September 27 - October 10, 2020: Issue 468
Not Gen Z; Gen Zoom!
Being school leaders in 2020 didn’t pan out quite the way they imagined, writes Kotara South Public School captains Elodie and Ben;
When we found out we were going to be the school captains of 2020 we went from being very excited to having a mini heart attack.
We heard about all the jobs and responsibilities from the leadership team of 2019 and we couldn’t wait to get started.
We were looking forward to going out into the community, showing off our blazers and badges and representing our school. But our year of leadership didn’t go to plan.
A lot of leadership traditions were cancelled, but on the positive many new opportunities were brought our way.
We spent a lot of time in the principal’s office but not for misbehaving … it was because of the new zoom assemblies. We took many photos and videos on our first whole school zoom meeting because it was very different and exciting.
Really, our generation isn’t Gen Z it’s Gen Zoom, because beside holding virtual assemblies we also have to do our high school transition through zoom. That will be fun but also hard because it will mean we will start high school without ever going to the school. This makes us a little nervous and unsure of what next year will be like.
Even though our leadership day was cancelled as well as our sporting activities, we got a lot more feedback and time with our teachers while learning from home.
Our Year 6 farewell will be different as well because this year it won’t be at our local sporting club, it will be at our school. Last year as Year 5s we got to join the Year 6s and get a taste of what it would have been like. This year we won’t get to dance with our parents, but looking at it from a positive angle that leaves more room on the dance floor for us to do the worm.
It would be really easy to say that this year sucked, but really it has been quite fun and unique. There has been many firsts and things that next year’s school captains won’t be able to experience such as home learning and zoom meetings.
There have been many disruptions, but we are extremely grateful that we have been able to go through this. This iconic year will be remembered forever.
Kotara is a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, located 9 kilometres from Newcastle's central business district.
Henry Holton Takes The Ice
Henry Holton’s whole family is hockey mad. Everyone, that is, except Henry. When he holds a hockey stick, Henry becomes a menace to the game—and an embarrassment to his sports-minded family. It’s not until he sees his first ice dancing performance that Henry realises there’s something he can do on the ice that doesn’t involve boarding and body checking. Henry is ready to hang up his gear and try on some figure skates, but first he has to convince his hockey-obsessed family to let him follow his own path.
Watch all of our videos at http://www.storylineonline.net/.
LEGO AT THE LIBRARY (not at present)
Mona Vale Library runs a Lego club on the first Sunday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. The club is open to children aged between seven and twelve years of age, with younger children welcome with parental supervision. If you are interested in attending a Lego at the Library session contact the library on 9970 1622 or book in person at the library, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale.
Children's Storytime at Mona Vale Library: Mona Vale Library offers storytime for pre-school children every week during school terms. Children and their carers come and participate in a fun sing-a-long with our story teller as well as listen to several stories in each session, followed by some craft.
Storytime is held in the Pelican Room of the library in front of the service desk. Storytime is free and no bookings are required.
Storytime Sessions: Tuesdays 10.00am - 11.00am - Wednesdays 10.00am - 11.00am - Thursdays 10.00am - 11.00am
Shaun the Sheep: ChampionSheeps
Strawberry Shortcake: Hot Sauce Cook Off
Mona Vale Mountain Cub Scouts
Find out more about all the fun you can have at Mona Vale Mountain Cub Scouts Profile –
our Profile pages aren’t just about those who can tell you about Pittwater before you were born, they’re also about great clubs and activities that you too can get involved in!
WilderQuest online fun
We swim at Bilgola rock pool on Saturday mornings (8:45am till 11:30am). Our season runs between October and March
National Geographic for Australian Kids
Spring School Holidays!
We hope you all have a wonderful Spring Break - we too are having some time off and we'll be back with lots of news and stories for you on Sunday October 11th.
Outback brothers go the distance as writers
Two brothers who study by distance education have shown creativity runs in the family after back to back wins in a statewide writing competition, writes Grant Hatch.
Growing up through seven years of drought has not left WriteOn gold certificate winners, brothers Rafael and Gabriel Siemer, parched for creative writing inspiration. Photo: Jo Coleman Top Wire Photography, Walgett.
A Bourke-Walgett School of Distance Education family is proving that being schooled in the outback is not an obstacle to success in creative writing.
Year 4 student, Rafael Siemer this week earned a prestigious gold certificate for his response to the set stimulus of an image of a young boy and his dog in the Stage 2 division in the 2020 WriteOn awards.
It is the second top award in as many years for the Siemer family.
Last year, Rafael’s brother Gabriel, then in Year 1, took out a coveted gold certificate in his division.
Rafael’s winning entry took the form of a letter to his late grandfather, which intertwined the joy of getting a new puppy with the grief of missing his grandad.
He was the only gold certificate winner from west of the Great Divide.
Rafael lives on a 6500-hectare property “Leconfield” on the Barwon River, 40 kilometres south-west of Walgett.
They are two of the 38 students enrolled at the Bourke-Walgett School of Distance Education.
Their home supervisor is their mother Casey Marshall-Siemer who describes the school as “just amazing”.
“The teachers do an exceptional job,” Ms Marshall-Siemer said.
“They tailor the system to meet the needs of every child and it really brings out their best.
“Writing is encouraged from a young age and the students turn out some brilliant work.
“They are encouraged to bring out their own personalities, and that is healthy and a wonderful thing for the children.”
Although it is green at home now, the boys, their parents and the wider community have just endured seven years of drought.
But based on their success in WriteOn, Rafael and Gabriel are not parched for inspirational writing themes.
WriteOn, conducted by the NSW Education Standards Authority, presents entrants with the opportunity to be published authors.
This year Rafael will join his brother, Gabriel in those ranks with the surname Siemer appearing in the Best of WriteOn Anthology for the second year in a row.