Newsletter 20 - 3 December 2020
Dear Parents and carers,
Learning can take many forms, and that is certainly true during term 4. As a campus community, we celebrated NAIDOC week, having fun & informally learning about Noongar culture & language from our special guests at our fantastic assembly as well as some explicit teaching in the classrooms. It is thoroughly enjoyable getting messages from students via a message stick, these days. Our Acknowledgement of Country signing and posters, as well as Noongar signage for the teaching blocks & core word boards for the playground are being developed and we hope that you will see some resulting products before the end of term. A group of students have been working on the multi lingual welcome mural on Fridays, which is due to finish in week nine.
So many students learnt more about their swimming skills and safety and it is a delight to know that some primary school students achieved their certificates as well as 27 ESC students achieved their certificates for swimming and 3 students achieved 2 certificates.
World Teachers’ Day and the WAESPAA gala night were two important occasions to recognise the dedication and fantastic work of our South Ballajura educators, especially in supporting each other, students & families in this COVID-19 year. Thank you!
This week has been particularly busy and exciting: Monday was a School Development planning day for ESC staff; on Tuesday we celebrated International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) with Club performances at assembly followed by fun activities throughout the day; on Wednesday we waved farewell to our keen Year 6 Campers (there was a lot of luggage for 3 days away!)
and today some excited and nervous Signing Club members have a rare external performance opportunity. They have been invited back to perform tonight at Edge, a not for profit agency, empowering people of all abilities to work. The ESC Christmas Concert is next Thursady. Hopefully the new projector screen will be installed in the Undercover Area ready for Graduation.
YCDI - Bronze Badge
International Day of People with Disability
This year’ s theme for International Day of People with Disability is, “Not all disabilities are visible.” For many of our students, especially with Autism, communication is one area where they may need some support. At South Ballajura we have lots of AAC devices and other supports in place so that we can give every student a voice. The most exciting support is the voluntary student CAMPers team who learn how to assist other students and willingly spend time having conversations with them using ways they can understand, such as ALD boards , PODD books and Key Word Sign. Our fantastic CPIers create so many of the supports and visuals for better communication.
On Tuesday the 1st December, South Ballajura Campus celebrated International Day for People with Disabilities. We started the day with a fantastic Clubs assembly and then went onto some rotations with our Buddy Classes for the rest of the day down at the Bike Track. Miss Angela hired some fantastic new games to play and some of the big hits of the day included Tug-O-War, Limbo and Snakes and Ladders. All the Staff and students had lots of fun. This day would not have been possible without the help of our ESC facilitators Miss Angela, Mrs Quigley, Mrs Rowe and Mrs Harney. Thank you all so much for your exceptional efforts!
SBESC School Development Day
Congratulations to staff on their enthusiasm, engagement & collaborative planning on Monday- no mean feat at this time of the year. Consequently, our draft annual report for 2020 and our draft business plan for 2021-2023 are now well underway. One highlight of the day was reflecting on the many 2020 successes, despite COVID -19 disruptions.
Staff Blanket Activity
A very thought provoking session for appreciating Aboriginal culture & history to present day. It was confronting and educative perspective of how previous legislation has impacted people's lives to this day. Thanks to Renarta Coyne and Charmaine Climo.
Pia’s Place Parent Picnic
The ESC Parent Picnic at Pia’s Place Friday 27 November was a resounding success. We had a lovely Spring day which was wonderful for the 34 parents and carers that came along for a fantastic time enjoying a picnic. Several parents/carers took the opportunity to simply enjoy being with their children and other parents, while investigating this awesome all abilities nature playground.
Constable Care Incursion
The 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 ‘Scary Fun’, focussing on protective behaviours. Students from TA16 and TA17 liked Sarge, the dog puppet, the best because he was funny and played chasey with the girl puppet.
