Having arrived at the last week of Term 3, it offers a good chance to look back over the multitude of activities that have occurred in the Junior School in recent weeks. I must start with the Fete and what a great day everyone had at the 2015 version. Thank you parents, for the support shown this year that helped make it bigger and better than ever. I must also thank the committee (Mr Adam Cadzow and his team), for the countless hours of work that go into organising such a fantastic event. I know I personally went home with three very tired, but happy children on the Saturday night and a feeling of what a privilege it is to be part of the Emmanuel community.
Both Early and Junior Years Athletic Carnivals have taken place and were resounding successes with students enjoying the days of fun and competition. Thanks to Mr Weir and Mrs Rankin for their organisation of these events. Whilst there were a number of outstanding performances in the upper primary section, it was heartening to see so many students in both carnivals competing for the sheer love of being involved. Well done all!
The Preps enjoyed their fun Pirate Night, dressing up and staying back at school to enjoy games, dinner and a special show.
Recently, Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed an excursion to the Science Museum in Brisbane, where they learnt more about the physics of movement as it applies to their study of different types of transport.
The Year 3's have had a visit from local aboriginal identity "Uncle Boomerang", who not only discussed all things indigenous with the students, but also got them out on the oval for the spectacle of boomerang and spear throwing.
Year 5 dressed up and took part in their annual Goldfields Day, dressing up in period costumes and learning what it was like to be taught by a very strict, although entertaining, teacher. Mr Baverstock was able to help the students to re-enact a day as a student from the mid 1800's, including writing on slates and learning about the harsh rules that were commonplace.
Year 6 recently attended Queensland Parliament and have also had visits from Ms Ros Bates (State) and Mr Steve Ciobo (Federal), both members of parliament, in their quest to learn more about our system of government. They have also served their community by taking part in a worship service at Crossroads where they sang and presented a drama for disabled people.
Thank you to Mrs Hafner and the library staff for all the fun of Book week. The celebration of books culminated in a dress up day for Years 1- 4 that saw a multitude of costumes representing favourite characters. It was the first time in many years that we have dressed up for Book Week and its success has meant it will become a regular feature in our calendar. The teachers enjoyed their 'Where's Wally' theme immensely and are already planning what they will do for 2016.
Grandparents Day was again a whole lot of fun with almost 1000 visiting their grandchildren at school. Grandparents are such a big part of the students' lives and it is wonderful to see everyone get so much out of their time spent at school, seeing just what goes on in the classroom and of course the opportunity to put on a concert. Thank you again to all of the parent helpers who assisted in ensuring the morning tea was extra special for our guests.
Both Year 4 and 5 have been on a camp this term. These fun, yet challenging times with friends, are often the first time many students have been away from their parents and this provides the students with a chance to begin Emmanuel's outdoor education program. Among other things, it is an opportunity for students to develop their teamwork, initiative and resilience.
What an incredibly busy, but rewarding Term 3. Thank you parents and students for your support. Have a well-deserved break before we head into the final quarter of 2015.