eNews 14th December 2020

No 6

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Principal's Report - April

Welcome back to all our families. We hope you all enjoyed the Easter break and had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.

Welcome
We can now formally welcome Mr Dean Darmanin, our newly appointed Assistant Principal to our staff. Dean’s main roles will be in the areas of Curriculum Development and Student Welfare, but he brings with him many areas of expertise. Dean has spent the past week getting to know students and staff and is looking forward to working with all members of the school community. We are extremely pleased to have Dean on board.

I will be on leave from Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th April. Dean will be Acting Principal during my absence.

Teacher Contact via Email
We respectfully remind parents that as per our protocols, if they need to contact teachers via email, they send it via the school’s account at sunbury.west.ps@education.vic.gov.au

Parking
We have had concerns expressed by community members that parents are parking across driveways. We respectfully remind families to be careful to not park across people's driveways as not only is this illegal and you may be fined by the parking inspectors, but it also may hinder another familiy from being on time to take their children to and from school.

Timeline

Term 2 2021

Friday 28th May - 1st Instalment 5/6 Camp Due ($100)

Tuesday 8th June - Bookings for Parent Teacher Interviews open on Compass

Wednesday 9th June - Prep Ambulance Visit

Thursday 10th June - Year 1/2 Sunbury Excursion

Monday 14th June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Friday 18th June - Year 5/6 Winter Sports

Friday 18th June - Reports open on Compass

Monday 21st - Wednesday 23rd June - Parent Teacher Interviews

Monday 21st June - 2nd Instalment 5/6 Camp Due ($100)

Wednesday 23rd June - Casual Clother Day (Winter Warmers) & Canteen Meal Deal

Friday 25th June - Last Day of Term 2 - 2.30pm Finish

Term 3 2021

Monday 12th July - First day of Term 3

Monday 19th July - 3rd Instalment 5/6 Camp Due ($90)

Friday 23rd July - Year 5/6 Camp Balance Due (if any remains) / All Camp documentation is due

Monday 26th July - Curriculum Day

Wednesday 4th - Friday 6th August - Year 5/6 Anglesea Camp

School Council President's Report - March

Hello to the SWPS Community,
I hope everyone is well and have settled comfortably into the 2021 school year, albeit with a minor lockdown hiccup recently!

School staff and School council are continuing to work on the capital funding plans and will provide ongoing updates during 2021 as the plans progress. As always FOSW are busy organising fundraising activities for the school year so stay tuned for all of the fantastic work to come.

Lastly, congratulations to all of the students who recently completed in both the swimming and athletics carnivals.

Best wishes,

James King

SWPS School Council President

ESafety News

Good habits start young

Parents and carers play an important role in helping children to develop digital intelligence — the social, emotional and practical skills needed to successfully navigate the digital world.

 

Even for preschool children, it is never too early to instil good habits, and as your child gets older it is useful to keep reminding them of these basic digital intelligence principles: respect, empathy, critical thinking, responsible behaviour and resilience. These are also principles you can emphasise with your child when things go wrong. 

On this page:

Please click the link to view the rest of this article:https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/skills-advice/good-habits-start-young

Prep Orientation

We were extremely relieved to be able to invite our 2021 Preps to school for their orientation days on the 25th November and 1st December. Without our usual tours throughout the year, it was lovely to finally meet our prospective students and parents, welcoming them to our school.

Although restricted to small group sessions, our newcomers were certainly excited to be here and experience their first taste of school life with their 2021 teacher, Lauren Skinner.

 

Year 6 Graduation

Congratulations and well done to our Year 6 students, who despite so many changing restrictions, had the opportunity to celebrate their Graduation in a near usual manner.

The students did an excellent job hosting the evening, reminiscing and sharing their memories over the past seven years of schooling. With orientation programs now complete also, our Years 6’s are ready to embark on their next educational journey.
Thank you to our Year 5 /6 teachers who have worked hard to plan for the event, adapting and modifying as our school circumstances changed. Thankyou also to James King and Kristy Hermelin who presented awards and to all staff and parents who assisted with the organisation of the evening.

Positive Pyjama Day

We finally had the opportunity to enjoy our long awaited Positive Pyjama Day which was originally scheduled for Term One.

The day was initially organised as a reward for students after collectively gathering 1000 positive points as part of our commitment to School Wide Positive Behaviours and embodiment of our values, We Respect, We Belong, We Strive. As an extra, the school put on a free sausage sizzles for students and the canteen offered a special treat deal.

The students also enjoyed some fun and relaxing activities throughout the day.

Thank you to Mrs Langman for coordinating the PJ Day and to Allison and Jane for cooking up 400 sausages and distributing the treats for everyone to enjoy.

 

School Wide Positive Behaviours

Well done to everyone who has received a positive postcard over the term! It is lovely to see everyone trying their best to show they can demonstrate our school values.

We have had a particular focus through our classroom discussions about speaking respectfully and getting along with others – and we have been noticing when students demonstrate this!

Well done to P/1 S who had LOTS of students receive positive postcards and as a reward had a fantastic games session with Mr Payton in the gym. Congratulations also to 1/2 B – they also received LOTS of positive postcards and made oobleck in the STEM room with Mrs Langman as a whole class reward. Look at their happy smiles in these photos!

A fantastic effort on our return to school!

Mrs Langman



P1A Narratives

This term the P-2 area have been looking at narratives and the process to write a good narrative. We have looked at where we can get our ideas from and have followed the process of writing and editing to make sense through to publishing.

