The ability to listen with empathy and understand another person’s point of view is a crucial capability for our students to build. In our classes we offer students the opportunities to understand each other and to develop an understanding of each other’s opinions and beliefs.
SELECTIVE HIGH SCHOOL TEST 2021
Selective high schools cater for academically high potential and gifted students who may otherwise be without sufficient classmates of their own academic standard. Selective schools help these students to learn by grouping them with students of similar ability, using specialised teaching methods and materials. Selective high schools are unzoned so parents can apply regardless of where they live. Applications for selective high school placement are considered mainly on the basis of the Selective High School Placement Test results and school assessment scores. The Selective High School Placement Test will be held on Thursday 12 March 2020. If you would like to have your child considered for Year 7 selective high school entry in 2021, you need to apply on the internet using a valid email address (not the student’s email address).
Detailed instructions on how to apply online will be available from late-September 2019 at https:// education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7.
The application website opens at that link on 8 October 2019 and closes at 10pm on 11 November 2019. You must apply before the closing date. There are no paper application forms. If you do not have internet access, you could apply at a public library. If you have a disability that prevents you from using a computer, you can contact the Unit for assistance after 8 October 2019.
You must submit only ONE application for each student. Further information was emailed to all Year 5 students at the end of term 3.
Commencing next week, we will be running a 4-week trial of a slightly adjusted timetable in order to allow students more time to play. There has been a small number of enquiries regarding the benefits of this trial and how it will look for students. This trial is heavily based on research on children’s development and learning, some of the highest achieving systems in the world allow students to have a 15 minute play break for every hour they are at school! Play is also vitally important for developing so many skills as outlined below:
I will also include a number of references and quotes over the coming Principals Blogs to highlight the importance and the academic research of our trial.
“First, we must recognize the value of play in education. Education leaders, policymakers and parents need to understand that play is not a stupid waste of time but rather an essential and powerful educational experience. The second recommendation is that schools should create space in the curriculum for play and provide facilities, opportunities and encouragement for play. Third, teachers can model play in their own way by playing with ideas, hypotheses, playing with solutions, playing with colleagues and playing with students.”
Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas; Professorial Fellow, Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria, Australia; Global Chair, University of Bath, UK.
“Play is the foundation of learning, creativity, self expression and constructive problem solving. It’s how children wrestle with life to make it meaningful. Children are born with the innate capacity to play but as a society we seem to be doing everything we can to prevent them from playing. Play is being drummed out of schools. Opportunities for play are being lost when they opt out of recess, art, music and when they opt in to standardised teaching to a test. Schools need to bring back opportunities for play, minimize rote learning and provide opportunities to explore and experience initiating than merely reacting.”
Susan Linn, Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Boston Children’s Hospital
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
Parent teacher interviews will be held during weeks 6, 7 and 8 Term 4 commencing Monday 18th November. This is an important time for parents to meet with their child’s teacher to discuss the year that was, achievements and goals set at the beginning of the year. Bookings via our online platform will open next week. A link with booking information will be emailed to all families via Caremonkey.
Next week will see the start of our orientation sessions for incoming 2020 kindergarten students and successful candidates for our Year 5 2020 Opportunity Class. Information sessions will be held on Tuesday 22nd October from 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Kindergarten students will then participate in a series of weekly school based orientation visits commencing on Tuesday 5th November 9.30am – 11.25am, Wednesday 13th November 9.30am – 11.25am, Thursday 21st November 9.30am – 11.25am. Their visit on Friday 29th November will conclude the orientation sessions and kinders and their buddies will enjoy a Teddy Bears Picnic together.
An information session for our Year 5 2020 Opportunity Class students and parents will be held on Tuesday 22nd October 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Families will be able to ask questions and also hear about our special programs and opportunities in visual arts, performing arts, sport, music and technology. An orientation day is also planned for Wednesday 4th December 2019. This visit allows new students to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings. Students will spend the day working with the current Year 5 OC students and meet the OC teacher Mrs Tweedale.
Our senior and junior band members will compete in Bandfest next Tuesday and Wednesday at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre. Bandfest is an annual festival of banding in the Greater Newcastle Region. It caters for primary and secondary school ensembles from public schools across the region. We wish our band members all the very best.
SWIMMING FOR SPORT
Year 2 students will participate in swimming for sport during Term 4. 45 minute lessons will take place at Balance Collective – Wests Mayfield commencing Friday 25th October until Friday 29th November inclusive. The lessons are aimed at developing water confidence, swimming and survival skills.
A very big congratulations to the New Lambton South Teals debating team who won their semi final round against Berkeley Vale.
The Teals will now compete in the regional finals against Grahamstown Public School at Valentine Public School on Monday 21st October. This is an amazing achievement for our school, as the Teals are down to the top two last teams out of 167 teams.
Callen, Isaac, Marissa and Riti were very convincing in their delivery on the topic “All schools should give money instead of certificates for rewards”. So another wonderful achievement and all the best for the finals on Monday.
FINITE GALLERY JUNIOR ART PRIZE 2019
This year our school had 24 entries in the Finite Junior Art Prize and our artists range from kinder to year 6. All of the artworks submitted were very diverse and of excellent quality.
NEW LAMBTON DISTRICT OOSH
New Lambton District OOSH provide quality before and after school care in a supportive and stimulating environment during school terms. Our day to day program is designed specifically to support our children’s educational journey and build a sense of community and belonging. We think of our centres as our children’s second home.
Applications for care in 2020 will open on Monday 14th October 2019 via our website.
For more information or to be placed on our waiting list, please call us on 4957 3480 or visit our website https://newlambtondistrictoosh.com/
Enjoy your week,
Andrew Pryce, Principal