Coming up this week
Kindergarten start school
Staff Installation - Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Parent Genius Bar 530-6:00pm
Parent Info. Evening Cybersafety 6-7pm
P&F Meeting 7-8pm
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
I love the smell of fresh, new books. Perhaps that is the reason I find myself wandering into bookstores when I travel. There are stories to be read and new things to learn.
New school years are much like that. The books have that smell new. Crisp, clean uniforms abound. Most importantly, children who come in with nervous smiles glow by the end of the day.
Looking ahead: Strategic Plan Strategy 1
Also exciting at the beginning of each year is the vision of the school as we establish benchmark goals that move forward our Strategic Plan. This year, we are excited to move focus on some key items. The first set of goals relates to Strategic Plan Strategy 1: Grow together as a community of learners.
Our curriculum units are designed so that students take real action in the real world. Contemporary Learning is about giving students an audience for their work that extends beyond the parents and teachers. Our art and STEM teachers met recently with F-stop to design projects that can be featured in the Wagga community. Other projects may focus on service in the wider community and world.
Continue to support all children at all levels of learning. In teacher-speak, we call it Quality Differentiated Teaching Practice. It means that, even if all the students are working on the same project or lesson, students are challenged to work toward their goals. For example, everyone may be working on a writing assignment, but one student may be focusing on spelling key words, one may be researching to add richer detail, one may by adding more authentic dialogue and punctuating it correctly. Each child is challenged to work on their particular areas for growth
Measure the success of the implementation of the items above. Like all organisations, we need to make sure we are doing the best for every student. While our decisions are based on the best research in education, we need to monitor any changes made to ensure they are working for our community of learners.
Implement the NSW K-2 Curriculum changes. Our teachers have been on the forefront of both creating and implementing NSW requirements. A Parent Guide has been issued by NSW to help you know what to expect.
As staff reflected on 2021, they concluded that the timetable was not working as well as it could for student learning. They believed that full hour chunks of time would allow for more focused work time in literacy and numeracy. It would also allow for a full hour of uninterrupted PE for each class.
The difference for students is that they now eat lunch first, and then afternoon tea.
8:55am Classes begin
1:50pm Afternoon Tea
Students still have fruit in the morning before lunch.
If you would like your children to catch the Lutheran School shuttle to and from the Estella/Gobbagombalin area, please email the office to let us know: [email protected]
Mark your calendars
Parent Information Evening 6.30-8.30pm
15 February 2022
Parent Information Evening 6.30-8.30pm
16 February 2022
From The DEPUTY Principal
Welcome to 2022
Welcome back to the start of a new year. I hope everyone had a good break and some quality time together as a family. A special welcome to all new families joining our school community. As I visited the classrooms yesterday and today it was lovely to see the smiles and positive energy from our students as they start a new year.
Due to Covid restrictions we were unable to have a Chapel service to officially install the new School Captains.
Ms Moeller was able to go to the class to present the students with their badges.
I look forward to working with Angus, Clara, Noah and Caitlin as the year progresses.
House Captains role for 2022
This year we have made some changes to the House captaincy roles for 2022.
Traditionally, House Captains have been responsible for both sporting events and academic events. The Vice Captains’ roles have been unclear. In order to give greater opportunity for leadership, Executive and Year 6 teachers have decided to make some meaningful changes for 2022:
Rather than two Captains and two Vice Captains in each house, there will be the following:
- 2 Sport House Captains for each House
- 2 Academic House Captains for each House
As in past years, roles will be filled by one female and one male student from each house.
This means there will continue to be 4 students per House in a leadership role but we have ‘teased out’ these roles. We have made these changes as we believe it will provide the students with more focused responsibilities and meaningful opportunities for these roles.
Sport House Captains
Yesterday the Sport House Captain speeches took place, followed by voting.
Congratulations to the following students who were elected to these roles.
Red Hill House: Victoria Palmer and Sam Bull
Willans Hill: Tessa Stoll and Tom Ward
Rocky Hill: Annabel Hannaford and Matthew Seghabi
Tatton Hill: Eliza Caton and Emmanuel Connison
The Academic House Captain speeches will take place next Monday, 7 February.
School Facebook Page
As we welcome many new families into our community, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all parents with a Facebook account, to ‘like’ our Lutheran School Wagga Wagga page so that you can keep up to date with videos and photos of events that are happening around our school.
School Term and Pupil Free days
Below is a list of term dates and pupil free dates for this academic year. Please take your time to look over these, especially the pupil free days at the beginning or end of term.
