Newsletter 13 -13 August 2020
We have hit the ground running for term three trying to accommodate all the things we have missed out on due to COVID restriction. It is great to see we are finally seeing a few of these restrictions easing off throughout our state and here at school.
Once again we would like to thank our school community for all their support and making sure all our students are back at school on time for term three. Attendance at South Ballajura is continually increasing and we are very proud to have all our students back in the classroom and working hard.
This term we have been lucky enough to have a few special guests with Dr Anne Aly our local member coming out to present our school with a couple of new flags and officially opening the new slide in the bike track for the ESC. Rita Saffioti and Blaine Hopkinson also had the pleasure of planting a new tree at South Ballajura on Friday the 14th of August for National Tree planting day.
The teachers at South Ballajura have also started working on the new online “You Can Do It” program, some classes have had Mr Donegan and Ricky Resilience visit them to learn all about being resilient, ask your children what they discovered about Ricky during his visit.
Last week the year 6 students were also involved with a tree planting project in Uluru Park this was in partnership with the City of Swan, a project that has continued on from 2019. We hope to continue working with the City of Swan to further enhance this local park for the Ballajura community to enjoy.
Next week at South Ballajura the teachers and students will be participating in Science week, the theme this year is “Deep Blue”. The teachers and students will be working on activities that focus around this theme, so if you have any ocean stories that you would like to share, write it down for your child to share with their class, we would love to hear about it. I will be sure to share my diving adventures with all the students.
At the end of the week 6 we will also participate in our first campus Friendship Friday - jam packed with fun activities, a poem competition, special recess sale of friendshipMix and much more.
The remainder of term three stays jam packed with school photos also in week 6, on Wednesday the 26th of August and Thursday the 27th of August, could you please make sure that all students are dressed in full school uniform and students are on time so they don’t miss out on their class photo. We also have the sports carnival coming up in week 7 and the Open night is scheduled for week 8.
Hopefully in days to come we will have more restrictions lifted and we will be able to invite more parents into the school, in the meantime we really appreciate your understanding and support of the students and staff at South Ballajura.
A reminder that our annual photos are taking place on the 26 & 27 August.
Your child/children’s teacher will let you know which day their class is having the photos taken.
Please ensure on the day that they are wearing clean green and charcoal t-shirts/polo’s, Zina charcoal skirts / charcoal shorts or charcoal pants, as shown in the pictures below. Please do not send your child/children to school in their faction shirts on this day.
Tree Planting in Uluru Park, Ballajura
In partnership with Catherine Levett, Environmental Project Office for the Easter Metro Regional Council and Brad Thompson, The City of Swan, the Year 6 students spent the afternoon planting trees in the local park. This project began in 2019 with the year 5 students, a project that was designed to encourage students to work together and build a sense of belonging in their local community. If you are out and about over the weekend, check out the newly established plants, spend sometime in the park discussing with your child what we could do next, to make this a social area for familys to catch up. Let’s work together and maintain this project and help support our school and local networks to continue working together.
Constable Care Incursion
Welcome back school incursions! Students from the Education Support Centre and the Junior Mainstream Integration classes enjoyed very informative and fun incursion from Constable Care. The puppet show was all about ‘Making the Right Call.’
Students from TA7 said, “It was funny.” “I liked it because it was about learning and it was fun.”
You Can Do It!
This term we are focusing on Wellbeing, looking at Resilience and Happiness. Rick Resilient was very happy to join Mr Donegan and work with the wonderful and excited students in PP1 and PP2. The students learnt all about staying calm when things go wrong and not being afraid to get back up and try again.
Rick had a number of strategies to share with the children when things don’t go to plain. For example:
- Take three deep breaths
- Stay calm
- Talk about it
- Find something that makes you calm, like listening to music or read a book.
Ask your child about this visit and talk to them about what you do in a tricky situation. Keep your eye out for more adventures with Ricky Resilience.
Campus Collection Competiton
What a way to end the week, TA8 and TA19 spent Friday afternoon making bath bombs and playing games. The students from TA19 did such a wonderful job supporting TA8. It was fantastic to see the engagement between both classes. There was lots of learning, discussions and laughter. Who knew learning could be so much fun! Thank you to Avrum for organising the campus collection competition last term and for supporting such a wonderful cause.
Primary School and ESC Kindy Enrolments
The enrolments for 2021 are underway and all families within our Primary School local catchment area and students with Special Needs are encouraged to apply to enrol their children in either school.
Please find a Primary Kindy Application or an Application to Enrol in Education Support Form attached below. Alternatively please come to the front office Monday to Friday, between 8am and 3:30pm and we can give you a hard copy.
