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Mitcham Campus is Back for Term 3


30 July 2021

Mitcham Campus is Back for Term 3

Mitcham Campus is Back for Term 3

After a false start in week 1, we were excited to welcome everyone back to Term 3 on Wednesday.

We are very grateful for the way families have supported our return to school by dropping at the gate wherever possible and ensuring masks and QR code usage in those instances where it has been necessary to enter the grounds. 

A huge thank you to the Junior School community for the way everyone quickly adapted to online learning last week. It was through generosity, patience and understanding that the children were supported to engage with school in a virtual capacity. Thank you for your positive words around your experiences, we appreciate the challenges faced by families (of both students and staff) during this period. We have been amazed by the capacity of our new Preps who have still had more days of online learning than face-to-face school!

Approximately 20 children attended Scotch, onsite, each day throughout the lock down as we accommodated families of essential workers. The cross-aged play was heart-warming to see, and we noted that ‘stilts’ became very popular with our youngest children, as they strived to achieve the heights of their new older buddies. I hope you have had the opportunity to view Scotch’s recent Facebook post, highlighting a video compiled by Senior students Isabel Janzen and Toby Cawson, expressing gratitude to the frontline workers and team who have guided us through the past fortnight. 

There has been a quick readjustment to face-to-face learning, supported by reduced extracurricular activities, which has allowed everyone to somewhat ease back into routine. 

Whilst some restrictions remain, we are anticipating that outdoor sports training on Wednesday and Friday next week will resume for our Prep to Year 5s. This will be confirmed early next week. 

Whilst technically school sport training was allowed to resume this week, our Junior School coaches work across multiple clubs and sites and this was the reason we cancelled training. 

We look forward to further lifting of restrictions so that we can enjoy a full program of school events, celebrate with families on site and embrace the P&F activities that make our Scotch Community such a vibrant and engaged community. I will keep families updated with changes to event dates and accommodations as they are confirmed.


Looking to the Skies

Over the holidays we received 81Junior School entries for the South Australian name a satellite competition. The design and manufacture of Australia’s first state satellite (SASAT1) is exciting progress for our state. It will be launched to low Earth orbit in 2022 and the data collected by the Space Services Mission will help everyday South Australians, like our farmers who will be able to monitor water levels to more accurately predict future crop yields, and emergency services personnel who will have greater oversight to monitor, manage and even mitigate emergences like bushfires. 

Students were encouraged to consider names that reflect South Australia’s heritage and rich cultural and linguistic diversity, along with a 200-word summary explaining their selection. Thank you to Lucy Dabrowski, David Pace, Paul Traino and Anne Fromholtz for helping with the competition. 

Congratulations to Connor Wallace for the selection of his entry of ‘Pleiades’ to be put forward as our Scotch nomination. 

Pleiades: South Australia’s first satellite will be launched from the Southern Launch Orbital Rocket Launch Complex which is situated at the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula, SA. The Barngarla people are traditional custodians of much of the Eyre Peninsula. One of the Barngarla people’s most significant mythological stories is The Moon and Seven Sisters (the Pleiades star constellation). The Star Dreaming story of the Seven Sisters is one of the most widely distributed ancient stories amongst Aboriginal Australia. The songline for this story covers more than half the width of the continent. The songline travels through many different language groups and different sections of the narrative are recognised in different parts of the country. 

The story relates to the journey of the seven sisters that make up the star cluster Pleiades, in the constellation Taurus. Mythological stories of the Pleiades also cross many other cultures outside Australia – the story also appears in ancient Greek mythology. In Aboriginal Australia the stories associated with the stars and night skies carry meanings which probe deep into the law, culture and social structures of the people. 

It would be right to recognise our country’s oldest astronomers in this way. 

The overall South Australian winning name will be announced at the 12th Australian Space Forum on 15 September 2021 – and we wait with bated breath!


Online eSafety Commissioner Webinar for Families 

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is running a webinar to to help parents and carers to understand online sexual harassment and image-based abuse (defined as the non-consensual sharing of intimate images). Designed for parents and carers of young people aged 13-18, it will cover the difference between online sexual harassment and image-based abuse, how to make a report to social media companies and the police, and where to get support. The webinar will run several times between 28 July - 9 September. Register online.