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Term 4, Week 3

Coming up this week

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Event

October 28th

K2022 Transition Classroom

October 29th

Team 6 Market Stalls

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

Contemporary Learning: Audience

Have you ever heard yourself saying to your children, “My job is [occupation], your job is school”? This explanation is enough for most children, but not for others. As children get older, they begin to verbalise the question, “Why are we doing this? When am I going to use algebra in my real life?”

While primary students don’t tend to verbalise those thoughts, there are some who truly want to know the why behind the ‘job’ of school. They don’t make money at school and they struggle to find the meaningful-ness of spelling tests and book reports. In a traditional school setting, you do your schoolwork for one of four reasons:

  1. You want to please your teachers/parents
  2. You don’t want to disappoint your teachers/parents
  3. You are intrinsically predisposed to always do your best at every task you are given
  4. You have to

How motivated would you be to go to your work every day if those were your reasons for doing work? 

Like you, our young scholars want to do interesting, meaningful work. Yes, there are some dreaded tasks that simply need to be done, but we are motivated by knowing our overall work is purposeful.

Finding meaning from an audience

This week’s video highlights the idea that students can do meaningful work in the real world. Right now. Contemporary learning encourages student to do their work for people besides their teachers and their parents.

How important does spelling become when  you are writing letters to community leaders? How important is your mathematics when you are pitching for a micro-loan? How important is empathy when trying to help incoming students and families?

As we move forward toward in our contemporary learning journey, you will see more projects that contribute to the betterment of the community. It is an exciting journey!

Janet Moeller
Principal

Mark your calendars

2022 Term 1 Dates

Students Return (Years 1-6)
31st January 2022

Kindergarten Students
3rd February 2022


From the deputy Principal

School Uniform Transition

As the temperatures begin to change we do allow flexibility for two weeks on either side of the term break due to the variable weather conditions.

As we are now in Week 3, please ensure that the correct summer uniform is worn.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

One of our Strategic Goals for 2021-2024 is to create and utilise a wellbeing framework at Lutheran School.

Part of that process has involved us looking at the Personal Development of Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus and start to develop ‘I can’ statements for the skills we want our students to be achieving as they move through the school.

The Collaboration for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) introduced the term “SEL” in 1997 and defines it as “the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.”

CASEL’s Framework for SEL identifies five core social and emotional competencies (self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making) that can be taught and applied throughout developmental stages and across diverse cultural contexts. The framework also focuses on key settings (classrooms, schools, homes, and communities) where it’s important to establish equitable learning environments and coordinate practices to enhance students’ social, emotional, and academic learning. A copy of their model is to the right. Their website is an excellent source of information on current research. If you have a spare minute the site is well worth a view:
https://casel.org/

As a school we are in the process of developing our own school model for our context as a faith based school in regional New South Wales.

2022 Planning

As we start to make plans for 2022, I would be grateful if you are planning on leaving the school at the end of the year, if you could let the office know or email [email protected] as soon as possible. It will help us in our planning especially with regards to availability of school places in each grade.

Dylan Evans
Deputy Principal

Team 6 Market Day (002)

Curriculum Matters

ICAS

Today we had 66 students from Years 2-6 complete the final ICAS exam – Mathematics. Results and certificates will be presented at the upcoming assemblies, starting with Digital Technologies next week. 

TOM
During the school holidays, our Tournament State Finalists competed against other junior school teams from around NSW. The competition was via a Zoom link and all of our team members should be congratulated for the preparation and collaboration on the day. While they did not win, the team received very positive feedback from the judges, particularly around the following criteria: team work, creativity, justification and problem-solving.

Our Spirit of TOM awards went to the following students; Sam Pike, Lucy Hannaford, Nikita Bhengra and Quinny Sankar . This award is for those students who showed exceptional collaboration, commitment and problem-solving, as voted for by their peers.

Chess
Chess Club is winding up for 2021. Chess continues to be a very popular club at our school, as demonstrated by the large number of students who regularly attend on Wednesday lunchtimes. The LSWW Chess Championship contributes to the LSWW Summit Cup. We are currently holding quarter finals, with our semi-finalists decided by the end of Week Four. 

Mastermind
Another popular annual event that contributes to the Summit Cup is Mastermind. Students from Years 2-6 are invited to participate, to support their house and challenge themselves in the academic arena. Mastermind is a general knowledge/ trivia quiz that goes over six rounds in total. It’s all about having a go and trying something different. Nomination forms went out to class teachers this week and we expect big numbers again this year. The Mastermind grand final will be held in the Hall on Wednesday 1 December.

 

Karri von Mengersen
Curriculum Coordinator

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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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