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A weekly message from Korowal's Principal, Barb Fitzgerald.

A Window With a View

Week 9, Term 3, 2020

      

Bush School 

Friday was a beautiful day for being outdoors. Primary students spent the whole day attending ‘Bush School’. A variety of activities had been organised, including bushwalking, seed planting, weeding, playing with collage creations, weaving vines and flowers into armguards and crowns, collective chalk drawings of rainbow serpents, plants, beetles, mandalas. They talked with their classmates of how and when they have ever been awestruck by nature. The children were observably immersed in wonder, very chatty, and developing new skills throughout the day. 

From Talulah: ‘ This Bush School felt different to usual, with COVID safety keeping us in our class groups and with our class teacher for the day. Activities needed to be cleaned down or single-use. It felt a little quieter and slower, with a focus on the smaller details of our environment. The skies were grey, with occasional light rain which didn't bother the children.
These changes brought new experiences. Teachers commented throughout the day on how much they enjoyed experiencing the activities with their class group, and the children connected further through their shared outdoor learning. Watermelon slices, prepared and served by Trish, provided a vibrant pop of colour and taste to the day. 
Bush School always inspires, engages, surprises and exhausts us. We are so fortunate to be able to learn and grow in Korowal's beautiful gardens and bush, which will always be traditional Durag and Gundungara land- thanks, respect ’. 

As one Year 4 student commented at the end of Friday, ‘There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like!’

Graduations and marking the end of school days

In Week 9 we celebrated our senior students’ completion of their Trial Exams. Year 12 are now one step closer to completing the HSC. With these behind them, they were ready to engage in conversation around what they would like to have as an interim farewell. They have opted for a series of activities with the staff and Year 11, or their final day next Friday. 

Friday 25th September is their last day of school. In their honour, Louise will treat us to a slideshow. As their Year Coordinator for four years, Louise documented their journey. The students also compiled time capsules when they were in Year 7, and these will be returned to them. We will share a COVID-safe lunch, then play softball with staff v’s Year 12, as is our Korowal tradition. 

Then in Term 4, at the completion of their HSC exams, we will hold a more formal Graduation Ceremony on Friday 13th November. We will update parents on the arrangements early next term. Our hope is that we can accommodate a restricted number of you on site, and live stream to friends and family.

The last week can be tiring

We hope that you have been able to relax and enjoy the weekend as we prepare for our final week of school. We regularly notice that the primary children are stretching their energy to remain focussed and engaged at this stage of the term, and tolerances can become frayed. Please encourage your child to take any little concerns that may arise to their teachers for further support if they are befuddled as to what to do.   


Barb

 

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