T2 Week 2 Newsletter 2021 (Mother’s Day, District Cross Country, P&C meeting)

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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
‘At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them’
Comemorations and Celebrations On Friday it was an honour to host Mr Cyril Parker on behalf of the City of Wollongong RSL Sub Branch to hold an ANZAC ceremony here at school. Mr Parker served in the Korean War in 1950 onboard HMS Glory. Pictured are our student leaders with some additional Stage 3 students who assisted in the ceremony with Mr Parker, and the ship he served on below. As always, our students did a great job, and I was proud of the maturity and respect our students showed. Mr Parker spoke to students about serving in the war, and about how different life was when he was young. We thank Mr Parker and wish him a happy 89th birthday this week. Thank you to the community members who attended in person, and for all the flowers that poured in. They will remain with our memorial stone for an appropriate period. I apologise our promised live stream glitched, but the footage was recorded and uploaded afterward so you may view it from our Facebook page if desired. Moving on to a completely different celebration, we have been trying to find an appropriate time amidst a very busy succession of afternoons to host an unveiling of our new Aboriginal mural and distribute the pre-purchased shirts that we had printed as a result of the project. We are going to hold a short unveiling between 2-2.35 on Thursday May 6 2021 (Week 3). All of our community is invited. School will finish at normal time at 2.35 for students to take their regular avenues home. This week on Thursday and Friday, Mrs Whyte and I are very privileged to have the opportunity to attend the Illawarra Reconciliation Conference with an esteemed panel of local Aboriginal Elders and speakers. Our school is committed to reconciliation in Australia and achieving excellence in Aboriginal Education, and I am sure this conference will assist us in the meeting these goals. Staying with the theme of community, I would like to provide an update on our PandC. We have had a slight change in dates for our meetings with the aim of rebuilding strong processes post COVID. With that in mind, we have set two meetings each term for the remainder of the year, during Weeks 3 and 8, on Mondays. We are currently trialling 5.30pm meetings in The Hub to assist working families. This means in Term 2 our meetings are to be held on May 3 and June 7. The first Term 2 meeting is only 6 days away, so please mark it in your calendars and join us. We are holding the meeting immediately following the relaxing of some of our COVID considerations to permit a Mother’s Day stall, which has been tentatively set down for Friday of Week 3, May 7. Also on the agenda is the intention to formally vote Hannah Nguyen into the Treasurer role. It was previously unfilled following our Term 1 AGM but Hannah has pleasingly indicated interest and we look forward to welcoming her to that important community role. It will mean the Vice President’s position will become vacant, so if you have an interest please come along. We are proud of our PandC and it plays a vital role in our school. I implore and welcome all community members to come along on Monday evening at 5.30pm in the Hub.  Congratulations to all students who attended the South Wollongong PSSA Cross Country Carnival at Dapto yesterday. Reports from Mrs Nicastri were very positive. Please see further in the newsletter for some photos and feedback from the day. Have a great week. Kieren Corbyn, Principal  
District Cross Country Carnival
Well done to our wonderful Cross Country runners! It was a fantastic day at Kembla Joggers, with running and cheering happening all day. Yet again, LHPS demonstrated amazing behaviour and encouragement to each other. It was a huge event with over 500 students in attendance, with each age event having close to 80 competitors. Special mention to one of our youngest competitors, Anahera Bawelkiewicz, placing 10th. ​Thank you to all of our spectators who cheered and encouraged all of our students to do their best.
Mother's Day Stall- Friday 7th May
Our mums work hard and now is the time to show them you care as Mother's Day approaches. Our wonderful PandC have organised an exciting stall with lots of lovely gifts for children to buy for the special day. Gifts range in price from $1- $10. Please send in cash with your child to use on the day if they would like to purchase a gift.
Healthy Harold
Our favourite giraffe will soon be gracing our school as we welcome Healthy Harold and the Life Ed van.  The Life Ed van will be here to help educate our students on the 4th and 5th of May. This year, there will not be the chance to purchase merchandise from the van but we look forward to meeting up with Harold and learning about healthy choices.
P&C Meeting- Monday 3rd May
Our P&C help us in many different ways around the school and we value their contribution greatly. We welcome anyone who is interested in coming along and supporting our school to join the meeting on Monday 3rd May at 5:30pm in the Hub.
Mural unveiling and shirt collection
We are going to hold a short unveiling of our new mural between 2-2.35 on Thursday May 6 2021 (Week 3). All of our community is invited. School will finish at the normal time at 2.35 for students to take their regular avenues home. Students who pre-ordered their shirts will also have the opportunity to collect them then. These shirts can be worn on Fridays as part of our school uniform. 
Athletics Carnival- Tuesday 15th June
Mark the date in your diary! Our Athletics Carnival has been set for Tuesday 15th June at Croome Road Sporting Complex, Albion Park. All students K-6 will travel by bus with a note outlining costs to follow in the next couple of weeks. 
Have your say- playground shade
NSW schools invited to have their say on playground shade Good quality shade can protect us from the sun and help lower the risk of skin cancer. The Cancer Institute NSW has partnered with researchers from the Queensland University of Technology to explore what is working well and not so well about shade in playgrounds. We are inviting NSW school students as well as parents or care givers to complete a brief online anonymous survey to help build shady and sun-safe environments for our communities and work together to end skin cancers as we know them. Find out how you can participate here: https://www.cancer.nsw.gov.au/benchmarking-shade-in-nsw-playgrounds
Before and After School Care Survey
Does your child need before and after school care? We want to hear from you – please complete a short survey to help us understand your family’s needs for care out of school hours. Your responses will shape what we do to expand and deliver Before and After School Care services in your community and across NSW Please complete the survey via the following website link: https://surveys.education.nsw.gov.au/s3/OSHCParentsSurvey. The survey will be open until 24 May 2021. The survey has been designed to be easy to use and should take no more than two minutes to complete, with a few extra minutes for those who would like to supply additional information. If you need a paper or over-the-phone version of the survey, or require a survey translation, please contact the Department of Education Before and After School Care Program team by phone on 1300 244 145 or email at: BASCReform@det.nsw.edu.au.
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