2021 Term 1 Week 3- Swimming Carnival, Badge presentation, Reading

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‘The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. They are the one that gets the people to do the greatest things’
  • Ronald Reagan
Pictured this week are our captains making sure gates are opened during peak pedestrian times to start and end the day. Note that our gates are never locked during class time, just closed to prevent dogs walking onsite. Celebrating Leadership This week we will be taking time to celebrate and acknowledge our student leaders. Students are obviously the biggest stakeholder in our school, and their contribution to our school’s success is immense. We now have our Captains and Vice Captains elected, we have our Sports Leaders in place, and we have formed our Student Representative Council with members from each class. These students, among others, perform a host of leadership roles daily. From raising and lowering flags, loaning sports equipment, opening and shutting pedestrian gates, modelling how we sit at assemblies for new Kindergarten students, right through to sitting with me to offer advice on school planning issues. Student leaders sacrifice significant amounts of time, including their lunches, to sit on the SRC or prepare for events. On Wednesday this week the Illawarra Mercury will be coming to photograph our new Captains and Vice Captains, so keep an eye out for our school in the paper in coming weeks. This Friday, at 11.35, one carer by invitation will be able to attend a brief, but special, badging ceremony for our SRC and sports leaders. We ask that each adult attending the ceremony complete a COVID declaration and abide by the outlines on it. We are aware Wollongong has recently come under greater spotlight, and here at school we do all we can to keep our kids, community and staff safe. Speaking of leadership, the next biggest stakeholder group after our students is our community. Our community is led, or represented here at school, by its PandC. Our PandC did a great job throughout 2020 guiding our school community through COVID. As we begin a new year, I encourage anyone considering the opportunity to be a part of the PandC to come forward. This may involve simply being a member to support events and decision making, or may include a desire to hold a formal position, such as President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary. As is standard practice to begin a new year, we will soon be holding our Annual General Meeting to elect and confirm all position holders. At present owing to COVID, we are only able to hold PandC meetings after school time. For the last few terms we have held our meetings on Monday of Week 6. We intend to do the same this year, and will be holding our first General Meeting, including the AGM, at 5.30pm on Monday the 1st of March here at school in ‘The Hub’. It is a goal of mine over the next four year School Plan to grow numbers on our PandC, and I would love to speak with anyone wanting to understand roles on the PandC further, as would Chrissy as our current President I am sure. Coming home today with students is a short letter introducing 2021 staff and class arrangements. I want to make it very clear to our community that as a school we can provide everything your child requires for daily learning, and that no child is prevented from access to the total curriculum. Many students, however (particularly the older ones), like to have their own equipment and if this is the case, teachers have outlined what children use each day in their rooms. If you ever feel overstretched financially meeting the costs of schooling, please come and have a discreet conversation, because our school is here to help. Good luck to all students competing at our school swimming carnival today! Have a great week, Kieren Corbyn, Principal
Reading with your child at home

In the next week or so, students in K-2 will begin to bring home books to read at home each night. As we use these books for our classroom reading, it is very important that home readers travel to and from school each day in the bag provided.

The books sent home are books that your child has read in class. It’s best to get into an afternoon or evening routine which involves your child reading their home reader.

One way to help your child to engage with the book and develop comprehension skills is book chat. Discussing the content and meaning of books is an important part of reading. Chat about the book before, during and after reading, and encourage your child to share their ideas and to ask questions about the book. Here are some questions you can ask before, during and after reading the book: 
  • Look at the cover. What do you think this book might be about? 
  • How would you describe the character at the beginning of the story? 
  • How does the place the book is set in make you feel? 
  • What is happening in the pictures? 
  • What do you think is going to happen next? 
  • Why might a character have done this? What would you do in the same situation?
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!" Dr Seuss  
School website
This week you will receive a letter from your class teacher welcoming you and outlining some class procedures.  Our school website is also a great place to find out more about what happens in your child's class. This week, class teachers will be updating their class pages. To view your child's class page on the website, go to https://lhps.nsw.edu.au/ and find your class under the 'Start Learning' tab.
Student2Student Reading- The Smith Family

What is student2student?

The student2student program works by matching students who need to improve their reading with peer buddies who help and encourage them with their reading. Peer support is central to the program’s success. Evidence indicates that one of the best ways to support students who have reading difficulties is for the help to come from others near their own age. Children in Years 3-6 who wish to be involved will be matched with reading buddies with good literacy skills who are at least two years older than the student. The buddies are trained by The Smith Family to help their students develop reading confidence and skills, using the ‘Pause, Prompt, Praise’ reading support method.  Each student and buddy receives an identical book pack from The Smith Family. The reading buddy then telephones the student two to three times a week for at least 20 minutes, over an 18 week period. For more information and to register your interest please see the form attached. s2s information and application form
Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to the students who attended our swimming carnival today. We were very proud of them as they each showed the school values of care, respect and safety. It was particularly pleasing to see their strong sportsmanship as they cheered on other competitors.  Today my friends and I went to the swimming carnival. It was a fun, but nerve racking event. I personally enjoyed it and I would encourage more people to participate in these events because swimming can be very necessary and fun.  By Daniel Edwards- 5/6
Virtual NDIS Connection Desk
Merit Awards
Congratulations to the following students who have received a merit award in class this week.
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