EI2 PrePrimaries are learning a lot about the De Bono’s thinking hats and they are really keen to play Kahoot! It was so impressive to see them doing their warmup review, including signing practice , then logging in on their iPads. They attended to the screen and carefully selected their answers. Learning can be so cool at school. They were all good sports & congratulated the winners. I thought they were all winners, so it was YCDI faction tokens all round. Mrs Cheryl Lennox
CAMPers Morning Tea
The last CAMPers session for 2020 was a games morning tea which was very well attended. Class teachers and administration staff were specially invited by the students so they could showcase their PODD and device skills in a social setting. A special thanks to our wonderful year sixes for volunteering their time and effort to create fantastic communication skills across the Campus. It will be sad to see them go.
If your child receives onsite therapy at school and they are going to be absent on their therapy day, please remember to contact their therapist to let them know that your child will not be at school on that day. Thank you
Kids Saturday Christmas Club
The Saturday Christmas club will be held at our Kingsley community Centre; the address is:-
11a Moolanda Boulevard Kingsley.
For bookings please contact: 1800 968 754
Free RAZZAMATAZZ show
Did you get your family invitation?
Perth 2020 Live Show and Video Streaming Events
- hosted by the Lions Clubs District 201W1 (Inc. in WA)
RAZZAMATAZZ is a variety show full of hilarious physical comedy acts, and cutting-edge illusions and magic by world renowned magician, Michael Boyd. The show is 60 minutes and suitable for all ages and fun for the whole family.
SATURDAY 12TH DECEMBER 2020 @ 11.00am
HBF Stadium – 100 Stephenson Ave, Mount Claremont, WA
Unlimited Access from Friday 11th December – Sunday 13th December 2020
*Watch with unlimited access any time during the above three-day period.
Via internet connection and a device with a screen such as a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Your invitation that was sent home last week will give you more information and explain ‘How to Book’ your tickets.
Learning a new language fosters respect and understanding of other cultures - Dept. of Edu. WA
Year 3 students are learning to relate their daily routines. They will be watching a video entitled 'Fenty's Day" and will be noting Fenty's daily routine. Then they will be working on activities to help them communicate their daily routines
Year 4s will be finishing their animal masks and continuing with 'Celebrations" in Australia and Indonesia focusing on Birthdays and Christmas.
Year 5s will be continuing with Language Learning Space challenge: Gunadharma's Game activities where they will be surveying hobbies of classmates and working out the most popular and the least popular.
Year 6 students are also continuing with Language Learning Space Challenge: Keipik Sukun where they will be comprehending an Indonesian story " Si Kancil dan Monyet".
Happy Learning! Selamat Belajar!
We are into the last 2 weeks of term 4 and our stocks are starting to run low, please keep this in mind when you are placing an order.
The last day for ordering from the canteen will be Thursday 17 December.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday.
VacSwim swimming lessons
Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.
VacSwim in January offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations during the long break. Not only are they a great school holiday activity, they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.
Your children can start as young as five years old.
Don’t wait! Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim
Meerilinga - Mobile Food Bank
- Would you like to avoid long queues?
- Do you want your child to be in full uniform on the first day of school in 2021?
- Instead of waiting for Uniform Shop Days in late January, why not get in early and visit the Ballajura Community College Uniform Shop?
- Please remember to bring water with you if the weather is hot.
- Please be aware that due to social distancing for COVID-19 the queues may be longer than anticipated.
Uniform Shop Opening Hours Term 4, 2020
Wednesday 8.15am to 11.45am
Thursday 1.30pm to 4.45pm
Wednesday January 27 - 9.00am to 4.30pm
Thursday January 28 - 9.00am to 4.30pm
Normal hours will resume commencing Term 1, 2021:
Wednesday February 3 - 8.15am – 11.30am
Thursday February 4 – 1.30pm – 4.45pm
Payment methods available - cash, EFTPOS, VISA/Mastercard or cheque.
The Uniform Shop is located in the building next to the Main Administration Office facing Illawarra Crescent South. Parking is available in the main carpark adjacent to the Ballajura Memorial Peace Park.