Newsletter 2 - 24 February 2022
It has been so wonderful to see the welcoming smiles of all of our students as I have wandered around the campus. Parents should be extremely proud of our students and the way they have made me feel so very welcome at South Ballajura – what a friendly bunch we have!
The first four weeks of the school year have flown by and it is through the hard work of our teachers and teaching assistants that we have ensured a really smooth start to the school year. A special mention also to our wonderful gardener, Mike Fletcher, who keeps the grounds in immaculate condition and our cleaners who make the school a healthy and safe place for our students every day in these uncertain times.
Unfortunately, due to Covid we have had to change the way we do things and as such we can no longer have parents entering classrooms which has affected our usual parent – teacher information sessions. All teachers should have sent home information in regards to things parents might need to note in regards to how the classroom will operate and I encourage all families to make a time to have a chat to the teacher if you have anything you need the teacher to know - via telephone or some may even be brave enough to chat using Zoom! It is more important than ever that we have good communication processes; parents know their children best and teachers need you to share any information you have that will help your child to success at school.
Next Friday will see our first assembly for the year and as we can no longer have parents along we will be videoing the item and teachers will share that with parents. Good luck to all of our Year 3 students and I can’t wait to see your video.
Noonook boorda djinang!
All students across our campus should have received a work package this week. The work packages sent home are for a future date, if we get a situation where the class has to isolate as a whole group. In order to be supportive of teacher workload in a very different teaching and learning environment we are requesting, where parents are choosing to keep children home for a short period of time as an interim and precautionary measure, that they access DOE resources on the Learning From Home website www.education.wa.edu.au/en/learning-from-home - if children are well enough to do so (with parent support).
Masks & Pick ups
Thank you to all families who continue to wear masks on the school site. If you need to pick your child up early from school, we kindly request that you come to the office to sign them out. We will then arrange for the student to be bought to the office. This is to limit the amount of visitors moving around our school site.
Whilst we realise that parking around the school can be troublesome at pick up and drop off time we do request that all parents support each other by showing courtesy and not double parking or parking on neighbouring properties. There is additional parking at the back of the school.
Learning a language enables children to analyse information and solve problems better. - Dept. of Education
The students revise previous language learnt at the start of each lesson and then move on to learning new language.
Year 3 students have viewed and listened to facts about Indonesia through shared reading and watching a video "Focus on Indonesia." They will be mapping the six main islands of Indonesia next.
Year 4 students have recalled the main islands of Indonesia on a map and have started learning names of a few animals and food they eat.
Year 5s have also recalled the six main islands through a mapping activity and are now learning about the different dialects spoken in the various provinces of Indonesia through activities in their portfolio.
Year 6s have revisited the six main islands of Indonesia through a mapping activity and are now creating a profile of a mystery classmate after which they will be having a competition to see who can guess the greatest number of mystery classmates.
Happy Learning! Selamat belajar!
Term 1 Yoga
Term 1 2022 Yoga has commenced with students displaying great confidence in core strength poses and fantastic imagination with yoga games, always ending sessions with beautiful Mindfulness relaxation.
This week in EI1 we have been learning about penguins. We made some binoculars and searched for penguins in the classroom. We painted with ice cubes and made a fluffy penguin using cotton wool balls.
The Three Little Pigs
In EI2 we can't believe we're already nearly halfway through the term. This term our theme has been Fairy Tales. This week we have focused on the story of The Three Little Pigs. We have enjoyed learning how to play board games and take turns by playing themed board games, we have made stick puppets to play in houses made of sticks, straw, and bricks. We also practiced story telling by sequencing the story using visual cards. Our favourite activity has been small world play using toy houses and toy pigs to act out the story....Peppa and Bluey may have made a surprise appearance!
Silvia Samarin, Teacher
Hi my name is Ashley, I’m one of the Prefects here at South Ballajura Primary School. I have a quote I would like everyone to remember ‘Ambition without Knowledge is like a boat on dry land’ This quote means if you have a lot of ambition but you refuse to do your best to achieve your goal, you won’t get anything at all. My ambition this year is finish my fictional book that delves into Japanese Urban Legends. I hope to share its completion with my Year 6 Peers. Keep an eye out for me as I’m out to know all of you students and be a helping hand.
South Ballajura Primary School
In these uncertain and unpredictable times, it is essential that the school is able to contact you and keep you updated with important or urgent messages. We will contact you through a number of mediums, including Class Dojo, school website, school app or the school messaging service. We ask that you connect with our communication platforms as soon as possible so you don't miss out on important information. Thanks for your cooperation with this matter. If you need assistance with any of these, please call the school or send an email.
Class teachers will be sending requests to join their Class Dojo, please take the time to get this app and stay connected with your child's teacher. The website also has a link to get you connected to Class Dojo.
South Ballajura Education Support Centre
At South Ballajura Education Support Centre we will be communitating through two main platforms, which will be email and Seesaw for those classes that have it set up.
We are currently in the process of setting up a sms notification system and will introduce this system to all parents once finalised.