What a week it’s been.
We had a lovely day last Thursday celebrating Harmony day in our classrooms. It is always nice to reflect on the diverse nature of our school and celebrate every child’s unique heritage.
Also our newly established Student Representative Council undertook a full day of leadership training. We were lucky enough to have Dr Kristin Molloy present to the students. Dr Molloy is the CEO of Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator and has a long career running multi-national companies as CEO.
And on Friday our Year 2 students visited the Maitland Regional Art Gallery and had a fantastic day.
Please look at The Week That Was for more details and photos on all of these events plus more.
MATHS IN OUR CLASSROOMS
Another strategy that our teachers utilise regularly to ensure that all students have a voice in a mathematics classroom is taking only questions that have been developed by a group of students. That is to say that when students are working in groups, children are encouraged to work out their own understandings and check them for accuracy. If a group cannot solve this they then discuss the questions that need to be asked of the teacher. This allows all children the opportunity to have a voice within the group and find different avenues to work through a problem. Groups must also nominate a spokesperson so that it is not always the same students asking questions.
AFTER SCHOOL DUTY OF CARE
From time to time we understand that parents can run late to pick up their children. If you are running late please call the office and inform us so we can adequately supervise your child. Students will be brought to the office for supervision until such time as a parent arrives.
YEAR 6 INTO YEAR 7 IN 2020 – KOTARA HIGH – PARENT INFORMATION EVENING – 2ND APRIL
Save the date: A reminder that an information session will be held for those parents who have a child transition to Kotara High School in 2020.
It will start at 6.00pm in the multipurpose centre with the focus being on introducing parents to the KHS Transition Team.
DA VINCI DECATHLON – WEDNESDAY 3RD APRIL
The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of students, who compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines.
The da Vinci Decathlon began in 2005 as an exciting offshoot of the very successful da Vinci Program for gifted and talented students at Knox Grammar School. The Decathlon is designed to celebrate the academic gifts of Australian youth by providing a stimulating and challenging competition run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon in the disciplines of mathematics, English, science, code breaking, engineering challenge, ideation, creative producers, art and poetry, cartography, general knowledge.
LAP-A-THON AND CROSS COUNTRY FRIDAY 5TH APRIL
The annual cross country event will be held Friday 5th April at Alder Park in conjunction with our annual lap-a-thon. The lap-a-thon event is a major fundraiser for the school where children seek sponsors for each lap they complete.
This event is also used to select the team who will represent our school at the Newcastle Zone Cross Country Carnival. Parents and carers are most welcome to attend the event.
WRITERS FESTIVAL FRIDAY 5TH APRIL
The Newcastle Writers Festival Schools Program is a wonderful opportunity for students to engage with their favourite authors and be inspired in a fun, educational and interactive way.
All students in Years 5 to 6 will meet with Oliver Phommavanh who will present Natural Born Loser.
There will be a choice of two workshops:
Exploring Speculative Fiction with Ed Wright – Whether it’s sci-fi, cyberpunk, or dystopian fiction, speculative fiction is the imagination of “what if…” In this workshop, students use their own questions to create scenarios that will then become the settings for exciting and imaginative stories.
Creating Characters with Ed Wright Learn how to ask the kinds of questions that lead to the creation of fascinating characters whose quirks, desires and fears help conquer the blank page and become the building blocks for all sorts of compelling stories.
SCHOOL CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY / SRC BADGE PRESENTATION – 10th APRIL
Our Celebration assembly will be held at 2.40pm on Wednesday 10 April in the school hall. There will be performances by our school band and choir and our SRC members will be presented with their badges for the year. All parents are invited to attend this event and we are also working on livestreaming via our Facebook page.
EASTER HAT PARADE – 10TH APRIL
Doesn’t it come around quick! Our Easter Hat parade will be held on Wednesday 10 April and we will send out more information on times in the next couple of weeks.
ANZAC DAY 25TH APRIL
Our students have once again been asked to participate in the ANZAC day March and Ceremony starting at Lambton Pool. Students will march to Lambton Bowling Club where our school captains will participate in a ceremony. Traditionally we get a large number of students participate in this event and all students are invited to attend.
The service at Lambton Pool will commence at 9.45am and the march to Lambton Bowling Club will commence at 10.15am.
The service at Lambton Bowling Club will commence at 11.00am.
FRAGRANT NATIVE GARDEN – WOOLWORTHS GRANT
Well done to Mrs Drinkwater who has successfully tendered for a Woolworths Landcare grant. Our school was selected as being successful in gaining a $500 voucher to build a native fragrant garden. Presentation will take place at school this Wednesday morning with the Woolworths Store Manager from Kotara Woolworths.
P AND C
Last week the P and C held its Annual General Meeting. At this meeting a number of executive positions were filled whilst some still remain vacant. The P and C still requires a President and a Secretary. If you are interested in nominating for any of these positions please contact the school. Thanks and congratulations go to;
Shaun Grady – Vice President
Leah Stevens – Vice President
John Garis – Treasurer
We are asking if all students could please donate some Easter eggs for a giant Easter Raffle. This will be one of the first tasks that our new SRC undertakes and we would love to see the biggest raffle ever!
ELECTION DAY SUCCESS
A huge thank you to those parents (and ex parents) who organised and ran our Election Day barbeque with almost $2000 being raised on the day. The cake stall was a massive success and we thank you for your generous donations of baked goods. We will be running another barbeque for the Federal Election. Please let the school know if you would like to be involved and can donate some time and we will get you in touch with the community organisers.
A huge thank you to the following businesses for donating all the food items; The Gates Hotel, Yellow Door Fruit & Veg and Jim’s Test & Tag.
BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER KNOCKOUTS – PSSA
Our sporting programs will start to ramp up as we head into the cooler months. Our first Primary Schools Sports Association Knockout matches in Football (soccer) will be played on Wednesday 10 April at Regent Park. The girl’s game will start at 12.30pm and the boy’s game will commence at 1.30pm versus New Lambton. See you there!
LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS FIRST DAY TERM 2
Our last day for Term 1 is Friday 12th April
Students return for Term 2 Tuesday 30th April
SHARE OUR SPACE
Our school will once again be open these holidays as part of the Share Our Space initiative. All members of the community are able to access the school playgrounds and there will be roving security to ensure everyone’s safety.
Have a great week