It isn’t very often that my children get the opportunity to play with other kids, sometimes I forget just how long they go between seeing other children. So of course they were absolutely beside themselves yesterday when we hosted a School of the Air (SOTA) Group Day here at Chardy HQ.
The field team from Mt Isa School of the Air spend their days travelling around the country side (and there is a lot to cover let me tell you) – from Normanton to Tennant Creek, Richmond to Bedourie, they certainly cover some miles. They visit families for either a “group day” or a “home visit”. They are teachers from in at SOTA but they don’t actually teach any classes. When you host a group day any other families in the surrounding area are invited to attend so the children can participate in activities with the teachers. We are so lucky to have such a fantastic team at the moment – Selena & Bridoen. They are just lovely and the kids have a great time with them, and I love the company too.
Yesterday we had 17 children – 12 boys and only 5 girls – travel here to attend the day (as well as 13 adults). They were up and at it very early and travelled for hours and hours.
Every family brings smoko and lunch to share. There is always so much yummy food to choose from. No one goes hungry that’s for sure.
The Mum’s & Govies enjoyed a lovely lunch together on the verandah. It was pretty hot though, but we soldiered on. Such a great bunch of women, gee we had some laughs. It was so great to catch up with this wonderful bunch of ladies.
Even Clancy got to join in with the school business. Aren’t they just so damn cute playing the ukelele’s!!! I know he doesn’t look all that impressed, but he was loving himself sick.
They can even borrow library books…
After lunch they all jumped in the pool – yes all of them. Selena and Bridoen are just so bloody patient, it gives me the heebie jeebies just looking at this pool swarming with kids…
Of course when it was time to say goodbye to everyone I got a little sad, trying to convince Mrs Savvy B to stay the night. But it was ok, at least one family stayed with us – thanks Doyley!
Thanks to all of the families who made the effort to travel such long distances for the day. It was so much fun and great to catch up.
If you would like to read about another Group Day that we attended back in June then head on over HERE for a squiz.
Do your children do Distance Ed or SOTA?
Don’t you just love catching up with everyone!