For the last three years the Club has had a focus on social and emotional learning in our enhancement programs. In our mixed age, mixed gender and mixed school environment we provide the perfect situation for our members to learn team work, leadership, empathy, compassion and frankly, how to get along with each other. We love how students from different schools find friendship together here at the Club, and how programs such as Junior Youth of the Year encourage others to step up as leaders and come into their own. However, we still feel that as a whole our members could do better in the areas of empathy, kindness towards others and speaking and acting in a respectful way.
Every year we look back on all that has been achieved in the past 12 months and think ‘that was our best year yet’; and this year is no exception. The Club, our members and our staff have achieved so much in 2018 that it was hard to remember it all. But here are just the top highlights to remind us what a great year it has been.
Or, more precisely, to the Club. In mid November, Sierra House School had an electrical fire in one of the reading classrooms that caused significant damage, and as a result, the entire school is vacating to enable extensive remediation work to be completed. The Club is delighted that we have the ability to open our rooms and make ourselves available to the school. Starting on Monday 17th December the whole of Sierra House will be at our site. To fit everyone in the school will be doing a split schedule. K-2nd in the morning and 3rd-5th in the afternoon.
November has been a tough month for California. First the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks and then the fires in Malibu and Paradise. Fire hit very close to home over President's weekend with the fire at Sierra House Elementary and we are so grateful to our local firefighters, district staff and community helpers for quickly stopping the fire from spreading and for working so hard and so quickly to get the school open again.