Mercy Vine

Term 4, Issue No. 2 - 12 December 2022

Junior Journeys

A fabulous year in Junior School

By Kellie Osborn

A celebration of 2022 and Season's Greetings

The final weeks of Term 4 have been a great time of celebration across the Junior School. We have been abuzz with special and significant end of year events including the Reception to Year 6 Sports Fun Day, Reception to Year 5 Footsteps dance performances, Year 5 camp to Glenhaven, final Year 4 Brownhill Creek visit, Year 1 incursion with Warrawong Sanctuary, Year 2 excursion to Hahndorf Farm Barn, Year 5 French picnic, Orientation Day, Year 5 PYP Graduation, Junior School End of Year Mass, Picnic Day visits to Bounce and Marion Outdoor Swimming Centre, Year 5 PYP student action at Carrick Hill, and our final Junior School assembly.

Mass and Advent
To mark the third Sunday of Advent, we lit the pink candle of joy at our final Mass; a reminder of the coming joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. We thank God for the hope he gives us, for the peace he bestows, and for the joy he pours into our hearts, particularly at this time of year when we're filled with the spirit of Christmas.

Generosity abounds
We offer a huge thank you to all our families who were able to donate goods to our Brother Michael Kirgan Christmas Appeal. Your generosity has seen many classrooms overwhelmed with hamper items for those less fortunate this Christmas. Similarly, we witnessed Mercy in action by Mila Callisto who represented our Reception students in donating 21.6 kgs of canned goods to Foodbank South Australia, as well as many festive Christmas cards to put in hampers. Well done on your initiative and compassion.

Mila and the donations to Foodbank SA (photo: ABC Adelaide)

Good luck to our Year 5 students
This week we proudly celebrated our Year 5 students at their Primary Years Programme Graduation. This rite of passage was filled with many lovely reflections of students' time in the Junior School and what they have achieved together. We wish these young people and their families all the best as they take their first steps into Middle School in 2023.

Merry Christmas
A big thank you to our dedicated staff, fabulous students, and supportive Junior School families for a successful 2022. We have celebrated many student achievements, and are immensely proud of the efforts each student brings to their studies. In particular we are proud to see the growth and development of students into well-rounded, grounded, and respectful young people who demonstrate kindness, compassion, and empathy for those around them. These are the traits by which we measure our success as educators.

Thank you to Alexis, her mum and Nonna, for beautiful cupcakes!

I wish you all God's richest blessings for Christmas and the holiday season. May you be safe, healthy, and have a wonderful time together during the summer break. I look forward to seeing you in 2023 when we will seize the moment and flourish.

Kellie Osborn
Head of Junior School


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