Newsletter 19 - 2 December 2021
Dear Parents and carers,
It is with mixed emotions that we are sprinting towards the end of the year, because this will mean farewelling some of our community staff, students and families, especially our graduating year sixes.
However, whilst assessments and reporting are being finalised it is still fantastic to be recognising and celebrating individual and school community achievements.
‘Enjoyable’ and 'Performance' are perfect Words of the Week, as we have recently enjoyed two fabulous inclusive assemblies - TA5 and TA8, as well as Clubs International Day For People with Disabilities. We also said a huge thank you to our CAMPers & Clubs members at their windup parties. Unfortunately, the Colour Run event was canceled due to the heat last Friday, but ESC still had a parent picnic in the bike track area. (PHOTOS???) On Tuesday we showed our appreciation to our campus community volunteers with a special morning tea. Mrs Southerland & the choir provided a polished performance to welcome guests.
TA5 and TA8 ASSEMBLY
Last week TA5 and TA8 entertained us all with a combined assembly. Their item, ‘Que Sera’ was terrific & TA8 students also showcased their Indonesian learning in a way that the audience could easily understand. “Makan apa sekarang?”
Congratulations also to all merit award recipients and staff who re did their Aquatic qualifications. Every year Mrs Green does an amazing job co-ordinating the various Aquatic re-qualifications for Campus staff, which provides additional expertise & safety for students attending In-term swimming. All the Bronze Medallions, Aquatic Play Leaders & Swim Instructors passed their practicals in term 3 and received their "medals" and certificates at the assembly.
On behalf of the Lions Club of Ballajura, Mrs Middlemas made a presentation of Australian books to Mrs Larsen for the library. We appreciate this annual donation to encourage reading at South Ballajura.
We hope that families will come along to the movie night on 10 December. What a fantastic way to end the term and support your P&C fundraising.
The Koondoola Bushfire was an unexpected event yesterday. We are extremely grateful to the fire fighters for their hours of hard work to put it out, as it jumped Alexander Drive and threatened parts of Ballajura due to the wind direction.
This week we celebrated International Day of People with Disability at a special assembly with plenty of clubs entertainment and a wonderful introductory video featuring ESC and primary school students talking about the theme, ‘Leading & learning together.’
All the Clubs performed magnificently highlighting that all our differences together make us all wonderful and the Drumming, Signing and Jump Jam Clubs were exactly that; all different and all wonderful. Over 50 students shone like the superstars that they are. Luan from TA3 created his own diorama showing all of them performing together.
Integration buddies will be enjoying some IDPwD activities together on Friday as well.
Great to see the impressive number of certificates for Club participants who showed commitment to regularly attending weekly lunchtime sessions. This certainly ensures that they all shine at performances, as they did at the IDPwD assembly on Tuesday.
It was a pleasure to present certificates to three students who are fully committed to all 3 clubs! Congratulations Trey, Quinn and Brianna. You are dedicated super stars!
Campus Recycling Competition
It has been very encouraging to see the amount of bread tags and bottle caps collected by the students and staff during the year. Congratulations to all the winning classes and big thank you to all who have contributed throughout the year.
Next Tuesday 7 December would be the last day people can donate or contribute to the recycling competition. The winning class will be announced by next Wednesday so that celebration can take place before the end of the term.
Happy Recycling and Good Luck.
At lunchtime Tuesday 23 November, approximately 60 students from across the Campus celebrated with an end of year party at the Bike Track. The club co-ordinators, Mrs Rowe – Drumming Club, Mrs Guise and Mrs Bolton – Jump Jam Club, Mrs Quigley and Mrs Harney- Signing Club, handed out treats to all the students. Mrs Lennox, South Ballajura ESC Principal, presented each of the students with a certificate acknowledging their hard work and club commitment for the year of 2021.
The final 2021 performance for all the clubs for this year was on Tuesday 30 November at the International Day of People with Disability/Clubs Christmas Assembly. The all the lunchtime clubs finished this week. Thank you to all the parents and guardians who have supported their ‘shining star’ children throughout the year.
WA EDUCATION AWARDS
On Monday, ten ESC staff attended the Department of Education WA Awards breakfast at Optus Stadium. We had nominated two inclusive, dedicated staff, Mrs Letty Salerno, BEAM Team leader and Zen Zone co-ordinator and Mrs Jen Quigley, campus Communication Champion. Even though they were not finalists, it was one of those rare opportunities to focus on staff contributions and celebrate achievements together. Sports presenter, Adrian Barich, showed a lot of interest in our Auslan programs.
In 2015 SBESC was a Primary School of the Year finalist, so it was an added bonus when Joondalup ESC was announced as this year’s winner!
AUSSIE OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to Theo from TA5 for being our latest 'Aussie of the Month' for showing his 'Getting Along" skills by being accepting of others and he has excelled in 'Resilience' by being able to use various techniques to regulate his emotions. Keep up the great work Theo.
'TIS THE SEASON OF CHRISTMAS KAHOOTS
On Monday, the very clever Kindys ((EI1)impressed me with their bell-ringing, answering yes/ no kahoot questions in teams & careful decoration painting.
Staff also highlighted the fact that not everyone celebrates Christmas, however, most families have celebrations that are traditions for them, and how important it is to be respectful of our differences whilst seeking to find out what things we do that are the same.
