Middle School

Welcome to the New School Year

Welcome back to all the existing Middle School students and their families and an extra special welcome to our Year 7s and new students to the school. We have had a great start to the 2020 school year with 44 new students attending making the Middle School student population a record 280 students.

The fantastic Middle School building, the introduction of the vertically-based House Tutor system, which has already proven to be a most effective initiative, and excellent teaching, I believe are the reasons for the significant increase in enrolments in the Middle School. 

Parent Welcome Evening:

On Thursday evening of Week 1 we held our Parent Welcome evening. It was a great night, with an impressive turn out. We welcomed our new Principal Cameron Bacholer and introduced key people, such as Sue Loftes, President of the Parents and Friends, and Carol Quelch a member of the P&F. Carol spoke to the parents about the P&F, the Ambassador program, up-coming events and how parents can get involved and help support the School.

The Middle School Heads of House and Tutors were introduced and parents were set the challenge to introduce themselves to other parents, which was accepted with enthusiasm.

The Middle School Heads of House and I are keen to work with the P&F to engage parents and to help parents connect with each other.

Year 7 Camp

As communicated to all Year 7 parents and students, due to the fires on Kangaroo Island the Year 7 camp has been forced to change location. A similar camp will occur at the same time, Week 4 Term1,  as our planned KI camp, with the same activities, which include surfing, caving, canoeing and bush walking. The new location is based in the southern Coorong region including Robe and Naracoorte, which is also a beautiful part of South Australia.

Attending Kangaroo Island and providing some community service assistance was an option the Outdoor Education Group (OEG) was asked to explore, however; this option could only be realised at a different time, much later in the year, which would not allow us to meet many of the outcomes designed for our Year 7s, such as using the camp as a means for students to get to know each other and their teachers.  As a school there have already been many discussions and ideas put forward, as to how we can support the regions affected by the fires either through fundraising or community service.

We are planning to hold our Year 7 Camp Parent Information evening on Wednesday 5 February at 5.30pm in the Middle School building.

Middle School Leadership

Our Middle School Leadership Induction Assembly is to be held on  Friday of Week 2 (February 7) at 12.45pm.  At this assembly we will induct the 2020 House Prefects and Sports Captains. Our Principal, Mr Cameron Bachelor, our Deputy Principal, Mr Atterton, and the Heads of House will join us for this assembly. 

The 2020 House Prefects are:

  • Cawthorne Nicholls – Gabe Bowering, Ariel Boyce, Dion Patsouris, Cassandra Wadham
  • Kennion Miller -Sophie Beswick, Benjamin Bowering, Scarlett Howard, Ross Kousounis
  • Bleby Howard – Mackenzie Barr, Sienna Brownrigg, Sofia Savva, Abbey Wilkinson
  • Moore Sunter – Sebastian Atterton, Olivia Cardillo, Jaime Johnston, Emma Neuhaus

The 2020 Middle School Captains of Summer Sport are:’

  • Cricket – Andrew Sallis, Harry Baker
  • Softball – Erin Adams- McDonald and Vice-Captain Keely Sheidow
  • Volleyball – hebe Li, Anastasia Kiritsis and Charlie Brennen
  • Tennis – Scarlett Howard and Vice-Captain Zara Chiera
  • Athletics – Sienna Brownrigg and Vice-Captains Owen Bowering and John Napier
  • Swimming – John Napier and Vice-Captain Max Lehman

Parents of our student leaders are most welcome to attend this assembly.

We look forward to another exciting, dynamic and successful year for all those involved with the Middle School.

Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School