Today is certainly crazy! All sorts of colours around the school with hair ties, ribbons, blue, green and red colours; I even saw a bird's nest and an octopus sitting on a child’s head… What is going on??
It is just wonderful to have the children back on-site - they are excited and motivated to see their friends and back in the classroom learning. Crazy Hair Day is the perfect way to end our first week back on-site.
Returning to school is not always smooth and exciting for everyone. If you are struggling, or your child is worrying about being back on-site, please do contact either your class teacher or myself so we can help. The ongoing impact of lockdowns on mental health is heavily documented and wellbeing is one of our priorities going into the next few weeks and months.
I would like to thank everyone for being respectful of the restrictions in and around the school grounds - drop off and pick up have been successful in terms of physical distancing and gatherings - so thank you!
We were able to host a small working bee yesterday outside with a small gathering to begin the works on the front of the school - we are fixing up the benches with the plan to paint them. Thanks to Ross, Elsie, Rob, Emily and Marinda for their help, and of course to Roger for his organisation! The group worked hard sanding and prepping for the painting stage - and although the sun was shining it was bitter cold! Thanks to Marinda for providing morning tea to top off the morning.
It was lovely to meet David Wells yesterday. David is the Principal who will replace me when I am on leave. He spent some time with Michelle, Jo and myself yesterday and had a tour of the school. He will be back to meet the children and the community the week before I leave for a comprehensive handover. He will also join a School Improvement Team meeting to review our school priorities and a School Council meeting in the meantime. On Monday 23rd August we plan to host a community morning tea after drop off so that you can pop in and say hi to David, restrictions allowing.
We are still not able to hold whole school assemblies at this stage - within two weeks we are hoping this changes. We will be hosting assemblies online for the children for the next two weeks - these will be recorded and a link sent via email to you afterwards.
Swimming started with a splash! The Y4-6 had their first swimming session at Huntingtower yesterday which was so exciting. This is the first time we have been at the pool since 2019! We have booked a make up session for the upper school for Monday 2nd August - this is to make up for the session missed on Tuesday due to the lockdown - see below for details. Again, sadly parents are not allowed at the pool to watch their child swim at this stage. The only parents who can attend are those of you who are already rostered to help. There is a maximum of 3 parent helpers for each class depending upon numbers and need.