Council recognises that there will be a mental health cost of this COVIS-19 pandemic especially while people are still recovering and healing from the bushfires. In recognising this, Snowy Valleys Council has partnered with Quest for Life to host a free online workshop to provide recovery strategies to build individual and community resilience.
Quest’s nationally acclaimed workshops enable people to regain a sense of control over their lives and actively participate in their own wellbeing. Participants are educated on research into neuroplasticity, epigenetics, meditation, mindfulness and healthy lifestyle factors including nutrition, sleep and exercise.
The Building Resilient Families online workshop provides practical self-help techniques and strategies that complement and support people's daily challenges including those who may be struggling to adapt to working from home with the kids.
This workshop would be beneficial for anyone in our community (including Educators) who would like to learn better strategies in dealing with stress. In particular this workshop would provide benefit to parents of your students.
This workshop will be free for all participants & will take place on Thursday 7 May 2020 from 9.30am to 1.30pm.
Our NAPLAN Tests continue into this week as we were affected by the widespread disruptions across the state last Tuesday and Wednesday. I must congratulate our Year 3 and 5 students for their resilience and understanding in the circumstances.
I attended Western Region Cross Countryin Harden last week and it was a joy to see our 13 students eagerly participating and excited to be involved in such a big event. Congratulations to EJ Sullivan who has made it into the Western Region team and will compete in Canberra in a fortnight.
This Thursday, is our Athletics Carnival at the Batlow Showground. We have been looking forward to it for some time and anticipate a great day. Please come along and join us. We have completed several events already here at school e.g. shot put and long jump. If parents are able to help with time keeping on the day please let me know tomorrow.
This Friday, our students visit the Life Education Van to begin their unit in Personal Development and Health for this term. The cost of the Life Education program is covered by school fees and includes the program and a booklet. A flyer went home last week regarding additional purchases of Life Education merchandise, which is optional.
There will be a children's Mass on Sunday 16th June at 8.30AM.If you would like for your child to do a special task at this Mass (Reading, Prayer of the Faithful, Offertry etc) please let Mrs Saunderson know.
Congratulations to William who represented St Mary's and the Archdiocese in Canberra at the Mackillop Trials on Friday 10th May. Will played 5 games that day; he was noticed by selectors but unfortunately missed out on selection to the next level.
Congratulations to the 13 students that represented St Mary's at the Western Region Cross Country in Harden on Friday. Everyone had a great day and ran very well. Special mention to EJ who has been selected in the Western Region team to run at the Archdiocesan Cross Country in Canberra on
On Thursday, K/1 had a wonderful day out on our excursion. We started with a visit to Boggy Creekwhere we watched a show that involved lots of animals and tricks. We had big laughs watching some of our classmates volunteering in the show. This was a great experience as it related to our Science unit 'School Yard Safari'where we are looking at living things and their features. There were plenty of animals for us to get up close to and also learn about the history of these animals in Australia.
We then had lunch at the Tumbarumba park and enjoyed a play on the equipment before hopping back on the bus. On the way home, we stopped at the Sugar Pine Walkand enjoyed quietly walking through the forest looking out for living things that we can research in Science this week. We also spent some time practicing our team building skillsby working together to build a tee pee in the forest.
It was a lovely day with many laughs and plenty of adventure.
Our annual Athletics Carnival is scheduled for tomorrowand is being held at the Batlow Showground. St Joseph’s Adelong will be combining with us for this event. As usual the athletic carnival is a highlight of the sporting calendar as it is a chance to test our speed and strength at track and field.The Western Region Carnival is scheduled for 28th June 2019.
This year students are asked to assemble at school by 9.00am and we will then walk to the showground. Events will be underway by 10:00am. All events will conclude by 2:00pm and students will then walk back to school, except for K/1 who will return to school at 12 noon.
Students will need to come dressed in their sports uniform and ensure they have a school hat, sunscreen, water, recess and lunch if not previously ordered.
A canteen will operate on the day for recess purchases, but lunch orders have now closed.
Lunch orders will be taken to school for K/1 students who have ordered lunch.
Parents are needed to help on the day with setting up, timekeeping, marshalling, canteen and pack up. Please let us know if you are available.
PLEASE FILL OUT AND SUBMIT THE PERMISSION NOTE SENT OUT BY EMAIL AGAIN TODAY & SUBMIT BY WEDNESDAY IF YOU DID NOT DO THIS PREVIOUSLY.
This Friday students will visit the Life Education Van.
This year the students will complete the units of:-
K/1 - Harold's Friendships
is a fun interactive learning experience that aims to empower children to make safer and healthier choices. Covered in the module -
• How to build friendships and care for others • Feelings and emotions • Safe and unsafe situations and early warning signs, and • Safe places and people to turn to for help
Year 2/3/4 - Growing Good Friends
Harold battles to figure out what to give his grandma for her birthday, until his friends, Boots and Red step in and offer some good ideas.
Explore what health messages mean
Identify safety signs
Recognise how physical activity and nutrition contribute to a healthy lifestyle
Explore how positive relationships benefit our health and wellbeing
Year 4/5/6 - Think Twice
this module tackles the topic of drinking alcohol in an age-appropriate context. Students explore concepts such as the effect that alcohol has on body systems, myths and facts about alcohol, laws relating to its sale and reasons why people choose not to consume alcohol.
Myths and facts surrounding the use of alcohol
Strategies for responding to encouragement or pressure to drink
Physical, social & legal consequences of alcohol use
Strategies to reduce harmful effects of alcohol on self and other
The purchase of merchandise from Life Ed is optional as per the note sent home yesterday.
If anyone has a chess set at home that is no longer being used, St Mary's students would love to have sets to use as a lunch time activity. Please call the office 69491270 or just drop into the school. No glass pieces please.