It has been a whirlwind of activities this December at Seaview School! Teachers have endeavoured to keep the children focused on curriculum until winter break; it has not always been an easy task, so on the final school days of December we all participated in many fun and merry Christmas activities.
Earlier in the month school parents put on an evening craft fair that was a result of many, many weeks of dogged determination to ensure its success. There was also a cake walk and this combined with the fantastic crafts made by the children produced a wholesome evening of fun-filled activities. Our Christmas concert in the second week of December was performed to packed crowds. Every year we’re convinced that this one was the best one yet! As usual, the morning after was our Seaview School read-in; this is a time when children read books with their “buddy” in their pyjamas and are joyfully served hot chocolate by many parent volunteers.
The recognition that we are not just members of Seaview School but members of a bigger world community and the attendant realization that it is our collective responsibilities to help out people that we will never meet is the reason behind several of our humanitarian endeavours. The generous families of Seaview put together over 50 Christmas shoeboxes for children across the world who would otherwise receive no gifts at Christmas. As well, each class feverishly competed with one another to see which class would provide the most non-perishable foods for our classroom hampers, always with the understanding that the most important thing is to provide food for the less fortunate at Christmas (or any time of the year for that matter) — two of our Primary classes, Ms. Miller and Mrs. Pierce/Mrs. Joines, won this year’s challenge. Four classes visited “Hamperville” to assist in filling hampers. And many of our students put on a bake sale to raise money for the Nanaimo and Victoria hospitals and raised $216.40. It was a great month of global citizenship at Seaview!
As if December wasn’t busy enough, four primary classes went for a hayride with Santa and several classes made Christmas crafts at our wonderful local 4 Cats Art Studio. We finished the final week of school with three sessions of school wide carol singing in the gym. The final Friday before the break saw the children wearing a Christmas Hat of any sort as part of our “Christmas Hat” spirit day.
Extra-curricular volleyball has been ongoing for a number of weeks now for both Bantam and PeeWee girls and boys. And Mr. Thomas’ class recently graduated from the DARE program, after spending many weeks learning about drug awareness/drug abuse resistance with an RCMP officer.
As the frenetic pace reached a crescendo in the last few days, it was clear that staff and students were ready for a well deserved winter break! So…Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!