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Welcome to 2017….what a fantastic start!!

on February 5, 2017

Welcome to the Jpod blog for 2017.

The blog is one of the ways that we keep you informed about what is going on in the Jpod, in addition to our regular newsletters, assemblies and diary communication and notes. We regularly use the prep blog and the Jpod blog in the classroom with the students to help them remember previous learning experiences and build on them during their time at GWPS.

For those parents new to GWPS we would recommend that you remind yourselves of the rules that we adopt in using the Jpod Blog. You can find these on under the ‘blog rules’ category on the right hand side of this page or at this link


We love it when we receive comments to the blog and we encourage you to comment when you can as the students (and teachers ) love to know that the blog is being enjoyed and valued by the wider school community.

The students made a fantastic start to the new year. Our program last week was based around a balance of time in our home groups getting to know each other, meeting other teachers and friends and moving into different areas of the Jpod and mindfulness activities to encourage the students to be calm, reflective and help them to develop gratitude and empathy for the world around them. Students enjoyed many hand on and creative activities where the focus was on working alongside their friends. They were also able to use the new outdoor learning area for a range of activities, including interactive storytelling, drama and playing the djembe drum. It was fabulous to see so many students getting along together so well and enjoying and appreciating the great learning spaces that the Jpod and the whole of the GWPS has to offer them.

Thank you to all the parents for supporting your children so fantastically during our first week. We were amazed by how effortlessly the students handled new routines. All the teachers and other staff in the Jpod are really looking forward to getting to know your children better over the coming weeks and developing learning opportunities which will help them move forward with their learning in the best possible way.

Looking forward to a fantastic 2017!

5 Responses to “Welcome to 2017….what a fantastic start!!”

  1. Sara says:

    Being able to practice mindfulness at home using similar techniques will be great

    • Your Friendly J Pod Teachers says:

      Yes, that would be very useful. So far the kids seem to have been enjoying our mindful part of the day. Look out for a coming blog post about it in the next few days! Thanks Mr Ramage

  2. Anonymous says:

    We loved looking at the blog today in class. JPC

  3. Anna mcmahon says:

    Mindfulness sessions: fantastic idea!
    Bonnie and family

    • Your Friendly J Pod Teachers says:

      Glad to hear that. We will post some information soon about the sorts of activities the students have been doing and what the benefits might hopefully be. Thanks Jpod teachers

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