St Anne’s Campus newsletter: April 24, 2020

Apr 24, 2020 | St Anne's News

We are all dealing with significant change and uncertainty at the moment but it’s been amazing to witness the resilience of our school community as we transition to Learn@Home. I firmly believe we need to stay connected as best we can during this time and last week, two Learn@Home parent information sessions were organised where I had the opportunity to talk to nearly 90 families via Zoom. Families who were unable to attend either session can watch a recording on the VOS version of this newsletter.

ANZAC DAY SERVICE
With the help of technology, this morning we had our ANZAC Day service via VOS. This important day in our calendar gives all Australians the opportunity to show respect to the men and women who have died, returned or are still serving in our armed forces.  Many of us have personal stories about family members who have fought in wars overseas. Tomorrow is ANZAC Day: a day when we would normally join together for commemorative services and marches however, this year, we are being encouraged to instead stand at our driveways just before 6am for a minute silence. This morning’s service had been pre-recorded and I’d like to pass on my thanks to our Defence students, along with Mrs Amanda Canfield and Mrs Katie Germaine for piecing it together.

Lest we Forget.

The students of essential service workers who have been completing their Learn@Home program
at school took part in this morning’s ANZAC Day service, while also maintaining social distance.

CONNECTING WITH EXPERTS
We are aiming to connect our school community with key information during this challenging time. Therefore, we will be interviewing ‘experts’ to pass on their knowledge and strategies to help families. This could include fitness, educational and psychological information. This week, our dedicated Year 1 classroom teacher Lou Sullivan  has interviewed Tegan McKay who is the founder and managing director of The Mindful Hub as well as being a Gippsland Grammar parent. The interview focusses on mindfulness strategies for our students. For students and families who require some support, our school counsellor Ceci Broughton is available to talk to families. She can be contacted at ceci.broughton@gippslandgs.vic.edu.au or phone 0400 621 526.

Thank you to all of our families for their support of our Learn@Home program.

Kind Regards,

Jie Van Berkel
Head of St Anne’s Campus

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