TERM 1 WEEK 3 2020 PRINCIPALS BLOG
Welcome to Week 3. It has been lovely to see our children settling into school routine with ease.
The weather may have been WET WET WET but that certainly didn’t dampen the atmosphere at our annual swimming carnival. There was plenty of fun on Friday as the kids embraced the rain and competed at the carnival. Well done to all the students for braving the elements and representing their houses and themselves so wonderfully well on a very wet day!
CHANGE TO OFFICE HOURS
A reminder that our school office is now offering longer hours. The administration office will be trialling flexible hours for Term 1.
The office will now be opened from 8.00am until 3.45pm.
On Wednesday our school is privileged to be hosting one of the Regional debating workshops. Over 100 students, including 8 of our own talented debaters will attend the all day coaching workshop which is run by the department’s most senior adjudicators and coaches. Last year our own school debating team was only one win away from going to the state finals. With such a strong debating team let’s hope that they can go one better this year!
FOCUS CAPABILITY EMOTIONAL REGULATION
During the course of the year all students will be delivered lessons that link with our focus capability from our New Lambton South Capabilities Framework. For the next 2 weeks we will be focussing on Emotional Regulation capability. Lessons will be delivered in class and will cover the following area: HOW TO GET ALONG, MEETING OUR CLASSMATES, VALUES, COOL AND HOT FEELINGS and CALMING YOUR EMOTIONAL BRAIN
THE MAGIC OF MINDFULNESS
Our staff participated in professional learning on mindfulness in 2019. With over 65,000 thoughts travelling through our minds in one day, no wonder we’re in need of some brain breaks at times! The benefits of practicing regular mindfulness includes better sleep, better focus during the day, better physical health and better emotional regulation. “Mindfulness” is a bit of a buzz word these days, so sometimes we refer to it as “grounding”, “quiet time” or “meditation” . It can take a variety of forms and be as long or as short as you want. Your child will do a minimum of three sessions a week in class.
All teachers have committed to practising mindfulness themselves at least three times per week and are doing this both at home and at school. If you haven’t done already, the Smiling Minds app is free to download and has a variety of sessions your child and/or your family could do at home. We have many students reporting to us that they sleep better when they do a session before bed and many who say they feel more calm and focused when they are at school.
Families will receive student invoices early week 4 via email. Invoices will include the main annual costs including voluntary school contribution, technology fee and year excursions/incursions. Parents can chose to pay the full amount or wait until Caremonkey notes are issued and pay within the timeframe detailed in the permission note.
Below is an abbreviated costings associated with each year for 2020. A detailed note will be emailed via Caremonkey over the coming days. There may be additional cost throughout the year based on additional activities your child may participate in such as Star Struck, PSSA sporting teams.
PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS ASSOCIATION NOMINATIONS FOR ZONE TEAMS
Throughout the year the opportunity exists for students to participate in representative sporting opportunities at a zone, regional or state level. If your child would like to be nominated to trial for a zone team in any of the following sports please email the school, firstname.lastname@example.org with attention to Mr Hawke and he will complete the nomination.
PLEASE NOTE: Only students who already compete at a representative level in most sports will be considered for selection. Places in these teams are highly competitive. If you have any further queries contact the school to determine whether or not your child would make a suitable candidate.
Zone sports 2020 include:
|SPORT||TRIAL DATE AND NOMINATIONS DUE|
|Nominations close 14th February|
Trial 28th February
|Boys – Trial 6th March, Nominations close 21st February|
Girls – Trial 23rd March Nominations close 9th March
|Boys – Trial 9th March Nominations close 24th February|
Girls – Trial 10th March Nominations close 25th February
|Trial 17th March|
Nominations close 3rd March
|Trial 27th March|
Nominations close 13th March
|Trial 26th March|
Nominations close 12th March
|Trial 8th May|
Nominations close 24th April
|DIVING||Nominations close 11th February|
Trial 25th February
|UNDER 11’s & Opens- Trial 16th March|
Nominations close 2nd March
|Trial 22nd May|
Nominations close 8th May
|Trial 11th June|
Nominations close 28th May
|Boys – Trial 26th March Nominations close 12th March|
Girls – Trial 2nd April Nominations close 19th March
FREE MATHS TUTORING – REMINDER
Maths tutoring will commence this Thursday for Year 5 and 6 students requiring assistance. If your child is in years 5 and 6 and is having some difficulty with maths we are now offering free maths tutoring sessions before school on a Thursday morning. The maths tutoring sessions will run from 8:15am to 9am. Students will need to nominate, with help from teachers and or parents an area of mathematics that they are having difficulty with in the week before a tutoring session. The school will trial this in term 1 for years 5 and 6 and may possibly expand if there is a need in coming terms.
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
Parent Teacher Interviews bookings have opened online last week. If you have not already booked an interview jump in quick as the system closes on Thursday 13th February 2020.
Interviews will commence Week 5 Monday 24th February and continue until Friday 6th March. These interviews are for you to get to know the teacher and for you to discuss any issues that the teacher may need to be aware of so that they can best teach them through the year.
Interviews can be booked on the following link and enter the code t9r96
Lost items are placed in baskets at the end of A Block. If your child has lost an item of clothing or lunch containers please encourage them to have a look there. Please label all your child’s belongings as this makes it easier for them to identify their items.
P & C NEWS
The first P & C meeting of 2020 is on 18th February and with a number of active members finishing up at the end of 2020 as their children are in Yearr 6, it’s a really important time for new helpers register.
If you are interested, please get in touch via our Facebook page to find out more.
If you need any uniform items and wish to pay by credit card or can’t make it to the shop opening hours, head to https://nlspsuniformshop.bigcartel.com.
Our school canteen also sell hats for $10.00.
School banking will also re-commence this Wednesday.
NLSPS GOOD NEWS STORY – RAISING MONEY FOR BUSHFIRE VICTIMS
During the school holidays some of our wonderful students had the great idea to raise money for those affected by the bushfires. The kids did an awesome job organizing a jumble sale of pre-loved clothes, toys, books and home wears. They helped bake and ran a cake stall to raise money. Local butcher, Adam’s Family Meats donated 15kg of sausages to sell. The total amount raised was just over $2000.00!!
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB
Your child should have brought home an Ashton’s Scholastic Book Club catalogue earlier this week. If not, please ask your child’s teacher for a copy.
The school receives 20 percent in points for all orders and these points are used to purchase more books and/or reading resources for the school.
All orders are completed online through Book Club Loop and the instructions are at the end newsletter.
Book Club is renowned for selling books at a very competitive price.
ALL BOOK CLUB ORDERS NEED TO BE PAID ONLINE BY WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19 .
Enjoy your week