Newsletter 12 - 30 July
Dear Parents & Carers
Welcome back for a great, action packed term 3!
Thank you to our supportive campus community for a huge effort over our epic & unprecedented first semester. We know the holidays have flown by, but trust that you found some time for slowing down and enjoying some much deserved relaxation as well as face to face time with family & friends.
Whilst we are slowly getting closer to business as usual, without staggered drop off and pick up times, we are continuing to follow the very best health advice. However, there are some things that changed for the better due to COVID-19, that we have chosen to keep doing.
*Adults please keep social distancing of 1.5m to keep everyone safe.
*Inform the school if you have come in contact with COVID-19 and follow Medical Officer's advice.
*Anyone feeling unwell should stay at home.
*Safe parent drop off at the gates in the mornings to maintain increased student independence.
We had expected our first assembly to be under phase 5 Covid restrictions, however, WA Government is also being cautious,so we are still in phase 4. Therefore, currently we will be only be inviting parents of the performing class and those of our merit award winners. There will be limited seating and once exhausted parents will be asked to stand on the outer edges of the UCA and socially distancing will be applicable. Thank you for your co-operation.
Congratulations to TA14 students and Pak B on a fabulous assembly - our first in many months! "The Jabberwocky" poem rendition from memory, was awesome! It was also fantastic to see so many students receiving Merit Awards.
YCDI Faction Token Draw
Congratulations to all our winners!
This semester at South Ballajura campus we are bouncing back with the new and improved “You Can Do It” Program. South Ballajura has been working with this program for a number of years, however; we are now moving to the online program. Over the next two terms the students will be reintroduced to our You Can Do It characters and start working with the interactive program. The program is split over four areas, linking each term to a new area of focus. For example:
Term 1- Achievement
Term 2 – Relationships
Term 3 – Wellbeing
Term 4 – Social – Emotional Blockers
We are very excited about the “You Can Do It” program and support all our students social and emotional learning across the whole campus.
If you would like to know more about this program, please feel free to contact Cade Donegan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus DoE Maintenance Funding:
The Year 6 Gazebo and new safety fence off the Wyperfeld staff carpark have been errected. Seating will be installed here and under the bike track gazebo shortly.
Local School Grants:
Over the holidays we had some site works done down at the bike track. A fun new swing and sandpit has been installed, we enjoyed testing it out on the first day back at school this term! A big thank you goes out to Mr Hume for coming in over the holidays to oversess the installation. The new Swing under shade sail in the bike track area is being enjoyed by students. On Monday it was a pleasure to show this to Dr Ann Ally, MP, Federal Member for Cowan, as well as accept donated new flags. We are very appreciative of this support.
We are also awaiting installation of the additional shade sail in the Early Childhood playground.
Athletics Carnival Training
Great weather to start Faction Carnival Practices last week. Thanks to Ms Hamid for her great organisation.
Training days and session times:
Year 1 and 2 –Wednesday 11:20 to 12:20 from week 1 to week 6.
Year 3 and 4 –Friday 9:50 to 10:50 from week 1 to week .6
Year 5 and 6 –Friday 8:50 to 9:50 from week 1 to week 6.
Word of the Week
*ESC All Abilities Art Session 1 – Friday 31 July
* Constable Care Incursion – Friday 7 August
* Australian Primary Principal's Day - Friday 7 August
* Science week (Week 5) & * Science week display (Week 6)
This year the focus is Deep Blue. Campus classes will undertake some activities around the theme during science week from August 15 – 23. From what is done in class, we will develop displays which will be shared with other classes and with our parents. It is an opportunity to focus on science as a campus and to show our community some of the great things we do
*Pizza with the Principals – Tuesday 18 August
*Friendship Friday - Friday 24 August
Friday 24 August will be an exciting day at South Ballajura campus as will be participating in a fabulous Friendship Friday event. Staff and students are encouraged to wear odd socks for the day. “Odd Socks can work together!” Photos will be taken in the undercover area during recess and lunch of the odd socks. The campus will be making a friendship mural and PS and ESC integration classes will be participating in joint activities.
