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Goodstart St Leonards Wins Innovation Award

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The team at Goodstart St Leonards – Christie St have been awarded the NSW & ACT Goodies Innovation Award for Centres.

The team at St Leonards - Christie St created an online classroom that aligned with each children's learning journey. They did this using zoom through initiatives such as; Online story time, creating fun cooking videos where they asked children to make recipes at home with Mum and Dad and shared occasions such as the Easter hat parade, Anzac Day & Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children's Day.

They also shared learning experiences such as "R U Ok" day, health and hygiene practices and celebrated our 10th Birthday through a social media video which concurrently encouraged social distancing.

The team were ecstatic to be recognised after such a challenging year, so ecstatic that they broke out into a happy song and dance! You can watch the reaction to their win on this video on the centre Facebook page.

Being able to continue working with their families and communities for the best outcomes despite all the chaos was what inspired the Goodstart St Leonards team to continually innovate throughout 2020.

Centre Director Marlen van Vuuren said her team are “extremely passionate and ideas on how to innovate came from all team members and were possible only because of the support they gave one another. The St Leonards team is like a family and there’s never a dull moment.”

New innovative ways of learning and connecting are still continuing and have become a regular part of the program with members of the community also embracing it, the Mayor of Ku-ring-gai joined for Remembrance Day for a virtual visit and the children also recently went on a virtual tour of the SES headquarters.

You can view the many innovative ways that Goodstart St Leonards continued learning, supporting families and their community in this short video.

The team at Goodstart St Leonard’s team really excelled this year with Centre Director, Marlene van Vuuren also winning the NSW & ACT CEOs Goodstarter of the year award.

Congratulations to Marlene and the whole team, what a fantastic achievement!

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