Head of Junior School – Week 4

Ms Shannon Rosewood

Ms Shannon Rosewood

Staffing 2018
As expected, Mrs Anne Ward will not be returning to NEGS next year and will officially retire at the conclusion of 2017. She has been greatly missed this year but we wish her and Greg a wonderful retirement in sunny north Queensland.

Mrs Bell has formally resigned as she also has moved to the coast and is now happily living near Coffs Harbour. NEGS thanks Marcia for the energy and drive that she brought to our school.

Congratulations to Tori and Dave Packer who are expecting their second child early next year. Lucky baby Austin will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of his new brother or sister. We wish them all the best with the pregnancy.

Classes and staffing for 2018 are yet to be determined as the recruitment of a new Head of Junior School takes precedence in the coming weeks. I ask for your patience with this process.

Reverse Advent Calendar – What is the value of giving?
Thanks to all families who have contributed to our Reverse Advent Calendar. Donations are appreciated and will be donated to the Armidale CareVan. Children are naturally good at giving. It isn’t until they start to grow up and develop a sense of self that the giving lessens and the taking increases. Therefore, teaching children about giving and providing them with the opportunity to practice this natural inclination can prevent the gradual decline that often comes with growing up. By allowing children to experience the benefits of their charity and sharing in that experience with them, parents can provide their children with a lifelong gift – the gift of charity.

The benefits of teaching children about charity are vast. They include:

  • It helps to counteract any child’s natural narcissism; the automatic “give me” or “I want” reaction children show when out shopping or watching TV.
  • Giving to those who are less fortunate is a potent way to help the giver feel good about themselves; seeing others express gratitude for what they receive builds self-confidence.
  • It helps children grow up to become caring adults who realise that their own well-being can be enhanced by helping others.
  • Children learn about responsibility and how to appreciate and care for what they have.
  • It’s also a way in which youngsters learn about the importance of empathy; showing it brings profound joy to those that give and receive.
  • Children learn that developing character and identity is not determined by how much they can buy, but how much they can give.
  • The bright Side of Life: Teaching Children about Charity, Dr Nicola Davies.

Celebration of Learning prizes
Accomplishment is about pursuing goals and working beyond capacity for the sake of intrinsic reward. Learning isn’t about winning at all costs or about being first; but rather building competence, confidence, skills and the ability to perform at a higher standard. This takes GRIT. Does innate ability automatically lead to persistence, determination and a strong work ethic? No.

It is with this in mind that I have asked teachers to consider the progress of their students and its relationship to academic achievement. All students will receive a special class prize at our NEGS Junior School Celebration of Learning to recognise their efforts. Additionally one student per class will receive a Progress Award for demonstrated GRIT. Resilience within learning can look like a high achieving student who continues to try their hardest, setting their own benchmarks. Progress can also look like a student who struggles with reading but perseveres on a daily basis to make connections and sense of their learning. The role of the Junior School Celebration of Learning is to reinforce the belief that lifelong achievement is about effort and attitude. Progress measures gains between two points in time. It compares students’ improvement to their own prior performance. Progress is critical to ensuring a student’s future academic success.

Prizes will be announced prior to the evening to ensure that families have ample time to attend and also that a student’s disappointment does not cloud their enjoyment of the celebration.

ICAS Results 2017
Congratulations to all of the students that entered this year. Well done to our Award winners;

Distinction – Bella Fittler, Leontine O’Neill
Credit – Jesse Alldis, Sarah Duarte, Sarah Kennedy
Merit – Clancy Munsie, Isobel Onapa, Charlotte Williams

Distinction – Sarah Duarte, Sarah Kennedy, Leontine O’Neill
Credit – Louisa Duarte, Matilda Poole-Eisenhauer
Merit – Khushi Aila

Credit – Sarah Duarte, Sarah Kennedy, Eva Dabovich

Newcastle Permanent Mathematics Competition
Distinction – Eloise Gooch
Merit – Eva Dabovich, Matilda Poole-Eisenhauer


Term 4 events to add to your calendar

  • 2 November K – 6 French Day
  • 3 November Thalgarra Kindergarten excursion
  • 3 November Year 1/2 Sleep out!
  • 6 November Infants swimming begins
  • 10 November UNE Far Our Science Year 5 excursion
  • 17 November Year 6 Fundraiser Day
  • 21 November K – 12 Assembly (K-2 presenting)
  • 28 November Transition Celebration of Learning
  • 30 November K – 6 Celebration of Learning
  • 1 December Junior School Xmas Pool Party
  • 3 December Year 6 Lunch
  • 4 December NEGS JS Activities Day
  • 5 December Year 6 Final Assembly
  • 5 December End of Term 4
  • 5 December NEGS Carols and P and F Family Christmas Party

Year 1/2 will enjoy an overnight experience at the Year 1/2 Sleep out!! So exciting to have an overnight adventure at NEGS on the 3 November.

Transition students will celebrate their year at a Transition Graduation Ceremony. This will be held on 28 November at NEGS Junior School.

Celebration of Learning will be held for Kindergarten to Year 6 on 30 November at 6pm. This will be a wonderful way to congratulate our young learners. All students are expected to attend this formal school event.

Join us for our Junior School Pool Party on 1 December. This is a family event and children must be accompanied by their parents.

All Junior School students will be excited to hear that plans are afoot for the Activities Day at the end of the year. This will take place on Monday, 4 December. Plans are in the making for an exciting day. As we have in previous years, DRESS Red for Red Cross will be the theme.

NEGS Carol Service will be held on the evening of 5 December. Years 3 to 6 will be performing (and Year 2 Vocal Ensemble and Handbells). Infants children are invited to attend but it is not compulsory. Afterwards, all families are invited to the P&F Xmas Party.