Recently, the Reception and Year One students at St Peters Lutheran School ‘Stayed Up Late at School’ on a Friday evening. The purpose of this experience is for the students to continue establishing friendships, gain greater independence and develop social skills. The stay up late evening is the beginning of and preparation for future school camp experiences.
The students finish the school day as normal, allowing them the chance to go home, relax and change into their party clothes. They return to school at 5:30pm, ready for an evening of games, dinner, disco dancing and a short movie! While we are normally welcoming of our parents, for this special evening it is students and staff only! The students have an opportunity to be apart from their parents during the evening. We say grace together, eat dinner as a whole group, interact through dance and group games and finally settle down with dessert and a movie.
“The students love having the opportunity to be dressed up and be at school during the night while everyone else is at home,” said Year One teacher Mrs Derrington.
The next week the students have time to reflect on our fun filled night through recount writing, we’ve shared some of their thoughts with you below…
“I liked dancing at the disco and having dinner together” –Sophie
“We got to have free play, it was good because it was just the Receptions and Year Ones at school!” –Jett
“I like getting an ice-block at the end because I don’t have them at home” –Issa
“I also liked dinner, we said grace and everyone was quiet and listened” – Olivia
“I liked staying up late at school because my parents don’t let me stay up late at home” – Yolanna
“I liked everything because it was really fun!” -Elizabeth