Well hasn't the weather changed this week....Winter is certainly here!
I make no apologies for insisting that students are in navy jumpers. It is school uniform. I am, and always have been, impressed that the uniform at Stockton Public School is so good! Winter notoriously brings in random jumper, hoodies and beanies. I call these “weekend wear”. We have a collection of second hand jumpers for students to change into if they come in “weekend wear” to school. Weekend sports jumpers are not school uniform. Please remember the school office have second hand jumpers if your child needs one, and also sell new jumpers. You can even call the office to order, pay online on the school website and your child will be wearing the jumper within the next 10 minutes.
Stockton Public School past students
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting some ex-Stockton Public School students. Mr Alan Proud, Mr Peter Nicholson and Mr Dennis Harvey went to Stockton Public School as primary school aged students back in the 1950's. It was lovely to hear their fond memories of Stockton Public School. I’m sure you will not be surprised to hear that there were lots of changes since then, but structurally it is the school they remember.
Some notable memories
– H Block was the girls part of the school – that is where 3/4S, 4/5A and 3/4G are this year.
- B and C Block – where are infants classes are – was the boys school – the senior part of the school.
- They remember a shop across the road in Lomond Street that were allowed to go and buy food sometimes.
- They remember a teacher who used to live on a boat on the harbour side of Stockton.
It is always so lovely to hear stories from past Stockton Public School students. I have included some photos below. It is hard to envisage the SPS they knew, but nice to keep the stories alive.
National Reconciliation Week
This week is National Reconciliation Week 'Be Brave, Make change' is a "challenge for us all to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for all” Reconciliation week starts on the 55th anniversary of the change to the census to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with thanks to the 1967 referendum. SPS classes will be recognising Reconciliation Week in lessons this week. We have a responsibility to uphold the respect and recognition of culture, history and achievements of our first nations people.
Weather is playing havoc with our sport plans. We are beginning to think Mr K is the jinx for the PSSA cricket. Their 2nd round was cancelled yesterday, which was probably best as I think they would have been blown off the ballast. Hopefully we will have a reschedule date soon. Girls and boys soccer was rescheduled last week until 9/6. The girls netball gala day is on today - cold conditions but that's winter sport. Congratulations to the girls rugby league team who played with great sportsmanship last week. The girls played in the Rebecca Young Gala Day and had the pleasure of meeting and having a photo with the namesake Rebecca Young. Interesting fact: Rebecca Young is an ex-Stockton Public School student. Thank you to the parents who are helping out with transport. Thank you to the teachers who have shown great patience and flexibility in pivoting with the unpredictable weather conditions.
Yesterday afternoon we had our very first Student Representative Council meeting. It was an enthusiastic bunch of students who were keen to share their ideas with me. We will meet at least twice per term where I can hear from the students. Each representative was voted in by his/her class peers. Our school leaders are automatic members of the SRC. This group of students will be the SRC representatives until the end of the year. Next year our SRC members will be the class representatives for a semester. Yesterday's topic of discussion was our next PBL reward day. Today they will to go back to their respective classes and hold a final vote before the decision will be made. My apologies I thought all SRC members received their badges at our Week 5 Celebration assembly. I was on leave that day and have found out yesterday afternoon that the students did not get their badges. I will find a time to bring the whole school together to hand out them out. I look forward to working with these students throughout the year.
Have a wonderful fortnight
Ms Jodie Holt