It has been wonderful to see so many parents connecting with children and their teachers over the past couple of weeks during Parent/Teacher interviews. For many parents, it has been a long time since they’ve stepped into a classroom and we’ve really valued the opportunity to share the fabulous learning with so many of you. During these uncertain times, its super important that we maintain strong connections with each other and as a community.
People who feel more connected to others have lower levels of anxiety and depression. Moreover, studies show they also have higher self-esteem, greater empathy for others, are more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with them. In other words, social connectedness generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being. (Seppala, 2014)
We are working hard to overcome challenges presented by COVID19 safe practices to maintain our strong community. Thank you also, for continuing to respect the protocols we have implemented to keep everyone safe. We will continue to respond to the evolving situation according to Department directions. We have much to celebrate and look forward to:
· The community pantry is well stocked (located near the Finance Window) and we invite you to give what you can and take what you need.
· Our school disco is going ahead on Thursday for some FUN-raising and FUND-raising for a playground upgrade.
· Our sustainability team has purchased new bins and implemented a new waste management system with the aim to achieve zero waste in landfill.
· We have another Garden Sale on Friday morning 8:30 (proceeds from the last Sale funded new plants for our butterfly and indigenous gardens)
· Over 40 students are attending a volleyball carnival on Wednesday.
· Science Week with the theme of ‘Deep Blue’ is in Week 5, offering a curious trail of discoveries during class time and during lunchtimes.
· The Book Week Parade will be on Friday, Week 6 – dress up as your favourite book character or to the theme of ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’. We anticipate that parents will be able to watch the parade, and will confirm this on Tuesday, Week 6 via Skoolbag and Facebook. This way we can accommodate weather and COVID conditions responsibly.
· “Meet the Author” in Week 6 provides an opportunity for you to see some of the incredible writing that our students have ‘published’. Unfortunately we can’t accommodate parents to come on site this year, but we will find a way to share these achievements with digital tools.
· School sport has started with Netball and Soccer teams proudly representing St Leonards PS.
· 61 volunteers have completed their registration with many regularly rolling up their sleeves to make a positive impact in our school.
There’s a lot of positive energy there! Thanks for being a part of it.
Dave Henty-Smith, Principal
Jo Meredith, Deputy Principal
Kathy Baker, Inclusive Education Coordinator