Newsletter #8 - September 14th 2020
From the Principal
This year marked the beginning of our new business plan, which runs from 2020 until 2022 (CLICK HERE to read it). One of the goals we set ourselves was to increase parent and community engagement with the school. We were overwhelmed by the number of parents who attended the recent Positive Parenting session in the library a couple of weeks ago - a testament to the wonderful parents we have within our community and their willingness to share and learn with one another. Thank you to those who were able to attend - we look forward to planning similar events in the future.
In the last newsletter, we communicated that a parent survey had been sent out via SMS to all parents within the school, with a prize of free swimming lessons going to one lucky family who completed the survey. We drew the raffle last week and we are delighted to announce that the winner of the raffle was the Demolini family, who received a refund back on their swimming lessons. Thank you to all families who took the time to complete the survey. The information provided helps us to improve on what we do at the school, in line with our parent's expectations. An early look at the data shows positive results all round, which is a great place to start!
It was wonderful to have so many families and friends join us last Wednesday for our annual athletics carnival. We had a beautiful day in the sun and were proud of the students for their persistence throughout the day. Congratulations to Kala faction, who took out the win on the day! All points from the carnival will be added to the faction totals, with the winning faction winning a free sausage sizzle and early lunch, at the end of the year. A big congratulations to the following winners of medals for the day:
Junior Champions: Yusuf, Nina, Mariam & Anok
Junior Runner up: Subhan
Intermediate Champions: Cruze, Henry & Mahli
Intermediate Runners up: Joel & Joey
Senior Champions: Ameliyah & Melchi
Senior Runners up: Thien-Uy & Fatima
With swimming starting today, and running each afternoon until the end of the term, we have a busy time ahead! Learning how to swim is important for all children, particularly in Australia where swimming is such an integral part of the culture. Students and staff will leave the school at around 1:15pm each day and return at approximately 2:30pm. With early close on Tuesdays, please be patient with us if we're a few minutes late to return! Friday canteen lunch orders may still be ordered as normal.
We have lots to look forward to for the remainder of the term and year, with the Kindy and Pre-primary children hosting our final assembly for the term next Wednesday 23rd September. Room 1 will host next term on Wednesday 11th November. We are also looking forward to book week, with our dress up day being held early next term on Wednesday 21st October. We will also have school photos, which were originally scheduled to take place in Term Two, on Tuesday 17th November.
Over the term, we have accumulated a fair amount of lost property, which is sitting outside my office. Parents, can I please ask you to take a look through as this will be given away on the last day of the term if not claimed.
We trust you will enjoy the upcoming school holidays, particularly with the warm weather ahead. There is no student-free day next term so we look forward to seeing the students back at school on Monday 12th October.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Term 3 2020 Planner
With Term 3 almost at a close, there are only a few things remaining on the planner for the next 2 weeks. Please make sure you check the schools website regularly for any updates/changes. CLICK HERE to go to the Term Planner page of the website.
The Term 4 Planner has been upload to the school website, but may be subject to change throughout the term.
*IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER THIS TERM*
- 14 September 2020 - Interm Swimming Lessons start - PP to Year 6 (ALL WEEK)
- 21 September 2020 - Interm Swimming Lessons continue - PP to Year 6 (ALL WEEK)
- 23 September 2020 - Room 9 (K/PP) Assembly 9am
- 25 September 2020 - Term 3 Finished for Students and Staff
*Remember - Term 4 commences for Staff and Students on Monday 12 October 2020*
Room 9 - What have they been doing?
It has been another busy term in room 9 for our Kindergarten and Pre Primary students.
We have worked in our class groups for mathematics and literacy. Our groups are the giraffes, the butterflies, the bears, the unicorns and the sharks.
It took us a while to get our rotations running smoothly but now the children are becoming independent learners who cooperate and communicate within their group. The children have a variety of learning opportunities – sometimes guided by a teacher or education assistant, or being shown what to do and then working independently, and sometimes they choose their own activity and develop their ideas either individually or with a friend.
No minute is wasted in Room 9, there is always something to explore or find out. Well done to all the Kindy and Pre Primary students on a fabulous eight weeks.
This term in Highway Heroes we are looking a tips and tricks for getting things done. Many of the behaviours that help children to be successful leaners in the classroom, also help with getting things done at home. Chores and homework take Supa Thinkin, planning and organisation, persistence and confidence to get through them. The Triple A’s for Getting Things Done is a Highway Heroes tool that teaches children to:
- Avoid – avoid distractions.
- Approach – decide on a strategy they are going to use.
- Apply – plan and organise what they need to get things done.
Following is a poster of the Triple A’s for Getting Things Done. If you would like a copy for home, please ask at the office.
This excerpt has been taken from the book ‘Highway Heroes: Smart Life Skills 4 Kids – Module 3 Tricks 4 Getting Things Done’ written by Helen Davidson and Claire Orange, Best Programs 4 Kids
Swimming Lessons Term 3 - Weeks 9 and 10
Just a reminder that Interm Swimming starts this week and will be happening each day until the end of term.
Clothing and other items required are outlined below :
- All students to come to school wearing their bathers underneath their school uniform.
- Students wearing one-piece bathers may either wear them to school without their arms in, or bring them in their school bag to change into prior to getting on the bus.
- All students to bring a dry towel, clean underwear and goggles (if required) in a labelled plastic bag.
- All students must come to school with enclosed shoes on as normal and with thongs in their bag to wear on the bus and to the pool
Students will get changed back at school upon our return, except on Tuesdays when there will not be time to do so.
Students will eat their lunch prior to getting on the bus for swimming lessons each afternoon.
Kingsway Indoor Stadium October School Holiday Activities
Please see the flyers below for information about the activities available at Kingsway Indoor Stadium these school holidays.
Roseworth Dental Therapy Clinic School Holiday Emergency Contacts
Please see below the emergency contacts for the school holidays for dental care -
29/09/20 Ballajura DTC 9249 3812
30/09/20 Warriapendi DTC 9349 3975
01/10/20 Ballajura DTC 9249 3812
02/10/20 Warriapendi DTC 9349 3975
05/10 - 9/10 Warriapendi DTC 9349 3975
Dianella Secondary College Specialist Soccer Program Trials for 2021
The Specialist Soccer Program at Dianella Secondary College welcomes children with a passion for soccer. We aim to develop both players and people, expanding their skills and knowledge in a friendly and welcoming environment. Participating students will work on their individual skills and techniques, team based strategies and tactics while also focusing on their personal and social skills, developing confident and respectful young leaders.
The Lower School program is open to both boys and girls of all skill levels, from which the most enthusiastic and hardworking students are selected for the Year 7 program and beyond. The overall aim of the program is for students to learn about the world’s most popular game, while creating healthy habits for life, in a fun, enjoyable team based atmosphere. The program continues into Upper School where the course provides further opportunities to develop as players and become accredited coaches and referees.
For more information or to apply, please visit http://www.dsc.wa.edu.au/specialist-soccer.html and fill out an application form, and attend a trial on the 9th or 22nd September.
Triple P Sessions Term 4 2020
Please see below information about some upcoming Positive Parenting sessions for October and November 2020 held at Warwick Stadium. Bookings are essential through the website below.