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A Window with a View - Wk 10, Term 1, 2022
A Window with a View - Wk 10, Term 1, 2022

Week 10, Term 1, 2022 

We have come to the end of our first term with great energy and effort. The space to breathe for a moment over these April holidays is gratefully received by all staff and students, and well deserved for their teaching, learning and adaptability over the term. 

It was a term that necessitated ongoing communication and communal effort to keep the school functioning. We had moments of great illness and staff shortages, but never a need to close – thanks to parents and carers for looking after unwell or isolating students, and thanks to the flexibility and extra effort from all staff.

The people in the Korowal School community are wonderful, thoughtful and active participants. I always appreciate the questions, conversations and the ongoing problem-solving required to work at this school. I know this is also appreciated by many of you and you are often asking how you can get more involved. I’d like to offer two great opportunities for you to work closer with and for the school – the Korowal School Board, and the Open Day/Fair.

Korowal School Board 

The Korowal School Board is the governing body of the school. The Directors of the School Board are elected every two years and compose of both parents and teachers – encouraging a constructive partnership. You are encouraged to take an active interest in school governance through voting or nominating for election to the School Board. 

Nominations for a position on the Korowal School Board are open. A notice regarding voting and nominations for the Board was sent via SkoolBag on April 6th. The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th May at 5pm.

Open Day & Fair 

The Open Day/Fair has been on our school calendar for Saturday 27th August this year, however we have since learnt that the Winter Magic Festival has been placed on that weekend, so we are bringing our Open Day forward to Saturday 20th August. Please put this date in your calendars!

We will be commencing Open Day preparations with interested parents, carers, family members and friends very early in Term 2. Look out for the first Open Day meeting to discuss ideas and be part of this very exciting day!

As we settle into the two week break, I share with you a significant school improvement project happening this week. We are getting a much-needed replacement of the Administration Building roof! It is so lovely to see the sun shining on the school! 

Wishing you a warm, healthy and restful break. 

Bec

 
A Window with a View - Wk 9, Term 1, 2022
A Window with a View - Wk 9, Term 1, 2022

Week 9, Term 1, 2022 

The Primary school hallway on Friday afternoon is emblematic of how we all feel at the end of a big school week. Teachers tend to go a little gentler on work expectations and use the time to finish up tasks or units. I took some photos across the school to share with you.

Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) students were finishing work and calming reading/drawing.

Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4) were chatting about their Ten Pin bowling excursion.

From Karen: Last Thursday, Stage two enjoyed a day of learning and fun while Tenpin bowling and linked their learning with forces of friction, gravity, and momentum. Afterwards we enjoyed a picnic lunch then further scientific enquiry on the flying fox and play equipment at Tench Park, testing the forces of friction and momentum. 

Stage 3 (Years 5 & 6) had a moment of appreciation, sharing cards with each other and playing games:

Stage 4 (Years 7 & 8) have Co-curric on a Friday afternoon and took it easy with a shared movie in the Drama space:

Stage 5 (Years 9 & 10) have English to finish off their week, and Derek had prepared a quiz about Shakespeare that they were enjoying when I stepped in:

Pathways students were in Studies of Religion and Maths classes, but I was only able to catch the Multimedia class hard at work. 

On Friday 1st of April, our students in Years 7,8,9,10 met Nevo Zisin via a Zoom workshop, as part of our high school PDHPE program.  Nevo Zisin (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, Jewish writer, performer, activist and public speaker. Nevo is also author of award-winning Finding Nevo (2017), a memoir on gender transition and The Pronoun Lowdown (2021) a useful guidebook on all things related to pronouns. 

The workshop was a follow-up to a whole staff training our teachers did with Nevo at the end of 2021. Our students took an in-depth look into LGBTIAQ+ identities and gender stereotypes, with plenty of time for a Q and A. There were questions aplenty, and Nevo was wonderfully well received by our students. The workshop included:

  • Deep investigation into LGBTIQA+ terms and definitions

  • Research-based exploration of LGBTIQA+ mental health and barriers that exist within school

  • Dos and don’ts around inclusive language use 

  • Pragmatic tips and tricks for supporting peers and being a great ally

  • Access to resources for further learning 

We look forward to working with Nevo again soon. Kizz

I’m pleased that we were able to open classrooms to Primary parents and families last week. 