On Tuesday, TA16 students knew lots about Christmas traditions and had created their own 15 question Christmas Kahoot. They worked in pairs to answer those questions and they also competed in two bigger teams decorating a Christmas tree on the interactive whiteboard. Throughout the lesson they were very cooperative, helping their partner, listening to each other and they were good sports if they didn’t win.
Today, TA17 showcased their Christmas research and planning for their Kahoot quiz. They worked well with partners and shared new knowledge with the class. They know that there is more to christmas than just presents.
I look forward to seeing some more exciting, co-operative classroom learning using the Kahoot app next week.
End of Year Parent Picnic
The ESC Parent Picnic at the Bike Track Friday 26 November was a resounding success. Despite being an overly warm Spring day, it was wonderful to see so many parents and carers come 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 the wonderful new playground equipment. The bubbles activity was very popular with everyone.
Thanksgiving in TA3
This term in TA3 we have been learning about different celebrations from around the world. On Thursday last week we learnt all about Thanksgiving. We learnt that Thanksgiving is celebrated in America and is when people take time to share what they are thankful for. In our class we are thankful for our parents and Minecraft. In America they celebrate with lots of food and Ms Karen kindly made us a pumpkin pie to try. Emmanuel and Theo both said it was “good” and had three pieces each! Luan also thought it was “AWESOME!” but Kelvin and Gerald did not like it very much. We are all very thankful for Ms Karen and her wonderful baking!
Students are making Stop Motion videos using the iPad and selected videos will be shown during Parents' Assembly so stay tuned!
Chatterbox Time with Miss Capelli
Chatterbox tip of the week:
“Vocabulary” refers to the words we know. Teaching new words is very important for language development.
When you come across a new word, try some of the following strategies for your children:
- Talk about what the word means
- Put the word in a sentence
- Demonstrate the word (if it’s not an action)
- Talk about where you find it, what it does or what group it belongs to
- Highlight the first sound in the word, how many sounds are in the word and clap the syllables
2022 Contributions and Charges
Hardcopies of the 2022 Contributions and Charges were sent home on Monday. Please check your child's bag to make sure you have received it.
- Fri 3 December - ESC & Integration Class – IDPWD Activities
- Tue 7 December - ESC Transition 9.30 - 11.30
- Pizza with the Principals
- Wed 8 December - ESC Parent Christmas Concert 9.15-10.15
- Canteen Special Christmas Recess
- Thu 9 December - Faction Reward
- Fri 10 December - P&C Movie Night
- Tue 14 December – Year 6 Graduation
- Wed 15 December – Reports go home
- Thu 16 December - Last day for students
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.
Friday 3 December is the last day that you can drop off booklist orders at school or make an online order, after this date you will need to either purchase your supplies directly from the Campion shop in Malaga or from another supplier.
For Home Delivery or Pre Paid School Collection Service
Please Order Online at www.campion.com.au
using "6YT7" as your code by Friday 3rd December 2021
OR if you wish to pay on the day of the School Collection
Return this list to the School prior to the above Return Date.
Home Delivery orders can be placed online past the "Return Date" but it may incur at late fee.
School Collection - Tuesday 25 January 2022 - 2pm to 3.30pm
We have a huge amount of lost property including personal items of clothing and lunchboxes. Please check the basket which is located outside the back Admin door to make sure none of the items belong to your child/children. Any clothing still in the basket at the end of week 9 will be donated to charity.
A Raffle ticket sheet was sent home with each child on Tuesday. Please note there was a slight error with printing and on the bottom row of tickets the part where you put your child's TA and your contact number has been left off.
Please make sure you put your child's TA and your contact number along the bottom of all raffle tickets that you purchase.
Movie Night Friday 10 December 2021
Parenting Holiday Tip
The holidays can be relaxed and refreshing however, sometimes many weeks without school therapy structures can be challenging for families.
Do not forget to pause and respond to inappropriate behaviours rather than react.
Hoping you enjoy the upcoming holiday break.
5 Steps to Positive Parenting
Keeping Sun Safe While Playing Sport
Now that spring has well and truly sprung, you may be trying to make the most of the warmer weather by getting active in the sun:
While physical exercise is great for your health and wellbeing, it's also important to make sure you're protected when the UV Index is 3 or above.
To help make sure you're well protected during the warmer months, here are five SunSmart tips:
1. Slip on protective clothing:
Choose long pants and long sleeve collared shirts. Darker coloured materials are best as they absorb more UV radiation.
2. Slop on SPF 30+ sunscreen:
Use a broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen and apply 20 minutes before going outside. Reapply at least every two hours.
3. Slap on a broad-brimmed hat:
A hat should cover your head, face, neck and ears so swap the cap or visor for a broad-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire hat.
4. Seek shade:
Whilst you're playing sport outdoors, take advantage of shady breaks whenever you can. Hydrate in the shade and find shady spots when off the field. Try to schedule training and games earlier in the morning or later in the day when the UV radiation isn't as intense.
5. Slide on sunglasses:
Go for close-fitting, wrap-around styles, and ensure they have an eye protection factor (EPF) of 10.
Key take away: When the UV is 3 or more, make sure to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide!
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Good Deed December