Welcome Back, Banking Returns, Lake Walk and more: Term 3 | Week 1

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From the principal's desk

‘Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance’ 

-     Samuel Johnson

COVID remains, but so too does continuity of education

Welcome back to Semester Two. In the last days of school, you would have received your child’s first-semester report. I encourage you to look carefully through the report, have conversations with your child about their learning, and if necessary, make time to have a phone call with your child’s teacher. Engaging in your children’s learning is one of the most powerful means you can employ to improve their outcomes in education. 

Over the break, Australia’s experience with COVID-19 again shifted. Our department’s response is always prompt, and we have some additional considerations in place now at school. The information page for families is here: https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families. If questions remain, please make contact with the front office. Of most importance is adult attendance on site. I cannot stress enough that we do not want unnecessary adult attendance onsite. If you can avoid being at school, please do so. Even if this means organising to meet students at the gate. Should you be onsite, please do not congregate, limit time here, and practise strong social distancing.

If it is essential that you attend school for a meeting, all visitors staying beyond 15 minutes must sign in to the front office, and complete a COVID declaration concerning health, hygiene, and travel. If you have not completed this form, you cannot be onsite, and it must be completed each time you attend. Our friendly office staff can assist, but I also ask that you respect their workplace safety and remain outside the foyer until the window space is clear. Please monitor media outlets and adhere to any NSW Health advice regarding attendance at certain venues and travel to certain areas. Any contact tracing advice must be followed. In general, all students should be at school if well, and if unwell, must have a doctor’s certificate to explain illness or prolonged absence.

Some families have enquired about the rescheduled school photos. Our date is September 3. If you paid online and opted to hold funds over, you are already sorted. If you were intending to repay via envelope, they will be sent home soon. If anything changes, we will communicate immediately.

As mentioned above, our operating guidelines change frequently inline with current health advice. As such, we are still not holding whole school assemblies in person. This is particularly disappointing this term as we would normally hold a Special Assembly for Education Week in Week 3. We are planning something special via technology and will be holding our first assembly for the Term in Week 3 via Zoom to align with Education Week. We will share these details in the coming weeks.

Finally, I would like to again encourage all 2021 Kindergarten prospectives to present at our front office or make contact for enrolment information. If you know of a family, please pass on our invite. It is important the child resides in area, and you can check this here: https://my.education.nsw.gov.au/school-finder. COVID guidelines prevent us from holding orientation information sessions in Term 3 at this point, so we are scheduling for Term 4 and will share information as soon as it is available.

I welcome all back to Semester Two and hope everyone has a great week.

Kind regards,

Kieren Corbyn (Principal)

The week that was
Click the link above to see all of the activities at Lake Heights Public School that took place in the last week of Term 2. While you are there, watch our other videos from the past.
Banking is back
As coronavirus restrictions begin to ease across each state and territory, CommBank has decided to restart the School Banking program from Term 3, 2020. Our school banking day is every Wednesday. Drop your bank books into the office in the morning. Application forms are also available from the office.
Class of 2020
The new Year 6 shirts have arrived and they look amazing. There were so many choices for the design of the shirt and through a long process of elimination, a great design was chosen by Mrs Nicastri and the Year 6 students.
Lake walk
4/5  Lake Walk Term Two Last term, Mr Fin and the students in 4/5 went on a lake walk. They received this reward for getting to a certain amount of dojo points. The amount was 1820. They calculated they had to get about 50 dojos per day for a whole week. On the way there, they crossed the road and made their way down to the lake. Students explored the shoreline and made some interesting discoveries, as it was low tide. At the halfway point, the students broke into groups of boys and girls and attempted to make a human pyramid. All students behaved in an excellent manner. Thank you to Mr Fin and Mrs Brooker for organising and supervising the group. We hope to do another walk later in the year. By Kiara and Daniel
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