Primary News

28 September 2018

From the Head of Primary

This week the focus has been on The United Nations' Global Goals. In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses and individuals to work together to build a better future for everyone. This is exactly what we have been doing across the school this week!

Highlights have included a whole school dance and exercise session on the field to remind us to focus on health and wellbeing for all and a Year 12 initiative to raise funds to build a school in Cambodia (through a career dress-up day, coin trail and various stalls), highlighting the need for quality education for all.

There have also been some outstanding learner-led initiatives in Primary School that we hope will become sustainable enterprises. Our Green Guardians have completed the construction of the Nexus Vertical Farm (designed by Year 4 learners last academic year). Lots of our learners planted seeds on Monday and we are looking forward to seeing the seedlings and then making the use of the produce in our cafeteria. On Thursday, 'The Squeezers' rapidly sold out of orange juice in their drive to encourage people to have a daily healthy drink and to always use reuseable bottles. The Year 6 learners and their stall will be a regular feature at the bus bay in the mornings.

Today parents also enjoyed a fantastic adaptation of the Dr Seuss' book ‘The Sneetches’. Our Year 5 learners thoroughly enjoyed being part of the humorous mini-production. (See under Recent Events to find out more.)

Meanwhile, this week our learners of Chinese have been celebrating the Mid Autumn Festival. The children's home-made lanterns have adorned our Bus Bay this week. Other learners went along to the Bouncing Beans Playgroup to help the toddlers enjoy a range of activities to celebrate this exciting Chinese festival.

Shortly after the October holiday the Primary School will be celebrating Deepavali. We are asking all our Hindu parents to join us for the day (we will be celebrating on Friday, 9 November) to share some of their customs with the learners. If you would like to join us please contact Bhavana Nair (

Please can I take this opportunity to remind you to install the Nexus Hub App if you haven't already done so. This is our 'window into the classroom'. Once you download the app to your device you will receive regular notifications from our teachers about the exciting learning engagements going on inside the classroom. This video gives you an overview of the download and login process. If you have any questions about using the App to access the Hub then please drop into the IT team in the C1 pod (near the main reception).

Finally, my thanks to all those parents and guardians that joined us this week for the Parent Teacher Conferences. I know that my homeroom teachers and subject specialists enjoyed meeting you and having conversations about your children and how they've settled in school.

Enjoy your weekend.

Paul Beach

Head of Primary School