Swimming lessons are being held from 3—13 December. Students (except Y6) will now be attending all 9 days; there is no additional charge for this extra day. The program is a vital component to the Health and Physical Education learning area and all students are expected to attend. A medical condition is the only appropriate reason for non-attendance. The aim of the program is to assist in the development of children’s skills and attitudes whilst supporting the promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle. Swimming lessons replace Mr Moser’s Phys Ed program for the last two weeks of term.
Last week we had a few visitors to our school. On Wednesday, Mrs Shirly Mooney, our “adopt a digger” visited the school to see our special tribute and speak to the children about the centenary of Armistice Day. She was very impressed with all the work the school community had done to celebrate this special Remembrance Day.
Another important visitor to the school was Maria Richards. Maria has a wealth of experience in setting up the successful implementation of Talk for Writing (T4W) across a school. We began to implement this program two and a half years ago. Maria has also continued to work alongside Pie Corbett, who wrote the program and has worked alongside Pie on a number of projects and conferences. Maria spent the morning observing our teachers teach the T4W process.
In the afternoon Maria consulted with myself, Liz Macey and Dawn McDonald to review where the school was at and what steps we would need to take for continued literacy improvement and leader support and development.
We are currently working on class lists for 2019. We currently have 202 students enrolled for 2019. With increasing numbers in the early years there is going to be a need for split year level classes throughout the school. This situation is not new to this school. I would like to emphasise that there is no difference between split or straight year level classes. There are students of all abilities in either and teachers differentiate the curriculum for students when it is required. There are a number of factors that are taken into account such as academic ability, the ability to be able to work independently and social/emotion needs. Your child will be placed in the class that the teachers think will be the most beneficial for each individual student. Class lists will be placed on the Administration window at 2.30pm on the last day of school.
I would like to thank the 45 families who responded to the school survey. The majority of families felt that the teachers work hard to provide a positive learning environment and that they work together with students to ensure they know what is expected of them. A hundred percent of families agreed or highly agreed that their child’s teacher was a good teacher. This year the survey also asked the question “how could the school better respond to the opinions of others?” The responses to this request varied with almost half of them being positive comments such as “the school is doing very well so far, I don’t think it needs to change”. The suggestions made will be under discussion by the board at the next meeting and the staff on the PD day. If you haven’t had a look at our website recently I encourage you to do so. Mrs Feist, our School Officer, has been working hard to improve it. On the front page there are now links to the latest news and events happening in the school. The link for the website is :http://easthamersleyps.wa.edu.au
You may have noticed that we have been trying to decrease the amount of paper we use. All notes and newsletters are now emailed to parents and sent out on the Skoolbag App so if you haven’t already got the App please download it onto your phone as all notifications are sent out via the App. Mrs Riches has also advised parents and carers of the QKR App you can use to make any payment to the school. There is also the ability to give parent permission for excursions on the Qkr App. These can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
At the last P&C meeting the committee decided to run a Cadbury chocolate fundraiser. The money raised from this will go towards purchasing resources for the school such as the wonderful painted games outside the classrooms and interactive whiteboards. Thank you for your contributions!
Earlier in the year the school participated in the Coles Sport for Schools program. Our School Captains and Councillors had a first hand look at the new equipment that Mr Moser chose from the program and that will be going into the classrooms. Thank you so much to the school community for your continued support in all that we do at East Hamersley!
The following two pages of the newsletter highlights two excursions that our students have been on recently. The excursions were a wonderful supplement to the learning that goes on in our classrooms.
I would like to acknowledge Jeannie, the wonderful grandmother of one of our students and her friend Pam, for organising a clay project to make poppies for our ANZAC memorial. These will be on display next week leading up to Remembrance Day. Thank you Jeannie and Pam! Thank you also to all the community members who have knitted poppies which will be attached to a net to drape over the memorial on special occasions. What a wonderful school community we have here at East Hamersley!
The year 5/6 class have been looking at the world’s cultural diversity with a focus on the different cultures within our own class. We have designed a multicultural flower garden using flowers that are predominate in each of the countries the student’s families originate from. We planted the flowers in the outer sections of the garden bed with native Australian everlastings running through the centre of each all leading to the middle which is full of everlastings. The idea was to represent us all travelling from the four corners of the world and coming together to meet up in this wonderful country we now call home – Australia.
Welcome back to school! Term 4 is an action packed term with a range of special activities and learning experiences for the students.
An excursion to Kings Park and Scitech
Year 4 STEAM challenge at Warwick SHS
Life Ed Van
A Bunnings workshop
Kindergarten outdoor classroom days
Year 6 Graduation
A term calendar was emailed to families and was also sent out on the school app. Please check these weekly to see what is happening.