From Talulah: This week Primary classroom doors were opened to families to come and see their children's schoolwork, see their learning environment and chat with the class teacher in our Open Classroom Afternoons. It was very special to see the children proudly present every page of their Focus Studies book, or explain the maths concepts they have been working on, or sing lyrics from the latest Morning Circle song to their families. There was confidence and competence in every interaction I saw as the children's oracy skills rose to the occasion. Hearing the encouragement and descriptive feedback from parents to their children was also wonderful- a direct loop of acknowledgement that our situation over the past two years has disrupted. I heard from parents that it was both enriching and relieving to get to touch base with their child at school and to be able to ask the questions of each other, and the teacher, that naturally flowed from being in that setting. The connectedness of the relationships is so important with the way we work at Korowal.

If you missed the Open Classroom last week, you can come along this week:

  • Monday 4th- Yr 4, Yr 5, Yr 6

  • Tuesday 5th- Yr 1, Yr 2

  • Wednesday 6th- Kindergarten, Year 3

As we start our last week of term, we are aware of a few staff illnesses that may impact staffing. We are grateful for our casual/relief staff that are able to step in, and the extra covers and flexibility from the staff still on deck. We have a few excursions and events this week and hope to end with lots of tired, smiling faces!

Bec 

 
A Window with a View - Wk 8, Term 1, 2022
A Window with a View - Wk 8, Term 1, 2022

Week 8, Term 1, 2022

One afternoon this week, I had the pleasure of playing “red light - green light” with some Primary students waiting for the afternoon bus. It was a diverse range of age, experience, ability and personality in the group, and reflective of what we often experience at school.

The rules and objectives are simple: move towards the person “in”, standing with their back to the group, until they turn quickly saying “red light” and you freeze. If you move, you are sent back, if not you continue when they say “green light”. The first person to sneak up and tip the person wins (and is the next person in).

The game was a microcosm of the subtle changes we make as educators and group learners. The students changed the rules in kindness (just go three steps back), equality (everyone walk rather than run) and equity (older students start at the back). And the person “in” made choices of who they noticed had moved, and what constituted as movement. One young person just constantly declared that they saw everybody move, making us all go back every time and prolonging the amount of time they were “in”.

This is a small window of the joy and value of social learning at Korowal! It is the diversity of individuals, being aware of others, and working together to be inclusive. In that moment, I learnt a new game, and practised the skills needed to play. I learnt something about myself, something about all the participants, and I had fun!

Last week Year 7 had a whole lot of fun on their camp and Jason shares below his reflection of the students’ experience.

Year 7 Camp – from Jason

As everyone blinked sleep from their eyes to board the bus from school, a general ripple of trepidation and excitement burst forth through in a sing-a-long of Disney songs. The singing was that enthusiastic it took us all the way to the M2. We arrived at Fitzroy Falls to be met by our camp leaders and a short walk to the waterfalls. Although it was mostly mist that could be seen, the thunder of the falls revealed the volumes of water still coursing through waterways after the floods. 

As soon as the students arrived at camp, they were whisked off on a lengthy bushwalk through the surrounding rainforest over log bridges and across shoe-sucking mud to arrive at the edge of a mountain where they would be abseiling. It quickly emerged that the activities would challenge the students and it was both surprising and impressive to see how many faced those challenges head-on. 

The pace of the camp activities rarely diminished and the students continued to develop more resilience to the challenges with the support of their camp leaders Rachel, Jai and Scotty. They crossed wobbling lilypads high off the ground, shot down the impressively long flying fox, built bush shelters, completed team-building exercises, rode mountain bikes down obstacle courses, swung high into the air on the giant swing and tried their hands at archery. 

