From the Head of Junior School

As we come to the conclusion of Term 2, I find myself reflecting on the term that has been. It certainly wasn’t what we were expecting, however, much learning has come from this unprecedented term. Firstly, our students embraced their Remote Learning and developed many new skills including resilience, self-direction and time management. Our teachers embarked on a steep learning curve to ensure they were ready to teach remotely and I am very proud of the job they did. Our parents assisted with their children’s learning and taught new skills. Even once we had returned to school, some parents taught their children independence by allowing students to walk into school by themselves. Relationships were also strengthened by many Google Meets involving students, teachers and parents. Remote Learning has proved to be an example of pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone and reaping the rewards of growth. Congratulations to our entire CGS community. You have all done yourselves proud.

That said, it has been a joy to have all our wonderful students back on site over the past two weeks. It is the students who are the glue who holds our school together. They are what our school is all about. Our teachers missed their students so very much during Remote Learning and I am sure our students were happy to be back at school where they belong. I’ve also heard that many a parent was happy to have their children back in class too.

I’d like to thank our students for completing, to the very best of their ability, a very different term of schooling. I’d like to thank our parents for their patience, particularly in the car park, and for their understanding and ongoing support this term. Finally, I’d like to thank our fabulous staff for making sure our students’ wellbeing was a top priority and their learning opportunities were of an extremely high standard.

As you are aware, our Junior School Reports have been modified due to COVID-19 and will be available to parents from 4:00pm. Also, if any COVID-19 restrictions are still necessary next term, this information will be emailed to you by our Principal, Mrs Williams, prior to the commencement of Term 3.

I look forward to welcoming our CGS students back to school on Tuesday 14 July.

Wishing everyone a safe, relaxing and most well-deserved holiday.

Mrs Melissa Roberton

Head of Junior School

News from Trist House

Over the past 12 months, the Junior School Trist House students have been supporting the Mums Supporting Families in Need. During the recent pandemic, Davin Weerasinghe, 6M has continued to support this incredible local charity, by encouraging other students to bring along much needed food donations. The mums in need have been short on pantry food, in particular lunchbox items, so Davin decided to get involved and collect donations on their behalf. He created a video and posters and recruited one of our captains, Ruby Van Brakel, 6M to assist him. This has resulted in many wonderful donations. I am truly proud of Davin’s selfless and thoughtful initiative, especially at such a time. I would also like to say a heartfelt thank you to each student/family that has generously donated food this term. I am certain the MSFIN team will be very grateful!

Miss Bridgette Reale

Trist House