Dear Parents and Caregivers,
It continues to be a busy time here at VPS with a great deal of teaching and learning happening across the school.
National Reconciliation week is an annual celebration and is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, and on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.
“… A reconciled Australia is one where our rights as First Australians are not just respected but championed in all the places that matter …”Kirstie Parker – Board Member, Reconciliation Australia.
Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful change, future gains are likely to take just as much, if not more, effort.
Last week our school celebrated in a range of ways;
- Through daily messages in student news
- Classroom activities
- Lunchtime activities in the library
Not being able to host our school assemblies due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have had to think creatively and thanks to Elli Valente in room 12, we had our 'First Ever VPS Virtual Assembly'. We are hoping to share this with our families on our facebook page and through skoolbag very soon. Students were presented with their school values awards and we also had a few special announcements to share with all the students.
We congratulated Lilly Rowe who auditioned for the Festival of Music Dance Troop and was successful. Due to Covid-19, unfortunately there won't be a stage performance, however Lilly will be featured on the film version. Well Done Lilly!
On behalf of all the teachers and students here at Virginia, I would also like to thank David Viant (Ruby and Fury's dad) for his amazing Art Work. David has volunteered hours and hours of his own time and donated the materials to paint a landscape mural on our shipping container in our Kitchen Garden. Even though David volunteered to do this for us, we wanted to show our appreciation by raising some funds through our Pj Casual Clothes Day to contribute towards some of the cost of the materials.
"David - you are an extremely talented artist and we can't thank you enough for your time and hard work! Hopefully we can share more of your artistic flare and art work around the school."
We have, and continue to receive a great deal of support from our school community which we are forever grateful. Please let us know if you have any hidden talents that you are happy to share with us and the remainder of the community.
Lastly, as mentioned in our last newsletter, students are busy assessing and updating their reading goals. Below are some examples found in classes.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe upcoming long weekend.
Learning Together, Learning For Our Future.