La Casa della Gioia

Teacher: Anthea Brignoli, Teacher Assistant: Lea Hammond

La Casa della Gioia

When we reflected on our term calendar it surprised us how much we have achieved, beginning with our beautiful afternoon tea for our mothers on 7th May. The children were so proud to serve iced tea and homemade scones on fancy china and treat their mothers to various relaxing / interactive activities.

It was a huge success and all of the staff voted to do it again.

Next came our Corroboree event where we introduced flags around the world and learnt about famous places and capital cities. It was nice to revisit a geography lesson that the older children have not explored for a while. That night it was the school disco and the Middle Primary children had an awesome time dancing to their hearts content.

Later that month, we participated with all of the school in a walkathon to raise money for cancer research. Our walk ended in a lovely play together at the Leighton Beach play area. It is rewarding to host traditions that help in the service to others, especially a cause that affects so many people close to us.

The Western Australian Opera performed for us at an in-house incursion in our hall in late May.

The Opera Company are dedicated to “presenting opera that moves and enchants young people and makes them think about the magic of voice being alive in the world today”.

We felt that they achieved their aims, as it was a fun, inclusive and informative incursion.

In late June, we attended the Woylie festival – an Indigenous event in honour of NAIDOC week. All of the Middle Primary children and staff caught the train and a CAT bus to the Fremantle Arts Centre in Fremantle.

The guest line up included a storyteller, a rapper and an author who represented, in their own original way, the cultural diversity of their historical roots. The children responded enthusiastically to the input, particularly performing an original “Beehive” designed rap song and dance, on stage with Josh.

It was a lovely day out and we enjoyed the ambience of the beautiful gardens and surrounds.

Portfolio Day was well attended this year.

Even though the weather was wintery, it was cosy inside and very warming to observe the children sharing samples of their work with supportive and interested parents.

Thank you for attending this event. If you did miss it, please come in after school one day soon, to share in this unique experience.

Our classroom has been a hive of activity this term. We have many driven artists, scientists, researchers, historians, mathematicians, linguists, philosophers, etc.  The children never cease to inspire and amaze us with their choice of work, dedication, collaboration and zeal.

We have covered a lot of territory as a class group including: learning about Australia’s natural geographical sites and world heritage places, discovering more about emotional intelligence and how to identify and maintain friendships, learning how to “think smart” and activate wise decision making and generally discovering many new areas of learning in all curriculum areas.

The class welcomed Toby, Aren, Scarlett, Javier and Samara into Gioia and said farewell to Charlotte Shearer and Abby, who transitioned to Upper Primary. We wish the older girls all the best in their new cycle of Montessori education. We will miss your sociability, empathy and care of the younger children.

To all of our parents who participated in classroom life this term cooking, gardening, supporting and caring…we thank you.

Jonelle (our wonderful Beeliner) has made some exotic soy/essential oil candles in a beautiful, ceramic, reusable, coffee keeper and natural body products, which will be available for sale soon.

The proceeds will all go to the new playground. We are in awe of her energy and kindness. Thank you x

Have a happy, healthy and restful winter break everyone!

Anthea and Lea xx