There were also moments of reflection and creativity. The students were given 5 minutes to find a place in the wonderous bush setting to just sit and reflect or ponder on whatever they liked without any distractions. Their feedback after the reflection time showed how much it affected them to just be there present with the environment. 

A highlight in the evening activities was the “Paperfashe´" event. Students were broken into two groups to design costumes or garments using only newspaper and sticky tape. They then choreographed a catwalk sequence to display their efforts. The Star Wars and Wizard of Oz themed costumes were considered some of the best the camp had ever seen.

As we neared the end of the trip, the fatigue set in and eyes and minds were directed towards home even though numerous students exclaimed that it “was the best camp they had ever been on”.

Most of Year 7 had a week away from school after their camp, as there were a few cases of COVID in the class. The positive cases in the school community and the Blue Mountains community are still significant enough for us to remain careful about hygiene and health.

Please continue to keep students at home if they are displaying symptoms.

Current NSW Health advice is that if a student is unwell and has any symptoms, they should always test for COVID-19.

If the test comes back negative for COVID-19, the student should still not return to school until either:

  • The student no longer has any symptoms, or
  • A medical certificate is provided to the school confirming that the symptoms are explained by another diagnosis (such as hay fever)

Rapid antigen tests can produce false negative results and symptoms of other illnesses can also be similar to COVID-19, including flu, the common cold and stomach bugs.

Health advice is that student who are sick should always stay home to rest and recover and avoid putting other students and staff at risk of getting sick.

Thanks for your ongoing communal efforts to keep us all as healthy as possible.

Bec

 
A Window with a View - Wk 7, Term 1, 2022
A Window with a View - Wk 7, Term 1, 2022

Week 7, Term 1, 2022

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the

fields

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

 

A dear friend reminded me on Friday of this poem “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver. I hope you have all had a chance to stop this weekend, and enjoy today’s sunshine.

Year 7 students came home from camp on Friday afternoon, looking appropriately exhausted and a little dishevelled. They have had a chance to stretch themselves beyond their usual daily experience, get outdoors and challenge themselves. Cate said “They were awesome! It was wonderful to witness the transformation from fear, to courage and then astonishment and delight when they realised they actually could do an activity totally outside what they thought they could do.”

Jason has shared a few photos (below) with many more to come.

 

The swimming carnival in Week 6 was a chance for everyone in Years 7 to 10, to get out in the sunshine and enjoy each other’s company away from our regular school days. The day was a credit to Kizz for her careful organisation and balance of fun, exercise, cooperation and competition. Students participated in formal and informal swimming events, either in the water or as part of the organisation and activities around the pool. One of our staff members wrote It was an absolutely delightful day. The year 7 to 10 students that attended and participated in the swimming carnival were engaged, enthusiastic, supportive and a big bag of fun!!”

Thank you Kizz, and all the staff who helped on the day.

 

With the increased number of sunny days, we had an increase of creatures around the school – particularly the reptiles who stretched out to soak up the warmth. We are lucky to have quite a few Blue-Tongue lizards call Korowal home, and we had a couple of days with some visiting baby snakes. Teachers reminded students of the safest thing to when they see a snake, and the sightings eased by the end of the week. Hopefully they have moved to quieter fields.

 

The end of last week also saw an ease to Covid case numbers. While the number of positive cases stays low in our community, we are able to invite Primary parents back to open afternoons. Talulah will share the afternoon your child/ren’s classrooms will be open for you to come and see the classroom, enjoy their art and bookwork, and chat to their teacher. We really look forward to seeing more people on the ground.

Which reminds me that last Saturday’s Information Morning was a great success, with 16 interested families walking through to see the school. We still have places available in some classes and encourage you to talk to your friends and family about our wonderful school!

Bec

 
A Window with a View - Wk 5, Term 1, 2022
A Window with a View - Wk 5, Term 1, 2022

Week 5, Term 1, 2022

Week 5 was our first week without Barb. We received news of her safe and happy arrival in the UK, and turned our attention to a week at Korowal of additional Covid cases, wet wet weather, and lower numbers of students and staff at school.

