Events & Activities
It's been a very busy start to term with many incursions, excursions & sporting activities taking place. Our Preps enjoyed a special visit from the police (AKA parents Katie and Mark Nichols) who took the time to put on their uniforms and do a special patrol in their police car.
This was followed up by a visit from the fire brigade and an RACV ‘Safety In The Home’ incursion. Needless to say the children were thrilled to have all these special visitors to our school.
All students in Years P – 6 finally had their excursion to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a special performance of Peter and the Wolf. This event was put on hold last year so it was lovely to see this wonderful Arts experience come to fruition.
The District Athletics carnival was held a couple of weeks ago but unfortunately the relay events weren’t run so children participated in a catch up on Friday 7th May. Congratulations to our under 10 boys (Tom Azzopardi, Ned Martin, Hayden Wilkes and Eric Smith-Jones) and under 11 girls (Mikayla Hermelin, Charlie Pantano, Madison McCracken and Chanel Phillips) who will now move on to the Divisional Finals. Unfortunately we don’t yet have results for the other Athletics events.
Prep Information Sessions
It has been wonderful to be able to run our Prep Information Sessions again this year. We have hosted all three of our scheduled sessions and have been really pleased with the number of prospective families showing interest in our school. Feedback has been very positive and we already have enrolments in hand. If you have a child starting at our school next year, please forward your forms to the office at your earliest convenience as we will commence forward planning for the 2022 school year in Term 3.
Mother’s Day Stall
Thank you to our wonderful FOSW team and helpers for the organisation of the stall this year. There were lots of happy shoppers who enjoyed perusing the various items on offer for mum, grandma or special person. The raffle was very popular again and we thank families for their numerous donations. Congratulations to our many raffle prize winners.
Last week students in Years 3 and 5 participated in the NAPLAN for Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy. NAPLAN is a snapshot of student performance at 2 year intervals between Years 3 and 5 and also provides school and system wide data to support schools in the development of targets and goals to improve student outcomes.
Hello Parents and Students
As we near our first full term without a lockdown, I would like to report that we have had a very good attendance during our Prep information sessions.
A big congratulations and thanks to the students that assisted with each session, including those students who stood up in front of everyone to give a student’s perspective on the programs at Sunbury West. You all spoke very well.
Planning for new building works continues, with school council meeting with the architects this week. We were able to view some very high-level plans for what is to come over the next couple of years at Sunbury West.
There are still some parent positions on the school council that remain vacant. This can make it difficult to make small improvements to our school. If you:
School council just might be for you. If you are unsure what is involved, please don’t hesitate to ask at the front office or reach out to a school council member. This is a very exciting time to be a part of the Sunbury West community, so raise your hand and make a difference to our school.
Until next time, stay safe.
We remind parents that the car parks are strictly for staff use only. In the interests of student safety, parents are not permitted to park inside the school grounds. Disabled parking is only for the parents of students with a disability and staff who hold a permit.
Students are not permitted to walk through the car parks at any time, including when they are with a parent.
With our ‘soft start’ procedure in the morning, staff are unavailable to meet with parents after 8.50am as they are on formal supervision duty. We ask that parents refrain from entering the buildings after this time. If parents need to see a teacher in the morning, please make contact with the office prior to this time to check if staff are available.
Dress Code Policy
At assembly last week we reminded students about some of the key requirements of our dress code policy. These included: only sleepers or stud earrings and regular watches are permitted as jewellery, hair shoulder length or longer must be tied back, no make-up or coloured nail polish and no hats or beanies to be worn inside during instructional times.
The P-2's have had many visits from community members teaching us about safety! Our first visit was from Katie and Mark who taught us about police officers and how they keep us safe. We learnt how to call 000 in an emergency, sat in the police car and listened to their sirens!
We also had a visit from the RACV to teach us about road safety. We discussed how to stay safe in the car by wearing our seatbelts and staying in our booster seat until we are 145cm tall! We also looked at the street signs and how they can keep us safe when we are walking or in the car. We practiced STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK when we are crossing the road.
Lastly, we were lucky enough to have a visit from the Sunbury Fire Brigade! We learnt about what to do in a fire emergency and how to call 000 for their help. We know that we need to get down low and GO GO GO! The fire truck was really big and we liked looking at all the different tools fire fighters use to keep us safe.
On Friday 7th May all the Grade Prep, 1’s and 2’s travelled to the city to see the Melbourne Symphony orchestra’s production of Peter and the Wolf.
The production was held at Hamer Hall. It was very exciting to go to the city and experience sitting in a large auditorium with other schools.
Peter and the other characters were represented by instruments and puppets.
After the performance we walked across the road to the gardens to have snack and play in the wonderful autumn leaves.
Thank you to all our wonderful parent helpers.
This term, we were so excited to go on our first whole school excursion since COVID. We went to see the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s rendition of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf performance, which was a story about embracing changing times and moving forward together.
Our students (and adults) all enjoyed the show which had a mixture of humour, moral lessons and beautiful music. We’ve attached some photos of the day and a few reflections students had on the experience.
We would like to thank families for allowing us to have 100% of forms returned to make this a whole school experience.
When learning about the different features of these shapes, we were stumped on how a whether a shape was a rectangle or a parallelogram. One student decided to use their protractor to measure the interior angles and found it was in fact a parallelogram as it had 2 acute angles and 2 obtuse angles. There was also a great debate about the difference between a rhombus and a parallelogram, eventually deciding that a rhombus is a “squished square” and parallelogram is a “squished rectangle”. This week, we will be learning about other regular and irregular polygons and discussing their features.
Last Wednesday it was National Simultaneous Story Time! The 2021 text was ‘Give Me Some Space’ by Phil Bunting. The story covered Una, the young aspiring astronaut who wants to leave Earth to explore space to find life!
After exploring different planets she realises she is so lucky to have life on Earth and urges readers to take care of our planet. Our students enjoyed listening to the text being read in the International Space Station by a real life astronaut! We researched the ISS, tracked where it is currently moving and drew our own rockets and astronauts!
The duties are light and full training is provided. Please get in contact with Allison either on 03 9740 8666 or email Allison.firstname.lastname@example.org. Your time is appreciated. (Due to health and safety children are not allowed in the canteen).
Thank you in anticipation