As I write this introduction to the newsletter it is 4 degrees celsius! Welcome to Spring. Today we have photos from Goulburn of solid snow that has settled on the ground. Although we are seeing some beautiful days and most welcome rain, it is a reminder that we need layers of clothing at this time of year. I suspect this is a peak time of year for lost property as students need warm clothes in the morning that they can shed later in the day. Our lost property volunteers do outstanding work as they check names on clothes, corresponding year groups and deliver these outside classrooms. It’s a good time to check that all items have student names written on them.
Congratulations to all of our Tournament of Minds teams. As you know we had multiple teams competing in the ACT finals last weekend. The students gave innovative performances and the judges must have struggled to select winners. Of course, we consider all of our teams were worthy of selection for the national competition. One of our teams, the Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) group, did succeed against other schools and was selected for the national competition! This will be in Hobart later this year. What an outstanding achievement and congratulations to these STEM scholars; Serena B, Erika Y, Max C, Jeremy B, Luke R, Henry V and Flynn McD. Thanks also to the teaching staff and parents who have supported this work. Our community is cheering for you at the national competition!
Our Positive Behaviour for Learning focus this week will concentrate on safe and respectful play in natural outdoor areas. We will be reminding everyone that our student-developed acknowledgement of the Ngunnawal people includes ‘We promise to protect plants, animals, earth, water and sky and care for everyone in our community’. In particular we will focus on the plants in our playground, ensuring their longevity and ability to grow by respecting and leaving in place, bark, branches and leaves. Please have a chat with your child about the difference in playing with bark, branches or leaves that have naturally shed from a tree compared with removing these.
I wish you all a wonderful Spring, one that is mostly warmer that it is today! As Ogden Nash ( or not according to some) wrote ‘Spring has sprung, the grass is riz’…. or is it ‘Spring has sprung and snow it is’ ?