The Life Newsletter

Junior School – T2 W8 2024

A Big Wide World of Learning: From Farms to Canberra

Year 6 Camp

This week has been very exciting for our Year 6 students, as they have spent three days exploring Canberra. The experiences they have had this week have served to consolidate the learning they have done in Terms 1 and 2 as they investigated the process and history of Australia becoming a nation. While we were in Canberra we visited the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Museum of Australia, the Electoral Education Centre, Parliament House, the Royal Australian Mint and the Australian War Memorial.

Each of these places teaches us an important aspect of Australian history. At the Museum of Australian Democracy, we traced the development of our democratic system and were challenged to think about how we can bring about change. We learnt about indigenous culture at the National Museum and thought about the different ways indigenous leaders have tried to bring about change.

At the War Memorial we reflected on the personal stories of those who served our country (whether military or medical) and were reminded of their bravery and willingness to put others before themselves. We had lots of fun at the Australian Institute of Sport and Questacon. Camps and excursions are always an excellent opportunity to enrich the learning that happens in the classroom.

Kindergarten Farm Excursion

Our Kindergarten students also enjoyed their visit to Golden Ridge Farm this week, which has deepened their understanding of what has been taught in the classroom. They have experienced the sights, sound and smells of a working farm – all experiences they can draw on for future learning.

Semester 1 Reports
We are approaching the final week of Term 2 and this means that Semester 1 reports will be send out at the end of next week. Please take time to read through your child’s report with them and encourage them on the progress they have made. Parent teacher interviews will be held early next term, to provide an opportunity to discuss your child’s report with their teacher.

Awards Assembly Next Week

Our Term 2 Recognition Awards Assembly will be held next Friday afternoon (28th June) – any awards not already handed in will need to wait until the Term 3 Recognition Awards Assembly.

God bless, 

Mrs Jenny Squire
Deputy Principal – Head of Junior School



The Winter IPSSO season continued during Weeks 7 and 8. In Week 7, we played against Macarthur Anglican School, which is always a tough opponent. Our teams played with good sportsmanship and fought bravely. Congratulations to the senior boys’ soccer team, which won 5-2; senior netball, which won 26-21; junior netball, which won 15-9; junior AFL, which won 16-7; and senior AFL, which won 31-8! In Week 8, we had a bye due to Year 6 camp.

K-2 College Sport

K-2 has enjoyed preparing for their Cross Country Carnival during sport this week. We are excited for this event, which is happening on Thursday Week 10.

3-6 College Sport

This week, our Year 3-6 students began learning hockey skills from an expert coach and soccer skills from our teachers. These skills will benefit them as they develop their sporting skills and prepare to participate in the House Cup at the end of the term.

CSSA Zone Boys Soccer Gala Day

On Monday, Week 8, Mr Plunkett and Mr Barber took two teams to represent the College at the CSSA Zone Boys Soccer Gala Day. Despite the freezing cold temperature and icy rain, both teams competed with great sportsmanship and were great models of our College values! The junior team enjoyed their day and competed well against many other high-quality teams. The senior team went undefeated during the competition, winning the final 1-0! This means that they have qualified for the CSSA State Finals next term.

CSSA Zone Girls Netball Gala Day

On Monday, Week 8, Miss Lee and Mrs. Dransfield took two teams to represent the College at the CSSA Zone Girls Netball Gala Day. This event is a friendly competition, with no placings recorded. All our students showed excellent sportsmanship and were great role models of our College values. Congratulations to the junior team, which was undefeated throughout the day. Look out for some more photos of this event to come.

CSSA State Gymnastics

On Tuesday, Week 7, four students represented the College at the CSSA Gymnastics Championships. All these gymnasts showed their mastery of their skills and were excellent representatives of the College values! These four girls made us very proud, finishing as follows:

  • Maisie, in Year 4, came 11th in the state
  • Emily, in Year 5, came 9th in the state
  • Charli, in Year 5, came 2nd in the state
  • Hayley, in Year 5, came 6th in the state

CSSA and CIS Nominations

From time to time, the College can nominate some of our exceptional athletes to trial for CSSA or CIS representative teams. These teams are selected for high level representative competitions, drawing from almost 100 schools across NSW. If you would like the College to nominate your child for one of these events, please follow the procedure below:

  1. Go to the CSSA website to see the list and dates of these trials (
  2. Email me (, expressing your child’s interest, background, and skills in the sport
  3. If they fit the requirements of the trials, I will nominate them to attend 
  4. Attend the trials with your child

Upcoming Events

Week 9

Wednesday (26/6)

  • IPSSO training at 7.45 am for all students selected in an IPSSO team.
  • IPSSO games against Broughton Anglican College. All sports at BAC. Junior games begin at 11.30 am, and senior games start at 1 pm.

Thursday (27/6):

  • K-2 Cross Country Carnival, running as close to the schedule below as possible. Parents are welcome to spectate from the grandstand, and we ask that they refrain from entering the track or oval to keep the track clear.
    1.30 pm– Kindergarten boys
    1.40 pm- Kindergarten girls
    2.00 pm- Year 1 boys
    2.10 pm- Year 1 girls
    2.30 pm- Year 2 boys
    2.40 pm- Year 2 girls
Term 3, Week 1

Monday (22/7):

  • Gymnastics program running during PE class time

Wednesday (24/7):

  • IPSSO training at 7.45 am for all students selected in an IPSSO team.
  • IPSSO games against Mount Annan Christian College. Boys’ soccer and AFL are at Doohan Reserve, and netball and volleyball are at OPAC. Junior games begin at 11.30 am, and senior games start at 1 pm.
Term 3, Week 2

Monday (29/7):

  • Gymnastics program running during PE class time

Wednesday (31/7):

  • IPSSO training at 7.45 am for all students selected in an IPSSO team.
  • IPSSO games against Wollondilly Anglican College. All games at WAC. Junior games begin at 12 pm, and senior games start at 1 pm.


God bless, 

Mr Joshua Barber
Junior School Sports Coordinator