It was also a week at Korowal of collaborative and joyful learning, ducking and weaving with friends through the rain showers and puddles.

Covid update

We have continued to send the whole school COVID updates each day the numbers changed.

The Year 2 class stayed at home all week to help minimise further cases in Primary, and to ease any pressure for parents and carers. Thank you to everyone for working together to help keep our students as healthy as possible. Those students who have completed their 7 day isolation, and are asymptomatic, will be back at school on Monday.

Staff shortages and changes

There were a number of things affecting staff availability during the week, and we warned families of the possible impact of this on Thursday. However, our concerns were unrealised, as the staff we had available were willing to cover extra classes, complete extra tasks, and adapt to whatever was needed across the school.

A huge thank you to all of the staff who worked to fill gaps while remaining in good spirits - in the Office, Library, Learning Support, Teaching and Coordination.

It was a week where a number of people changed roles, requiring a different approach to communication and processes. It was my first week in the role of Acting Principal, and it did require a shift in my approach to ensure that all aspects of the school’s operation were covered. I value the opportunity to Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes (the Stage 3 focus study for this term) and experience Korowal a little more from Barb’s perspective.

Information Morning – Saturday 12th March

We have some places available for enrolment in classes across the school. This coming Saturday is an Information Morning for interested new families. If you have friends who want to learn more about Korowal, please encourage them to call the office to book a place. If not this Saturday, we have some weekday school tours available in the coming weeks.

There is so much at Korowal that we have to share, and we welcome the diverse energy and perspectives that new students and families bring to our community. Please help get the word out about our wonderful school!

Keep in touch as we splash our way together through the coming weeks.

Bec

 
A Window with a View - Wk 4, Term 1, 2022
A Window with a View - Wk 4, Term 1, 2022

Week 4, Term 1, 2022

In week 4, across the school the students were busily focussed on their learning. 

Here is a beautiful reflection from Anna, our Year 2 teacher, which highlights so many of the remarkable qualities our teachers bring to their classes.  

This extract is a taste of the post which is on the School’s Facebook page:

Critical Thinking: How to be a happy learner in Yr 2

‘In Year 2 the children have been closely exploring how they operate as learners in this space. We have been partaking in activities in which I have encouraged the children to reflect upon three key questions: 
  • What do you need in order to be a happy learner, at school? 
  • What should Anna know about me, in order to support my learning? 
  • What should other kids do, in order to support my learning?

Students have done remarkably well identifying these separate needs, which has led to some fantastic discussions on how we can create a safe and happy classroom. This will be used as a basis to continue to develop our classroom expectations, based on the students' identified needs’.   Anna, Year 2 class teacher

Through engaging students in critical thinking from an early age, the children are working with big picture ideas. As you will see from Anna’s questions, they are being asked to consider options, to analyzing and make judgments. They are exercising “…those cognitive skills or strategies that increase the probability of a desirable outcome…thinking that is purposeful, reasoned and goal directed”.  (Halpern 1996)

Exercising Talk: Try this at home!
Building Oracy through storytelling

Sometimes the trickiest part about story writing and storytelling is generating ideas for an interesting plot. Here are some useful strategies to help young people develop creative, insightful and exciting stories. 

‘Walking in the shoes of another character– children are able to adopt an already existing character from a story they love and write and/or speak from their perspective, taking the story in a new direction. If they struggle to deviate from the plot (and the story ended up being a recitation of a book/film), it can be fun to give them openings or starters from famous novels, and ask them to continue it in whichever direction they wish. (Great for teenagers as well as primary children).

Barb is taking leave

Also, in Week 4 we spent time in handover. As I take planned leave the School is in very capable hands. From Monday, Bec will be in the role of Acting Principal and Jason will be Deputy Principal.  Mel continues as Business Manager and Talulah as Primary Coordinator.

