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Gorokan Public School Newsletter - Week 10, Term 1, 2021

Principal's Report

Dear Parents and Carers,

It certainly has been a very productive and successful start to the year at Gorokan Public School. I would like to thank you for your ongoing support and involvement at our wonderful school. The school staff, students and community have been developing our vision for our new four year school strategic improvement plan and we have enjoyed the opportunity to discuss this with the community at our first P&C meeting and Aboriginal families Yarn Up last week.

First 2021 Aboriginal Families Yarn Up

Gorokan Public School's motto 'Learn to Live' underpins our vision to provide a quality education in a caring environment.

The school has high expectations for all and values the importance of students growing, engaging, attending and belonging. We partnership with the community, working together in order to prepare and inspire our safe, respectful learners to be their best in a quickly changing global society and support healthy and active learning and living.

This vision will guide our new 3 strategic directions.

1. Growing - For every student to improve in their reading and mathematics skills.

2. Engaging - For every student to have high expectations for their own behaviour and to improve their social and emotional skills in order to have positive relationships at school.

3. Attending and Belonging - For every student to attend school everyday that they are able; and for students to feel as though they belong and are connected to their school.

Our parent consultation survey completed by over 80 respondents indicated that parents and carers overwhelmingly support these goals and we look forward to working with you to achieve improvement in all these areas.

NAPLAN

As children progress through their school years, it is very important that checks are made along the way to see how well they are learning the essential skills of reading, writing and mathematics – skills that will set them upon the path to success as adults.

NAPLAN is a point-in-time assessment that allows parents to see how their child is progressing in literacy and numeracy against the national standard and compared with their peers throughout Australia. At the classroom level, NAPLAN provides additional information to support teachers’ professional judgement about student progress. Students in Year 3 and Year 5 will be participating in NAPLAN Term 2 during Week 4 and 5. More information can be accessed at the following link

Year 5 improving their reading strategies leading up to NAPLAN in Term 2

Check-In Assessments

Our Year 4 and 6 students will participate in a reading and numeracy check-in assessment early in Term 2.

The check-in assessment is a NSW Department of Education online reading and numeracy assessment available to support schools to assess and monitor Year 4 and 6 student learning following the period of learning from home.

The check-in assessments will supplement existing school practices to identify how students are performing in literacy and numeracy and to help teachers tailor their teaching more specifically to student needs.

The assessment will be scheduled for our Year 4 and 6 students during Term 2 Weeks 1-3

Before and After School Care

We are pleased to announce that registrations and bookings are open for Camp Australia Before and After school Care which will start operations in our school hall from Term 2.

Bookings can now be made at www.campaustralia.com.au

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as school gradually returns to normal. It has been a real pleasure to see so many parents and carers eager to engage with the school and attend our COVID safe events held in the last few weeks of Term. I wish all our students, families and staff a restful holiday break and look forward to continuing to work with you to provide a quality education in a caring environment when Term 2 resumes on Tuesday 20th April.

Kindergarten Nursery Rhyme day.

Mr Clenton

Relieving Principal

Dates to Remember

  • Thursday 1st April - K-6 Cross Country/Fun Run
  • Thursday 1st April - Last Day of Term 1
  • Tuesday 20th April - First day for students in Term 2
  • Tuesday 20th April - Camp Australia Before and After School Care commences
  • Thursday 22nd April - ANZAC service - Students and teachers only
  • Tuesday 20th April - Friday 7th May Check in Assessments Year 4 and 6
  • Monday 10th May - Friday 21st May NAPLAN Year 3 and Year 5
  • Wednesday 28th April - P&C Annual General Meeting

Early Stage One

Celebration of Learning

Thank you for participating in our Kindergarten Nursery Rhyme day last Friday and making it a huge success. The students and staff had a fabulous day and enjoyed engaging in the outdoor activities with plenty of sunshine.

Henny Penny chickens have left the school now. We enjoyed using this real-life experience as stimulus for literacy and numeracy activities. Hopefully, the students have told you all about the chick hatchings, holding them and watching them grow.

