Across Victoria, psychologists are observing that whilst many children adjusted well psychologically to the first lockdown and Remote Learning, some children are now reporting heightened anxiety, lack of motivation and moodiness, and a general sense of feeling dejected.
With this in mind, we are introducing optional wellbeing “Check-in” sessions via Google Meet or Zoom each week. Last week senior teachers trialed sessions with the Gr 5&6 students, where children informally connected, engaged in some meditation and talked about their feelings. Teachers from Grades 3-6 will hold another “Check-in” session next week and Juniors the following week. Keep an eye out for information and links to these sessions on your SeeSaw page.
Whole School Liturgy – Friday 14th August - This Friday we are celebrating the Assumption of Our Blessed Virgin Mary by are holding a live, on-line, whole school Liturgy at 9:30am
This will be held as a ZOOM Meeting. See link below. You may need to open a ZOOM link.
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/94750300580?pwd=V0VIQWljM2ZCdjhnNHpGdVhUemtNUT09
Please see letter e-mailed to all families on 11 August for further details.
Wellness Day: Friday 21st August - Next Friday, we are declaring a Wellness Day. Teachers will not set tasks for the day instead there will be a story to listen to, a prayer liturgy to share together and a couple of fun activities. This is a day to enjoy each other’s company and to recharge. For children attending on-site schooling please bring a game to play (non electronic) or an activity to complete (Jigsaw puzzle, board game, colouring etc).
Care Monkey Change of Name to Operoo – A reminder that Care Monkey’s name change came into effect this week and is now Operoo. Emails in relation to onsite schooling, will now come from Operoo, at this stage the Care Monkey logo remains on the App.
Father’s Day Stall – Unfortunately we will be unable to run our Father’s Day Stall as we did for Mother’s Day due to the limitations of Stage 4 restrictions.
Funny Pet Photo Competition – Just for some fun, students are invited to participate in a Funny Pet Photo Competition. Competition will be open from tomorrow and will close at 7pm, Friday 21st August – this will allow last minute pet photography sessions on our Wellness Day. Full details below, this will also be e-mailed to all families and provided to the children via SeeSaw.
Staff Changes - Mrs Peta Barnett will commence parental leave on 24 August and I am pleased to announce that Mr Daniel Stark has been appointed for the period of her leave.
I take this opportunity to welcome Daniel to St Johns. We wish Peta and her husband Callum all the very best for the birth of their first child.
Chris Dortmans, Principal