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Nature Play

Planet earth is a book of nature in the library called creation, a rare volume filled with science, stories and stunning images.
(Dr Norman Habel)

Wood KateThe isolation and physical distancing enforced by the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about an enthusiasm and opportunity for many people to go outdoors and reconnect with nature. It has been wonderful to see families walking and riding around their neighbourhood and visiting national parks and gardens. Fresh air, sunshine, trees, birds and so on, nourish our bodies, minds and souls. Witnessing the beauty in nature fills us with a calming sense of awe and wonder at an otherwise uncertain time.

Over recent weeks, classes at St John’s Campus have embraced the opportunity to learn in the outdoor environment with fresh air and plentiful space. Learning and playing outdoors grows resilience, self-confidence, initiative, creativity and more. It encourages the joy of movement; it nurtures imaginations, experimentation, friendships, social connections and behaviour. Students who have trouble concentrating benefit from activities outdoors, as after being outdoors students are often better able to concentrate on tasks.

The children in the Early Learning Centre have engaged in learning across all areas of the curriculum whilst in the outdoor environment. Their enthusiasm has not been dampened by the weather and we will continue to plan many experiences in nature when life returns to normal.

A primary way God nourishes our souls with his loving presence is through the beauty of nature. The joy of the Lord comes to us in splashing waves and playful animals! (Psalm 29:3, 6)

Kate Wood
Early Learning Centre Director

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National Reconciliation Week 2020 - 'In this Together'

John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’

The word reconciliation comes from Old French with re- meaning 'back', conciliare meaning 'bring together' and -tion meaning 'the process of'.  

As a Christian School, reconciliation is at the heart of who we are. There is no greater example of reconciliation than when Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin and bring them closer to God. In light of the events happening in America over the last few weeks, Reconciliation Week takes on even greater significance. 

Whilst COVID-19 has made it difficult to experience Aboriginal culture firsthand, we have been excited to both recognise and celebrate Aboriginal culture in different ways. At the core of this week has been building our classroom devotions around recognising and understanding aspects of Aboriginal culture and the role we can play in bringing about reconciliation. Each student also participated in developing displays as a visual representation of unity as Australian People. Some classes read a book, part written in Kaurna language, highlighting the importance of the work Lutheran missionaries such as Schuurman and Teichelmann did in preserving this traditional language.

The highlight of the week was when the whole campus sang ‘I am Australian’ in unison, as a way of acknowledging the week.

Whilst this week is a significant landmark in the Australian calendar, we hope the concept of reconciliation is one that our community continues to embrace to help recognise some of the hurt from the past, but build towards a better and more united future.

Daniel Keylock
Year 5 Teacher

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A Reconciliation Poem

Reconciliation Poem

In 2020 we can see

The differences we had through history

But now together we can stand

And look across our sacred land

To see our differences

But we are still one

Together we learn to understand

What has happened in our past

That has driven us apart

Our hearts feel for reconciliation

and bring together our great nation.

By Nathaniel (Year 4)

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ELC Walk to Fullarton Park

Last week the ELC children walked to Fullarton Park to investigate the natural environment. The children were intrigued with the dot painting on the Aboriginal totems and enjoyed finding pictures of different animals. There were logs to climb, butterflies to chase and insects, plants and fungi to identify.

Kate Wood
Early Learning Centre Director

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Reconciliation Week in the ELC

Acknowledging the Kaurna people, the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains, is an embedded practice in the ELC. The children greet each other in Kaurna “Ninna Marni” and say an Acknowledgement to Country every morning. We learn songs in the Kaurna language, read stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and much more.

During Reconciliation Week we unpacked the chosen theme ‘2020 - In This Together’ and highlighted what we can do to learn more and show respect for the people, culture and histories of our nation’s first people.

Kate Wood
Early Learning Centre Director

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Brianna Arthur - Placement Student Introduction

Miss Arthur is on placement in Miss Fielke’s PE classroom. She is in studying Primary Middle teaching at the University of South Australia and is currently in her third year of the course.

A message from Miss Arthur:

“My purpose for working in education is to provide students with a supportive and safe environment for them to feel comfortable to learn in. I have always had a passion for sport and enjoyed helping others learn around me. In 2016, I travelled to South Africa on The Kalahari Experience in the Moshaweng Valley where I was able to experience teaching. I have coached Junior netball at the St John’s Campus and currently coach tennis, netball and football at the Senior campus. I am looking forward to working with all of the students on the Junior campus”.

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Walk My Way

Recently, our Year 5 students took part in a Walk My Way walkathon fundraiser for Australian Lutheran World Service in conjunction with our Year 11 students. The initiative was arranged by a group of staff and Year 11 students. The money raised will go towards the education of children living in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.

To read more about this initiative, click to view the full article in this week's newsletter.

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