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Term 2, Week 4 | Thursday 25 May 2023

Building excitement ...

With the foundations poured, and structure rising out of the ground, 4 students visited our southern boundary this week with Principal Andrew Balkwill.

While they were there, Thomas, Zoe, Lincoln and Jasmine checked out the newest installation of our $25 million project.

With 2 curved buttresses fortifying the southern walls, each more than 13 metres high, appreciating the scale of these state of the art facilities is getting easier.

Keep an eye out for the framework – going up soon – and of course the official opening early next year when we celebrate our 70th anniversary.


Hope for the Earth and Humanity

Did you know it’s Laudato Si’ Week?

This global celebration reminds us to protect our planet and the future of humanity by thinking about what we can do to be more aware and conscious of our environment.

So, this week, think about how you help nurture and protect our planet – it's the only one we’ve got.


3Cs of Cyber Safety

Today Year 5 and Year 6 students participated in an online Cyber Safety workshop, learning about 3 key protective factors.

Known as the 3Cs – Contact, Conduct and Content – student’s were guided in how to stay safe online.

This online workshop complements learning delivered through our Year 6 Growth and Personal Skills Programme.


Nature's playground

Together with their teachers and the Education Team from Green Adelaide, Year 4 students visited one of nature's fabulous playgrounds on our doorstep that's surrounded by 300-year-old river red gums.

Students loved exploring the aquatic life in the narrow flowing Brownhill Creek, shaded by the blue gums that line the slopes.


Remarkable resilience

Year 9 students are enjoying adventure filled days in the Flinders Ranges this week, developing their teamwork and resilience skills.

Individually, and as a group, students are challenged to push beyond their comfort zone, gaining experience in the outback, learning about the environment while bushwalking, and developing self-sufficiency skills as they set  up and pack down their camp sites.


Be a Voice for Generations

Tomorrow (Friday 26 May) marks National Sorry Day, when we acknowledge the mistreatment of First Nations’ people removed from their families and communities – The Stolen Generation.

Then, from Saturday to 3 June, it’s National Reconciliation Week, where we join with others to ‘Be a Voice for Generations’ and contribute to positive change through tangible acts for a more just, equitable and reconciled country.

Swing by our Reconciliation display opposite the Café next week, to learn more and add your Voice.


Hall happening ...

This week the Junior School Hall’s again been home to an array of happenings, ranging from our Cross Country competitors completing their conditioning training before school, to Year 12 students taking to the court tomorrow, as part of the annual Year 12 Sports Competition, with the Holly Potter Goblet of Fire up for grabs!


Coming up…

  1.   29 May to 31 May | Year 6 Camp, Wirraway

  2.   2 June | Junior School Assembly hosted by Year 1, families welcome

  3.   6 June | Year 6 Science for Real workshops

  4.   8 June | SAPSASA Metro Day, Cross Country

Be sure to the College Calendar for more!