La Perouse PS Newsletter

Respectful, Responsible, Learners.

Week 2, Term 1, 2021

Dear parents and carers,

Welcome back to another year at La Perouse Public School. We have had a fantastic start to the year with our students settled in their classes and engaged in learning.

The beginning of the year is an important time to develop independence and clear expectations for our little people. We thank you for reinforcing the expectation that students are responsible for their learning and belongings. You can help each day by encouraging your children to carry their school bag, bring their lunchbox home from school and take it out of their bag. All these actions send a strong message to our little learners that when at school, they have responsibilities but their teachers are able to help if needed.

Our 2021 class names, which all except for our Buriburi class are local native plants.

Lomandra (Kindergarten) with Mrs Connolly, Ms Umme and Aunty Vicky

Murnong (1/2) with Mrs Unsworth and Aunty Maxine

Warrigal (2-4) with Miss Bene and Aunty Missy

Buriburi (4-6) with Miss Hensman, Ms Belinda and Aunty Vicky

I'd like to take this opportunity to announce that at the end of last year Mrs Jo Connolly was successful in her application under the temporary to permanent teacher program and is now a permanent teacher at La Perouse Public School. Jo has always been committed above and beyond over the past 4 years, we are very excited that she is here to stay.

Student Leadership

In 2021, there will be a range of opportunities for students to develop and practice leaderships skills. You may want to talk with your child about these opportunities.

Student Representative Council (SRC) - Teachers will be running a class based SRC election campaign (Years 1 - 6), which encourages students to prepare a short speech that they will give to class. Following this, students will vote on which candidate they wish to elect. Teachers will be guiding this process, using it as a teachable moment to ensure students understand what good leadership looks like. Two children per class will be elected.
A note from your class teacher will be sent home shortly.

House Captains - Early in Term 1, we will hold House meetings and elect House Captains (Years 3-6) for each house. House Captains for Yalinga (Yellow), Talinga (Green) and Manuka (Red) will help maintain a high level of commitment throughout the year to promote sport events, encourage and motivate teams as well as assist school staff in sports related matters including monitoring sports equipment at recess and lunchtime.

Library Monitors - Student will have the opportunity to express interest for al library monitor position. In this role they will need to commit to help during library lessons and at lunchtime, when the library is open.

School Leadership Team (Captains, Senior Leaders, SRC, Eco Warriors) - Students will choose a task that they are responsible for, such as: flags, recycling, worms, compost, chickens, notes, breakfast club, playground buddies etc. Staff will guide and support students to learn about and fulfil their roles.

Please note: Students in leadership positions are expected to be good role models who demonstrate that they can uphold school rules and learn from any mistakes.

Parent Leadership and Volunteering at LPPS

Our school is always looking for parent and community volunteers.

There are many opportunities at LPPS to help, some include:

  • uniform shop
  • working bees
  • chickens
  • book covering
  • joining the P&C
  • joining a working party to; write grants, organise events, fundraise, promote the school etc.
  • become an ethics teacher
  • share your personal expertise to help deliver lessons/programs

Volunteering has many benefits including:

1. Volunteering Makes a Difference in your Child’s Education

2. Volunteering Allows You to Spend More Time with Your Child

3. Volunteering Helps Create Community

4. Volunteering Allows You to Get to Know Teachers and Staff

5. Volunteering Makes Schools Better

6. Volunteering Allows You to Use Your Strengths

7. Volunteering is Good for Your Health


We understand that everyone is leading very busy lives, however we encourage all parents to link in with the school and P&C.

Every little bit helps. If you would like to get involved with your child's school please visit the following link:


We want to work in partnership with you to improve your child’s attendance, please let us know if there is anything we can do to support. Teachers and admin staff will be in contact if your child is away regularly or if an explanation has not been received.

Regular attendance at school for every student is essential if students are to achieve their potential, and increase their career and life options.

In NSW public schools, attendance is monitored by Home School Liaison Officers (HSLO).

At regular points during the year our HSLO, Leanne Cowie meets with me to discuss attendance patterns.

Unexplained absences

Parents and carers need to provide an explanation for absences through a telephone call, written note, or the SchoolStream APP, which is preferred. This must be done within 7 days from the first day of any period of absence. Teachers and admin staff will be in contact if we do not receive a reason for the absence, we may also request medical certificates or other documentation when frequent or long term absences are explained as being due to illness. I may also seek permission to speak with your doctor to collaboratively develop a health care plan to support your child’s attendance at school.

Justified reasons for non-attendance include:

  • being sick, or having an infectious disease
  • having an unavoidable medical appointment
  • being required to attend a recognised religious holiday
  • exceptional or urgent family circumstance (e.g. attending a funeral)

If the explanation does not fall within the above listed reasons, the absence will become unjustified.

Regular non-attendance

Education in New South Wales is compulsory for all children between the ages of six years and below the minimum school leaving age. The Education Act 1990 requires that parents ensure their children of compulsory school age are enrolled at, and regularly attend school, or, are registered with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards for homeschooling. Once enrolled, children are required to attend school each day it is open for students.

Arriving on time

Arriving at school and class on time:

  • ensures that students do not miss out on important learning activities scheduled early in the day
  • helps students learn the importance of punctuality and routine
  • give students time to greet their friends before class reduces classroom disruption

Lateness is recorded as a partial absence and needs to be explained.

Compulsory School Attendance - Information for Parents



Please have a look in your child's bag, quite a few permission note have been sent home this week. We would really appreciate your support in getting these notes returned as soon as possible.


All classes will line up outside the hall with their class teachers. Parents and carers are asked to remain off school grounds as part of our COVID Safety plan, unless they have an appointment. When parents and carers arrive teachers will call out your child's name and they will come to you. Please be patient with us, as we ensure student safety and manage our larger student population.

TASK - The After School Klub

If you haven't yet enrolled or would like to find out more, please visit their website at


Uniforms can be ordered online here:

If you require a try on session please contact our P&C by sending them an email.

Our uniform shop is run by P&C volunteers, who try their very best to fill orders promptly as well as holding try on sessions, around other responsibilities. All orders are left at the front office for you to pick up.


9/2/21 - Meet the Teacher Evening

3/3/21 - P&C Meeting at 6pm. All welcome.

5/3/21 - Clean Up Australia Day and Sausage Sizzle

13/3/21 - Working Bee

17/3/21 - Open Day

18/3/21 - The Big Crunch

19/3/21 - National Ride to School Day

23/3/21 - SRC Mufti Day (Harmony Day)

26/3/21 - Welcome Back Community BBQ (COVID dependant)

31/3/21 - P&C Annual General Meeting at 6pm

1/4/21 - Principal's Morning Tea @ Little Jack Horner, last day of term.

Warm regards,

Lisa Haller | Principal