As we conclude the 2017 academic year, it is important to reflect on the exciting programs that have been implemented during the year.
At NEGS Junior School, the child is firmly at the heart of our work. We seek to develop the whole child by providing students with meaningful and connected learning experiences. It is with this in mind that programs this Semester have focused on developing imagination, creativity, fitness and pastoral care whilst in the context of academic rigor.
Creativity and innovation has driven our STEM activities this Semester. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Participation in Science enrichment activities like Science Day, UNE Discovery workshops, Far Out Science and mathematical investigations have engaged the curiosity of our boys and girls within the framework of academic fields. Exploration of the fraction wall, creating games, developing strategies for learning tables and an A-maze robotic program educate our students about the relevance of school to the real world whilst having fun.
Music has been a focus for 2017 and the variety of performance opportunities for our students has been impressive. The Snow White Musical, Vocal Ensemble, Armidale Eisteddfod, A Night of Music, K – 12 Assemblies, marimbas, recorders, Concert Band, Carols Service and the Handbell Choir are just some examples of Mrs Spillane and Mr Oxley’s commitment to ensuring that our Music program is extensive. Our Celebration of Learning showcased the talent of our Junior School. In August next year, Years 4 to 6 will be participating in the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival at the Sydney Town Hall. This is very exciting.
NEGS Junior School is a very special school community. It has an active and supportive P&F, strong community support, committed, highly experienced and talented staff and superb student leaders. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of such a wonderful school. I would like to thank all families for their support whilst I have been the Head of our Junior School.
I wish everyone a happy Christmas and a restful holiday period.
Nursing Home visits
As part of our Service–Learning programme, students participated in a collaborative pen pal writing program with Autumn Lodge Nursing Home and Ken Thompson Lodge. Students have written letters to a resident identified as being interested in our program. The diversional therapists at these facilities believe that the residents gain a great deal from interacting with our students and it has brought joy to the residents’ lives.
The students of Years 4, 5 and 6 have had the opportunity to meet their ‘adopted grandparents’ when their classes visited the care facilities recently to perform some Christmas musical items and to share some of the work they had created throughout the year.
We believe that the students benefit greatly from the time and energy given to these projects and will develop a better understanding of elderly members of our community and of their own ability to bring joy to others.
Reverse Advent Calendar
NEGS is a community that gives. The response to our appeal for the Armidale Care Van has been extraordinary. We hope that the discussions at home have been enough of a reward for why we do these things. I know many homes have also had some interesting Personal Development discussions about women’s hygiene products. This is all a part of growing up and an added bonus to the Christmas spirit!
Activities Day 4 December!
Activities Day is a tradition that has been held at St John’s for many years. It is a celebration of the children’s efforts throughout the year and is a fun and relaxed way for teachers and students to enjoy time together. This year we will be running activities at school throughout the morning and then a sports afternoon. Teachers are planning drama games, cooking and craft workshops. It will be heaps of fun.
We hope to also raise some much-needed funds for Red Cross by asking for a gold coin donation. Also proceeds will be given to this worthwhile charity.
Christmas is around the corner and what better way to celebrate than to have a red mufti/dress day at NEGS Junior School to help raise funds for Red Cross. By dressing in red on Activities Day, our school can help bring hope to thousands of families who are in desperate need of help this Christmas. From isolated elderly Australians, to families struggling to make ends meet and communities affected by disasters, a school fundraiser will help to make sure Red Cross is there.
Term 1 events to add to your calendar
Term 2 commences 1 May