End of 2017 wrap up | What a great year: Term 4 | Week 10

Weekly News

As this is our last newsletter of 2017, we would like to extend a huge thank you to our families for making 2017 such a fantastic year!

From everyday classroom help, to the big events such as the Colour Run and Rides Day, our families have supported the school and helped Lake Heights Public School to be a fun and positive learning environment. We hope that all of our school community have a relaxing, safe and enjoyable holiday and we look forward to seeing you all at the start of 2018.
Presentation Day Highlights

School Spirit  (Sponsored and presented by P&C)

$50 cheque, framed certificate, name on perpetual trophy

Darnell Te-Ahuru


Darnell is a kind, well-mannered and respectful student. He is well-liked by peers and has great relationships with many students across all classes. Darnell is always willing to accept challenging tasks and is motivated to complete them. He has a positive attitude toward peers, staff and visitors, demonstrating compassion, respect and co-operation when working with all members of our community. Darnell is also an excellent example to those around him to follow classroom and playground rules. He is dedicated to his learning and demonstrates our school values of care, respect and safety.

School Citizenship (Sponsored by Rotary)

$50 cheque and certificate

Ebony Chase


Ebony is a conscientious and helpful member of her class who always follows the class and school rules and is a fantastic role model for fellow students. When working in group activities, Ebony works cooperatively with other members of the school, thoughtfully listening to what others have to say. She demonstrates kindness and respect to both teachers and students and positively contributes to our school culture, demonstrating care, respect and safety.  Ebony's confidence is continuing to increase in many aspects of school life, including extra-curricular activities such as sport, gardening and movie making. She is happy to take responsibility for jobs and carries them out in a mature manner. It is pleasure to give this award to such a happy and enthusiastic student of our school.

School Leadership (Sponsored and presented by Mr Paul Scully, State Member for Wollongong)

$50 cheque and certificate

Phoenix Duncan


Phoenix exhibits our school values at all times. He is always respectful, responsible and trustworthy and can be relied upon in any situation to make the right choice. Phoenix is always willing to help out those around him. He has excelled in all areas of school life and shown a kind and caring attitude towards all members of this school. With strong leadership qualities, Phoenix is a most worthy recipient.

Warrawong HS Year 7 Scholarship (Sponsored by Warrawong HS, presented by Principal, Mr Rick Coleman)

Payment of Year 7 expenses, subject tuition, uniforms, scientific calculator, certificate

Haley Agostini


Hayley is a quiet, conscientious hard worker who enjoys school. Her behaviour has always been exceptional. There have been some times when learning has posed its challenges but with focus, determination and a mature attitude, Hayley has excelled with her learning. Over the years, Hayley has come a long way and has developed some very inquisitive and critical thinking skills.

She is definitely ready for high school. Congratulations Hayley.

Classes for 2018

Preparations are well underway for the new school year at Lake Heights. Class lists will be posted on noticeboards when Years 1 to 6 start back on Tuesday 30 January. Students will be able to find out the class they are in as soon as they arrive on day 1 by viewing the class lists that will be on display in the COLA area.

Our highly successful kindergarten playgroup and transition program has all 19 new kindergarten students and their families ready for their start to school. Following 2 days of individual "Best Start" assessments (Jan. 30-31) all of kindergarten will start on Thursday 1 February. The students will all line up for the 8:55 start bell with the rest of the school. Mrs Sernig will be in the kindergarten classroom from 8:30AM for any families who would like to take first-day-of-school photos before classes start.

Next year will see a few staff movements including the return of Ms Stehr who has relieved as Assistant Principal at Figtree Heights this year. Two of our staff, Mrs Nicastri and Mrs Upeski, will be taking maternity leave for part of the year.

From this Thursday, teachers will be moving to their 2018 classrooms with their current class. Lessons will continue but many students will be in new locations for the last two days this year.

