Our Week 4 Gathering – ASSEMBLY

Dear All,

It is looking like it will be wet tomorrow. We will endure!! It is World Jazz Day, too.

9:00am – buses will transport all students from Lismore to the farm. Parents can drop children off at the farm.
10:00am – activities at the farm/beach
12:30pm – all students will be transported into the Spit (weather permitting)
1:00pm – parents welcome
If you would like to fish – bring a rod and some bait: you are responsible for your children’s tangles  
Sand castles – lots of sand
Trips to Mobbs Bay on the Floating Classroom
Sailing (if no lightning) – we will have one boat from Ballina Sailing Club available (thank you, Clare)
Music – if not too wet
Water rockets – yep… they may make a return!
King Ball – dodge that ball
Volleyball
Giant Quizz – winner takes all
2:00pm – all children returning to Lismore will depart at 2:00pm.
3:00pm – events and activities will close the term. Enjoy your break with cheaper travel!!

The intention is to meet at The Spit (see map below) around 1:00pm. We will ensure all the children are there – bussing them in from the Farm. And we will bus them back to Lismore to be back at school for the 3:00pm pickups/public bus connections.

MAP – locations that support us
I have updated a Google Map to show our locations – more will be added next term as we move to explore more local areas.
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1-pLPjEZK3uyWsyVhEN73X9G4Ok2-6GIK&usp=sharing

Next Term’s Programs…
We have scheduled to maintain our current weekly program with the focus on Life and Living.

Wednesday
Morning – Gathering for K-8 then Learning Families.
* Parents will be welcome to attend our gatherings from 9:45am
* our focus for our Learning Families next term will be on Conflict Resolution, with a program developed by Sara our Advocate.

Thursday
Onland Learning for high school.
Again, we will be focusing on learning in context. The emphasis will be on English/Art (with Jonny and Karen); and Maths/Science (with Brad and Dorian).
* there will be a camp each week as was planned this term. The camp will be a challenge-based option, whereby our older students will be canoeing then camping on our floating classroom and resuming a second day of canoeing.
* World Bee Day is May 20… watch this space!

Friday
Onland Learning for K-6
* we will retain a focus on Life and Living in wide open spaces, utilising the beach, rivers and farmland.
High School electives
*two of the three groups each week will be learning at school with Music, Art, Metal Work, Food Tech, Fitness/Sport

Other intentions being planned
We are in early negotiations to consider a trained fitness program for our older students. We have purchased a full gym setup with equipment. Watch this space.
Camps for primary – we are looking at our younger students having a camp at the farm.
Family Camp (with astronomy) – one of our mums is organising a camp opportunity with a local astronomer showing us constellations and talking about the night sky. Looking at a Thursday evening.
Academic Reports/Student Led Learning Conferences – last week of term
School Performing Arts Showcase – last week of term

More to come!

See you tomorrow – bring a raincoat.

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