Hello Swan Reach,
The extended power outage on Tuesday certainly challenged our status quo of modern teaching and learning routines. We have become accustomed and rely heavily on technology and electricity for; heating, computers, lighting, microwaves, smartboards, internet, hot water, flushing toilets – the list goes on. It was wonderful to see the resilience of staff and students to adjust and continue with modified learning programs throughout the day. The sausage sizzle at lunch helped to warm the day.
The loss of power didn’t affect our pre-schoolers, who were fortunate that the blustery conditions from Monday, settled enough to engage with their ‘Bush Kindy’ excursion to Mannum Waterfalls. SRAS is extremely thankful to preschool director of Tinyeri Children's Centre, Miriam Bjelovarac, for facilitating this exciting adventure. A day playing in nature is a wonderful learning experience. Miriam is fantastic in the way she communicates with the children. She encourages them to explore and use imagination to build their confidence and look closer at the wonders of nature through play.
Mr John Robertson
This week we were lucky enough to go on a ‘Bush Kindy’ excursion to Reedy Creek, also known as Mannum Waterfalls. We joined with Mim from Tinyeri Kindergarten, along with a group of her little friends. It was fantastic for our children to be able to meet and mingle with children from another site, and it didn’t take them long to feel comfortable and join in with the explorations. Children explored the bush and let their bodies tell them what they were comfortable doing. When we got back, Mackenzie and Brax recounted some of the things they saw, heard and explored.
Bush Kindy by Mackenzie
We went for a walk. We climbed rocks. Brax came with us. There was a lot of kids and Aunty Mim. She blew her whistle to come back. We saw kangaroos and they were nice because they did not come over to get us. They were probably friends. We heard birds. Climbing the rocks and seeing kangaroos was my favourite things.
Bush Kindy by Brax
When we got there we had something to eat. We ran up to the big rock and I was the king of the castle. I found a big stick and poked it in a cave. We saw a Batman tree and a fairy tree. We needed to knock on the door to see if Batman and the fairies were home. I heard lots of birds. I liked playing with new friends.
Mrs Tricia Horstmann
Benefits of engaging in Nature-Play
Children who play regularly in natural settings are sick less often. Mud, sand, water, leaves, sticks, pine cones and gum nuts can help to stimulate children’s immune system as well as their imagination.
Children who spend more time outside tend to be more physically active and less likely to be overweight.
Children who play in natural settings are more resistant to stress; have lower incidence of behavioural disorders, anxiety and depression; and have a higher measure of self-worth.
Children who play in natural settings play in more diverse, imaginative and creative ways and show improved language and collaboration skills. Single use, repetitive play equipment becomes boring quickly.
Natural, irregular and challenging spaces help kids learn to recognise, assess and negotiate risk and build confidence and competence.
Children who play in nature have more positive feelings about each other.
Bullying behaviour is greatly reduced where children have access to diverse nature-based play environments.
Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder are reduced after contact with nature.
We are excited to announce that 17 parents/carers have registered and logged in to view their accounts. As staff and students are becoming more and more familiar with the functions of Daymap, it is becoming a valuable source of communication between school and home. At the beginning of Term 3, Daymap will become the preferred mode of communication for information regarding student learning and school events. Password resets and registrations will be sent to the provided email addresses of un-registered parents/carers twice a week until the remainder of the term. You have 24 hours after the email is sent to register before your password expires. Contact me at the school if you require additional assistance when registering.
Mr Troy Cowland
Interschool Sports Day - Tomorrow
On Friday the 11th June, Friday Week 7, Reception to Year 7 students will be competing in athletic events, against Cambrai Primary School. The opening ceremony will start at 9:30am followed by the Open 800m event. Parents and Friends will be organsing a sausage sizzle. Parents and Carers are welcome to watch the students having fun. COVID QR code/sign is required.
Thanks for contacting the school if you can help out, and thank you to those families who have already volunteered their time.
Mrs Yuka Endersby
PS HPE teacher
INTERSCHOOL SPORTS DAY
Tomorrow, Parents and Friends will be organising a sausage sizzle lunch for sports day. Sausage and bread $2.50 per serve and drinks will be $2. This will be available to everyone, including secondary students.
Mardi Le Brun
On the 18th of June (next Friday) the Pedal Prix team will host a Pedal Prix Dinner fundraiser at the Nildottie Hall. We invite everyone to come along and enjoy the chance to meet the team and get a close up look at our new bike. We will display photos and video of our previous races and share our Pedal Prix experiences. All Pedal Prix students are encouraged to attend and help out on the night.
Just a reminder that everyone (including parents and carers of pedal prix team members), that bookings must be made by tomorrow (11th June). Contact Dot Haby (or leave a message) 0427 715 818.
Mr Greg Griffiths
Pedal Prix teacher
Due date for the next Newsletter is 10:00am, Wednesday 23 June, 2021. The newsletter is distributed via the SZApp and school website. Printed copies are still available upon request.
Articles can be emailed to email@example.com clearly marked in the subject box as Newsletter, faxed to 8570 2325 or delivered to the library/front office. Due to the way the Newsletter is now being set up, not all photos are included in the print copy, however there are several photo galleries included online and via the SZApp.
|28 June||Year 7-10 Planetarium excursion|
|29 June||USE Mixed Netball at Mannum|
|30 June||Reports go home|
|1 July||VET 'Come and Try' Day|
|2 July||Term 2 ends - Early dismissal. SRC Dress Up Day, more info to come.|
|19 July||Term 3 Begins|
|23 July||Year 10 Immunisations|
|27 July||SAPSASA District Athletics|
|31 July||8-hour Pedal Prix - The Bend, Tailem Bend|
|11-12 September||2x6-hour Pedal Prix - Murray Bridge|
SACWA NILDOTTIE and DISTRICTS BRANCH - 2021 CALENDAR DATES
Swan Reach Christian Women's Group invite you to join them for Bible study and fellowship each month. 11am, second Tuesday of the Month at the Swan Reach Lutheran Church Hall. BYO lunch. For more information please phone Taryn 0427 702 377 or Josie 0419 708 224. All welcome.
3.15pm-4.30pm. FRIDAY 18th June at the Swan Reach Lutheran Hall, for Reception to Year 7 children. Cost is $1 each. For more information please contact Taryn 0427 702 377 or Kristy 0438 857 721.
BSR FOOTBALL AND NETBALL FIXTURES