2022 Term Dates
Term 1—10 weeks
Monday 31 January to Friday 8 April
Term 2—10 weeks
Wednesday 27 April to Friday 1 July
Term 3—10 weeks
Tuesday 18 July to Friday 23 September
Term 4—9 weeks
Tuesday 11 October to Thursday 8 December
2022 Student Free Days
Friday, 8 April Student-led conferences
Tuesday, 26 April Teacher learning
Monday, 13 June Public Holiday
Monday, 18 July Teacher learning
Friday, 23 September Student-led conferences
Monday 10 October Teacher learning
Distribution of Rapid Antigen Test kits
Last week a large number of parents collected testing kits for their child/children. Please be aware if you were unable to pick up a test kit they were sent home yesterday with your child.
Parents, thank you for your assistance in regularly testing your children to keep the school as safe as possible.
Today our House swimming carnival is taking place. Thank you to Ms Stewart for her work on the meticulous planning of this event and parents for volunteering. Results and photos to follow over the next few days!
Best wishes to all students participating
pastor david cherry
Courage - Be strong and courageous
When people think of courage and being courageous, often a picture of a firefighter comes to mind. How courageous they are fighting fires, saving houses, or helping the community in times of flooding. For those who are Marvel fans, Iron man is portrayed as courageous for the sacrifice he made at the end of Infinity War. I’m sure there are other things you can think of in your own life that portray courage, maybe a mentor or even your own parents.
Courage can also be defined as simply acting bravely under difficult circumstances or in the face of opposition, and there was opposition in the year 2021. Whether the school would do face-to-face learning would remain uncertain from week to week. Whether you could go to work or down the street was never guaranteed either. But still through all this, you did the best you could to guide and teach your children. That is courage.
In the Bible, disciples Peter and John went before the leaders of the Jewish community to witness Jesus who they had been with, and who had taught them. These two people were uneducated ordinary men. But when the leaders saw the courage Peter and John had they were astonished. The leaders noted Peter and John had been with Jesus. They had courage because of Jesus.
We can all bring this courage into the year 2022. So as the school year begins and all the students go back to class, catch up with friends and learn new things. Those who are sending children to school for the first time have an opportunity to show an extra amount of courage to overcome the first day nerves.
Have courage as the whole community faces the challenges together, such as everyone completing RAT tests so they can care for each other. Be courageous as Peter and John were, because as parents it takes courage to face new things sometimes.
With the grace of God we can all be courageous and face 2022 together, as a school community.
Pastor David Cherry, Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Welcome to 2022
I am excited to start my new role as Learning Innovation Coordinator( formally known as Curriculum Coordinator). Teaching and learning this year at Lutheran School aspires to continue to pursue academic excellence and nurture and support students learning. Our focus in teaching and learning in 2022 is to grow together as a community of learners through Contemporary Learning.
What is Contemporary Learning?
Contemporary learning prepares students across all curriculum areas and learning stages with skills and capabilities to thrive in a rapidly changing and interconnected world. It connects students and engages their sense of curiosity.
● Contemporary learning creates learning environments that cultivate curiosity and grow young people as confident, capable and creative inquirers.
● Contemporary learning ensures that our teaching nurtures rather than diminishes the sense of wonder with which we are all born
● Contemporary learning teachers help students to grow as thinkers, collaborators, self-managers, communicators and researchers as they inquire.
● Contemporary learning fosters student agency refers to learning through activities that are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests, and often self-initiated with appropriate guidance from teachers. To put it simply, student agency gives students voice and often, choice, in how they learn.
In the week leading up to school commencing our teaching staff engaged in professional learning that focused on developing units of work that met the needs of our students using the contemporary learning principles. Teachers worked with Anne Dohnt from LEVNT ( Lutheran Education NSW, Victoria and Tasmania )and Vicki Gollasch ALWS (Australian Lutheran World Service) to create project-based units with a focus on Christian Studies. The teaching team are excited to plan and create relevant and challenging activities within each year level this term.
We look forward to working in partnership with you and your children as we grow and learn together as a school community.
Learning Enhancement Coordinator
As lunch and afternoon tea times have changed I have had to change the cut-off time for ordering lunches online with Flexischools. The online orders must now be placed before 8:30am each day. Lunch orders will go to the children at 11:10am and afternoon break orders at 1:50pm.
Due to stock shortages from our suppliers not all food lines will always be available. While I am trying to gain supplies elsewhere, it is not always possible. If your child orders an item that is unavailable a suitable substitute will be arranged.
Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, only online orders and orders through the class lunchbox system can be accepted. No over the counter sales are available.
Hello and welcome back. We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
We all had an amazing time at OSHC. Throughout the holidays we enjoyed a Christmas lunch at “The Gardens’ and a walk through the zoo, We had a movie day at OSHC and set up the chapel like a cinema.
We had endless fun with water play as well as dressing up on Zootopia Day.
I would have to say that the foam cannon from Jumping Beans, going to the Painting Picasso Art Studio and hanging around at Zana were the favourite activities.
At OSHC we are excited to welcome you and make some new memories together.
We look forward to a fun year with you all.