eNews 17th August 2021

Issue No 15

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Principal's Report - August

Remote Learning

We again thank families for their ongoing support during this current lockdown period. We appreciate that many families are juggling working from home as well as remote learning and just ask that everyone does the best that they can.

Please remember that there is flexibility and we do not expect that all students are engaging in all the work at the exact same time. Remote learning is asynchronous and flexible. Establish routines that work for your family, set manageable goals, ensure breaks, get some fresh air and manage overall screen time and over use of technology. Please remember that staff are available to assist and provide strategies to support the learning at home. The daily Zoom meeting is a perfect opportunity for students to ask questions and I know that teachers are happy to stay on the calls to provide individual support and guidance. We all hope that we can resume schooling very soon. In the meantime, we all need to work together to support the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community.

Uniform Transition

As we now approach the end of the second year of full transition to our new uniform, we remind parents that from the start of 2022, the black, red and white uniform will be compulsory for all students. Community feedback has been extremely positive and we know that the children wear the ‘new look’ with pride. With the warmer months approaching, it is important that parents bear this in mind if purchasing items for the remainder of the year. We take this opportunity to also re-state some important points regarding our uniform and dress code policy. Our policy states:

Sunbury West Primary School’s compulsory school uniform items are as follows:

  • Short Sleeve Mesh Polo with Logo Red, White & Black
  • Long Sleeve Mesh Polo with Logo Red, White & Black
  • Zip Jacket with contrast piping Red, White & Black
  • Bonded jacket with contrast panels Red, White & Black
  • Rugby Jumper Red, White & Black
  • Semi Fit Darted Dress White/Maroon/Black Check
  • Mesh Bucket Hat – Red
  • Slouch or Legionnaire Hat – Red
  • Shorts – Black
  • Track pants / Leggings – Black
  • Skort – Black
  • Netball Skirt - Black

The only generic uniform items include shorts, pants and skirts. These are not to be branded in any way. No generic black polo shirts, tops, windcheaters, jackets or cardigans are allowed unless an extraordinary exemption has been granted.

2022 Planning

We have commenced our workforce planning for 2022 and as part of this will need to determine how many classes we will run next year. This is obviously dependent on the number of children in each cohort. 

If you believe you have changing circumstances next year and that your child/ren may be leaving the school, could you please make contact with the office at your earliest convenience so that we can factor in all considerations.

Thank you
Inga Wilson
Principal

Timeline

Term 3 2021

Monday 23rd - Friday 27th August - Book Week Book Week Parade & Canteen Meal Deal events will be reschedued to Term 4.

Thursday 16th September - Yr 6 Graduation and Special Group Photo Day

Thursday 16th September - Canteen Sausage Sizzle Meal Deal

Friday 17th September - Last Day of Term 3 - Students finish at 2.30pm

Using CSEF through Qkr!

You can now complete excursion forms on Qkr! using CSEF funds which means that you no longer need to return the actual paper form!

To do this, go into Qkr! –  as you would do for Excursions. Choose the event you are giving permission for - there will be two choices:

  1. Make full payment
  2. Use CSEF funds

Choose your payment. You will then be directed to complete the electronic form and go through the checkout. You will checkout as normal and if you have selected CSEF your receipt will show a $0.00 amount.

Just a reminder that CSEF can only be used for Camps, Sports and Excursions / Incursions. (It can’t be used for Graduation, Meal Deals, or Bookpacks).

Please note: only families who have CSEF may choose the CSEF option. CSEF is only available to eligible Health Care Card holders.

What have our Prep's been up to in Remote Learning?

In remote learning we looked at what it means to be grateful. In these hard times, it is important for our mental health that we think about the things we can be thankful for and how we can show our appreciation for others.

 

The Preps had some very mature answers and have showed once again how much of a wonderful group of students they are! Well done Preps 🙂


The Preps have also been looking at rhyming words. They read Green Eggs and Ham and had to identify the rhyming words that they heard in the book. Just look at all the words they found! Miss Skinner is so lucky to have such clever Preps ❤️

Year 1/2 Amazing Animals

Being Creative! The Grade One and Two children are busily working from home. Our Inquiry topic for the rest of the term is 'Amazing Animals'. We are learning about all the wonderful  animals on the Earth and the different types of habitats they live in. 

We have been reading non-fiction texts and even writing our own poems! We had fun being creative and making our own animals too.

Year 3/4

The 3/4s have Olympic Fever!!! This week we have been learning about the symbols of The Tokoyo Olympic Games. We have covered the Mascots, the Olympic Torch and the Olympic Rings and the Olympic Motto. We are so proud of ALL the work our 3/4s have completed this week. Go 3/4s!!

Year 3/4 Steam

This term our 3/4 students have been learning how to code. This week they were learning how to code use Blockly – a special coding language where the coding language Javascript is converted into puzzle-like pieces.

Students were experimenting how to create simple programs to successfully navigate a character through a maze. They had lots of fun and have been also developing their problem-solving skills along the way!

Mr Penny
STEAM Teacher

Year 5/6 Camp

As I’m sure many of our families will have seen from the Facebook posts, our Year 5/6 students enjoyed a fantastic few days at the Anglesea Recreational Camp.

We were all so pleased that the camp could go ahead with many restrictions still in place. It’s such a great experience and we are sure that the children will take away many wonderful memories from the opportunity. Reports from students have been very positive, stating that they had lots of fun with various highlights including skateboarding, vertical challenge, the movie night, disco and ‘Games Galore’. We look forward to all our Year 5 /6 students returning to school so that we can hear about their many adventures.

Here are some recounts from some of our happy campers:



Our Global Neighbours - Year 5/6

The 5/6’s inquiry topic this term is “Our Global Neighbours” where we are able to explore different countries around the world. During remote learning, our talented students have been researching and recreating some famous wonders of the world. We hope you enjoy these creative masterpieces!

Canteen News

When remote learning has finished the Canteen requires volunteers to help on FRIDAYS between 12.30-2.15pm. If you are available anytime during the term whether it be once a fortnight, once a week or once a term I would love to hear from you, please.

The duties are light and full training is provided. Please get in contact with Allison either on 03 9740 8666 or email Allison.crozier@education.vic.gov.au. Your time is appreciated. (Due to health and safety children are not allowed in the canteen).

Thank you in anticipation

Allison Crozier
Canteen Manager

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