In this issue
1st – 4th – Writers Festival Rm’s
5th – Rainbow Casual Clothes Day
8th - Queen’s Birthday Public
10th – School Photos
15th – School Photo – Make Up
Wed 3rd June – Tues 9th June
Minela S, Cooper T, Sonia D
Wed 10th June – Tue 16th June
Kobe G, Riley B, Tate R
Wed 17th June – Tue 23rd June
Noah C, Karel W, Maddison J
Please arrive by 8.25am
Chickens, Drones and Dance!
At Ardtornish we are celebrating learning and being back together as a school community. Several events were planned for safe student participation and enjoyment.
Wednesday, May 27th was National Simultaneous Story time in Australia and New Zealand, where one focus book is read at the same time in schools and libraries across the two nations.
This year the book was “Whitney and Britany Chicken Divas” by Lucinda Gifford. The children were entertained with a retelling by Mark Hansen (Principal) and Deb Pryor (Deputy Principal) dramatically reading the humorous story of two chicken performers and their foxy friend. All the children watched a film of the reading in their classrooms and loved seeing Mark and Deb bring the story to life.
The whole school came together in the playground to dance to Meghan Trainor’s, “Better When I’m Dancing,” a routine we have been practising for weeks. This was a joyous celebration of music and dance and students were thrilled they were being filmed by the school drone. We are looking forward to watching the movie of our whole school’s energetic dance performance led by Miss Lennon.
The SRC (Student Representative Committee) have also been filming and editing the staff performing to “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves and very soon students will enjoy watching their teachers having fun with this happy and uplifting song. The last few months have been stressful for everyone and our students, staff and community have all felt the strain caused by Covid-19 restrictions on our school and home-life but now we are enjoying a gradual return to normalcy and celebrating being able to learn and be together.
Tracey’s Care Column
It’s not easy being a parent/carer, in fact, it can challenge us day to day.
Dr. Justin Coulson has prepared some fantastic videos and has some great resources that support parents/carers on this journey.
He is conducting a live webinar on Monday 1st June 6.30pm called
THE SECRET TO CALM KIDS & A HAPPY HOME
Here is the blurb…
What do you do when your child is losing the plot?
On a recent coaching call with a desperate mum, her four year old crashed into the room and started screaming. She was upset about everything. I listened as Mum tried her best to calm her little one, but things only got worse.
I asked the mum to repeat a couple of sentences after me. I spoke. She repeated. Within 20 seconds her four year old was sitting happily on her lap, colouring in while that mum and I continued our conversation. Within two minutes the little one was outside playing with her big sister.
It’s not magic. I can show you how. No yelling, no threats, no bribes. Just calm, confident parenting, and a happy home.
If you are interested go to https://www.happyfamilies.com.au/ and click on ‘sign up’ tab for the free webinar on Monday 1st June 6.30pm. The webinar will be available to watch the following day if you are not free on Monday.
You will find many helpful podcasts and resources on this website to help bring more happiness into your family.
Here’s to more joy and happiness in our lives!
Pastoral Care Worker
Hi, here is the latest from the Ardtornish Children's Centre
The Ardtornish Kindergarten is open & operating normal hours. However, the Family and Community programs have not yet resumed. We are guided by State Emergency Management Committee. Current advice is that Family and Community programs and services at the Children’s Centre are not able to safely recommence until at least June and quite possible not until term three (20th July).
Physical distancing limitations will affect some services, such as playgroups and Twilight Play, more than others. Still, it is hard to predict what will actually happen. Be assured though that we will post updates as soon as we have greater clarity.
We do hope that families are managing to endure this crisis. Please contact us on 0409 984 495 if there are any questions or issues we can assist you with.
Free Webinars…Parenting through COVID-19 a 1-hour webinar on Friday 29 May
The Parenting SA Website has a collection of interesting webinars at: https://parenting.sa.gov.au/parenting-seminars-and-videos including the recent Justin Coulson and Kristy Goodwin video : Children and screens: adapting to this new reality (YouTube 1.32 hours)
We do really miss you! All the best 🙂
Regards, John Buckell
Community Development Coordinator
82649828, 0409984495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
School Card 2020
School card is a subsidy for Materials and Service Charges (School Fees) If you think you are eligible for school card click the link below to complete the online version.
School Card 2020 Online Application and then click applications, Form A Income Audit – Online Version.
Below is the income limits for applications lodged in 2020, based on the families gross income in 2018/2019. To qualify for school card your families’ gross income must be below a certain limit. This limit depends on how many dependent children you have.
There is a Form B Hardship, change of circumstances or are self-employed. This form is for people who have experienced a significant change of financial circumstances from July 1st last year until the end of February this year. e.g. Unemployment. You will need to provide proof of income – e.g. Payslips or Centrelink information.