As we applied a distributed leadership model to our operations a few years ago, there is a whole team that supports all of the Schools’ operations. Members of this leadership team carry advisory and coordination folios from Kindy through to Year 12.  The whole team is comprised of Bec Finch (K-12), Mel Williams (K-12), Sarah Farrell Whelan (K-12), Louise Dungate (K-12), Sam Corlett (K-12), Kizz Boyd (K-12), Jennie Bucco (K-12), Andy O’Doherty (HS), Talulah Vane (PS), Jason Eddie (HS), and myself (K-12). 

Focus for sabbatical

Our school is quite unique. While there are many aspects to us that are recognisable, and rather typical of Australian schools and education, our approach to wholistic learning and content delivery are our own. During my sabbatical, I will commence writing our story, drawing the threads of the past ten years together. Over this decade we have been looking ahead, bringing focus to the research and recommendations around the future needs of our graduates and applying programs to enrich the student experience. At the same time, we have renewed our values. These sit at the centre of our purpose.

The questions that launched this direction include 

  1. Where have we come from and where are we going? 
  2. What is of core value and what is open to change?

I intend to start there!

In addition to this, I will be visiting Cambridge, UK. I am delighted to have been invited to meet with the Oracy Cambridge team of eight, led by Professor Neill Mercer, and comprised of academics and teaching practitioners. We will sit and chew the fat, sharing our developments and planning for the ongoing application of Oracy at Korowal. From there I intend to visit a few primary schools who are embedding their work with Oracy Cambridge, and share our progress with them.

All being well in the world, we hope to confirm Alan Howe’s Oracy residency at Korowal in Term 4,2022. 

As I sign off for a while, I send you all my love and thanks for supporting each other. I am looking forward to taking our story, Korowal, to the UK!

May you keep well, and may we all remember that during yet another iteration of COVID protocols, kindness is the essence of our humanity. 

Bye-bye for the present,
Barb

 
A Window with a View - Wk 3, Term 1, 2022
A Window with a View - Wk 3, Term 1, 2022

Week 3, Term 1, 2022

We enjoyed learning outdoors in the sun and the shade right across our third week of term. Thank you for sending hats and remembering our sun-safe dress requirements as the UV rays are high in the Mountains.

Our Year 12, 2021

Our recent graduates have now locked in their university and TAFE decisions for post-school study. We extend our Congratulations to all of our Year 12 Graduates in 2021. 

They faced their senior school years under extreme circumstances. Within our Pathways model, they undertook half of their subjects and HSC exams in Year 11, and the second half of their subjects and HSC exams in 2022. Both of these years were directly impacted by COVID restrictions, remote schooling, social isolation and more. 

Then they encountered the delay to the start of the HSC exams in 2021. Not surprisingly, under the consistent support and guidance of teachers, friends and families, they have achieved outstanding personal results. 

14% of this Year 12 cohort gained ATARS in the top 10% of the state. A remarkable achievement!

Many have attained personal bests across subjects. A couple have just scraped through the exams, completely ‘over’ the experience by the end of the year, and not at all concerned about that.
 
All of them are wonderful human beings and will go forth, as discerning, and compassionate people capable of impacting change towards a sustainable world. We are noticing that the GAP year is currently less popular than previously. Many of them will be commencing Bachelor Degrees in Arts, Business, Science, Advanced Science- Physics, Medical Science, Zoology, Forensic Science, Digital Design, Computer Science, Music Therapy, double degrees in Journalism & Communications and International studies & Science, Film Production and more. They have chosen to enrol across UTS, Sydney, Wollongong and Western Sydney Universities, as well as the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. In addition, some graduates are pursuing Photography at TAFE, and possibly attending the Police Academy. Others have not yet decided what lies ahead and are taking time to contemplate. 

We are proud of each and every one of them. None of us knew what the impact of remote learning may be but they have shone.  We wish them all the best as they fly the coop and embrace the new. We also wish their families the best as we hear many are moving away from home as they commence the next chapter.

