Year 6 Celebration: Thursday 30 November, 5.00pm – 8.15pm (Barbreck)

Fast approaching is the time for us to formally farewell the Year 6 students as they prepare to move on to the next chapter of their schooling and transition to secondary school in 2018.

The Year 6 Celebration is always a very important date in the Barbreck calendar. It is one we look forward to enjoying with both the students and their parents.

From an organisational point of view, please note that the students will be inviting their parents and in the case of some, step parents as well. Siblings and other family members do not attend this particular function.

Families are asked to note that the commencement time of the evening is 5.00pm sharp.

Proceedings commence at 5.00pm with refreshments and finger food served for adults and the students enjoying a celebratory meal with their peers.

Students remain at school to finalise preparations from 3.30pm and must wear summer unifrom for the evening. They may bring a clean uniform to wear for the evening if they wish.

More details to come as we proceed towards the date.

Student voices can influence

As our Year 6 students prepare for their next chapter of schooling, they leave with us some powerful information and advice for our younger students about the safe use of technology.

The advice demonstrates that young people are indeed both competent and capable. They must be encouraged at all times to demonstrate these characteristics.

Parents are warmly encouraged to discuss the student advice below with your daughter(s).

Year 6 lead in style!
  • Make sure that you would be happy for anyone to see, hear or talk about your messages that you are about to send before you send them.
  • Before posting anything on social media, whether it be a photo or simply a text message, think in your head whether you would be happy for it to be published in a newspaper. If not? Do not post it.
  • When sending a message, always read it over to yourself before sending it. Other people might read it differently and be offended.
  • It is not a competition to get ‘likes’ and ‘hearts’. The Apps are for fun and not to cause trouble.
  • Put your account on the private setting. Strangers are not your friends.
  • Keep your password secret. However, your mum and dad should know it. They will help you to stay safe online.
  • Only put things on social media that you would be happy for your parents or grandparents to see.
  • Never post photos which have people or yourself in School uniform or where the location or address is obvious.
  • Parents should know what you are signed up for.
Mrs Alana Moor, Head of ELC and Barbreck
Como House 2017

On Friday 8 September, Year 1 students, together with some Year 2 students went on an excursion to Como House to explore family life in the past. Dressed in olden day clothing, the students experienced memorable activities of what it would have been like to have lived in this beautiful mansion, so many years ago. The activities ranged from a tour of the mansion, olden day games, servants’ jobs and a walk around the gardens whilst finding clues to solve the mystery of ‘Who broke Laura’s doll?’

On Friday, we went to Como House. When I woke up, I was extremely excited!  I was particularly excited because my mum was coming on the excursion to Como House. We went on a mystery trail where we had to find out who broke Laura’s porcelain doll. Anne accidently broke the doll.

We also went on a tour of the house and got to see where the children’s bedrooms were. In the olden days, people did their business in a large pot called a chamber pot. After lunch, we did servants’ jobs. We had to memorise different bells and also pretended to be butlers as we carried pretend wine glasses. We played fun olden day games and I got to skip with a big, long skipping rope with my mum. I had a great time at Como House and I want to go again!

Annika Gill (Year 1)

On Friday, I went to Como House. At Como House, we solved a mystery of who broke Laura’s doll. In the garden, we found lots of clues. It was a bit tricky, but we solved the mystery. After that, we went into the house. We saw lots of weird things in the rooms. I even saw a scary looking doll on one of the girl’s bed. Then it was lunch time. Next, I played on the grass. I spun a lot until I fell on the ground.

We also played some olden day games. I liked ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ the best. Then I played ‘Drop the Hanky’ with my friends. That was fun too! Next, I did some washing. We had to carry something heavy called the agitator and washed the clothes. After that, I had to carry trays of water around the cone outside. I spilt a little bit because the wind blew the cups.

I loved Como House very much!

Genevieve Le (Year 1)

On Friday, we went to Como House for an excursion. We learned about the olden days. We got to dress up as olden day people, take a tour of Como House and also did a mystery tour to find out who broke the doll. We got to learn about servants’ jobs and had to learn four different bell sounds. We learnt that kids and grown-ups had to use chamber pots. The youngest maid was the scullery maid. She had to clean the chamber pots. In the night, if the children had nightmares, the nanny had to go and attend. When the ladies walked up the stairs they had to hold their dress. We got to learn about olden day games like skipping and croquet. We learnt that kids could only go into the lounge room if their mum invited them. They would only be able to sit on the chairs and had to be silent, so they could learn how would act when they were older. In the olden days they did not have any electricity so they had lots of fire places. The servants would not have a fire place in their bedrooms and their rooms were not very good at all. I would not like to be treated like that!

Berry Roberts (Year 1)
 Building Her Future

In this week’s Barbreck Assembly the Building Her Future Lego building competition was launched.

We are looking forward to seeing what parts of the new Junior School Building are inspiring the girls Lego building.

Designs are to be at School on Friday 10 November for judging.


Mrs Alana Moor, Head of ELC and Barbreck