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Term 3, Week 10

Coming up this week

Date

Event

September 16

Last Day of Term

September 17

Student Free Day

October 23

'A Place to Grow' Family Fun 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

How much do you know about body image?

This past week, I watched snippets of the Channel 10  documentary “Mirror Mirror”, where Todd Sampson focuses on the prevalence of body dissatisfaction in the promotion of health and beauty. 

At different points in the documentary, I needed to turn the show off for my own wellbeing, dealing with my sadness at watching the transformations. In one scene, they showed side-by-side before and after pictures of someone who had extensive cosmetic surgery. The ‘before’ picture resembled someone who might have been a next door neighbour or even a student here at Lutheran School. I kept asking myself, How does proverbial ‘the girl/boy next door’ get to a place where they feel the need to completely alter themselves physically?

What the studies say

Kids today are more obsessed with their body image than those in past generations. This is partially influenced by the media and their social connectivity. Encouraging kids to have a healthy body image in childhood, can lay the foundations for good physical and mental health later in life.

A recent study highlighted that body image is one of the top three concerns for Australian youth. Over half of girls in high schools have tried to lose weight. One-third of teenage boys wanted to be thinner and another third wanted to be larger. Children need to understand that their body shape and size is not a reflection of their health or success. We need to work together to help kids understand that everyone is born with their own ‘body-suit’.

Our Aims at Lutheran School

The Lutheran School Strategic Plan for 2021-2024 includes the following goal: Encourage and support wellbeing school-wide by creating and utilising a comprehensive health and wellbeing curriculum 

Over the past two years, a group of teachers has been working with AISNSW to create a comprehensive Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) curriculum that focuses both on physical and mental health. Some of the questions explored K-6 include the following:

  • What makes me unique?
  • How can I develop healthy habits?
  • How does my uniqueness shape who I am?
  • What influences my decisions and actions to be healthy, safe and physically active?
  • Who am I and what are my strengths?
  • What skills and strategies do we need to be healthy and empowered?
  • How responsible am I for my own and others health, safety and wellbeing?
  • How does a healthy, safe and active lifestyle enhance connection with others?

Body image fits into all of these questions. 

Beyond the curriculum from NSW, we have the privilege of also reminding students what God says to them in Psalm 139:14 “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Fearfully when translated from the Hebrew means ‘with great reverence, heart-felt interest, and with respect’. Wonderfully when translated from the Hebrew means ‘unique and set apart’. We have a God who reverently and heart-fully thought of us as we were formed – and He continues that loving care for us as we develop into our full forms.

How much do you know about body image?

Not sure? Take a quiz to find out. Parents of Lutheran School have access to our School.tv account that addresses the issue of body image (and more!). 


Click on the picture for parent articles and videos to help our young scholars develop positive body images.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Janet Moeller
Principal

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From The DEPUTY Principal

Student Led Conferences.

It has been great to see our students return to school this week after the 4 week lockdown. Our teachers and students are busy preparing for the Student-led Conferences. These will take place on Thursday 16 September from 3.00-6.30pm and Friday 17 September from 8.30am-12.30pm. These conferences will be an opportunity for your child/children to talk about their learning and themselves as learners. They may teach YOU a thing or two. Together with you, the children will set goals, identifying their next steps as learners. 

If you have a Student-led Conference at 3pm, 3.15pm or 3.30pm you will need to come and collect your child from school early that day to give you time to go home and log in to the Google Meet with your teacher.

All the Student-led Conferences will be held offsite using the Google Meet link provided by your teachers.

Please also be aware that Friday, 17 September is a pupil free day. Teachers will be engaging in the Student-led conferences. Offices will be open until lunch and then be closed for the remainder of Friday.

The Clean-up Crew
In preparation for our return to school this week after lockdown a number of students assisted me in giving the school a ‘spring clean’ on Friday. I called them the ‘Clean-up Crew’, they did a great job in getting the school looking neat and tidy!

Lockdown period
During the 4 week lockdown I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our teachers and students. I would also like to make special mention of our Learning Assistants (LAs), Mrs Menzies, Mrs Prenzler, Ms Joyce, Mrs McLachlan, Mrs Hodgson, Mrs Day and Mrs Bormann. Our wonderful team of LA’s turned up every day with a smile on their face to be actively involved in supervising and supporting the students of essential workers. Their efforts were greatly appreciated by the school.