Exercise Talk 

This is our second week of this new section in our weekly posts. It brings a focus to Oracy and some simple ways to ‘Exercise Talk’ at home. How did you go with extending reasoning with the use of ‘Because’ as suggested last week? 

This week we use sentence starters to assist to form debate, wherein the ideas can be extended and/or challenged, while keeping discussion alive. 

The Big Debate: Work with others at home and discuss the following question:

Q: If you could take a pill that would mean you would never fail at anything, would you take it? 

You may wish to use these Practise Sentence starters to help build oracy skills: 

  • In my opinion… 
  • I strongly believe… 
  • On the other hand…
  • Have you considered… 
  • I respect your point of you, however…

We hope you enjoy playing with this idea!

High School Swimming Carnival 

We are very happy to be able to run this event in 2022. The Carnival will be held at Lawson Pool on Thursday 24th February, in Week 4. This is a festive occasion where fun is the purpose of the day. We encourage all students to attend, whether in or out of the water, as there are many roles to be undertaken.  Everybody gets to participate to their ability.

 It is not a day off school, but a day to come together.

COVID Updates

There is a slight change to our procedures from this week in that we have altered the cohort groupings. Updates will be sent home to families when there is a new case registered by parents, with the school. We sent all families an email on Saturday that explains the changes we have made to this, so if you did not receive it either through email or SkoolBag, please email the School office and let us know.

Thank you all for working together, and with us.

Barb

 
A Window with a View - Wk 2, term 1, 2022
A Window with a View - Wk 2, term 1, 2022

Week 2, Term 1, 2022

This week was settled. We enjoyed having the canteen return, for the smells connected with cooking permeating the grounds and nearby classrooms. There is something about home cooked meals that far exceeds commercial reheating! We are thankful to Steph for the care she puts into planning, preparing and serving our meals at Korowal.

Exercise Talk 

Now that we are back and continue to develop our opportunities for Oracy, learning ‘through’ talk and ‘to’ talk, we are going to introduce a new section to A Window with View, titled ‘EXERCISE TALK’. In this section we will offer ideas for you and your family to play with at home.

This week we launch it with the use of the word BECAUSE, to move from a feeling response to a thinking response.
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When we ask someone to explain the reason behind a comment or decision, we are engaging the cognitive aspects of talk. In giving a reason for a response, we move from a feeling, into a thinking state. We can model this with our children quite simply by adding ‘because’ to a sentence, and further explaining our reasoning. 

A simple example

A child may shout a heated statement “I’m not wearing that jumper’. A parent’s response may be ‘but you need to ‘because’ you’ll get cold if you don’t’. 

Do we know why the child won’t wear a jumper? Not really, and we may jump to a conclusion. However, if the child adds ‘because’ then extends their response, we hear their reasoning. Using ‘because’ we may hear that it itches them, or it smells funny, or they are already hot. Rather than making assumptions we hear their reason. We can then adjust our response according to their reason. The child feels heard and the parent understands the reasoning behind their original feeling response.

As we are working with oracy in learning, a student may respond to a teacher’s question, in Maths for example. The answer is ‘x’. By adding ‘because’ they explain their reasoning. Other students hear their reasoning and this increases their understanding of the ‘how’ that problem was resolved. Together the students build on each other’s learning.

Why not give it a go of you don’t already do this!

Covid positive cases

Towards the end of the week we have had cases reported in high school and have sent letters to cohorts alerting them of this. While we have windows and doors open, air purifiers on and are monitoring C02 emissions, it is passing through groups. Masks are also being worn. It is our understanding that some students have developed symptoms that have not been recognised as COVID symptoms. 

These are our observations from this week. Vomiting, coughing and/or temperatures are symptomatic of COVID. RAHT tests may not be picking it up on the first day, however these are symptoms of some illness or another. Please do not return to school the next day if any of these symptoms have been present, and allow the bug to pass if it is not COVID, or for the possibility of a positive test a day later. We have observed that it may take another day before the RAHT detects it as COVID. We think that some students have been at school when symptomatic. We request that you are hypervigilant, keeping children/ young people home if they are at all unwell. Thank you for your cooperation in this. We are focussed on keeping the school open and everybody as safe as possible, and if this spreads to staff we will be very compromised. 

