Mrs Chambers and Mrs Messer 

Last Friday we celebrated a very special assembly which was led by 6C. During the assembly Mrs Chambers shared with us all her experience in her recent immersion in Nairobi, Kenya at the Mary Rice Centre. All boys were moved by Mrs Chambers’ recount and photos of her time in Africa. We thank Mrs Chambers for sharing this with us. It serves as a timely reminder of how very fortunate we all are to be living in such a beautiful island home, Tasmania, to have nice houses to live in and food on the table every night.

On Friday evening, the Tasmanian School Water Polo Grand Finals were held. I am pleased, and proud, to say that the Grade 5/6 Lobsters were victorious in their division of the Primary Roster. Congratulations to the boys for their hard work and dedication throughout the season. Thank you to the team of parents who dropped them off at training every Tuesday morning and to their coaches, Matt Costelloe, Tom Messer and Mrs Jo Messer. Thank you also to all of the boys, parents and staff who came along to support us.

On Tuesday night we saw the commencement of the JSSATIS Basketball roster. Thank you to the parents and staff members who have put their hands up to coach a team, without your help we would not be able to enter as many teams. Boys are permitted to wear their sports uniform on Tuesdays if they are participating in this roster.

Last week our Grade 6 students were fortunate to see the matinee performance of the school musical, the Wizard of Oz. Congratulations to all boys involved in the production. It was particularly lovely to see so many of our ‘old junior’ boys in the production.

Science Week commenced this week. As part of this, Grade Threes and Fours had class visits from Young Tassie Scientists from the University of Tasmania. On Friday our Grade 6 classes will be visiting the Festival of Bright Ideas. All of these opportunities afford our boys to engage in hands on science activities which hopefully will ignite their passion to one day becoming a scientist.

Next week is Book Week. The theme of the week is “Reading is my secret power”.  The boys are asked to bring a costume in a bag to wear in our Book week Parade to celebrate this theme. Costumes should reflect a book character and could be as simple as hats, wigs, glasses, scarves and other accessories. All boys will earn house points with spot prizes presented on the day for unusual and creative ideas. Boys are also invited (not compulsory) to enter in our Library poster competition. Posters should include the slogan “Reading is my Secret Power.” There are already some fantastic posters on display.

Next Thursday 15 August we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Archbishop Adrian Doyle and Deacon Nick McFarlane will lead us in our celebration. A class from Immaculate Heart of Mary is also joining us which will be great. This Feast is one of only two Holy Days of Obligation, the other being Christmas Day. We look forward to the boys participating in the singing and prayers to recognise the life and death of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her assumption into heaven.

By the time this newsletter goes to print we will be well into the athletics carnival. Hopefully we’ll all be able to keep warm and dry throughout the day. Good luck to all competitors!