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Term 3, Week 3

Coming up this week

Date

Event

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

Practising our problem-solving skills

In this week’s video, we learn that the practise of skills makes the neural pathways in our brain stronger. When our pathways are strong, action and skills become second-nature.

Problem-solving becomes second nature through practise

I remember well my first golf lesson. I had played softball through university and couldn’t seem to convert my softball swing to a golf swing. I skimmed the top of the ball. I sliced. Sometimes I missed the ball entirely. One bucket at a time, my golf swing began to take shape. Within the year, the natural wrist movements from the softball swing enabled my new golf swing to be more powerful than it might have been otherwise.

Our young scholars are now changing from a “Go and tell the teacher/parent” model of problem-solving to strategies that equip them to find their own solutions. They’re moving from a “hold it in” or “stay away” model to one that empowers them to speak their truth.  

This transformation will take time and practise. It will feel ‘clunky’ at first. 

Below are some visual displays that can help you guide your children through the problem-solving journey.

Courage, resilience and confidence come from practice speaking up in socially appropriate ways. Together, we can help our young scholars solidify these important life skills.

Janet Moeller
Principal

Mark your calendars

 

Mufti Day
27 August

 

From The DEPUTY Principal

 

Social Media use

Last week, I arranged for Constable Tim Bourke from Wagga Wagga Police to talk to the Team 6 students about the use of Social Media. Tim talked about the effect that the misuse of Social Media may have on students and the potential legal implications. He also pointed out that students need to be 13 or over to be using Social Media apps such as Snapchat and TikTok. It was interesting to note that many of our Team 6 students are already using these apps. You can access Tim’s talk via following this link:

https://youtu.be/y3Yky89wDPs

It was a useful session for our Team 6 students.

For your information I have copied an extract from our policy on ‘Student use of electronic devices and the internet’.

No students at LSWW are at the age compliant with social media sites’ Terms and Conditions. Parents are encouraged to model and support our school values by not allowing their children to download or use any social media apps on devices. Doing so conflicts with our school value of respect, allows for the possibility of cyber-bullying and can endanger students.’

Parent Resource for student online use

The eSafety government website is an excellent resource to which parents may refer. It gives simple tips and advice about how you can manage your child’s use of devices and the internet at home. Please refer to this link. I would strongly recommend you take the time to have a read of the site.

School Representative Council (SRC) News

The new SRC rep’s met this week for the first time. Our mufti day for this term will be on Friday, 27 August. The SRC reps will meet with their class to decide which charity they will raise money for and what the mufti theme for the day will be. 

Watch this space.

COVID restrictions and school calendar events

We continue to be guided by advice from the NSW Health authorities regarding Covid-19.  

The RAS Athletics event on Tuesday 3 August, has been postponed. When we receive information about the cancellation or postponement of events, we will let you know as soon as possible. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Greater Sydney who are in lockdown and hope the situation starts to improve in the near future.

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. 

Please model honesty and care for our community

As you would be aware, further health orders were issued today for residents living in Greater Sydney. 

During this time our highest priority is to keep the teachers, students and families of our school community safe. That is why we are asking parents to maintain an appropriate level of transparency should someone from Greater Sydney be residing, or planning to reside in your household. 

We understand many families in our school community have relatives and loved ones in Sydney and we expect that over the coming weeks and months you may come into contact with these people. Your cooperation and honesty during this time will enable us to keep our community safe.

Class Newsletters

Please excuse the delay. We are working towards finalizing our new newsletter which will be sent out shortly. 

 

Dylan Evans

Deputy Principal 

 

Principal's Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received Principal's Awards at last Friday's Assembly

'Paintbox' Art Club

The ‘Paintbox’ art club have been extremely busy over the last semester creating a variety of works which are currently on display in the chapel/hall. It is so pleasing to see how students have grown in confidence and skill when working with paint. All students who participated were adamant that this club has been a ‘very fun experience’ and that the only downside being that there was not enough time allocated for them to enjoy it for longer. I am very proud of this group and the results of their work. I look forward to beginning sessions with a new group of artists this semester.

Paintbox Coordinator 

Melise Rodda

 

Values Focus

Jesus once told the story of a land owner, a ‘master’ as Jesus calls him, who goes to the market place early in the morning to find workers to work his land. He promises a good wage for their day’s work. He then returns to the marketplace every 3 hours until dusk, hiring more workers each time. In total he hired 5 groups of workers throughout the day. When it comes time to pay the workers, he calls those who were hired last and pays them the amount he promised to those he hired at the start of the day. This excited those who had worked the whole day with them thinking surely they would get paid way more given they had worked longer. How shocked they were when they too were only paid the agreed amount, the same as those who only worked one hour.

Maybe they were right to feel duped. They had worked through the heat of the day after all. But the land owner takes exception to their ire. ‘Did I not pay you what you agreed too? Can’t I be generous where I want to be generous?’, he asks. From time to time we may feel the same injustice these workers felt; but my encouragement to us is to see the heart of the landowner. He had watched these other men throughout the day, waiting to be hired but constantly overlooked. He had seen them worrying as the day was drawing to a close. ‘How will we feed our families? How can I return home empty handed…’, they ask themselves. And the master knows this. He does not pay those who worked all day less than what they had agreed to. He honours their agreement. At the same time he also cares for those who have less than enough. 

Of the 5 groups or workers hired in the story, only one was angry – those hired first. Yet they received no less than what they had agreed too and, what’s more, their frustration caused them to miss the joy of seeing others blessed right in front of them. The heart of God is always to bless, even over and above what we think is reasonable by our natural earthly standards. May our eyes ever be open to enjoy the blessings that happen all around us every day and be willing to celebrate those blessings with those who receive them.

 

Chaplain Mick

 

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OSHC

Fun, even on a wet week

We made the most of the wet weather this week by creating an obstacle course inside. The children have been competing with and encouraging each other to complete the course in the fastest time. 

Our cooking experience this week was making lemonade with the lemons from Bec’s tree.

The children made felt cup warmers, pencil holders and became creative with painting and sand art. 

As the children develop their problem solving and strategy skills, card games, chess and board games such as Code Breaker increase in popularity.

We also celebrated with our kindergarten students as they reached 100 days of school. 

Rebecca Cameron, OSHC Coordinator

Other Information

Notices

ICAS Assessments Reminder

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

Notices

*  RAS Athletics Carnival has been postponed – date to be advised

*  SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday 16 October – Strategic Plan Launch/Family Day

Lost Property

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.

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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