Guildford West Public School
NEWSLETTER - 2021, Term 3, Week 5
Dear Parents and Carers,
Well when we left at the end of Term 2 for holidays I certainly did not anticipate this was what learning would look like in Week 5, Term 3. While this time has been challenging for all of us I am so proud of the efforts of the students and families and the resilience and dedication to learning that you have shown over the last five weeks. We understand that learning from home looks very different to what it does at school and the teachers have been busy preparing engaging, hands-on lessons to keep the students learning while at home. We understand that there may be times there are internet connection issues, that you may not always have the resources required, or you yourself may be busy working from home or helping your other children. It is okay if your children are not able to complete the activity the same way as the teacher planned, if they do not have the materials at home for a particular lesson (see if you can get creative and find something else you could use instead) or if they cannot complete all of the activities each day. We encourage you to take care of your and your family's wellbeing during this time and please contact the school if you require any assistance. Parents - thank you for your support and encouragement during this difficult time. We appreciate your efforts and thank you for all you are doing to support your children.
I would also like to take the opportunity to thank our staff who are busy working from home preparing lessons, making videos, phoning parents, attending professional learning courses online and finding resources to support your children learning from home. Our staff consistently go above and beyond to support student learning and I am so proud to be leading such a dedicated staff.
Thank you to all of our families for responding to the NSW Government's message to stay at home. By doing this, you are helping stop the spread of COVID and ensuring we can return to life as we knew it pre-COVID as soon as possible.
Take care of yourselves during this time and stay safe!
In Week 3 we celebrated Education Week. This year's theme was 'Lifelong Learners' and we explored what being a lifelong learner means. Students completed activities such as writing about what they wanted to be when they grew up, completed goal setting activities about things they wanted to learn and even interviewed their parents about what they have learnt since finishing school. Our teachers also created videos about what being a lifelong learner means to them and what lifelong learning looks like at GWPS, talked about lifelong learners they knew, gave their top three qualities/skills a lifelong learner needs and shared their favourite quotes about learning. Below are some of the inspiring quotes our staff shared.
Families were also encouraged to take part in the Family Challenge for Education Week and were challenged to learn something new. Below are a few photos from the Family Challenge.
Learning from Home - MasterChef Challenge
There has been so much amazing learning happening from home over the last five weeks. We have been so impressed at all the creative ways students have been learning, including STEM challenges, outdoor activities and learning about the Olympics. One of the highlights, however, was our MasterChef Challenge where students were challenged to create something yummy in the kitchen! Below are a few photos of some delicious dishes!
The staff were so inspired that we even made our own dishes as part of the MasterChef Challenge and made a cookbook to share! You can find the cookbook here (link will be live for another 10 days - you can download as a PDF if you'd like to try some of the recipes at home yourself)
In Week 7 we will be celebrating Book Week! Although we will not be at school to celebrate, we will be celebrating virtually with students participating in Book Week related lessons across the week. The theme this year is 'Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds'. We will be encouraging students to dress up as their favourite character from a book during this week. Get creative with your costumes, we encourage you to use what you already have at home rather than buying anything new! We can't wait to see what you come up with.