Back to School for 2020

​​The 2020 School Year commences on Wednesday 29th January. Please ensure that your children wear their formal uniforms (Year 1 – 6 only) for the first day back. Emails will be sent out in the New Year with updates regarding uniform days, so keep a watch out for these.

The school office will be closed from Monday 9th December until Wednesday the 7th January inclusive, if you have any questions you are welcome to email pcteese@bne.catholic.edu.au and Peta will endeavour to reply in early January, but she does need a holiday first…

Kookaburra Book Packs​

I hope that by now you have had a good look at the 2020 Booklists emailed some weeks ago along with the Online Ordering of stationery instructions. Please remember to place your orders by next Wednesday the 13th December to ensure that you have everything before the 2020 school year commences. Your orders should be delivered on the 15th January to the Gallagher Centre – an email will be sent when they are ready to collect.​


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Christmas Holidays

When school ends, teachers and parents are happy for students to have a break from the school routines, lunches, homework etc. It is a time to refresh and enjoy a slower pace. Teachers also want students to avoid what is known as the ‘summer slide’. This can happen when children lose some of their academic skills and leaning dispositions that they have gained over the year. Children should continue to have opportunities to acquire new skills and practice existing ones. While children should enjoy a carefree time and unwind, we can engage them in many potential learning opportunities.

Some suggestions: 

  1. Summer programs Many councils run programs and art/craft activities to engage in and local museums offer interesting and engaging activities. 
  2. Family reading Visiting the library and choosing books for the holidays encourages children to continue to participate in reading and enjoy some wonderful books. 
  3. Learning on holidays Visiting a new place is an opportunity to explore a destination’s local history, attractions, and landmarks and so on. This can help develop and increase general knowledge. 
  4. Summer journaling Children can write in a journal about experiences they have while on their break, scrapbooking and collecting mementoes. This is a great time to send letters and cards and keep in touch with family and friends.
  5. Daily activities into learning opportunities Going shopping, adding up costs, weighing purchases, reading and cooking recipes provides plenty of incidental learning moments. 
  6. Games Playing board games, cards and doing puzzles are times to get together, learn many skills (such as counting, turn-taking), and have fun.

When the new school year begins, your children will be ready with skills they have retained from the previous year and hopefully some brand new ones.

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