It has been a surreal feeling around the school this week. There has been lots to work through and we seem to be busier with 97 % of the students absent. There is no doubt it has been up there in terms of challenging times in my career as Principal and the uncertainty will continue into the next few months.
The staff have enthusiastically embraced the new teaching learning world and we believe we are well placed for the start of next term. This will evolve as new information comes to light. We are committed to ensuring we maintain contact with students and parents, whilst balancing the delivery of the alternative learning program from school.
Do you remember the opening of The Brady Bunch? I must admit I feel like Mr Brady with the amount of WebEx and Zoom meetings I have participated in and then I get home, and someone wants to sign me up for a House Party. I’ve never been more connected with people with so few answers.
I have attached a very corny and cringe worthy video for the students as we will never lose sight of what we are here for. As challenges and questions arise, we will work through them with the school community collectively.
“Tales from The Trenches” will continue (thanks Tracey and Shoni) and our Year 6 Leaders will be involved in continuing to lead our students remotely. I will also continue to update you on my culinary journey (the key to a good chilli is cacao)!
At this stage next term student learning and supervision will be supported by school staff for students whose families are essential workers, where at home care arrangements are not possible. We will provide any updates on this in the next newsletter.
Right now, it’s time to holiday, spend time with the family over Easter and eat far too much chocolate.
On behalf of the staff stay safe, healthy and connected and we will send out an update in the last week of the holiday.
TALES FROM THE TRENCHES
So home-schooling for us is very hit and miss. We’re getting better at it but frankly the only way was up (last week was not good). Crunch and sip took on a new meaning – chips and wine every day for me. I think there’ll be a new appreciation for teachers when this is all over!
Our “routine” is to go onto the chrome book every morning, hit imaths, kitehawk etc then do some reading and writing. The best part of our routine is the daily hammock read, then we stay outside for a while i.e. in the garden or the pool followed by a daily movie. Doing music lessons via zoom and they’re going really well. And we’re playing lots and lots of Cluedo.
Our first week was terrible. To give our first day example, we’ve been collecting nat geo rocks from the newsagent, so I thought Harry could just pick a favourite rock and write about it (descriptive and persuasive writing). Half an hour later he asks me what polymorphous means, I tell him to look it up (he has all the information in front of him). Then another half hour goes by and he says he’s done. Great I’ve got housework done and he’s done – win win, this home-schooling’s easy! No, he’s done with this “project” and hasn’t written a word.
I tell Jamie about how our day’s gone, so then at dinner he starts telling us both about what polymorphous means (I think my husband forgot my profession). I started my crunch and sip routine that night – that was day 1 and I’m still eating chips and drinking wine every day.
Last week Year 5 and 6 students learned about the bold and colourful works of contemporary pop artist Dean Russo. We created our own Dean Russo inspired tigers using soft pastels blending neighbouring colours on the colour wheel to create some beautiful results.
Mara Pizzino – Art Specialist
Little Athletics – Inglewood Club
Kieran C won Champion Boy and Young Athlete of the Year in the Under 9’s boys’ category.
This is quite an accomplishment given he fractured his ankle last season and did not qualify, great resilience shown Kieran – well done!
From the P&C
The P&C would like to send a massive thank you to all teachers and other staff for their continuous hard work and dedication to looking after our children. We wish you all a happy, safe and healthy Easter and hope that you get to enjoy the break. You certainly deserve it!