Please ensure you read plenty of books with your child over the holidays and revise the sounds they have learnt this term in Soundwaves. The holidays are a great opportunity for you to log your child into the reading and numeracy apps you have been provided by your child’s teacher. Try to spend quality time with your children and immerse them in fun experiences and love.

Camp Australia will be running before and after school care in the school hall beginning Week 1 of Term 2.

We congratulate our class award winners for Weeks 8 and 9 for being safe, respectful learners.

KDT – Ayden, Kaison, Gisella and Lovella-Lose; KF – Liam, Lincoln, Wyatt and Cooper; KJ – Marcus, Shakaya, Mpre and Lani Jr; KL – Kai, Ace, Morgan and Charlie.

Reminders

School for all Kindergarten students is 9:00am – 3:00pm.

Please collect your child in the afternoons from the basketball court inside the main gate in Dudley Street. Kiss and Drop, Muckabout/Camp Australia and back gate students will be escorted to the appropriate areas with a teacher. Please let your child’s teacher know if there are any changes to afternoon collection routines.

Option 1: Kiss and Drop – main gate in Dudley Street

Option 2: Parent Pick Up – basketball court inside the main gate in Dudley Street

Option 3: Back gate – in Suncrest Parade

Option 4: Bus – inside the main gate on the silver seats

Option 5: Muck-a-bout after school care - SaC Centre gate in Dudley Street

Option 6: Camp Australia before and after school care – in Gorokan Public school hall

Please support your child to be ready for school each day by arriving on time, packing a healthy lunch and snack with limited packaged items, supplying a drink bottle, and having them dressed in their school uniform with a school hat. We ask that you be punctual in collecting your child each afternoon. If someone other than yourself is collecting your child, please let your child’s teacher know.

Please label all belongings including shoes and socks.

Equipment

We thank you and appreciate the contributions you have donated to your child’s class such as tissues, white board markers and glue sticks. Students are not required to supply any stationery items for individual consumption.

If you have any questions, please phone the school office on 4392 4200. We look forward to continue working closely to support your child’s learning in Term 2 at Gorokan Public School.

School resumes for all students on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

Mrs D Jeanpierre - ES1 Assistant Principal

Stage One

Celebration of Learning

Celebrating great learning in 1J with their duck artworks

Welcome to a very busy and exciting Week 10! We would like to congratulate our wonderful Stage One students who have had a very busy and productive Term 1. On behalf of our Stage One teacher’s we would like to extend a huge thank you for your continual support and are very grateful to be working in partnership with you. We very much value your support along your child’s learning journey.

We love to acknowledge the wonderful choices that our Stage One students make both in the classroom and in the playground throughout the term. Those students who earned 50 or more ClassDojo points (Bronze Award winners) were rewarded on Monday with a fun session of extra free playtime, sports activities, games, sandpit play and entry into our play equipment areas! Students who earned 100 or more ClassDojo points (Silver Award winners) also enjoyed attending a movie session at school with popcorn and treats. Congratulations to all our students who have worked hard throughout the term and enjoyed participating in their fun-filled, well-deserved Rewards Day activities this week

Students enjoying extra rewards

Reminders

This Thursday our annual fun run/cross country event will be held at school. Our Year One and Year Two students are invited to participate in the fun run. Our parents are invited to attend! Our Stage One classes will venture out onto our school oval/ fun run course in the morning session at 9.30am. This is will be a fun and fabulous event. All students are asked to wear their sport uniform this Thursday or they may wear mufti clothes that represent their sport house colour.

Mrs Tammy Coote - Relieving S1 Assistant Principal

Stage Two

Celebration of Learning

Congratulations to those students who have achieved bronze and silver awards. Extra play and a movie session has been scheduled in for this week, around the Fancy Hat Parade and cross country. Well done on maintaining such a high standard of classroom and playground behaviour.

Year 5 entry into an Opportunity (OC) Class in 2022

If your child is in Year 4 this year and you would like them to sit the Opportunity Class examination, with a view to securing a place in an OC class in 2022, please be aware that applications can only be made online from Tuesday, 20th April 2021. Further information can be downloaded at https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-5

Please contact the school if we can be of any assistance.