Finally, I want to thanks YOU for all your efforts juggling work and remote learning supervision. Your efforts are truly appreciated.

We hope everyone enjoys their school break. The lockdown period has presented its challenges and I sense there is a fatigue from everyone in our community. The term break will be a good time to refresh and recharge. School will return on Tuesday 5 October after the long weekend.

Dylan Evans
Deputy Principal

Principal's Award

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Values Focus

Love doesn't keep a record of wrongs

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. Love never fails!

It may seem an odd mix to bring up this verse in the context of justice but the knowledge that love doesn’t keep a record of wrongs is central to how we understand God’s justice. While we worry that others may struggle to ‘forgive and forget’ when we have tripped up, and while we may ourselves find it easier to forgive than to forget, God, who the Bible describes as being only love, keeps no record of our wrongs. His justice was to take care of the burden of our sins himself in Christ Jesus and invites us to know the forgiveness he has for us. That’s the good news of God’s love and his justice.

Chaplain Mick

Curriculum Matters

NAPLAN Years 3 & 5

This Thursday, your child will bring home their report from the NAPLAN exams sat earlier this year. NAPLAN assesses some aspects of literacy and numeracy. These tests are a ‘point in time’ diagnostic test and not a comprehensive assessment of your child’s learning. Teachers are best placed to provide insight on your child’s educational progress. Please take the time to look at the results and if you like, share these results with your child. If you have any questions about NAPLAN, please feel free to make an appointment with your child’s teacher next term. If your child is not at school on Thursday, the office will be open until 1:00pm on Friday 17th September. Any reports not collected by the end of Monday 20 September will be mailed to the provided postal address.

ICAS Resumes

After a slight interruption, ICAS exams will resume next term. Please find below a revised timetable. Earlier this term, if enrolled in the English exam, your child was provided with a practice English test. Please encourage your child to complete this test in preparation for the English exam on the first day back next term.

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Karri von Mengersen
Curriculum Coordinator

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Learning enhancement

Year 2 Maths Mob

Our Year 2 Maths Mob have been working hard to stretch their clever maths brains this term with Mrs Hamilton.

To be numerate is to use mathematical ideas effectively to participate in daily life and make sense of the world. 

Numeracy involves students recognising and understanding the role of mathematics in many contexts. It involves choosing the mathematics to use, applying mathematical skills and evaluating their use to solve problems in the world around us.

Our Year 2 Maths Mob tasks have focused the students’ attention on communicating their mathematical reasoning and problem solving.

Sam Hamilton
Learning Enhancement Teacher

OSHC

How wonderful to have everyone back at OSHC this week!

We have been very busy building cubby houses, playing pretend, playing magnetic darts along with decorating tic-tac-toe boards. We have also been creating with sand art and making melt bead magnets for the fridge.

We are getting very excited about the school holidays the end of this week. We are already booked out on a few of the days.

Although we have had to cancel our excursions we still have some amazing activities planned including a jumping castle, crazy hair day and trivia day.

If you have not booked in for Vacation Care yet please do so as soon as possible.  Feel free to contact us  at [email protected] if you need to be added to the wait list.

Have a wonderful week!

Rebecca Cameron
OSHC Coordinator

Awards and Achievements

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Other Information

Premier's Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is in its final week.

Students should submit their reading log by Thursday October 16 so that their reading list can be entered on to the website before the deadline on Friday October 17. This year five additional ‘2021 Bonus books’ have been awarded by the PRC Team, so if you are just a few books short, send in your reading logs and we will apply these for you.

Students who complete their challenge will be awarded a certificate toward the end of the year. Congratulations to those students who have already completed the challenge! I hope it has been enjoyable and has introduced you to new characters, authors, types of text and series.

If you have any questions, please contact me at school.

Kris Bormann
Resource Centre Manager

Lost Property

End of term – Please check that your child has brought home all their items.  We have many unclaimed jumpers, sloppy joes, jackets and drink bottles in our shelves.  Any items not claimed by Friday will be given to the Uniform Shop.

Please label your child’s items. This practice helps us to return your child’s clothing, etc. Thank you.

UNIFORM SHOP

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

0401 665 640

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