A Message from the Head of Campus

Dear Parents,

Last week Minimbah hosted the first of three presentations for our community in launching the School’s Strategic Direction 2022 to 2030: ‘Learning to Thrive’. It was wonderful to welcome parents and friends to the evening and share the mission, values and strategic direction of the School as we look forward to supporting our community to thrive in the years ahead.

"Our mission as a school is the purposeful development of creative, compassionate, skillful, and resilient young people who can thrive in an ever-changing world. We educate students’ minds, hearts, and hands. We nurture the learning of young people who can apply their knowledge to solve real-world challenges and make a difference in the lives of others."

As we are currently immersed in our whole school production, I have been reflecting on our mission and values and have been proud to see them represented through the experience of bringing The Little Mermaid to life. Our students have been given the opportunity to solve problems, to collaborate with one another, and with staff in the creative development of the show. Costumes have been designed and made, scenery and props created, and a Director’s vision has become reality with the support of student commitment and enthusiasm. The nurturing encouragement of our Year 6 students has been exceptional as they have supported younger students to bring ensemble scenes together. Working with mind, heart, and hand has been paramount for all students as the production emerges, from its parts into a whole.

We are very much looking forward to presenting The Little Mermaid to audiences next week. This week we brought together the Year 6 cast for the first time with each class, and we worked on the whole school medley items. It was very exciting too, for the children to try their costumes on for the first time. If you haven’t secured tickets, please do so via the link here.

Rehearsals this coming week

We have a very full schedule next week with final rehearsals before our three performances. All students from Foundation to Year 6 will travel across to the Senior Campus on Monday and Tuesday for technical and dress rehearsals, and on Wednesday for the Matinee performance.

Please note, the canteen will not be open on Tuesday or Wednesday as we will not be on site for lunch (the canteen does not operate on Mondays). Please send along a packed morning tea, lunch, and drink bottle.

Make-up and Hair Requirements

Every student is going to wear make-up so that their facial features stand out under the theatre lights. Students should come to the theatre with their make-up on, but should bring their make-up kits with them every day next week.

Each student must have their own personal make-up kit (use a named make-up purse or strong zip-lock bag) which contains the following items:

  • Foundation – a couple of shades darker than their natural skin tone
  • Sponge to apply foundation
  • Black eyeliner pencil
  • Black mascara
  • Red lipstick
  • A packet of travel tissues
  • Make-up remover wipes (you cannot have too many!)

Any additional make-up items will be provided by the School. Please reach out if you need any help or advice organising make-up supplies.

Hairstyles should be as follows:

Long hair should be tied back in a low ponytail with a thin band that matches the natural hair colour. Use hair products to make sure hair is tidy and off the face.

Short hair should be gelled and/or sprayed so that it stays off the face.

It is a good idea to include hair products and a hairbrush or comb with the make-up kit.

Arrangements for the evening performances – timing and locations for drop off and pick up:

Year 6 students should arrive at 5.00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. They should be dropped off at the Green Room which is located next to the Senior Campus Hall.

Foundation to Year 5 students should arrive no later than 6.00pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Class teachers will check students into each room on arrival.

  • F -2 students should be dropped off in the Drama Studio in The Jago Centre
  • Year 3 and 4 students should be dropped off in J2
  • Year 5 students should be dropped off in J4.

J2 and J4 are rooms inside The Jago Centre (please refer to floorplan below for locations).

  • The collection of students following each performance will be from the same locations. Class teachers will check students out on collection.

Father’s Day Breakfast

We also look forward to welcoming family and friends to the PFG Father’s Day Breakfast on Wednesday morning from 7.30am – 9.00am. There will be fresh barista coffee and a delicious egg and bacon roll to kick-start your day.

So we can accurately cater, please let us know you are coming via the link here.

Grandparents' Day

Our annual Grandparents Day is scheduled for Tuesday 13 September from 9.30 am to midday. We will welcome grandparents and special friends to our classrooms for activities with the children followed by a special concert and delicious high tea in our grand marquee on the oval.

RSVPs are essential. Please book in now via the link here.

Learning By Doing

I recently had the privilege of spending a couple of nights away on Study Tour with our Year 5 students at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. The students were transported back to the 1800s to experience school life on the goldfields. This immersive study tour provided the children with a real-world experience of living history. Decked out in period costumes, the children practiced their best copperplate handwriting using nib and ink, recited standard behaviour and values maxim,s and ensured Ma’am and Sir were well pleased with their efforts!

Year 3 and 4 Camp

I wish our Year 3 and 4 all the best as they head off to camp in the final week of term. They too will be immersed in learning by doing: helping, collaborating, supporting, being challenged, and having a lot of fun in their first primary school camp. Great times ahead!

Term’s Notice

Just a reminder that as per the School Terms of Business, any withdrawals from the School must be confirmed with a term’s notice. School fees will be charged in lieu of notice.

I look forward to welcoming you all to the events coming up over the coming weeks,

Kind regards,

Head of Campus