Our Stage 2 students had a fabulous time at Zoo Snooze last week when they headed off to Taronga Zoo for their Stage 2 Overnight Excursion. Whilst at Zoo Snooze, students had the opportunity to go on a night Tiger Tour, participate in various animal encounters and meet the keepers. Overnight excursions provide students with the opportunity to develop social skills, independence, challenge themselves and enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Stage 2 team and Mrs Sackville for providing this wonderful opportunity for our students.
The North Sydney RSL sub-branch has made a special invitation to our community to attend the Remembrance Day Ceremony on Sunday 11 November at 10.30am at the War Memorial at Ridge St, North Sydney. I will be attending this service on behalf of Anzac Park Public School to lay a wreath and it would be wonderful if a few members of our school community, including a few children in school uniform, could join me for this occasion. The North Sydney RSL sub-branch used to meet at the historical Anzac Club site, which is our new school site and I am keen to continue to build a positive and lasting relationship with this organisation.
Look at me I’m going to BIG school – Kindergarten Orientation commences
Kindergarten Orientation commences this week for our 2019 Kindergarten children. These children will attend orientation sessions each Thursday for the next two weeks. Children attending orientation will meet in the Kindergarten classrooms at 9.30am. Parents are encouraged to settle their children in the classroom and then return to school by 10.45am. The purpose of our orientation program is to provide an opportunity for children entering Kindergarten to settle into the routines of school and become familiar with the school environment.
NSW Anti-Bullying Strategy 2018 Conference
At the end of October, Amy Sackville attended the NSW Anti-bullying Strategy 2018 two day conference. Eighteen international and national experts came together to address the global issues of student bullying. The conference provided the opportunity for NSW educators across all school sectors to come together and share information and best-practice expertise on combating one of the biggest issues in schools today.
The world’s leading researchers on anti-bullying strategies and bullying behaviour discussed real problems and practical solutions. Through workshops, she was provided with a forum to identify practical ways to make a difference to prevent bullying and to respond appropriately when it does occur.
Topics covered included:
- supporting vulnerable youth
- the bystander influence
- evidence-based behaviour interventions that work.
Wellbeing directors from education departments in each state and territory attended the conference so strategies and solutions can be implemented Australia-wide. Anzac Park is committed to working with educators, families and students to prevent bullying and make our school environment one where all students feel safe. We look forward to sharing information on how we will work together in partnership to address this issue.
Our Semester 2 assessment and reporting period is well underway with classroom teachers working hard behind the scenes to assess student progress this semester. The results of these assessments will be communicated to parents in our Semester 2 reports which will be sent home on Monday 17 December. This end-of-year report is part of the ongoing communication program between parents/caregivers and the school. For separated families, if you require more than one report to be sent home, please email the school.
Celebrating Birthdays at Anzac Park
At next week’s P&C Meeting I have asked the P&C to put celebrating student birthdays on the agenda. At the meeting I would like to have a discussion with the community about how we would like to celebrate birthdays in 2019. Over the year, I have seen parents finding it increasingly challenging to provide the traditional cake for all students, particularly in our co-teaching hubs, as well as taking into consideration students with allergies and the range of dietary requirements. If you have any feedback that you would like me to raise at the meeting, please complete the form below.