T1 Wk6 Newsletter 2021 (PandC, Effective feedback in 1/2H, Cross Country Carnival)

Weekly News
Stay up to date with all of the news and upcoming events at Lake Heights Public School. 
From the Principal's desk
Pictured this week is our 5/6 class with Tim Coenraad, an Illawarra Hawks basketball legend with over 300 professional games (only the third in the club’s history) and 10 seasons under his belt.
PandC for 2021
I wanted to begin this week’s address by thanking all members of the community who were able to attend our PandC AGM on Monday evening, either in person or via conferencing technology. An AGM is both a celebration of the previous year’s work, and a consideration of the year to come. I wanted to thank all members of the 2020 PandC for their exceptional work, and welcome the new and returning office bearers for 2021. Please take the time to peruse the reports made available after the meeting through the PandC and reflect on the year that was. In Week 1 of next term, our School’s 2020 Annual School Report will also be published, which adds further to the information contained in last night’s reports. In our new 4 year 21-24 School Improvement Plan, the third strategic direction relates very closely to retaining and strengthening our community bonds with the school. Last night was a great first step in forging relationships, and I encourage all members of our community to consider how they can contribute and be active in our school. I feel very privileged to have the responsibility of Principal, and I look forward to continuing our work together. In 2021, we welcome Christina Talevska back to the position of President, and we welcome Rachelle Smith back to the position of Secretary. We are delighted to announce that Hannah Nguyen was newly elected as Vice President. I thank departing executives Emma Nichols for her service to the executive in 2020, and Belinda Chase for her work as Treasurer for a period extending more than a decade. The Treasurer position remains vacant, so if you have skills to offer and some time, please contact the PandC team. Staying on the topic of communication, this week is our formal Parent/Carer and Teacher Conversation Week. Please take the time to book a slot and discuss your child’s progress with our staff. Education is most effective with a united approach to achieving our goals. We are able to hold face to face meetings under current COVID operating guidelines if we distance, practise good hygiene, and follow advice on health and travel, but we can also accommodate phone calls or conferencing via technology, so please just let the staff member know your preference if necessary. Yesterday we had our final visit from the Illawarra Hawks, happening in unison at the same time the Sydney Swans put our students through some PDHPE lessons. We thank both organisations for assisting us to educate our children in the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. As a final note, I ask each of our families to reflect on school attendance. It is something that remains very high on my list of priorities. Attending school has a direct link to outcomes in education, put simply, being here at school every day school is open for instruction, unless sick, is one of the best ways to give our young people the best start in life. At our school, Mondays and Fridays tend to produce higher rates of non attendance, and I encourage all of our families to consider if there are any ways we can reverse this trend line. We have also started randomised awards at the very beginning of the school day to recognise children who are prompt and here on time. Congratulations to Ruby O’Brien, Zaahkaius Jack and Olivia Nicholls who were drawn out today. Even small periods of time late in the vital learning period of the morning add up immensely over time. Attendance features again in our new School Improvement Plan. We had significant growth in this area over the last three years, and we are committed to continuing to achieve improvement for our kids. Have a great week, Kieren Corbyn, Principal
Congratulations to Ruby O’Brien, Zaahkaius Jack and Olivia Nicholls who were drawn out today as our on time winners.
What Works Best- Effective Feedback
Effective feedback- Students learn best when teachers provide them with effective feedback. Feedback that is effective is constructive, detailed and specific. It focuses on how students performed on a particular task, and is clear about where mistakes were made and what needs to happen to improve in future. Click on the link below to see how effective feedback features in 1/2H. https://vimeo.com/518357207
Cross Country Carnival- Thursday 18 March
Our Cross Country Carnival is quickly approaching and we look forward to seeing all of our students running around our school for this fun event.  This year, our carnival will be held on school grounds on Thursday 18 March. Over the next week or so, teachers will send a Dojo message to remind students about their house teams and colours as students will be able to dress in house colours for this fun activity. Unfortunately, current COVID-19 restrictions still mean that parents will not be able to attend, but we will make sure we capture the excitement through photos and videos.
School Photos- Thursday 25 March

School Photo day is quickly approaching on Thursday 25 March. In the next couple of weeks, students will bring home a labelled photo envelope. These are printed by the photography company for individual students, so it is important that they are kept safe. Envelope forms are to be returned to the classroom teacher on school photo day. 

Sibling photo envelopes are available from the office and are to be returned to the front office on the day of the school photos. 
High School Transition Forms
Students in Year 6 will be bringing home their High School transition forms this week. These forms are pre-printed with the student's name on the front and we ask that you please read through the form and return by Friday 19 March.
Microsoft Office for Students

Did you know that NSW school students can sign up for Office 365 Education for free? This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. 

Follow the steps below to install it on either Mac or PC.
  1. Go to https://www.office.com/
  2. If it is already signed in as someone else, choose Switch to a different account. 
  3. Click Sign in.
  4. Enter your Department of Education email address – the one that ends in @education.nsw.gov.au. This is important or it won't be free.
  5. You will be redirected to the Department of Education login page. Log in.
  6. Click Yes to stay signed in. Your Office 365 page will open.
  7. Click Install Office and choose Other Installation Options.
  8. The installation page will open. Click Install.
  9. An executable file will be downloaded to your computer.
  10. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  11. Once Microsoft Office has finished installing, open up one of the applications and accept the license agreement.
Warrawong High School Open Day
Warrawong High School Open Day is next Wednesday the 10 March. If you know a child in Year 5 or 6 that is interested please encourage them to head along and experience some of the fun activities that Warrawong High School has to offer.
Merit Awards
Congratulations to the following students who have received a merit award in class this week.
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