Year Seven Transition

This Semester we increase our efforts to prepare our students for Year Seven through a number of initiatives.

Starting this week key teachers of Year Seven will visit Year Six during assembly and introduce their subject areas. Today Mr Carl Altschul spoke to the students about Innovating with Technology and Design Technology. Next Monday Ms Sarah Trotter will speak about History.

Last Friday the Languages Department introduced students to the Year Seven Language options and sent home selection notes. We ask that notes are returned to school by Friday 25th August.

A Year Six into Seven Transition Day is planned for Term Four as an opportunity to explore the senior campus and meet teachers of Year Seven. All students will be asked to complete a Buddy Form to guide us in pairing existing students with new students. This process is an important part of assisting students adjust to potentially new friendship circles that arise in Year Seven.

We have added a section to the Year Six website that outlines our plans for preparing students for Year Seven and will add a section to the FAQ page to address questions relating to any aspect of Senior School. If you have a question please email this to any of the Year Six teachers.


Transit of Venus

On Wednesday Year Six enjoyed the opportunity to observe the Transit of Venus. In addition to the excitement of braving the elements and staring at a cloudy sky collectively wishing the clouds away, we were excited at being part of a great scientific tradition. Although we may not have had the blue skies that Captain Cook enjoyed for his 1769 viewing we did enjoy a better viewing experience than the French Astronomer Guillaume Le Gentil who after missing the Transit twice returned home to discover his world had abandoned him.

A small group of students did the school proud by being available for the media early on Wednesday morning. Resplendent in full uniform on a sports day, they spoke well and showed their enthusiasm for the sciences. Well done to all.

The next big Science event is Science week. Be assured we will make this a special time for all our budding scientists.

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Congratulations to our Da Vinci Team


The Transit of Venus

What: The ‘Transit of Venus’ is when the black disc of Venus will pass directly in front of the Sun – this will not happen again until 2117!

When: Wednesday 6th June

Where: Prep School Rooftop – The Science Department have been busily preparing for the big day by making solar filters for their 8” telescopes to allow safe close up viewing, and they have purchased sets of eclipse glasses for general viewing.

Who: All Junior School classes (led by Jonathan Gray & Science Department). They would love the Junior School students to be able to witness the wonder of the clockwork universe.

Timetable Overview: Teachers to accompany classes. You will note that two groups (6M & 6B) have to encroach into lunch time so cover will be arranged for those teachers if required.

Preparation: Mr Gray, Assistant Coordinator of Science, will come and talk about this on Friday 25th May.

Learn more: - Transit of Venus


Westpac Art Prize Excursion - Thursday 24th May

On short notice an opportunity for Year Six to visit the Redlands Westpac Art Prize has presented itself. This will allow students to see these outstanding artworks and to meet with one of the artists, Paul Ryan who will talk about his life as an artist. Dublin born artist Paul Ryan is extremely influenced by nature, particularly the Irish landscape which features extensively in his paintings. Observing it from different perspectives his work reflects the ever-changing mood, light and colour of a familiar place.

Redlands presents the Prize in conjunction with the National Art School.  The NAS has been at the centre of Sydney's art scene for almost a century, and has nurtured the talents of generations of artists, who have studied and worked in studios within the walls of the old Darlinghurst Gaol. The NAS Gallery encourages appreciation and critical perspectives of art and its role in society through direct engagement with artists and original works of art. The Gallery provides a context for the understanding and interpretation of historical and contemporary practice for the enjoyment of the public and the NAS communities of students, staff and alumni.

With its location in the centre of Sydney's art world and its exceptional gallery facilities we will be raising the profile of the Redlands Westpac Art Prize to another level and we believe that the unique synergies that exist between the NAS and Redlands will benefit our students and the wider community for some time to come.

Unfortunately this excursion will clash with the Choir Eisteddfod. This cannot be avoided and students involved in Choir will not be able to attend the Art Excursion.

We will depart at 11:00 am and return to school by 1:00 pm.

Permission notes were sent home today and we ask that these are returned ASAP and certainly by Thursday.