Thursday Notice 9 April 2020

What's happening during Term 1:

10 Friday: GOOD FRIDAY
25 Saturday: ANZAC DAY

27 Monday: Staff only at school POTENTIALLY ONLINE
28 Tuesday: Start Term 2 K-6 POTENTIALLY ONLINE
28 Tuesday: Start Swimming P-6 POTENTIALLY POSTPONED
ClicK HERE for some online STEM activites


Enjoy the next couple of weeks. Let's all down tools and take time to 'smell the roses.'

From Julie

Committee met via Zoom on Wednesday evening and everyone was invited. Thank you to all 31 who contributed and especially to Michelle who managed to chair us into coherent and cohesive decision making. It is a privilege to be part of such a caring, cooperative, respectful and generous school community. Please ensure you read the email I have sent out earlier today about Committee decisions regarding ways we can support our school community to stay together through these tough times.

I’d like to say a special thanks to Mary who is finishing up this week. Mary has been working with us in the 1/2 Middlies and helping out in Kinder too over the last term. We appreciate her gentle and kind contribution to our school.  Steph also finishes up this week as she is expecting her new baby next term. We wish her and her family all the best on this new adventure in these interesting times.

I continue to hear wonderful reports about students learning at home and grateful parents sharing their appreciation of our wonderful staff. I have also heard of some of the emerging challenges particularly in relation to adjustments to working from home AND supporting your own children in their learning too all at the same time. Please remember to be kind to yourselves and I encourage families to just do what you can when you can while still making time for simple things in life with plenty of exercise and relaxation together as a family.

There are a lot of resources becoming available to help support families while they grapple with this shut-down at home. Please see the information below for the  Government funded parenting website,, which has just launched a number of new evidence-based resources for families with information on COVID-19.

These resources include articles on:
  • Coronavirus and children in Australia – includes information about the virus, prevention and treatment, and how to talk to children about COVID-19
  • Tips for families managing self-isolation and social distancing: information on routines, keeping children active, healthy eating and sleep, ideas for entertaining children, healthy screen time, mental health and more
  • Coronavirus/physical distancing and family wellbeing: information on looking after family wellbeing by making the most of family time, using routines, staying connected and managing conflict
  • Talking with children about physical distancing and self-isolation - how to talk to children in age-appropriate ways
  • Talking with teenagers about physical distancing and self-isolation – information on how to talk to teens about how they are feeling, including teens with disability, chronic health conditions or additional needs
  • Coronavirus and pregnancy.
The articles can be found in one place by clicking HERE
Please take care over the holiday period. It will likely require all your available creativity and is sure to be a holiday like no other.

Photo above:
Micro Schooling


Owen: for supporting us to take up the challenge of online teaching and a huge GOLDEN WAVE to the school community for their resilience in embracing such big changes in their lives.

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The Biggies were set a task to design, create, test, evaluate and market a solar cooker to complete their Physical Science unit for term 1. All the students rose to the challenge and are in the process of testing their designs. Cameron and Luka compared a solar oven design with a parabolic design and broke their thermometer! Very top photo shows them with their parabolic solar cooker.

More Rose, Bud, Thorn from the Middlies 1/2...


Rose: I like being with Archie and Pepper; they are my pets.
Bud: To learn more about the letter "S" and the letter "C" because I get them mixed up when I write.
Thorn: I miss PE with Owen.
Sarah (Lizzie & Lachlan's mum):

Rose: is that I am enjoying engaging in Lizzie and Lachie's learning and play without the usual interruptions and demands of our prior busy days.
Bud: watching Lizzie and Lachie achieve new things through persistence and commitment. They can both now do headstands in the living room (this is after many moments of frustration!). 
Thorn: Thinking of the many people in our community who are struggling with the health and socioeconomic impacts associated with COVID 19. Feeling mildly helpless due to the inability to physically/ practically assist those who are facing the greatest challenges at this time.

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Rose: Although the workload has changed significantly, there is extra time to be around my family. Now that we don't have to be bustling between school, work and childcare we are cooking, gardening and playing together and this is a time in our lives that we'll never forget.
Bud: My veggie garden has never looked so tidy, by the end of this isolation, I hope that there won't be a weed in sight!
Thorn: I'm missing seeing the children from the Middlies 1/2 and being around the people I work with.

Biggies online end of term fun
Celebrity Heads

Rory playing
Celebrity Heads
online with the Biggies


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