As we head into the last few days of the year, I did want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support of me, the staff, and the children throughout this most unusual of years! It's been said before, but we could never have imagined the school year we have just had. We have, however, made the most of it and have conquered every challenge cast our way.
Term 4 has been wonderfully heart-warming. Welcoming the students back to school for face-to-face learning felt incredible and surreal after our extended period of Remote Learning. I am eternally grateful for your support of the Continuous Learning Program. In saying this, I also acknowledge the challenges many families faced. Throughout our time of remote learning, I was impressed by the resilience demonstrated by so many; students, parents, and staff.
Our staff team's sheer determination and, indeed, our entire maintenance, cleaning, and behind the scenes, unsung heroes, to ensure the continuity of our School program was mammoth. I commend the ability of our teachers to pivot, adjust, and redefine programs. As we navigated the rolling waves of COVID-19, lockdown, remote learning, and modified programs, there was a determined commitment from all to succeed and see our way through whatever challenges came our way!
Farewell Year 6 and Congratulations
We farewell our current Year 6 group as they head off, ready for the start of their secondary years.
For some, 2020 concludes a nine-year journey here at Minimbah as they commenced 3yo ECC back in 2012. For others, their time at Minimbah has been shorter but just as rewarding and memorable.
This group will take with them extraordinary memories of their time here. We wish them all the best.
The Lion King
When we were planning our 2020 production, we could never have imagined the road ahead of us. What started in its infancy as a whole school production soon morphed into a Year 6 Production. We always planned for it to be presented to a live audience. COVID had different plans, but then, so did we. Never a school or community to sit back and take it on the chin, we pivoted our stage production into a video, and its premiere at the Dromana 3 Drive-in recently was a triumph. Thank you to everyone for so robustly wrapping your love and support around our Year 6 students and for your overwhelming support of the event. Maybe it needs to become a regular happening!
Year 6 Dinner
Once again, not to be COVID overcome, we could celebrate the Year 6 students at their annual Year 6 Dinner. Special thanks to Emma Griffin and Angie Tenace and their support crew for their 'remote' coordination of the event and the Minimbah Staff for setting up and running the night. Our Year 6 students enjoyed their Hoedown and celebrated in style with carnival games and even a version of' Red Faces'. All had good fun!
Our orientation sessions for incoming ECC families, Foundation, and Primary parents and students have been ongoing this term. It is hard to fathom, but our Foundation class commencing next year will conclude their entire schooling journey in Year 12 in 2033. Let's wish them well for the road ahead! For our current students, we held a 'step-up' afternoon last Thursday when the children moved into their 2021 classrooms and met with their teachers.
Perberkoong and Cambodia Night
I do hope those who tuned in enjoyed our contribution to Perberkoong and Cambodia Night. While we could not perform the traditional 'nativity', our Foundation class did present Mem Fox's beautiful bush Christmas story 'Wombat Divine.' Congratulations to the Foundation Class and also to Evie Russo from Year 5. Her performance of Rod Stewart's 'I Don't Want To Talk About It' was incredible. Accolades go to all staff and students involved.
Enjoy the Perberkoong Celebration and Cambodian Fundraiser
If you have any uniform items you wish to donate to the Second-hand Uniform Shop, we will gratefully accept these. They must be in good condition, free of stains/marks, and must be freshly washed and pressed. Old uniform items, e.g., the green polo or hoodie, will not be accepted.
School Shoes and Uniform Generally
While I am fully aware 2020 impacted availability and purchasing of uniforms, I would ask that for the start of the 2021 school year, black leather school shoes be worn by all students. Sports shoes, runners, and track shoes do not meet uniform requirements. Your support in ensuring the children are dressed neatly and correctly in all of the correct school uniform items is essential and appreciated. I appreciate any help you can provide.
Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your unwavering support this year! I hope the coming break is wonderful for you and your family, and I look forward to seeing you back at Minimbah in 2021.
ROD DAVIES Deputy Principal – Head of Minimbah Campus