We always encourage children to understand how their actions impact on others and how this makes people feel. We also implement learning programs based on the social and emotional needs of children in order for them to develop their own understanding and empathy of and for others.
Last week we reported that Callan from Stage 3 had made his way to State Spelling Bee Finals to be held in Sydney in November. This week we can also report that Hanina from Stage 2 won the regional final last week and will also compete at the state finals. What an amazing achievement for both Hanina and Callan who do our school proud by taking out these prestigious titles. We wish them the best of luck for State Finals in November.
STAGE 3 CAMP
Last week Stage 3 embarked on a magnificent 3 day excursion to Sydney. It was jam packed with amazing activities, team building and lots of walking. They set off early on day one to enjoy visits to the State Library of NSW and Museum of Contemporary Art, walked round Darling Harbour to the Opera House then across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Another early start on day two with a spectacular view of the city on our ferry ride to Cockatoo Island. Students were given the opportunity to dress up as guards, convicts and free settlers to learn about the remarkable and diverse history of the island. We were blessed with fabulous weather and enjoyed a picnic lunch by the water. Our next stop was back to our accommodation at Namaroo for an Amazing Race which saw students work together to complete fun challenges with some astounding group work taking place.
Thursday brought visits to the Maritime Museum, Big Dig Archaeological Dig and busy trip home filled with excitement as we recapped the highlights of a memorable excursion.
Students were commended by all the venues we attended for respectful behaviours, engagement in activities and the mature and thoughtful questions that were asked.
Well done to all our students on an excellent excursion.
We have had a wonderful couple of camps over the past weeks. A big thanks to all of our wonderful staff that took time away from their own families to take the kids away. Camps are a great opportunity for kids to build relationships with their peers and teachers. The school as with many activities and events, will conduct a review of their camps for 2020. The possibility of a one night camp for year 3 and separate year 5 and year 6 camps could be options due to the large numbers in these grades.
K-2 ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
Friday 20 September sees our annual K-2 Athletics Carnival. This will be held at Alder Park and all parents are invited to attend. This year we are also lucky enough to have Sport in Schools Australia in attendance to assist with the running of the carnival. Carnival will commence at 10am
There are a number of children who are coming to school prior to 9am. If your child is on school grounds prior to 9am could you please remind them that they are to sit quietly outside the classrooms on the Eastern side of the school. There is no supervision for these children at this time however the school understands the needs of working parents and tries to support them by providing a safe option for them prior to the commencement of the school day.
Our Library has had a major makeover with new shelving and desks installed. New shelves have now been installed, books and re-shelved. The school have been budgeting for the makeover for a number of years and it is great to see it looking fresh and inviting again for our students. Students will have full access to the new look library next week.
CHROMEBOOK INFO SESSION
We will be holding a parent information session tonight, Monday 16 September 5pm and 5:30pm in 4M, for any parents wishing to find out more information regarding the purchase of Chromebooks for 2020. If you are purchasing a new Chromebook $250.00 deposits are due by Wednesday 25th September. It is expected that orders will arrive in Term 4 with remaining balance due prior to collection of the Chromebook.
During the final week of term 3, children will be participating in whole school rehearsals in preparation for the “Legend of New Lambton South”. Students and teachers are taking this opportunity to perfect the school performance in preparation for our performance Week 1 Term 4. Tickets are selling fast so if you haven’t already, make sure that you purchase your tickets soon.
There will be a Celebration Assembly on Wednesday 25 September commencing at 2.00pm. 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!
Enjoy your week,
Andrew Pryce, Principal