Term 2 in review, School uniform survey results, Playground news: Term 2 | Week 10

Weekly News
 
School Uniform Survey Results
Parents had plenty to say about the proposed changes to school uniform published in last week's newsletter. We had about 80 responses to our two questions regarding changes to our school hat as well as our policy on acceptable footwear. 65.8% of parents were in favour of the introduction of a school hat, with a wide brimmed hat worn by K-2 students and cap worn by students in 3-6. When asked for additional comments, the most common feedback was that parents would prefer the option of a cap for all students.
The issue of acceptable shoe colour proved to be more contentious, with only 38% of parents agreeing with the move towards all black shoes. Plenty of people provided feedback on this issue, raising concerns over the cost of fully black shoes, as well as the availability of shoes that are comfortable for students to wear all day. Many respondents suggested alternative options such a 'mostly black' shoes or 'black or white' shoes.
Thank you to all of the parents and carers who took the time to let us know their thoughts. The results of this survey will be tabled for discussion and review at our next P&C meeting. For access to all of the results and comments made about the survey, please tap here. For additional information about our current policy on school uniform, see our school webpage. The statewide policy on uniform, developed by the Department of Education is also available here.
Athletics carnivals

Notes go home today!

The 2018 School Athletics Carnival will take place at John O'Dwyer Oval, Croome Road Sporting Complex, Albion Park from 9:45 - 2:00 on Thursday 26 July. The whole school will travel on two buses, departing school straight after the 8:55 roll call.

Parents and friends are welcome to join us. A canteen will be available at the complex, so students are able to bring some money, but they are still encouraged to bring lunch and recess, as there is no guarantee of how much will be available by lunchtime.

The bus fare and carnival entry fee is $10 per student or $15 for families. The carnival entry fee helps to cover the Council ground fee and the hire charge for equipment on the day.

If your note doesn't make it home today, additional copies are available here or in paper form at The Hub.
Kindergarten 2019

Now is a good time to let the school know if you or someone you know has a child due to start school in 2019. Please spread the word that Lake Heights is taking enrolments from families in area with a child who will be of school age (Turning 5 by June next year).

Visit our office on any school day for an enrolment form. Our transition to school program will commence in Term 4, with playgroups and orientation sessions scheduled as follows:
Transition to school playgroups Monday 29 October - 1:35-2:35 Monday 5 November -1:35-2:35 Monday 12 November- 1:35-2:35 Monday 19 November -1:35-2:35​
Orientation 1 + parent information session  Monday 26 November 9-10:45
 
Orientation 2 Monday 3 December 9-10:45
Click here for more information about Kindergarten 2019.
Smiles on site
Thanks to those families who have already returned their notes for the Smiles on Site dental program.

This service is being offered for FREE under the federal government's Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). The Child Dental Benefit Schedule grants all eligible parents with $1000 Medicare benefit which can be used towards dental expenses per child, over a two year period. Eligible parents should receive a confirmation letter; however, if you are still unsure, Smiles Onsite can check for you on completion of their consent form.

The program will be offered for all students to be offered in August next term. Information on the dental program is available here.
Upcoming assemblies
This Friday is a school assembly day, with an item presented by our Kindergarten class to round off the term. It's their very first one, so we're sure it'll be all kind of cute. The first Friday back of Term 3 will see 5/6 present their second item for the year. We look forward to seeing you there!
Share our space

During the July school holidays, Lake Heights will be one of 120 school across the state taking  part in the Share our Space program that was trialed last holidays. Our playgrounds, will be opened up  for the whole community to enjoy from 8am to 6pm on 7 - 22 July.

Security measures have been introduced to manage safety once again. A security guard will visit to monitor safety and security all day, and gates will be closed at 6pm each evening.

As always, if you need to report a security issue at the school, you can call security 24 hours on 1300 88 00 21. For more information on this initiative, please visit schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au or contact us on 1300 679 332.

We hope you have an enjoyable break, and invite you to use the play areas at Lake Heights these holidays.

Get ready for a big adventure!

Adventure playground news

We saved the best news for last.

Not all kids play the same and while Lake Heights has a fantastic range of equipment, we're always looking for new ways for students to play imaginatively, challenge themselves physically and solve problems.

Plans for our new adventure playground have arrived. The playground is set to be located on the slope of the far end of the top playground.

Discussions with the landscape designers will continue next week as preparations for construction during and after the school holidays take place.

Check out the design below.
Ahead next term...
Keep up to date with all of the events on our Events Calendar. Here's what's happening this week and ahead next term:
School reports home - Wednesday 4 July Southern Stars Dance Rehearsal - Wednesday 4 July School assembly presented by Kindergarten - Friday 6 July Last day of Term 2 - Friday 6 July Students commence Term 3 - Tuesday 24 July Southern Stars Dance Rehearsal - Wednesday 25 July Athletics Carnival - Thursday 26 July School assembly presented by 5/6 - Friday 27 JulyCheck out our events page on our school website for more information on any of these events.
The week in review
It's been a busy term. This week, some of our students shared a few thoughts on what they've enjoyed during this term.
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 rgeorges@barnardos.org.au
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