Coming up this week
Last Day of Term
Student Free Day
In This Issue
To work under God in partnership with parents to provide an inclusive, nurturing and high quality education for every student.
Flourishing through faith, belonging and the pursuit of excellence.
From The Principal
Restorative Practices reflect our values
As parents, you know the advantages of being proactive rather than reactive. You put structures in place for bedtime, you make sure children are well-fed. You know the times of day they will need to run and the times that they will need to rest.
Restorative Justice Practices anticipate emotional needs. They begin with the child knowing that their teachers like them, their classroom has structure, they have a voice in their learning and that mistakes can be fixed. In this week’s video, students learn a new tool to give them voice when someone has been hurt.
As parents, you may be wondering, What if there is no apology and these seemingly small problems get bigger?
If it keeps happening
The short answer is this: If a child tells another how they are feeling and what they need, and the other person does not respect those needs, it is no longer a ‘kid’ problem. If a child comes home and says, “I told them to stop, but they didn’t”, please send a message to the teacher. Ask the teacher if he/she can follow up and find out more information.
Look at the Social Discipline Window photo. The horizontal axis shows how both parents and teachers partner to create environments where all children feel support, care and encouragement. In the vertical axis, we establish structures, limits and boundaries.
You can see that the Restorative approach is not permissive. It requires the person who has done harm to take responsibility for their actions and be accountable.
Not a ‘soft’ approach
Punishment is different than Consequence. A consequence of having to fix harm may be far more difficult than a punishment. Which is more difficult:
- Missing a recess for saying something mean
- Repairing the relationship with the person who is hurt so that they feel safe and confident that it will not happen again
Mark your calendars
Riverina Lutheran Education Week
From The DEPUTY Principal
School Representative Council (SRC) News
Congratulations to our new SRC representatives who were installed into their positions at this week’s chapel service. I am looking forward to working with these students and hearing their ideas of how we can make the school a better place.
SRC MEMBERS — SEMESTER 2 2021
Zones of Regulation presentation to parents
Last night, Mrs Forsyth, Mrs Macleod and I talked to parents about the Zones of Regulation and how they are used in the classroom. Those who were unable to attend or experienced difficulties with the link, the presentation can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf7Xn6q6AX8.
Sadly, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have made the decision to postpone the Grandparents’ Day Concert. This event will now take place in early December. Further details will follow.
COVID-19 Restrictions and School Calendar events
Following on from the above notice, please read all calendar dates carefully in order to keep up-to-date with what is happening at school. Unfortunately, some sporting events have been either postponed or cancelled due to the current restrictions. As a school we will continue to follow the advice of the NSW Health.
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 NSW Health advice to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep people safe.
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.
Care Coordinator Program
Over the years our Care Coordinator Program has continued to quietly support our school families in the background. As needs have come up we have rallied to provide meals, groceries, fuel, pick ups and drop offs, and child minding. If we can support you or your family at any time, please reach out to your classroom teacher, your class care coordinator, email the office or contact me. We are always happy to help where we can.
At present we are supporting a number of families across several grades with meal and grocery assistance. If you would like to partner with us in supporting these families we invite you to donate Coles or Woolworths Gift Cards to the Care Giving Program via the front office. As always the generosity of our school community is greatly appreciated, especially by those families experiencing challenging circumstances.
There is no such thing as a ‘maths person’ — everyone has the potential to learn maths to the highest levels.
Neuroplasticity is the capacity of the brain to grow and change. When we learn, one of three things happen:
1. We grow a new brain pathway;
2. A brain pathway becomes stronger; or
3. Different brain pathways connect.
Professor Jo Boaler has worked with students across the world, conducting research, collecting information and analysing data to determine best practice in Mathematics. Her evidence strongly supports the ‘growth mindset’ — that students can achieve if they have access to quality learning experiences and a positive mindset. They need to learn that mistakes are valuable (in fact, studies show that optimal brain growth occurs when making mistakes), questions are important and mathematics is about mastery, making sense and creativity.
Our teaching staff are continuing to grow and develop their understanding of best practice in Mathematics. We are creating and using learning rubrics to support our students in understanding the what, why and how of maths and at the same time promoting positive social and emotional skills across all learning experiences.
Please take a look at this five minute video by Professor Boaler about neuroplasticity. https://www.youcubed.org/resources/brain-science/
ICAS Assessments Reminder
Lutheran School will be participating in the ICAS assessments this year. ICAS is designed to target students’ higher order thinking and problem solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling and Digital Technologies.
ICAS Assessments are now online. This allows greater accessibility for students and faster delivery of results.
Online parent payment
The cost per test is $17.05 including GST, excluding the Writing test, which is $21.45. The payment system is a simple and secure service specific to purchasing ICAS Assessments.
If you would like your child to participate in any of the subjects listed below please go to the Online Parent Payment System. The school access code is AXB650. You will not be able to register without this code. Please enter your child’s name accurately, including capital letters, as it will appear on the ICAS certificate.
Online payments close on Friday, 23 July 2021. No late entries will be accepted.
Subject Sitting Date
Digital Technologies Tuesday 10 August — Years 3–6 only
Writing Thursday 12 August — Years 3–6 only
English Tuesday 17 August
Spelling Bee Tuesday 24 August
Science Thursday 26 August
Mathematics Thursday 2 September
Karri von Mengersen
The June/July Vacation Care was a huge hit with both children and educators. We were lucky enough to still be able to go on most of our planned excursions including Laser Tag, Noah’s Ark and shopping at Ten Tops. Our other planned activities included 3D puzzles, ‘Picasso’ painting (which I have to say was amazing and the children did a remarkable job with their art works), enjoying teddy bear picnics and dressing up in their PJs. Thank you everyone for making this a wonderful vacation care.
This term’s activities will include a cooking experience which will rotate days each week. We would love to have some help with ideas of what to cook. Please bring in a family recipe you would like to share and we will do our best to include it in the menu for the term.
Parents and careers, please remember that you are required to sign your child/ren into and out of Before- and After-school care. We do ask that you wear a mask and sign in using the OSHC QR code located outside the OSHC door and at the sign in desk. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to providing another term of quality care for your children.
Term 3 Fees were emailed out last week. If you did not receive your account, please contact me so that I may check that we have your correct details in our system.
For parents who do not have a direct debit, the due date for 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 may be arranged.
After School Care accounts will be emailed each Monday, with direct debits processed fortnightly on a Friday. Direct debit forms may be picked up from OSHC or the school office.
I may be contacted on 69238100 or email [email protected] for any concerns or queries on accounts.
Touch Football Gala Day has been postponed – date to be advised
RAS Athletics Carnival has been postponed – date to be advised
Please check lost property in the school office for misplaced items. Unclaimed items of clothing will be donated to the school’s second hand Uniform Shop.
Please label your child’s items. This practice helps us to return your child’s clothing, etc. Thank you.
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