Aboriginal pathways celebration, Book Week, Tell Them From Me: Term 3 | Week 6

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A week of celebration
We love a good celebration at LHPS and last week was no exception. On Tuesday we hoisted the mainsail and set sail on a literary journey, celebrating our most treasured books. Students loved dressing as pirates and talking about their favourite stories.
Our friends from Warrawong Library also put on a fabulous show for our K-2 students, with some of this year's recognised books.
On Wednesday, it was our Aboriginal students who were celebrating, in a showcase of learning for their families. Families were invited for a friendly morning tea to learn more about the Aboriginal Pathway Program. This support program is an opportunity to complement the wider school program where the Indigenous backgrounds of children and their families are celebrated and appreciated. Students, families and teachers collaboratively share feedback to develop individual based programs which enhance confidence, wellbeing and are based on children’s interests and strengths. There is also a significant focus on Literacy and Numeracy. Sometimes students receive individual or small-group support with subjects like Mathematics and English, to extend their abilities or support their learning. Children also enjoy learning about their cultural background through music and art.
In the future, we look forward to planting some Indigenous bush tucker plants in the garden and some visits from some elders to share local history and stories. Thank you very much to all of the families and relatives who came along and shared their ideas and suggestions about the Pathway Program. It is fantastic to have your support! Here's more of what's been happening around the school over the past week. Have a watch!
Break a leg
After almost a year of preparation and many months of rehearsals, Southern Stars 2018 ICONIC is in the final and most exciting week – show week! Over 2500 public school students from the Illawarra and Southern NSW will perform in Southern Stars 2018 ICONIC, displaying their many and varied talents in music, dance, drama and even circus, at the WIN Entertainment Centre on Friday August 31 (10am and 7.30pm) and Saturday September 1 (2pm and 7.30pm). An enormous amount of hard work and dedication has gone into preparing for Southern Stars this year. A huge thank you to Miss Hunter and Mrs Hurd for all of their hard work, to Mrs Cherrie Mrs Norman and the teachers who have helped cutting and sewing costumes over the past few weeks, and to all of the students for their level of commitment shown to rehearsals. Wishing all of our performers, the very best of luck. We know it will be a magnificent show.

About the show... 

ICONIC is a two hour professional and high quality arena style show which has something for everyone. Featuring the most iconic songs, moments, concepts and fashions of our time ICONIC has everything from rock to pop, hip hop to Bollywood, soloists to a cast of thousands - this is not your typical school production!!! You can visit the Southern Stars – The Arena Spectacular Facebook page and take a look at the finale videos from past years to get an idea of the scale of the show. It doesn’t matter if you know anyone performing or not, it is worth taking your friends and family members to see one of the best variety entertainment shows in the country. The matinee show on Saturday in particular is ideal for families! If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, they are still available through Ticketmaster, but be quick! www.ticketmaster.com
Parent-Teacher Conversations
Jump online and book yourself a time to pop in and have a chat with your child's teacher. It is a relaxed, informal way for you ask any questions about your child's learning, clarify anything on your child's Semester 1 report or just touch base about how your child is progressing. Parent-Teacher conversations are scheduled during Week 8, from 10-14 September. Each teacher has allocated time slots that they are available on our online booking system. If you are unable to make the available time slots, please speak to your child's teacher to arrange an alternative time slot. Ready to book? Click here to access our online booking platform.
Tell them from me survey

Lake Heights is conducting a comprehensive school-wide evaluation to help capture the views of parents, teachers and students. As part of this process, we are asking parents to take part in the Tell Them From Me online survey between now and the end of September.

The survey asks parents about their perceptions of their children’s experiences at home and at school.

Participation is anonymous and confidential. When you submit your survey, your responses are recorded without personal identifying information. Your answers will be mixed with other parents and carers from our school so the answers you provide can never be identified as yours. You can also skip any questions you do not wish to answer.

Please help guide informed school improvements by taking part at https://nsw.tellthemfromme.com/4ch48
Father's Day Stall - THIS THURSDAY

We know that dads everywhere are on the count down to their favourite day of the year...FATHER'S DAY!

Our lovely P&C ladies have got you covered for all the things that dads love. Our Father's Day stall will be held on Thursday 30 August from 9-11am. Gifts will range in price from $2-$10. Every purchase receives one ticket into the draw to win your dad one of two special prizes.

There will be a special stall held for our Southern Stars dancers on Tuesday 28 August from 2:00pm.

Lend your support for our farmers!
Lake Heights is helping to raise money for the Buy-a-Bale organisation which provides support to farmers by delivering hay and other essential items to those who have no feed left for their cattle. On Thursday 20 September, students are asked to come dressed as farmers and donate a gold coin (or a couple if you can spare it). Join us from 9am for a bit of whole-school bootscooting to start our day.

We'll also be holding a cake stall, with cakes starting at $1. Donations of cake will be gratefully received by our P&C mums. Please drop them off to the kitchen on the day.

Food and Toiletries Drive

Thank you to the wonderful families who have already made donations. We have lots of baskets starting to fill up.

If you missed it in last week's newsletter, we are currently collecting donations of food and toiletries in support of the work being done by the “Doing It For Our Farmers” organisation.

Please send in any canned, packaged foods and toiletries such as those listed below to the kitchen between now and 20 September.

Roadworks on Buena Vista
Wollongong City Council has advise that there will be roadworks commencing today on Buena Vista Avenue. The work is expected to last 12 days and the council has asked that cars are not parked on the side of the road during this time. Thank you for you understanding during this time.
Enrol now for 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.

In the lead up to starting school, we'll be hosting four playgroups, followed by two formal orientations. Some dates for your calendar:

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 and parent information session - Monday 26 November 9-10:45 Orientation 2 - Monday 3 December 9-10:45 We've created a Facebook event for our playgroups. RSVP and receive reminders closer to the date.
Ahead this term
Term 3 is always a big one. Here's some dates for the diary. Wednesday 29 August - Southern Stars Rehearsal at WIN Entertainment Centre Thursday 30 August - Father's Day Stall
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