Newsletter 7 - 19 May 2022
It has been terrific to be able to live in a less COVID-19 restricted environment, however, this has also resulted in a lot of coming and going of staff and students with the increase in the spread of the coronavirus. On the positive side, we haven’t experienced hospitalisations and most people are returning after their 7 day isolation period. This has meant that we have needed to be flexible at school so that learning can continue, but also understanding that some people have had extended absences.
Primary school NAPLAN testing did go ahead even though it has taken a bit longer than usual. Thank you to students, staff and community for supporting the Year 3 and 5 students while they have been sitting their NAPLAN tests. They are in their final days of the tests. Well done to these students for the positive way in which they have engaged with the tests.
Due to ESC staff shortages Campus Lunchtime Clubs and Play skills will hopefully restart in week 7.
We appreciate families using the RATS that are being distributed to assist families monitor children’s health at home, and letting us and the Health Department know if there are any positive cases. As the weather is cooling, we realise that is tricky to distinguish between regular cold and flu symptoms and COVID-19. In either circumstance, children who are unwell need to stay home to recover & keep others safe. (see further information below)
Once again, we are enjoying assemblies as a whole campus community, starting with TA15 last week. Parents can be involved in classroom activities again , so some mums enjoyed a classroom Mother’s Day celebration and lots of mums were lucky to receive presents from the P&C stall.
Parents are also invited to be active & join us for the Walk to School event tomorrow. Mr Kovalevs is looking forward to participating in his first “Walk Safely to School Day” Hopefully the weather will be kind to us, although waterproof jackets might be a good idea, just in case! Thanks to Ms Ngatia and her team for organising a healthy snack when walkers arrive at the undercover area. This will be a great start to our school day.
It has been great to see so many of our students wearing school uniform. Please ensure that your child has their name on all of their clothing, thank you.
Enjoy your weekend.
Campus COVID UPDATE
Just a reminder that we are no longer able to notify families of every positive case but urge you to consider that that COVID19 is currently circulating widely in the community and our school.
We continue to have students who test positive in most classes. In many cases these children will have been at school while infectious and not wearing a mask before testing positive. Please be mindful and test your children when appropriate.
Children should not attend school when unwell.
Free Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT)
The free RATs for each student from the Department of Education have now been delivered to the school.
These free RATs will support our students to continue to attend school for face-to-face learning and will minimise disruption to their schooling. You will be able to test your child at home if they are feeling unwell. You can also use these RATs if your child is a close contact to enable them to test daily and continue to attend school, as long as they receive a negative result, remain asymptomatic, and wear a mask if they are in Year 7 and above. If your child is a close household contact, has had a negative RAT and is not symptomatic we encourage them to wear a mask at school.
If your child becomes symptomatic they should stay home and be tested for COVID-19. You should notify the school if your child tests positive for COVID-19. Refer to healthywa.wa.gov.au for information on close contact definition, testing and isolation requirements.
Thank you for your continued efforts in keeping our campus COVID-19 safe.
It was exciting to be part of the first whole school assembly in the undercover area after a long time. The students were well behaved and enjoyed the assembly item by TA15. Each student read out all those everyday things their mums do and reminded us about how special and giving our mothers are. The Mother's Day song by the class was very entertaining too. Thank you TA15 for your beautiful assembly item. Hope you all spoilt your mums. Congratulations, everyone.
We farewelled Miss Dee & wished all the best as she takes on new challenges supporting students with special needs at a mainstream school closer to home. We are very appreciative of her invaluable contributions at SBESC for the past 9 years.
TA11 students celebrated Mother's Day by planting and wrapping the 'Snapdragons' from the garden that have been growing from seeds.
They completed a brainstorm and came up with some beautiful reasons why our Mum's are so special to us.
Zain "We watch movies together."
Yai "She cares for me."
Kelvin "She makes me feel happy."
Andrew "She gives good cuddles."
On the Friday before Mother’s Day EI2 had a special afternoon with their Mums. Students and Mums completed some activities together and then the students signed an Acknowledgement of Country, performed a drumming song and signed a song, “Just One Drop”. We think we might have even made some of the Mums cry with happiness! When reflecting on the afternoon these were some of the students’ responses:
Summer said we made a “bubble tower”.
“We made bracelets,” said Isaac.
Angel said our special people were laughing!
When asked what they liked best, Tate pointed to the picture of bracelet making and Efrata pointed to the picture of the bubble tower.
When asked how he felt, Thinuka said “Good!”
Parent Picnic at Pia’s Playground
We were very fortunate to have fine weather last Friday for our visit to Whiteman Park. It was great to have parents join us for this rescheduled excursion from term one so we could have longer conversations than the quick school drop off & pickup times allow.
As usual, the students had a fantastic time exploring all the interesting play equipment & practising their interaction and social skills at the same time. It was a lovely, relaxed school community event. We look forward to more opportunities later in the year.
Parents will be invited by teachers to individual IEP reviews and midyear reporting interviews in the last week of this term. We have seen some impressive progress.
During TA17 Yoga, Erik wanted to explain how he felt about Yoga
Erik’s explanation about why Yoga Poses and Breathing is important.
