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Annual Home Tutor Workshop a success


​The normally quiet halls of LSODE rang loudly with the voices of nearly 90 students, approximately 60 home tutors and governesses last week when they all travelled hundreds of kilometers to attend the annual Home Tutor Workshop.

Students enjoyed spending time with their peers and teachers face to face in their classrooms. The highlight was doing hands on activities that normally prove difficult to do when working on-air.

While students were well taken care of and engaged, their home tutors and governesses were treated to some professional development from some keynote speakers.

Leading educator, author and professional speaker, Steve Francis, educated and delighted his audience as he presented workshops on engaging and motivating students, work life satisfaction and building trust. As a previous Principal and as creator of his Happy School program, Steve provided real life scenarios and captivated his audience with his contagious and approachable personality.

Joy McClymont taught us that 'Self-care is not selfish'. As home tutors and governesses, it is vital that permission is given  to look after themselves so that they may look after others.

We also had the joy of Kellie Espie joining us to deliver some pointers to support early readers. This is such a vital foundational skill that will give students the building blocks to access all areas of the curriculum.

There was even time in the busy week for students to have face to face time with their Instrumental Teachers from Brisbane.

A highlight of the week was our Meet & Greet and Family Evening at Cattleman's Bar & Grill at the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame. Students planned furiously to make, bake and create items to be sold at our market stalls as families and staff mingled to get to know each other in a social setting. Many new connections and friendships were forged and will assist to provide support when families head home and back to the schoolroom.

We concluded our week with the annual Swimming Carnival where there was a sea of crazy shirts in yellow for Boree and red for Coolibah. Boree were champions taking home the winner's trophy while Coolibah were rewarded for their team spirit.

Friday after lunch there was no doubt that there were a lot of very quiet car trips home as students were exhausted after such a long and adventurous week.

Weeks like this are priceless for home tutors, governesses, students and teachers.