eNews 15th June 2020

Issue No 1

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Principal's Report

Transition Back to School

Last week we completed the final phase of our transition back to school with students in Years 3 – 6 returning on Tuesday 9th June.

I express my thanks to the Sunbury West school community

for working together to make working apart happen as positively as it has. We have been extremely fortunate that our children have continued to access their learning in a meaningful way. This is largely due to the hard work and commitment of our teaching staff who have had to learn new technologies, alternatives to daily practices and creative ways of delivering their various programs in a completely different environment. This is coupled with their diligence in ensuring that all children are regularly engaged and supported in their learning, health and wellbeing. Our education support staff have also been vital to the success of the on-site learning program, supporting all students with their individual needs.

Our sincere thanks to parents also who have been instrumental in facilitating the connection between home and school so that children can continue to participate in literacy, numeracy, inquiry and enrichment tasks. It has been extremely rewarding to observe parents engage with children, supporting them and no doubt experiencing aspects of their daily learning that they may otherwise not have the opportunity to experience. The time, flexibility and adjustments that parents have made is greatly appreciated.

We also extend our thanks to families who have been respectful and supportive of protocols we have been required to implement, particularly in relation to student drop off and pick up times.

To the children of Sunbury West, who have all had to adapt to new ways of learning, either on-site or at home, their capacity to adapt and respond has been extremely commendable. In an environment where they have had to show greater independence and resilience, whilst striving to maintain a certain level of interdependence with their peers and teachers is admirable.

Over the coming weeks and possibly still months, we will continue to evolve back to a semblance of normality after these complex and challenging times. As always, our school will endeavour to support parents and students alike, to ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible.

Sincerely,

Inga Wilson

Principal

 

Timeline

Term 4 2020 Monday 14th December - Reports open at 4pm on Compass

Friday 18th December - Meet the Teacher

Friday 18th December - Last Day of Term 4 Students will be dismissed at 2.30pm


Term 1 2021 

Thursday 28th January - Bookpack Collection between 10.00am - 2.00pm

Thursday 28th January - Prep Testing Commences

Friday 29th January - Prep Testing Continues

Friday 29th January - Year 1 - 6 Students Start

Tuesday 2nd February - Prep Students Start

School Council President’s Report

Hi to everyone in the SWPS community,
This week it has been fantastic to see all the students back at school. As we move into the last few weeks of Term 2, looking back it has been a challenging few months for us all but I’m sure we are all happy to be moving back towards normality albeit with 

several modifications to school drop off and pickup.
Whilst most students are likely now back to face to face learning, I would to again thank all of the parents who had to manage both working from and helping their children learn at home. Finally, I would like to continue to thank all school staff for their fantastic and ongoing efforts in supporting students and their families during the challenging time of remote learning.
FOSW are continuing to work on plans for fundraising activities over the remainder of the school year in line with the evolving changes to community restrictions. Please stay informed of any upcoming activities that will be communicated to you via the appropriate school channels of Compass and/or notices coming home with your children.
I hope everyone is well and continues to stay safe in the weeks to come and that everyone in the SWPS community has an opportunity for a break during the upcoming school holidays.

Best wishes,

James King

SWPS School Council President

Staggered Dismissal Time

Thankyou to our families for their support with our drop off and pick up arrangements. We appreciate parents' efforts to remain out of the school grounds where possible both before and after school.
In the afternoons it is extremely important that parents do not enter the school grounds before their designated time. The staggered dismissal is not to reduce the flow of students exiting, but to restrict the number of adults on-site.

As soon as students are dismissed and their parents are sighted, the children will be released by a member of staff. Parents are asked to leave promptly so that the next group of families can enter. 

Students will only be dismissed at these earlier times where a parent is present to collect them. 

If children are not being collected by an adult at the earlier times they will be dismissed at 3.30pm as per families’ usual arrangements.

Please ensure that your child/ren are aware of these.

**Please note, children will not be released early into the care of a person under the age of 18 prior to 3.30pm.

Dismissal times will be as follows:
 
3.10pm: All students in Boeing
 
3.15pm: All students in Hercules
 
3.20pm: All students in Douglas

3.25pm: All students in Concorde

3.30pm: All remaining students who are walking home or meeting parents outside the school grounds

We expect further information from the Department of Education before the beginning of Term 3 and will communicate any changes thorugh Compass as soon as we are able. 

Prep 2021 Transition Process and School Tours

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions schools are unable to hold any tours of the school until further notice. The Sunbury Network of Primary Schools intend to hold tours and information sessions during Term 3, dependent on advice from the Department of Education at that time.

The tentative dates for Sunbury West are:

29th July 7.00pm

6th August 9.30am

11th August 2.00pm

These will be promoted on school websites, Facebook pages, local childcare centres and kindergartens as soon as they are confirmed.

2021 enrolment packs are now available. Please contact the office on 9740 8666 to request a copy.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work through the COVID environment.

The Sunbury Network of School Principals

Sunbury West 50th Year Celebrations

In 2021 Sunbury West celebrates its 50th birthday. Although this seems like a while away, we are already in the initial planning stages for this. 

We would like to establish a coordinating committee and are calling upon parents, carers and staff to take charge of the preparations for this special event. If you would like to be part of this historic occasion, please contact the office as soon as possible so that we can get the ball rolling.

Earthworms

Earthworms help the garden grow. Evelyn

Earthworms have no legs. Mia

Worms don’t have bones. Beatrix

Earthworms have no backbone. They make compost. They have no bones. Peter

Earthworms eat leaves. They have five hearts. They have no legs. Hannah

Year 1/2 Information Reports

We have been learning how to write information reports. We have learnt to write a classification and factual information about a topic.


Grasshoppers

A grasshopper is an insect. An insect is a creature with six legs.

Grasshoppers are usually brown and green. The brown ones mostly eat grass. They can camouflage into the environment to protect themselves from spiders.

Grasshoppers live in meadows, grassy areas, fields and backyards. They do not live in the Arctic or Antarctic.

Grasshoppers will spit on their enemies to protect themselves from predators, such as spiders.

By Ronin 1/2T

 

Water cycle 

By Johann 1/2T

 

Maths

We have been learning about shapes and their attributes – edges, corners, straight or curved. We used our understanding to make a shape picture.

 

We have also been learning to add and subtract numbers using different strategies. We have also been using our understanding to help us play Maths games.

Sorry Day

On May 26th it was National Sorry Day, a day where Australians comes together in solidarity. This is a step towards reconciliation and healing for the pain caused by the Stolen Generation, their families and their communities. During remote learning, the Grade 5/6 Inquiry

topic was Australian History where we learnt about the First Australians and the impacts white settlement had on the First People, including the Stolen Generation.

Here are some wonderful writing pieces that explain the importance of National Sorry Day and others reflecting on how it would have felt to be a part of the Stolen Generation.

Yr 3 - 6 Art

Our final week of online learning for Art was fantastic! The Grade 3/4s explored with colour and colour wheels. They experimented with which colours work well together and created some beautiful pieces of art.

The 5/6s worked on perspective and space. They experimented with changing the size of objects in their drawings to create perspective. They also worked on vanishing points and linear perspective to enhance their drawings further.

Thank you to all the 3-6 students who put in so much effort in Visual Arts during remote learning. I was very proud of you all!
Miss Barnes

 

Japanese Prep - 2's

The Prep to Year 2's have been learning about 2D shapes. They have learnt the words for triangle (sankaku), square (shikaku) and circle (maru). The students have practised writing the Hiragana for the shapes and also the sentence structure: "This is a ___".

National Simultaneous Storytime

Wednesday 27th May was National Simultaneous Storytime. The 2020 book was Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas! Our 3-6 cohort participated virtually, listening to the book on Story Box and doing some word searches, code breakers, chicken coop designs and chook files. Our P-2 team were lucky enough to have a live reading and made some SUPER special and sparkly chickens and crowns! We hope you enjoy.

Canteen Catch Up Treat

As you would know, our Hot Cross Bun Morning Tea was abruptly cancelled last term. We are running a Catch Up Treat on the last day of term.

  • Students who had already placed an order for Hot Cross Buns received a pink note to enable them to choose alternative options. This note should have been retunred by Friday 12th June. (No payment required as you have already paid).
  • A white note was sent home to all other students who have now  been given the chance to place an order. The cost is $4.50 and orders must be placed by this Friday - 19th June.