It has been a delight to welcome everyone back for Term 2 over the last week and we have certainly had a busy start to the term with our special ANZAC Day assembly and our Cross Country Carnival last week! I can’t help but reflect on how different things are to this time last year when we were still in the midst of home learning. The good news is that restrictions have been largely eased for all of us in schools. We are delighted to have our full range of programs operating again and to be able to welcome parents into the school. We still need to be mindful of COVID safe practices including social distancing, good hygiene and signing in with our COVID safe QR code.
ANZAC Day Commemoration
We came together on Friday 23 April for a special Anzac assembly to commemorate the men and women who have served our nation. Our leaders shared important messages about the significance of this day and student representatives from each class presented wreaths as tributes. It was wonderful to share this occasion with many of our parents.
We saw big crowds on Sunday at the North Sydney RSL Dawn Service and I was very proud to see all the Anzac Park students in their uniforms in the crowd and to lay a wreath on behalf of the school.
On the Field- APPS Cross Country Carnival
Thank you to all the wonderful students who ran in the Cross Country Carnival on Thursday. What a fabulous day we had, including the amazing weather. All students participated with enthusiasm and determination to finish either their 1, 2 or 3km race. It is a long way to run for many students and the staff at APPS are so proud of all students who ran. Thank you to the parent helpers who worked tirelessly all day in their designated duty.
Zone Cross Country will be on May 21 at Blackman Park in Lane Cove. The top 5 students from each age group will compete in the carnival.
Parent Partnerships Initiative
Thank you to the parents who have already responded to our Parent Partnership Initiative Survey. As part of this program, we are initiating parent community workshops called Connected Conversations where we will invite speakers to present on topics that you as a community have identified as an area of interest and recommence the APPSChat Podcast series. So far we have had over 100 responses! We are still keen to get your feedback about what topics you would be interested in. Please complete the survey using the link below by Friday 30 April. It gives you the opportunity to have a say in what speakers and topics we will organise as part of this program.
Effective reading across the school
Reading is a foundational, yet complex cognitive skill upon which other skills are built. Early success in reading is a powerful predictor of later achievement in a range of other academic areas. Individuals without literacy skills are at risk of being unable to participate in the workforce or engage fully in civic and social life.
How you can help support reading at home:
- Be confident that your child will learn to read. Give positive messages and involve them in everyday conversations and opportunities to read.
- Read aloud to your child. It helps them to learn about the language of books and will encourage them to enjoy books and reading.
- Read to your child in your home language if your first language is not English.
- Make reading enjoyable and talk about books, magazines and computer stories that you have read together.
- Try not to let television intrude on reading time. Make a special time for reading with your child, away from interruptions.
- Listen to your child read as often as you can, every day if possible, even if only for a short time. When reading together at home try to make the time relaxed, enjoyable and positive. Vary it. Read together, read to your child and take turns or have them read to you.
- Before reading, talk about the cover, the title and the pictures, and discuss what the book may be about.
- During reading, discuss what has been read up to that point and predict what might happen next.
- After you've finished reading with your child, talk and ask questions about the story and the pictures.