La Perouse PS Newsletter

Respectful, Responsible, Learners.

From the Principal

Dear parents and carers,

It has been a very busy school this term. We have enjoyed being able to get our teeth stuck into some exciting learning, which for our Science program run by Mr Soloman, is being showcased today at our Science Fair. I'd like to thank Mr Soloman for his leadership of our Science and Technology programs. Our students love Science and are engaged and excited by the wonderful programs that Will has designed.


The Multicultural Public Speaking Competition took place last Wednesday, under the amazing leadership of Ms Connolly. We are so happy to see more and more children taking part in public speaking programs and for some we acknowledge this is a challenge. We want all children who took part to feel very proud of giving it a red hot go! The winner for each grade is:

Kindergarten - Harry

Year 1 - Charlotte

Year 2 - Roxy

Year 3 - Isla

Year 4 - Micah

Year 5 - Mercedes

Year 6 - Chloe


Over the past week or so children have been learning about Sorry Day in an age appropriate way that allows us all to remember, acknowledge and heal. Teachers guided discussions about how Sorry Day marks the day when the Prime Minister of the time said sorry and how saying sorry means, I made a mistake and I won't do it again. Sorry Day is our way of acknowledging the mistakes of the past and showing a willingness to make things right. Our Aboriginal Education team, led by Aunty Selina and Aunty Vicky, also ran a reconciliation activity that saw children make a collaborative tree display with their hand-prints along the bottom signed or with a message of support towards reconciliation. We invite our parents and community members to also show their support by contributing their hand-print and message or signature. At the moment our Reconciliation Tree is on display in the library but will be moved to our hall for long-term display.


Thank you to all those who attended our SRC Mother's Day Breakfast, which was very generously supported by Food Bank by way of those amazing hampers. It was so lovely to have our community back on site and I know all the children loved to make the special women in their lives feel as important as they are.


We have also enjoyed having the team from the Botany Family Children Center back at school to work with families and children. If you would like to know more about this service please get in touch with Ms Meghan Lindwall our Assistant Principal by calling the office or emailing the school on laperouse-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au.


We survived NAPLAN online with our technology mostly holding up. I'd like to thank our community for having a sensible approach to NAPLAN. It is important that our students know that it is a snapshot of learning in time, which we use to measure growth from Year 3 to Year 5 and Year 5 to Year 7. There are many ways to measure learning progress and growth and the NAPLAN assessments are just one small part of this process.


Another huge thanks to all our families who made donations of cakes as well as our P&C and Little Jack Horner. Not only were we able to provide a democracy sausage and slice of cake last weekend but the P&C raised a whopping $4000 for our school. As a result. our school has been able to purchase a 3D Printer and filament for our Science and Technology programs.


Introducing our new P&C executive team:

President - Laura Chilton (mum to Harry in Kilakiladee)

Vice President - Steve Fiorio (dad to Mia in Warin)

Vice President - Tanya Michael (mum to Ayla in Kilakiladee and Oscar in Gugara)

Treasurer - Fredericke Berger (mum to Theo and Charlotte)

Secretary - Jayde Fiorio (mum to Mia in Warin)

Fundraising committee - Caroline Hoad (mum to Jimi in Kilakiladee)

We have a P&C meeting coming up on Wednesday the 1st of June from 7pm, which will be held in the staffroom and streamed via Zoom. I encourage all families to attend at least one meeting a year. It is a great way to be a part of your child's school.


You will have noticed how many tradespeople we have had on site as of late. Our school has been very fortunate to have had some projects approved to upgrade our school facilities including:

Window restoration: old security grills removed, windows painted and new locks installed.

Exterior upgrade: re-pointing of brickwork, painting of exterior concrete fixtures.

Internal toilet upgrade: both boys and girls toilets are being upgraded including the installation of new toilets, an automatic boys urinal and new cubicles and doors.


We also have finally got a start date in sight for our Solar our School Project, which we expect will begin during our school holidays. This project will see a 39 kilowatt system installed on our A Block roof. Thanks to Nicola Saltman and Jodie Savage from the Solar our School team who have been extremely supportive with helping our school become more sustainable.


Our first Yarning Circle starts next Wednesday 1 June at 8:30am - see flyer below. Come and enjoy a tea or coffee and catch up. All welcome.


Lastly, listen out for our new bells and music, which are now in operation as well as our Hall projector and sound system.


Warm regards, Lisa Haller | Principal

COVID-19 UPDATE

Staff and students who are close/household contacts and have no symptoms may continue to attend school in line with the following requirements:


● They must notify the school that they are intending to return via email or phone.


● They should conduct a daily rapid antigen test (RAT) and return a negative result each morning before attending school for 5 school days (results do NOT need to be provided to the school) - additional RAT kits can be requested from the office.


● Staff must wear a mask indoors and primary school students are encouraged to wear a mask indoors except when eating or exercising for their 5 day period.


● No student or staff member identified as a close contact will be permitted to participate in overnight excursions, including school camps.


Unwell or positive result

Please note that staff or students who test positive for COVID-19, or who are unwell or showing COVID-19 symptoms, must continue to isolate at home. We ask that you notify the school via email or phone that there is a positive result and outline the 7 day isolation period for attendance records.


NSW Health has updated its advice for people who have recovered from COVID-19 leaving isolation. Once staff or students have completed their 7-day isolation period, they should wear a mask for an additional 3 days (for days 8 to 10) once they return to school.


Please read the Department of Education Advice for Families if further detail is required.

FROM THE OFFICE

Visitor's on site

If you are visiting the school during the day, please stop by the office to sign in so we know you are here. If you need to collect your child early, please come to the office on arrival. We will arrange for your child to come down to the office with their school bag and will generate an early leavers slip to be signed. It is a good idea to phone ahead or contact the teacher if you know your child will be leaving early for an appointment.


Is your contact information up to date?

It is really important that we can contact you and your emergency contact at all times. If you or your emergency contact's landline, mobile number, email or address changes please provide us with the updated contact details ASAP. This can be done by:

  • calling the school office
  • emailing the school on laperouse-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au
  • completing the form on the SchoolStream APP or by
  • checking the letter which is being sent home next week, that outlines the information we currently have on file, and writing on this, the updated details before returning to school.


Medical plans

Does your child have any health conditions?

Asthma (mild, moderate, severe), Allergy, Anaphylaxis, daily medication requirements etc.


We want to be able to support your child while they are in our care. If we are not already aware of any medical needs, please contact the office as soon as possible to let us know. If you receive a request to update your child's medical plans or provide medication, we ask that this is done promptly so we can continue to provide them with the highest level of care.


Statement of Accounts

Thank you to all those who have already paid their 2022 school contributions. These contributions help cover the cost of items such as:


  • extracurricular activities
  • textbooks
  • equipment and stationery
  • technology subscriptions and devices


If you are experiencing financial hardship or would like to arrange a payment plan, please contact the Principal - Lisa Haller on 02 9311 2210 for a confidential discussion. There may be support available to assist you.


Statements of Account for each student will be sent home next week. Online payments via the school website are preferred.


School Holidays Activities and Advertisements

Please find linked at the end of this newsletter a range of community messages. Please note that these services are not endorsed by our school and that these companies have made a $25 donation to the P&C to advertise.


Spare clothes

It is always a good idea for students in Kindy to Year 2 to have a spare change of clothes, socks and underwear in their school bag for any little accidents that may occur.

Important Information and Flyers

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