Please contact your classroom teacher or the office if there is anything that the school can do to further support your family.
A special welcome to all of our new Preps who started school with big smiles last Monday. It is a very exciting time for the children as they start the first stage of their formal education. Last Friday we were pleased to formally welcome our Preps as they joined us for their very first assembly.
Events and Activities
As always, the year kicks off with many of our House and Interschool sporting events and carnivals. Last Friday students in Years 3 – 6 participated in the House Swimming Carnival.
Children enjoyed a wonderful day at the pool participating in official events and fun activities. Well done to Concorde who was the winning house. Congratulations to Harry Smith-Jones and Anita Zambetta for being our 2020 Champion Boy and Girl.
The District Twilight Swimming Squad will be selected as a result of the day with this interschool event being held on Thursday 20th February after school. Thank you to Mr Payton for his coordination of the program and to all staff and parent helpers who contributed to the success of the House Swimming Carnival this year.
Think U Know
Thankyou to the many parents who came along for our Think U Know session on Thursday evening. Presented by Graham Higgerson, the focus of the evening was around cyber safety and other issues pertaining to online activity. The evening was extremely informative and we hope to offer another session in the near future. The TUK program is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank and is delivered in collaboration with Victoria Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australia.
We were very excited to see the wonderful response to the transition to our new Sunbury West school uniform. The kids look absolutely fantastic and they are clearly showing their pride with the new look. Feedback from staff, students and parents has been extremely positive. Thankyou!
NB: The Sunbury West slouch hats are now also available at PSW.
Children in Years 1 – 6 have two years to move across to the new uniform. We have a small amount of second hand uniforms in stock for any families that would like to take advantage of these. We do ask that from now on we only receive donations of larger size polo shirts and bomber jackets that bear the school logo.
A new uniform policy is being developed with a view to being endorsed by School Council at their first meeting in February. This will be circulated to families after this date.
Specialist Programs 2020
In 2020 we are changing the way we deliver our former specialist programs. This year, the p – 2 and 3 – 6 teams respectively will offer a number of enrichment programs. Each classroom teacher has a designated enrichment program that they will teach to all classes in their team throughout the year. The programs are as follows:
Years P – 2 (Fridays)
Years 3 – 6 Thursdays + 1 session on a Wednesday)
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts / Digital Media, Mathematics)
Positive Places (Social and Emotional Learning Program)
Japanese will be delivered to all classes by Ako Sensei. We are excited to be able to offer a range of learning experiences for children and look forward to celebrating their achievements as the year progresses.
Teacher planning and administrative time will now be provided on a Monday in a three hour block for each team respectively. These will be am and pm sessions, changing at the mid semester break. Teachers, as Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) use this time to collect and analyse student data and plan for differentiated programs and support. They also conduct inquiries into student learning based on student data and surveys to scaffold learning in targeted areas. The teams work extremely cohesively and have a solid understanding of student achievement across their team. Our regular replacement teachers will take the classes and follow the normal teaching and learning program each Monday.
The Swimming Sports was also the first official duty for our newly elected House Captains.
Congratulations to the following students as they take on this leadership role.
Boeing – Harry Smith Jones and Madelynn Vnucec
Concorde – Kade Payton and Hayley Hermelin
Douglas – Calvin Wallis and Ashlee Cavanagh
Hercules – Issy Delia and Alex Jacobs
Junior School Council
Last week classes in Years 3 – 6 held elections for our Junior School Council. Well done to the many students who expressed interest in this role, preparing and presenting speeches. Congratulations to the following students who were successful in becoming this year’s Junior School Councillors:
3 /4 P – Charlotte Nichols and Eric Smith Jones
3 /4 L – Marlie Paine and Ben Smyth
3 /4 W – Summer Walsh and Jayden Adams
5 / 6 B – Oliver Smyth and Maddison McCracken
5 /6 O – Jemma Monks Gomez and Noah Ploog
5 /6 P – Lara Jollie and Rhys Yates
Welcome to Miss Darcy Williams who joins us in the 3 /4 team. We look forward to having Darcy on board as part of the Sunbury West team.
We also welcome our regular teachers working in classes on Mondays. These teachers are:
Diane Todd – 3 /4W and 1 /2T
Fiona Davies – 5 /6B and P /1A
Jan Eustace – 5 /6O
Renae Warr – 3 /4P and 1 /2B
Kerrin Fellini – 5 /6P and P /1S
Ako Sueyoshi – 3 /4L
Parent / Teacher Meetings
We are looking forward to hosting our Parent / Teacher meetings over the next few days. Please take the opportunity to make contact with your child’s teacher so that any relevant information can be passed on to the school. Please contact the office if you need assistance with bookings, or if you need to arrange an alternative time.
Teacher Availability Before and After School
At Sunbury West we have an open door policy and are happy to arrange times to meet with parents at any time. There are times however, when teachers have other commitments such as meetings and professional learning. These take place on a Monday, Tuesday and for some staff, Wednesday afternoons, commencing at 3.50pm. We ask that parents arrange an alternative meeting time if they feel that the purpose of their request to meet might extend beyond this time.
Compass is the school’s main communication platform. All notifications to families such as sick bay and behaviour notices, student reports and regular school communications are via this portal. It is extremely important that families’ user details are current so that you don’t miss out on any important information.
Parents In Buildings
We respectfully ask that parents wait outside school buildings during pick up times in the afternoons. Should you need to speak with a teacher etc, we ask that you refrain from entering the building until after the children have been dismissed.
School Council Elections
We are calling for parent representative nominations for School Council. We have vacancies which span a two year term if you choose to nominate. If you’ve previously considered becoming involved in School Council but the opportunity has always passed you by, consider this early notice. The nomination process will be announced next week.
FOSW (Friends of Sunbury West)
Our FOSW team has already met to kick start our fundraising for 2020. We are always looking for new members to help this dynamic team of volunteers. Please contact the office if you would like to find out more about how you can become involved.
Absences / Late Arrivals
We remind parents of the Department guidelines regarding notification of absences. If your child is absent from school without explanation by 9.15am, an automatic notification will be sent out via Compass asking parents to clarify whether their children should be at school. Please remember that absences should be communicated to the school via Compass. Similarly, if your child is late and they have not been signed in at the office, parents will also receive an SMS message.
Car Parks / Street Parking
We remind parents that for student safety, parents are not permitted to park in any of the staff car parks during drop off and pick up times. We also ask that children and parents do not use car park entrances when entering or leaving the school for safety reasons. Please use the pedestrian gates at all times. Please do not use the staff car park to drop students off at before school care. There are no parking limits on Cornish street before 8.30am.
We also remind parents that between 8.30am and 9.00am Cornish St is a 2 minute parking drop off zone and that there is no parking on Elizabeth Drive on the school side between 8.00am and 4.00pm.
Assemblies / Student of the Week
Our weekly assembly will now be held each Friday afternoon at 2.45pm. This will follow the normal format. We look forward to as many parents / carers joining us as possible. We will continue to notify families regarding students who will be receiving Student Of The Week awards via Compass. Notifications will be sent by 4.00pm each Wednesday.
All Students of The Week will continue to be published via Compass on a Monday.