The next Junior School Assembly will be held on Wednesday 13 November at 8.30am. This will be our final Junior School assembly for 2019 and the students from Year 1 will be making a presentation. Merit Certificates will also be awarded to selected students from each class. All parents, grandparents and friends are encouraged to join the students from the Junior School at this assembly. Prep to Year 2 Swimming Lessons Swimming Lessons for Prep to Year 2 students begin next in Week 7. Lessons will take place from Monday 18th to Thursday 21st November. These lessons will be followed by the Prep to Year 2 Swimming Carnival on Friday 22nd November. A permission note for the Swimming Lessons has been uploaded to Parent Portal and further information regarding the Carnival will be uploaded in the coming week. Speech Night Next Tuesday 12th November is our annual Speech Night. All students from Years 6 to 12 and their families are expected to attend the night which is being held in the Raelene Boyle Hall. Families are asked to arrive by 6.45pm so that the function can commence at 7.00pm. Students from younger year levels are welcome to attend, but will need to sit with their parents on the night. All students are required to wear their school uniform, without a hat. As this is a very formal occasion I would ask parents to ensure that their children have polished shoes and that school hair regulations are adhered to. For some students, this will necessitate haircuts before the event. Girls are also reminded that they need to ensure that scrunchies or appropriate ribbons are in their hair when it is tied back. The support of parents in ensuring that students meet these expectations is greatly appreciated. Booklists 2020 Booklists for 2020 are available via Parent Portal and are to be ordered online or faxed directly to the company, Campion. Orders must be received by Wednesday 11th December 2019 and delivery of these book packs to your nominated address will occur during the fortnight ending 24th January 2020. Book packs can only be delivered to residential/business addresses, not Post Offices. For any further information or help in ordering your 2020 book packs, please do not hesitate to contact the Administration office on 5437 5800. BRAINways Summer Camp BRAINways Education, in conjunction with Central Queensland University, is pleased to offer the BRAINways Summer Camps, which is a program for gifted and talented students on the Sunshine Coast. If your child is interested in participating in this Summer Camp please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. The following programs are being offered during January 2020: Mathematics/Science – for students in year levels 2 to 4 Topics: Villain or Superhero?: An Investigation of Microbes Ice Cream Chemistry Reaching for the Stars: An Introduction to the Science of Astronomy The Mathematics at the Beach Mathematics/Science – for students in year levels 5 to 8 Topics: Defense Forces: The Science of Immunology The Heart of a Star: Nuclear Chemistry What’s Wrong with Reality?: Wave – Particle Duality Out at Sea: The Algebra of Navigation Humanities – for students in year levels 2 to 4 Topics: A Headline Act: Writing the Headlines Creating Mythological Characters Can Computers Think? Liar, Liar!: A Formula for Reason Humanities – for students in year levels 5 to 8 Topics: The Power of Positioning: Advertising and Media A World Apart? Heroes and Villains Where Did You Get the Idea?: The Origin of Knowledge Do the Ends Justify the Means?: An Ethical Debate Parent Portal Term 4 is a very busy term with lots of events. Notifications, event information and student permission forms are communicated to parents via the Parent Portal. Please continue to ensure you check this regularly, at least once a week to keep up to date. Class News from 1JR Year 1 has had a wonderfully busy start to Term 4 with lots of interactive learning and special events including Loud Shirt Day, Day for Daniel and the Halloween Disco. In class, we have been very busy making and exploring different types of clouds in a jar for Science and Geography, planting seedlings and writing out the procedure in English and creating cityscapes in Visual Art. On Tuesday, we were lucky enough to have the Year 12 Biology students visit to help with our Reading groups and even join in a maths counting game. Thank you to Mrs Gort and the Senior Biology students for your help and a very enjoyable morning!