T2 Week 3 Newsletter 2021 (mural unveiling, P&C AGM, COVID ILSP)

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From the Principal's desk
‘Our students have a right to a quality education that is not going to alienate their sense of cultural identity’
  • Professor Chris Sarra
On Thursday and Friday last week, Mrs Whyte and I were very privileged to have the opportunity to attend the Illawarra Reconciliation Conference with an esteemed panel of local Aboriginal Elders and speakers. Over the course of two days we examined many of our school’s practices with a view to ensuring that all of our students are supported to achieve to their potential. Lots came out of the conference, but one thing that we have committed to moving forward is the local development of a RAP, a Reconciliation Action Plan, to sit alongside many of the things we already do in the space. It is timely that on Thursday this week, we are taking time out to celebrate the great work our children completed in the Aboriginal Cultural Immersion program we undertook in 2020 with Daren Dunn.  This will be in the form of an unveiling of the mural and shirts that came out of the project. Unfortunately, Daren is unable to attend as he continues his work in education, but we look forward to welcoming Dale Wright (pictured), a local Aboriginal performer who is going to play the yidaki for our children and complete a traditional smoking ceremony. All of our community is welcome to attend this event, and we have fingers crossed for a nice day. The event will run between 2-2.35 where children will then take normal avenues home. On Friday, for students who have purchased one, we encourage them to wear their new Aboriginal Artwork Polos. Each Friday, this will be considered an acceptable part of the school uniform. We cannot purchase additional shirts this year, but intend to continue working with Daren on a biennial basis, so there will be more opportunities. Next week, students in Years 3 and 5 will be completing NAPLAN online. We are going to be using the HUB space and myself, Mrs Nicastri, Mr Finn, Mrs Batist and Mrs Whyte will be supervising. Students will be using their chrome books, including the new set for our Stage 3 class requested recently by our PandC. We treat these days seriously, but just like any other, so please assist us in preparing our students to give their best without raising any stress or worry. This includes rest and nutrition in the lead up. We are really looking forward to our results to help us target student learning needs in the most effective manner. Last night we held a great PandC General Meeting. I thank the members who came out in support of our school. We had a great turnout, including all of our school executive staff and Mr Finn, plus a strong host of community members. I am pleased to announce that all executive positions for 2021 are now filled. Our PandC executive for 2021 include Ms Chrissy Talevska (President), Miss Rachelle Molloy (Secretary), Ms Hannah Nguyen (Treasurer), and Mr Peter Edwards (Vice President). Attached to this newsletter are the minutes of the AGM held on March 1, but note at that time not all positions were able to be filled, and following community rallying, we were able to fill the important remaining positions. The above is accurate following the most recent General meeting held last night. Minutes from that meeting will soon follow. Our next meeting will be held on Monday Week 8 (June 7) in The Hub, and an agenda will be circulated prior. We have an exceptional PandC and I am very grateful for their support. Finally, in recent weeks, we have publicly published both our Annual School Report, and our new 4 year School Improvement Plan (SIP). These documents are for public perusal. The 21-24 SIP is published here: https://lhps.nsw.edu.au/school-plans/school-plan-2021-2024/ and the 2020 Annual School Report is published here: https://lhps.nsw.edu.au/annual-reports/2020-annual-report/ Please take the time to have a look at these documents, they are very important and hold us as a school to account for our progress and achievements. I welcome feedback and am very happy to have subsequent conversation so please reach out with any questions. I am hopeful that you can already see some of the changes coming through our new School Improvement Plan, such as the functioning of the STEM room, and stronger focuses on learning in our newsletters, among others. Have a great week. Kieren Corbyn, Principal  
Mural unveiling and shirt distribution- Thursday 2 pm 
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.
STEM space
Our STEM space is fast becoming one of the most exciting parts of our school! This term we have spheros and virtual reality headsets that take our students into a futuristic space. We are even growing seedlings and comparing them to seedlings grown in space!! How cool is that! If you didn't happen to catch the video of our Kindergarten and Year 6 class using some of the STEM gear, check it out here; https://player.vimeo.com/video/543480985 Term 3 will be even more exciting as we gain our very first 3D printer.
COVID Intensive Learning Support Program 
Meet our wonderful intervention teachers! Mrs Denton provides intervention support for students in K-2 and Mrs Batist provides support for students in 3-6.

Late last year, the NSW government announced that $337M would be spent in small group tuition in schools across the state. This was to ensure that student learning was supported following the disruptions experienced in 2020 with learning from home because of COVID-19 and, in some cases, floods and bushfires.   

Each school in the state was given an individual amount based on several key factors to ensure that no child was left behind.   

At LHPS, we have been using the funding to provide small group tuition in literacy and numeracy to students K-6. 

For general information on the program visit the website, but if you have any specific questions on how the program will be run, please call our school’s COVID ILSP co-ordinator , Mrs Ellsmore, or contact the school for more details. 


Year 6 fundraiser- Jelly cups
This year, Lake Heights Public School is fundraising for our Year 6 students' commemorative shirts. Our fundraising event will be a Jelly Cup and Ice Block Day on Friday 14 May (Term 2 Week 4) at our school during both play breaks. To help this fundraising day be as successful as possible we are asking for families to pre-order a jelly cup and ice block for your child/children. Students can get both a jelly cup (handed out at break 1) and an ice block (handed out at break 2) on the day.   Cost: Jelly Cup $1.50 - Ice Block $1.00   Pre-orders with the exact money need to be handed into the office by no later than Wednesday 12 May. Please order using the slip at the bottom of the information note, which will be sent home this week.
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. 
2021 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data collection begins tomorrow
Our Kindergarten teachers, Mrs Briggs and Mrs Brisbane, will be off class to complete the AEDC on our Kindergarten cohort. The above video provides more information to parents about the type of information that will be collected and how it will be used. The AEDC Instrument is completed by teachers about children in their first year of full-time school. The AEDC is voluntary and is not a school test. The information collected gives a picture of how children are developing before they start school in five key areas or domains. It shows what is being done well, and what can be improved. This is why it is important for all children in their first year of full-time school to be included in the AEDC. Please remember, if you do not want your child to be completed in the census data, see Mrs Ellsmore tomorrow morning or send in the slip to indicate that you don't want them to be included.
P&C AGM minutes
Please click on the link above to view the full PDF of our P&C AGM.
Congratulations to the following children who recieved merit awards this week
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