Over the school holidays we had some games painted in front of the teaching blocks. As you can see by these photos the students are having great fun using them. Handball with the older students in particular is a big hit!
These were funded by the P&C, so on behalf of the students I would like to thank the P&C and the families who assist with the P&C activities. Your wonderful contribution to the school is very much appreciated. Our students are certainly benefiting from your hard work and generosity.
The next P&C meeting is on this Thursday 18 October at 3.30pm in the staff room.
The school would really like to keep our three/four year old Kookaburras program running next year but we need the assistance of our parents. We have a meeting planned for Monday 29 October at 9am in the Kindy demountable classroom. Maria Heenan from Playgroup WA will be joining us to discuss the 2019 program. If you are interested in coming along please let the front office know.
Last term our school nurse worked with Mr Moser to cover the Health areas of Growth and Development/Puberty with our Year 5 and 6 students. There are reading materials on these subjects available for parents/carers in the front office if you would like to collect them. Finally can I please remind families that it is vital for school planning for 2019 that you advise the school if your child will not be returning in 2019.
As Principal of this wonderful school I am delighted to be able to tell our community that our 2018 NAPLAN results are outstanding. Our Year 3 students did exceptionally well and our Year 5 students performed better than expected. The Year 3 students performed above like schools in all areas of the testing. The Year 5 students performed above like schools in reading and at like schools in all other areas. Student reports were sent home yesterday. Parents can access the following link for more information regarding the reports.
These results vindicate the hard work we have been doing over the last few years reflecting on improving our practices and implementing our whole school approaches such as Talk For Writing. It also demonstrates how hard our teachers and students have been working in the class rooms across the school. We will now continue to work on improving our practice and school programs to ensure our students continue to achieve and progress. This will start on Friday 21 September when we have our school development day. Teachers will be working together to review current programs and develop new ones for 2019.
Every two years schools are required to carry out the National School Opinion Survey. This involves families, teachers and students. The aim of this survey is to help us be the best school we can. This year the survey will be sent electronically via email. It is a very short survey and should only take about 10-15 minutes.
Please keep your eye out for the email in the coming week. We would much appreciate your feedback!
Last Thursday our local member for Balcatta David Michael took time out of his busy schedule to visit our Pre-Primary class room where he read
the students the story I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox and Ronojoy Ghosh. David donated the book to the school as his contribution to Book Week. Thank you David, the children really enjoyed your visit!
Early next term I will begin to finalise the class structure for 2019. I am pleased to be able to say that our school is growing and we will form another class next Year giving us 7 classes from PP to Year 6 as well as our two Kindergarten groups. Projected numbers for 2019 is 205! It is particularly important that if you know your child won’t be attending our school next year that you let us know now.
Finally, I would like to thank Mr. Moser for all his hard work this term preparing our students for the school athletics and interschool athletics carnivals. He has done an awesome job. As he would say, he couldn’t have done without the support of the rest of the staff. So to all my staff I thank you for another term of awesome work. Best wishes to the students and their families for a wonderful holiday.
Research has shown that regular attendance at school is linked to positive educational outcomes for students. The table below indicates how students who regularly miss one day a week of school for a whole year actually end up having missed two years of schooling.
I have been impressed with the attendance of our students this year. Apart from families going on holidays we have only had 2 students whose attendance has been below 80%. There are however a few students who arrive at school late on a regular basis.
Even though it is better to arrive late than not attend at all, the start to the school day is important. Students need to be at school no later than 8.40 so that they can unpack their belongings and get their desks prepared for the day. Arriving AFTER the siren sets a tardy example for the rest of the day. As a parent it is important that you use clear messages about attendance and arriving on time.
“It’s time to get up and get ready for school.”
“Be dressed in five minutes and you can have extra time on the iPad after school.”
“We will be leaving in five minutes.”
Earlier this term the school carried out a survey to determine the viability of having before and after school care on the site. We had approximately 30 out of a possible 133 families respond to survey. Of the 30 responses most of them were quite positive. After much deliberation it was determined that the school does not have suitable facilities to cater for this service at this time. However it is something that we will consider in the future if an suitable area in the school becomes available.
I would like to thank my teachers for their diligence in writing your children’s’ reports. These will be sent home with your child on Thursday 28 June. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my staff for their hard work and dedication to their jobs this term. They have ALL provided your students with an array of educational experiences. I will be on long service leave for the last 3 days of this term. Mr Stratton will be acting Principal during this time. To the entire school community have a wonderful and safe holiday. We look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 16 July.