LETTER FROM THE CAMPUS HEAD
Dear St George’s Family
Welcome back to what is promising to be yet another fun filled
and exciting year here at St George’s Prep and Pre-Prep for all our boys and girls. It is hard to believe that the children have only been back at school for 8 days, it certainly does feel longer.
hope that all our Grade 000 boys and girls are settling down well into their new environment and that our Grade 1’s are already starting to feel familiar in and around “Big School” now? It was wonderful to join the Grade 1’s during their ‘Teddy Bear’ orientation picnic on the Daverin Field this morning. I was introduced to a myriad of wonderful Teddy’s, all unique in their own rights, much like our wonderful boys and girls.
I also have had the privilege these past three days to get out of the office and visit our Senior Prep children on their various camps. The school certainly has been quiet the past two days with only the Junior Prep present. On arrival at all the camps, it certainly was evident that the children were exceptionally happy and the joy of learning outside of the classroom certainly was tangiable
. So my few take-outs from this week’s outings are:
- Children often flourish amoungst themselves without too much interference from adults.
- Children happily engage with one another to try to resolve common challenges.
- Children, when released into nature, generally care less about brands, image, social status, and dare I say it, the digital world.
- Children engage more openly with their teachers in this more “less formal” environment.
- Children are also exposed to food, activities and skills that perhaps ordinarily they wouldn’t usually be.
- Children often thrive when challeged and aksed to try something out of their usual comfort zone.
- Children innately help their peers and collaborate positively with each other.
- Self-guided learning and learning from mistakes is transformational for children
- New friendships are formed and new pupils soon feel welcomed into their new school family.
This list could go on, as could
this Newsletter, but hopefully
all our boys and girls will return from camp today, far better for it than they were perhaps yesterday. May 2019 and particular our first Term be a happy and successful one for us all!
Alex Hall – Campus Head