To our Families
On behalf of our staff I would like to thank all of you for your support, patience and understanding during remote learning. Our students have shone and done remarkably well in the remote learning environment. Whilst we are praying for a return to onsite schooling, we cannot inform our families of what next term will look like without advice from our Diocese and Government. As soon as this information becomes available we will share it with you.
During the holidays, please check in with your extended family and friends or give your children the opportunity to do so in a supervised online environment - how lucky are we to have facetime and online meets to connect with one another. Asking for you to support your children with screen time may sound strange after online learning, however using video platforms to socially connect with our families and friends can have an improvement on our social and emotional wellbeing. By all means decrease the amount of time spent on screens for other purposes! Read below for a list of ideas to engage your family over the school holidays.
Think of your childhood and those experiences that stand out. Use these to guide you for activities. I recall making homemade popcorn with real butter at my aunts during holidays. My cousins tried to teach me how to play cricket, not my strong point, but I know the basic rules to pass on. Building a billy cart was always great fun - though getting it to stay in one piece as we rolled down the hill at the end of the street was always a challenge. Building a tree fort and climbing trees is also a great way to pass the time.
My nephew loves board games, and it was during lockdown 5.0 on rainy afternoon; that he and his family rediscovered the joy of traditional Monopoly. If you are able to find an opportunity shop open - they normally have a great collection of board games for several dollars. Either that or using a piece of cardboard to measure out a checkers board could be a great way to play many different games - a quick internet search of games to play on a checkers board could be of use here!
Mrs Gulavin loves restoring old furniture and would encourage a family project or two - again visiting an opportunity shop to find old pieces may help. I do remember teaching my youngest to cook and invent new recipes - always some good fun to be had finding out what foods do and do not go together! We all learn from the experiences of our life. And this covid world we live in is shaping history right before our eyes. It is a period in time our children will remember. As a parent, I want it to be remembered for the good memories, not the tough stuff. I hope you do too.
If you are struggling for activities, distractions, or fulfilling pursuits for your children check the activity ideas!
Have a safe and blessed holiday
- Playing “shops”
- Wooden puzzles
- Learning nursery rhymes
- Spend time on a swing
- Dry and press some flowers
- Pizzas – Use a flatbread, and prepare cut capsicum, mushrooms and grated cheese and ask children to decorate the pizza
- Sandpit play
- On hot days, supervised water play is a fun way to cool down - think like sandpit play, only with water, buckets, tubs, little boats or floatable items
- The Imagination Tree is a crafting site from babies through to school age.
- Scope suggest some fun things to do for sensory play
- Scavenger hunts
- Puzzles, Card games and board games
- Gardening or pick and press flowers
- Paper plane making – turn it into a competition
- Build a marble run from round materials
- Thinklum coding and robotics school offer Online Coding School Holidays Camps for Kids
- Hewlett Packard are offering free printables
- Build a Domino trail
- Indoor or outdoor treasure hunt
- Water play with sprinklers - make sure it is supervised, but a fun way to cool down
- Scavenger hunt in your yard – Nature Play SA have some resources to use for scavenger hunts and outdoor play
- Make Sock puppets – a few socks, big buttons, needle and thread or glue, then put on a play
- Chalk art –draw, write, on concrete – your driveway, a path – share a positive message with your neighbourhood
- Go fishing (check on the latest regulations for this, you may not be able)
- Listen as David Walliams narrates some of his stories from “The Worlds Worst Children” Series (free during COVID-19)
- Little Scribe have free educational activities for literacy
- Story Factory offer free online workshops facilitated by Story Factory Storytellers.
- Make a kite and fly it
- Play frisbee
- Let off some energy with Totem tennis
- Bounce on a trampoline
- Try origami
- Encourage Nature play, if you need a little inspiration check these kits from Poppy and Daisy Designs.
- Some areas, local sports clubs are offering virtual sports camps.
Encourage teens to unplug from devices
- Life skills like cooking if not already mastered, now is a great time to share the load
- Try renovating a piece of furniture
- Do a crossword or sudoku puzzle
- Home manicure and paint nails
- Take the time out for a home spa with face masks, exfoliators and letting your skin breathe without makeup
- Learn calligraphy
- Macrame is trending! From starting out with key rings and wall hangings to making indoor teepees, outdoor porch swings, the inspiration is out there! Mary Maker Studio is an Australian stockist of fibre, cords, ribbons and tools and accessories.
