La Perouse PS Newsletter

A school for all - Happy, Smart and Proud

Week 11, Term 1, 2019

It has been an action packed term. Students have been learning about Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) and Grow Your Mind, which are being embedded into programs, as well maintaining our ongoing school focus of visible learning and quality literacy and numeracy learning. Students have also been learning about sustainability and the environment and how we can improve our waste management at school. As a result, we have class compost bins, which are taken to the new compost bays built by Indigigrow, and have worm farms as well as recycling, compost and garden monitors to look after it all. Over the holidays we will be working to get the chook pen fox-safe as well as prepare our school vegetable garden for Term 3.


Raffle /Guessing Competition Winners

I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank Ding (Sophie's dad) and Dianne Ingrey who donated the raffle prizes as well as the students who worked hard at selling the tickets to the public at the election BBQ and at home. The prize winners were Nevaeh, Eric and Leila.

Our P&C also organised a guessing competition. All children who received tickets for positive behaviour on the playground could make a guess. The 3 tickets drawn with the closest guess belonged to; Amelia, Brooklyn and Malachi. Congratulations and try not to eat all that chocolate at once.


Aboriginal Languages

Thank you for completing the Aboriginal Languages survey. Last week Aunty Selina, Glen Cook (Language and Cultural Advisor for the Aboriginal Education and Communities Team), Ray Ingrey (Gujaga Preschool) and I met to discus the survey results. A snapshot of those results include:

  • 85.7% of respondents said that they would like an Aboriginal language program
  • 85.7% of respondents feel that learning Aboriginal languages is very important and 14.3% feel that it is moderately important

"I want my children to learn about and embrace the culture and heritage of our own country before any other language - it's just how it should be!"

"Learning a language is great for growing minds and it increases our understanding for each other"

The plan moving forward is to hold a parent workshop next Term to talk about a pilot Aboriginal language program. We would love for everyone to come along. We will advertise this early next term.


Hearing Survey

Deborah McAndrew, who is the Assistant Principal of the Hearing Unit, based at La Perouse PS, is putting forward a grant to support the installation of a sound field speaker system in our classrooms, which will improve sound quality and projects the teacher's voice to all parts of the classroom. Such a system not only helps students who suffer, otitis media, glue ear and ear infections but also results in improved classroom behaviour. We would really appreciate everyone to complete this survey: https://forms.gle/k1KCqVcuUefXR8Bp6


Snakes

There has been another snake sighting since our last newsletter and I just want to remind everyone to be aware and careful. We address snakes in our emergency management plan and have procedures in place to maintain the safety of students, carers and staff, however we would appreciate you echoing our messages to your children about what to do if they come across a snake, that is:

  • move away immediately and report to a teacher
  • never pick up the snake
  • keep calm and follow teacher instructions


Breakfast Club Volunteers

We are looking for some volunteers to help run the breakfast program from 8:30-8:55am on Monday and Friday. If you are able to help out on one or more of these days please let us know by emailing the school at laperouse-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au.


Overdue Library Books

Ms Smith, our Library Assistant, has asked for all books to returned first week back next term. Please ask your children to search for any La Perouse School library books during the holidays.


Warm regards,

Lisa Haller | Principal

Dates for your diary...

13th - 29th April - School Holidays

30th April - Students come back to school

24th April - ANZAC Service at Long Bay Correctional Complex

1st May - Elders Group

6th May - Yarn Up Public Speaking Program

10th May - Gadu hosting Assembly

31st May- Reconciliation Week Celebration, Burriburri hosting Assembly