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St Andrew's News, Issue 4
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Friday 19 June 2020
From the Principal
Dear <<First Name>>

With just one more week left of Term 2 and with winter now upon us, I continue to marvel at how resilient the students have been in adapting to the ‘new normal’ at St Andrew’s. Each week they enthusiastically watch a ‘virtual’ assembly from their classrooms, practise extra handwashing and hygiene without question, and wave goodbye to parents as they enter the School. 

Around the time that we sent our previous issue of St Andrew's News, the situation with COVID-19 had just escalated and we were not only in the midst of planning our transition to distance learning, but we had also announced the postponement of upcoming community events. Since then, we have seen students return to learning on campus for Term 2 and restrictions starting to ease. This is welcome news as it means we can re-commence the planning of events such as reunions and our Open Day for later this year. 

Despite the upheaval that we've experienced, we are able to reflect on the things we have learned and the ways that we have rallied to support our community. For example, we ran our first ever Virtual Principal's Tours this term and we will continue to offer this option for families in the future. Also, Marie and her on-site catering team have provided a take home meal service during term time for busy St Andrew's families.

I am grateful for the dedication of our teachers and staff, our Leadership Team and members of the School Board and Committees who worked countless additional hours, to guide and manage the School through these trying and uncertain times. I am also very appreciative to our community for their continued support.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue of St Andrew's News. 

Kind regards

Deb Dalwood
Principal
Upcoming Events
August 2020
  • Principal's Tour, 9am Tuesday 11 August
  • Principal's Tour, 4pm Thursday 13 August (virtual)
  • Principal's Tour, 10am Saturday 15 August
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Around the School

St Andrew's Wins First Place in Accelium Olympics

Our Year 4 and 5 students competed in the Accelium Olympics this year. A digital extension of the Mind Lab program, Accelium provides a platform for the children to apply their critical thinking skills. The scores of all the children at St Andrew’s were combined and set against schools from around the world. This week, we found out that St Andrew's had come first in this international competition which included more that 22,000 students from 23 countries around the world! Read Accelium's announcement on Facebook.

Virtual Assemblies

There's a first time for everything and this year St Andrew's students participated in assemblies virtually for the first time in the School's history. Every week this term the Junior and Upper Primary assemblies have been filmed and released for students to view at their usual assembly times. This has been just one way that we have encouraged connectedness within the School, whilst maintaining a sense of normality through consistency and routine.

Mother's Day Stall Went Virtual

Last month the Parents' Association organised a 'virtual' Mother’s Day Stall with gifts available to purchase online. Each gift was then delivered to students in their classrooms to take home for their Mums. The Stall did a roaring trade with the Parents' Association packaging and selling over 250 gifts! Plus, we received plenty of positive feedback from the Mums themselves.

Virtual Principal's Tours

We ran our first ever Virtual Principal's Tours this term, which meant that families were able to log on from wherever they were and hear our Leadership Team talk to them about all the important aspects of being a student at St Andrew's, from starting in the ELC to making their transition to Reception and beyond.

Student Perspectives on Distance Learning

There is currently intense discussion and debate within the international education community about how school leadership teams, teachers, families and students have responded to the challenges and opportunities that have arisen from the COVID-19 situation. While this has certainly been a time of ups and downs, positive discoveries and frustrations, we have seen some students show increased independence, discover new interests and enjoy increased family time. We have captured students' perspectives on their experiences learning in a different way, which we are sharing with you in this issue.

> Read the article

Take Home Meal Service

Recognising that times have been tough, particularly when COVID-19 restrictions were at their strictest, Marie and her on-site catering team introduced a daily take home meal service for busy St Andrew's School families to take advantage of in Term 2. 

A range of healthy meals were available from a rolling two-week menu with a different meal option offered each day and cooked fresh on the day. Families were able to order and pay for their meals in advance via the Qkr! app.

"For many, many years parents of children in the Early Learning Centre have been asking for recipes or for a meal service because the children eat such a wide variety of food when they're here," said our Head of Early Years, Cathie Egarr. "We'd always intended one day to have a look at it, but we'd always been too busy. Then when numbers were down with families keeping children home we saw an opportunity to give it a try. A lot of our families are essential workers so it was also a way to assist them."

Due to the huge uptake, Marie’s delicious take-away meals will continue to be available every Friday during term time - great news for our St Andrew's families! 

SchoolTV: Monthly Topic

Some of us have had more time with our children during these COVID-19 times, while others have had less. No matter how it has been for you numerous studies suggest that the best-adjusted children are reared by parents who find a way to combine warmth and sensitivity with clear behavioural expectations.
 
> Watch this video which covers some of the thinking of Australia’s leading experts on positive parenting.

Old Scholars' Association
After having to postpone our 1 and 5 Year Reunions earlier this year, we are pleased to announce that we are looking forward to welcoming our Alumni of 2019 back on campus for their 1 Year Reunion on Wednesday 24 June for an afternoon tea. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our recently graduated Year 7 students to reconnect and share their new high school experiences. 

Plans are also underway for more reunions later this year and we look forward to sharing details of these in the next issue of St Andrew's News. 

We extend an open invitation to all Old Scholars in our community to get involved with our ongoing efforts to stay in touch and continue to enrich the School with their efforts and experience!

If you are an Old Scholar and you are interested in being a convener for one of our reunions later this year, or if you have any inspiring stories or news that you'd be happy for us to share with the Old Scholar community, please contact our Community Liaison Officer, Suzette Black, at sblack@standrews.sa.edu.au.

On Monday next week we will hold the Annual General Meeting of the Old Scholars' Association and we welcome nominations for the committee. Click here for the nomination form and if you would like the meeting link sent to you, please contact Suzette Black
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