Dealing with feelings, Gala day report, Rugby coaching clinics: Term 2 | Week 8

Weekly News
Multicultural Speaking Competition

It's that time of year again!

For 23 years now the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition has been encouraging primary school students to explore ideas of multiculturalism in Australia, as well as giving them a place to practice their public speaking skills and improve their confidence.

Lake Heights Public School has an excellent track record at the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition and has been represented particularly strongly over the past few years. The Local Finals of the event are upon us and this year's outstanding finalists have once again, shown that Lake Heights really does strive for excellence.

Today, Isadora Novakovic, Callum DaCosta, Vasinddaran Murali and Gordon Martlew represented our school at the Local Finals level of the competition, held at Cringila Public School. All of the students delivered excellent speeches that they should be very proud of. We are thrilled to congratulate Isadora on her Highly Commendable award that she received at today's event. What a fantastic achievement!

This week's BounceBack focus is all about feelings. Each class will tackle this from a slightly different angle, but will be looking at topics such as how to change a bad mood into a good mood, how to deal with angry feelings, happy feelings and the range of other emotions that we feel.

Understanding that we all have feelings may sound obvious, but it is an important step in your child's social and emotional wellbeing. It is important for children to understand that they are not alone in feeling a particular emotion, but also, that they can control their thinking to help regulate their emotions. There are a number of things that you can do to help your child to manage and understand their emotions including helping them to give the emotion a label, helping them to understand why they are experiencing the emotion and also reminding them that they are in charge of their emotions. BounceBack has some excellent information about emotions, designed for parents, which can be accessed here 
June P&C Meeting

Join these dedicated parents for morning tea and a cuppa at tomorrow's June P&C meeting. It's on at 9:15 in the kitchen.

P&C meetings are an important way for parents to have their say about what's happening in our school, so come along and be a part of our growing P&C community.
The week in review

Week 7 was a short week (Thanks, Lizzy) but that didn't stop us filling it with lots of opportunities for learning and fun.

Take a peak at some of the wonderful things that happened in our school last week!
Gala Day
Over the past two Fridays, the Boys Dragon-Tag and Girls Soccer teams travelled with Mr Finkernagel and Miss Hunter to Noel Mulligan oval to participate in the South Wollongong PSSA gala days. The teams played local schools including Cringila, Berkeley, Berkley West, Port Kembla, Kemblawarra and Warrawong public schools. All students enjoyed the competition and are looking forward to next term's PSSA gala days. The senior boys played some exceptional games with players such as Pheonix Duncan, Mateja Miovic and Riley Da Costa, integral to their team's success. The senior team is pictured here with former Dragons NRL player Matt Cooper who helped referee the seniors second last game of the day. A big thanks goes out to the students for their excellent behaviour, all parents and guardians who helped with transportation and all of the teachers who helped with coaching and organisation.
Support our Southern Stars Dancers

Get your kookiest hair-do ready! Next Friday 29 June, colour your hair, come with a crazy style or wear a wig and bring along a gold coin to help raise funds for our dancers heading to Southern Stars. This is a non-uniform day.

Our Southern Stars dancers will be performing at the WIN Entertainment Centre later next term. The performance dates are:

Friday 31 August 2018 at 7:30pm

Saturday 1 September 2018  at 2:00pm

Saturday 1 September 2018 at 7:30pm

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
Rugby coaching clinics
Years 3/4, 4/5 and 5/6 were lucky enough to participate in a 5-week rugby union coaching clinic delivered by Rugby NSW. Will Panayi, who is the Illawarra's NSW Rugby Union Development Officer, came out with his staff to help our students develop their skills and learn about rugby union in a safe and fun manner. Over the course of the 5 weeks, the classes practised their passing, kicking, marking, ways to protect the ball and various movement skills. Mr Panayi said there should an opportunity for Lake Heights students to participate in a sevens competition sometime in Term 4 and will keep us posted. Mr Panayi is pictured here with 4/5. For more information about playing Junior Rugby Union, go to to find your nearest club.
Upcoming assemblies

This Friday's assembly is a big one and will be kicking off at 1:40pm.

We'll hear reports back from all this term's groups in a special assembly featuring plaster casting, placemat craft, K-2 games, Aboriginal art, K-2 music, girls soccer and boys dragon tag. Mr Toothy from the Smiles on Site team will also be there to promote a free dental program for all students to be offered in August next term. For information on the dental program, tap here.

In the final two weeks of term, we'll also have assemblies presented by Year 1/2 and then Kindergarten, both starting at 2:00PM.

Hope you can join us in the Learning Hub, where it's nice and warm!
Transition to school with the HIPPY program
Do you have a child starting school in 2020? The HIPPY program is now taking expressions of interest for families wanting to become involved next year. Expression of interest forms are available here or in paper form from The Hub. Completed forms can be returned to Mrs Sernig or emailed directly to HIPPY coordinator, Rebecca Georges
Ahead this term...
Keep up to date with all of the events on our Events Calendar. Here's what's happening in the weeks ahead:
School assembly presented by groups - Friday 22 June Pie orders delivered - Wednesday 27 June School assembly presented by Year 1/2 - Friday 29 June School reports home - Wednesday 4 July
Check out our events page on our school website for more information on any of these events.
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