Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to what should be another term of great teaching and inspired learning. I trust that everyone has had a safe and relaxing holiday and that the students are keen to re-engage with their teachers and friends. A warm welcome is extended to our new students and their families. I look forward to working in partnership with you, your child/ren and our wonderful staff to ensure a smooth transition to our great school.
A link to the latest community update podcast was sent out to parents and carers last Monday. If you missed it, the following link will allow you to access this useful informative video which outlines the school’s current COVID-safe practices for your reference.
One of the most important and valuable things a parent can do for their child/ren is to send them to school, each and every school day. Children who are six years old are required by law to attend school daily. At Gorokan Public School, children are not only educated in the key learning areas, but they also develop friendships and learn how to socialise with others during their time at school. Being on time for school sets the children up for success throughout the rest of the day. We encourage all students to arrive at school by 8:55am, and to attend every day.
Colour Run for Fun
Every student can now access the online fundraising site for our Colour Explosion Fun Run happening on Friday August 21. We have already had some amazing efforts so far and we’re looking forward to turning Gorokan Public School into a rainbow for a day!
The school will celebrate Education Week in Week 3 (next week) and our School Captains and Prefects will lead a whole school celebratory assembly via video conferencing. This will occur on Friday 7th August at 1:00pm. Parents and carers can also join this celebration via the link below. Unfortunately, our usual additional Education Week Activities including open classrooms and the annual book parade will be on hold for now due to the current social distancing restrictions.
Positive Behaviour System Update
A new positive behaviour system has been introduced, replacing the green card system and old rewards day system that was previously in place. Please refer to detailed explanation below.
Parent Teacher Meetings
Parent Teacher phone meetings are underway and have been pleasingly well attended. Thank you for making the time to engage in this very important aspect of your child’s education. Receiving and providing information about your child’s learning and development is very important for enhancing their educational outcomes. Please contact your child’s teacher if you still need to make an appointment time.
I would like to encourage the correct uniform to be worn at school each day to consistently promote school pride and team spirit. It is very important that students are wearing the correct hat and jumper to school. If new clothing is required orders can be placed online at Gosford Tailoring by clicking the button below. Another alternative is to purchase pre-owned clothing from our clothing pool. For further enquiries please contact the office.
Congratulations to the students who have been elected from each class to be Class Captains for the term. It is through consistent effort in applying and modeling the school rules of being a safe, respectful learner, that results in this honorable accolade.
The following students will be acknowledged at the Education week assembly Term 3
KFL B. North, F. Kivalu, KTD E. Day, A. Burke, KC T. Smith, F. Guy KL L. Heriot, A. Harvey KJ T. Nimmo, G. Sahota
1B T. Monk, I. Mepham 1J C. Nicholls, Y. Grabham 1L A. Coulton, Z. Boldt 1E B. Hodder, S. Butler 1/2C T. Disher, L. Urquhart
2F J. Preston, J. Watene 2A B. Kilner, A. Taufa 2B J. Lawton, K. Kivalu
K-6G E. Campbell-Laurich K-6J I. Colley K-6L J. Denne
3L T. Nicol, O. Smith 3P S. Forrest, T. Allmon 3M H. Collins, X. Ballard
4R S. Brydson, J. Tomkins 4W D. Hoban, N. Foaiauimatagi 4M A. Gallaher, P. Reeson .
5F D. McDonald, M. Hall 5R K. Graffi, Z. Dall 5D J. Rattledge, R. Sheehan
6B I. J, E. Magann 6C J. Montgomery, K. Jackson 6F Henry Su, Montanna Pease
Due to the current social distancing restrictions, P&C meetings will be on hold for the moment. I look forward to when we are able to resume our regular meetings and will keep you posted when we are able to do so.
School Development Day (pupil free day)
The teachers and I engaged in a great day of professional learning on Monday when teachers resumed duty for the term. The topics covered on the day included the following:
- Communications, including a COVID-19 update,
- School Excellence – commencing the next planning cycle for NSW schools,
- Implementation of our new Positive Reinforcement System for student behaviour,
- Supporting students with special needs, and
- Showcasing of Term 2 flexible learning program features from across the school.
Game, Set and Match
I am pleased to announce that our tennis court refurbishment is now complete and that the students (and staff) have been enjoying this wonderful new facility.
A warm welcome is extended to the following staff who have joined the Gorokan team recently:
- Sam Barnett was appointed to the School Administration Officer role.
- Mrs Kelly King will be promoting sustainable living education though the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program working with Stage Three and Special Education this term.
Enrol Now for 2021
Do you have a child ready for kindergarten in 2021 or do you know someone with a child due to start school next year? If so please encourage them to contact the school to organise an enrolment package. It is important that we get our new enrolments in soon so that we can plan for 2021.
Together we can make a difference.
Dates to Remember
- Tuesday 27th July - Friday 14th August Parent/teacher phone interviews
- Friday 31st July K-6 Public Speaking Competition
- Monday 3rd August - Friday 7th August Education Week
- Friday 7th August Education Week Assembly via video conferencing
- Friday 21st August Year 6 Colour Run Fundraising
- Wednesday 16th September Opportunity class exam (Stage 2)
- Friday 25th September Last Day of Term 3
- Monday 12th October First day back Term 4
- Sunday 8th November - Saturday 14th November NAIDOC Week
Early Stage One
The students are learning about insects and how to add extra information to sentences when writing. They are also exploring the weather, symbols used to describe types of weather and how it effects living things. The students are also learning to add and subtract two groups of numbers using the most efficient strategies.
Important days to remember
Class Dojo - Please sign into the Class Dojo app to monitor your child’s positive behaviour on a daily basis.
Parent/Teacher Interviews via telephone calls - Your child’s teacher will endeavour to conduct an interview with you by telephone on the following days between 8:30am and 3:30pm. If you are unable to discuss your child’s progress on this day, please notify your child’s teacher of a more convenient day/time.
- KJ (Mrs Jeanpierre) - Tuesday 28th July
- KL (Mrs Lansdowne) - Wednesday 29th July
- KDT (Ms Turner/Mrs Duke) - Thursday 30th July
- KFL – (Mrs Flanagan) - Thursday 6th August
- KC – (Mrs Coote) - Tuesday 11th August
Celebration of Learning
Term 3 Class Captains - KC - Taitum and Felicity, KDT - Ethan and Annabelle,
Class Awards - Congratulations to the following students for receiving class awards last week. KC - Lailani and Nixon, KD/T - Harry and Annabelle, KF/L - Daniel and Blair,
Mrs D Jeanpierre - ES1 Assistant Principal
Week 2 - Spelling Focus: s, ss, se, ce, x Blends: sk, sc, sl. Grammar Focus: Compound Sentences using two adjectives. Writing Focus: Informative Writing. Maths Focus: Whole Number: Year 1: Recognise, read and write and order numbers to 100. Year 2: Rounding up and estimating to the nearest 100.
Week 3 - Spelling Focus: ir, ur, er. Grammar Focus: Contractions. Writing Focus: Persuasive Writing. Maths Focus: Addition and Subtraction: Year 1: Using a range of strategies involving two digit numbers. Year 2: Using a range of mental strategies involving two digit numbers, including: Split Strategy and Inverse Strategy.
Home Reading - We are encouraging all students to use the PM Readers online for home reading. If you do not have an account for your child, please see your child’s teacher. Daily reading at home makes a positive difference in your child’s education.
Sport - Year 1 Sport will be on Monday afternoons and Year 2 sport will continue to be on Thursday afternoons.