We often require our students to create and be imaginative. Opportunities exist in guided play, STEM challenges, creative arts and technology for our students to be imaginative and innovate.
MOBILE PHONE USE AT SCHOOL
A number of students have been using mobile phones prior to school. We understand that students who travel require mobile phones for their safety however we do ask that mobile phones are handed to the office at the commencement of the school day. Any student who is found to be using a mobile phone inappropriately, especially accessing social media sites will have their phones taken for the day and parents will be called.
HAZARDOUS AIR CONDITONS
Unfortunately, we have not been able to take our stage 2 students bike riding on the Fernleigh track as yet due to poor air quality. The Department prioritises the health and wellbeing of students. When air quality becomes poor we receive notifications from time to time to minimise physical activity. Hopefully the smoke will clear in the coming weeks and the kids will get out on the track.
P & C MEETING
At last week’s P & C meeting the school presented a memorandum of Understanding for ratification by the members in regards to the way we let our students play at school. This MOU is now with the P & C members for feedback and consultation. A ratified document will be published in the Principals Blog once it is completed.
NEW LAMBTON SOUTH CHRISTMAS APPEAL
In light of the recent bushfires and drought stricken families, New Lambton South Public School have teamed with the Salvation Army and created out very own Christmas Appeal. We are asking for your assistance in helping others this Christmas.
The SRC is also working towards saving and reviving the school environment. The SRC has organised more labelled bins and have presented about the environment at assembly. As well as this, all members of the SRC will be running a series of activities on Wombat Day with all students from K-6 that will help save our beautiful environment.
The Hairy-Nosed wombats have a variety of things that threaten then, such as competition for food, droughts, floods, disease, predation and, biggest of all, habitat loss.
Since habitat loss is one of the biggest reasons the wombat is critically endangered of becoming extinct, helping to protect the environment is a big deal. Even if is only a small act, such as recycling the right things, to doing big projects like Wombat Day, everything counts.
The date of Wombat Day is Friday 6th of December. On Wombat Day it will be out-of-uniform though you will have to wear environmentally-themed clothes such as brown, green or Australian animal costumes. This will be optional but if you choose to come to school out of uniform we will request a gold coin donation.
The money from your donation will go to the Wombat Foundation. They work towards researching these magnificent creatures, protecting and conserving them and inspiring others to do the same.
Every dollar counts and will be greatly appreciated by the community, the Wombat Foundation and most importantly the SRC!
GOOD LUCK LEADERS
Good Luck to all the prospective 2020 school leaders who will be presenting their leadership speeches with years 2 – 6 over the coming weeks. If any of today’s potential leaders were feeling nervous they certainly didn’t let it show.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 2020
Classes for 2020 will return on Wednesday 29th January. On the first day students will form into 2020 grade groups and Assistant Principals will place each child into their class for the year.
PRE SCHOOL TO KINDERGARTEN TRANSITION
Over the coming weeks some of our teachers will be visiting local preschools to have a look at the way they set up their learning environments. We will be simulating some of these aspects in 2020 in order to provide a smoother transition for our new kindy students.
We are in our second week of parent teacher interviews this week. It has been a great time for parents to check in with their children’s teachers to discuss their progress over the year. After you have attended your meeting your children will likely have questions, this is a great time to share your child’s successes and congratulate them on a wonderful year.
A number of outdoor projects are nearing completion as we near the end of 2019. The dry creek bed is starting to take shape in the Infants playground. The elephrogs are halfway there and our outdoor learning space just needs some pebbles and chairs to sit on. We will continue to upgrade our outdoor spaces in 2020 and provide a great space for our students to enjoy. If you have any ideas or see something that we could replicate don’t hesitate to send through a picture to the school email account.
Our lost property baskets are overflowing. Jumpers and hats galore, we even have lunch boxes and drink bottles. If your child has lost an item of clothing or their lunch container at school please encourage them to check the lost property. Baskets are located at the end of the hall in A Block.
P & C NEWS
NEW LAMBTON SOUTH ARE AT GRILL’D
For the month of December, New Lambton South Public P & C will be one of the 3 Local Matters fundraising jars at Grill’d Kotara. For those of you unfamiliar with the program, each month Grill’d hosts 3 community groups in their Local Matters jars. With every burger ordered, the purchaser receives a token to place in the jar(s) of their choice.
At the end of the month, $500 is split between the 3 groups ($300 for 1st, $100 for 2nd & 3rd). Make sure you spread the word to families & friends.
There’s $300 waiting for us!
It is great to see children continue with their school banking now we have a new co-ordinator. The last day of banking for 2019 will be Wednesday 11th December. Banking will resume again in 2020.
It’s not long now until our P & C raffle is drawn. If you would like more tickets to sell you can collect these from the office. Prizes will be drawn on Friday 6th December.
Enjoy your week,
Andrew Pryce, Principal