Blog 19, 2019

From the Principal’s desk

Dear Families,

It has been wonderful for our dams, farmers and gardens to have some wet weather.

Our school can be particularly soggy when it is wet and so children are invited to wear their gum boots at school if they have a pair. This lets our children splash in the puddles and generally get involved with some play in nature, something that we value highly at Woodland Grove. I have attached some links to Nature Play ideas for children. There are some great ideas for you and your family to get out and enjoy.

I have been sowing some everlasting seeds with children at school in the garden beds near Global Motion. It will be fun to watch them sprout and become a bed of flowers. We just have to keep foot traffic off the garden beds and our school gardeners from mistaking them for weeds. Let’s hope they grow!

We have a number of staff changes that will commence at the beginning of next term. Our wonderful Manager Corporate Services, Kate Ayers will be leaving us at the end of this term.
We have Mrs Julie Dines working in the office with Mrs Ayers as she will be working as our MCS next term. Some of you have already met Mrs Dines. Mrs Dines has a strong office management background and is very excited to be a part of the Woodland Grove team. I know you will all make her feel very welcome.

We also have some changes with our classes. Mrs Meghan McGoldrick has accepted a position with the School of Special Education Needs: Behaviour and Engagement. This is a wonderful opportunity for Mrs McGoldrick as she will be working with schools and individual teachers to provide support for children with specific behavioural needs. Being offered this position is testament to Mrs McGoldrick’s skills and experience in this complex field of student support. She will be missed at Woodland Grove. Mrs McGoldrick will be replaced by Mr Gavin Poole. Mr Poole has been involved in a handover with Mrs McGoldrick and Mr Jones. He has worked in the Year 4 class as a relief teacher over the past 6 months and has already developed some sound relationships with children along with an understanding of their needs.

Mr Jones will leave us at the end of this term, however we may see him in his capacity as a relief teacher over the rest of the year. We thank Mr Jones for his work with us and wish him all the best for his teaching journey.

Detailed letters regarding class changes have been sent home with children in classes involved today.

Cowboy and Cowgirl Day at the end of this term will help us to celebrate our learning and time with Kate and Meghan at Woodland Grove. P&C will be collecting a gold coin donation from children who have dressed up. It should be a lot of fun watching children parade at 8.30am.
The parade will be followed by a performance from staff and children. We would love it if our families are able to attend and join in the celebration of learning for Term 2.

Recently, each Tuesday afternoon our School Chaplain Raelene Stevens and group of volunteers have been spending time with a number of students in our library. Our volunteers have been teaching them knitting and the students have made beanies, just in time for this cold weather.

Sensational effort from our Cross Country Team. Our school came first and won the shield. It will be proudly displayed in the front office. Well done to all involved including our sensational Phys Ed teachers: Mr Higgs and Mr Bird.

Please click here to view the Cross Country Competitors List.