Newsletter 13 - 26 August 2021
Congratulations to our star performers. How wonderful to be back doing some external performances again. The Rotary Lions Fair at BCC was blessed with perfect weather on Sunday, so crowds were very pleasing. There was a great buzz in the air, especially from the audience for our South Ballajura performances.
The segment started with the Choir, followed by each of the clubs -Drumming Signing and Jump Jam for the big finale. There was a lot of energy in all of these items, which was much appreciated by the audience, judging by the huge applause.
It was wonderful to have a considerable number of families who could support their children to perform on a non-school day, and amazing to see our students growing in confidence with every performance. A huge thank you to do our dedicated staff who work tirelessly with the students and give their time ensure our performers shine.
Congratulations also to all the students who joined us for pizza last Tuesday. The students had all been nominated by their teachers for demonstrating the keys to success-Confidence, Organisation, Getting Along, Persistence and Resilience. Having lunch together in the sunshine instead of dodging rain was an added bonus.
Congratulations to all the ESC stdents involved in the 5 Sensorium "Wombat Stew" sessions. Last Friday culminated in their mini performances. This is always a successful program as it specifically caters for Special Needs Students, including Augmentative Alternative Communication.
Thank you to our P&C for helping students with gift giving ideas to spoil Dad's on Father's Day - tomorrow is the last day.
Of course, the excitement is building for the campus Faction Carnival next Friday. Students have been hard at practice to improve their individual athletic and team ball games skills. We encourage parents to supportr the message of "being a good sport" as well as doing their individual best. Not everyone can win their race, or game and only one Faction will win on the day, however, everyone 'wins' if we show sportmanship and remeber our Getting Along and Resilience Keys to success.Looking forward to positive parent/ carer supporters. Please remeber that staff are supervising students in the Faction Bays and ensuring that they do not miss their events. Therefore, we ask that all parents and carers stay in the designated areas. Families are welcome to have lunch together. If you wish to take your child(ren) home during the day (for appointments etc) you will need to sign them out at the officials tent instead of the office. At the end of the carnival you must locate and inform their classroom teacher(s) if you wish to take your child(ren) home before 3pm. Thank you for your positive support.
School Photos for 2021 Happening Next Week
Parents and carers are reminded that school Photos are being done by a new company called Fotoworks and will be taken next week on the 1 and 2 of September.
As a reminder of what to expect around the school photo’s please read the company’s outline
You should receive your school Photo Order Envelopes approximately two weeks prior to photo day.
- Please review the photo packages available and complete order form on reverse of envelope.
- If paying by cash, please ensure that exact amount is enclosed as no change can be given.
- Online Ordering – Go to https://online.fotoworks.com.au/ordering/access. Enter the shoot key provided on the order envelope and follow the prompts to place your order. The shoot key is unique to each student and cannot be used for any other student orders. The last day for ordering photos online is: 9 September 2021
- Each student will need to bring their completed personalised Photo Order Envelope on photo day, even if no photos are being purchased.
- If you are interested in Sibling Photos, please collect Sibling Order Envelopes from the school office.
- Sibling Photo Order Envelopes MUST BE RETURNED to the school office prior to photo day.
Please contact Footwork’s directly with any queries: firstname.lastname@example.org or
(08) 9244 8211
Parents and Carer’s are invited to join us for this year’s carnival which will start on Monday with the Athletics field events Jumps and Throws which have a 9.20am scheduled start however this will be a year by year event so parents may prefer to join us for the Tuesday Distance events will be scheduled to start at 9.20am.
The big day of competition is Friday 3 September 2021 .The whole campus will gather at the oval and the events will run from 9.00am with an approximate finish of 2.30pm.
We would love to see every child in their faction shirt, a sun smart hat and comfortable running shoes. It is also important that each child has a drink bottle with them in their faction bay. Hair colouring is allowed but must be applied at home. Parents and Carer’s will have designated areas where they can watch their child/ren from. Please provide your own chairs, picnic rugs and shelters. The P&C will be taking lunch orders prior to the carnival and there will be plenty of light snacks on the day served from the pavilion and canteen.
Anyone present at the Rotary Community Fair on Sunday 22 August would have seen the South Ballajura Campus “shining stars” perform in the Campus Choir and the Lunchtime Clubs of Drumming, Signing and Jump Jam. These students put in an enormous amount of time and practise during their lunchtimes and choir sessions to rehearse for this spectacular event and it showed!!! Well done everyone!
Meet the Board
Communication is my passion! “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said”
I have 2 wonderful children, 2 wonderful children-in-law, which have given me 5 beautiful grandchildren.
Life is busy but I feel truly blessed.
I also love AFL and Speedway and enjoy getting away down south for the occasional weekend, and trips to Melbourne, when we can!
