Slip, slop, slap, seek, slide, Permaculture, WACKI, geography: Term 4 | Week 7

Weekly News
It's Action Week!

Summer is  just around the corner and this week is National Skin Cancer Action Week. It is timely to remind children to protect themselves from skin cancer. This is important as Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. The research tells us that:

  • two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70; however:

  • 95% of melanoma skin cancers and 99% of non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia are preventable by reducing exposure to harmful UV radiation.

    Parents are encouraged to apply sunscreen to children before they leave home each morning and as always, check that they have their hat. It is a school rule that students without a hat must remain in supervised shaded areas during lunch and recess.

Final Orientation Day for 2018 Kindergarten

We have had a wonderful time meeting our 2018 Kindergarten students over the past five weeks and we can't wait to have them join us full- time next year.

This Wednesday is our final orientation session and it is a particularly exciting morning as the new Kindergarten children will meet their Year 5 buddies. The morning will begin at 9am in the current Kindergarten classroom, where the children will take part in a morning of learning. The children will then meet their buddies and complete a joint craft activity, followed by morning tea and a play on the equipment. Parents will pick their child up at 11:45 from The Hub. We look forward to seeing you all there.
Annual Christmas raffle

The Christmas hamper baskets are filling up! Thanks to everyone that has already sent in donations for our Christmas raffle.

Each year the raffle has been a huge success due to the generosity of families who send in donations. Each classroom has baskets for children to leave donations of canned foods, biscuits, treats and other Christmas hamper items. The class with the highest number of donations wins a pizza party! Cost of raffle tickets is $1 each or 3 for $2. More raffle booklets are available from the office.
Dates locked in!

School disco nights, the Yr 6 Farewell, Jamberoo Rec Park, annual school picnic and Presentation Day are amongst the many big events to look forward to this term. Mark these on your calendar:

K-2 Disco: Monday 11 December at 3:30

Years 3-4 Disco: Monday 11 December at 5:15

Year 6 farewell: Thursday 7 December, 6:30PM

Year 6 Jamberoo: Tuesday 12 December

Annual school picnic: Tuesday 12 December

Year 5 cake stall
Year 5 will be holding a cake stall this Tuesday 21 November at lunch time to raise funds for the Year 6 farewell. Don't forget to pack a couple of dollars on Tuesday so your child can enjoy a yummy treat!
Full details about all upcoming events can always be viewed on our website:
$1 drink day this Friday

P&C is selling all cans of soft drink that have been in cold storage since the recent Rides Day. They are letting the drinks go for just a dollar.

 Limit of one per customer starting at 11AM lunch.

School Plan- parent input

Thanks to everyone that has already accessed our survey to provide us with feedback. We value parent input and will use these responses to guide our staff planning days.

Please access the survey here to add your quick thoughts. Survey Results: The survey is still ongoing but we have already received some fantastic feedback that will help inform our planning for our staff development day at the end of the year. Here is small snapshot of some of the feedback so far. A more comprehensive list of feedback will be provided once the survey period has closed. What is already successful about our school? "The high standard of teaching that ALL students receive, also the quality of care shown by all teachers/office staff for the students wellbeing not only during the hours of school but also their home life as well." "The care and respect showed to students by the teachers." What do you wish for our school and our students in the future? "Greater discipline for students." "The possibility of combining with one of the other surrounding public schools once or twice a year for a overnight camp. This way, having more students who can attend the camp will bring down each individual students overall cost to attend."
On Thursday last week, four students attended the Permaculture Garden Celebration event at Warrawong Public School. This event was a wonderful opportunity for teachers, students, community members and sponsors to share what we have been doing in our school. Hassan Altinawi, Lucas Esteves, Charlotte Gray and Samantha Wilcox were our four garden ambassadors. They did a great job leading our rock art activity and serving the guests our delicious mint lemonade.
On Wednesday night our WACKI film premiered at the Gala Cinema Warrawong. It was a great night and our film, 'School Solo" walked away with 'Best Social Documentary'. One of our students also received the top honour of the night, best actor. Congratulations Adam Churcher.
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Merit Awards
Congratulations to the following students:

Louis Borg Chrystian Bawelkiewicz Leighanna Jack Deegan Jones Annabella Wilcox Boyd Sewell Lachlan Trevascus Oriana Rodrigues Phoenix Duncan Spencer Jujhara Arizona Merton Burns

Kindergarten Kindergarten are learning about different environments, including the places we live in and the places we like to visit.
K/1  Students in K/1 have drawn a detailed map of the school and then used positional language to describe the locations of natural and constructed features.
1/2 In geography, students have been looking at google maps to locate our school and surrounding places they have been to. Students in 1/2 have drawn and labelled a birds eye view map of our school.
2/3 2/3 modelling new playground equipment as part of our studies of built environments.
4/5 4/5 have been exploring elements of the built environment and the natural environment and how they can work together. The students built some impressive 3D models.
5/6 Year 5/6 have been investigating the cultural diversity of the Wollongong Area. We have been using the Australian Bureau of Statistics to research the amount of people born in Asia who now live in the Wollongong area.
Next Newsletter: Monday 27 November
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