Heights Happenings

Winston Heights PS - Term 3, Week 2 2021

Principal's Message

Our First Digital Newsletter

Welcome to the very first edition of our new look digital Heights Happenings newsletter!


We hope this digital platform makes it easier for you to read and interact with our newsletter content.


We would love to hear your feedback!

Please email your thoughts and suggestions to winstonhts-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

It's Education Week!!!

This week is Education Week. Unfortunately, the events that had been planned for this week were cancelled, as they were all due to happen on school site.


The theme for Education Week is ‘Lifelong Learners’.


Lifelong learning embodies all learning activities undertaken throughout life, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competences.


We (students, parents and staff) are all developing new skills to facilitate and support our students to learn online. We are all showing what it takes to be a lifelong learner.


To celebrate and acknowledge everyone in our school community being a lifelong learner, we have created a video from the 'learning from home' photos you have shared with us.


Thank you to the families who sent in photos of your children engaged in learning from home.


We hope you enjoy watching this video.

Learning From Home

  • Google Classroom (GC) is the online platform we are using to assign students their learning from home content


  • Student work in GC will be uploaded at 7am each morning


  • Teachers will be monitoring your child's GC at the following times - 9:00am to 11:00am; 11:30am to 1:00pm; and 2:00pm to 3:00pm


  • Must do learning tasks - we will highlight two learning activities each day that we would like your child to complete. There will be one literacy task and one maths task to complete each day.


  • Other learning tasks - the rest of the activities in your child’s Google Classroom (GC) Slides are there for those who can manage more.



  • Teachers will respond to student work, and questions and comments made by students as soon as they can. However they may be juggling multiple tasks and may not be able to respond within an hour. We appreciate your understanding and patience.


  • As always, please contact the school at any time if you require assistance with learning from home. We will have an appropriate member of staff get in touch with you at their earliest convenience.

We're Proud of the Effort You're Putting into your Online Work!

Our WHPS teachers have been SO impressed with the effort and work that our students have been completing and submitting in their Google Classrooms over the past two weeks, that they have been sending me many emails to share their excitement.


To acknowledge the effort of these students, I have been sending them a message on a piece of work they have submitted in their Google Classroom ... and they have been rewarded with a Principal's Gold Token.


I promise to hand the tokens to students when we all return to face-to-face teaching at school.

Great work everyone!!!

Every Friday is Dress-Up Day

To make things a little bit of fun for everyone, every Friday during Learning From Home will be dress-up day.


This Friday 30 July is OLYMPIC dress-up day.


Students, parents and staff are encouraged to dress-up in the colours of the Olympic rings, as an Olympic athlete, in your favourite sporting team uniform or anything else creative to do with the Olympics.


We would love families to share their dress-up day photos every Friday by emailing them to the school so that we can share the following week with the WHPS community.

I would like to personally thank our parents and carers who are front line, essential and critical workers who continue to go to work everyday (following NSW Health orders) despite the risks you face. I understand the conflicting sense of care, safety and duty you would have towards your family and work ... and I thank you for doing what you do to help everyone in our community.


Please stay safe, keep smiling and remember to follow the latest health advice!


Mrs Terri Bullock

Principal

To Help Minimise the Risks and Stop the Spread of COVID ...

Follow the advice from NSW Health:

- You must stay home.

- Only leave your home if you have a reasonable excuse.

- If you must leave home, stay within your local area.

- Do not travel outside your local area if you can avoid it.

- Limit your physical contact with people you do not live with.

- You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave your home.


Keep monitoring updates Greater Sydney restrictions | NSW Government

Get tested and isolate straight away if you have the mildest of symptoms and even if you have been vaccinated.


To find your nearest clinic visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/.../how-to-protect.../clinics

Get vaccinated when you are eligible.
Check in when you go out.
Wear a face mask when required.

Diary Dates

TERM DATES 2021


Term 3 - Tuesday 13 July to Friday 17 September

Term 4 - Tuesday 5 October to Thursday 16 December

Term 1 2022 - Tuesday 1 February to Friday 8 April 2022


Please note the following diary dates may be subject to change.

Further information will be sent home closer to the event being held.

July 2021

Mon 26 - P&C Meeting, 7:00pm via Zoom

Fri 30 - Dress Up Day - Olympics


August 2021

Mon 9 - Kindergarten excursion - cancelled due to COVID restrictions

Mon 23 - P&C Meeting

Mon 23-25 - Stage 3 camp - TBA

Sat 28th - P&C Trivia Night - TBA


September 2021

Thurs 2 - Father’s Day Fundraiser - TBA

Sat 4 - Council Election BBQ - TBA

Thurs 9 - Book Character Dress Up Day - TBA

Sat 11 - Working Bee P&C - TBA


October 2021

Tues 12 - Sports Photos - TBA

Mon 18 - Tues 19 Stage 2 camp - TBA

Wed 20 - Kindergarten Orientation - TBA

PSSA Sport Calendar

All PSSA games have been cancelled until further notice due to the current COVID restrictions

News from our Library

It is great to see we currently have 310 members in the Library Google classroom.


There are various ‘how to’ slides available to remind students about OLIVER library, World Book online and the PRC. The code for the Library Google classroom is available from the school office.


This week we celebrate Education Week. In the library we are hoping to repeat the success of last year’s online Book Donations. A note is being prepared and students will be able to select a book for donation when classes resume.


PRC All Kindergarten students have now completed the challenge. For students in Years 1-6 there are only 4 weeks to go! Students in Years 3 - 6 should be now entering their PRC book numbers online, access through your Orbit page in OLIVER Library. Students in Years 1 and 2 who have completed OR almost completed the PRC should scan and email student’s reading record to the school email asap.


Book Character Dress-up Day is planned for Thursday 9th September. More information will follow.


Thank you for your continued support.


Jenine Hinton

Teacher Librarian

Safe, Responsible, Respectful Learners at WHPS

Our PBL focus area for Online Learning


I am safe, responsible and respectful when using digital platforms to engage in online learning and maintain social networks with my friends.

P&C News

The Winston Heights P&C committee would like to invite you to attend our July P&C Meeting which will be held today, Monday 26 July at 7pm via Zoom.


The P&C is a great way to meet some fantastic people, get involved within the school and to keep up to date with the latest news and events.


Keeping with the current COVID-19 restrictions, this meeting will be held via a zoom meeting which you can register to attend by clicking on the link below.


https://au01web.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Arc-CtrDkvH9bPE74RJccYWhbmesmGsJcl



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Special Religious Education (SRE) / Special Education in Ethics (SEE)

Due to the current restrictions, Special Religious Education (SRE) and Special Education in Ethics (SEE) are not permitted in schools in Greater Sydney.


Approved providers are able to deliver their authorised curriculum with modifications, so that students are able to learn from home.


There are 3 portal entry points to SRE/SEE lesson content:





If you would like your child/ren to access the online SRE/SEE content, please click on the relevant link above.