Reminders

Thank you for ensuring that your child is wearing their yellow sports shirt on Fridays. This has really helped the students to get into the 'super sport' mindset. Don't forget that our cross country is on this Thursday. We would love to see you there, supporting our students in their running.

Mrs R Ranse - Acting S2 Assistant Principal

Stage Three

Celebration of Learning

Wow! Week 10 and this term has flown by very quickly. Overall, all students have worked extremely hard in their classes and we are proud of all their efforts. A big thank you to all of our Stage 3 parents and carers who have supported your children in their learning journey so far. We thank you for your support.

This term has seen us very happily and busily working away with extra activities such as the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, where students have really enjoyed digging in and helping with the school vegetable and herb gardens. We’ve cooked up a storm in our kitchen and enjoyed eating our tasty treats and learnt a lot about the skill of cooking as well!

We’ve had our Aboriginal Mentorship program running with fabulous Aboriginal cultural activities that all Stage 3 students have participated in.

Congratulations to all of our Merit award winners over this term, we are proud of you all.

State Swimming

We wish Lily in 6D all the best as she represents Gorokan Public School at State Swimming this Wednesday in the girls 13 years 50m freeststyle. GO LILY!! We can’t wait to hear how you go.

Reminders

Please ensure your child brings a drink bottle and their own writing instruments (pens, pencils, glue sticks etc) to school every day. All students are required to supply their own set of headphones/earphones this year (these can be purchased from Kmart, Reject Shop etc from approx. $6). In addition to personal equipment we are asking all families to donate a supply of tissues, baby wipes, paper towel and glue sticks to their class.

If you have any questions or concerns please phone your child’s class teacher. Thank you for your ongoing support.

We wish you and your families all the best for a very Happy Easter and safe holidays. See you all in Term 2!

Mrs K Day - S3 Assistant Principal

Special Education

Celebration of Learning

In Week 8, the support unit celebrated Harmony Day by wearing mufti and participating in a range of fun activities. We made chatter boxes, cooked pizzas in the outdoor kitchen, embraced our inner artists with a collaborative art project and travelled to amazing places all around the world using our school’s virtual reality technology. It was a fun and educational day for all students.

Congratulations to the award winners from this fortnight: Curtis, Noah A, Noah B, Harmony, Sienna, Aiden, Luke, Jordin and Jackson.

Reminders

We look forward to seeing you for our meet and greet on Wednesday 31st March at 1:30pm. Please sign in and make your way to the outdoor area outside K-6L.

Have a safe and relaxing holiday. Students return to school on Tuesday 20th April.

Lauren Greentree - Relieving Assistant Principal Special Education

Gorokan Schools as Community Centre Term 2, 2021 Calendar

  • Monday 10.00am - 12.00pm -  'Circle of Security' Parenting Group. Central Coast Family Support Services: 10th May - 21st June (excluding 14th June). Phone 4340 1585 to register. Free childcare provided.
  • Monday 1.00pm - 2.30pm - 'Talking It Up'. Speech Therapy group 0-6 years FREE. Limited spaces available. 26th April - 14th June.
  • Tuesday 10.00am - 11.30am - 'Little Murguwans' Aboriginal Playgroup (0-5 years). 27th April - 22nd June
  • Tuesday 1.00pm- 2.00pm - 'Active Outdoors' (3-6 years) - get active with your pre-schoolers to burn energy and have fun. 27th April - 16th June.
  • Wednesday 9.30am - 10.30am - 'Messing Around' - Baby sensory 0-2 years. 28th April - 16th June.
  • Wednesday 11.30am - 12.30pm - 'Messing Around ' - Sensory 3-5 years. 28th April - 16th June
  • Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am - Is your child starting school in 2022? 'Smart Starters Start Strong' : for children eligible to commence school in 2022. This group will familiarise your child with routines, help them to socialise and develop strong skills to support a strong transition to school. 29th April - 17th June.
  • Thursday 1.00pm - 2.00pm - 'Creative Constructors' (2-5 years): a mix of stimulating fun indoor and outdoor activities to develop creative thinking and fine motor skills. 29th April - 17th June.

