Sunday, 31 August 2014

School visit

K's classroom had colourful displays
about the work the children were studying.
On Friday I visited a local school with some friends. It was delightful.
K is in Year 2 at St Andrew Lutheran Primary School in Leanyer. They had a special morning for welcoming into the school any grandparents and special friends of the children. I was invited as a substitute grandparent. K has one set of grandparents living near Quebec in Canada and another set in Brisbane in Queensland. A bit far to travel for morning tea.

First we all went to chapel in the Dreambuilders Church nearby. The pastor delivered a short child-friendly service and the school choir sang. There would have been more than a hundred visitors. Many were young mothers with babies in prams, but quite a large number were oldies like us.

Next was a tree planting ceremony commemorating 175 years of Lutheran education in various parts of Australia. The grounds of this small independent school are quite attractive with some lovely trees and shrubs to provide shade and a welcoming atmosphere.

K proudly showed her books.
All the children wear a uniform every day.
We walked over to K's classroom to have a look at how they do things now. Chairs had been stacked away so that the visitors could move about freely. The room was well-organised and K's school books were filled with interesting activities and worksheets. K's teacher, Ms Perkins, must be an education powerhouse. St Andrew School follows an IB curriculum which is compatible with the Australian Curriculum. An inquiry method of learning is strongly encouraged and is working very successfully. Little K is definitely achieving two years above her peers in the Government schools.

K took us on a tour of the school. I was impressed by how well-behaved the children were. It is a small school and the religious ethic seems to encourage respect and kindness. Very quiet and calm.

When the children stopped for recess we walked over to the Assembly area where a generous morning tea was ready for all to share.
I had a very enjoyable morning. K seemed to proud to have visitors as well as her mother and brother at the school.
I took quite a few photos, but am trying to display only those where children could not be clearly identified. (I did have permission to take the photos.)

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