STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
We are incredibly excited to be launching our Student Representative Council (SRC). The Council will be meeting regularly to plan school improvement and have a voice in the running of the school. Ms Dixon has done a wonderful job in setting up the SRC and our students are really excited for this opportunity. Congratulations to the following students:
School Captains and House Captains are automatically elected to the SRC. These students will undergo a full training day tomorrow (Wed 20 March) and will be presented with badges at our celebration assembly at the end of the term on Wednesday April 10.
ZONE OF REGULATION
This year, students at New Lambton South Public School will be participating in The Zones of Regulation curriculum (or “The Zones” for short). These are lessons and activities designed by Leah Kuypers, licensed occupational therapist, to help students to 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. For example, when a student plays on the playground or in a competitive game, it is beneficial to have a higher state of alertness. However, that same state would not be appropriate in the library.
The lessons and learning activities are designed to help the students recognise when they are in the 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 will gain 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.
As we progress with our learning about The Zones, we will provide you with more information on how you can support your child’s development of self-regulation.
SEESAW is our online platform for parents to stay connected with the work that students are doing in school. Teachers are utilising SEESAW in a variety of ways and for a number of teachers this is a new tool so our teachers are learning as well! Make sure that you get the link for your child from their teacher and stay engaged with all their progress as it happens!
During the final week of term we will be holding our first celebration assembly for the year. This is an opportunity to recognise all the wonderful things that our students achieve at school. There will be performances from our school choir and band. In a NLSPS first we are hoping to live stream the celebration assembly on our Facebook page. We are working through the technical side of this but our initial testing looks very promising. Watch this space!
BIKES IN SCHOOL
Whilst it is wonderful for our students to be active and ride their bikes to and from school, it is really important that once students arrive at school they dismount and walk their bikes. At times there are 1000 or so people on site particularly at pick up time with many small children and toddlers. Please encourage your students to walk their bikes on school grounds for the safety of everyone.
BE SAFE BE KIND DO YOUR BEST
This is the language all staff use with students at all times with our students. The playground is a critical part of the school and having students learn to problem solve and take safe risks is vitally important to their development. You may notice kids swinging in trees or sitting quietly where a teacher may not be able to see them directly. As staff we are teaching students to be safe; so if a student is swinging in a tree and they are safe, then this is fine. We believe that this is a better way to manage our playground.
CAPABILITIES IN SCHOOLS
Last week Mrs Shephard ran a parent session on mindsets, status in mathematics classrooms and capabilities in the classroom. Thanks to all the parents who attended. It was great to have the opportunity to present our focus on capabilities to these parents. We are working with a graphic designer to develop a suite of communication that will further explain and enhance our implementation of capabilities into the classroom.
On Friday 22nd March, Year 2 will be attending an excursion to the Maitland Art Gallery. Students will visit and learn about the exhibitions such as props, masks and magic Andrew Antoniou and Jumaadi staging love. It promises to be a fun learning experience. Please make sure payment for your child is made to the school office before this date and all permission notes submitted via CareMonkey.
NAPLAN will be held over three days in Term 2 from Tuesday 14 May to Thursday 16 May.
ANZAC DAY ASSEMBLY
Our annual ANZAC day assembly will be held on the final day of term, Friday 12 April 2019. It is a tradition at our school that students make a posy of flowers from their local gardens to lay on the day. All parents are invited to attend this service.
Our end of term celebration assembly will be held on Wednesday 10 April commencing at 2.40pm. All parents and carers are welcome to attend.
CUPCAKES AND TREATS FOR BIRTHDAYS
At NLSPS we have made a commitment in collaboration with the Parents and Citizens Association to refrain from sending cupcakes and treats for students’ birthdays. Dr Phil Morgan from the University of Newcastle, facilitator of the DADEE program and Healthy Dads and Kids advocates no more than one treat per week and as a school we try and support this. Birthdays are important in our school and teachers make an extra effort to celebrate them with your children. Thank you for your support on this.
FEEDBACK FROM PARENT SURVEYS
Thank you to all those parents who completed the survey on Survey Monkey regarding our Parent Teacher interviews.
This first round of parent teacher interviews was designed to be held early on in the term to discuss your child’s goals for the year. Follow up interviews will be held in Terms 2 and 4.
We appreciate the feedback we have received in the survey and these responses are being reviewed to help with the process going forward.
One hundred percent of respondents stated that they thought the interviews were beneficial and 100% also stated that they would attend the next round of interviews.
It’s not too late to have your say, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BXYZTZG
FROM OUR P&C
Reminder | P&C Association AGM | Tuesday 19 March @ 6.30pm
The Annual General Meeting of New Lambton South Public School Parents & Citizens Association will convene at 6.30pm, Tuesday 19 March 2019, in the School’s Administration Building (access via St James Rd).
Everyone is welcome to attend. There is huge scope for the P&C to support a broad range of social, sporting, cultural and academic projects. This is in addition to supporting current commitments o plans for upgrading classrooms and outdoor infrastructure, and continuing to invest in additional educational resources for the benefit of current and future students.
Input from the school community is so important in prioritising projects and future fundraising opportunities. Please feel welcome to come along. The Meeting Agenda is included below.
All current Membership lapse at this meeting, with lapsed and new members invited to join the 2019/2020 Register of Members by paying the annual membership fee of $1 and submitting a completed Membership Form.
The AGM will be directly followed by the March General Meeting. Any questions, please feel free to phone or text 0409 749 035.
- Welcome from current President and outline of the purpose of the AGM
- Approval of previous AGM minutes (circulated to Members present at the 2018 AGM)
- President’s annual report
- Treasurer’s annual report, including confirmation of financial audit and confirmation of auditor for 2019/2020
- Canteen sub-committee annual report, including summary of ownership transition to NLSPS
- Uniform shop sub-committee annual report
- Introduction of Returning Officer by the current President.
- Returning Officer advises all current memberships, whether executive or general, have now lapsed and advises a new Register of Members will be created. Renewing and new members’ fees are required before the close of the AGM to be included in the Register of Members, which confirms voting rights at any subsequent General Meeting.
- Returning Officer reconvenes AGM and invites nominations and conducts a ballot for the following Leadership Positions for the 2019/2020 term:
– Vice President
– Vice President #2
- Returning Officer invites nominations and conducts a ballot for the roles of:
– Uniform Shop Coordinator
– Fundraising Coordinator
- President Elect to take over as Chair of the meeting from the Returning Officer
- Determination of Membership fees for 2019
- Close of AGM
Enjoy your week