STAGE 2 GREAT AUSSIE BUSH CAMP & STAGE 3 SYDNEY EXCURSION
Thank you to all the families who have responded via CareMonkey and given permission for their children to attend the major excursions this year. Only a few weeks to go!
Dietary requirements: please contact the school office if your child has any dietary requirements.
Medication: If your child requires medication while at camp, please ensure medication is given to their teacher on the day of camp in a labelled clip-top bag.
Permission to Publish: If your child does not have permission to publish, they will not appear in any camp photos published on Facebook or the school website.
CAPABILITIES – GRIT & PERSEVERANCEThe ability to stick at something, however tricky for the time it takes to achieve your goal.
In our classes we challenge children to learn new tasks every day. Sometimes these are difficult and it is easy to give up. We need our kids to show grit and perseverance, particularly when things are hard!
Congratulations to our Stage 3 finalists Marissa T and Callan P who will be heading to Zone Public Speaking Finals this week on Thursday 15 August.
Good luck to all our other finalists who will also be attending their Stage public speaking finals!
Kindergarten – Harlow S & Jacob B – 16 August 2019
Stage 1 – Will A & Ruby T – 14 August 2019
Stage 2 – Zoe A & Violet D – 12 August 2019
SAVE THE DATE – CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY – 23rd AUGUST
Our celebration assembly will be held in Week 5, Friday 23rd August from 2.30pm to 3.25pm. All welcome.
SAVE THE DATE – PARENT INFORMATION SESSION – EMOTIONAL REGULATION AND THE ZONES OF REGULATION PROGRAM – 27th AUGUST
On Tuesday 27TH August, a parent information session on emotional regulation and the neuroscience behind current research on how the brain works will be delivered by Mary-Jane Britten (school counsellor) and Lindy McCallum (Assistant Principal and Learning Support teacher). Our school has begun using the Zones of Regulation program this year with all children from Kindergarten to Year 6 and we will look at how this program works in our school to support all students to understand and manage / regulate their emotions – particularly during challenging times.
SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST
A Father’s Day BBQ will be held Friday 30 August 2019. Bacon and egg rolls will be available for purchase on the day. We hope that you can join us for breakfast.
The P&C will also run a father’s day stall on the day for children to purchase gifts. Gifts will range from $2.00 to $8.00 and there will be a limit of two items per child.
The P&C will also be raffling seven great raffle prizes. Up for grabs are two large hampers and five packs of wine and Westfield vouchers. Make sure you buy your raffle tickets at our Father’s Day breakfast!
If you would like to volunteer to help selling raffle tickets or help at the Father’s Day stall, please contact the school office and put your name down. Thank you!
YEAR 1 – NEW LAMBTON LIBRARY VISIT
Our Year 1 students will walk to New Lambton library on Thursday 22nd August. This is part of the Book Week celebrations and they will see a drama performance whilst at the library run by the children’s librarian.
FEEDBACK ON PARENT / TEACHER INTERVIEWS
How many interviews would you prefer to attend every year?
The preferable answer choice is two interviews per year, with 42% of respondents choosing this.
Three or four interviews per year had 24% and 25% respectively and only 8% of respondents said they would like to see one interview per year.
Are you happy with the level of communication the school provides about your child(ren)’s learning, Eg SeeSaw?
Generally respondents were happy with the level of use regarding SeeSaw and the interviews, improvements to the timing of messages and the use of multiple platforms came through. Some people requested a weekly report on their child’s progress and some people requested contact only if they believed their child needed assistance or was struggling. We will review the interview processes for 2020 based on this feedback and in consultation with the P and C.
Some general suggestions and feedback on parent / teacher interviews
Many respondents appreciated the time they got to spend with the teacher. Constant feedback via SeeSaw was mentioned a number of times as a positive. The four weeks with multiple time slots allowed people the options to arrange a suitable time to arrange a time, some people would have liked more time and the initial meeting at the beginning of the year was also highlighted as a positive.
Responses to feedback
There were some comments in the feedback regarding the use of educational jargon in reporting, the use of multiple online tools and Department of Education Policy and New South Wales Teachers Federation agreements. The writing of reports is governed by policy and is currently under review so we may see some changes in the way reports are written soon. Teachers willingly agree to multiple interviews because they believe it is the best thing for children and families and the school is looking at consolidating the use of online tools to more effectively streamline our communications. As always if you have any issues or would like to have a conversation regarding any aspect of the reporting and interview process please feel free to contact the school.
AUTHOR VISIT – ANDREW DADDO
It’s very exciting to have a famous author visit our school during Book Week. Andrew will speak to all students during three one-hour sessions.
10.30am – 11.30am – Years K-2
12.15pm – 1.15pm – Years 3 & 4
1.15pm – 2.15pm – Years 5 & 6
BOOK WEEK PARADE
This year’s Book Week Parade will be held on Friday August 23 in Week 5.
The book theme is READING IS MY SECRET POWER.
Begin to be creative with your child and begin to think about what book character your child may want to come dressed up as for the parade.
REQUEST FOR ALL SCHOOL MAINTENANCE LOCAL TRADES PROVIDERS AND SUPPLIERS
The NSW Government has committed the largest investment in planned maintenance at public schools in the history of NSW. A record $1.3 billion is being spent on an ambitious delivery program, focused on employing local businesses and contractors across the state.
To assist in addressing regional school maintenance issues and at the same time provide work for local trade’s persons and suppliers across the Hunter / Central Coast regions, over $100 million is being invested to upgrade and maintain our school infrastructure.
Given this record spend by School Infrastructure NSW, you are invited to an Asset Management Unit industry breakfast briefing. This will provide information to existing and new contractors on how you can get involved.
To find out more by attending our Industry breakfast register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/industry-engagement-information-session-tickets-65766578607 or contact your Asset Management Unit on 4088 3500.
SCHOOL BANKING VOLUNTEER
Can you spare an hour a week to be our next Commonwealth Bank School Banking coordinator?
School Banking is a fun and engaging way for our children to learn about money and develop good spending habits and relies on our parent volunteers to support the program.
Please contact the office if you’re interested.
2020 STUDENTS AND CLASSES
2020 will be here before you know it. We have projected some growth for our school with the possibility of us growing to 21 classes. If you have siblings to enrol or know of people that will be new to the school in 2020 please contact the school to enrol or encourage new families to enrol as soon as possible so that we may plan adequately.
As at the commencement of this term there is a new enrolment policy. Whilst many aspects of the policy remain the same there are some additional changes to the documentation required to enrol your children. If you have any concerns or queries please contact the school as soon as possible.
JUNIOR DRAMAWORKS 2019
Enjoy your week,