December was a veritable whirlwind of activities at Seaview which is typical for this festive time of year. The children were kept moving briskly on their grade level curriculums, but Christmas activities were interspersed to provide the “carrot” to keep the children working! Intermediate classes enjoyed multi-aged Christmas activities, as did the primary children. Classes have been off for swimming sessions, skating lessons and the K’s, K/1′s and the 1/2′s enjoyed a fabulous field trip to the Brannen Lake Campsites where they had a hayride with Santa, enjoyed a cup of cocoa and then created a Christmas craft.
Although I’ve said it before, it’s worth saying again: our PAC group is to be congratulated and recognized for the sheer amount of time and effort that they put into Seaview. They relentlessly fundraise to provide money that provides enriching activities, and they are very visible in our school putting in countless hours. They recently put on a family movie night that was well attended; in activities such as these, they demonstrate how important is the morale that results from these activities that are full of wholesome, good fun. At the end of January they are putting on another family fun night. Our Christmas concert entitled “The Xmas Files” was a huge success; and was attended by an enormous amount of parents. This parental interest indicates to the children how parents value their school experience.
Our own Mrs. Noble put in an enormous amount of time to bring this concert to fruition, and we are going to sorely miss her dedication, hard work and genuine love of the children. As you know, she is leaving for Australia soon to accompany her husband, John, on his teaching exchange. She will undoubtedly work as well, but we can be equally sure that she’ll enjoy surfing whenever possible. Apparently her Australian house has a kangaroo, complete with joey, bounding up and down through her garden in Margaret River. We are very grateful for the principal that has been assigned to our school in her absence. Mr. Patrick Young has most recently been working in the alternate program with “learn at home” students, and is looking forward to returning to his passion which is working with elementary students. He hails from the mainland originally where he enjoyed working for many years with elementary students grades 2 – 7, but mostly with upper intermediates. He is VERY welcome to Seaview.
This final week, though exhausting, was filled with highlights such as our morning carol singing. Today, the last day of school, just as the strains of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” began the big guy himself entered. The excitement of the children was tangible. Mr. Thomas’ class won our annual non-perishable food drive and his class should be congratulated for their efforts in providing for the needy at the time of the year. So…the adventures at Seaview continue. After our much needed break we will all return refreshed and ready for more learning and social adventures – the things that make Seaview such a great place to work and learn. I speak for the Seaview community when I say “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”.