Newsletter - 27-05-22
Thank you to our parent and wider community for your continued support this week. The messages of kindness and an understanding that it’s been a tricky two weeks with illness, both from the students and teachers perspectives, really keeps us motivated. We are hoping to have a normal program run next week, including the return of our wonderful Specialist classes and TLP program. Our students have shown tremendous resilience as these are the first classes to be cancelled when staff are away. I understand that these lessons can be the highlight for some, so we’ve tried our best to incorporate specialists lessons in the classroom.
Literacy Celebration Evening
On Wednesday the 8th of June we are holding our Celebration Evening at School. Students in 4/5 Maxine have been busy creating and designing flyers to place around the school. They are very excited for this evening which begins at 4.00pm. You will start by collecting a brochure from the front of the school. Then you need to race around the classrooms, complete the activities in each room and collect your secret letter. Each letter when placed together, spells a coded word. Once completed you place the brochure, with your name and grade on it and post it in the letterbox, ready to be drawn at Assembly.
We finally made our meeting, albeit 3 weeks later than we’d hoped due to illness. I am pleased to inform you that our new PPD day (Practise Planning Day) will be in the last week of Term on Wednesday the 22nd of June. We also have our Curriculum day on Friday the 10th of June. Both days have been approved and will go ahead. I do apologise for any inconvenience this caused last week an thank you for your support. School Council also approved our Prep Information Evening and flyers have been dropped at kinders. For more information please see Mrs Guy or you can visit our website.
I am really excited to announce that we are going to offer our Learning Community 1 the opportunity to attend Swimming Lessons at Warragul YMCA for an intensive 2 week period for a total of 8 days. We will travel by bus and have a small group session for 30 minutes each. This may mean that one grade will need to be at school earlier than normal to ensure we all get lessons in one day. I will share more information closer to the date, which will be in late august early September. Some cost will be subsidised by a funding opportunity granted by the Education Department that will hopefully keep costs down to as little as possible. Learning Community 2 will also benefit from this grant as they will be provided an excursion to Phillip Island with a water safety and resuscitation focus. These programs will depend on availability in Term 3 & 4. Life Safe Victoria have also provided us with free resources to educated students about Water Safety.
National Simultaneous Storytime
On Wednesday students from across Australia came together to watch the story or read the book “Family Tree” by Josh Pyke. There was some rich discussion between grades and lots of reading activities to follow. It’s always lovely to see the Grade 1/2 students leading the way for our preps in Learning Community 1.
Sorry Day Thursday the 26th of May
How wonderful it was to again see our Prep students take part in such a culturally rich discussion and activity. Mrs Guy and her amazing helpers, assisted the preps to make damper which looked like so much fun. Leanne and I received a special delivery from two students and that was our afternoon tea – they were delicious!
Student Wellbeing – Open Parachute
I have recently accepted us to be one of the pilot schools in the area to use the framework Open Parachute. This is a mental health and wellbeing initiative created by Jules and Guy Sebastian to assist teachers with the knowledge and provide students with the support, to get talking about Mental Health. There are online portals and platforms for the teachers to watch and engaging lessons objectives to fit with all areas of the curriculum for the students. This is a partnership that I feel will be very successful for all of us and with mental health being so important, I can’t wait to share more. I have my first meeting on Tuesday morning and am looking forward to learning more about this wonderful initiative. Thank you Michelle for sharing this wonderful initiative.
This week I have decided that out PBS lessons will look a little different. Rather than combining multi age grades together we will run these in our own classrooms. Any way we can reduce the spread of Influenza is the best for everyone.
Special Lunch Day
Our Special lunch day was a huge success. The kids loved it. A very special thank you to Kate, Summer, Evie, Sam and Ashton for delivering and picking up our lunches. A massive shout out to Expresso Café. My word, you had your work cut out for you! We know you added extra staff and worked really hard to make this a possibility for our school. For that we are very grateful, Thank you.
Learning Community 1
We have been very busy in the Prep room this week. In Reading we have been learning about asking and answering questions before, during and after our reading. Students came up with some very interesting thin and thick questions. We learnt that thin questions are answered with a yes/no response or a very short answer. Thick questions require much more information. In Writing this week we continued our writing of mini non fiction booklets in the computer room and we also learnt how to write information reports. In Maths we continued working on subtraction, answering subtraction sums using counters, number lines, ten frames and drawing pictures. Some very clever students also counted back, used doubles and near doubles plus fact families to work out answers. In Integrated Studies this week we learnt about Sorry Day on Thursday and made damper. We have some budding masterchefs in our grade!
Mrs Jane Guy.
Congratulations to Oli who was our Student Of The Week this week. Here are some of the lovely things students from Prep Guy said about Oli:
- Oli is fun to play with.
- He is funny.
- Oli loves to talk about his crystals.
- He loves to look at the changing coloured leaves.
Grade 1/2 S and 1/2K
This week in the 1/2 Grades we learnt about pollution and rubbish in our yards as part of our Integrated Studies program. We listened to the Colourful Frog and students drew pictures and labelled their frogs using some amazing adjectives. In Writing we continued our learning about Information Reports, writing about sea creatures and the damage pollution has on our marine life. Due to teachers being unwell and small class sizes with students also being unwell, we were very lucky to complete some amazing Art work with Ms Black in the Art Room. Congratulations to Marlie who was 1/2 K's Student Of The Week. Students said Marlie was a very kind and caring student who is fun to play with. Congraulations also to Zaden who was 1/2 S's Student Of The Week. Students in his grade said he tries very hard and is fun to play with. Well done Marlie and Zaden.
Miss Nicole Stark, Ms Katheryn Thorpe, Ms Liz Wahl.
In Grade 3 Beilby this week we learnt about homophones and using specific vocabulary in our reading, using good fit books. In Maths this week we consolidated our learning on Mathletics and in Writing we have been fine tuning our Information Reports about our robots. Congratlations to Katelyn who is this week's Student Of The Week. She has been showing kindness and respect to everyone and being a great friend. Due to small class sizes with unwell students and unwell teachers Grade 1/2K, 1/2 S and 3 B worked together on occasions showing amazing resilience. Well done everyone.
Mrs Jess Beilby
Learning Community 2
What a crazy but fun week it has been! This week in LC2 we have been busy working on a Passion Project. Students were able to choose a topic of their choice to complete a variety of tasks. Some topics included sports, animals, famous people and places. There was a broad range of work demonstrating their knowledge including PowerPoint presentations, stories, paintings and drawings, word searches and plenty more. On Wednesday we really enjoyed participating in the National Simultaneous Storytime reading 'The Family Tree' written by Josh Pyke and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh. On Friday we enjoyed participating in rotations. Students had fun completing some artwork, playing games and learning about National Sorry Day which was recognised on Thursday the 26th of May.
Mrs Sarah Munday, Miss Maxine Howard, Mrs Glenys Howard, Mr Anthony Craig, Mrs Leanne McKane.
National Simultaneous Storytime 2022
Gardening & Cooking Club
This week in Gardening Cooking Club we spent some time in the school Vegie Garden. Students were very lucky to take lettuce home to eat, that was ready for delicious salads.
Mrs Jane Guy
Uniform Shop Hours
With the cold weather setting in here is a reminder of the Uniform Shop
hours in case you need to pick something up for your child.
8.30am until 9.00am
3.30pm until 4.00pm
8.30am until 9.00am
3.30pm until 4.00pm