I trust this finds you all well and managing our State's second lockdown. These challenging times can test our resolve, but I know our community is resilient and incredibly flexible. While most students are learning from home, we continue to support students of essential workers here at school. Our Early Childhood Centre continues to provide face-face experiences for our youngest students. I remain grateful for parents, staff, and students' support as we navigate remote and restructured onsite learning.
If you are anything like me, you can become overwhelmed by the updates on positive numbers, new challenges within or the broader community, and sometimes confronting stories reaching us from overseas. However, I am buoyed by the many positive stories that reach us also and the incredible work being done across our State, country, and the world. I often think it is better to be a seeker of the positive than dwell in the negative. The World Health Organisation has some excellent resources for parents and children. Their #healthyathome – healthy parenting pages have some great ideas about keeping home routines going, staying safe online, and finding new ways to meet the challenges associated with the isolation which we can all feel from time to time.
Beyond Blue also has some excellent online resources. Their pages on 'hopes for the world after the pandemic' are particularly interesting as they reflect the thinking of many young people navigating our new normal.
Of course, The Resilience Project continues to support children and families with some excellent online resources. Their TRP@Home is a hub of activities to bring Gratitude, Empathy, and Mindfulness to your day-to-day life.
Over and above the work and activities being presented by teachers through our Continuous Learning Program, here are some other resources which might be of interest:
- The Big List of Children's Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities, also try Reading books aloud, Michael Rosen or the fabulous Puffin Books YouTube channel
- Visit Harry Potter at home - via the wizarding world
- Listen to free stories for children now available from Audible - inc an audiobook a day from David Walliams
- Join in the fun with creative writing at home program at The Story Factory
- Online books for younger kids learning to read - Biff and Chip Online
- Watch ABC's Behind the News together and check out ABC Kids - for things to make, do and play, and watch and listen
- Visit a zoo: Try Zoos Victoria, Cincinnati or Edinburgh where there are live cam feeds of Penguins and more
- Visit space: Nasa has made its entire media library free
- Watch handwashing video
- Cook up a storm - try Jamie Oliver - who has new Coronavirus store cupboard and kids' recipes
- Take a virtual museum tour of the Guggenheim in New York or the Guggenheim in New York or try the Victorian State Library to download the vast collection of books, music, and photos for free.
Deputy Principal – Head of Minimbah Campus