Hobartville students embrace changes in year of the pandemic

COPING WITH CHANGE: Hobartville Public School students dealt with online learning and being back in the classroom again with equal ease, says principal Luke O'Brien.
COPING WITH CHANGE: Hobartville Public School students dealt with online learning and being back in the classroom again with equal ease, says principal Luke O'Brien.

Our parent community has cheered us on from the sidelines

It has been a wonderful year of learning at Hobartville Public School, according to principal Luke O'Brien.

He said students had adapted to online schooling with ease, demonstrating resilience and versatility under challenging circumstances.

"This year has been a reminder of how lucky we are to have a dedicated, passionate staff who are willing to go the extra mile in order to ensure our students receive a quality education," Mr O'Brien said.

"Our parent community has cheered us on from the sidelines, with the applause at assemblies replaced with emoji reactions and likes on the Hobartville Facebook Page."

The challenges of 2020 weren't enough to stop Hobartville Public School's students from achieving great things. Some highlights included:

Their successful application to the 'What'll Happen to the Wattle?' program. As part of the program, Hobartville Public School will be receiving wattle seeds that have been sent to the International Space Station. Students will be observing how the wattle seeds grow and submitting their observations to One Giant Leap Australia.

Hobartville was nominated twice for 'Best Primary School Film Production' at the 2020 Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) awards. They were the only NSW Department of Education school nominated in this category, which is an incredible achievement considering the calibre of films submitted from across Australia.

Hobartville Public School was awarded best overall school in the Hawkesbury Gazette and Hawkesbury Courier Design-an-Ad Competition. Students were presented with first and third place in the primary school category.

The school received the Local Schools Community Grant, which has been used to rejuvenate the playground with sensory play equipment.

"We continue to be a school you want to send your child to, with great teachers focusing on developing the 'whole child' and getting them ready for this complex world," Mr O'Brien said. "Hobartville Public School is a fantastic school in a great spot to raise a family."

Some key dates for 2021 are: Friday, January 29 - Years 1-6 return to school; Monday, February 1 - Kindergarten Orientation, Best Start Assessment Week; Tuesday, February 9 - School Swimming Carnival; Thursday, February 11 - Hawkesbury Leadership Camp

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