Another description we use with our children is “thinking about thinking”. We ask students to explore their thinking and the strategies that led to their decisions in order for them to develop new and improved ways of thinking that may be more efficient.
STAGE 3 CAMP REMINDER
Stage 3 are all set to go on their camp tomorrow. Students will need to be at school by 6.15am with buses departing at 7.00am on Tuesday 10th September when they will head to Sydney for an action packed three days. Whilst they are away students will have the opportunity to visit State Library, Museum of Contemporary Art, walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and explore the surrounds of the Harbour Foreshore and Cockatoo Island. Keep up to date with Stage 3 adventure via our social media sites. We are positive they will be keen to share their wonderful experience with their families upon their return at 5.30pm Thursday 12th September. Have a great time Stage 3!
GREAT AUSSIE BUSH CAMP
What an absolute blast our stage 2 children had at Great Aussie Bush camp last week.
Last Wednesday Year 4 went to Great Aussie Bush Camp for 3 days. They settled in and enjoyed burgers for lunch before heading off to Jimmy’s Beach to enjoy a range of games and learn about the local Awabakal Tribe. Over the 3 days year 4 participated in a range of activities including canoeing, rock climbing, flying fox, giant swing and the high ropes. It was great to see our students challenge themselves and for some overcoming fears, especially on the high ropes. All teachers and students thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Year 3 spent the day with Year 4 on Thursday and to say they had a fantastic day would be an understatement. Students participated in archery, rock climbing and low ropes. Upon asking the students what their favourite part of the day was: most responded with archery and the snow cones! Everyone had a busy day and were absolutely exhausted by the end of the day.
Last week Phil Morgan, Professor in Physical Education from University of Newcastle visited the school to do an observation of our playground and to also assist with the continued development of this amazing play space. He was quite literally stunned at the imaginative play and beautiful behaviour of our kids! To quote Phil “This playground is a flagship of how kids should be playing, we could do a research paper on this”. Phil will continue to work with the school to develop its gross motor spaces and ideas for continuing to build an incredible environment for our children!
Thanks to some hard working stage 3 boys who gave up their playtime to prepare our front gardens for beautification and re-planting. Levi, Kirby, Louis, Jackson M and Tom worked really hard and are excited to help out with the re-planting! We are looking forward to seeing the product of your hard work. Great stuff boys!
HUNTER VALLEY ZOO
Kindergarten students had a wonderful time on Friday exploring Hunter Valley Zoo. The kids loved seeing all the lions being fed, hold a baby crocodile and even pat the friendly camel. The goats, on the other hand were a little too friendly for some of our kindergarten students.
Our Teal debating team have progressed onto the next round of the Regional Debating Competition after winning against Kahibah Public School on Wednesday. They were given the topic of “Year 5 and 6 students should do a weekly cooking class at school”. The Teal team had the difficult task of opposing this as most of them would all love to participate in a cooking class at school. Regardless, they presented a well prepared argument and impressed the judge with their findings. Their next round will be in Week 9.
There will be a Celebration Assembly on Wednesday 25 September commencing at 2.40pm. Celebration assemblies are an opportunity for the school to showcase the wonderful achievements of our students in a public forum. Parents and carers are invited to attend. If you can’t make it to school, that’s ok we will be live streaming via our Facebook site!
BOTTLE BATTLE FUNDRAISER
The results are in. Our bottle battle fundraiser organised by the P&C raised a fantastic $1031.10. That’s a total of 10311 cans or bottles that we have recycled. Whilst classes were all diligent with their recycling efforts it was class 4HL who raised the most. Their combined efforts raised a total of $224.30. An amazing effort.
PREMIER SPELLING BEE
Last Friday, Louis and Callan from Stage 3 participated in the Premier Spelling Bee Regional Final at Jesmond Public School. Both students represented themselves and New Lambton South Public School with pride and Callan has progressed to the State Round of the Premier Spelling Bee. Congratulations Callan.
Tomorrow, Hanina and Oscar will be travelling to Warnervale Public to complete in Stage 2 Finals. We wish them all the very best and look forward to sharing their results next week.
Over the past couple of years the school has been budgeting to complete some much needed refurbishments. Last week we saw the commencement of the works with books being packed away ready for a library shelf fit out. This should take about a week and student borrowing will be unavailable during this time. We can’t wait to see the improvements.
Enjoy your week,
Andrew Pryce, Principal