Prior to the event all students are invited to write an acrostic poem about friendship. Junior classes (PP- Year 2) use FRIEND and Year 3-6 students use FRIENDSHIP. Winners will be published in the week 8 newsletter.
We look forward to working and playing together to further develop our campus friendships.
Last term we have started our recycling Campus Collection Competition. It was an amazing start as we have collected more than 45,000 items. A huge thank you to all who have contributed and supported this competition. The effort you have all put into it is very much appreciated and we know that we are making a difference for our environment. Avram has delivered all this collection to Greenbatch where he met Darren, “the brain” and the pioneer of the first plastic reprocessing plant in WA. If you are interested to find out more about Greenbatch please go to: https://www.greenbatch.com/ and you can see a short video with Darren explaining the process at: https://www.facebook.com/greenbatch/videos/624326031528044/All classes are invited to continue collecting the bread tags and bottle caps as we are continuing the competition for the rest of the year. At the end of the term we will have a winning class that will be rewarded. Happy recycling and Good Luck.
Front Office Display
Thank you to Miss Campanaro and TA11 for the wonderful ‘Cheeky Dogs’ display in the front office that was inspired by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yakunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, working in the remote Central and Western desert regions who earn an income from contemporary fibre art.
Tjanpi (meaning grass in Pitjantjatjara language) represents over 400 Anangu/Yarnangu women artists from 26 remote communities on the NPY lands.
Welcome to our additonal school psychologist, Kristy Mollett who is helping to ensure all of our students assessments are completed by the end of the year.
It was a pleasure to be able to have our first full face to face meeting with our new School Board last term to discuss some positive lessons learned from COVID-19 and our next steps forward. The Board acknowledges that the main purpose of schools is to provide for student learning in relation to the WA Curriculum. Therefore, we want students attending and engaging in their educational programs as much as possible, whilst taking into consideration therapy needs and individual family circumstances.
Consequently, the Board endorsed the following SBESC strategies:
*Drop off and Pick up at designated school gates will continue indefinitely to maintain/promote and scaffold students’ new found independence. ESC staff will ensure safe handover for Duty of Care. Primary Year 1-6 school day is 8:50 – 3:00 and Early Childhood K/PP is 8:45 – 2:45. ARRIVAL time at the gate for non-bus students is now between 8:40 and 9:00. Parents arriving when ESC staff have stopped manning the gate will need to report to the front office to sign in.
HOME time is 2:45pm for K/PP and 3:00pm for Yr1-Yr6 students, except for the usual Early Close AT 2:35 on Tuesdays. If collecting during the day or early, please obtain a green slip and sign out at the office before collecting your child. Parents are required to complete the appropriate form to seek Principal approval for alternative arrangements. This will also apply to approved off-site therapy. Please contact Mr Simon Hume, Learning Support Co-ordinator (M,T,Th,F) for any enquiries.
Meet the Board
Hi, my name is Stanley Crabbe and this is my 2nd year of being on the SBESC Board. I have worked for the Department of Defence for 18 years. I have been married for 20 years and have 3 children who attend South Ballajura Campus.
ESC Bike Track Parent Barbecue and Term 3 Community Access
On the last day of Term 2, ESC parents were invited to a Sausage Sizzle on the Campus Bike Track. It was the first opportunity in several months for staff, students and parents to get together and our first barbecue in over 2 years! The parent/carer turnout was amazing. The weather was lovely and the perfect way to end an unusual semester.
Thank you to all the staff for their assistance, and offers of assistance, on the day, especially, Mrs Rowe for her cooking expertise on the barbecue and Miss Kaila for her never-ending help. Thank you to Kyle Green (Mrs Green’s son) for taking on the role of photographer for the Centre.
Term 3 Community Access will commence in Week 3 with a free Constable Care incursion. Later in the term, an ensemble from WA Symphony Orchestra will also provide the Centre with a free performance on Campus. Off-campus excursions will be at Whiteman Park and the aquatic familiarisation program will start at the end of the term in preparation for In-Term swimming lessons early in Term 4.
