Junior School

Junior School Inter-House Swimming Carnival

Friday of Week 6 saw the annual Junior School Swimming Carnival take place at Challenge Stadium. The sun was shining, and it was a great day full of laughter, cheering and friendly rivalry.

The day was filled with impressive individual performances, high levels of encouragement from our new student leaders and fierce competition between the College Houses. It was wonderful to see so many students in the water giving their best effort in each event. It was a successful day for the College community and the students in attendance can be proud of their participation and conduct.

The scores were close throughout the day but in the end, Mungulu took out the winning place with Kennedy coming in a close second.  

We would like to congratulate the students for their participation, enthusiasm and good sportsmanship and the teachers and parents for their support. It was a great day!

Mr Matthew Negrulj
Sport Teacher

Junior Parent Teacher Interviews 

Junior School Parent Teacher interviews will be held over two afternoons on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 April.  Parent PTO Logins will be emailed out to families the near future.

Mrs Aurelia Cole
Head of Junior School

Congratulations

A number of students from Swan Christian College competed at the WA State Judo Titles which were held on the 13 March at UWA.

Congratulations to Toby Bryson who placed 2nd, Aaron Bryson who placed 3rd and Kieren Santos who place 2nd in their respective divisions.

The Bryson boys have now been selected to compete at the National Championships in June. We wish them the very best of luck with their training in the lead up to this competition. Due to Kieren's age he is ineligible to represent WA at the National Titles in Geelong.

Year 2 Farmer Joe Visit

In Biological Science this term, Year 2 is exploring the different characteristics of life stages in animals.

Last week we were visited by one of our parents, ‘Farmer Joe’ Brajkovich, who brought in day old chickens for 2A and 2B students to observe and hold! Farmer Joe shared lots of information with us about a chicken’s life stages and answered many questions from the students.  For many of our students it was the first time they have held a live chicken! 

Thank you to Farmer Joe for giving the Year 2 students a wonderful experience. 

Mrs Van Schalkwyk and Miss Bampton
Year 2 Teachers

Year 2 Incursion

Last Friday the Year 2’s participated in a incursion with representatives from the Constitutional Centre of WA. This interactive visit enhanced the lessons we have been covering in the Health Learning Area, developing the personal skills of ‘Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing, and contributing to healthy and active communities’. 

The classes read a large storybook, with many students taking on the role of some of the story’s characters using puppets. The aim was to explore the concept of prejudice in a simple, non-confronting way.

Set in the fictional Australian town of Parkesville, new residents have come to live in the town. These characters look and sound different to the established residents of Parkesville and this creates the problem of prejudice, which is worked through and resolved within the story.

The students enjoyed working through the difficulties of the townspeople, especially with the use of their puppet characters!

Mrs Moreen Van Schalkwyk and Miss Bampton
Year 2 Teachers

Year 4 ‘Illusion…’

In Mrs Bejr’s reading group, students have been focusing on the reading comprehension skill of sequencing. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? 

While reading a text about a disappearing trick performed by magicians, the students became very enthusiastic about the various tricks they could do and asked if they could perform. An assessment task was prepared for them to write a procedure that incorporated the sequenced steps to create the necessary props, and perform to an audience. The students first rehearsed their illusion in class, and then excitedly performed their skills for the audiences in Miss Bampton, Miss Stallo and Ms Wyllyams‘ classes. 

The Year 1 and 2 students loved watching the performers, and Mrs Bejr’s Year 4’s had the opportunity to apply their reading skills to a real-life situation. They discovered that sequencing is a very important comprehension skill and not always as simple as it sounded! A fun time was had by all.

Mrs Bejr
Year 4 Teacher

Year 5 Swanleigh Excursion

Last Friday the Year 5 classes walked across to visit the cemetery of St Mary’s Church as part of their History lessons.

The students worked in small groups, making their way around the graveyard looking at plaques and headstones to find the names of six people who were buried there. The ages of the people in the graves ranged from babies under one year old to adults of 91 years. 

The cemetery has over 400 graves, and those laid to rest here include people who served in war and many of the pioneers of the Swan Valley and their families. Arden R even has some of his ancestors buried at this cemetery.

Although some of the Year 5 students found the cemetery scary and a little sad, others found it very interesting. 

Mrs Lorna Shearing
Year 5 Teacher

Year Six Student Leadership Conference

Last Thursday, the Junior School Student Leaders attended the National Young Leaders Day at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The students heard from many inspiring speakers including the 2015 Young Australian of the Year, Drisana Levitze-Gray, and Dylan Parker a professional paper plane thrower.

Ryan W, one of the Sport Leaders, summed up the day stating, “I thought that [the day] was more fun than I expected. I learned a lot about leadership and all the speakers really inspired me”.  We look forward to seeing the Student Leaders apply the knowledge they gained from the conference as they aspire to be the best leader they can be.

Mrs Stephanie Darque
Deputy Head of Junior School