It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is here! Our third year of operation is coming to a close and a period of rest, joy and season’s celebrations is ahead of us.
I was absolutely delighted with the performances of the children at last week’s End of Year Prize Giving. Their hard work (and that of their teachers!) and diligent practising paid off and was an absolute joy to witness. I have attached my speech here in case you missed it. As a staff we are kept accountable to the goals of the BOT each year, and through my speech this year I have outlined our achievements as a school. We are very excited about 2018 and our strategic direction forward, and look forward to sharing this with you early in Term 1.
I’ve also had the pleasure of reading all the reports over the last few days. It is wonderful to see so many children making excellent progress, both in their character and their academics.
I have been reflecting with teaching friends recently about the important part parents play in a child’s education, and how our education system really does rely of parents playing this part. The holidays are a wonderful time to make the most of the role you play. Don’t worry though – your part is not the formal and structured learning children do at school. Your part is to build curiosity, celebrate the joy found in new discoveries, coach through the emotional ups and downs, develop a love of books and reading, model constructive problem solving, engage in interesting conversation with your children and encourage creativity and courage. Each of these things can be done at the beach, or camping, or under the Christmas tree or in the garden or at the park, and even in the quiet moments you have together at home. So although I would discourage you from doing ‘formal’ school work over the holidays, your children will definitely come to school in a better place for learning at the beginning of 2018 if you have all curled up with a good book each night, played in some rock pools or searched for eels in the river, learnt a new skill on a skateboard or a bike, done a crossword or a word find together, learnt to knit on a rainy day etc. Play, discover and explore. Your children’s education will benefit greatly from it.
For those of you who finish with us tomorrow – we wish you every blessing as you take this next step in your journey. You will be missed and we are thankful for the part you have played in our school community – whether it has been big or small.
I pray you will all have a blessed and merry Christmas, and that you know the Hope and Peace that Jesus’ birth brings during this season.
We look forward to partnering with you in your child’s education in 2018!