This week I received an information package from Hale School about their 2014 Philosothon. This is an annual event held at Hale School for secondary students who are interested in, or study, philosophy. John XXlll College has participated for the last six years and will send a team of Magis students again this year. Information about the evening can be found at:

This week I met with Ms den Haan to explore how we might further develop the Year 11 Magis Reading Group. We are hoping to extend this opportunity to other Year 11 students and to bring in specialists to help develop their interest in literature. Work is also underway planning the gifted Year 11 program running at the end of the year after Year 11 examinations. This will be a two day studio workshop exploring Greek theatre, mime and puppetry.

I have also started planning the Year 8 Magis program for the end of the year. This is an annual two day event for gifted students in Year 8. We will work with gifted students from Newman College to explore abstract ideas in relation to astronomy and critical thinking.


A brilliant display of primary creativity ushered in Book Week. Students from Pre Primary to Year 6 built Lego displays to pay homage to a favourite book. Ms de Pinto struggled with the difficult task to find winners in each year group as all the entries were fantastic. The students' faces in this photograph say it all.

Isabella Pietrzak, Noah Dale, Sophie Arundell and Charlie Laver lose themselves in the imaginative world of Lego

The Library hummed with activities at lunch time every day. Miss Woods set up a green screen and students waited patiently for her to capture them in a favourite scene.

Year 3 student Emmeline Bosnich

On Wednesday, as part of our celebration of Children's Book Week, we hosted a new musical exploring how, in an ever changing world, books remain a consistent way to connect with others. The musical celebrated the fact that a good story is timeless. With engaging songs, audience participation and exciting narrative, WORLDS APART delivered a memorable theatrical experience for our primary students and teachers. On Thursday the Library hosted a Staff Morning Tea and many people took the opportunity to browse and borrow. Week 5 has been busy and exciting for all of us.