“For Term 4 we have moved back to our ‘spiritual home’ in the Bibliothèque on Level 1 in the Kelly Street building,” said Deputy Head of the High School and Director of Student Activities Paul Galea.
“This wonderful new space is close to the front of the school, a practical venue. So far, students, parents and staff have been loving the change.
“I would like to publicly express our gratitude to the Bibliothèque staff who have warmly welcomed us and made us feel at home.”
Students can have either cheese, jam, honey or Vegemite sandwiches and/or fruit before they enter the Bibliothèque. The sandwiches are very popular, with or without the crusts!
“We all love Fridays when we have barbequed sausage sandwiches,” Mr Galea said.
Primary Clubs continue to run, although in a slightly modified form, due to COVID-19.
Children wait for their club to begin in the Amphitheatre of the Bibliothèque for a short while, watching some appropriate cartoons on the big screen until they are taken to their Club. This is proving to be a very effective holding area and is popular with the students.
Kindergarten students play on the West Roof until 4.30pm, weather permitting. They then head to a Kindergarten room on Level 3 for indoor activities.
Students in Years 1 to 6 who are not taking part in Clubs play on the roof until approximately 4.30pm whenever the weather is appropriate.
They can play ball games on the East Roof, and running games on the walkway and the West Roof, or they can take it easy in the pleasant, al fresco conditions. IGS provides hats for students who have forgotten their own.
Any older students who have homework they need to complete are welcome to do so either in Homework Club (on Mondays and Tuesdays) or in the Bibliothèque on other days.
If there is rain, cold or too much heat, the students will go to the Bibliothèque and/or other rooms, where they will be more comfortable.
Inside activities include Hama Beads, reading books (from a trolley kindly and specially put together by the Bibliothèque staff), board games, puzzles, card games, drawing, colouring and Lego. In inclement weather, the students may also watch movies.
Of course, due to COVID-19, we do not see IGS families as often as we used to! Please collect your children at the front gate on Kelly Street where we have a desk, iPads and Walkie Talkies.
In staffing news, Manuela Bachmann has stepped down as the Coordinator of After Care after nearly 20 years of excellent service. We are glad that our much loved Manuela will still be working every afternoon in After Care as one of our valued educators!
We thank Noah Armesto for taking on this role during Term 4.
“At the end of 2020, I will also be stepping aside as the Director of OSHC and Primary Clubs after 27 rewarding years,” Mr Galea said.
“The school is in the process of finding someone to take on a the full-time role of carrying out the “behind the scenes” work that I have done as well as the “on the ground” role Manuela has performed.
“Manuela and I will still be around to mentor the new person, so we expect a smooth transition.
“Here’s to a productive and pleasant Term 4 in OSHC at IGS!”
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