La Casa della Pace

Teacher:  Carolyn O’Toole     Teacher Assistant:   Esther Quah

La Casa della Pace

I have the most wonderful job in the world! Why? Because I get to come in every day and teach the fabulous children of La Casa della Pace. A diverse range of young personalities. There’s never a moment when life in our class isn’t interesting because the children are so engaged and vibrant.

A highlight of this term was the excursion to the Art Gallery to see the Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly Exhibition. Once again the children’s creative thinking came out through the questions they asked and the answers they gave; the gallery guides were very impressed with their maturity and exemplary behaviour.

This term we welcomed having our soon to be ‘newbies’ in on Wednesdays to transition. Finlay, Polly, Scarlett and Tristan fit right into our lovely group. It is great to have children transitioning because it becomes so obvious, yet amazing to see how much the children, who moved up recently, have grown in their time in Upper Primary and how capable they are becoming at managing their time and completing their work independently.

Much preparation went into planting and growing succulents then potting them up; collecting and squeezing lemons for lemonade and making some novelty reindeer dropping and reindeer bait to sell at the Christmas market. The kids had fun working out the costs and adding on a profit margin to put on the goods, before deciding on the prices of the items and then getting to sell them at our stall. We raised, to date, about $470.00. Thanks to a little help form lots of parents too.

All of the kids liked the First Aid Snake Bite incursion and thought it was funny to see their teacher trussed up after being bitten by a phantom snake. They all gained a lot from the talk.

This term ended on a high with Sports Day. The weekly practise of numerous team games saw not only a development in their physical skills, but more importantly taught them vital team skills such as working as one to get a job done, encouraging others works better for the team, and how to be a really good team leader.

Thank you to Khloe’s mum, Annelise Mauritz for doing the role of our Beeliner for most of this 2018. We greatly appreciate the time and effort it takes be a Beeliner. Thank you also to Lachie’s mum, Emma Whitelaw, who has taken over as our current Beeliner since the beginning of term four. Like Cheryl A. Esplin says, “Service doesn’t have to be big and grandiose to be meaningful and make a difference.” Both of you have made a difference. Thanks so much!

We will miss some of our dear friends next year, who are moving on. So we wish them all the very best and say farewell Cameron Loader, Khloe Mauritz, Rosie Canaris and Sam Malajczuk. You’ll be forever in our hearts.

Have a safe and Happy Christmas and a wonderful holiday everyone. See you for another great year in 2019.

Carolyn and Esther