Term Two, Week Two - 8 May 2020
Message From the Principal

Message From the Principal

Return to school

Welcome back to Term Two and to our new look newsletter! We hope you find it easy to read and a helpful addition to our communications with you! We will also be releasing our updated website shortly; this newsletter will seamlessly integrate with it. We’re excited by what’s ahead!

We are looking forward to our students beginning to rejoin us on Monday 11 May! Please make sure you are keeping up-to-date with our communications, as the timing keeps shifting, based on the latest government advice!

The remote learning scenario has been an exhilarating and exhausting time for everyone! Teachers have been learning constantly, adjusting and transforming learning for the different environment. Our teachers have been superheroes!

Some students and families have loved the online learning environment, for others it has been a struggle and a complex juggling act! We take our hats off to all our families and students for working with us and persisting through this time. You have been courageous and brave!

Equally, we know that coming back to school is a highly anticipated adventure for some students, and for others it’s a time of trepidation. As we said when we first moved to remote learning, please be kind and patient as this will take some time to readjust. The phase-in with partial attendance will be particularly difficult for students who like routines, be prepared!

So, once again

  1. There is enough stress out there, don’t add returning to school to the list!

If there is one thing I could get across, it’s to dial down your expectations about what this will look like! Whilst we have all returned to school after a holiday, this is not the same, it’s new territory for everyone!

  1. Re-establish routines

They are really important to help you all survive. However, don’t expect it to look like a ‘normal’ school day or week.

  1. Don’t worry about your child ‘falling behind’!

Every student in Australia is going through this! We will be spending this term checking where each student is, seeing if there are any significant gaps. The Department of Education has assured us not to worry.

  1. Look after their well-being

This will continue to be a challenging time for many students, and the ongoing media attention will continue to be unsettling for some. If you are concerned for your child’s mental health, seek help, and let us know so we can support your child.

  1. Keep getting them outside

Bike sales are up! Puppies have been purchased! It’s been wonderful to see all the families out walking over the last few months – keep it up!

In a world of restrictions, of limits and where the rules are constantly changing, some things remain the same – “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Mrs Megan Hastie

Head of Junior School

Head of Junior School

I lived in Alberta Canada for nine months when I was in my twenties. I landed in January from a balmy 28 degrees Sydney summer to a whiteout in 25 degrees below zero. During that winter there were several blizzards that swept across Edmonton. Our Snowy Mountains blizzards are just a shadow of a true Canadian winter storm. There are no bearings, no visibility, no shelter and no hope if you are caught outside. All around is white, wind, snow and ice. I was once travelling from Edmonton to Calgary and the blizzard struck so hard we had to exit to Red Deer and find shelter. Not a road sign could be seen, not an emergency vehicle was visible. We stayed in Red Deer for two days before the storm finished.

One of the negatives from COVID-19 is the online snowstorm. So much information, with so many people thinking they are experts in all manner of medical and political decision making. While freedom of expression is commendable, too much can lead to a blizzard of opinion, misinformation and just plain speculation. What is important, where is the right direction and who is in charge are good questions in such a time.

Thankfully the College has a plan that is guided by good health advice and good policy. We are looking out for each other – for families, for relatives, for children, for staff. The blizzard will blow away, the landscape may be different for a while but we will have playgrounds and classrooms filled with optimistic, engaged and energetic children.

I have many stories of what the ‘storm’ of COVID-19 looks like for our families and want to say thanks and well done for all the little and big things. Teaching is hard work, rewarding and aimed at the long term as well as the day to day. Your career may not have included teaching up to this point, but now you can add it to your resume!

Mr Andrew McPhail

Head of Senior School

Head of Senior School

Growing up at Tuross Head roughly 50 minutes south of Batemans Bay, holidays were spent at home. The pace slowed. There was time to think, dream and be bored, although if us kids ever complained mum and dad would be sure to give us a job! 

Last holidays were strangely similar to those of my childhood. My son and I had a few good surfs at 7 Mile Beach. My children and I did some fishing and caught some fish too! We worked on our little farm doing jobs that weren’t urgent but needed to be done. There was no ferrying children off to holiday sports training and activities. 

We have felt blessed to be living in this area during the period of imposed physical isolation. The time as a family was a welcome distraction from the constant stark reminder of how many people are struggling with either the health or employment and financial ramifications of this time. I also realise that we all have had different experiences over the past weeks and it has been a really difficult time for lots of families no doubt. In any crisis though, even one of this magnitude, there are always silver linings. The major one I have seen during COVID-19 is the appreciation and reprioritisation of family.

