2020 100 days of schooling like no other
28 Aug 2020
It has been 100 days of schooling like no other for this year’s Kindergarten class of 2020!
As parents dropped their little ones off at ‘big school’ for the first time earlier this year after much excitement and anticipation, with their shiny shoes, oversized uniforms and the promise of learning and new friendships, no one could have predicted what was to come in those first 100 days of school.
At St Matthew’s Primary Windsor, Kindergarten teacher Alicia Madden said it has certainly been an unusual start to the year for new students settling into school life.
“The first year of schooling for 2020 Kinder students, has been like no other year. They just started to get comfortable, learn about how to be at school and make friends when COVID happened,” Alicia said. “It was challenging teaching Kindergarten through online learning and not being able to see them face to face and give them instant feedback. Many students in the class still didn’t even really know each other.”
According to the students though, chances to share new learning with family members was a popular perk of the COVID lockdown.
“I liked practicing my sight words with my Mum,” said Kindy student Alexa.
“Reading at home with my Mummy was the best part,” added Blake.
Since returning to school, Alicia said the experience is still not yet back to normal for students who have had to miss out on a number of important events traditionally held throughout the year including Grandparents Day, assemblies, excursions and even extra time with their friends as their parents used to chat during drop off and pick up.
“I do believe when this is over, Kindergarten will be able to really see what an uninterrupted year of schooling is like,” she said.
She paid particular tribute to the way teachers and parents have worked together in those first 100 days to support the children.
“I was conscious that they still didn't even know all the children in the class in the early stage, but the parents did such an amazing job and were very supportive and committed through such a challenging time,” Alicia said.
And what did the Kindy students think of their first 100 days? Most agree it has actually been great!
“I was a little bit nervous to begin with but now I have made friends so I feel better,” said Kindergarten student, Tora.
“I like having fun with my teachers,” Oliver said.
Most of all, they said being at school, learning and seeing their friends was the best part about Kindergarten.
“I can definitely say that these students have done an amazing job at settling into school and being the best learners they could possibly be,” Alicia said. “I am very proud!”
18 Mar 2023
From Facebook🧶 Craft Club ✂️ Our lunchtime craft club have been busy preparing the base for their bottle top mural. This is a wonderful project which will help combine creativity and recycling! Our families are been invited to collect and bring in their used bottle lids which will be used to cover this artwork completely. What a big job they have ahead! They then plan to display the mural outside the library. We can't wait to see the finished product!
07 Mar 2023
From Facebook🏃♀️ Cross Country Parent Helpers 🏃♀️ If any parents are able to volunteer their time tomorrow to assist with the running of our School Cross Country please see Mrs Brand at Don’t Worry Oval, McQuade Park at 9am 😊 Thank you and we look forward to seeing you ☀️
18 Mar 2023
🧶 Craft Club ✂️ Our lunchtime craft club have been busy preparing the base for their bottle top mural. This is a wonderful project which will help combine creativity and recycling! Our families are been invited to collect and bring in their used bottle lids which will be used to cover this artwork completely. What a big job they have ahead! They then plan to display the mural outside the library. We can't wait to see the finished product!
07 Mar 2023
🏃♀️ Cross Country Parent Helpers 🏃♀️ If any parents are able to volunteer their time tomorrow to assist with the running of our School Cross Country please see Mrs Brand at Don’t Worry Oval, McQuade Park at 9am 😊 Thank you and we look forward to seeing you ☀️
06 Mar 2023
☀️📖 Sunshine Reading 📖☀️ It was wonderful to see so many families and friends join us this morning for Sunshine Reading.
05 Mar 2023
🎉 Catholic Schools Week 2023 🎉 We hope to see you at some of our events this coming week. Don't forget to share the news about our open day with those in our community who may be considering our school for 2024.
27 Feb 2023
🧶🎨 Recess Club 🎨🧶 Each day at recess a different activity club meets to engage in some guided play and fun! On Monday Mrs Baldock meets with the lego masters in the hall. On Tuesday Mrs Burke takes the ever popular knitting club. On Wednesday Mrs Mitchell runs a craft club. On Thursday Mrs Hudson and her crew are dancing up a a storm in the hall. On Friday Mrs Usher helps out two of our Y6 leaders, Matilda and Victoria, who are leading the drama club. Everyone is welcome! 😊
25 Feb 2023
🛎 Meet the A team! 🛎 No school would run smoothly without a wonderful admin team and at St Matt's we have the best! As well as being a wealth of information for our parents and the wider community they are a caring, friendly face for the many students who require their support each day. Thank you for your wonderful work!
23 Feb 2023
Edited to add - the picture ⭐️ Stage Three Superstars! ⭐️ At St Matthew's Year Five and Six work together as Stage Three. Our Stage Three teaching team guides them with compassion and skill as they develop more independence as learners and young people in our community. With this team on their side, our Stage Three students will be supported to do great things in 2023. Aim high Stage Three!
23 Feb 2023
🎒 St Matthew's Open Day 🎒 As part of Catholic Schools week, on Tuesday March 7th we would like to invite any new, prospective families to tour the school during our open morning. Enrollments are now open for 2024 and a tour is a wonderful way to get a feel for our beautiful school, meet some of our students and decide if St Matt's will be right for your family. Please visit our website or call to register your attendance. For our existing families please share this to help get the word out about our school! https://www.stmatthewswindsor.catholic.edu.au/
13 Feb 2023
🇦🇺 Assembly 🇦🇺 This year we have made some changes to our Monday morning assembly to include our weekly Flying High Certificates, Acknowledgement of Country and the National Anthem. Parents are welcome to stay and join our weekly gathering.
13 Feb 2023
⭐️ Stage Three Superstars! ⭐️ At St Matthew's Year Five and Six work together as Stage Three. Our Stage Three teaching team guides them with compassion and skill as they develop more independence as learners and young people in our community. With this team on their side, our Stage Three students will be supported to do great things in 2023. Aim high Stage Three!
10 Feb 2023
🌈 Meet our Year Four Team 🌈 A rainbow of possibilities is happening this year in Year Four with our fabulous Year Four team. They create a positive, supportive culture in their room every day and their enthusiasm for learning is evident every time you visit their room. We can't wait to see what they get up to this year!
09 Feb 2023
🎈 Meet Year Three 🎈 Moving from Infants to Primary is always a big jump in the minds of students and who better to challenge and support them as they expand their skills than this wonderful team. We hope you enjoy your learning in 2023 Year Three!
09 Feb 2023
🤔 Maths in Year Four 🤔 Have you ever wondered what learning looks like in our open classrooms? Just now Y4 have been busy learning in Mathematics, here they are being introduced to the task and having an opportunity to ask clarifying questions before tackling it themselves. Later they will come back together to share and learn from each other's solutions Students move fluidly between groups to enable the learning to be targeted to their needs. We are learners at St Matthew's!
08 Feb 2023
🍎 Get ready to learn with Year Two! 🍏 Year Two have only been learning together for about a week but already any visitor can see that it is a place of calm, focused and joyful learning. What a wonderful place to belong each day! Best wishes for 2023 Year Two!