Phase 1, Lunch Orders, COVIDSafe, Little Athletics and more: Term 2 | Week 4

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From the principal's desk
‘progress…is the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals’ -    Martin Luther King Phase 1 a success I always enjoy sourcing quotes to start our weekly communication, but this week’s strikes me as being particularly pertinent. Schooling our children at present is requiring input from a wide range of dedicated individuals. We regularly receive feedback from our community offering thanks to our staff which is always well received, but I want to recognise the tireless work of our community at this time. I understand acutely the challenges many of our parents and carers are facing at present as they provide care for their children, attempting also to act as a pseudo educator and fulfil their own professional obligations all at the same time. Your contribution is acknowledged and valued. It gave me joy to see some of our classrooms beginning to fill again during Week 3 under Phase 1 of our staggered return. We operate under the same conditions in Week 4, and our next single unit of learning work pack to facilitate learning both at home and at school will be available outside our school office on Friday afternoon (May 22) between 12-3. I have not received any information yet from our Government in regards to when we enter Phase 2 which will see all children allotted two days per week to be at school, but I anticipate it may be very soon. Please stay across our social media avenues in the event news breaks between our weekly newsletters. Student Reporting This week you may have seen in the media a national agreement to alter student reporting requirements in Semester 1, 2020 owing to the changed conditions in schools across the country. We are still finalising how it will look for LHPS, but it will be a simplified report format aiming to provide our families with a snapshot of how your child is progressing against the learning delivered so far this year, with guidance on what may be done to support future learning growth. These will be followed with another round of parent-teacher conversations later in Term 3. Assemblies Thank you to the community members who joined us for our first-ever virtual assembly via Zoom in Week 3. We are aiming to hold these fortnightly, so next week I will share details on how you can join us again in Week 5. All 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.
Orders please
The shop next door has re-opened and is ready to take our lunch orders. Pop your food and drink order in the bag that's in your classroom before 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The year that was - 2018
Click the link above to revisit events and activities from 2018. While you are there, watch our other videos from the past.
Keeping our school COVIDSafe
Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community by downloading the app. Social distancing and washing your hands remain the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The COVIDSafe app, developed by the Australian Government, helps to reduce the spread by allowing health experts to find close contacts faster and more accurately. The app does not track your location. It uses your phone’s Bluetooth to record other users you come into contact with, so if they test positive, NSW Health can let you know. Find out more:
Happy Museum Day
Today, Monday 18 May, is International Museum Day, an annual occasion first designated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 1977 to honour the important role that museums play in societal development. Click the picture above to follow a link to a selection of online Museum tours.
Task masters
Run, jump, throw yourself into it
Little Athletics NSW, supported by the Schools Sports Unit as part of the GetActive@Home resources,  has produced a series of short videos (all found on the Little Athletics NSW YouTube page) that can be used for home schooling activities. The "Run Jump Throw Yourself Into It" Activity Sessions are a set of short videos aimed to assist teachers and parents in helping kids learn the basic fundamental skills of a variety of running, jumping and throwing events in track and field. There are 3 simple videos for each athletics event, all sequentially designed to build on previous skills learned. All activities are "FUN"damental skills based, and can be done in the backyard, front yard, the playground and even inside using modified equipment and in some cases having fun making your own equipment. At present there are 6 short videos, long jump and discus to be added shortly, with more to come (updated fortnightly).
Keeping up with the news
BTN explains the three-stage plan to ease restrictions and how it might affect the lives of kids around the country. BTN talks to kids around the world to find out how people in other countries are being affected by COVID-19. May 22nd is the anniversary of the start of the Gold Rush. Look at how the Gold Rush began and how it helped to shape the country we live in today. A Dutch Public broadcaster has organised a special online song contest where all of the songs are composed using artificial intelligence. Meet the programmers behind Australia’s entry.  Eight-year-old Nahla from the UK has used a 3D printer to make face masks to protect doctors and nurses who are treating people with COVID-19.
Our environment
Fun facts, games, and ways to get involved in environment and heritage projects. Check out the native animal fact sheets and see how much you know about native animals. Learn about national parks and how to help care for our parks. They’re at the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website for students aged 5-12.
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