Positions and classes for 2018:

Instructional Leader K-2 - Mrs McArdle

Assistant Principal Learning and support - Mrs Whyte

Interventionist literacy numeracy - Mr Hurd

News and social media - Mrs Sernig

Teacher librarian - Mrs Giles

Reading Recovery and Science (teacher release) - Mrs Nicastri

Kindergarten  - Mrs Ellsmore and Mrs Sernig

Year 1 -  Mrs Denton and Mr Hurd

Year 1/2 - Ms Stehr

Year 3/4 - Mrs Brisbane

Year 4/5 - Mr Finkernagel

Year 5/6 - Miss Hunter

School Admin - Mrs Norman and Mrs Griffiths (PT)

Grounds and maintenance - Mr Bridgement

School Disco Fun
Just a reminder that our school discos are on this afternoon. K-2- Monday December 11, 2017 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Years K-2 will be treated to an end of year disco in the Learning Hub from 3.30 to 5.00 on Monday 11 December. Dress in smart casual. Bring a PLATE and GOLD COIN for entry. 3-4 Monday December 11, 2017 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm Years 3-4 will be have their end of year disco in the Learning Hub from 5.15 to 6.45pm on Monday 11 December. Dress in smart casual. Bring a PLATE and GOLD COIN for entry.
Picnic Day reminders

Our 2017 Annual School Picnic will be held tomorrow on Tuesday 12 December at Reddall Reserve on the south western side of Windang Bridge.

Fruit pieces, an ice block and drinks are provided along with free bus travel. Students just need to bring lunch and recess. Activities include sand play, ball games, riding (for primary), fishing, fixed equipment and island discovery walks.

Remember: Slip, slop, slap, seek and slide. It's a non-uniform day and thongs or sandals are okay.

Buses depart at 9.10 and return by 2.35.

Please return any books

Just a quick reminder to please return any library books or home readers ASAP as teachers are preparing resources for next year.

Holiday learning ideas!
The holidays are a fantastic time to relax and unwind. They are also a great opportunity for parents and children to take part in learning skills together in preparation for the 2018 year school. Below are a few ideas of how you can engage your child in learning over the holidays.
Children love iPads and there are some great apps designed to promote reading. Reading eggs is a fantastic app to encourage reading in grades K-2 and the older version, Reading Express, is also fantastic.
Local libraries are a fantastic place to visit during the holidays. With access to books, magazines and games, they are an exciting place to explore together.
The Wollongong Art Gallery has some fantastic holiday programs designed to engage school aged children.
Holiday journals are a fantastic way to encourage your child to write during the break. Writing a couple of sentences about their day can be a simple way of encouraging your child to maintain the writing skills they have developed during the school year.
Board games are a great way to interact with your child and promote critical thinking skills in a fun way.
Upcoming Events: Interactive School Calendar
Our Events Calendar, on our school website, is a fantastic way of keeping up-to-date with upcoming school events. To access the latest information, click on the link below.
2018 Term Dates
2018 is quickly approaching. The table below highlights student start and finish dates for each term. First day back for Year 1-6 next year will be Tuesday 30 January. Kindergarten will start on Thursday 1 February. Just a reminder that last day of school for students in 2017 is Friday 15 December.
Like us on Facebook
Don't forget to like us on Facebook. As a school, we use our Facebook page to post reminders, share highlights and communicate with our families. By liking our school page, you'll be able to stay up-to-date.
Merit Awards
Congratulations to the following students:

Skye Stanton Brianna Warren Declan Flanagan-Murray Meilat Negusse Ella Beard Beau Hazelgrove Negovan Novakovic Logan Barrington Benji Macaulay Darnell Te Ahuru Logan Peaston Derice Kupenga Crissa-Mia Kennedy Mi Meh

Kindergarten Kindergarten loved showing their work and playing maths games with their families on Grandparents Day.
K/1  K/1 have loved using their critical and creative thinking skills to complete design and make tasks over the past week. Mrs Ellsmore and Mrs Denton have loved taking part in engaging learning activities with them over the past week.
1/2 Over the past year, 1/2 and Mrs Upeski have shared many joyous memories together. Mrs Upeski has thoroughly enjoyed teaching 1/2 and wishes all the students the best of luck for the new year.
2/3 2/3 loved their excursion to the Science Centre and Planetarium.
4/5 4/5 have been having a hoot of a time learning about the importance of a sense of humour and trying to make each other laugh at their jokes.
5/6 4/5 and 5/6 have been getting into the Christmas spirit. Some students went down to Warrawong Plaza to decorate a real Christmas tree and also create a display featuring Christmas art from each class. We also loved having fun in the snow.
Next Newsletter: Monday 5 February
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