Thank you, Fruit and Veg, GotYa! and more: Term 3 | Week 6

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From the principal's desk
‘We become what we think about’ -    Emily Nightingale Before I start this week’s address, I want to acknowledge our SASS staff (School Adminstration and Support Staff). This week is SASS Recognition Week. We appreciate them every week, but even moreso this week. Mrs Griffiths and Mrs Da Costa running our office, Mrs Brooker and Mrs Cherrie supporting student learning in the classroom, and Mr Samways tending to our grounds, all do an exceptional job. They are absolutey integral to our school. Please thank them this week if you cross paths.  Positivity in our Play Ground  Today we kick off a new positive reward system in our playground. Essentially all of our staff are actively looking to recognise students doing the right thing. Students will receive GotYa! tickets whenever someone catches them doing the right thing. Classes compete weekly to collect the most GotYa! tickets to win our school mascot for the week, and potentially a special reward if they are the class leaders at the term and year’s end. Our Year 5/6 class are designing our new mascot as this goes to publication. Each week a small number of students will also get to try their luck in a reward dip if one of their GotYa! tickets comes out in our draw on a Monday morning. Please encourage your students to practise our school values of safety, respect and care on the playground and celebrate their success with us. I thank Mr Fin for being the mind and driver behind the positive focus.  In last week’s newsletter I informed the community that we were intending to move one of the pupil free days at the end of the year. I can now confirm that students’ first day back after the September holidays will be Tuesday, October 13. Their last day of school before Christmas will be Thursday, December 17. Staff will be at school on one day either side, with professional development for school planning taking place without students at school on Monday, October 12 and Friday, December 18.  I also mentioned in last week’s newsletter that we were in the process of creating a survey to collect the thoughts of our community as we approach the end of our current school plan. We are evaluating our current school plan at present with a view to planning our next four years from 2021. The survey is now ready and I would really like to hear your thoughts, so please take some time to complete it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HTJQLM8  Lastly, I have noticed in the last week or so walking around our playground at break time chatting with students that many of our students are eating a lot of empty calories high in sugar; I have seen Mother cans and multiple large bags of lollies at eating time. I have spoken with some children who tell me it is all they bring. Please help our students by packing nutritious food with them, or if they are buying it, encouraging them to make healthy choices. We will continue lessons in our classrooms also. Helping them eat well will help them not to fade in the PM where learning can decrease as poor choices increase if lethargy overcomes energy. Fruit and Veg month begins on the 31st August, so it would be great to focus on packing some nude lunchboxes to see if reducing items with wrappers helps increase the nutritional value. Kind regards,  Kieren Corbyn (Principal) 
The week that was
Click the link above to see all of the action from Lake Heights Public School from last week. While you are there, watch our other videos from the past.
Conversations
Commencing Monday 7 September teachers are setting aside times for parents to have an informal chat about how your child’s learning is going so far this year. All conversations will be via phone or Zoom. Our online booking system provides an email confirmation of your booking with each teacher. Please check our website during this week for available times.
Merits
Planet fruit & veg
Fruit & Veg Month is a health promotion event for NSW primary schools that puts a positive focus on fruit and vegetables. Each year Fruit & Veg Month has a special theme to inspire kids to get interested in eating, enjoying and learning about fruit and veg. Recent statistics tell us that Australians aren’t eating enough fruit and vegetables. Only around 5-6% of Australian adults and children are eating the recommended serves of fruit and vegetables each day. That’s not good for us or the planet!
Smile
Don't forget to wear full school uniform for photos on Thursday 3rd September. Keep money and order form until day of photos. Sibling photo envelopes are available in the office.
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