Zoom, Assembly, Back to school one day per week and more: Term 2 | Week 3

Weekly News
Stay up to date with all of the news and upcoming events at Lake Heights Public School. 
From the principal's desk
‘Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community’ Anthony J. D’Angelo Phase 1 - Staggered Return It was lovely to have our classrooms ‘starting’ to fill up again today. The smiles say it all. Welcome back to another week of Learning at Lake Heights Public School. Today we start our staggered return to school. We have been looking forward to reconnecting in person with our students after more than a month for many learning almost entirely remotely. Under this current stage of the plan, students are able to return on their one day of the week and continue learning remotely on the remaining four. Our school will always remain open for the children of families who have no other option, but the Government continues to ask families to keep children at home outside of their allotted day wherever possible to help us with distancing. Children will be in small groups of around 10 similar-aged students when at school, and their learning will be supervised by a teacher working with their stage, but not necessarily with their normal classroom teacher. To assist us with managing altered staff to student ratios during Term Two, we welcome Mrs Susan Kennedy and Mrs Milana Mitrovic to our teaching staff for the remainder of this Semester. Some key points during Phase 1:
  • Please call the school if you have any questions, or dojo your teacher
  • Please pack/remind your child to bring their learning package
  • Please pack a drink bottle for water refill rather than conventional bubbler use
  • Please minimise adult time spent on site and avoid congregating wherever possible
  • Aim for 1.5m distancing between members outside your family where feasible
Many community members have asked if they can opt-out of having their child/ren attending during these early phases. The answer is yes. The school expects that students are still engaging with learning, but they can do it from home if desired. Please just call the school to inform us of your decision. I do want to ensure the community though, that given the current circumstance, our school is as safe as possible and the leading health advice is that attending school for children is safe under the operating procedures we have in place at present. Weekly Assembly on Zoom! This week we are going to try and have some community connection via Zoom on Wednesday afternoon and run our regular school Assembly. It will be hosted at 2pm. To join, users will need either a DET staff/student account or a registered account with Zoom using a personal email. Users will have their audio and visual muted unless they are staff, or scheduled for a presentation. The details of the event for Zoom are Meeting ID: 696 8907 8034 and Password: 7QmXFL. It would be my preference for students to attend this event with an adult. If it is successful we will schedule future similar events until we return to full normality. All members of our community and students are welcome. As always, I thank our community for your care and support during these times. Please call the school if you have any ideas regarding how we can be of more assistance. We are here to help. Have a great week Kieren Corbyn, Principal.
Meeting up

How to Zoom First of all, head over to Zoom in your browser or app. The platform is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. The layout will be slightly different depending on whether you are on desktop or mobile. You may need to download a file.

Pick the free plan in which virtual meetings can be held. The free option also allows users to conduct meetings in HD video and with audio, participants can join via their PC or a telephone line, and both desktops and apps can be shared.

It is possible to join a meeting just from your browser, but in the interests of longevity and avoiding browser limitations, you should download the application. 

Join a meeting by entering the code and the password (if required)
WACKI Wednesday 2018
Click the link above to see 2018's WACKI film, called "Wacky Wednesday". While you are there, watch our other videos from the past.
Work packs
Don't forget to bring your work pack to school on your allocated day.
Students assemble
Our first Zoom assembly is on Wednesday 13 May at 2:00pm. The Meeting ID is: 696 8907 8034 and Password: 7QmXFL. Log on to Zoom (https://zoom.us) with a browser or app and listen to our first ever online assembly. You won't need a camera or microphone to listen to our assembly. We're looking forward to it.
Garden update
During the holidays, Mrs Briggs came in with her family and fixed the leak in the frog pond. We now have a few tadpoles swimming around. Last week, some students helped to make ‘frog hotels’ which are homes for the tadpoles when they grow into frogs. Last week students also helped re-plant and mulch the veggie garden. We have planted a blueberry bush and look forward to harvesting some in spring.  The next garden project is a fairy garden.
Live video from Taronga Zoo
Taronga has several live video feeds available on their YouTube site. See the live action from the mob of nineteen Meerkats as they play, wrestle, sunbake and eat or perhaps spend some time with the Sumatran Tigers.
Great work
Tune in on Tuesday 12 May at 10am on ABC ME. On BTN this week: Meet some Aussie kids whose parents are working on finding a vaccine for COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for a lot of sports people, so take a look at how the sports industry has been affected. Look at the long and interesting history of handshakes and find out about other ways of saying hello. Meet Eamon, who’s had an interesting job over the past few weeks; babysitting spiders from the QLD Museum while it’s been closed to the public.
Art activities
Deep Space Sparkle offers art resources that will help you create some amazing artworks, even if you aren't a great artist. Click the picture above to follow the link.
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