We always challenge our students to think, to look at new and improved ways of doing tasks, to apply models of efficiency and effectiveness in everything that they do.
PLAYING AT SCHOOL
Our school is gaining a lot of attention for the unique way that we allow students to play at school. Our underpinning values of BE KIND, BE SAFE, DO YOUR BEST and our capabilities framework have replaced many traditional rules such as out of bounds etc. As a result we actually have very few incidents of negative behaviour in our playground. More and more, the value of “play” is being espoused by Researchers, Doctors and Educators as a valuable way to teach and develop Social, Physical, Emotional and Cognitive areas within children.
Schools are increasingly driven by pressure to perform in standardised academic testing which in some cases does not even assess the core requirements of the curriculum. As a result, play time is being lost. Our school will be proposing some changes to the timetable of the day in order to allow students more opportunities to develop these skills through play. There will be no changes to the operational hours of the school. There will be more information at the September P and C meeting.
ZONES OF REGULATION
What are The ZONES of Regulation®?
The ZONES is a concept designed by Leah Kuypers, an occupational therapist, to help a student gain skills in the area of self-regulation. Self-regulation can go by many names, such as self-control, self-management, and impulse control. It is defined as the best state of alertness of both the body and emotions for the specific situation. The ZONES are designed to help the students recognise when they are in different zones as well as learn how to use strategies to change or stay in the zone they are in. In addition to addressing self-regulation, the students have an increased vocabulary of emotional terms, skills in reading other people’s facial expressions, perspective about how others see and react to their behaviour, insight into events that trigger their behaviour, calming and alerting strategies, and problem solving skills.
There is no such thing as a bad ZONE.
It is important to note that everyone experiences all of the zones—the Red and Yellow Zones are not the “bad” or “naughty” zones. All of the zones are expected at one time or another. The Zones of Regulation is intended to be neutral and not communicate judgment.
The poster below and others, are displayed in every classroom in our school. Teachers are teaching students to understand their own feelings and strategies and tools to help them move between the zones. We have only just started on this journey this year and have a way to go, but already students are showing that they are able to recognize their feelings and communicate those to others.
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPPORT STAFF – APPRECIATION WEEK
Last week we celebrated our wonderful SASS Staff for SASS Appreciation Week. SAS are the people who work in our schools to provide vital support to our teachers and students. They support our students with additional needs to ensure they are learning in environments and ways best suited to them, keep our school canteen stocked with healthy fresh lunch options, keep our school grounds looking tidy and provide essential administrative support. Valuable work that often goes unnoticed behind the scenes!
We have an awesome SASS team at New Lambton South Public School that help everyday to provide an amazing environment for our students. They are:
SUCCESS AT REGIONAL PSSA ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
Last Friday 8 students from New Lambton South represented Hunter Zone at the Regional PSSA Athletics carnival at Glendale. Three of our students had a very successful day gaining selection into the State team.
Cory E: 11 year boys 1500m and 800m
Angus F: 8-10 year boys long jump
Izzy M: 10 year girls long jump
Congratulations on an outstanding result and Good Luck at State!
It would be much appreciated if any families with outstanding fees could please make payments as soon as possible. There is approximately $18000 in outstanding fees that goes towards buying resources and providing services such as online SMS messaging for absenteeism, online notes, permissions and See Saw subscriptions. Without payment these services could be reduced.
STAGE 2 CAMP
This week Stage 2 students will be attending camp. Year 4 students will leave for Great Aussie Bush Camp on Wednesday 4th September and return on Friday. Year 3 will participate in day activities on Thursday 5th September. Camp is a wonderful experience for students, an opportunity for students to challenge themselves on many of the activities and create life time memories. Remember to check in on our social media sites for updates as they happen from Stage 2 camp and be prepared for some happy though very exhausted children when they return on Friday afternoon. We are positive camp will be lots of fun for all!
Best of Luck to our school debating team who take on Kahibah in round one of the Knockout stages of the Regional Debating Competition. Our debating teams have represented our school at a high level in previous debates and we are positive they will continue to do so. We will post their results next week.
TOURNAMENT OF THE MINDS
Students from 5/6T, 5/6H and 5/6C participated in Tournament of Minds on the weekend at Newcastle Grammar School. Tournament of Minds is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way. Five teams of seven students participated in different categories, The Arts, STEM and Language Literature. Each team had challenging problems to solve and perform in their own ten minute script, as well as a spontaneous challenge on the day. All teams should be extremely proud of their performances.
Congratulations go to the Language Literature team who won their division and will now compete in the State Final 15th September at the UNSW. Well done to Jade, Deep, Darcy, Luke, Samantha, Lucinda and Elias. We wish you every success.
FINITE GALLERY – 2019 JUNIOR ART PRIZE
Each year Finite Gallery at Caves Beach presents a Junior Art Prize. This is a chance for students to have their first exhibition in an art gallery. Previously we have had a number of entries from our school and it would be lovely if we could showcase our school’s artistic talent again this year. Certain classes have been informed in relation to the exhibition and if interested please click on the link for further information and entry form.
The competition is open to all school age students K-12. The cost is $2.00 and you may hand the artwork to Mrs Drinkwater at school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The exhibiting artworks will be delivered to the gallery before 8th September 2019.
The opening will be Saturday 21st September 2.00p.m-4 .00 pm.
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.
Due to the success of the previously ran meetings, two further sessions have been organised for:
- Friday 6th September 2019 : 7am at Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College – The Entrance Campus
- Friday 20th September 2019 : 7am at Rutherford High School
To find out more by attending our Industry breakfast please register at or contact your Asset Management Unit on 4088 3500.
Enjoy your week,
Andrew Pryce, Principal