It is also a timely reminder to use the home testing kits on Sunday evening/ Monday morning and again Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning routinely for the next two weeks. 

The tests were sent home on Friday and if not yet received, may still be collected from the office. If you register a positive case, please inform the school through the office email or by phone.

The beauty of our community is that we care. Let’s continue to go gently and look out for each other.

Barb

 
A Window with a View - Wk 1, Term 1, 2022
A Window with a View - Wk 1, Term 1, 2022

Week 1, Term 1, 2022

After four days we have settled into the term. Having the children and young people back on campus we wonder what all the fuss was about. They are accommodating of the changes needed and we are all just getting on with it. We extend a warm welcome to all of our kindy families, as well as further new families across the school.

Kindy started on Friday with some smiles and trepidation.  Within this group there are many siblings of current children, and children of staff, finally coming to big school. They are old hands at morning circle and know where the building blocks are kept in the Kindy room!

We have held all class meetings across our primary classes in Week 1. Thank you for your attendance. If you were not able to be there, we suggest that you buddy up with another family from your class and run through the content covered. We will be posting links to the videos as the groups had requested, especially where there were internet interruptions.

Smooth transitions between home to school

At this time of the year, we often share our observations from staff about how to successfully transition back to school, or into class. They are keen observers of what assists and what disrupts children. Here are a few helpful hints, especially for the young-uns:

  • Rather than saying ‘goodbye’ to your child, we suggest saying ‘see you later’. It is not as final, and suggests that we are only apart for a period of time, that we will be together again soon.
     
  • If your child is reluctant to attend and has been collected by a staff member in the turning circle, drive away. Do not linger until they have gone out of sight. Indicate a clear handover. The same applies when it is time for parents to leave morning circle, say ‘see you later’ and leave with confidence.
     
  • Make all travel arrangements and inform your child of these before school, then stick with them. Changes to transport, playdates etc, can be very disruptive for children. They need routine and consistent messaging in order to settle into the day.
     
  • Think about when and how you ask your child about their day. At the end of a school day they are generally hungry, may be tired, and experiencing a transition from school to home. Give them your full attention and let them talk, or not. Sharing your day can assist your child into your life without them, and they can do the same “One thing that I did today was. ………  What is one thing you did today?” Refrain from saying you missed them as this can be disruptive, for they had no choice in this matter.
     
  • If your child is confused or upset by something that occurred at school, remember that this is one perspective of what occurred and check in with the class teacher the following day.

 

Canteen

The canteen will be open from Tuesday and menus have been uploaded onto SkoolBag.

High school class meetings over the coming week

As was the way with primary class meetings these will all be held online through Zoom. Years 7-10 will be held on Tuesday 8th, and Years 11 and 12 on Thursday 10th. There are specific starting times per Stage, so please check your class email for details.

Thank you all for working with us to keep everyone as healthy as possible. We are satisfied that our current plans are working well and hope that we can continue to have teachers run their classes from campus.

Please remember

  • If you have a case of COVID in your household, then children must stay home for 7 days and only return to school after a negative COVID test result
     
  • More RAHT tests will be delivered to the school over the coming week and we will distribute them to you or your child when received. They will cover weeks 3 & 4 of term
     
  • It is recommended that the tests are undertaken twice a week, Monday and Wednesday, in a regular school week.

We acknowledge that doing RAHT tests with your children can be very challenging. If you are in need of a laugh, Melbourne comedian Jimmy Rees has provided some comic relief. Titled ‘What back to school Looks Like in 2022’, this 3 minute skit is available at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_VG8lDxOVY

As we launch into Week 2 there is spring in our steps. Let’s remember wherever possible to have a good laugh!

Barb