All activities are FREE to attend.

Bring your little ones along to playgroup, meet other parents and make friends.

For online registrations: https://www.ccsass.com/gorokan.html and click the flyer OR phone 0467 760 712 for more information.

School News

P&C News

Thank you to all who attended our P&C meeting for Term 1 in Week 9. It was a fabulous turn out despite the weather. Our next meeting will be our AGM (Annual General Meeting) to be held in Week 2, Term 2 on Wednesday 28th April at 3:15pm. The purpose of this meeting is to vote for leadership roles. The roles available include: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.

Thank you to everyone who donated to our can food drive which is ending tomorrow 1st April 2021.

If any families have any second hand uniforms they are able to donate to our clothing pool it would be much appreciated as we are running low on grey shirts. Please send your donation to the office with your child. Just a friendly reminder - if any student borrows a shirt from school could you please return these at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

Lastly,​ wishing our community a wonderful and restful break. See you next Term.

Kind Regards,

Jasmine Daunt - Community Liaison Officer (Thur/Fri)

Opportunity for High Potential and Gifted Students.

Applications for entry into 2022 Opportunity Classes will open on 20th April 2021. Parents and carers can apply online at https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes.html.

Please note - all applications are made online, not through the school.

Entries close on Friday 7th May 2021.

The test will take place on Wednesday 21st July 2021.

It is recommended that parents monitor the Department of Education website regularly for updates.

For further information please visit https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/general-information/high-potential-and-gifted-students

GPS GATS Committee

2021 Premier's Reading Challenge Starts 1st March

Welcome to the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge

The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature.

It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.

The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is open to all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9,

Please let your teacher know if you want to opt out of publicity rights, no photos, etc.

The 2021 Challenge dates are as follows:

Challenge opens: Monday 1st March, 2021

Challenge closes for students: Friday 20th August, 2021

Challenge closes for coordinators: Friday 3rd September, 2021

Parenting Ideas

Establishing digital boundaries for the screen generation

Parents need to establish digital boundaries and be the pilot (for primary children) and co-pilot (for adolescents) of the digital plane.

Many parents establish screen time limits for their ‘screenagers’ (i.e. their children and teens) by stipulating how much time they can spend plugged in. Focusing solely on time is not the only digital boundary to consider. It’s best to expand our dialogue beyond screen time as the only metric that’s used to assess young people’s digital behaviours.

We also need to create boundaries around:

The screens kids use

The most critical boundary parents need to establish with their children and teens relates to what they’re doing online. Have conversations about the apps, platforms, games, videos, TV shows and media they consume and create. Visit the eSafety Commissioner’s or Common Sense Media’s websites to help you understand the various platforms and tools, so you’re better prepared to know the risks and lessen some of the potential pitfalls.

The time of day

Establish what technology can be used at different times of the day. Ideally, devices would be switched off at least sixty minutes before bedtime as the blue light can delay the onset of sleep and reduce the quality of their sleep. Minimise exposure to rapid-fire, fast-paced screen action before school as this can hyper-arouse the brain and make it challenging to pay attention in class.

Technology zones

As a family, determine the ‘no-go tech zones’ in your house such as bedrooms, bathrooms, meal areas and play areas. Encourage them to use technology in publicly accessible, high-traffic areas of the home such as the kitchen, dining or lounge area. A young person is very unlikely to be sending nudes whilst sitting on the lounge or kitchen bench!

The people they interact with

Talk to your child or teen about who they’re interacting with online and reassure them that if there’s a problem online, they need to come and talk to you, as the pilot or co-pilot of the digital plane and avoid withdrawing screen time as a punishment.

Setting and enforcing firm digital boundaries with children young people is vital if we want them to cultivate healthy digital behaviours. These skills are critical if the screen generation is to thrive in the digital world.