Term 3 Week 10 September 2023
Rewards Day always marks a positive end to the term. Classrooms and the playground were filled with excitement as students enjoyed crazy hair, changing their names, face painting, nail painting, mufti, spiders, and for many, finishing the day off with popcorn and a movie. A personal highlight for me is always enjoying morning tea with students and hearing about their highlights from Term 3, along with some fantastic holiday plans.
A big thank you to our parent helpers and teachers for their time and efforts in organizing and coordinating such a fantastic event.
GIFTED AND TALENTED WORKSHOPS
This week, Year 6 students had the opportunity to attend the Central Coast Gifted and Talented workshops at Point Wolstoncroft. Students were carefully selected to participate in various subject areas, including Drama, Visual Arts, English, Creative Maths, Science, Environmental Studies, and Sports Science. Additionally, we were fortunate to have both Ms. Bailey and Mrs. Calverley sharing their expertise and leading engaging 3-hour English workshops. The positive stories shared by the students upon their return to school were truly inspiring.
TIME CHANGES TO NEXT TERM
We are making some slight changes to the structure of our day next term. Overall, this means we will have an additional 10 minutes of learning time each day.
Our new time structure will be as follows:
MORNING SESSION 8:50-10:50
MIDDLE SESSION 11:20-1:10
EATING TIME 1:10-1:20
AFTERNOON SESSION 1:45-2:45
KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION PROGRAM
We are excited to welcome all of our 2024 Kindergarten students in Weeks 1-3 next term as our Kindergarten Orientation Program begins.
NEW SCHOOL BUBBLERS
This week, we were excited to open our new bubblers and water filling stations for students to use, just in time for the hot weather to arrive. These look great and have been relocated to areas where students are most active.
KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS ENROLLING OR LEAVING IN 2024?
If you know someone who is considering enrollment at Erina Heights PS, please ask them to contact the office so that we can plan for the 2024 school year. Also, if you are leaving Erina Heights at the end of 2023, please let the school know so we can factor this into planning.
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY
We wish all our wonderful families a safe and happy holiday break. Let's hope for sunny days ahead, allowing us to make the most of the outdoors. We eagerly anticipate welcoming everyone back for a fantastic Term 4. School will resume on Monday, October 9, for all students. Staff Development Days will take place at the end of Term 4, on Monday, December 18, and Tuesday, December 19.
CONCERT BAND PERFORMANCE
Our Erina Heights Public School Concert Band delivered an outstanding performance last week for parents and students. Under the guidance of our dedicated music teacher and conductor, Kevin, our young musicians showcased their talent and hard work.
The audience was captivated by their musical talent, leaving us all incredibly proud. We extend our gratitude to our students for their ongoing dedication and parents who attended and supported our budding musicians.
Stay tuned for more musical highlights from Erina Heights Public School!
PUBLIC SPEAKING FINALS
Our talented students recently participated in the Central Coast Pubic Speaking Local Finals, which took place here at Erina Heights Public School on Thursday, the 14th of September. The event was a tremendous success, and our students showcased their remarkable abilities.
The following students represented our school with pride:
- Kindergarten: Stavros and Leo Q
- Stage 1: Charlie and Phoebe
- Stage 2: Amelia and Tahli
- Stage 3: Isla F and Harvey
Each of these students delivered outstanding speeches, impressing the audience with their confidence.
We would like to congratulate to Charlie, who has been selected to advance to the next round, scheduled for early in term 4. Charlie's exceptional speaking skills stood out, and we have no doubt that he will continue to shine in the upcoming competition.
We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to Ms. Howe, Head Teacher of English at Terrigal High School, for her invaluable adjudication. Her expertise and guidance contributed significantly to the success of this event.
A big thank you goes out to Ruby, Maddie, and Ivy H for their excellent work as chairpersons during the competition. Their professionalism and dedication ensured the event ran smoothly.
Lastly, a special mention goes to our Year 5 and 6 students who assisted in organising and managing the event.
We are incredibly proud of all our students who participated in the local finals and look forward to cheering on Charlie in the next round.
PLAYGROUND LEADERSHIP PROGRAM - THANK YOU TO OUR LEADERS!
This term, our Stage 3 students once again embraced the opportunity to organise and lead their fellow schoolmates in an array of activities during recess and lunch breaks as part of our Playground Leadership Program. The dedication, care, and effort our young leaders have shown in playing and engaging with their peers at Erina Heights have been truly inspiring to witness.
Their commitment to fostering a positive and inclusive playground environment has left a lasting impact on the school community. The enthusiasm and energy they bring to their role have made playtime enjoyable and memorable for everyone.
Looking ahead, our Playground Leaders are eager to sustain this momentum into the next term and beyond, continuing to encourage friendship, participation, and creativity amongst their fellow students. Their dedication to enhancing the school experience for all is a testament to their outstanding leadership skills and empathy.
In acknowledgment of their exceptional efforts, our Playground Leaders were treated to an ice cream snack bar this week. It was a small token of our appreciation for the immense value they bring to our school community.
Thank you to our Playground Leaders for their invaluable contributions, and we look forward to witnessing their continued growth and positive influence at Erina Heights Public School next term.
PBL REWARDS DAY
This week week marked an an end of term celebration as our students eagerly exchanged their hard-earned Dojo points for a multitude of activities and treats for the Term 3 PBL Rewards Day! The event was a resounding success, filled with fun, laughter, and memorable moments.
The enthusiasm was palpable as students flocked to enjoy the perennial favorite, the spider, and the movie venues which were abuzz with excitement. The aroma of freshly popped popcorn filled the air, adding to the festive ambiance. Additionally, students relished the opportunity to indulge in extra sport time and embrace their creative side with face and nail painting.
A special thank you goes out to our dedicated community members who generously contributed their time and artistic talents to paint countless smiling faces, making the day even more magical. Their involvement and support are appreciated and showcase the incredible sense of community we have here at Erina Heights.
We extend our gratitude to the hardworking staff members who meticulously planned and organized the diverse range of activities, selected engaging movies, and ensured an abundance of delicious treats for all. Their dedication and efforts truly made this day a success.
PREMIERS READING CHALLENGE
We're thrilled to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of our students in this year's Premier's Reading Challenge at Erina Heights! 187 students have successfully completed the challenge, showcasing an incredible increase from the 52 students who finished last year.
Certificates of achievement will be awarded to most students after the holidays, unless they are slated to receive one on Presentation Day. We extend our gratitude to all the parents and guardians for their unwavering support and encouragement in fostering a love for reading at home.
Looking ahead, we can eagerly anticipate the start of the 2024 Premier's Reading Challenge. Although the challenge officially begins this month, the reading logs will become available online in March of next year. The process is simple—just remember the title of the book you've read and log it accordingly.
Wishing everyone happy reading and a fantastic start to the upcoming reading challenge!
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TaSK HOLIDAY PROGRAM
Go4Fun is a FREE 10-week healthy wellbeing program for children aged 7 to 13 to enjoy along with their families. Please contact 1800 780 900.
Run by top trained health professionals, it’s a fun way for kids to build self-esteem and learn about eating well, staying active and living a healthy life.
Term 3 programs will take place at:
📌 Lake Haven Recreation Centre, Tuesdays 4pm–6pm (Aboriginal program for everyone run by Bungree)
📌 Gosford Olympic Swimming Pool, Wednesdays 4pm–6pm
📌 Bateau Bay Neighbourhood Centre, Thursdays 4pm–6pm
To register, visit go4fun.com.au or call 1800 780 900.