Term 2 Week 6 Newsletter

Mountain Top

We are now half way through Term 2 and the school is buzzing with activity and fabulous learning programs. To culminate our learning programs this semester, we will have the opportunity to share in a celebration of all students at our Mountain Top event on Wednesday 23 June and Thursday 24 June . This will be an opportunity for parents to visit classrooms across the school and share in the wonderful gains of all of our students. Students are currently working hard on their projects to “put on the Mountain Top” and I am looking forward to a wonderful community evening. Due to COVID restrictions, all parents will need to book into a timed session on either the Wednesday or Thursday. Students do not need a ticket and I would like to request that families only book 2 tickets in total. Our expectation is that all students attend Mountain Top.

Book your tickets for Mountain Top now using the link below:

Reconciliation Week

This Thursday 27th May until next Thursday 3rd June is National Reconciliation Week. The theme for this year is 'More Than A Word'. APPS students will be getting involved by participating in a short lesson to facilitate discussion and elicit understanding about the importance of reconciliation and the significance of this year's theme. Students and teachers will also be contributing to a whole school artwork, in which everybody will draw or write one action we could take towards reconciliation. This will be displayed out the front of the school and we would like to encourage our school community to come and see this next week!

Wilcannia Central School Teacher Exchange

Next week we will once again participate in our Wilcannia Central School / Anzac Park Teacher Exchange Partnership. The program commenced in 2019 and to date we have had 8 members of the team participate in this exchange program. Next week Mr Still, Mrs Quinn, Mr Williams and Mrs Thomason will be spending the week teaching at Wilcannia Central School. In return, we will be welcoming three WCS staff to Anzac Park to work with Denim, Caribbean and across the school. This partnership provides our team will a unique opportunity to work in a remote school in NSW.

Student Reports

All teachers have commenced writing reports on the progress of students’ learning in Semester 1. This mid-year report is part of the communication program between parents/caregivers and the school. Semester 1 reports will be available on the Sentral Parent Portal on Wednesday 23 June. If you need support in accessing your child's information using the Sentral Parent Portal, please contact Mrs Fiona Irvine in the office.

Zone Cross Country

Congratulations to all our students who did a wonderful job representing Anzac Park at the Zone Cross Country Carnival. Special thanks to Mrs Borley, Mrs Weir and the parent helpers for their assistance on the day. Good luck to Sena who will be representing our zone at the Area Carnival.

Walk Safely To School Day

On Friday 21 May, Students across Anzac Park put their best foot forward and participated in the 22nd anniversary of National Walk Safely to School Day. The event raised awareness of health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking can provide for the long-term well-being of students.

Teachers proudly met students at the front of the school to celebrate this campaign and gave out fresh fruit and participation tattoos.

School Success Starts with Attendance

For children to make the most out of their education and to form strong social networks they must attend school regularly. School starts at 9:00am.

It is important for students to be at school on time to maximise their learning opportunities. It is a legal obligation that parents report all absences to the school. Parents must provide an explanation for absences to the school within 7 days from the first day of any period of absence. Where an explanation has not been received within the 7-day time frame, the school will record the absence as unjustified on the student's record. Did you know that every minute late, and a day here and there away from school, all adds up?

Top attendance tips for parents:

  • Schools want to work in partnership with parents – act early if you have any concerns by contacting your child’s school and asking for advice and support
  • Remember that every day counts
  • There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes and their social connectedness
  • Talk positively about school and the importance of attending every day
  • Open and prompt communication with your child’s school about all absences is a good idea
  • Avoid making routine medical and dental appointments during the school day or planning family holidays during the term
  • Have a set time to go to bed
  • Leave all technology out of their bedroom
  • Pack their school bag the night before with everything they need
  • Have a set time for breakfast
  • Plan to meet up with a friend so they can travel to school together
  • Seek help from your school if you are concerned about your child’s attendance and wellbeing. Schools want to work in partnership with parents to support student attendance and wellbeing

Spotlight on Forest 1

Forest 1 has been experimenting with a variety of instruments to explore musical concepts. Students used the Maker Space process to imagine, design and build musical instruments out of recycled materials. Rubber band guitars and elaborate percussion creations were just a few stars of the show.

News From the Library

At Anzac Park we were one of over 25,000 locations across Australia to join in National Simultaneous Storytime. Our students really enjoyed seeing ‘Give Me Some Space’ by Philip Bunting being read from the International Space Station!

Scholastic Book Club Issue 4 brochures have gone home this week. Please place any orders by June 7.

Well done to all those fabulous APPS readers who are trying their best to complete the Premier’s Reading Challenge this year. Keep logging all those titles you have read. Once you have reached your goal please continue to keep track of more titles as you finish them.

2021 Book Fair at Mountain Top –

We hope you will visit the library and join in our Book Fair. You can browse a selection of books and choose one or more to buy as a donation to the library. Your child’s name will appear in the front of the book. Please come and say hello to us in the library during your Mountain Top visit.

From The Office - Did You Know?

If you would like to volunteer in the classroom or attend an excursion – here is what you need to do-

  1. Complete and sign Department of Education Declaration for Volunteers and Non child related contractors form, available from the school administration office.
  2. Present the completed paperwork along with your original passport and drivers licence to the school office for processing.
  3. The school will require a minimum of 24 hours to process this paperwork PRIOR to you visiting the school.

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Upcoming Dates

May 27 - 3 June Reconciliation Week
31 May - 4 June Wilcannia CS Teacher Exchange
31 May - 3 June Stage 2 Incursion
Tuesday 8 June P&C Meeting @ 7pm
23 June - 24 June Mountain Top
Friday 25 June Last Day Term 2