NAIDOC Week, Mural Survey, The People’s Truck and more: Term 4 | Week 5

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Stay up to date with all of the news and upcoming events at Lake Heights Public School. 
From the principal's desk
‘Always was, always will be’
  • NAIDOC committee, 2020
This week I start our newsletter by sharing the NAIDOC Week slogan for 2020. In 2020, ‘Always was, always will be’ follows ‘Because of her, we can’ in 2019 and ‘Voice, treaty, truth’ in 2018. The NAIDOC slogans are always thought-provoking. NAIDOC week in 2020 runs Nov 8-15. It coincides with the completion of the ‘Get Black on Ya Feet’ Program we have been running this term with Daren Dunn at our School. To celebrate the completion of the mural project, and in recognition of the NAIDOC celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, this week I would like to know where you think the mural should hang proudly in our school. Please complete the community survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z666GZZ.  Students and staff are also casting their votes at school. Pictured this week is Daren with our students learning some traditional dance off Gamilaroi Country. Here at Lake Heights Public School, we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our school sits, the Wadi Wadi people of the Dharawal Nation. We pay respects to elders past and present and extend that same respect to all Aboriginal people who visit our school. We are proud of the achievements of all of the students at our school and are committed to closing gaps and celebrating success. Today we hosted the second of our short playgroup transitions for Kindergarten 2021. This year, as a new initiative, we are offering two of our Kindergarten 2021 students the opportunity to win a brand new school uniform package, valued at $150 each. To be eligible for this prize, all enrolment forms must be completed and submitted to the office by the evening of our Parent information night on Monday November 23. Spread the word in the community, if you want to be in the running for a free uniform, and you are starting Kindergarten in 2021, get your enrolment forms completed. Forms can be found online here: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/going-to-a-public-school/translated-documents/enrolment-application and general information for our school can be found here: https://lhps.nsw.edu.au/our-school/enrolment/ and of course our office can always help and provide hard copies. The completed forms must be dropped back to the office by Monday, November 23 to be eligible for the prize draw. If you have a child starting in 2021 in Kindergarten, please mark the carer evening in your diary at 3pm on the same day, and join us on Zoom at Meeting ID: 489 780 7076 and Password: 137141. Instructions for Zooming can be found at www.zoom.us Lastly, anticipated student numbers for 2021 are very important to our school planning and financial processes, so if you are considering leaving, or know of someone who intends to come to our school in 2021, please get in contact. Every student affects these processes, so accurate gauging is vital and I appreciate the support of our community.  Have a great week. 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 the last week. While you are there, watch our other videos from the past.
Good news

The shop will be open for lunch orders from next Wednesday 18 November. Keep an eye on the school Facebook page and ClassDojo for menu updates over the week. Lunch orders will be taken on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Merits
The People's Truck 
The People’s Truck will still be raising donations for the 2020 Illawarra Convoy "TV SPECIAL" and will be participating, as per usual from Appin to Shellharbour, for the event. However, regrettably, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Convoy and family fun day at Shellharbour Airport will not be going ahead as anticipated. They are still supporting families affected by potentially life-threatening medical conditions, despite Covid-19’s affect on the event. Covid does not stop these diseases affecting our kids. They will be taking donations right up to the 16th of November. The truck will be sign-written by December and be on The People's Truck, with your name or business logo, for 12 months. Donations can be made online here:https://thepeoplestruck.com.au/donate/ 
Book club 2020
The last book club for 2020 has arrived. Check through the catalogue and place your orders by next Tuesday 17 November. There are lots of great specials and collections to purchase.
Film festival

Film by Online 2020 Festival Series is ready to roll from November 17! There were 25+ festivals were put on hold but now have the opportunity to showcase 31 special films in two festival series - a K-6 festival and a 6-12 festival. All movies are G rated so we encourage everyone to watch both festivals as the movies are great. There is also a People's Choice Award where you get to choose your favourite movies. Voting will be open until midday Monday November 23 and everyone can vote.​https://education.nsw.gov.au/student-wellbeing/student-voices/watch/film-by-online-festival-2020-k-6

Have your say
The NSW Government wants to offer families more flexibility with their work commitments and child care arrangements and to create more opportunities across the whole community. Having Out of School Hours Care available at local schools is a great way to achieve this. As part of the NSW Government’s $120 million Before and After School Care (BASC) commitment, parents at all NSW schools were recently invited to complete a Have Your Say survey. The survey asked parents to tell us how they are using Out of School Hours Care, how much it costs them, whether they plan to keep using it, and what difficulties they experience in accessing it. The survey results have helped us to better understand the needs of families and what’s important to them. We are now asking all parents to complete a quick follow-up survey by Friday 27 November 2020. You can access the survey at https://surveys.education.nsw.gov.au/s3/OSHCParentSurvey. This information will help us to target the rollout of more before Out of School Hours Care services in the right areas. If your child does not require Out of School Hours care, we ask that you please still complete the first section of this survey as it gives us important information about the level of demand at your school. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your school at 42741740 or the BASC Program team by phone on 1300 244 145 or email at: BASCReform@det.nsw.edu.au
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