This week, I have the special privilege of writing the newsletter. While Hayley has been enjoying some well-deserved leave, I have had the honour of acting in the role of Principal. And, let me tell you, the last two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity! Kids have been active in and out of the school. We’ve sent them camping and swimming and hosted visitors from Christmas Hills Primary School, the very talented author and illustrator, Martin Chatterton and some very excited younger children taking their first Steps to Prep.
Each grade has had their own special events…
Early last week the 4/5/6s travelled to Eltham Community Centre to attend the second part of Tiger Paws, a resilience and well-being workshop run by the Richmond Football Club.
Not to be outdone, the 2/3s set off to Stringybark Lodge, in Gembrook for two days of wonderful camping activities, topped off by a ride on Puffing Billy! We can’t wait to hear all the details in the 2/3 Assembly next Friday 13th September.
Back at school, P/1 planned and performed an amazing, informative and dance-filled dinosaur themed assembly. Congratulations to everyone who had a go and thankyou to all the parents and families who came to be an encouraging audience. We really appreciated the efforts made to encourage younger siblings to enjoy the event. We are all learning how to be excellent audience members, thanks for your support! The P/1s were proud to present their learning to you.
This week the 4/5/6 students stepped up during Steps to Prep. They prepared an exciting treasure hunt, and acted as super supportive Buddies to our younger and potential students, exploring all around the school. Our last Steps to Prep is coming up next Tuesday 10th October at 2:30. Hayley will be running a Japanese session, so don’t forget to tell all your friends in the community to come and experience a taste of the great school we have here at St Andrews!
There was plenty of sport too! Thank you to everyone who has helped with Swimming this week. We are trying out a new venue this year, Eltham Leisure Centre, and so far the feedback has been excellent! Don’t forget to pack the bathers next week, as the 2-6s have two final sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. And while you’re planning what extra clothes to pack and when, remember the spare set of clothes on Thursday. The students have had two sessions of AFL already, and another two before term ends. Thanks Nat, for the work you put into getting access to Sports in Schools, which enables our students to engage in such a range of fabulous sporting experiences.
Finally, we had the most amazing incursion on Thursday! International author and illustrator, Martin Chatterton blew everyone away with his funny stories, bright presentation and brilliant drawings. It was wonderful to have Christmas Hills Primary School share the event. I’m sure there are many inspired authors out there now!
So there we go… Another two amazing weeks at St Andrews. Thanks for your support this week, and welcome back to out well rested leader, Hayley.