At the end of every school term we celebrate the close of term with a school festival based around the seasons. The celebration of these festivals brings a sense of enrichment to school life by uniting our school community and nurturing the sense of reverence that is often lacking in our fast-paced modern lives.
- Term 1: We celebrate Autumn with an Italian Harvest Festival, a cultural celebration incorporating Italian food, games and music.
- Term 2: We celebrate Winter with a festival at dusk incorporating markets, night walks and a fire performance.
- Term 3: We celebrate Spring with the Silkwood Dreaming Festival – An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s cultural celebration with music, stories, dance and traditional games, featuring ‘Yugambeh Country’ lore.
- Term 4: We celebrate Summer and the end of the school year with a celebration of Australia’s bush culture with a Bush Dance, Aussie games, music, and market stalls.
At Silkwood we hold special age-appropriate ceremonies to honour the close of each two year teaching cycle and to welcome in the new one for the students. These ceremonies mark the change of teacher and are held at the end of the school year. Families are invited to come along and share these moments.
- Prep – The children take a magical boat journey to the new land of the primary school.
- Year 2 – The Year 2 children say goodbye to the early learning years with the magic of an Irish ceremony as they are welcomed to Year 3 by their new teacher
- Year 4 – The Year 4 children stride forward on a Viking inspired walk to meet their new Year 5 teacher as they begin the journey to finish their final years of primary school.
- Year 6 – We farewell their primary years with a journey festival moving them from the primary campus onto the High School site with the primary school students saying farewell and the High School students welcoming them to the new and next stage of their learning adventure.
- Year 12 – Graduation ceremony from Silkwood – a celebration of the Silkwood journey in its entirety and a time of closure and blessings for new beginnings.