La Perouse PS Newsletter

A school for all - Happy, Smart and Proud

Week 7, Term 3, 2019

Dear parents, carers and community members,

Firstly, I'd like to thank parents, carers and community members who have supported events this term. We really appreciate your hard work and dedication that makes it possible for us to provide a range of opportunities for students. With your support the following events have brought much joy to students, teachers and community.

  • Nova/Foodbank Community Breakfast
  • Book Parade
  • Hip Hop track recording and filming
  • Father's Day Breakfast and Stall
  • Bondi Showcase

Principals Network Award Winner

Our very own Craig Noble was presented with an award by our director, Nic Accaria on behalf of the Metropolitian South Operational Directorate, for excellence in the role of Senior Administrative Manager at La Perouse PS. I am sure everyone would agree that Craig is a very worthy recipient. Here is what we had to say about him:

"Craig’s contribution at La Perouse is immeasurable and epitomises the SAM role and much more. He has a deep understanding of our context and community and makes a huge commitment to the wellbeing of our students. Craig always goes above and beyond to assist staff in providing a dynamic learning environment for the students; no job is too small and no question is ever too ridiculous. He is well-liked; highly respected by colleagues, parents and students; knowledgeable; diligent in his duties; and respectful of all. He can often be found at school after-hours and on weekends to ensure that staff have what they need to deliver the curriculum, e.g. fixing IT issues; to ensure that students have a safe and supportive environment in which to learn e.g. fixing gates to outdoor areas and organising breakfast club supplies; and opening the school to the wider community e.g. filming crews. Craig has the best interests of the students at heart and can often be found applying band-aids, making sandwiches and offering a shoulder of support. The students enjoy showing him their work and feel proud when he’s proud. He is the glue that holds us together and is a very deserving recipient of this award as our school would not function half as well without him."

Public Education Secretary Award

Last Tuesday, La Perouse Public School was recognised for its partnership with the Little Bay Community of Schools (LBCoS) to implement the Culture, Community and Curriculum project. Jo Connolly, Aunty Joyce Timberry, Aunty Maxine Ryan and Noni Hoskins from Matraville Public School attended the awards ceremony, accepting on behalf of the LBCoS. Thanks must be expressed to Matt Jackman, who nominated the initiative. We now hope to attract funding so we can continue the CCCP in 2020 and beyond.

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL)

Each term we have a special assembly where we present Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for the achievement of Dojo points for following our school rules (being a learner, being responsible and being respectful). Since our last assembly the following students have earned their Bronze Award. Congratulations Xavier, Cooper, Maksim, Dante and Leila.

At the end of term 3, we will hold our Gold Award assembly followed by our term 4 Presentation Night. We will award PBL badges and trophies for those students who have reached these levels. Ask your child today how they are going.

School Maintenance

Our pergola outside the canteen is almost finished and soon remedial works to the outside toilets, halls doors and windows and multipurpose room front doors will take place. Once again thanks for your patience during this time.

Grants and Projects

In 2018, the P&C applied for a Stronger Communities grant in order to fund a bore water project. Due to a change of policy, related to the use of bore water, the grant with the support of Matt Thislewaite will instead pay for the installation of rain water tanks. The tanks will feed our toilets as well as provide a water supply to our many gardens. Works will commence shortly, just in time for summer.

Indigigrow / Randwick Council / Lands Council - Bush Track Project

In our top garden we have the endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub, which has been cared for and maintained in partnership with Randwick Council. On our behalf, Peter Cooley applied for funding to create a bush walking track through this area with the aim to create an area where teachers can bring their students to learn about the local plants species and bush foods. Next week stage 1 of this project will begin. This involves creating a walking path and sand stone yarning area with planting on either side of the track. Indigigrow, Lendlease and the La Perouse Lands Council Gamay Rangers are joining forces for this project. We are very excited to see it all finished.

Burriburri Mural - by Gary Purchase

We are very fortunate to benefit from a collaboration between Spotless, Yaanma and Orana, that will see renowned Indigenous Artist Garry Purchase produce a bespoke mural here at La Perouse PS. Garry is a proud Aboriginal man of Dharawal, Bidjigal and Dhungutti descent. He grew up in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs in Botany and was raised amongst the Aboriginal community of La Perouse. The project will take 1-2 weeks for completion and aims to enhance the preschool space as well as celebrate and promote the school and wider community’s culture and values.

Community Building Partnership Grant

Our P&C are working on our behalf to apply for funds so that we can build a sensory garden in the front courtyard. A sensory garden can be very therapeutic for children who suffer from sensory problems or conditions related to trauma and anxiety. It may be used as a calming place and as a gentle way to stimulate the senses. This type of environment can become a place where children with autism and other sensory processing disorders feel safe and comfortable in exploring their senses without feeling overwhelmed by them. For children who do not suffer from a disability, a sensory garden is beneficial in that it is a fun educational tool that allows them to explore and learn about their senses and nature. While in the garden, they are encouraged to touch, smell, taste, and generally interact with the environment around them. Fingers crossed that the application is successful. If you'd like to get on board please just let us know.

NDIS Support - Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation

Marjorie Talbot is working out of our Koori room in order to provide advice and support coordination in relation to NDIS. Dates: September 24th; October 29th; November 5th & 26th & December 3rd.

Upcoming Events

10/9 - Years 3 & 4 Excursion to Sydney Opera House (Credit Suisse)

20/9 - Gold Award Assembly

21/9 - Teddy Bear's Picnic 10-12 noon, all welcome, please join us!

Warm regards,

Lisa Haller | Principal