To The School Community,
I will keep my Blog short and sharp this week!
Congratulations to the students for their tremendous effort during the first term. All students continue to impress me with their effort and attitude towards all aspects of school. Their behaviour as a group is exemplary, this is highlighted to me every day with many examples of students demonstrating all 24 Character Strengths, following through as positive bystanders and ensuring that the wellbeing of others is considered when interacting with each other.
Despite the overall behaviour of students being amazing I would like all community members to recognise that schools are complex organisations where incidents and issues occur. I have every confidence that the staff working with your children have the capacity, compassion and skill to support your child to work through situations where they need support. I continue to encourage families to provide feedback to the school, both positive and constructive to enable us to grow and improve as a community.
We have experienced great success with our newly introduced Cultural Studies, Ocean Awareness and a Classroom Music Program, all being well received by students, staff and parents. I look forward to these programs building in the future and thank the staff and teams at Surf Sessions, Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club and High Voltage Rock School for their contributions to the programs.
The Year 2 and 4 music concert and observing classroom lessons demonstrated to me that the program gives an opportunity to all students to experience music and the joy it can bring. We of course see a range of talents and abilities in all areas but I know that the students have enjoyed the sessions. I have attached a link to an interesting read about the place music has in education, thanks Simon Quirk for passing it on to me. We are not operating at the level that this school does but it makes me feel like we’ve made the right decision introducing music into the curriculum.
Term 2 presents some exciting activities, most prominently the year 6 camp to Canberra. I will be attending the camp with the students, Ms Booth will be in charge. Mrs Olsen will be on leave for the term with Ned Wallis taking the reins in Science. We also welcome Teagan Houston back to the fold after some family leave, I know that she will hit the ground running taking over Mr Wallis’ role in 1C.
Finally, I wish all students, families and staff a wonderful break! School returns on Monday April 16th for all students.
|Thursday 29th March
Last Day term One – 2:30 pm finish
Saturday 31st March
Monday 16th April
Term 2 starts
Wednesday 18th April
Wednesday 25th April
Anzac Day public holiday