I read an article recently which outlined three kinds of families: parent-focused families, kid-focused families and family-focused families. Parent-focused families prioritise the parents’ careers above everything else. In kid-focused families, parents do everything possible to keep their kids happy and achieving, at the expense of their own, and their family’s well-being. By contrast, family-focused families make choices in the best interests of the whole unit. Both parents and children make sacrifices in their respective lives to create better balance, harmony and collective happiness. I hope this crisis and tragedy compels us to re-evaluate our priorities and reconsider if the activities that keep us in constant motion actually improve our lives.

Most of us are excited to return to normal school. I’m excited by the prospect of students and staff returning to being on-campus and face-to-face teaching. School has been lifeless without the students, staff and parent involvement. However, let’s remember the lessons from this time and think carefully about what we want our new normal to be.

Mr Peter Gibson

Chaplain

Chaplain

“Stay home”, said our Prime Minister. And we stayed home. Not that it was easy, at first. I mean the weather has been incredible. But we stayed home. And we took up new projects. I tried (and struggled) to learn the euphonium, ate and worked.

The time in isolation has been challenging too with financial, relational and other pressures. But we are slowly returning to normality. Our rhythms will soon begin to reset. So perhaps it’s time to reflect on what we have learned. What have we learned about joy, contentment, business or frustration?

The Ecclesiastes, in the Bible, we read the story of a man on a search for meaning and joy in life. He seeks everywhere, finding everything his heart desires. And yet, as he reflects on it, he sees that so much of his energy, effort and stress in life was just (in his words) a “chasing after the wind”.

I wonder which things that isolation has forced upon us we will choose to keep? I wonder if this time of slowness, and simplicity has helped us to see that life’s meaning isn’t in so many of the things that we pack into it. Perhaps it’s been a chance to enjoy time with family. Or the chance to create something with the unique abilities God has given us all. Hopefully – confronted by our mortality –  it’s been a chance to reflect on the big questions of life. Who are we? What have we been building our lives on? Have we been ‘chasing after the wind’? 

We remain in isolation, for now. But let’s grow through it. I pray that this remaining time of isolation and quietness would be a time in which we find renewed faith, hope and joy in the God who offers it to us.

Mr Dan Odell

Prep News

Prep News

 

Prep Create their own Van Gogh!

The sunflowers in Prep have grown so tall over the holidays and are beginning to flower! Mrs Hardie and Mrs Lundberg have been taking photos and videos to document their growth. Students did some further investigation of the parts of the flower. At home, students listened to a story about Van Gogh’s sunflower painting and then drew their own sunflowers in their learning journals. 

Mrs Belinda Hardie and Mrs Sara Lundberg – Prep Teachers 

 

 

Prep Blue Celebrates Mother’s Day

Prep Blue celebrated Mother’s Day in their Week Two Library lesson and in their digital lessons. They enjoyed reading ‘My Mum has X-ray Vision’ written by Angela McAllister and illustrated by Alex T. Smith. Students made their own superhero pictures of their Mums. Thanks Mums for all you do and we hope you have a great Mother’s Day!

Mrs Luke and Prep Blue

Junior School News

Junior School News

Virtual Hugs in Kindergarten!

Kindergarten (KS) read an online story about how they can give ‘virtual hugs’ to family members who do not live with them. Students created these colourful ‘hugs’ and shared them via Seesaw to each other. 

Mrs Rebecca Scarratt – Kindergarten Teacher 

Stage Three Master Drawing Techniques

Stage Three Art has been looking at different drawing techniques inspired by artists like Australian artist Vida Lahey. While Vida uses watercolours to produce beautiful still life paintings, Stage Three students focused on drawing techniques. The students worked very hard to develop their skills through art tutorials, feedback and necessary drafting and refinement to produce quality work.

Mr Matthew Low – Stage Three Teacher 

Stage Two Pop Art!

Stage Two Students used the colourful work of American Pop artist Andy Warhol to create their own colourful sneaker designs.

Mr Barry Luke – Stage 3-6 Coordinator

Stage One STEM Activity 

Stage One library students enjoyed listening to the traditional tale ‘The Three little Pigs’. Mrs Luke introduced the students at school and at home to Bernard her pet puppet pig and challenged the students to design and build a wolf proof house. There were some very exciting builds both from the at home and at school learners. A big thank you to Mr Brown who helped with some very creative ideas and house building support. Some students even tested with the huff and puff test!

Mrs Helen Luke – Teacher Librarian

Senior School News

Senior School News

Do you love to Ski or Snowboard?

Entries are now open for the ACT/Southern NSW Interschool Snowsports Competition. If you would like to enter this year’s competition please access the expression of interest form through the attached QR Code. Looking forward to hitting the slopes with you all! (Students from both Junior and Senior school are welcome to enter)

Mrs Meegan Knight – Teacher in charge of Snowsports

 

Year Nine Remote Learning Artwork

Year Nine Art Students have been busy creating their artwork pieces as part of the ‘Twisted By the Pool;’ unit of work. These have been made at home since remote learning commenced. Artwork pictured is by Michela.

Mrs Melinda Giblett – Visual Arts Teacher

 

Interviews with Professional Athletes

Students have have been enjoying 5 for 20 (five athletes, 20 minute interview) So far they have tuned in via Zoom to listen to former Illawarra Hawk, Oscar Forman and former Wallabies player, Glen Ella. Students have listened to advice for aspiring athletes, their career highlights, words of wisdom as well as answering questions live. 

Mr Stephen Irvine – Coordinator PDHPE

 

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award 

Congratulations to four students who have been awarded their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. This award is testament to perseverance, tenacity, teamwork and an outward focus. The awards will be presented by the Governor of NSW at an upcoming ceremony. Congratulations to Aimee Schier (Year 12 2018), Rochelle Borg (Year 12 2019), Jessica Livingstone (Year 12 2020) and Jessica Holland (Year 12 2020).

Mr Nathan Alterator – Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

Library News

Library News

 Author Visit from Sue Whiting

Junior School and Senior School students and staff look forward to the annual Author visit. Later this year both Junior and Senior school will welcome Author Sue Whiting to present her books and writing process.

Sue Whiting is a local author who writes for both young adults and children. Sue is a former primary teacher who worked in the publishing industry before leaving to write full-time. She is a highly experienced speaker who loves sharing her passion for story and storytelling, reading and writing with people of all ages. We encourage students to borrow and read Sue’s books ready for her visit.

Look out for Sue’s new books coming soon to the library – Portraits of Celina a Senior School read and picture book Good Questions a Tale Told Backwards. Check out the below Sue Whiting books!

Mrs Helen Luke – Teacher Librarian 

Kindergarten to Stage One

Beware the Deep Dark ForestSue’s award-winning picture book sees main character Rosie over come obstacles and challenges to rescue her pup from the deep dark forest.

Platypus This picture book is part of the Nature Story series which combines story with factual animal information. Mrs Luke strongly recommends this picture book for Australian animal fans like herself.

A Swim in the SeaA Swim in the Sea is all about Bruno’s first day at the beach. Bruno soon discovers that the beach is full of wonder and fun.

A Strange Little MonsterThe Aussie Nibbles series found in the Junior Fiction section is a great series for beginning Stage 1 chapter book readers. Sue’s book about Sasha the monster that is a little bit different is very heart-warming.

 

 

Stage Two 

Freaky As you know, Mrs Luke does not like scary books but she really enjoyed this scary adventure story. Mrs Luke does not want to give away too much but the combination of a dangerous plant and spiders kept her reading to the end.

Stage Three 

Missing Mrs Eagleton and Mrs Luke both read this book last year and couldn’t put it down. A book for Stage Three and up, it is full of mystery and adventure.

The Book of ChanceMrs Luke devoured this book over the weekend and desperately wanted to discover the family mystery that Chance the main character discovers. The story is set in Wollongong so locals will love recognising many known landmarks as they enjoy this story.

 
 
Senior School

Get a Grip, Cooper Jones Cooper’s dad is a mystery to him and he want to know more. When Abbie arrives in town Cooper discovers he’s not the only one with problems. Cooper must face his fears to save his friend. This is a fast paced adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

P & F News

P & F News

Pre-Loved Uniform Shop

The Pre-Loved uniform shop will be open every week on:
 
Monday – 8:30am to 9:30am
Tuesday – 8:30am to 9:30am
Friday – 8:30am to 9:30am
Due to social distancing and convenience appointments are necessary. Appointments are every 15 minutes or you can book a 30 minute appointment. Please note that all sales are CASH only.
 
Appointments – susandifazio@gmail.com

 

 

College Notices

College Notices

 

Book Club in Term Two

The College is excited to launch Book Club again this term! However, it will look a little different as it will be a virtual catalogue!

The catalogue can be accessed online at:

https://scholastic.com.au/book-club/virtual-catalogue-1/  

Order’s can only be placed on LOOP and need to be completed by Monday 18 May 2020. Books will still be distributed to your child at school.

Thank you for continuing to support!

Karissa Anstee, Book Club Coordinator