Newsletter - 18-3-22
Thank you to our families for continuing to support the health and wellbeing of our school community by keeping children home when they are unwell and RAT testing on a regular basis. We have had a new supply of RAT tests delivered, so please collect these from the Office when you have time.
We are really looking forward to seeing our families come along for the family Maths activities next week. This event is all about enjoying learning and having fun with your children, so please come along if you can. A huge thank you to the teachers for organising this event. The school Captains, Kate and I will be in Melbourne for a Student Leadership Conference, but we hope to be back in time to take part in some of the activities.
We still have 3 vacancies for School Council. One vacancy is for 2 years the others are for 12 months each. If you have skills in Finance, Grounds and Buildings or Policy Writing we would love to have you join us. Or if you want to be involved in the decision-making process that supports your child’s education then we would also love to have you join School Council.
Planned Maintenance Program Funding:
Bunyip Primary School has been lucky enough to receive $235,000 funding for maintenance work. $140,000 is allocated to improve our Shelter in Place building (the Hall), $80,000 is for Specialist Assessments work such as roofing and $15,000 is for minor maintenance such as painting. This work is being managed by VSBS and a project manager has been appointed to organise tenders for the work. The works will possibly start at the end of Term 2.
We are super excited to have a new member join us at BPS. If you haven’t yet met Marli our school dog, I’m sure you will soon. Marli is training to be a therapy dog and lives with Ms Lewis when he isn’t at school. More importantly, Marli is a Carlton supporter. 😊
Walk Away strategy
- Stand tall, head up high.
- Mouth closed.
- Look confident.
- Do not use eye contact.
- Walk somewhere, preferably towards a congested area or to a safety zone (teacher).
- Do not look back. Walk confidently, don’t run.
I think this is a useful strategy for all of us.
Health & Wellbeing Tip:
Almonds are a great filling snack that can be added to a plethora of meals. They contain mono- and polyunsaturated fats to help lower cholesterol. They are also lower in calories than other nuts and a good source of fibre and vitamin E.
ROAR Parent Information
Learning Community 1
Although only a short week due to the Public Holiday on Monday and the Curriculum Day on Tuesday, we have been very busy in the Prep Room. In Reading this week we learnt about syllables and how we can work out words to write and read using our knowledge of syllables, plus segmenting and blending sounds in words to work ot unknown words. In writing/ Spelling this week we learnt aboutthe letters h,b,f and ff. We learnt how to write these letters and the most common sound for these letters. In Maths this week we learnt about 2D shapes including squares, triangles, circles and rectangles. We learnt how to sort and describe these shapes. We welcome Olivia Castello from Monash University who will be working with Mrs Guy and the Preps while she learns all about teaching in a Primary School setting.
Prep Guy Student Of The Week
Congratulations to Miheli who was chosen as our Student Of The Week. Here are some lovely things students said about Miheli:
- Miheli is so kind.
- She is very clever and smart.
- Miheli shows our school values- she is resilient, respectful and responsible.
- She works really hard.
Mrs Jane Guy, Ms Kris Preston.
Grade 1/2 Stark
This week in Grade 1/2S, we have been drafting letters to Emergency Service workers, and today we wrote our good copies! These will be handed in to local Police Stations and CFA stations, thanking them for the work they do.
Great Writing, Grade 1/2!
Miss Nicolle Stark
Learning Community 2
Well it's been a super short week this week, but one thing is for sure, we made the most of every day! This week in Reading students looked at the 'Illustrator' task as part of their skill development leading into Literature Circles in Term 2. This skill links directly with the comprehension strategy of visualising and making connections to the theme and plot of the story. In Writing we have continued to build on our narratives by developing a build-up leading to a problem. Students have been encouraged to really look at their sentences and ensure they are using a range of sentence lengths and openers in order to make their story engaging. In Maths this week we continued to build upon our knowledge of factors by figuring out the difference between prime and composite numbers. Where students were ready to extend their understandings they delved further into number properties including squared and triangular numbers.
As this week was a shorter week we used this time to enjoy watching our class novel 'Mr Stink'. It was really nice to celebrate reading this story and discuss the ways in which the book and movie are similar and different. Another fun part of this week has been our dress up day. It was great to see students get dressed up and donate towards Flood Relief.
Mrs Sarah Munday, Miss Maxine Howard, Mrs Glenys Howard, Mr Anthony Craig, Mrs Leanne McKane, Miss Hannah Accardi.
Curriculum in focus: Reading
In LC2 one of the ways we engage our students in Reading is through Literature Circles. Literature Circles are a small group instructional approach to reading which differs from other small focus group teaching of reading in many ways. For example, the groups and texts for Literature Circles are formed around students interests, where the teacher is more of a facilitator/observer/encourager. Additionally the tasks themselves are focused around higher level thinking such as author's intent, writing style and characterisation. Each group focuses on a set text agreed upon with the student and teacher. Each week the students are required to independently read a set amount of text and complete a task in preparation for their meeting. Once a week, at their meeting time, their group gets together to have a rich conversation sharing their thinking around the section of the text they have completed.
Literature Circles builds up the students capacity to have sustained conversations around a particular text. As such, students need to build up the skills to engage with the different 'roles' within Literature Circles. In order to do this, students build up their knowledge of the different skills/tasks/roles throughout Term 1, so that they have the ability to take on each role for their text once Literature Circles starts in Term 2.
The implementation of Literature Circles as part of our Reading block is something that the LC2 teachers are very proud of. Year after year we see the benefits of engaging students in this style of small focused teaching. If you would like to support your child to build up their reading skills at home there are a few things you can do:
- Encourage your child to read each night for 20 minutes and record it in their home reading diary
- A few times a week have your child read aloud to you. This opens the door for conversations around their reading.
- Ask your child questions about their reading. For example, why do you think the character did that? How do you think that made them feel? Why do you think the story is set in this time/place? What do you think the moral or theme of this story is?
- Read to your child. Listening to a fluent and expressive reader, such as an adult, is an excellent way to build skills of fluency and expression.
Gardening & Cooking Club
This week in Gardening Cooking Club we bgan our permanent Art work. Every Thursday lunch time students are welcome to come along to Gardening Cooking Club. We rotate through planting and looking after fruits and vegies we plant, cooking with things growing in our garden and making a permanent Art work which is displayed in the school grounds. This year we are painting a rainbow fence around the vegie garden. We are also making a rainbow mosaic to display in the school. The rainbow is a symbol to foster safe schools, pride and the various colors reflect both the immense diversity and the unity of the LGBTQ+ community.
The Education Department set up The Safe Schools program to help schools foster a safe environment that is supportive and inclusive of LGBTIQ+ students. It recognises that creating a safe and inclusive environment is key to tackling bullying and harassment. All students should be safe from bullying and feel included at school. Students who don't feel safe or included at school cannot learn effectively and reach their full potential.