2 November 2020

One of the most difficult things for people everywhere in the world this year has been the loss of connection – with their family, friends and community – as social distancing and self-isolation continue.

As we all know, we are far from out of the woods here in WA, but we continue to enjoy a level of freedom unseen across most of the world.

So, with optimism, we continue to plan and hope that our centenary celebrations will be possible in March 2021.

The P&C Centenary Fair committee met last week and things are certainly falling into place for Saturday 20th March. The group has planned out the event and is at the point of needing a few people with specific skills. If this sounds like you and you can help, please do let us know:

  • Photographer
  • Face painter
  • Entertainers
  • MC’s
  • People with ‘celebrity’ contacts who may be able to secure or donate services or prizes
  • Someone who can organise a ‘Silent Auction’ (with some big ticket items!)
  • Someone who can organise a raffle
  • A fashion show coordinator, and people who wish to be involved in showing their clothes or modelling

At school, our arts teachers are engaging students in creating large-scale centenary art works in conjunction with artist, Virginia Ward;  and in composing a school centenary song with musician, Kav Temperley.

Staff are planning a ‘walk-though the decades’, and your child will be collecting memorabilia from a specific decade for their classroom.

We will have a school stall at the Centenary Fair and classes will soon all be making craft items to sell (we are currently collecting glass jars with lids and would appreciate you sending these to school if you have any).

We are also planning a centenary assembly with singing and dancing.

I have set up a dedicated centenary page on our website and will keep this updated with news. The P&C is also establishing a Facebook page for community engagement.

The next P&C Centenary Fair meetings are 19 November and 8 December, both at the Swan Yacht Club.  I really encourage everyone to consider this opportunity to get involved, albeit in a big or a small way, and to role model the importance of contribution, gratitude and participation to our children.

This was clearly in action on World Teachers Day last Friday, when a large group of parents came to school laden with gorgeous morning tea and flowers arrangements.  Others sent their children with flowers and chocolates and one family sent each staff member an individually wrapped rose and note of appreciation.  It blew us away and we send our most sincere thanks for these generous gestures.

It’s the disco this Friday.  I have put a link to the letter on our calendar and it is also here.

Finally, a quick heads-up that we will be having a fire drill tomorrow at 2.15pm, so if you hear our siren please don’t be alarmed. I’m sure you will hear all about it over dinner tomorrow night!

Lisa Dentith

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