Our extra-curricular program (ECAs) began again this week. This term we have 54 different activities for students to choose from, including STEAM; Beginner French; Sport’s leadership and Puzzle club; something for everyone. All students attend ECAs twice a week and this is just one component of our whole child approach to education.
Our students need to be prepared to think both critically and creatively, evaluate massive amounts of information, solve complex problems, and communicate well. A strong foundation in reading, writing, maths, and other core subjects is very important, yet by itself, is insufficient for lifelong success. A whole child approach to learning, teaching and community engagement, is required for our children to be prepared for the demands of the 21st century.
Research confirms that students do better in school when they are emotionally and physically healthy. They are more engaged in class, concentrate more, and achieve higher results. Our broad academic and extra-curricular programs, including Physical exercise and the Arts, ensures that the children have opportunities to express themselves creatively, while maintaining a balance of experiences.
For example, Mrs. Richards held the first Primary Live lunch session of the term on Friday. While musicians from Year 4 played select pieces on their instruments of choice, their performance was streamed, through our school Facebook channel, to all members of our community. It was also shown in the school dining room so that we could enjoy their performance as we ate our lunch. Congratulations to the students involved and thank you Mrs. Richards for arranging this event.
The provision of varied, healthy snacks and lunches at school also models our goal to educate the whole child. Well balanced, wholesome food, devoid of sugars, enables children to maintain higher levels of concentration throughout the day, so that they are able to function effectively in class. Our Healthy Eating practices will be shared with you, through Class Dojo, for information.
On the topic of food, I enjoyed my lunchtime celebration with the Class Dojo ‘Enquiry’ winners this week. They present tough competition when it comes to playing the game ‘Jenga’; just another example of their ability to fearlessly embrace challenge. Congratulations to those winners.
Have a good weekend,