Category: Junior School

It’s NAIDOC Week, an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to celebrate Indigenous achievement, history and rich culture. This morning, a welcome to country and flag raising and smoking ceremony was held under the Oak. With social distancing in place, we streamed it to each of the Secondary School tutor classes and the video is […]

Peter Harvie (OB 1957) These are strange times, in uncharted seas. Yet opportunities exist and sometimes are magnified in challenging social and economic environments. These times will pass but you should not wait until easier times to put your personal targets (and often dreams) into practice. Above all, look after your families, your friends and […]

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How can a man live in a nation whose justice system is deeply rooted in oppression? In the face of severe injustice, what use does hope actually have? In the wake of the murder of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter Protests such questions are yet again being brought up. They are not new. […]

Yarra River Main Trail / Mullum Mullum Creek Trail  Donvale to Templestowe The area where the creek meets the river has many trails to explore and a variety of landscapes that attract all types of native wildlife. Choose to venture along the Yarra or head back up the Mullum Mullum Creek all the way to […]

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The Outdoor Education team was overjoyed with the wonderful turnout from our families, with over 90% of boys and their dads or special friends from each year level attending and sharing the night with their peers. In line with our holistic and three cornered approach to raising successful young men, these evenings were a chance […]

During this particular period, the RE topics have focused on themes deemed relevant and uplifting during these often challenging, unpredictable and uncertain times. During Week 1 we considered the value of friendship, forgiveness and kindness through a lovely story called Once there was a Boy which tells a tale of a solitary boy, who through a […]

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For a lovely break in the day, a number of Junior School boys have performed for their parents and friends in a virtual lunch time mini-concert. Well done Kenneth, Lachlan, Harryson, Henry, Ethan, Sam, Evan, Eddie, Hugo, Thomas and Zac. As Deputy Headmaster and Head of Junior School Peter Tellefson said in his closing, music […]

Junior School boys wished a warm and heartfelt final farewell, albeit from a distance, to our much-loved crossing guard, Patrick Bourke earlier this week. Patrick has been a regular in the school community for the past seven years and he brightened the days of boys, parents and staff as he ensured our safety while crossing […]

Hooked on Books

August 5th, 2020 by Michele Fisher

Year 3 Burke students are getting hooked on books through their Book Club groups. Book Club is a fun and engaging activity during Distance Learning 3.0. It allows the boys to have discussions with group members about their text while developing their skills of reading aloud, finding the main idea, recalling facts and details and […]

Although a very different experience on a screen, Marc spoke about his drawings and ways to communicate ideas. He emphasised the importance of reading and drawing to exercise our imagination. Over the 90 minute session, Marc spoke about his childhood, showed his illustrations, completed a dragon sketch (for the School to keep!) and guided the […]