A Window with a View
In Week 2 we welcomed students and teachers from our sister school, Hangzhou 3rd District Primary School in China. What an exhilarating experience it was for all. From the moment that the visitors walked up the path and across the lawn they commented, ‘this school is a park’. Throughout their stay they were mesmerised by the sound of the cockatoos, the blue of the sky, the quality of air, the fact that classes could be run while sitting on the floor, and that they didn’t need to evacuate when they saw smoke from the fire pit on bush day, or the student run b-b-q lunch. We are now looking forward to our students visiting their school sometime in the future, as the students really enjoyed the friendship and cultural exchanges.
Our next visitors will arrive from our Japanese sister school on Thursday 10th August and visit our high school. They will be here until our Open Day/Fair on Saturday 12th August.
Saying farewell is never easy and it is with the deepest gratitude that we will be saying farewell to Kirsty and Joachim at the end of this term. We will miss them dearly. They have both chosen to move on to a new phase in their lives. We are grateful for the skills, compassion, guidance and love that they have both brought to our community, for 10 years in Kirsty’s case, and 27 years in Joachim’s. Kirsty will be setting up in private practice, so no doubt we will still be calling on her expertise as needed. Joachim has many strings to his bow, and for now, he is taking time to re-evaluate. We will celebrate their contributions as we say farewell at the end of term.
As the momentum builds towards our Open Day and Fair we hope that you have had a chance to connect with your year group’s parent coordinator. If you have not received an email with their contact details, please call the office for guidance. We believe that many fine donations have been received by local businesses and families for the chocolate wheel raffles, and that the weather should be welcoming!
This coming week Sarah Keenahan, of Year 11, will be flying to Canada to participate in the World Dwarf Games. Sarah will represent Australia in both soccer and swimming events. To get to this level is an extraordinary achievement and Sarah is juggling these sporting commitments alongside her first cycle of Pathways HSC, fitting the games between assessment tasks and trial examinations. It is not for the feint hearted, but then, Sarah has never shied away from a challenge. She is eternally optimistic and determined. The games are being streamed live from Canada. From all of us at Korowal, we send our love and wish you the very best Sarah. We will be watching.
Also, this week there will be several events happening in primary, with the 100 Days of school celebration in Years 1 and 2, Basketball Gala Day for Years 3-6, and an excursion to the Gully for Years 3 and 4.
Finally, we extend our thanks to the primary teachers who facilitated such a wonderful bush day on Friday, and to the parents who participated. We especially thank our students for their hospitality and inclusion of their visitors from China. Their engagement with the environment was magical. Year 6 are also to be congratulated on their food preparation and b-b-q skills.
We are fortunate to have received donations of saplings for Tree Day from the Blue Mountains City Council, so many new trees have been planted by the children.
Wishing all a pleasant week,