TA3 and TA5 Potato Olympics
During Weeks 3 & 4 Mrs Earl’s and Miss Sam’s Equals maths groups came together to make history and participate in the Potato Olympics. We created profiles for our ‘potathletes’ then competed in a range of events that required incredible athletic skills and knowledge of formal in informal measurement. Some of the events our potathletes competed in were the potato-spoon-balance race, the potato splash, potato block towers and potato rolls. The most fun events were the potato splash and the potato-spoon-balance race.
Chatterbox Time with Ms Capelli
Speech Pathology Week was celebrated from 22-28August this year. The theme was “communication is everyone’s right”.
It is important to remember that communication is a basic human right, 1.2 million Australian’s live with a communication disability, communication disability is largely invisible, confident communication helps children access educational opportunities, and that communication is more than just speech.
Chatterbox tip of the week:
Take the time to respond to all communication attempts and all forms of communication.This highlights that interaction is powerful for students who have developing communication skills. This is especially important with communicating with students using different forms of communication (e.g. low and high tech devices, visuals, gestures, body language).
Community Access Incursion – Wombat Stew
The Sensorium’s interactive storytelling of “Wombat Stew” finished last Friday. This week, Dingo retold the story from beginning to end. Xavier told Dingo that the stew would make him sick and he was right! Ruby said she had really great fun. Erik liked the mud best and I think he wasn’t the only one.
The Centre’s next Community Access event is Beldon Sports Carnival at Beldon Primary School. Cross your fingers for sunny weather. It would be lovely to see lots of the parents there, cheering our young athletes on to success.
FUNDRAISING ITEMS FOR SALE
We still have 9 First Aid Kits and numerous boxes of Band Aids 25 per box for sale in the front office.
The First Aid Kits are compact, practical and great to keep in the car and are even small enough to take in a bag or back pack for when out and about.
The Band Aids are very cute, 5 bright colours in each box with cute ducks pictures on them.
The First Aid Kits are $15.00 per kit and the Band Aids as $3.00 per box of 25.
If you would like to purchase either a First Aid Kit or box of Band Aids please call into the Front Office where staff will be able to assist you.
South Ballajura Campus is celebrating Book Week in Week 8 of Term 3 with a Book Fair running from 6th to the 9th of September and a Dress Up Parade on Wednesday 8 September.
Monday 6th September will be for students to create their wish lists and bring them home so that parents are aware of which books their child(ren) would like and the cost. Parents can then go online to www.scholastic.com.au/payment to pay for their chosen books via card, then just bring the receipt number and list into the book fair and pick up your books. You can also come into the book fair and pay via cash or eftpos if you would prefer.
The Book Fair will be open from 8.30 to 8.50am and again from 3.00 until 3.45pm Tues to Thurs for parents to come in with the students and make purchases, and from 12.30 to 1.00pm for students to come in and pick their own purchases.
The Book Week Dress Up Parade is taking place on Wednesday 8 September at 9.00am. This year’s theme is “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds” but of course students are welcome to dress up as their favourite book character from any book. There will be prizes given to two of the best costumes from each year level.
South Ballajura Primary School and Education Support Centre would also like to send a big thank you to Rita Saffioti for her kind donation of books in celebration of Book Week.
Thank you for making a difference to our environment.
This term we are having another whole school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) project. The students have been challenged to create a Rube Goldberg model that performs a task using simple machines. This project aims to develop student's creative and critical thinking and problem solving skills. Class teachers may ask students to bring in some materials from home to support this project. Please ask your child to tell you more about Rube Goldberg machines. There are many Rube Goldberg You-tube videos that you could view with your children, perhaps you could even create one at home with them!
Oooooops! Forgot to enrol for 2022?
We still have vacancies. If you have forgotten or know of families wishing to apply for Kindergarten or any other school year in 2022, please visit the school office as soon as possible to obtain application information and forms.
Please advise us if your child/ren in Kindy to Year 5 are leaving at the end of the 2021 school year, by advising the school office in writing as soon as possible. This is vital for 2022 school planning.
The student leaders would like to begin some projects to make some areas of the school more inviting. To help them, the student leaders would like families to donate colourful socks that are clean and in good condition.
Any donations can be sent in with your child, and the student leaders will collect them. Thanks in advance.
Theses are some of their creations so far.
Friday 27 August is the last day that the Father's Day Stall is being held. Gifts ranging from $1 to $10 are still available to purchase. If you would like your child to visit the stall, please get your child to bring their money in a sealed envelope with their name clearly marked. Thank you
Reminder to get your lunch preorder and raffle tickets into the canteen by Thursday 2 September.
Pavillion menu for the Faction Carnival and a bike raffle and a Fathers Day Raffle we will be running on the day.
Get ready for our next disco on Friday 10 September. Come dressed as your favourite Superhero. Notes will be going home soon.
Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and summer school holidays.
VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations across WA. Not only is VacSwim a great school holiday activity, it also teaches 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