The pace and predictability of life is an important way of managing our wellbeing. Knowing what we have ahead of us on a daily basis provides certainty and allows us to forward plan what our days/weeks may involve – everything from our after school activities and family holidays though to the quiet moments that we can find to rest and recharge. To say that it has been a challenging term for our community is an understatement, and we understand that individuals and families have been impacted in different ways. I still believe that as a local community, we have come through this period with many new learnings that will have us even better placed for future challenges.
Easing of Restrictions in Term 3
School principals have been involved in frequent video meetings with Department of Education leadership from the outset of COVID-19 so that schools have regular and current information, based on the advice from Public Health. Since last week’s newsletter below, parents are able to enter in to classrooms once again. This is an important and exciting step, as it means that important link can be strengthened. Having a child proudly sharing their learning in class with a parent/carer before school is one of the best connections that can be made. Please note, that we will provide a summary at the start of term 3 as it is highly likely that there will be updated advice from Public Health.
Most importantly, anyone that is unwell or has cold/flu symptoms must not enter the school building. For adults that are inside, please continue to exercise physical distancing with 1.5m the recommendation where practicable.
I hope that our students, families and staff can all find some time to relax and enjoy activities that support your wellbeing over the holidays. Just remember that we don’t need to travel too far to find plenty of rich opportunities that help us connect with ourselves, each other and our beautiful state. We look forward to seeing all of our current and new families at the beginning of term 3.
Mat Grining - Principal
On Thursday our Year 9 and 10 Woodwork students delivered six beautiful tables they have made to be used in our early childhood classes. These will be a fabulous addition to these learning areas, being utilised on arrival. With the quality of this furniture, these items will be valued for many years to come.
Ethan, Braxton, Jordan and Alex with 2P and their table.
Harry and Tom in 1T with Maggie and Callie, getting ready to find the perfect place to put the table.
Holiday rehearsals-bring snacks and drinks, warm and comfortable clothing for the day sessions. You will need all song lyric sheets and scripts if you have them.
These have also been saved in the school calendar.
Well done to everyone from Kinder to Grade 6 who exhibited their LEGO creations in our competition this year. What a fantastic display of creativity!
Congratulations to the following category winners as voted by students:
From left to right:
Early Childhood - Eleanor (1/2 M)
Middle Primary - Gabby (3/4 P)
Upper Primary - Avery (5/6 B)
Our overall winner who will represent our school in the virtual Northwest Brixhibition Competition is Avery with his robot factory creation.
The winners of our other LEGO competitions are:
‘Create a LEGO Mini-figure’ Competition Award Recipients:
Kinder-Prep: Theo (Kinder H) and Tully (Prep G/1)
Grade 1-2: Will (2P), Clementine (1T) and Mason (1/2 SB)
Grade 3-4: Zoe (3/4 L)
Grade 5-6: Avery (5/6B)
Secondary - no entries
‘Design a LEGO brick’ Competition Award Recipients:
Kinder-Prep: Jochi (P/1 G)
Grade 1-2: Heidi (P/1 G)
Grade 3-4: Pippa (3/4 L)
Grade 5-6 - no entries
Secondary: Harriet (Grade 8)
A big thank you to all of the staff at Penguin District School who helped to set up the LIL space for our LEGO model competition. We hope that our models have inspired you to get out your own LEGO collections at home. Remember the possibilities are endless and to quote Emmet from the Lego Movie “You are capable of amazing things”, so get building!