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From the Director of Junior Secondary

From the Director of Junior Secondary

Author: Shelley McMahon
Author Role: Director of Junior Secondary


It has been wonderful to hear the various stories about how students are approaching their remote learning and I've been impressed by the level of creativity shown by individuals and student groups during this time. From origami and recreation of CD covers to group baking and aerobics classes, there are some new and old skills being developed with the support of our community - students, staff and family.

The Junior Secondary Representatives have worked hard to develop some ongoing initiatives to keep students positive, feeling that sense of belonging, and having some fun along the way. Truthful Tuesday has begun as a way for students to ask some questions and receive tips and advice from our student leaders. Students will hear some feel-good stories and share images that will show what students have been up to in isolation as Feel Good Friday is also introduced. 

Isolation Weekly Top 5 Playlists 

Every week, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are given the opportunity to vote for their favourite songs. These are compiled as a Top 5 Isolation Playlist for each year level and is published at the beginning of the week. While we can't all be at school at the moment, there is some comfort in knowing that the year level are all listening to the same songs over the course of the week. Last week, votes almost reached 700, and we are looking forward to publishing the Week 4 Isolation Playlists on Monday at 8am. Students have been given the link to vote, and can also vote here. 

Brisbane to Sydney Team Challenge

We are also encouraging students to keep physically active during their time at home and to provide an incentive to get up and get moving (either by walking or running), The Year 9 Leaders are organising the Brisbane to Sydney Team Challenge assisted by Character Builders. Students have received information about the challenge via the Junior Secondary Students Teams page and will need to nominate their team and be ready to start the challenge on Monday 11 May.

Students may team up with their friends or family members, however, numbers are restricted to six members per team. There will be selfie treasure hunt challenges along the way, and regular check-ins and incentives.

If students would like to nominate themselves as an individual or a team, please email me at Shelley McMahon and I will forward your information to the organisers.