From the Principal – Term 2 Issue 8

Dear Parents and Carers

The evolution of dance was the theme A4 students chose for our final assembly of Term 2. Looking after our physical, emotion and mental wellbeing is essential for a healthy life. Act-Belong-Commit explained that, “Moving to your favourite music is an uplifting experience and by being present in the moment and paying attention to the movements of your body, the rhythm of the music, how it makes you feel and your breath as you move can be a great way to relieve stress and learn about yourself and your body.” A4 students researched dances of bygone years, developed the script, developed choreography (with input from Mrs Martin), and put together a performance that WOW’d the South Lake Primary audience. Familiar sounds and dance moves – twist, signature Michael Jackson, worm, sprinkler, “Walk Like An Egyptian”, “Cotton Eye Joe”, and “Grease Lightning“, together with attire from different eras complemented the dance routines. As always a memorable performance from our very talented Year 5/6, A4 students! Congratulations, to all Merit Certificate recipients and Star awardees.

IMPORTANCE OF HOMEWORK

Homework can support higher levels of student achievement by extending the time available for students to consolidate skills and concepts learned at school. It also extends the time available for the exploration of new ideas and new situations. Homework can also extend the time available to the teacher for the monitoring of student progress.

At South Lake Primary School homework will relate directly to the learning and teaching programs appropriate to the needs of students. Examples of homework could include:

  • Home reading.
  • Being read to (by parents and older siblings).
  • Times tables and common sight word practice.
  • Gathering information and conducting surveys.

South Lake Primary School Board are currently reviewing our documented approach to Homework.

IT’S TIME TO ENROL FOR 2022

We are now taking applications for enrolment in 2022. You need to enrol for:

Starting Kindergarten – 4 years old by 30 June 2022

Starting Pre-primary, the first year of compulsory school –5 years old by 30 June 2022

All children from Kindy, Pre-primary to Year 12 areguaranteed a place at their local public school.

Remember to bring Birth Certificates, proof of address and an immunisation statement.

If you have friends, neighbours or relatives that have children that are eligible we would encourage you to come to school to find out about programs and have a tour of our school.

SAFETY TO AND FROM SCHOOL

Here are some suggestions to help your children stay safe on their way to and from school:

  • Always travel / walk in a group
  • Come straight to school in the morning and go straight home from school in the afternoon
  • Stay in areas that are well lit
  • Stick to main pathways and avoid shortcuts through parkland bush
  • Stay in view – avoid going into areas that are hidden (such as parkland bush or behind shopping centres)
  • Be alert – earphones and headphones can reduce your awareness considerably
  • Run from a situation if you feel at risk / unsafe
  • Report suspicious behaviour to your parents, school and the police; remember / report the clothing or distinguishing features of individuals to police.

NATIONALLY CONSISTENT COLLECTION OF DATA FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY

Our school is part of a national project about students with disability and/or learning difficulties. We have been asked to provide data about the number and learning needs of children at our school. The name of the school and the name of the students will not be reported. Information about the different types of needs and the programs and resources the school uses to overcome barriers and support children with special educational needs will be collected. We believe it is important to contribute to this because it will help Governments and the Department develop better policies that acknowledge the level of resources needed in schools to meet the needs of all students in Western Australia. If you would like to learn more about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability you can visit this website: https://www.nccd.edu.au/

VOLUNTRY CONTRIBUTIONS INCENTIVE

Our Voluntary Contributions of $60 are starting to add to the school’s resources so THANK YOU to all families who are supporting the school. Our Manager of Corporate Services Mrs Redfern is happy to discuss payment plans for these contributions. Be in our next draw for a $50 voucher in Week 9.

There are several exciting activities coming up over the remaining weeks of Term 2 – Winter Carnival, Yirra Yaaken, Swimming Lessons, and student reports will be sent home on the 1st July, so keep an eye on Skoolbag and your child’s school bag for reminders and important documents.

Thanks to Mr Peter Tinley MLA, member for Willagee for sup- porting our Nature Base Play initiative. Watch this space for the latest updates.

Kind regards

Leigh Liley Principal

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