When returning the application ,you will be asked to present:
- Your child’s Birth Certificate (original or certified copy) or birth extract or equivalent identity documents;
- A copy of your child’s Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement printed in the last two months(no Older than two months)
- Proof of your child’s usual place of residence: for example, utilities account, lease agreement, ownership of the property, driver’s licence, statutory declaration;
- Copies of any Family Court or other court orders (If applicable);
- and Visa details (If applicable).
We are looking forward to meet all new students in 2021!
Meet the Board
Hi my name is Jenny Quigley and I have 27 years’ experience as an Education Assistant. Communication is my passion!
I have 2 wonderful children and 2 wonderful children-in-law, that have given me 5 beautiful grandchildren. They are all under 6, so they all keep me very busy.
I also love AFL, Speedway and enjoy getting away down south for the occasional weekend.
TA17 students have been learning about photography and the different techniques artist can use when taking photos.
When taking photos students have learnt about:
- Subject: What or who is the main focus?
- Framing: Where is the subject in the photo?
- Composition: What else is in the background of the photo?
- Camera Angle: Looking down, looking up or at eye level. Close up or from a distant.
- Colour: Using colour as a theme for a photograph.
To complement our learning we have entered our photographs into the Awesome Arts Festival 2020 Little Impression Photography Competition. Students are very excited to show off their amazing new skills and are looking forward to taking their parents to see their artworks on display at the festival later this year.
Here are some examples of the photos that Student’s in TA17 have taken.
Resilience in Action!
TA 16 and TA 11 came together recently for a special lunch.
TA 11 have been using their literacy skills to fill out lunch order bags and TA 16 have been learning about Resilience as part of the You Can Do It! program. TA 16 learnt that when we help others we feel happier and are able to be more resilient.
TA 11 filled out a pizza lunch order and then TA 16 made the mini pizzas to order. Toppings included olives, tomato, ham, pepperoni, basil, pineapple, capsicum and cheese. It was a very busy morning in TA 16 making more than 30 mini pizzas but it felt good to help others and the pizzas were thoroughly enjoyed!
What a fantastic start we have had to this Semester with our AMAZING group of CAMPers!! It has been awesome to have everyone back in the session and to explore and refresh our skills. Thank you to all you truly talented and dedicated students for your commitment and smiles each week!
Acting Principal Miss Sam
On Friday the 31st of July the ESC leadership team was off Campus for a Professional Learning opportunity. This left Miss Sam in charge of the ESC for the morning session. During my brief reign as Principal it was fantastic to see all the dedicated staff and students working hard while Mrs Lennox was away. I’d like to thank Miss Keppel for the coronation ceremony; and all the staff and students for their continuous positive attitudes and diligence to their studies.
We have recently opened enrolments for VacSwim for the October and January school holidays and want as many of your families to benefit from the programs as possible.
As we head towards summer a lot of families are starting to get back into the water or planning holidays by the beach, rivers or swimming pools. It is important we help them support their child to stay safe and confident in the water.
VacSwim provides children aged five to 17 years with the opportunity to develop and progress their swimming and water safety skills during the school holidays at over 180 pool and beach locations across the State. There are lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers.
Many of your students will be capable swimmers or working towards their Bronze Medallion. Students who complete Stages 13 to 16 through VacSwim enjoy the benefit of having their award fees waived by Royal Life Saving Society WA. It is a great opportunity for them and a huge benefit to the community.
I would be grateful if you could help promote VacSwim to your students and their families. You’ll find a poster, article for your school newsletter, website and social media copy on Ikon for you to use and adapt.
Enrolments for VacSwim are now open and families can enrol online. Translated factsheets and enrolment forms are also available from the website in the following languages: Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Swahili, Tigrinya, Dinka, Hindi, Indonesian, Chinese, Burmese, Japanese, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.
Further information and details of fees, locations and how to enrol are on our website: https://www.education.wa.edu.au/vacswim .
Manager, Swimming and Water Safety
The CUB Study
Communicating and Understanding your Baby
We are looking for pregnant women with a family history of autism, ADHD or intellectual disability (ID), who may be interested in participating in an exciting new research study conducted by the CliniKids Autism Research Team at the Telethon Kids Institute.
The study is looking at a new therapy developed for newborns who have a family history of autism, ADHD or ID. The therapy runs from the 3rd trimester of pregnancy to when baby is 8 months of age and is designed to assist parents to recognise their babies early communication signals and to help families feel confident in how to respond. We will also provide developmental monitoring at four time points over a two year period.
We kindly ask that you please pass on our details to anyone who would like further information.
The CUB team can be contacted on: 0435 123 825 or 6319 1012 or via email: CUBS@telethonkids.org.au
We have included a flyer for your perusal below and invite you to display the flyer. Alternatively, our team can mail printed flyers upon request.
Many thanks for your time and if you have any queries or would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact us.
All my very best,
Andrew Whitehouse | Director of CliniKids