A message from Margie  

Being brave and making change  

We had such a wonderful Reconciliation Week, in fact we can't stop talking about it! Highlights were: 

  1. The Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country, digeridoo performance and a ceremonial dance by Dave Booth and family on Monday morning.
  2. Teaching students about Reconciliation, asking children to consider what Reconciliation means to them, and what we can do as individuals and as a school to contribute to reconciliation.
  3. Our Reconciliation 'Graffiti' wall in the gym, with comments and drawings from all of our students, staff and community members too. 
  4. Our cross age activities on the Friday, highlighting different aspects of Reconciliation and Aboriginal culture.   Other activities included making damper, storytelling, nature drawings, clay sculptures of Reconciliation, Aboriginal games, making a giant Aboriginal flag, a giant paper chain and making stories using symbols. 
  5. Family 'postcards' which will inform the vision statement  for our Reconciliation Action Plan (thank you Jess DeCampo!). 

We have displayed the Graffiti wall, the Aboriginal Flag and the Postcards in the gym. We welcome you to come in to the gym at the end of the day before you pick up your children any day next week, read about others' thoughts and plans for Reconciliation, and add to our Graffiti wall. 

 

You might like to use these photos as prompts for your children to tell you about the group activities, and their understanding of what Reconciliation means to them: 

Making a giant Aboriginal flag and learning about the meaning of the flag
Making a giant Aboriginal flag and learning about the meaning of the flag
Acting out Dreamtime Stories
Acting out Dreamtime Stories
Making damper!
Making damper!
... and eating damper with Quandong jam!
Grinding seeds
... and eating damper with Quandong jam!
Grinding seeds
Playing traditional Aboriginal games
Playing traditional Aboriginal games
Storytelling , and making a giant Reconciliation chain
Storytelling , and making a giant Reconciliation chain
Using symbols to tell our own stories
Using symbols to tell our own stories
Ochre and charcoal drawings
Ochre and charcoal drawings

Imagine Uraidla postbox 

We are enjoying writing a Letter to the Future to contribute to Imagine Uraidla's vision for the future of our district. Students are encouraged to write or draw what they love about living around here, what could be better about living here, what makes a good community and to imagine Uraidla in 10 years' time. Students are really enjoying being able to contribute their ideas and we thank Imagine Uraidla for giving us this opportunity for genuine student voice. The Uraidla Town Pool is a popular item for the future in the kids' letters, so hopefully their votes count! 😊

Mid Year intake at school from 2024! 

You may have heard that all primary schools will be taking Reception students twice each year from 2024- one intake in January and another in July. We don't really know what this will look like yet but we encourage families to read the attached pamphlet. We'll let you know once we have more information ourselves!  In the meantime please remember to enrol by the end of this term if you have a child entering Reception next year, and spread the news to your neighbours to book in for a school tour! 

Welcome Back everyone! 

We are happy to inform you that parents and other family members are once again welcome to come in to the school yard at the end of the day.  Masks are not required outdoors. Children are now also able to play in the playground again while waiting to be collected by their families after the bell. 

 

Families who are relatively new to the school may not realise that it used to be common occurrence for the school community to gather at the end of each day, chatting and getting to know one another. It was great to see so many of you at the Colour Run today, and we'd really like to see more of you back in the yard on a regular basis now that the Covid regulations have eased. 😊

 

The morning drop off remains the same; please drop children off at the gate in the mornings. We find this gives us a smooth start to the day and we can get straight into the learning program. Please also note that masks are still required in school buildings if you do need to come inside at any stage. 

 

Thank you and welcome back! 

Colour Run 

WOW! What an amazing experience and adventure for students who participated in our first Colour Run today!  We'd like to thank the Parents and Friends for organising this spectacular event, and for raising - wait for it.... over $13 000!!!... for the school in the process! 🤩Thank you especially to Kate George for managing this event from start to finish. We are so grateful for the efforts of our strong and enthusiastic P and F group. The proceeds will go towards improvements to the playground for all students to enjoy. 

 

Have a colourful fortnight everyone!

 

Margie