Guildford West Public School

NEWSLETTER - 2021, Term 3, Week 10

Principal's News

Dear Parents and Carers,


I can’t believe it has been a whole term that we have been engaging in remote learning, however, I am so proud of our students and their continued dedication to learning during this time. Next term, we will begin implementing online class merit awards for two students per class each week who are displaying our school values while learning from home.


We have also been busy working hard to come up with some creative and fun ways to engage the students and whole family in various hands-on challenges and tasks next term. I am looking forward to seeing what our students, families and teachers come up with!


Next term we will be providing weekly zooms for all students to work with their teachers in small groups. Attendance at these sessions is expected and will make up student learning for the day. This is an opportunity for students to work directly with their teacher to learn new concepts and skills, see their peers and receive support and feedback on their learning.


I understand that this has been a difficult time for all of our families and community of Guildford West and I thank you for your ongoing support of your children and commitment to home learning. We are looking forward to the day when we can all return safely to school and see one another, but until then we will continue to connect with our students and families over the phone, zoom, and online learning platforms.


I know that the school holidays will look a bit different this time, but please take the time to relax with your family safely in your home, connect with loved ones digitally via phone or video calls, read a good book and enjoy some time in nature.


Ms Weston

Principal

Life Skills Movement and Wellbeing Sessions

This term, students have been participating in weekly sessions with Miss Julie, our instructor from Life Skills. Students have engaged in a range of learning experiences focused on resilience, perseverance and mindfulness. They have participated in yoga and movement exercises and even learnt to juggle! This has been a wonderful way for students to connect with their friends and teachers each week, get active and move their bodies and focus on their wellbeing by identifying strategies they can use to calm their bodies and minds.

Dance Fever Disco

Last week, we held our first virtual disco over Zoom with Dance Fever. The students learnt a range of dances and had so much fun dressing up and showing off their moves. We had a fantastic response to this program and will be working with Dance Fever next term to offer an online fitness program for the students each week.

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School Administrative and Support Staff (SASS) Recognition Week

Last week (6th-10th September) it was SASS Recognition Week. This week acknowledges the hard work and contribution of our SASS (School Administrative and Support Staff) across the school. Our SASS team are made up of the following staff: Mrs Smith, Mrs Furness, Miss Bice, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Edwards, Mrs Bechara, Mrs Turner, Ms Toni, Mrs Issa, Miss Najia, Miss May, Miss Adams, Mrs Scerri, Mrs Bahram, Mr Shaw.


A huge thank you from the students, staff and families to all of our wonderful SASS staff for everything you do!

Kindergarten Enrolments 2022

Do you have a child starting school in 2022? If so, please enrol your child via the school website https://guildfordw-p.schools.nsw.gov.au/about-our-school/enrolment.html


To ensure you receive all communication and updated information about your child’s transition to school enrol now.

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Guildford West Out Of School Hours Service

Guildford West Out of School Hours service runs a before school care (BSC) and after school care (ASC) program as well as a vacation care program. GWOOSH caters to children of school age between 4yrs to 12yrs of age.


The centre currently caters to two schools within our local area:

  • Guildford West Public School
  • St Patricks Primary School


The service operational hours are:

  • 7:00am – 9:00am for BSC (6:30am starts are available at an additional cost for working families who require early starts)
  • 2:30pm – 6:00pm for ASC


Breakfast and afternoon tea are serviced throughout each before and after school care session. Our menu is designed to provide a range of healthy foods throughout breakfast and afternoon tea times.


Children serve themselves during both morning and afternoon with the assistance of educators, learning everyday life skills and allowing a sense of autonomy throughout the environment. Our food menu is designed in line with the healthy eating guidelines set out through the Eat Smart, Play Smart initiative.


Our centre aims to provide a stimulating and educational program throughout before and after school care. The centres program is designed to reflect the interests of the children and families, current trends, cultural backgrounds as well as developmental levels of the children within the centre.


To enrol into our service you are required to fill out a waiting list form. This is so we can capture your family into the system.


We are currently taking enrolments for 2022, if you need to enrol your child ren into our program please use the below link to join the waiting list.

https://www.smartcentral.net/v2/service_profile/show/399


If you need any more information please feel free to contact me at the service our email address is gwoosh@cumberland.nsw.gov.au


Evelyn Jamo – Acting Centre Director

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