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.
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.
SWPS School Council President
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
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 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
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
By Johann 1/2T
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.
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.
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!
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 ___".
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.