Dear Parents and Carers
Our Year 1 students had a very rewarding day at Kings Park last week. The weather was kind and they all enjoyed a day where they did activities and learnt a lot about the natural environment. They surprised the Kings Park staff by the amount of knowledge they had about Noongar culture and language. Their teachers were extremely proud of them all.
Yesterday and today Professor Maths has come in to do interesting Maths activities and games with Years 1-6. Children are enjoying working together to solve challenges and complete games to become a Maths Genius.
Future activities include Lakeland SHS, one of our feeder high school’s music students visiting us to play for the children. Year 5 students will visit the Art Gallery on the 2nd September where Mrs Bux has told me we are invited to participate in creating an installation for the Art Gallery. Year 2 students are visiting Kalamunda History Village on 19th August to support their learning in HASS.
Our cross country races certainly showed we have some good athletes who will be competing at the Interschool Cross Country competition at Manning Park on 20th August.
For those of you who have students in Years 2, 4 and 6 and are wondering about Edu-dance, we are still trying to organise this, but the COVID 19 outbreak has meant that this is difficult. We will let you know as soon as we hear.
Parents are still not permitted in rooms because of the social distancing requirements for COVID 19. Teachers are now finding that they have an extra 10 or so minutes in the morning for children’s learning. We all take lessons from what COVID has shown us, and we will be working on ways to maintain that extra teaching time as every minute is precious in our teaching day. I have discussed this with your School Board and how to manage it when we do move to Phase 5.
If children also miss this time because they are late they are missing vital learning time. 10 minutes late every day adds up to around 8.5 hours, more than one day, every term that your child misses. By being late, your child also interrupts the learning of other children. If children are late, this is recorded on the formal online attendance register which goes to the Department and is often referred to in legal matters. Please try to get your child to school on time.
I know that some of you are continuing to develop your child’s independence by allowing them to walk to their room independently and getting them to carry and unpack their own bag. These are very important first steps in a child being able to operate effectively as an adult and by doing this you are playing an important part in their education.
VacSwim offers affordable swimming lessons across the State, giving children the opportunity to learn to swim in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Enrolments for October and January programs are now open.
• If you have never enrolled in VacSwim before, register to enrol https://apps.det.wa.edu.au/sws/registration/family.
• If you have enrolled in Vacswim before, sign in to enrol https://apps.det.wa.edu.au/sws/.
The VacSwim enrolment price includes your child’s lessons and any higher award costs (for example bronze medallion) but does not include pool entry. Concessions are also available.
October programs. Enrolments close Sunday 23 August 2020.