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Term 3, Week 1

Coming up this week

Date

Event

Parent Information Evening / P&F

16 September

Last Day of Term

17 September

Student Free Day

MISSION STATEMENT

To work under God in partnership with parents to provide an inclusive, nurturing and high quality education for every student.

VIsion

Flourishing through faith, belonging and the pursuit of excellence.

From The Principal

Raising Good Humans

Why did you choose Lutheran School? When asking that question to parents, I get three main responses. Some are looking for strong academics. Others are looking for a sense of community. Still others talk about the Christian foundations and the values. They want us to help them raise good humans.

Beginning with Emotional Regulation

In Semester One, Lutheran School created a common ‘language’ for emotions. In 2006, Brene Brown and her team asked adults to write down the numbers of emotions they could recognise in themselves and others. Shockingly, most people wrote three: bad, sad and happy. It’s difficult to know how to handle feelings when we don’t know what they are. We will continue to connect the “Zones of Regulation” with the names of specific emotions. We hope you will continue to do that at home as well.

Building on: Restorative Justice/Practice

In Semester Two, we focus on Restorative Justice. Once we understand our feelings, we can begin to identify which problems we can solve ourselves and which require intervention from others.

If you look (below) at the “Restorative Practice Framework”, you can see that the majority of our behaviour management or ‘anti-bullying’ comes from the whole school foundations of prevention. When students can regulate their emotions and solve some of their simpler, everyday problems, we prevent conflict and harm.

Next week, we’ll look at how we resolve conflict when it occurs. Please watch the video to see how you can partner with us by using the same language and processes at home.

 

Janet Moeller
Principal

Mark your calendars

PFO Trivia Night
6 August

Riverina Lutheran Education Week
23 – 27 August

From The DEPUTY Principal

COVID-19 Restrictions – Parent movement and communication

You will have read that due to current COVID-19 restrictions parents are unable to attend chapels or assemblies. Parents must drop and go when bringing children to school. If you need to meet with your child’s class teacher, please contact the office and meetings will be arranged and set up via Zoom or telephone. We will continue to follow the NSW Health Authority’s advice to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep people safe.

 

Class Newsletters
Term 3 class newsletters will be emailed to you on Friday 23rd July.  These newsletters are an excellent way of staying in touch with the learning and teaching units that teachers will cover this semester.

 

SRC News

This week, students will elect the new SRC reps for Semester Two. They will be installed at our chapel service next Monday. As parents are unable to attend this service due to COVID-19 restrictions, the chapel service will be live streamed.

Dylan Evans
Deputy Principal

Values Focus

Term 3: Justice

Justice does not necessarily mean that everyone gets the same thing. In fact, there are occasions in life where even if everyone ends up with the same amount, it does nothing to address the injustices being experienced. In these situations, justice means someone gets more than another for them to have an equal opportunity. No where is this more true than in the Biblical account of the thief on the cross. 

Philip Yancey writes,
Jesus forgave a thief dangling on a cross, knowing full well the thief had converted out of plain fear. That thief would never study the Bible, never attend synagogue or church, and never make amends to those he had wronged. He simply said, ‘Jesus, remember me’, and Jesus replied, ‘Today you will be with me in paradise.’


We may not all have the same faith journey, but we all have the same opportunity to be included in Jesus’ forgiveness.

Curriculum Matters

Tournament of Minds (TOM)

We had so much fun solving problems, working collaboratively and wearing our creativity hats. The students who were successful in their efforts to be a TOM player this year, will bring home a permission slip today. I would like to congratulate all the students who put in an application and trialled for the teams. I also encourage all these students to trial again in the future. We are so fortunate to be blessed with such aspiring individuals at our school.

Professional Development Day

The focus of our day was exploring best practice when teaching and assessing mathematics. Our staff had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the research of Jo Boaler and the practical applications of ‘growth mindset’ and ‘neuroplasticity’ specific to mathematical learning. They each stepped into the role of ‘student’ and completed activities that had a low floor and a high ceiling – accessible to all learners. 

Staff used rubrics to scaffold their learning and discussed the importance of social and emotional capabilities across all learning tasks. There was rich and purposeful dialogue about how we teach mathematics in our classrooms. Most importantly, we have seen our teachers apply this new learning in their classrooms this week. 

I am so excited about the enthusiasm of our staff and their willingness to engage in professional learning. If you would like to know more about current mathematical research, the text we are collectively reading is The Elephant in the Classroom: Helping Children Learn and Love Maths. There are also videos to view on https://www.youcubed.org/.


Karri von Mengerson
Curriculm Co-ordinator

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Other Information

Finance Department Notice

Tuition fees for Term 3 will be billed this week and emailed out by Friday.

Families on Direct Debit

Please do not pay the invoice. It is for your information only. Term direct debits are scheduled to be processed on Thursday 19th August.

Once a payment has been processed you will receive a confirmation email. If a payment is rejected you will also receive an email notifying you that the payment has not been processed. If a payment is rejected it is up to you to make the payment via other means or you can email or call me to arrange a catch up payment.

Families not on Direct Debit

The due date for Term 3 payment is Friday 6th August.

Reminder statements will be sent home two weeks after the due date. If you are unable to finalise your account please contact me so a payment plan can be arranged.

After School Care Accounts

After School Care accounts will be emailed each Monday, with direct debits processed fortnightly (on a Friday). Debit forms can be picked up from OSHC or the office.

I can be contacted on 69238100 or email: [email protected] for any concerns or queries on accounts.

Jenny Hausfeld – Finance Officer

Uniform Shop

Orders are accepted via the e-form purchase request on the school app, or by phone call/text message to Tegan Peel: 0401665640

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