“Without yoga none of these poses would assist us to get stronger”
“Breathing helps us to relax and calm down”
Well done Erik!
LEGO-Based Therapy in TA17
Children with autism sometimes find it challenging to understand what is expected of them in a social situation, particularly within unstructured play activities. LEGO-Based Therapy provides a highly structured environment where everyone plays a specific role within the group. This can help children feel calm and relaxed as they are doing something that they enjoy and know precisely what to expect and what is expected of them.
"I really like being the engineer. I get to read all of the instructions and sometimes I find the pieces" Xavier told me.
"My favourite is being the builder. I have to listen to the engineer when I'm putting the pieces together. I want to be a builder when I grow up" Theo explained.
"It's so much fun to build with LEGO. Sometime we have really big things to build" Erik said
"It's fun" Lucas commented
Chatterbox Time with Miss Capelli
Slowing our talking and increasing our wait time are powerful tools to support communication development in children. This provides children with more time to understand and learn language.
This strategy is helpful for children who use all forms of communication e.g. speech, key word sign, gestures, communication books or communication devices.
Variety Motor Mouth Camp
Applications for the 2022 Variety Motor Mouth Camp are now open for campers and volunteers! Variety Motor Mouth Camp supports AAC users and their families to learn new skills during a fun filled weekend of communication. It is a great opportunity for families and volunteers to connect with the AAC community in WA. Camp runs from 30 September - 2 October 2022 at Point Walter Reserve, Bicton WA. Please visit the Variety – the Children’s Charity of WA website for further information on the Motor Mouth Program and how to apply for as a camper or a volunteer: https://www.variety.org.au/wa/programs/mmc/
Please feel free to contact our School Speech Pathologist to ask any questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
This term we have been learning about “Relationships” . This has involved the students talking about values, character strengths and getting along skills.
Ask your child what their strengths are and discuss what your strengths are. This is a good opportunity to talk with your child and let them know, if we want something, we need to work hard to get it. The students at SBPS have also been learning about getting along. What do we do if someone disagrees with us?
People have different opinions and we will always have arguments or disagreements, but how do we deal with them? What do you do?
Social skills are the most important aspect in life, without good social skills we will come across a number of roadblocks in our lives.
Let’s all keep working together!
Mr Donegan and the “You Can Do It” crew.
This week our junior playground has seen the arrival of a boat! Thanks to Mrs Green who sourced the new playground addition and Mr Fletcher who assisted with the transport of the boat. The playboat is complete with seats and steering wheel. The boat needs to undergo a few minor repairs to ensure it is safe, but will be ready for many 'sea adventures' in the playground soon! The year 1 & 2 students are very excited about the new equipment. This boat was funded by our awesome P&C committee, thank-you!
This Friday our online NAPLAN testing will finish. The year 3 and 5 students have shown great persistence and confidence when completing 4 tests over the testing period. The results from the testing will be received by the school later in the year. This information will be used by classroom teachers and it will also help to inform our whole school focus areas. Parents will receive a NAPLAN report that details their child's results.
A reminder that all students need to be wearing full school uniform. As the weather has become cooler, we have noticed a number of students wearing black or coloured logo/branded style jumpers and jackets. These do not comply with our school uniform expectations, we ask parents' support to ensure that they are sending their children to school in the correct attire. If you would like more information about the requirements of our uniform or where you can purchase them, please visit our website School Uniform Requirements.
Friday 20 May
National Walk Safely to School Day
Tuesday 24 May
Pizza with the Principal
Wednesday 25 May
ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime
Thursday 26 May
Yera 3-6 Cross Country Interschool
Happy National Volunteer Week!
Do you have a day spare each week and are looking for something active to do?
Do you enjoy working on your feet and learning new skills?
Are you looking at future employment opportunities and would like to gain some experience in a Canteen or Food service environment?
The Canteen is currently looking for volunteers to help support Kath & Bree in the daily operation of our school canteen. Without the support of volunteers we may potentially have to close the Canteen if Bree or Kath become unwell with Covid/serious illness.
We are currently looking for a parent or guardian who would like to come in 1 set day a week.
Any questions or to express your interest come and visit Bree or Kath during operating hours.
Help needed for the election day sausage sizzle on Saturday 21st May. A letter will be sent home with students with this request for volunteers and soft drink donations.
If you are able to volunteer on the day for 2 hours, please fill in the slip sent home and have your child return to the canteen ASAP or contact 0403597703 to let us know when you can help. Shift times are from 7am to 3pm and require 4 people per session. Any help and donations is greatly appreciated.
Primary School -Term 3
School Development Day – Monday 18 July
Primary School students return to school - Tuesday 19 July
Education Support Centre - Term 3
Education Support Centre students return to school - Monday 18 July
Education Support Centre's School Development Day - Thursday 28 July
Primary School and Education Support Centre - Term 4
School Development Day – Monday 10 October
Primary & Ed Support Centre students return to school – Tuesday 11 October
Term 2 Family Playgroup in Ballajura isn't far away!
When: Term 2 - Fridays Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Where: Meerilinga Children and Community Service 2 Community Mews, Ballajura.
Dates: 27th May, 3rd June, 10th June, 17th June, 24th June