2020 A 'challenging' year for kindy, St Matthew's Primary Windsor teacher says
17 Sep 2020
Back at school: St Mathew's Primary Windsor pupils are glad to be back in class, after spending part of their first year of school learning from home.
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, over-sized 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 had 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," Ms Madden 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."
Kindergarten pupils still don't know all the other kids in their class, such have been the interruptions due to COVID.
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, Ms Madden 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," Ms Madden said.
She paid particular tribute to the way teachers and parents had 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," she said.
And what did the Kindy students think of their first 100 days? Most agree it had 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," Ms Madden said. "I am very proud!"
31 Jan 2023🍎 Welcome Kindergarten 🍏 Have you ever seen a new Kindergarten class more loved and supported by their community than this? Today we welcomed our new Kindergarten students with a special prayer as they begin the next step of their learning journey with us. They sang songs, played games and even did some writing during the day before everyone left with a smile in the afternoon. We can't wait to see you again tomorrow!
31 Jan 2023
🍎 Welcome Kindergarten 🍏 Have you ever seen a new Kindergarten class more loved and supported by their community than this? Today we welcomed our new Kindergarten students with a special prayer as they begin the next step of their learning journey with us. They sang songs, played games and even did some writing during the day before everyone left with a smile in the afternoon. We can't wait to see you again tomorrow!
31 Jan 2023
Almost 65,000 kindergarten students will start at NSW public schools this week as a new syllabus that mandates the use of phonics when teaching pupils to read is rolled out in all classrooms.
27 Jan 2023
👩🏫 Welcome back! 👨🏫 Today Term One has begun with our staff preparing as a team for the year ahead. This afternoon and on Monday students will be visiting to show what they know during their Mathematics Assessment Interview. If you have not scheduled your child’s maths interview please get in touch with the office.
24 Dec 2022
🤍🎄 Merry Christmas 🎄🤍 Wishing everyone in our community and afar a truly wonderful Christmas. We hope that both Christmas Day and the year ahead is filled with faith, love and peace for all. May God bless you and may your hearts be filled with the Joy of Christ’s birth. We hope you enjoy these joyous photos from our recent Christmas concert with Andrew Chinn from Butterfly Music It was a fantastic way to begin our advent celebrations!
20 Dec 2022
🍏 Good luck Mr Vane Tempest 🍎 Our staff, students and the parent community have all been incredibly grateful for the unwavering support from Tim during the last seven years at St Matthew's. With his focus on learning and positive relationships, St Matt's has always remained a safe place for our community to be. In turn this has helped our community to remain positive and resilient during all that it has endured. In fact, we go from strength to strength, focused on being safe, respectful and responsible learners. We live this every day at St Matthew's and thank him greatly for his leadership. We hope you enjoy this reflection video, shared as one of the many beautiful tributes during Tim's farewell mass. We wish him all the best as he moves on to St Nicholas of Myra Primary Penrith
15 Dec 2022
🎢 Community Fun Day 🎡 Our kids are the epitome of resilience and we are so very proud. It has been a roller coaster of emotions at St Matthew's this week. Amongst reflections on the successes and challenges of the year and tearful farewells, there have been some incredible highs. Here are a selection of photographs from yesterday's Community Fun Day. This day was paid for, in part, thanks to a grant from Resilience NSW for which we are very grateful. Students enjoyed a hot pizza lunch from Aldo's Pizza & Pasta Mcgraths hill and then launced into a full afternoon of play! Face painting, jumping castles and a visit from @Fire and Rescue NSW Station 081 Windsor. made for an awesome afternoon! But could anything be more fun than dunking your teachers?! We think not!! Well done St Matthew's!! Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
12 Dec 2022
🍏 Student Leader Training 📗 Recently our Y5 students were involved in a range of activities to help them prepare for their role as school leaders in 2023. We look forward to welcoming them into their leadership positions at the Welcoming Mass in 2023.
08 Dec 2022
Congratulations Brooke! Our families who attend Ambrose Before and After School Care may recognise this famous face. We wish Brooke all the best as she begins her responsibilities as the Hawkesbury's Young Woman of the Year.
23 Nov 2022
👏 Future Leaders 👏 Congratulations to the final 10 nominees for the Student Representative Council for 2023. Our Y5 students have the opportunity to nominate themselves for a number of leadership positions. As well as SRC they may be interested in being a sports captain or a member of one of our teams: PS4L, Servant Leaders, Library / Media and Environment. Good luck to all the candidates!