Apologies for the lateness of the Week 4 edition of This Week, we unfortunately had some technical difficulties at the end of last week that would just not seem to play nice.

All eyes have been on our International Program the last couple of weeks as they have been very busy visits from overseas students and an incredibly memorable camp!

At the end of week 3 they said farewell to our second Japanese Study tour group from Morioka Chuo High School. We had 18 students visit us this time, who enjoyed a weeklong visit and all stayed locally with homestay families.

We wish to thank all involved in this wonderful visit which highlighted our city, local environment and true Aussie culture.

The students looked great, settled in to HCS life quickly and behaved impeccably during their stay.

It was also a great opportunity for our Japanese Club to converse and swap stories and cultural differences with the Japanese students.

Last week our international students headed for the bush on our inaugural Outback camp. 21 students and three staff members stayed on a working station just near Blinman in the Flinders Ranges.

The group had fantastic weather until Thursday when they returned to camp to find their tents flattened or full of dust and rain. There was a rather quick exit to the shearer’s quarters for the night!

Students were able to experience outback food, an underground mine, First Nations culture, art galleries, hiking through the beautiful landscapes and many other fantastic experiences.

In our Junior School last week our Student Leaders were presented with their certificates of recognition by Mr Hall and met as a group to provide feedback and improve certain parts of our school.

Staff have thoroughly enjoyed working with our younger students on improving student life in the Junior School.

Our Junior School Children also enjoyed National Simultaneous Story Time on Wednesday, with The Speedy Sloth by Rebecca Young being read to the children in our resource centre.

National Simultaneous Storytime is a fun online event that promotes the value of reading and literacy. Each year a children’s book is chosen to be read simultaneously in libraries, schools, child-care centres, homes and bookshops all over Australia. Our children loved listening to Spike the Sloth and how she surprises everyone by finishing The Great Race!

A relatively quiet week at HCS always means a busy week is on its way. This week we have our Junior School children participating in the RAA’s Street Smart Program, our Year 12’s are out at Aquatics and our Year 7’s are all away at AFL Max at the end of the week, not to mention girls Volleyball and boys Futsal on Thursday and Friday and keep an eye out for how we’re celebrating Reconciliation Week.

 This week I leave you getting to know one of our Junior School teachers: