As I drove back from Year 5 camp at Coonawarra on Tuesday I was reminded of the beauty of our surroundings. Our students are so fortunate to have access to the mountains, hills, rivers and beaches on our doorstep which allow us to participate in an outdoor education program so close to home.
Coonawarra is an excellent school camp for experiencing the outdoors in such a beautiful setting. The activities offered a challenge that was well received and generally rewarded. I say generally as I recall the raft building competition. I watched in trepidation as each team trialled their raft and laughed alongside the students as their rafts tipped and tilted, testing their craftsmanship.
Once again our Year 6 students delivered Meals on Wheels this week to those in need in our community. A big thank you to our parents who happily volunteer to assist us in this program. Many of our Year 6 students have now completed the Rotary Junior Community Award program. I do not underestimate the commitment that our students have made to complete the required tasks and I look forward to celebrating this achievement with them at a later date.
With the warmer weather approaching it was timely that Tahli from Lifesaving Victoria reminded us all of safety procedures around water. The students responded well to the questioning and listened attentively. Indigo and Mischa were very happy to be our lifesavers in the demonstration. Next Monday we will welcome St John Ambulance who will visit our school to deliver 'First Aid in Schools' training to students from Prep to Year 6. Trained St John presenters will lead students through tailored sessions on the importance of First Aid and what to do in the event of an emergency. Our junior students will learn how to identify when there is an emergency, how to keep themselves safe and how to call for an ambulance. Senior students will learn about delivering CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the things they can do to assist in an emergency.
As some of you may know, Mr Robert Loft has announced plans to teach in the UK in 2018. Robert will be sadly missed by staff and students alike and we hope he will return to us one day full of new ideas. I would also like to inform you that Ms Alison Fraser has accepted a position at our St Anne’s campus from next year. Alison has been an asset to the Bairnsdale Campus and will be missed, however, she will be pleased to be working closer to her home in Sale. We look forward to this further link with the St Anne’s campus. We wish both Robert and Alison the very best and will have opportunities to farewell them later in the year.
In other staffing news, Mrs Elisha Froud will return from maternity leave to resume her role as Teacher of Physical Education and Mrs Lisa Hudson will return to classroom teaching. Mrs Sally Stevens has announced that she is pregnant with her second child and has resigned her position. As a result we are currently interviewing candidates to fill the position. We hope to have this process finalised by next week and look forward to announcing the new appointment, along with 2018 class structures in the coming weeks.
This week you will have received a note regarding ‘Twilight School’. While I appreciate that the timing may cause some inconvenience, I urge you to focus on the purpose behind this initiative, that being to engage our parents in student learning and to allow the opportunity for your children to share their school day with you. Everyone is welcome to be part of our ‘Twilight School’.
A four day week next week with Melbourne Cup day on Tuesday will be a bonus for all. Enjoy the midweek break next week and your upcoming weekend.