Welcome back everyone! Selamat dating kembali semua!
We started this term by doing some housekeeping. Students get to sit and work with different students each term and are nominated to do various jobs in the classroom.
Some revision is being done at the beginning of each lesson then:
Year 3 students have begun to learning items found in the classroom and worked on activities in their work porfolios.
Year 4 students are learning to name family members and will be able to illustrate and name the immediate members of their family.
Year 5s are working on ordering and serving food in a restaurant and will be role playing the part of waiter and customer in a restaurant.
Year 6s have begun naming places in a city and will be reading about Yogjakarta a city of Indonesia on the island of Java.
Happy learning! Selamat belajar!
Stay safe and keep healthy!
Salam Ibu Francis.
Playgroup has restarted this term on Wednesday 9.00-10.30am in Block 1, TA3. Come along and see how much fun everyone is having.
Tips for Staying Healthy this winter from the Cancer Council
Eat Immune Boosting Foods:
Our immune system is a beautiful and complicated thing - there's no simple trick to "boosting" it! Making sure you eat a wide variety of foods from the five food groups is the best way to make sure everything is in top shape. Pay particular attention to getting enough:
- Vitamin C - it's in most fruit and veg.
- Zinc- it's in most animal products and many nuts and seeds.
- Iron - it's in meat, beans and lentils and good ol' spinach.
If you're low in any of these, winter bugs may be harder for your body to fight.
Drink Plenty of Water:
Feeling hot is often a trigger for us to drink, but it's just as important to stay hydrated when it's cold. Keep a bottle in sight to remind yourself to drink water throughout the day. And remember that soups and cuppas count towards your fluid intake too!
When the weather gets nasty, try mixing it up with some fun indoor activities! Trampolining, home exercise routines, YouTube dance classes, Ninja Warrior-style obstacle courses and trapeze classes are all fun and (mostly) dry activities for winter time. An umbrella or raincoat and waterproof shoes will keep you comfy while you keep doing your everyday stuff like walking the dog and catching public transport.
Practice good hygiene:
Being vigilant about hygiene has never been more important. Not only will it protect you against the COVID-19 infection, but it also helps stop the spread of colds and the flu.
- Wash your hands regularly, and particularly before preparing food.
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow (aka "the vampire").
- Throw snotty tissues in the bin straight away.
- Keep your spit to yourself and avoid sharing cups and cutlery.
- If you're sick, stay home and keep the germs to yourself.
Get some vitamin D:
- We tend to get less sunlight on our skin in winter, which can lead to less production of vitamin D - crucial for bone health and general health. But remember it's still possible to get sunburned in winter! Download the free SunSmart app and when the UV Index is below three, roll up your sleeves and spend some time outside in the sun. For extra vitamin D benefits, get moving outdoors. This is also a great mood boost when you've been cooped up inside all day.
Dianella Secondary College ESC Transition Evening
Midvale Hub Parenting Service Perth North East is a FREE service, offering information, support, parenting programs, individual support and referral services, for parents and families with children 0-18 years within the Shire of Mundaring, City of Swan, Town of Bassendean and City of Bayswater.
Midvale Hub Parenting Service; https://www.midvalehub.org.au/copy-of-parenting-and-family-suppor
Here, you will find spiel about each program and, if you click on the link, a printable flyer will load. For example, if you click on the ‘download brochure’ button for Circle of Security Parenting, a brochure will load.
Interagency Parenting Calendar; https://www.midvalehub.org.au/copy-of-midvale-hub-parenting-servi
This will provide you with a calendar overview of all of the scheduled programs for the north-east metro region, facilitated by a variety of parenting agencies (Ngala, Centrecare, CLAN Midland, Dept of Health, Dept of Education, community organisations and Midvale Hub Parenting Service.
Please note, on the calendar, if you click on the program, a drop-down box will provide information about the program and, the option to click on the printable flyer for this program is available.
Pop Up Play Space from the City of Swan