A Difficult Term, Very Well Handled!

It is now time for a break, and as I write this Letter Home, I anticipate there will be further news to tell concerning back to school for Term 4.

What a ride!

In concluding the term, I would like to thank you all for your fantastic effort to support their learning. This lengthy lockdown was entirely unexpected, but as we have experienced these past few weeks, this Delta strain of the virus is of virulent proportions, and its harmful effects have consequently kept us in lockdown for much longer than anticipated.

Teachers have worked exceedingly hard, and students have given their best—my sincere thanks and commendations to you all.

Fun with virtual occasions!

We have enjoyed some memorable times thanks to the innovative ideas of staff. Pete’s Camp Out certainly was an excellent motivator for creating an imaginative bedroom or backyard campground. It was a perfect excuse for our family to light the outdoor chimenea and sit under the stars while eating home-cooked pizza. I noticed there were those of you who did the same. We also enjoyed the overall camps co-ordination by Pete and the campfire songs by Hannah and Mick.

The Olympic Games also inspired many of us. It was a real treat to listen and be a part of Jemima Montag’s presentation about her time in Tokyo. The accomplishments of the Olympics in Tokyo were some of Australia’s most successful and unique ever, so it was a real thrill to hear of Jemima’s journey and success.

We always enjoyed the opportunity to acknowledge the significant men in our lives. Our School Meeting in the first week of September acknowledged the extraordinary men of our school. Including our dads, uncles, granddads and of course, teachers, we can be very grateful for the care and wisdom that they bring to our lives each day. Their skills and talents are highly valued and certainly appreciated.

In our remote and isolated world, checking in on each other is vitally important. RUOK Day is a reminder that it is vital to check-in! With Spring in the air, the colour theme of yellow appropriately symbolises that bright sunny colour that projects that feeling of glow and warmth. As with the warmth of the sun, many things can brighten our day. A simple thank you and hello can be just the acknowledgement and greeting that shows that you care. RUOK? For a lot of us, it’s not an OK time, and I want it to be acknowledged. We each have our way to push through; however, there are times when it is just a big struggle. Across the term, Andy and I are have regularly spoken with or emailed parents and staff to give everyone as much support as possible. However, there are times when that will not be enough, and other experts can be there to lend a hand and offer advice.

Spring has Sprung

As I conclude this Letter Home, I am looking through my office window at the beautiful surroundings of our school environment. Spring has sprung; the wattle and bottle brushes are in bloom, and the sun is shining. This week, we are all involved in activities to soothe the soul - plenty of activities involving the Arts for children from Prep to Year 6 and some beautiful nature play for our Early Learning children.

I thank all staff for their fantastic contribution, creativity and skills that provide such interest and excitement in learning for our children. It is a time to keep on and appreciate that we are all working in this most unusual way for the greater good.

We are now heading towards accreditation with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program – PYP.

Very simply, the IB mission is to create a better world through education. All programs aim to develop internationally-minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help create a better and more peaceful world. There has not been a time when this power to learn as global citizens has been more critical in our lifetime.

May you enjoy a restful and safe break.

Deputy Principal – Head of Penbank Campus