Newsletter 2 - 18 February 2021
It has been so good to see the wonderful smiles of all our students around the Campus. It has been pleasing to see the children working hard in their classes and getting along in the playground. The great work of our teachers and assistants has ensured the start of the year has been really smooth and in partnership with our parents and careers we have seen our students happily engaging at school.
Next Tuesday will see our first class assembly for the year. Whilst we are still under phase 4 restrictions, we warmly welcome the parents/carers of the students involved in the assembly -TA 9 and TA17, as well as our award winners and our school leaders who will be presented with their Prefect and Faction Captain Badge’s publicly. We are really looking forward to this event.
Over this week and next, Primary School and ESC classes are holding their various parent welcome meetings. At these meetings teachers will be providing information about their class operation and processes and let you know about how the year will run. We encourage you to attend these meetings if you possibly can.
Also at the meeting, you will get some information about the P&C, an important aspect of our campusand community. We encourage all parents and cares to get involved in the P&C if you can. Please see our P&C section in this newsletter.
During this week we have had a bit of excitement with a couple of projects underway. A new transportable classroom being delivered. The room is currently being finished off and will be used by both schools for STEM, MAGS and other subjects. At the same time play equipment is being installed nearby in the bike track area. Thankyou for your patience with reduced parking and gate access to enable everyone's safety.
We look forward to seeing many of you in and around the school over the days and weeks ahead.
Class Dojo currently does not have Education Department clearance; and as Class Dojo was the main Primary School communication tool for parents and teachers, another means of communication is needed.
We currently have a new campus website https://www.southballajuraps.wa.edu.au/ and South Ballajura App(Szapp) and we strongly encourage all Primary School and ESC parents to go to the school website which has a link to explain how to get and set up the school app. You will then be able to view messages through the app feed.
Please ensure that when you set up the app you turn on push notifications and default subscription.
QR code and instructions to set up the app.
How to Download our school APP SZAPP
1.Use this QR code to get to the APP site
On Apple Devices
- Search the App Store for SZapp.
- Download and install SZapp.
Download for Apple
On Android Devices
- On your device, open the Play Store.
- Search the Play Store for SZapp.
- Download and install SZapp.
How do I register?
- Tap the menu button in the top left corner
- Tap Login or Register.
You can register using the following methods:
1. To register with email, tap Create account.
2. Fill out the Email, Password, First Name and Last Name fields and tap Signup.
Once you have registered, you can login with your email and password.
Why use the APP?
- It will help you to keep informed of what’s going on in the school
- Canteen Menus are easily available
- You can easily let the school know if your child is going to be absent
- The newsletters are easily accessed through this APP
- If you miss an event, you can quickly catch the photos via the gallery
Parents and carers should have received home a number of permission forms relating to your child's use of technology at South Ballajura Campus. In today's fast changing and technologically advanced society it is very important that our students are given the opportunity to use and learn with technology. This process also allows us to teach the students how to use technology and the internet effectively and safely, these are essential lifelong skills that are required for most occupations and general day to day living.
Both the Education Department and schools have processes in place to assist the students to remain safe when online, for example filters and firewalls, so we strongly encourage all parents to allow their children to access the computers and ipads at school so the curriculum can be covered and they become a healthy digital citizen.
If you are concerned or unsure about this, please talk to your classroom teacher or one of the Deputy Principals.
Please discuss the forms with your child and return them signed to the class teacher by Friday 26 February.
The Department of Education Students Online in Public Schools Procedures have been updated. These procedures are to ensure responsible and safe online practice, including the privacy and confidentiality of personal information. All Third Party Service Providers must undergo a risk assessment and the appropriate consent is provided before students can access these services. More information about this will follow in the coming weeks.
One significant change at this point in time, is that South Ballajura Primary School is NOT able to use Class Dojo to communicate with students and parents. The Department of Education is currently reviewing Class Dojo and until this is complete we cannot use the service. We are hopeful that this will only be for a short term and will keep you updated.
South Ballajura Primary School and ESC P&C needs you!
What is the P&C? A group of interested parents, just like you, who help create a feeling of community in the school.
What do we do? We organise school events such as discos and colour runs, assist the school with Open Night, fundraise for items for the school and run our school canteen.
We would love for you to share your ideas and skills, even if you can’t attend every meeting.
P&C Annual General Meeting (AGM)
- When: Tue 30th March 2021, 3:15pm snacks, 3:30pm start
- Where: School Library
Come along and be involved!
From the current P&C: Annette, Dan, Kylie, Bree, Jo, Brendan & Tasma.
Contact us for more information:
Talk to Bron or Kath in the canteen
Join Facebook group: South Ballajura Primary School P&C.
Call President: Annette Hopkinson 0434 357 187 or VP: Danielle Wróblewski 0402 799 440.
Studies show that bilingual and multilingual children outperform other children who speak only one language. Academic results indicate this is especially true in reading, vocabulary and maths. - Dept. of Education
The students have settled well into their Indonesian classes and we are revising greetings, basic questions and answers, numbers and colours to help them remember what they learnt previously.
As in the previous years, I know I will have your full support throughout the year and I thank you for that.
Happy Learning! Selamat belajar!