On Wednesday 17th March, Harmony Day, the Fathering Group and P & C hosted a breakfast. We had a nice turn out of fathers and families who ate fruit and yoghurt or sausage in a bun. It was delightful to see the Dads playing with the sports equipment with their children before school. Thank you to both school community groups for the special morning and the food. Thank you to our Gardner Mr Nick Taylor, and volunteer Mr Garth Caesar for setting up and manning the BBQ. Thank you to one of our fathers, Mr Luke Weaver, for coming in early and assisting. Thank you to anyone I have missed in naming but who helped on the morning.
On this day, Harmony Day activities were also held in classrooms where cultural diversity was celebrated. Students wore orange to represent Harmony Day or the National Costumes of their heritage. Lots of children were looking amazing in these celebration clothes.
Thanks to a Sporting Schools Grant – All students have been very fortunate to participate in a 4-session clinic.
Lacrosse is not a familiar sport to most of our students and community members. It is quite a challenging sport requiring many skills. The children had fun learning how to scoop and throw the ball with their sticks. They are looking forward to practising when our new equipment arrives.
Emily (our coach) from Quick Stix commented on how well the children behaved.
On Friday the 5th of March, our whole school went out to clean up our school environment. Each class was given a bucket of gloves and plastic bags and allocated an area in and around the school grounds. Strict rules were set by our classroom teachers as we headed out to clean our environment.
Room 14 worked hard to clean up the outside boundary area. What surprised us was the amount of cigarette butts and broken glass that we picked up, extremely carefully. The collected rubbish was then sorted into basic categories for recording purposes.
As a whole school we collected:
- Glass: 1323 grams plus one beer bottle
- Metal: 895 grams
- Paper: 571 grams – including cardboard, papers, junk mail- all very light materials
- Plastic: 606 grams- plus one big plastic drink bottle- including plastic bags, food wrappers, straws- this is a lot for such light objects
- Cigarette butts: more than 124.
We were so shocked by the number of cigarette butts, collected outside near parent parking areas, that we did a mini research on the effect on our environment. Did you know that it may take up to 500 years for a cigarette butt to break down? They are made of plastic particles and turn into micro plastics. They are still investigating these effects because cigarettes have not been around long enough to know the exact details.
Yesterday some parents and staff attended the Packed with Goodness lunchbox information session.
It was filled with ideas and information on how to pack a healthier lunch box. Here are some of the key ideas:
- children need 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables every day
- most children are getting the fruit but NOT the vegetables
- try to pack vegetables into the lunch box so not all 5 serves need to be eaten with dinner
- make crunch and sip vegetables
- children do not need any other drinks other than water and milk (fruit juice boxes contain 4 teaspoons of sugar!!!)
Some healthy ideas to try:
- swap white bread for grain bread
- try some unusual or less common vegies ie raw mushroom, snow peas
- swap packet snacks for fresh snacks
- for great recipes and ideas for fussy eaters visit crunchandsip.com.au
Our Term 1 writing program is well underway with the Talk4Writing ‘hook’ this week.
Our students will write an application letter to be a waiter for the Mad Hatters Tea Party.
Staff enjoyed an ‘extra cuppa’ this morning outside the staff room!
Another successful, entertaining performance from all students. Well done staff and students on the fabulous all singing, all dancing Christmas extravaganza. Another successful end of year assembly. It was great to be able to host a larger group of parents on site now that we are moving into less rigid, restricted procedures.