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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Capital WorksOver a very short time frame, we have completed the first phase of our requirements for our Capital Works Project.
We have now submitted our Asset Management Plan (AMP) which includes the school’s profile, current challenges and vision for future learning. We will commence the next phase which involves the procurement of architects in the coming weeks. Thank you to our School Councillors who attended an extraordinary meeting on the 2nd February to endorse the school’s AMP.
School Council Elections
We will be 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 shortly.
FOSW (Friends of Sunbury West)
Our FOSW team has already met to kick start our fundraising for 2021. 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.
Specialist Programs 2021
In 2021 we will continue to deliver Enrichment Programs at the team level. This year again, the p – 2 and 3 – 6 teams respectively will offer a number of enrichment programs.
Years P – 2
Years 3 – 6
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
Visual Arts / Performing Arts
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts / Digital Media, Mathematics)
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.
Professional Learning Communities
Teacher planning and administrative time is provided 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. Regular teachers will take the classes and follow the normal teaching and learning program each Tuesday. These teachers are:
Diane Todd: 3 /4P and 1 /2B
Keira McMahon: 5 /6M and Prep S
Kerrin Fellini: 5 /6W and 1 /2S
Christine Endress: 3 /4L
Steph Crosato: 5 /6O and 1 /2A
Children demonstrated their leadership skills, preparing speeches and delivering them to their teachers and peers. Well done to the many students who expressed interest in these roles.
Congratulations to the following students who have been elected to the following leadership roles.
Boeing – Jeya Reeks and Ben Jeal
Concorde – Oliver Smyth and Madison McCracken
Douglas – Nellie Davis and Lara Jollie
Hercules – Maleah Whitby and Emaan Chaudhry
Junior School Council
3 /4 P – James Butler and Indy Hicks
3 /4 L – James Larton and Marlie Paine
5 / 6 M – Eliot Lee and Serenity DeBono
5 /6 O – Casey Dowal and Chanel Phillips
5 /6 W – Kasia Phillips and Lily McMonagle
Our interviews will be held on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th March.
Our bell times remain as normal with the exception of before school.
Last year we adopted a ‘soft-start’ in the mornings whereby children are able to enter their classrooms at 8.50am so that they are organised and ready to learn at 9.00am. This worked extremely well so we will continue with this. A bell will sound at 8.50 signalling children to enter and then again at 9.00 for the start of the school day.
Absences / Late Arrivals
We remind parents of the Department guidelines regarding notification of absences. If your child is absent from school without explanation by 10.00am, an automatic notification will be sent out via Compass asking parents to clarify whether their children should be at school. Please remember that parents are required to log absences on Compass by 9.15am daily. Similarly, if your child is late and you have not signed them in at the office, parents will also receive an SMS message. Please be reminded that when you sign your child in late at the office, you are then required to walk them to their classroom. This elimates the need to disturb other children's learning.
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.
We 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.
The Preps have had a wonderful start to their school life! They have enjoyed learning about letters, sounds and numbers as well as participating in some painting and meeting their buddies.They enjoyed making the pinwheels to celebrate SWPS's 50th birthday and did an amazing job with their handprints on the sign!
This week we have been getting organised for our learning this year. We have made our book labels and have remembered our school values: To Strive, To Respect and To Belong to help make our grades lovely places to be. Well done everyone!
We have read lots of books and had fun drawing, writing and making things about the stories. We have been learning all about sentences and how we can make them interesting. We have been counting and learning about numbers. Wow and that has all happened in just one week!!
Here is some of our wonderful work.
Our 3/4 students have settled in beautifully in their new classrooms in the Learning Hub. So much so that they earned a reward of an extra game in the gym ALREADY!!!
We have been very pleased that the 3/4s are getting organised in the morning during our “Soft Start” and are ready to learn by 9 o’clock. Our current learning focus is on demonstrating our school values and following our School Wide Positive Behaviour Matrix and we have been thrilled with our student’s commitment to their learning in these areas, as it sets us up for a positive classroom environment and learning community.
Well done AWESOME 3/4s!!!
We had the difficult task of electing our House Captains and Junior School Councillors out of a pool of excellent candidates who all contributed amazing speeches and showed great courage when presenting to their peers.
The Grade 6 students also met their Prep buddies and helped them settle into school life. We are very pleased by the standard set already by our 5/6 students as they have been excellent role models for the younger students.
We look forward to the many exciting things coming up over the next few weeks which are outlined in the 3-6 Newsletter that will go home this week.
We hope that all families can bring back their User Agreements so that we can start utilising the iPad program in the classroom.
2021 JSC Students
2021 House Captains