From the Elementary Principal

Dear Elementary Parents,

It has been an extraordinary 11 weeks of Distance Learning so far for your children, our teachers, and of course, for you.  Schools around the world have had to rearrange their instructional programmes and parents have had to rearrange their lives in order to support learning at home during this global pandemic. We are deeply appreciative of our parent community at this time – our home-school partnership has never been more important.  

On Wednesday April 29th we invite you to participate in ‘Learning Conversations’ – a time for you to meet with your child’s homeroom teacher to discuss their progress, their engagement with Distance Learning and for you to share your perspectives on your child as a learner at home.

The following teachers will be available for individual 15 minute conferences:

  • Homeroom Teachers
  • Learning Support Teachers 
  • EAL Teachers (for EAL beginner students only) 

There will be no Learning Conversations with specialist teachers at this time. 

Because we value student voice and student reflection, we strongly encourage you to have your child sitting beside you when the Learning Conversation takes place.  

Our teachers will be available for Learning Conversations between 8.00 – 17.00 on April 29th. For this reason, there will be no Zoom meetings for students on this day.  Students will still be able to access and work on their Distance Learning slides.  

Our Elementary secretaries will contact you on Wednesday April 22nd to let you know how you can sign up for a Learning Conversation.

With sincere thanks for the role you have played through this Distance Learning journey,

Megan Brazil

Art Lessons Become a Family Affair!

Moms and Dads, brothers and sisters are no longer sitting on the sidelines watching their Elementary family members have all the fun in Art lessons! Now families are joining in on the lessons and producing art for the teacher to see and grade too!

Elementary School Art Teachers, Emma Hamilton and Vicki Wilson-Jiwatram have received a number of art pieces, created not only by their students, but parents and siblings as well!

Emma says it’s been ‘so beautiful’ to see the family engagement. She added, “I regularly receive emails from families telling me they’ve really enjoyed the tasks set for their child.

I do think one of the major benefits of this distance learning experience is that the whole family gets involved in the curriculum more practically” commented one Grade 1 parent. “I thoroughly enjoy the slides alongside my children.

One student expressed his delight at being able to draw with his ‘big sis’, even though he missed sitting in the classroom with his teachers and friends. Another big sister revealed how helping her little sister complete her work has improved her skills as an artist. 

A large collection of artwork made by families has been amassed. Here’s a snapshot…