They might be apart but the community of Mount Pleasant Primary School is more together than ever, according to principal Kate Robinson.
To reinforce the connectedness of the school community, and have some fun, Mount Pleasant is holding a movie night complete with movie tickets, popcorn and photos.
Staff have packed movie night bags and will hand deliver them to the school's 84 families, and encourage them to go the extra mile to create an authentic cinema experience in their loungerooms.
"Last weekend my family created a home movie theatre," Ms Robinson said. "We printed out tickets, moved the couch closer to the television, turned the volume up, put a sheet over the door and had popcorn and choc tops."
"We made it fun for our kids and I thought we could do it for our whole school community."
With no formal classes on Wednesday as part of the Wind Down Wednesday, families have been encouraged to create their theatres in readiness for Thursday night.
"Setting up the home movie theatre is an activity for the whole family," Ms Robinson said. "We're encouraging them to upload their photos to our shared digital platform - pictures of preparations at home, making pop corn, posh pyjamas, animal outfits, home candy bars, that sort of thing.
"The idea is we share what we are doing in real time, but it's about celebrating our families and the great things they have done being at home this term."
Unlike normal movie nights where everyone watches the same flick, families are free to choose the movie they view according to their childrens' ages and .tastes.
"This term is almost at the half way mark and it's time to celebrate the achievements of our whole school community," Ms Robinson said.
"We are apart but together. The sense of connection is important and one of the things we have worked on with our staff and community.
"It's connection over content and how we connect with families and teachers is the most important thing."
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