Santa Mail in the classroom
In this section you'll find information about writing letters to Santa as a class activity.
You'll also find information about the resources found in the Santa Mail program. This includes the interactives in the student Multimedia fun section of the site. These interactives give students a chance to have some Christmas fun, and to learn about writing a personal letter.
All the interactives have been created to suit individual and small group work on computers, or whole-class interactive whiteboard (IWB) activities.
Writing to Santa as a class activity
New Santa Mail guidelines and addressing details
As you can imagine, Santa Mail is a very busy time for Australia Post (and for Santa).
Over the last few years there's been a significant rise in the number of letters coming from schools, which we're thrilled about. To make sure all students have the best chance of getting a response from Santa we've come up with some new guidelines.
If you're writing letters to Santa as a class activity, please follow these new Santa Mail guidelines and addressing details:
- Complete the Santa Mail class list template, including the address(es) to which the responses are to be sent. If all the responses are to be sent to your school, please include the school's address next to each student's name. If the responses are to be sent to individual students' homes, each student's address must be correctly entered on the class list template.
The template must be typed, not hand written.
- Print the template.
- Collect the individual letters and place them all in one large envelope with the Santa Mail class list template.
- Address your envelope using this new special school address for Santa Mail:
Locked Bag 12000
Dandenong South VIC 3164
- Please place the correct postage on your envelope.
- Post your envelope so the letters are received at Santa's Australian HQ in Victoria by Friday, 18 November 2016. This helps to ensure students receive their return letters from Santa by Friday, 16 December 2016.
Thank you, and happy letter writing!
Let's write a letter to Santa! Online interactive
This online letter writing interactive lets students write a letter to Santa by following a step-by-step guide. It provides a sample letter and letter ideas, as well as hints for each step of the letter writing process. Students can choose to add a fun Christmas-themed letterhead to the top of their letter (there are colour and black and white options). Once students have composed their letters, they can either save or print them.
Students who write individual letters to Santa should use the following address on their envelope:
NORTH POLE 9999
Using this address will ensure that the letter arrives at the correct destination. Students must also write their name and address clearly on the back of the envelope. This will ensure that they receive a reply (they must live in Australia though).
Please note: If all student's letters are being posted together in one large envelope, please use the following address:
Locked Bag 12000
Dandenong South VIC 3164
Remember to include a completed copy of the Santa Mail class list template with students' letters.
Instructions are provided in the interactive, and as a printable PDF or HTML on this page, to help you and your students.
This interactive is a wonderful tool to use on an IWB, and an effective way for students to learn how to write letters individually on a computer.
The Let's write a letter to Santa! Online interactive can be found in the student Multimedia fun section of the site. Here are some detailed instructions for using the interactive:
Santa Mail activity book
This activity book is filled with fun Christmas-related activities for 'fast finishers', or to complement your classroom program. It includes a maze, dot-to-dot, find-a-word and more. Two printable versions (PDF and HTML) of the book and a SMART Notebook file for use on a SMART Board are available here:
A Santa Mail activity solutions eBook is also available for your students to enjoy. It's full-colour, includes simple animations on each page and is ideal for use on an IWB.
Santa's jolly joking jigsaw
A jigsaw puzzle in which students choose one piece at a time, and place the piece in the correct spot on the board. There are options for students to scramble the pieces or, if they need help, to show one or more features of the puzzle (the image, pattern, pattern edges etc.).
Once students have finished the puzzle there's a fun animation for them to enjoy.
Santa's jolly joking jigsaw can be found in the student Multimedia fun section of the site.
Santa's memory game
A classic memory game in which students find matching cards to reveal a hidden picture. Once students have found all the matches they're treated to a simple animation which shows where Santa and Rudolph make a quick landing due to a dust storm.
Students can enjoy playing this interactive over and over again, as the pictures are rearranged randomly each time the student enters the game. It also has a 'sneak peek' function which lets students view the pictures on the cards for a few seconds if they need some help. If students want a challenge they can turn on the 'timer' function, which displays how long it takes them to complete the game.
Santa's memory game can be found in the student Multimedia fun section of the site.
Santa's day at the beach!
A two-level (easy or tricky), jigsaw puzzle in which students place the pieces of Santa and his sleigh back into the picture. Once the puzzle is complete, students can watch Santa and his reindeer on their beach adventure.
The easy level demonstrates to students how to complete the puzzle and also has a 'show image' option that lets students view the picture for a few seconds.
The tricky level also has a 'show image' function and a timer to challenge students.
Santa's day at the beach! can be found in the student Multimedia fun section of the site.
Rudolph has gone missing! Students must use the left, right, up and down buttons on the keyboard to guide Santa (represented by a Christmas hat) through a maze so he can find Rudolph.
Instructions are provided in the interactive and there's a 'sneak peek' function that shows students the path they need to follow.
Students will enjoy the fun animation that sets the story at the beginning of this interactive, and another at the end when Rudolph is found.
Where's Rudolph? can be found in the student Multimedia fun section.