Coordinators’ Comments

Deputy Head of School’s comment

It has been great to witness the children’s excitement with all the excursions that are taking place between now and the end of the year. After such a long time where it has not been possible for the children to get out and about, it is wonderful that they get the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company in a different setting. This week our primary students have been at Manly attending Surf School. We had great report from 3rd and 4th class. We will wait to hear from 5th and 6th after today. Lower 1st enjoyed an informative day at Bobbin Head yesterday impressing their guides with some very interesting and well informed questions. There are events planned for …

From our Deputy Head

This week our Lower 1st class children celebrated 100 days at school. They had a wonderful day and much time and trouble was taken by teachers and parents to make it a very special event. The children all dressed up in fabulous costumes and received a specially made bag and a certificate at the end of the day. One of the highlights of the day was a Zoom conversation with a 93 year old gentleman, who spoke with the children and offered this advice, it is not enough to talk about good actions, you have to practise good actions. This, he said to the children, leads to a happy life. Good advice for all of us. Di Renshaw Deputy …

Deputy Head’s Comment

This week we have finally come to the end of what has been a most challenging project, to record our primary Shakespeare performances on Zoom. From what Ms Emanuel has told me, this is the first time that such a project has been undertaken. It could not have happened without the huge amount of work that the children and teachers have put in over the four months. It took a lot of perseverance and determination. Most of all it could not have happened without the support and patience of all the parents, especially with the last-minute change of arrangements with return to school dates. A huge thank you for the generosity of spirit that has made this possible. Di …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

It was wonderful to welcome back our Lower and Upper 1st classes this week. Almost all were pleased to be back at school and to have the chance to reconnect with their teacher and their friends. The return to the classroom has been seamless. The teachers have commented on the fact that it is as if the children have not been away. This says a lot about how well they have been supported by parents and carers at home. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School’s comment

This week we have continued to visit classrooms and have had some interesting and enjoyable conversations with the children. At the beginning of each meeting, we pause and as I watch the children gather themselves and become quiet, I am continuously reminded of the value of this very simple but far-reaching exercise. The pause gives the children an opportunity to come into the present and refresh themselves. As we are spending so much time in front of screens at the moment, a chance to recharge their energy regularly throughout the day is of great value. It is very encouraging to see the children making such genuine efforts. Di Renshaw Deputy Head of School …

Deputy Head of School’s comment

This week it has been wonderful to get feedback from teachers about how well children are working at home and the efforts that they are putting into their work. One teacher spoke about how proud she was with the level of respect her class was showing during Zoom meetings. Other teachers have spoken about the level of independence their classes are demonstrating. Another teacher gave a lovely description of how happily her class engaged in an online Maths game. Today 5th and 6th class  had a Cyber Safety Workshop and they engaged fully and asked some excellent questions. It is very encouraging to see everyone putting their best foot forward in difficult times. Di Renshaw Deputy Head of School …