 

P - 2 Transformations

The P-2's are learning about Transformations! We have enjoyed exploring the difference between rotations, reflections and translations. This week, we used fish in P1S to demonstrate what each looks like. We loved our little fish pictures!

In Grade One and Two learning is fun!

Writing, writing, writing, we have been having lots of fun writing this term. We have written some narrative stories. Our stories have a beginning, middle and an ending. We are illustrating our stories too!

We also squeezed in some Spring poems – just before Summer arrived! Have a read!

Our Narratives

Tom‘s Adventure

Once there was a kitten named Tom.  He was new to town. He was mostly white with a little bit of grey. Tom used his claws to cling onto you very tightly.

Tom was feeling a bit lonely and decided to go and find some kitten friends.  First he looked in a pet shop, but no kittens there. Then he looked in the park, but he only saw humans  and their noisy children. So he went to the cat farm and he saw one little kitten. It was all white and fluffy. She smiled at Tom.

Then the two little kittens decided to go home to Tom’s place. Nanna and Nunoo got a surprise when Tom came home with his new friend. They made a new room for the new kitten and called her Gemma. They looked after them and the two little kittens became best friends and had lots of adventures.

By Annabelle

The Haunted Zoo

Once there was a boy named Max. He lived in the country. What Max dreamed of most was a trip to the zoo. On the day before Max’s birthday his mum told him that his dad and big sister Jill were taking him to the zoo to camp there! Max was so happy that he was going to the zoo at last!

On the day of Max’s birthday they left the house to go to the zoo. When they got there they set up the tent in the campsite next to the penguins. Then they went to find the zookeeper. Then after looking for a long time they finally found him feeding the foxes. “Hello,” said the zookeeper. “My name is Jack. Would you like a tour?”

“Yes”, said Max’s dad. “We would like a tour.”

“OK, let’s start with the lions,” said Jack. So they went to see the lions.

On the tour Max saw that there was something weird about the animals. They looked like they had fangs. Max was curious. Maybe the zoo is haunted. At night Jill and Dad were asleep but Max wasn’t because the penguins were making too much noise. Max peeked out of the tent and said, “Hey, can’t you be quiet?” “No!” said the penguins. After a while he fell asleep.

When Max and Jill and Dad woke up they were captured by the zookeeper and all the animals. “Why did you come to this zoo?” said the zookeeper.

“Because I really wanted to go to the zoo,” said Max. “That’s a good reason”, said the zookeeper. “Let us go!” said Max. “No,” said the zookeeper and then he walked off.

When the zookeeper was asleep Max took a knife from his backpack and cut Jill and Dad free. Just then the zookeeper woke up! “Get them!” said the zookeeper to the animals. The animals charged at them. Max pulled a flashlight from his backpack and the zookeeper and all the animals turned into ash! In the morning they went home. “We are never going to that zoo again!” said Max.

By Harriet.


Our Spring Poems 

P - 2 Art

The P-2’s continued painting this term. We have mixed the primary colours to make secondary colour by pressing blobs of paint together. This we then turned into mixing monsters and butterflies.

We are currently working on a painting of a place we would like to visit & have sponged the background.

What's the Matter - 5/6 STEM

Continuing with our Chemical Science investigation unit “What’s the Matter” the 5/6s have discovered that gas IS matter and takes up space. Through conducting a mini-experiment they realised that the atoms in gas spread out and move freely, and take up the space they are in. 

It has been VERY interesting to explore closely the matter that is around us and challenge what we thought we knew!

5/6 Monochromatic Art

The 5/6s have been working hard in Visual Art to create beautiful monochromatic paintings. They started by mixing primary colours to make secondary ones. 

They then selected a colour they wanted for their piece and started experimenting with tones, shades and tints by adding white and black. They designed their art work as a drawing first then got busy painting their background. The final lesson was to add their foreground with the black and white paint. As you can see, the results are FANTASTIC!

Japanese

We have been very busy in japanese these past few weeks!
Take a look at what we have been doing...

P-2

The students have been learning about fruit and vegetables in Japanese. They also practised saying what fruit/vegetable they liked and didn't like.

 

3/4

The students learnt about food and drink items found in a Hamburger Shop. We finished the unit by making some origami French fries and Soft serve.

 

5/6

The students learnt about traditional Japanese dishes and Japanese table manners including chopstick etiquette. We finished the unit with a chopstick challenge which everyone enjoyed.

Year 4 Bike Ed

Well done to our Year 4 students who completed their Bike Ed training last Thursday.


 

Although a condensed version of our usual program, students did have the opportunity to ride, practising and reinforcing road safety skills. The students focused on braking correctly, riding slowly around obstacles and riding in single file and pairs.
These students may now ride their bikes to school, on the condition that they follow the rules and expectations of our Traffic Safety Policy. Congratulations to all students who completed the program.
Thank you to Mr Payton for coordinating this program.


 

Community News


Sons of the West 
Kismet Park Primary School are very excited to announce that the Sons of The West Health program for men is coming to Kismet Park PS  in 2021, starting on Monday 15 March. 

Facilitated by the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation in partnership with Sunbury Cobaw Community Health, Sons of the West is a free 10 week health program which is open to men of all abilities, aged 18 years and over, who live in Sunbury and surrounds. (see attached flyer for further details)

An information session will be held at Kismet Park at 7-8:00pm on Monday 15 February. Please register your interest in attending this session by phoning Kismet Park Primary School on 9744 4566 and providing your details.