This week I had the pleasure of meeting with personnel from the University of Wollongong to look at introducing the IN2UNI program to our year six students. This program is a partnership between the Education Department, the University of Wollongong and the Catholic Education Office. The program starts the conversation with students about higher education (either university or TAFE). It aims to lift educational aspirations, academic capacity and encourage students to explore possibilities and opportunities beyond school. The program is followed on in high school and at that level involves enrichment programs, workshops and transition pathways into university and TAFE. It starts to set the expectation that all children can have rich full adult lives (university, TAFE, apprenticeships, traineeships etc).
The IN2UNI program also fits beautifully into our school "life long learning philosophy" where we hopefully instil in our students a love of learning that stays with them not just for school but for the rest of their life.
Fete Organizationn - it's all happening!!!!! Thursday will be a Mufti Day - children can wear something bright and colourful (but no coin donation).
The Fete will go from 3:30 - 7:00pm. It is expected that all children will be going home after school and then coming back with their parents. Parents who are already at the school helping to set up for the fete will be able to keep their children with them. Staff will also be busy with stalls during this time and children will be the parent's responsibility.
The Fete will be opened at 3:30 by the students who will perform the "Happy Dance" as part of Harmony Day. Harmony Day celebrates the inclusive nature of Australia and promotes a tolerant and culturally diverse society. It gives us a great opportunity to teach our students respect, fairness and tolerance. The colour Orange is used to celebrate Harmony Day and the bunting and balloons around the fete will be orange as part of this celebration. Following the Happy Dance the Broulee Belly Dancers will perform. At the conclusion of this the fete will open and stalls or rides will be open for business.
We realise that not all children will be able to get back for the Happy Dance as some parents will have work commitments. For those who can make it we will assemble near the school flag pole in class groups. Your teachers will be near that area.
There will be no school assembly on Thursday. This will be held over until the next day - Friday 21 March when the whole school will again perform the Happy Dance. This assembly will be lead by students in 3C and all parents are warmly invited to come and watch.