls are looking at ‘r’ blends i.e. crash, pram, drink, bring etc. Predicting plots is the focus in reading comprehension.
Years 1 and 2
Pizza Party Maths Challenge
The Year 2s have been consolidating their knowledge of division to transfer this understanding into the concept of fractions. Our maths groups have been working on various challenges in order to prepare a pizza party lunch for next Friday 30 June.
One group was tasked with finding out the three most popular pizza toppings in the cohort, and how many slices of pizza each student wanted. They then converted the number of slices into a fraction to calculate how many pizzas we would need to make to cater for the party, with the leftover pieces of each pizza represented as a fraction. Other groups will be preparing pizza toppings by chopping ingredients into halves, quarters and eighths, and dividing the pizzas into equal sized pieces.
The Year 2s have enjoyed planning for the pizza party lunch, which has provided them with a valuable opportunity to use their mathematical skills in solving a real life challenge. We will make enough pizza for each Year 2 student to enjoy two slices of pizza for lunch on Friday 30 June. If your daughter will still be hungry, you may wish to send additional lunch.
Healthy Minds and Bodies
What makes a healthy mind? What makes a healthy body?
These are the questions that the Year 2 girls have been seeking answers for in Health this term. They have been identifying the ways people keep ourselves physically and emotionally healthy, and reflecting on what it means to have a healthy mind and healthy body.
In addition to our weekly Smiling Mind sessions, the girls have been identifying healthy foods. They have discovered that fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and minerals to keep their bodies strong and minds alert. Different coloured fruits and vegetables provide a variety of health benefits. So, to encourage the girls to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, they are recording what colours they eat and displaying this data in a picture graph.
Years 3 and 4
Years 4 and 5
Year 5 News
Year 5 Camp
What an amazing three days. The girls exemplified the ‘have a go’ attitude during their three days on camp at Forest Edge. They were prepared to pitch in and help out in the kitchen, the dorms, outdoor activities and assisting each other. There were wide smiles and confidence on show every day.
Year 5 Winter Sports Day
The girls participated with enthusiasm at the annual Winter Sports Day. They displayed true sportsmanship at all levels and in each sport. It was wonderful to see them having the opportunity to play a sport they may not necessarily participate in on the weekend.
5HR and 5N will be hosting the assembly next week (Friday 30 June). All Year 5 parents are welcome to attend. Cross Country awards will be presented.
It has been a very busy, productive and fun-filled semester. We hope all Year 5 families have a relaxing holiday, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you all back refreshed in Term 3.
Years 5 and 6
Year 6 News
We are looking forward to the Year 6 Sustainable Fair on Wednesday 28 June. We warmly invite you to join us to celebrate the learning the girls have done. This will commence at 8.30am and conclude by 9.30am in the Year 6 collaborative learning spaces.
Mercy Care continues with the girls getting valuable experiences with the elderly residents. They have played music, enjoyed bingo, gardening and conversations with the people they have met.
Term 2 concludes at the normal finish time of 3.30pm on Friday 30 June. We wish you a relaxed holiday with your wonderful daughters.
Year 6 Parent Event
Games Night | Daggy Darts and Giant Jengga
Saturday 26 August | 6-9pm | Hollywood Bowling Club, Smyth Road, Nedlands | Book here
The 2016 Games Night was incredibly fun. It certainly brought out the competitive streak in some and provided lots of laughs, so much so that we are doing the same thing again. If you missed out, be sure to book this time. Casual finger food (enough for dinner). Cash bar. Limited spaces. Adults only.
Please alert the organiser if you have any dietary requirements.
Loretta van Meryk
Year 6 - 7
A Message from Ms Dunn
As Term 2 draws to a close on Friday 30 June, the girls are encouraged to be kind to themselves over the break by eating sensibly and sleeping well. This is also a time for the girls to take the opportunity to reflect on their progress to date.
Mid-year reports will be available on Connect by the end of Tuesday 4 July for parents and students to access. The report complements the assessment results and comments obtained so far.
The mid-point of the year is an excellent time to take stock of how your daughter is progressing. Girls should reflect on their strengths and the areas where they can improve. The best way to do this is to allow some time after reading the report to discuss with your daughter where and how she thinks she can improve. Her focus may be to develop better organisation skills, different study techniques or to ask more questions in class.
