Friday Notice 26 June 2020

What's happening during Term 2:


3 Friday: Last day term 2
20 Monday: Staff only at school
21 Tuesday: First Day Term 3 (Kinder - 6)
22 Wednesday: Committee Meeting @ 7pm
27 Monday: First Day Term 3 Pre-Kinder

From Julie

The new play equipment has posed a few interesting challenges after the rain in this last week. Interesting in that it raises all sorts of questions about managing risk and how to help children learn to best manage their own risk taking. We have had a few children ‘stuck’ in various places, thinking they were unable to get down. None of them have needed rescuing as such but several have needed someone there to help them work out how to get down safely.  Certainly the younger children have surprised me with just how much of the equipment they can access. Children do need to explore to figure out how far they can go and sometimes they can only do this by carefully pushing themselves to see what is out there – but then the big question: ‘How to get back!’ I have been impressed with children as they have worked with staff to make their way to safety. By adopting our risk management approach and teaching our students how to manage their own risk taking we are setting them up as well as possible for their life both now and into the future, especially through the adolescent years where risk taking can be so problematic.

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Just a reminder that Hannah and Isabelle are looking for volunteers to move some sand and gravel and to paint parts of the Green Cottage in a partial working bee sometime soon. Please contact them to let them know of your availability so they can work out a suitable date for all involved. Our sand-pit is very low on sand and the back ‘patio’ of the Littlies classroom is desperately in need of gravel so they can get out there and make use of this space.  Please see the separate email from Hannah forwarded by Annette to all parents for details of what is required. Doing this will be credit toward the next Working Bee.

Words from Kate

Seesaw and Zoom showed me that ...

...sometimes online learning enabled me to give more individual attention to each student. I loved being able to hear one student at a time speaking some French (there are some really great accents), reading me an original poem or answering a question. I loved being able to reply to each offering in writing and in a recording of my heartfelt and immediate reaction to their words. I have been trying to continue that sort of feedback since we resumed; it’s tough.

...sometimes you need to stay really quiet, because someone else is having their turn and if you make any noise, the microphone will pick it up and interrupt. Yes, it is possible to mute, but then you feel a bit out of the conversation.  In group discussions in the classroom, the same listening techniques and full concentration are always valuable.

...because they were comfortable and secure in their own homes, some students showed more confidence in speaking French, presenting their poems or sharing thoughts. I felt close even though we were online.

There were good points about being at home. I wrote a lot more poems, did heaps of sewing and mending, read some fantastic books and went for lovely walks and bike rides. However, I was very glad to be back amongst the spontaneity and immediacy of the classroom, and yes, even glad of the noise.

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Before we closed the school campus, each grade 3-6 student addressed an envelope to me.  Many of them wrote to me, some tucked the envelope into their folder and may still use it. Some wrote many times and I really enjoyed reading about what they were doing and thinking and the progress they made through the weeks. I have replied to each letter in kind. 

There is still a place for snail mail: for handwritten news and ideas to be shared, for words to be carefully chosen and treasured and for the joy of finding a letter in your letter box. Thank you especially to Henry and Gabi, Cameron, Luka and Andrea, Miro, Georgia, Remi, Willow and Elsie, for your comments and drawings and surprises.



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