Newsletter 25 May 2021
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This week, 22 Year 6 students will perform over three days at the South Coast Dance Festival. The participating students are to be commended on the hard work they have put into preparing for this big event, with well over a term committed. I would like to thank Miss Lambert for her dedication to making this event a reality for the students. We look forward to hearing (and seeing) how everything goes over the coming days. Good luck and enjoy!
RECONCILIATION WEEK 2021
Next week represents a very important week for all of Australia - Reconciliation Week. Our school will be holding our own Reconciliation Day on Tuesday 1 June 2021. The theme for this year is “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.” Throughout the day, staff and students will be involved in various activities aimed to make us all reflect on what this theme means.
Our planning committee for this day have created lots of fun learning opportunities, that will occur throughout the day. Students will have engaging tasks to complete in class and also outside the class, including “The Great Reconciliation Walk” where students will move around the school grounds, looking at posters and images and answering questions on Reconciliation.
Last week our Year 3 and Year 5 students completed NAPLAN testing. Congratulations to all students involved for the enthusiasm and positive attitude shown in your approach. Today, students involved received a little gift of congratulations (an ice-block) just as a way of saying well done from the school. We are very proud of your efforts. Results from this test will be made available in Term 3.
MULTICULTURAL PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION
We wish our public speakers all the best on Wednesday 9 June as they participate in the Multicultural Public Speaking competition at Waniora Public School. Good luck to Adelaide and Henry who will be our school representatives. A big thank you to Ms Phillips who has assisted with the preparation and running of this worthwhile competition.
WALK SAFELY TO SCHOOL DAY
Friday of Week 4 was Walk Safely to School Day and it was great to see so many families take the opportunity to walk, ride or scoot to school. The benefits of fresh air and exercise prior to school are resounding for student engagement, not to mention the decreased congestion around our school at both drop off and pick up. I encourage families, where possible, to continue to look at this as a genuine option for getting to and from school.
It is a busy time of year for sport, with many student teams competing in state knockouts, students attending trials for various teams and PSSA up and running shortly. While we can’t possibly mention every event, I would like to acknowledge all students (and staff) who have or will be attending events. I am sure you were or will be wonderful representatives of Woonona Public School.
STATE KNOCKOUT TEAMS
We have lots of teams currently competing in various PSSA state knockouts and have had some amazing results in previous weeks. Well done to all students and staff involved. We would also like to thank the parents involved, who have been driving students to various venues for their games.
It was recently raised about communication regarding trials, games and organisation for these teams. While we understand that sometimes it may appear that information is late being distributed, often information is provided late to us from NSW PSSA as to who we will play and then it is up to schools to negotiate times and locations. Within this we are then provided with a strict timeline (usually very short) to complete the game, to ensure that the next round of competition can then proceed. This has been increasingly complex in the last few weeks, where weather has impacted some games.
We appreciate your understanding in regards to the flow on impact of when we are notified and will continue to contact those players and families impacted, as soon as we have concrete details.
Our next P&C meeting will be Wednesday 9 June, at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held in the school staff room but will also have a Zoom option, for those parents unable to attend. The Zoom link and agenda will be sent out closer to the night. We hope to see you there!
QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY LONG WEEKEND
Monday 14 June (Monday of Week 9) is the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. There will be no school on this day as it is a public holiday. We wish all our students, their families and staff an enjoyable long weekend.
Our school has already had a number of enrolments for Kindergarten 2022. This is great news! If you are planning on enrolling your child next year, or know of someone who is thinking about it, that lives in our school drawing area, please come to the office and collect an enrolment form or complete the online enrolment form under “Enrolment” located on our school website.
Mr Tim Fisher
This term 5-6A and our Kindergarten students are participating in a Mindfulness program.
Students have been exploring different movement, stretching and balancing poses through games and play. There have been many smiling and happy faces as students develop their locomotor and non-locomotor skills.
Students have also been developing self-awareness and self-regulation strategies as per NSW Department of Education PDHPE Syllabus.
Thank you to those who families who have opted to participate in the research project being conducted by the University of Wollongong to examine the benefits on Mindfulness of student well-being and learning.
Next term will see our Stage 2 students participate in the program. More information will be sent out to parents of these students later in the term.
On Wednesday 19 May all students K-6 participated in the National Simultaneous Storytime. Students loved having the opportunity to listen to Phillip Bunting’s story ‘Give Me Some Space’ read by a female astronaut on board the International Space station. This led to a lot of interesting conversations about life in space for astronauts and it was inspiring for many of our young scientists with dreams of space travel in their future.
Last week Issue 4 of the Scholastic Book Club was sent home. Orders can be placed online using the LOOP OR by sending completed order forms to the office by Monday 14 June.
In Week 10, Woonona Public School will be hosting a Great Book Swap as part of our NAIDOC week celebrations. Students will be encouraged to donate a book to be part of the swap and then select another for a gold coin donation. All monies raised will help raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to help them purchase 35,000 new carefully chosen reading resources for remote Indigenous communities across Australia. More details on how you can contribute to this worthy cause will be sent out in the next few weeks.
Finally, students 3-6 have been working hard reading books for the Premier’s Reading Challenge and many are well on their way to completing their 20 books.
3-4B is leading the classes with almost every student completing the challenge early. Well done! K-2 students have also been working towards achieving their reading goals for the term. I ask that you help support your child by reminding them to return their Library books each week.
Woonona wide World of Sport
Representative Sport News
Representative sport action has continued into Term 2 with many of our students achieving excellent results.
In hockey news, Layla S has recently spent 3 days representing the South Coast PSSA at the New South Wales PSSA trials. We are extremely proud of Layla and being chosen to represent the South Coast against the best athletes in the state is an incredible achievement!
We also had great news from Cohen who has been chosen to represent the Illawarra in weekend hockey and will be playing the best rep teams from around the state. Well done Cohen!
Lachlan R has also made a great impact at the South Coast cricket trials. He has been selected to join the South Coast training squad, as he looks to push his case for selection for the NSW PSSA trials. We wish him good luck and congratulations for his success in this extremely competitive sport.
In further South Coast news Levi and Angus represented North Illawarra in the South Coast rugby league trials and reportedly put in stellar performances. While the same could be said for our rugby players, Ollie C and Ollie B who also displayed great skills while representing North Illawarra during the South Coast Rugby trials.
In State knockout soccer news, we have had great results in the boys’ and girls’ competition and have progressed to the south coast Round of 16!
The boys began their campaign with a hard fought 0-0 game against a very strong Waniora team, before progressing through via most corners won. In the next round they had a much more dominant performance with a 3-1 victory over Russell Vale, with both Henry and Harvey scoring incredible goals.
The girls started off their run with a demolition of Woonona East. Jess was the star with 4 goals! The next game was a much tighter affair against Russell Vale. Courtney scored our only goal as we came from behind to nab a 1-1 draw. After 10 minutes of extra time, the teams were still locked at 1-1 and Woonona again went through on most corners. Player of the match was Heidi who made several crucial saves that kept the girls in the match.
The Woonona netball team is through to round 3 after two excellent wins on Friday! They showed great skill and team work to overcome strong Corrimal East and Balgownie teams and will now take on the winner of Austinmer and Bowral in the next game. Great work girls!
The girls touch team has gone done down in an exciting game of footy in their first-round clash. The whole team played well in a very tense 1-0 loss to Figtree Heights PS.
Well done to all these teams!
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