We hope you and your families are faring well and have been able to remain positive in these unusual times.
If you are looking for ideas on how best to support your children during this period, including how to talk to them about COVID-19, information is available from the Commonwealth Department of Health, the ACT Department of Education, and UNICEF.
Since we have all been asked to stay at home these holidays, we thought we might share some ideas for iso-holiday activities for the second week of the holidays:
Do you know that you can:
Have you seen that:
Of course, given that it’s important to stay active, did you know that you can also:
And, of course, there’s lot of offline fun to be had, including:
Have you come across any other good ideas that you could share in the comments?
A Call for Donations to our Clothing Pool
Another perfect activity while you are staying at home is a big declutter. If any families in our school community do plan to do a spring autumn clean while spending more time at home, please consider whether some of your hand-me-downs might be useful for the school community.
In the FFBG committee, we have been exploring the idea of creating a clothing pool. Essentially, this would be a collection of waterproof pants, raincoats, gum boots, thermals, winter jackets – all those types of items that BG kids need, especially for camp and exploring the mountain and school garden – as well as potential concert clothes (e.g. black pants and black shirts seem to be needed pretty much every year for at least one class).
So, if you come across any of these kids of clothing items over the next little while, could you please consider setting them aside for the clothing pool? We just ask that you keep them with you at home for a little while longer, and then we will provide guidance on the next steps when the isolation period has finished.
It is going to be a really different term 2 for the Blue Gum Community. There will be some disappointment (such as with cancelled camps). However, there is also so much potential for growth – for our children, for ourselves, and for the broader Blue Gum community. We have amazing educators, a very innovative school, and our families will be well supported for term 2 and the rest of the year, whatever it may look like.
If you are looking for some guidance around how to support your children in learning from home, here are some tips from the University of Melbourne and in The Conversation. The importance of structure (while remaining flexible) and taking the time to establish a good learning environment seem to be common themes.
And, of course, let’s keep supporting each other.