The Years 7-9 ‘A Personal Response to My School Report’ is accessible on Connect and should be completed and returned to mentors at the commencement of Term 3. This will provide an opportunity for mentors to have meaningful conversations on goal setting.
Thank you to all parents who have taken the time to attend our Spotlight Series.
Dr Kathryn Russell-Smith, Clinical Psychologist and Co-ordinator of Wellbeing, outlined the Thrival Curriculum in Middle Years and wellbeing strategies parents can implement at home.
- “Very happy to be taught the ‘think, feel, do’ model. A useful tool to help my daughter deal with challenges.”
- “Helps me to understand how to better handle teenager issues.”
- “Useful to know what my daughter is taught so I can be on the same page and help her at home.”
In Term 3 our Spotlight Series continues. Please come and along and meet Rebecca Rourke, Head of Inclusive Learning, at our first session. She will identify the what, when and how to be successful with homework and study.
Term 3 Spotlight Series
Tuesday 1 August | 8.30-9.30am | Middle Years’ Building 3.07 | Study Skills Year 7-9
Tuesday 15 August | 8.30-9.30am | Middle Years’ Building 3.07 | English Years 7 and 8
Ronald McDonald House Parent Packs
The Year 7 students donated various items to make up Parent Packs for parents who have ill children at Ronald McDonald House. These packs included items (i.e. mindfulness colouring, crossword or sudoku books, colouring pencils, pens, etc.) to help parents pass the time while waiting for their children undergoing treatment.
A Message from Mrs Padman
As Term 2 draws to a close on Friday 30 June at 3.30pm, I hope that all girls take the opportunity of the holidays to reflect on their progress to date. Their Semester 1 Report should be available for download from Connect-P by the end of Tuesday 4 July. This report, along with their annotated assessments throughout the term, will provide girls with feedback on their learning. Year 12 students are reminded that although it is a holiday, they should still allocate time for some revision and study, particularly working on areas identified from the recent examinations. The Semester 2 examinations will be upon us sooner than they think.
We send our best wishes with our students departing on Service tours to Vietnam and Malaysia, our musicians off to Europe and our netballers to Melbourne. We look forward to hearing their tales of the many experiences they are so fortunate to have.
Years 11 and 12 Course Handbook for 2018
The Senior Years’ Course Handbook is now available on Connect under the Documents tab, for parents and students to access details of courses available in Years 11 and 12 for 2018. Please read this through carefully, especially the recommendations in regards to pre-requisites for some subjects. The holiday period is a perfect time to spend researching courses for next year.
Years 10 and 11 Learning Dialogues are Coming
You should receive an email early next week concerning the Year 10 and Year 11 Learning Dialogues. This email will contain information about how to book your time with your daughter’s mentor. Most Learning Dialogues will be held on Wednesday 26 July.
|Term 3||Week 1|
|Tuesday 18 July||Term 3 commences|
|Wednesday 19 July||Years 10-12 Health Department Meningococcal vaccinations|
|Thursday 20 July||Senior Years’ Awards Assembly|
|Year 10 Keys 4 Life Parent Workshop|
|Years 10-12 Health Department Meningococcal vaccinations|
|Friday 21 July||Years 7-12 Interhouse Athletics Carnival|
Year 10 Parent Activities
- Thursday 22 June | from 8.30am | Little Way, 161 Broadway, Nedlands
- Term 3 coffee morning | Wednesday 2 August | Venue to be advised.
We have a few more activities planned for this year, so please look out for further details in the next few weeks.
Year 10 Parents’ Book Club
We have a Year 10 parents’ book club meeting approximately eight times per year and new members are very welcome. If you are interested please contact me at email@example.com or on 0438 545 378 .
Year 10 Parents of MLC Coordinator
Differences – Dualities
Referencing European Modernist artists and contemporary fashion designers, the Year 11 ATAR students have been exploring the elements and principles of art and design this semester in order to create a multi-media, two or three dimensional studio work. Using a range of printmaking techniques, paint, stitch and re-purposed fabrics the students have defined the theme and extrapolated their ideas using drawing, media experiments and design development. The resulting works are amazing and a testament to the girls’ ability to work from an idea through to the creation of a final art piece.