Upcoming Events is an up to date list of planned activities at Surf Coast Campus that you can use for planning purposes. Please be aware that these dates are set early in the term and occasionally items may need to be cancelled or dates/times altered. This itinerary is altered each week to reflect any changes – please check this list of events EVERY WEEK carefully when you read the weekly VINE newsletter.
Thursday October 21st – Year 1 School of the 1900s
Tuesday October 26th 2022 Prep Readiness session TBC
Thursday October 28th Year 1 Walking excursion TBC
Friday October 29th – Beach Prep TBC
Tuesday November 2nd – Orientation Day TBC
Thursday November 4th – Tabloid Sports
Friday November 5th – BLP Clubs
Friday November 12th – Prep Day Camp TBC
Tuesday November 16th Prep Excursion – MoPA TBC
Friday November 19th – Beach Prep TBC
Friday November 19th – Art Extravaganza
Monday – Wednesday November 22nd – 24th Year 3 Camp TBC
Tuesday November 24th Year 2 excursion to Surf Museum. TBC
Thursday November 25th Presentation Night TBC
Friday November 26th – BLP Clubs
Tuesday November 30th Family BBQ and Christmas Carol service TBC
Thursday December 2nd – Surf Coast Carnival Day
Friday December 3rd – Christmas Service
Friday December 3rd – Last Day of 2021 School Year 2.30pm dismissal
Year 1 swimming Friday October 8th to November 26th except for November 12th.
From the Chaplain
Fish n chips! Tomato sauce! Sun! Rain! Sand! The smell of flowers blooming! Lambs being born, summer swells… did I mention ice cream?!
As I sit here and think about Term 4, these are some of the things that start coming to mind. We’ve come out of a strange winter and ‘enjoying’ the renowned “4 seasons in 1 day” weather of Victoria. (I remember hearing about this before I moved to Australia and it has proved to be true at times.) The anticipation of summer is starting to grow! My anticipation for this term is as well!
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to summer, I can feel the sun already lifting my spirits. I’m looking forward to some road trips and adventures, to planning a wedding and hopefully spending more time with friends!
But in thinking about what’s to come, I think it’s important to acknowledge what has been.
I am realising that the term will be over before we know it. It only feels like a few weeks ago I was writing a blurb to introduce myself to you all! For some of you, it must feel like yesterday your little Prep had their first day!
Then late May kicked off what has been a challenging and uncertain period where we have been in and out of 5 lockdowns among so many other added stresses and strains. You and your amazing children have adapted and rolled with the changes, as hard as it has been at times. Watching our teachers and staff has also given me a new appreciation for the amazing work they do!
This year has been tiring, at times disheartening, the fatigue has felt very real and yet, amidst it all, you’re here! We’re here! While the future has a mixture of certainty and uncertainty, it’s important to occasionally stop and take a moment to breathe and reflect, and where needed, grieve. Grieve the holidays and trips that didn’t happen, the friends and family we haven’t been able to see for a while and so on.
In the midst of that though, remember, you’re here! Maybe weary, maybe relieved, but you’re here and I just want to say, “Well done!” Well done!
In Proverbs 13:12 is says:
When hope’s dream seems to drag on and on,
the delay can be depressing.
But when at last your dream comes true,
life’s sweetness will satisfy your soul
While this has been a hard season, I pray this term is one of excitement, anticipation and full of moments that are sweet to your soul!
Surf Coast Snack Shop
It was a special week for our Surf Coast students with the opening of the Surf Coast Snack Shop! OurYear 3s have capably taken on this project and we couldn’t be more proud of them! There were various roles to fulfill, from sales, to cutting the tops off the ice block wrappers, to helping the younger children line up, to record keeping and calculating total sales. It was wonderful to see the collaboration and problem-solving as students interacted with their customers and practised counting coins and calculating change. The Surf Coast Snack Shop will be a weekly occurrence each Wednesday
This term, the Year 1s are learning all about the Jesse Tree and the significant events leading up to the birth of Jesus. It is very important that the students learn the true meaning behind Christmas and that is represents so much more than presents.
The Jesse Tree helps us to understand that we celebrate the birth of Jesus because he is the Son of God, and the world’s Saviour. This week, we were able to get together and explore the first story leading to the birth of Jesus. Creation is the first ornament to add to our very own Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree is made up of 24 amazing stories that we will explore and develop over the term. We can’t wait to see our amazing and beautiful trees at the end of term!
Book Week 2021
After remote learning delays and a wet weather forecast, the rain held off for us to hold another wonderful Book Week celebration! We felt very blessed to have our whole school able to attend our annual event, which involved a parade of all our fantastic book characters around the playground. The parade was capped off with a fun dance party in which a very tall Harry Potter (Mr Hogan) showed off his Macarena skills.
After the outside party, the students returned to their classrooms to find out the Book of the Year winner. The classes completed challenges together to earn clues to figure out the winning title. As the challenges progressed, our teachers were progressively dressed up as feathery birds, which helped us to figure out that ‘How to Make a Bird’ by Meg McKinlay and Matt Ottley had won.
Once again, the effort and detail that families put into creating such wonderful Book Week costumes was incredible. Thank you for continuing to support our Book Week parade each year and helping us to celebrate the importance of books and the joy that they bring to our lives. The success of this event was reflected in the high energy and big smiles had by all on our big day.
Welcome Back Year 3!
We rolled out the red carpet for a very special event this week – the Year 3s were back on campus! It was just terrific to have our Year 3 students learning onsite on Tuesday and Wednesday. We excitedly met at the gate and danced our way down the red carpet and into school.
First on the day’s agenda – a special morning tea to celebrate being back together. It was truly wonderful to see and listen to the children reconnecting with each other. Our Year 3s have persevered an extended Continuous Learning @ Home program and they should be so proud of their patience and resilience. Year 3 – you are incredible!
What a super spectacular week we have had this week in Prep! Our focus word of the week was ‘Swan’. The Preps were introduced to report writing where they gathered real life information and facts all about swans. They understood that a report, unlike a narrative, is non-fiction. The Preps first step was to gather information about swans through watching a video clip. They then wrote their facts on a prewriting template. The next step was to use their prewriting templates to write their good copy on lined paper. They finished off their Swan Report Writing by adding a swan paper craft to the top of their Information Report Poster. The final products were just amazing! The Preps and their teachers, were so very proud of their achievements and for learning a brand new style of writing.
Welcome to the end of week 2!
It’s been an interesting week at OSHC this week, with an extension of science week had us making slime, which the children seemed to love.
We’ve also been working with clay over the past 3 weeks of school. We used real clay (as in dirt) for the last week of last term and introduced a much cleaner form called air-dry clay this term. There seemed to be a general distaste for the messy nature of real clay, with the children enjoying the much cleaner air-dry clay. It’s also a lot easier to paint.
Next week is paddlepop week for us. The children will be using their imagination to create their own cars, trucks, and houses. We hope to have an entire paddlepop stick city by the end of term.
A MYTERN Thought for the Week
Giving is a wonderful way to regain control of your steering wheel.
To give unconditionally is a blessing for not only the person receiving, but for the giver as well.
The best gifts are usually the ones you can’t wrap – a hug, a smile, or a kind thought/message.
Who can you give to today? 😊