The smell of spring is in the air. Swedish tulips are in bloom, with squirrels and birds beginning to make their way back to our school grounds. When I see such life returning, I am reminded of the Disney film, The Sword in the Stone, where Merlin the Magician gives social, educational and magical lessons to a young boy referred to as Wart, who eventually pulls a magical sword from a stone and anvil to be hailed as King Arthur. The scene from the film that I am referring to is the one where Merlin turns Wart and himself into squirrels to learn about gravity. Wart is almost eaten by a wolf, but is saved by a female squirrel, who falls in love with him. The additional lesson learnt, is that well love is perhaps the greatest force on earth. With squirrels, spring and the theme of love in the air, it seemed almost natural that our junior school hosted its very first Valentines Day Dance on February 17th. Valentines Day is a day to celebrate your appreciation of another. Thank you to our class 4B parents for putting on such a lovely event for our Grade 4 and 5 students. Both staff and students enjoyed themselves immensely. With so much enthusiasm, energy, and fantastic dance moves, it was very difficult to select our Dancing King (Pauria, 4A) and Queen (Amber, 5A).
With March 17th fast approaching, it was time for another celebration, Saint Patrick's Day, a cultural and religious holiday commemorating the patron saint of Ireland. This day is one of the most celebrated festivals throughout the world, perhaps due to the large number of Irish people that have emigrated from Ireland. Our Irish teacher, Ms Herbert promoted our school to "Go Green" for Saint Patrick's Day, which we celebrated on Friday March 16th. During the week, all students were able to learn about the history of the festival and had the opportunity to experience Irish dancing in our ball hall, led by Ms Herbert. It was wonderful to see our school decorated in shamrocks, green, white and orange.
Though spring is in the air, before we could officially say goodbye to winter, we had to hold our first winter Sports Day (March 22nd). Although we were uncertain whether we should take on such an undertaking in our first year, this was a great day where the whole school, middle and junior students, could mix with each other in their chosen activities. Students were all smiles from their activities ranging from skiing, hiking, basketball, soccer, belly dancing, salsa dancing to bike riding. Thank you Ms Kipfer for initiating this event and for all staff and parents assisting in the range of activities. This day was a well-deserved break for our students who have been working so hard during this school term.
We have really seen the progress in our students' educational and social development this term and we are proud of each of their achievements thus far. A great example of this was on our last day of term where Ms Udekwu, our HOY for Grade 8 and 9 students, had a true Hollywood themed end-of-term assembly. With musical scores being performed by our students from films such as Twilight, the students were able to finally see each Year 8 classes Teenage Soap Opera episode that they had been working on in English. I was taken aback by the increased confidence and advancement in each of our students' development in the English language. Well done to all and to Ms Petzall for challenging our students. Golden Easter Rabbit Oscars were awarded to Osman, Chino and Lillian for their outstanding performances. We have stars in the making, so stay tuned.