I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday and that you are back already into the rhythm of school life. We have another full term and are looking forward to some big days including Edu-dance, Graduation, Athletics Carnival amongst others. We are still under Phase 4 of COVID19 and we are watching for the possible date for Phase 5. Under Phase 4 we still need to be careful around our social distancing. This will impact particularly on the seating for the Graduation, so please watch the communications carefully. At the moment we are only allowing for 2 seats per family.
Sometimes, it is hard to resist the call of the Conga!
New Playground opening
In a joint project with the school the P&C have fundraised for our new playground equipment. It has been a fantastic addition to the school and it is getting well used. We thank the P&C and everyone who has supported the P&C’s fundraising projects. Every dollar raised is well spent, but it is great to be able to also have a great example of how the money is being used. It was also great to be able to officially pen the playground with families and a BBQ.
After a long and positive relationship with PEAC, we have had to ask them to find a new home for 2021. We are seeing a steady growth in numbers and we have decided to put on a new class next year and will need the space that we currently let PEAC use. At this stage we are planning on moving the Y3 and Yr ¾ across and turning the Yr 4 class into a double room.
Following the finalisation of the class lists and matching in with Leeming SHS transition day we will be holding our transition day (either 30 November or 1 December). In the morning session students will get to spend time with their new class, classmates and teachers. This has been a very successful process in the past and we look forward to it again. Year 6 students who will be still with us will be assisting Mrs Lynch in the Kindergarten with her end of year processes (lots of cleaning and fun!)
Over the last school holidays, we had maintenance work undertaken as part of the State Government’s stimulus package.
We are pleased with the resurfacing the front carpark on Meharry Road and the driveway off Westminster Road. It is a rare opportunity to upgrade these facilities and will last the school for many a year to come. We also had the eaves and poles rust treated and painted. This has been a job that will keep the school looking tidy and attractive.
This term we are going to spend some school funds for a much needed upgrade of the staff room furniture.
Lions Eye Testing
We were happy to host the Lions Eye Testing this week. They screened around 200 students. They will be analysing the results and doing the paper work over the weekend and should have letters ready for any students who might require follow up. Thank you for supporting this. We did have a bit of excitement with one of the volunteers feeling faint, having given blood in the morning. As a precaution, an ambulance was called. I have spoken to the gentleman who is embarrassed, but in good health.
This week (Wed 21) we will be holding our Athletics Carnival. If the weather is kind to us, we are hoping to have a great day. A big thank you to Ms Holsgrove for all of her hard work organising the day. Just a reminder that we need to ask parents to socially distance please and help us make the day as positive as we can. We try to get the balance right between completion and encouraging good sportsmanship and participation.
Public School Review
As part of the Department of Education’s improvement processes the school will undertake a review in 2021. Every school in the state undergoes this process and we have been allocated Term 2 as our time. The process consists of the school reflecting upon 6 domains (Relationships and Partnerships, Learning Environment, Leadership, Use of Resources, Teaching Quality and Student Achievement and Progress) and presenting evidence as to how we are proceeding against them. A review team will read our reflections and spend a day at the school interviewing staff and community member, (including school board members). All of this will go into a final report that will be given to the school and shared with the community.
Student Placement Requests
Please click here for the Student Placement Request Form please read the form carefully and return to the office by Tuesday 03rd November 2020
Week 3: I initiate and respond to greetings.
Week 4: I am responsible for my actions even when I make mistakes.
Last week being Mental Health Week 2020, our Year 5 and 6 students in Room 1 and 3 had the opportunity to take part in a free Mindfulness Incursion. Nearly 50 yoga mats were laid out in the under covered area and students enjoyed 40 minutes of mindful listening exercises, guided mindfulness relaxation, yoga movement and mindful breathing to support their physical and mental fitness. Many had benefited from practising using these key tools to help them manage their emotions and stress in their daily lives. Majority of the students felt relaxed and focussed after the incursion. Thank you to Jaci, our Mindful Yoga Educator from Yogazeit Ltd.
Wire and Gauze Sculptures by Year 4/5
After doing observational figure drawings, the class made wire sculptures. They were asked to capture movement with the shape they bent their ‘human’ into. The wire frame was then covered with plaster gauze and finally painted.
Along the way the students also learnt about the artwork of Edgar Degas and Swiss sculptor, Alberto Giacometti.
Asked what the best thing about becoming a sculptor was the students said … …
Bending the wire to make different shapes and movements Lucy
Putting the gauze on top of the wires Kay Lee
The plastering because you got messy Hannah
Having the freedom to create whatever you wanted Xavier
At the end when I saw what I had achieved Yeseul