Primary News

27 September 2019

From our Head of Primary

UN Global Goals Week has been a fantastic success, set against the backdrop of the global initiatives being pioneered by Greta Thunberg. At Nexus we focused on five of the Global Goals, one each day, and there were some outstanding learning experiences.

Our Year 4 learners kicked off the week with their Show & Tell on the sustainable farming techniques they have been exploring. Discussions were had about sustainable water use, alternative ways of growing plants - including vertical farming - and what we have learned during our current unit on water. Our Year 5 learners performed "Be the Change": a performance about equality. The children in Phase One learnt about UNGG 12 - Responsible consumption and production. They read a story called The Journey Home by Frann Preston-Gannon, which highlighted the impact of human consumption on animals and the environment. and in their Art lessons, the children reused unwanted CDs to create a beautiful piece of artwork. In the library, learners could read BANNED BOOKS! Linking with UNGG 4 - Quality Education, learners were reminded of places in the world where people don't have access to some books, including popular classics, such as Harry Potter and Where the Wild Things Are.On Tuesday, learners across the school were challenged to meet our no-waste day by packing a lunch with no single-use packaging or leaving no waste from their cafeteria lunch. Green Guardians sold stickers, hand-made wax wraps and gave out fridge magnet reminders of ways to reduce, reuse and recyle. We were treated to talks about the Power of Shoes, a charity Year 3 connected with last year as well as our research work with Conservation International and an update on Nexus the Whale Shark who is now 8 years old and over 4 meters long! But, our highlight of Global Goals week was dressing for 'When I Grow Up!' and the fabulous array of Year 12 CAs learner-led stalls that raised money for Kong Maha Primary School in Cambodia.

Next Thursday, we are pleased to announce that the HPE team have arranged our awesome Years 3 to 6 Cross Country to take place on campus. The Primary Market Day is at lunchtime on Friday, 4 October (the last day of term). This first market day has 15 different stalls selling baked goodies, student-made products as well as some games. Learners are able to bring in no more than $5 to make purchases.

Looking forward, please be reminded that this term comes to a close next Friday; school finishes at the usual time. School restarts for Term 2 on Monday, 21 October. The first day of Term 2 also sees the start of Nexus Diversity Week 2019 and at the end of the week learners are encouraged to dress in a way that reflects who they are. On Monday, 28 October school is closed for Deepavali. In Primary School, we will be celebrating this wonderful Hindu, Jain and Sikh festival on Friday, 1 November. All learners are again invited to dress to impress and wear traditional Indian dress for that day. After school on the same day, the NPG will be holding a Halloween disco, so even more dressing up opportunities!

And finally, as you will have read in Judy's email, our fantastic Head of Secondary, Peter Hart and his family will be leaving us at the end of this academic year. It is with much professional and personal sadness that we will all be saying goodbye to such a wonderful family. We talk very much about the key element of the Nexus Way being relationships . On so many levels, Peter has built the fantastic Nexus school community over the past 8 years, with his wife, Lindsay leading the Bouncing Beans Playgroup. From the very youngest children in our community to the oldest and the staff and families they will be greatly missed.

Best regards,

Paul Beach, Head of Primary