- Sew a garment or reversible bag – check online for a pattern
- Learn a language – try Duolingo
- Curate a Spotify playlist if you haven't tried it already
- Start a book club (virtually, of course)
- It's never too late to learn a musical instrument, and many teachers are offering virtual or video-call lessons.
- Creative photography portraits or still life
- Create something with a 3D printer
- Try Yoga or Pilates.
The Whole Family
- Encourage outdoor time in your backyard, skipping, shooting basketball hoops, playing tennis against a wall
- A picnic in your yard. The blanket, the thermos, and picnic food. You could also try this indoors if the weather is wet!
- Camp in your backyard – pitch the tent, build a campfire, cook damper and toast marshmallows
- If you are using isolation to repaint a room. Older children (that understand not to do this every day) can draw artwork on the wall before you paint
- Plant a garden. If you only have a windowsill, herbs like mint, chives, thyme and rosemary are easy to grow and take up little space.
- Wash the car - have fun getting wet
- Is it too early to start Christmas baking?
- Keep a gratitude diary, or take photos to record your gratitude moments. this can be done individually or as a group
A treasure trove of online games and puzzles can be accessed at Crazy games.
Our last week of term saw the Bethany Community (Years 5&6) celebrate the Our Lady of Sorrows Mass. The themes we explore with Mary in this feast day are not necessarily happy and joyful. Sometimes we need to acknowledge the sad times in our lives and Mary certainly had some sad moments. Can you imagine how she felt when her son was nailed to a cross? But she knew that Jesus came to us with a purpose and stuck by her calling the whole way.
The month of October is known as ‘Mission Month’ in the liturgical calendar. The question we can ask ourselves during this time is… “How can we be the hands and feet of Jesus, to follow out his mission?”
St Thomas the Apostle PS is registered to participate in ‘Socktober’. This is an annual event, run by Catholic Mission. This year, Socktober focuses on supporting the poor in Thailand. There are curriculum resources and engaging activities for the students to explore that help them understand why it is that we engage in charity work. The why is very important. Socktober culminates in a fun event that uses a home-made soccer ball, made of socks and plastic bags. We will be communicating more with you next term about the raising of money for the charity, and how our community can be involved.
Visit the Socktober website for more details.
eSmart - Free Online Safety Webinars
St Thomas the Apostle is an accredited ‘eSmart’ school. This is a great thing for your children enrolled at our school, great for the teachers and also great for parents.
Being accredited, we have access to a wonderful set of quality resources. One of the benefits is the free webinars on offer for parents.
There are two webinars coming up in the not too distant future…
- Tuesday, 26th October
- Wednesday, 27th October
Afternoon School Pick Up
We have been looking at how we can improve the pick up situation in the afternoons. We are going to allow parents to park in the first row of bays closest to Fiorelli Drive.
Please see the attached car park diagram.
All cars will enter via Gate 1 (closest to Ferrari drive) and either turn right to park or continue with the car pick up loop.
Parents parking will use the pedestrian crossing to collect children from the basketball court.
Parked cars will exit out Gate 2 (closest to Berwick Cranbourne Rd). There will be staff members to assist but I know that our lovely parents will work to take turns and let everyone through.
For those with children onsite for remote learning you can use this parking from today.
Everyone else, we'll look forward to seeing you all when lockdown lifts.
As we head into warmer weather, and as per our School Uniform Policy, students will be required to wear their summer uniform in Term 4 .
A reminder that the No Hat, No Play rule will be effective immediately. Students will be required to wear hats when outside (e.g recess, play breaks, lunch, sport and excursions). If a student is not wearing a hat they will be required to stay in an undercover area during these times.
Uniforms can be purchased from PSW located in Hampton Park
NB: Please clearly label your child's items of clothing so they can be returned to your child if handed to lost property.
If your child is unwell, has a fever or has been vomiting or have had gastroenteritis, they must stay at home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. If they are not completely symptom free eg: runny nose, cough they will need a medical certificate to confirm they have recovered and are not contagious in order to attend school.
Change of Clothing (Foundation – Junior students)
Accidents happen, from muddy puddles to tummy troubles; there may come a time when your child needs a change of clothes. Please ensure your child has a spare set of clothing in their bags at all times in the event they are needed.
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