Last week I posted a photo of some boys playing soccer with a plastic spade on the courts before school. They were having great fun and the game went on for quite a while. The same morning, again, on the courts before school, I walked past a gaggle of students who were really engaged in a conversation, with an exclamation of ‘wow’ coming from the group every so often. I couldn’t help myself, I went over and stood eavesdropping beside them. I was so impressed! It was a group of students, girls and boys, different year levels, sporty types and academic types, all standing together testing each other’s knowledge of square roots and numerals squared!
It actually made my heart sing! Here were children being children. No phones in sight, no iPads, no scooters or bikes, no gizmos. Just children entertaining themselves by playing with other children.
It’s good to remind ourselves that children actually don’t need bought things to play with. Sometimes, all they need is their imagination. I see it all around the playground. Children making huts out of bits and pieces. Children making roads in the dirt and driving bits of stick as the cars. Children using the frame off an old desk as part of their game. Children making potions with water and flowers.
So much learning is happening. Children are learning how to collaborate. They are learning how to share. They are learning to deal with conflict. They are learning to accept other people’s ideas. They are learning about team work. They are learning to solve problems. They are learning how to be innovative. They are learning that taking risks means they can overcome things they previously thought they couldn’t do.
iPads, phones and the latest toys are part of a child’s life, there is no disputing that and these things can add to the richness of their childhood. Going outside with a couple of friends and some junk adds another facet of richness to their lives. As with everything in life, it’s about balance. With the holidays coming up, I am sure you will make time for some fun activities but also make sure your children get the chance to just play.
All the children in rooms 15, 16, 17 and 18 will be in their lovely refurbished classrooms at the beginning of the term. The building project has come in on time and the building will be ready for occupying during the holidays. We have arranged for the furniture to be moved back to the rooms so that it is all set up and ready for them on the first day of term.
Please ensure that your child comes to school wearing the correct uniform. No coloured skivvies or t shirts underneath the uniform, only navy or white as applicable. Remember that we sell long sleeved polo shirts if your child needs a warmer option. The uniform is now interchangeable, so girls may wear the long trousers; a good option for warmth. Girls may also wear shorts and navy polos (a decision which is proving to be very popular). Socks and tights must be black, navy or white. At the moment, there seems to be a fad for oversized coloured bows for girls’ hair. Please keep these for weekend wear.
Parent Teacher Interviews 11, 12 April – Feedback Forms
Please send back the forms to your child’s teacher prior to the interview so the teacher can be prepared.