Well the holidays are finally here!

What a term it’s been! We’ve had plenty of sporting achievements to celebrate, and had camps we wished we all going on, we’ve celebrated our volunteers, we supported our friends on IDAHOBIT Day, we observed Reconciliation Week, we had a Crazy Hair Day, we introduced our own bakery and we planted trees.

Let’s recap the final week of Term 2:

This week we recognised NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginals and islanders Day Observance Committee. The annual weeklong event that celebrates the history, culture and achievements of First Nations Australians began in 1975 to recognise the 1938 Day of Mourning.

The theme for this year’s celebrations is ‘For our Elders’ which is about celebrating the important role our elders play across every generation as cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and loved ones.  

In Sports news this week our Year 11/12 Girls Statewide Soccer team continued their journey in the School Sport SA competition and despite toiling hard and exhibiting great teamwork against a more experienced Seaford College, they were unable to get the win.

This was also the last game some of these girls had the opportunity to play in for Hallett Cove School. We say a fond farewell to international students, Mara, Lou and Lina and a huge goodbye and thank you to Year 12 students Cadence, Mackenzie and Jasmine for their dedicated service to the Hallett Cove School Soccer Program throughout their High School years.

We also congratulated Year 9 student Anne Dubois who recently travelled to Ipswich to be Co-Captain for the Under 16 Girls Cricket Team at the 2023 Indoor Cricket National Championships.

While the team didn’t do all that well in the competition, Anne proved herself to be a worthy co-captain leading with power and finesse on the courts.

A huge congratulations to Anne for making co-captain, we are all very proud of you at HCS! We can’t wait to see what you do with your amazing skills

Our Year 10’s this week had the opportunity to do something a little different in our ‘Try-a-Trade Day’.

The day was led by Peer, a non-profit industry-based organisation that partners with industry to build trade careers through quality apprenticeships, employment and training.

The students got to try their hand at carpentry, plumbing and electrics and they all agreed it was a great opportunity for them to see what directions they could go in after school.

On Wednesday our Junior School packed out the PAC for Round 2 of Staff vs Students HCS Family Feud.

 This week’s show was hosted by our effervescent Student Presidents Marley and Makenzie and they did a fabulous job of calming the rowdy crowds when the staff were winning!

Despite an early lead from the staff, the students were able to pull it back on the very last question to win the day by a nail biting 249 – 248! The crowds went wild!

The teachers have a few weeks to pick their game up by next terms Staff vs Student challenge as it looks like the students are starting to fight back!

Ms Finch’s Year 12 class have been working on their ‘Passion Projects’ and developing a SACE Capability this term, so she decided to get involved nad make the last day of Term 2 a little extra fun.

She created a reverse escape room of sorts where the students had to follow the clues around the room to unlock the treasure chest within, to reveal the pirate treasure!

All the students thankfully made it through alive and managed to crack the code to get to the treasure! It was a great morning of problem solving and critical thinking for all!

Finally in our Junior School this week, our early years classrooms opened their doors for parents to attend a guided walk through exhibition of our Reception to Year 2 students artwork form the year so far.

There was plenty of colour and creativity on show and the little ones were so proud to show off what they’ve been working on. It was lovely to see the learning spaces so bright and full of imagination!

We will be taking a break next term from these weekly run downs as I will be on leave until week 6 but for now, I leave you getting to know one of our Junior School teachers: