It was very exciting to welcome back all our students this morning after a very long period of remote learning for most. Watching our classrooms start to return to normal and friends reunite was very heart warming and I’m sure long-awaited by the children, not to mention the staff.
Again, I commend and thank everyone on their efforts to sustain remote learning over such an extended period of time. Our first priority now is to settle students back into routines, with health and wellbeing our main focus. Teachers will also commence their assessment tasks with students to ensure that learning can progress as seamlessly as possible for the remainder of this year and looking ahead to 2021.
Whilst we can enjoy having our student community back together, there are still unfortunately many restrictions on what we can and can’t do and unfortunately, many of the usual activities and norms that we have previously enjoyed, such as assemblies, excursions and sporting programs are still unable to occur. Where possible and practicable though, we will plan for and run activities and events to ensure a positive end to the school year.
Regrettably, the events that usually coincide with transition at both ends of the scale such as orientation programs and of course our Year 6 Graduation are also unable to proceed. We will endeavour however, to put in place processes and mark these occasions in a fitting, albeit unique manner to the best of our ability.
We will continue to keep families up to date via Compass and eNews as the term progresses.
A reminder that our Curriculum Day is set for Thursday 22nd October. Whilst the teachers will be engaging in professional learning, this is a pupil free day for all students.Friday 23rd October is the pre-grand final public holiday. Therefore students will not be required to attend school until Monday 26th October.
I hope you are all well and enjoyed the break over the school holidays.
With the return of face to face teaching I would like to say one last thankyou to all of the SWPS teaching and support staff for their fantastic work in assisting students and their families during the journey of learning from home.
Stay safe everyone and I bet there are many excited kids (and parents!) looking forward to normal school days from Week 2 of term.
SWPS School Council President
Dear Teachers and Administration Staff of Sunbury West Primary School,
On behalf of the Sunbury West School Council we would like to express our gratitude for your fantastic efforts over the last month to organise, plan and conduct a program that has had the students engaged, learning and actively interacting with you. We are aware that your professional character and commitment to your students has helped you to adapt your already set class plans and convert them to a new way of teaching and learning.
We are heartened by your constant words of encouragement to the students, parents and carers and the positivity that you display online or face to face. People already say that teaching is an admirable yet difficult job, as parents and carers, we have now proven that by our own experiences in this new situation we all find ourselves in.
We thank you for finding ways to make this transition as comfortable and familiar for the students without having them feeling added pressure to what they are already asked to cope with. Having time and space where they can interact with their teachers and peers is something that has been offered and is clearly valued by everyone.
By taking everything one day at a time, we’re sure to see this through and have a smooth transition back to regular school life when the time comes.
Sunbury West School Council – Parent Members
Sunbury West Primary School Council invites parents / guardians to attend the Annual General Meeting for the purpose of presenting the Annual Report to the school community.
The meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 28th October at 6.30pm.
If you would like to attend, please contact the office on 9740 8666 to register your interest. A Zoom link will be forwarded to you on Monday 26th October.
Executive Officer for School Council
School is back hip hip hooray!
The finals are here and it’s time to play,
Lions or Tigers, Magpies or Cats,
there’s sure to be food, that’s your perfect match.
Pies and pasta and Freddo’s too,
put your orders in fast to avoid the Blues.
Orders close Friday 16th October
During remote learning the Prep to Year 2 students completed a unit on Paper construction, experimenting with different construction techniques.For our last session of remote learning the students were encouraged to use all the techniques that had been explored and to combine them to produce a piece of artwork. Well done to all those who submitted photos of their creations you all did a fantastic job.
In the 1/2s, we have been learning about interesting words. In Writing, we used onomatopoeic words (words that sound like the word – ‘boom’, ‘splash’, ‘crash’) in our comics to help our readers understand our stories and to make our writing more interesting.
For our last experiment in Term 3, the P-2's got to make an explosion! Using baking soda and vinegar we observed what happened to the mixture when the substances were combined. We had lots of fun watching the reaction and added our own colours and glitter for special effects!We had heaps of fun completing our chemical science unit and we wish we could do experiments every day!
In term 3, our inquiry topic was Amazing Plants. In the last week of the term, students learnt all about vegetable gardens and the steps involved in growing a vegetable from a seed to a seedling. Have a look at some of our creative gardens!
Mrs Langman, Mr Payton & Miss Williams
This week the 5/6s had a go at reading and writing limerick poems! We are so proud of our authors at Sunbury West!
A limerick is a 5 lined humorous poem with an AABBA rhyme scheme.
At the end of last term the whole school participated in a HOUSEMATES P.E. CHALLENGE.
The students were set a range of activities to complete. The activities involved fitness tasks, practising different skills and racing the clock.
The more difficult the task the more points the students could earn.
The feedback from the students was really positive with many accepting the challenge.
Mr Payton, Miss Williams and Mrs Bronchinetti were very impressed with the number of results entered. Congratulations to all the students who participated.
The winning Houses for each level are:
5/6 – Concorde
3/4 – Concorde
Prep 1/2 - Hercules
The students in these Houses will receive their reward on Wednesday.
It has been awesome seeing all the different videos and photos of the students completing the many activities during remote learning. It was important to keep moving and maintain our fitness levels.
A healthy body helps a healthy mind.
It is fantastic that we are returning to school and we are looking forward to seeing all the students again.
Mr Payton, Mrs Bronchinetti and Miss Williams
The children in the P-2 team have had a big focus on learning about Chemical Science. They have been doing lots of fabulous experiments. This week they had fun mixing substances to make Corny Goo.