Newsletter #2

We hope this newsletter finds you well. Our focus for the Gowola Homework Club for Term 2 is to support all students and parents with offering academic and wellbeing support.

Hey Parents & Volunteers,

How things have changed since our last update in Term 1! With everything going on with the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions placed, it certainly has presented many challenges and opportunities.  Adjusting to the new way of doing things takes skill and planning, this I am sure you and your family have done a great job in achieving. 

Throughout this newsletter we will try to add as many resources to help you through this time.

Dates for Term 2

At this stage, Gowola will restart for Term 2, on June 2 2020.

We are at full capacity for our student intake and if you wish to have a child on the waitlist, please contact

Volunteers Needed

Due to being at full student capacity, we have kept volunteer registrations open. Please pass this message around. Registrations are open for volunteers on our our website. We will contact people regarding training and inductions.

Facebook Group

We hope that the Gowola Homework Club group on Facebook will be an appropriate way of communicating with all parents in relation to activities at the Club. We also hope this newsletter, and the ones which will follow, will be helpful as well. Please add Gowola Homework Club if you haven’t already done so.

Routine is important 

Everyone in the family must adjust routines once school starts.

Establishing workable routines helps everyone cope with their own responsibilities while easing things for others in the family.

At the start of the school year, put in place a family plan for bedtimes, morning routines and after-school chores, commitments and homework. A plan will help the family function smoothly, ensure important priorities are met, and keep everyone happy and healthy for a successful year.

Upcoming dates in our calendar.

National Sorry Day – May 26th

This date commemorates the Stolen Generations and recognises the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. 

National Reconciliation Week – May 27th through to June 3rd.  

This year’s theme is remarkably fitting in the current situation in that it is titled, In This Together.

1967 Referendum Anniversary – May 27th

On 27 May 1967 a remarkable event occurred. An overwhelming majority of electors voted in a national referendum to amend clauses of the Australian Constitution concerning Aboriginal people. Today it is commonly regarded as a turning point in the history of relations between Indigenous and white Australians.

Mabo Day – June 3rd

Mabo Day and commemorates the courageous efforts of Eddie Koiki Mabo to overturn the fiction of terra nullius (land belonging to no-one), the legal concept that Australia and the Torres Strait Islands were not owned by Indigenous peoples because they did not ‘use’ the land in ways Europeans believed constituted some kind of legal possession.


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My name is Pam Barlow. I am a Sister of Mercy. Sister Agnes is also a Sister of Mercy.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I grew up in Wanalta near Rushworth (an old gold mining town). I have four siblings. I have lived all over Victoria and Tasmania teaching Primary schools wherever I have been and visiting people. 

What do you do for work?

I am now retired and visit elderly people and help at Gowola Homework Club. I have enrolled to be “a Parent Helper” at St. Mel’s School.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? 

Being able to meet all sorts of people.

What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?

I have loved living wherever I have been. Parts of Tasmania have probably been the most beautiful and the harshest.  

What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?

Learnt to “stand on my own two feet”. 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

“We are in it together and we need each other”.

What is your favourite animal?

An ewe. She gives us wool, meat and is usually gentle. She looks after baby lambs and knows which one is hers. 

What is your favourite colour?

Red, because it is a warm colour.

What is your favourite day?

Sunday because I can “loosen up”. 

What is your favourite drink in summer?

Homemade iced milo.

What is your favourite food?

A barbeque chop.

Thank you, Pam, and welcome to our Rumba Family.

We would love to hear parent feedback on any matters at the Gowola Homework Club, please contact me by email at

Janelle Atkinson

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