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A Message from the Associate Principal - Primary

What a term! We are all, of course, rather exhausted. Students, staff and families it seems are all needing some time out from the pace of School life. I am not sure where Term Three has gone really. Term Two seemed to flash by, and Term Three even faster. Having said that, most of us are well and truly ready to have some down time, break from the school routine and chill for a bit before we head for the home stretch with Term Four!

NIPPSA Athletics Success

Over 70 of our students in Years 3-6 represented Peter Moyes at the Interschool NIPPSA Athletics Carnival event over two days in our last week of term, hosted at St Mark’s and at McGillivray Oval. It was lovely to see them all come off the bus elated at their combined success. We are very proud of their achievement winning the competition confidently. With St Mark’s coming second and Whitfords Catholic coming third. Thank you to all the students who represented our school so finely and a massive thank you to Mr Senior for his efforts to train and inspire and motivate the team to do so well. Another big thank you to Ms Shimmings, Mr Patel and Mrs Pogson for their assistance on the two days. It is a credit to our School when our students not only shine in their skilled performance but are also able demonstrate such resilience and sportsmanship!

An Exciting New Primary School Nature Playground for 2021!

We are so excited that the P&F have decided to fully fund our new Year 1 to 6 Nature Playground vison, with work starting early December that will be ready for the start of next year in 2021!

We have sort feedback from various classes who have made their own designs or contributed to the feedback sheets set up on our display boards in the central foyer. If you have thoughts and ideas, please share them with us!

All children need to play. All children have the right to play according to the United Nations rights for every child. When children play, they are not just filling in time, they are learning to interpret the world. Play facilitates the learning of life skills, and for this reason, the provision of a quality outdoor space is vitally important for the children in our School. What this will mean for the Primary School is that we will have a wonderful space that will focus on the importance of play for our children’s physical, cognitive and social development. Through play, important life skills are learnt using interaction, risk taking, imagination, socialisation and self-expression. Playing allows children to learn about themselves and others.

I have a strong interest and passion in creating spaces for our children in the Primary School (probably because my wife has done so much research in this area for the State and Local Government). But this new playground will provide an environment where our primary children can explore, create, imagine, interact and reflect. I want to encourage our children of all ages to take calculated risks, interact with others and be physically active. We have come along way from simple slide and swing sets to integrated equipment that incorporates a range of features, challenges, themes and experiences.

As part of the plan, we will be moving the Kitchen Garden further south to where it is currently located and incorporating an indigenous sensory garden and space between the Kitchen Garden and the new Nature Playground which will also include Indigenous elements and features in amongst the playground space.

After a difficult time with COVID-19 lock down earlier this year, allowing our students to experience an environment that promotes the joy of playing and experiencing and being outside will not only be beneficial but also something quite delightful. As a School we are so grateful for this wonderful opportunity and look forward to this new environment taking shape.

Term Four…

Term Four, starts with a bang with both Year 3 and Year 6 Camps starting at the end of the first week, EDU Dance also begins Week 1 for Years 1, 3 and 5 , then we have the Primary School Instrumental Concert on Wednesday, 21 October with the momentum building!

Coffee Connect with Rod…

As of next term, I am going to set aside every Thursday morning from 8:00am as an opportunity for a coffee and chat in my office of those that would like to ‘chew the fat’ on anything relating to the Primary School as part of my open door policy. Please ensure that you book this in with Claire Long at Primary Reception – Ph 9304 5566.  I promise I will have nice coffee, or Tea for that matter!

Quite separate to this, is that we also have a Whole School Tuesday P & F Coffee morning that is hosted in the Chapel Social Space for parents to get to know one another and to help build community from 8:00am.

I wish you all the best from all of us in the Primary School for a wonderful School holiday break. My Primary Team and I look forward to seeing you all back in our School community on Monday 12th October.

With my best wishes,

Roderick Wood

Associate Principal - Primary

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