Dear Parents and Carers,
I just wanted to share how impressed I was, and how privileged I felt, to be part of the conversation with the Student Representative Council, Ms Clark and Simon Hutchinson and Toan from “Climbing Tree.”
The comments and insights from the students demonstrated how competent, capable and confident our St Joseph’s students are - Preschool to Year 6!!
Students wanted opportunities to explore and engage with natural materials. They wanted things that were ‘renewable’ and ‘sustainable’, therefore not too much plastic or manmade materials! They want to be able to climb trees and have room to play both structured team games and free play!
As such, there have been some changes to the first draft of the MasterPlan.
Our student leaders definitely demonstrated their understanding of ecological sustainability and their moral responsibility of taking care of the environment just as espoused in the Papal Encyclical – Laudato Si! Truly inspirational!!
Following our conversation Simon and Toan from “Climbing Tree” have gone away to develop Draft 2!
I look forward to sharing this journey with you when Plan B is submitted for further discussion.
Simon Hutchinson is also keen to hold a Parent Information Session to outline the benefits of nature play and the importance of designing interactive and stimulating outdoor environments that are an extension of the classroom learning environment.
With current restrictions being lifted, it may be possible to have a meeting. Can you please indicate by the end of term. Whether you would be interested in attending a Parent session with Simon at 2 pm until end of day in Term 3.