FATHER'S DAY BREAKFAST
BOOK WEEK PARADEHow exciting it was last Monday morning when the students and teachers dressed as characters from some of their favourite books! It was lovely to see such a variety of costumes based on characters of old and new! From the "Giraffe who can't dance" to "Where's Wally" to "Lord of the Rings" it was all very colourful and fun. The students enjoyed multi-age activities during the morning where they were able to work through a variety of storybook related activities.
As we come to the end of our Units of Study around History this term, each level has had a celebration of their learning by showcasing some of the wonderful things they have discovered and produced. On Wednesday the Prep classes had a lovely Grandparents afternoon. The Grade 1 and 2 classes dressed up in traditional clothes based on their families country of origin and ancestry and brought in some lovely foods from around the world to share with their classmates. Today the Grade 3 and 4 Students stepped back in time to experience what it was like "in the olden days" as a school student! They had to march, wear olden day clothes and play with marbles and elastics! I enjoyed roaming through the classrooms this morning looking at their amazing history projects. The Grade 5 and 6 students will be having their "Step Back in Time" morning in the last week of school. Well done to all students on their hard work and dedication to learning about Australian history!
Don't forget swimming starts tomorrow at the Don Tatnell Leisure Centre for students in Prep - Grade 4. Make sure children come to school prepared with labelled bathers, towel and underwear! A labelled plastic bag is a good idea for wet bathers and towels. If you would like to watch your child's lesson, you are welcome to meet them at the swimming pool. Please note, all students will be leaving and returning to school on the bus unless prior arrangements have been made.
Here are the times each grade will be in the pool:
9.30 to 10am - Prep S
10.30 to 11am - 3/4G
11 to 11.30am - 3/4H
12 to 12.30pm - 3/4S
12.30 to 1pm - 3/4O
1 to 1.30pm - 1O
1.30 to 2pm - 1B
2 to 2.30pm - 1/2U
2.30 to 3pm - 2O & 2R
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
Logical Thinking Challenge- Exercise Your Brain
Students from years 3-6 will complete the quiz in class time under teacher supervision. They will answer 24 questions within an allocated time frame. The quiz will be administered in the week beginning September 14th.
We look forward to our students taking the learning challenge!
Indigenous Literacy DayThis year Indigenous Literacy Day is on Wednesday 2nd September.
On ILD the Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to spread the word about improving literacy levels – and opportunities – for Indigenous children living in some of the most remote and isolated parts of our country. The funds raised on ILD buy books and other literacy resources for these communities.
What can you do to help on ILD in 2015?
· Buy a book from a participating bookseller.
· Make a donation online or at your nearest bookshop.
· Help organise an ILD event (like a book exchange or morning tea) at your workplace, social or sports club, reading group or home.
· Like the ILF on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information visit the ILF website:
Level 3 Angahook CampIf you happened to be venturing past the school last Wednesday morning you would have seen and heard the excitement of parents, students and staff as 82 students and 9 adults were preparing to board the bus to attend the Grade 3 and 4 Angahook Camp at Aireys Inlet. For some students, this was the longest time they had been away from home so we knew that something special was about to happen!
Camp is an important activity in students’ lives with many positive benefits. As teachers, we are privileged to see how students rise to the many opportunities camp has to offer. Life skills such as organisation of belongings (now where was that torch I packed?), following timetables (duty groups, activity rotations) and independence (yes I did remember to brush my teeth before bedtime and I was able to choose appropriate activities during free time) are all evidenced on camp. Personal skills such as cooperation and consideration for others (important when ‘bunking together’ or communal dining times), confidence (to attempt new activities and move out of our comfort zones), building positive relationships (between students and staff - to foster engagement and connection) and the opportunities to ‘shine’ in many ways which may not always be evident at school all contribute to the value of camp.
Much preparation goes to ensuring that the camp runs smoothly and I must firstly thank Miss Oates who as the camp coordinator did a stellar job of ensuring everything ran to plan. As camp coordinator her duties included such tasks as regular communications with the camp regarding activities, sleeping arrangements and dietary requirements, organisation of the buses, Departmental documentation completed and submitted according to regulations, medication forms distributed, information collated, medication administered, timetables and activities organised for the duration of the camp and camp booklet produced - and that was before we even got to camp.
For the staff who attended- thank you for your care and commitment to the safety and care of all students on camp. It was great to see how everyone took collective responsibility for all students. On camp staff are on call from the moment students line up to board the bus until the last student is collected when we return to school. Judging from the laughter and smiles throughout the camp – it was a huge success.
Stay tuned for more information about camp in next week’s newsletter.
Enjoy the first week of Spring.
ACTING ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL