At Gorokan Public School, we value and encourage students to cultivate their creativity through visual arts and believe that creativity plays a major role in education.
Over the past few weeks our students have been designing two new murals for our school. This is the challenge they were set:
The executive staff and I had the pleasure of viewing all of the finalist entries and the extremely difficult task of deciding on the winners. Congratulations to the following students for their winning entries:
Local artist Ian Bonnar has been commissioned to paint the murals and will commence work on this project in the coming weeks. I look forward to showing you the finished result. Watch this space …
Term 4 COVID-19 Reminders
A community update was released earlier this term outlining the current COVID-19 restrictions. Please take the time to preview the update below:
- Non-essential visitors to schools are not allowed,
- Our school will remain vigilant in applying infection control and personal hygiene practices,
- Students and staff who are unwell should stay at home,
- Students and staff who come to school with cold and flu symptoms will be sent home and will not be able to return to school without a negative COVID test result and no symptoms,
- Students should continue to bring water bottles from home to fill at water bubblers rather than drink directly from the bubbler, and
- Staggered afternoon student pick up times remain in place – K-2 and siblings 2:45pm and 3-6 depart school at 3:00pm.
Only two more sleeps until we meet our new kindergarten students at the first of the face to face orientation sessions on Friday 6th November. As explained in the Kindergarten Transition Community Update below, due to the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions, face to face orientation sessions will be held on Friday 6th and 13th November. Two sessions are available on each of these days - either 10:00am to 11:00am or 12:00pm to 1:00pm.
As previously explained, parents and other non-essential adults are still not permitted to enter the school grounds, however the current Department guidelines allow parents and carers to drop off and pick up their children for their orientation session but are restricted to a 10-minute time limit.
Please share the following podcasts with your child to support their smooth transition to school:
Curious Creatures Wild Minds Book Parade
Thanks for your positive response to this school event. The students and staff were able to unleash their creativity in bringing their favourite book characters to life. The current restrictions made for a different experience for the students, with each grade parading separately on the day as captured on our Facebook page. Thank you for the overwhelmingly positive feedback.
Whole School Assembly
The student leaders have been doing a brilliant job in presenting the fortnightly virtual whole school assembly to the school. This assembly included the induction of the Term 4 Class Captains and the inclusion of the school choir singing the school song and National Anthem. The assembly can be accessed from the following video:
Class Captains Term 4
Thank you for supporting the students to plan, prepare and present their speeches over the past few weeks. The standard of the speeches presented was excellent. The scores were very close. Congratulations to all the students who participated, it’s not easy getting up in front of others and speaking and the students who did must be congratulated for their courage and skills. The two students with the highest scores from each stage will be announced at the End of Year Presentation.
Year 6 Update
Kate Day, our Year 6 coordinator and I released a community update last week informing parents and carers of the organisation of the Year 6 to 7 transition program activities. Thanks for those who have taken the time to watch this important update. If you missed it, you can access it below.
We are currently planning for 2021, so if you have a child who will not be returning to our school next year (excluding Year 6) I would encourage you to inform the office staff. The number of students we have plays a vital role in our organisation of class structures.
As mentioned in the previous newsletter, we are currently organising classes for next year. As in previous years, I would like to invite parents and carers to write to me if they feel there are special needs that should be considered when placing students in classes for 2021. The task of forming classes is complex and all requests will be given careful consideration. Requests must be submitted to me in writing by Friday 27th November.
World Teachers’ Day
Internationally, World Teachers' Day is celebrated on the first Friday in October. However, as this is usually during our school holidays, Australia celebrates the day on the last Friday in October of each year (last Friday). Our teachers are amazing and I am constantly receiving positive feedback about their professionalism, kindness and diligent care for their students. If you missed last Friday, it’s never too late to show your appreciation and commemorate World Teachers’ Day by performing random acts of kindness towards our great teachers to show your appreciation.
Together we can make a difference.
Dates to Remember
- Friday 13th November Face to Face Kindergarten Transition
- Wednesday 18th November Opportunity Class exam (Stage Two)
- Monday 1st December Gorokan High School Orientation Day
- Monday 7th December Year 6 High School Taster Day at Gorokan High School
- Tuesday 8th December Presentation Day
- Tuesday 15th December Year 6 Farewell
- Wednesday 16th December Last day of Term 4
Early Stage One
We have had a wonderful fortnight of learning in Kindergarten with our learning focused on Book Week and mystical creatures. The students have been exploring quality texts and how to include greater detail in their own writing.
Students are learning about safe and unsafe situations and how to seek help when required. They are engaging in role play to identify real life situations where they can be more aware of potential dangers.
The students are enjoying the Sports in School program each Monday and refining their gymnastic skills.
Photo: Kindergarten gymnastics in action
Please continue to access the PM e-collection books at home and contact the school if you require student passwords.
A friendly reminder to send your child to school each day with a hat and drink bottle. The weather has warmed up significantly this term and we encourage good health and safety habits.
Celebration of Learning
Well done to all students who dressed up as their favourite book character in Book Week. The students enjoyed sharing their stories and presenting their character costumes with their peers. Congratulations to Haylen, Santino and Willow for receiving book prizes for the best dressed costumes on the day.
Congratulations to the following students for receiving class awards last fortnight:
- KC – Jaxon, Elliot, Rose and Lailahni
- KD/T – Oliver, Ishmael, Emma and Willow B
- KF/L – Blair, Daniel, Braith and Chelsea
- KL – Oliver, Eric, Lucas and Via
- KJ – Latalea, Ryan, Oliver and Cooper
Mrs D Jeanpierre - ES1 Assistant Principal
Stage One students are busy this week working towards individual, class and grade goals.
Year One and Two are learning to write informative texts and are looking at the grammatical and structural features involved in this. In mathematics, we are learning to represent and solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of strategies, including counting on, partitioning and rearranging parts. Our sport unit this semester covers paddle-tennis, t-ball, cricket, hockey, overarm throw, underarm catch and kicking skills.
If your child has been away from school, please send in a note to your child's teacher on their return to school. It is a legal requirement that notes are received within seven days of a student's absence. The note must state the dates your child was absent and the reason for the absence. If your child will be absent for three days or more, a doctor's certificate is required.
Celebration of Learning
Mr R Johnson - Relieving S1 Assistant Principal
This week, we have been learning to read and write different types of poetry. We have learnt about didactic cinquains, haiku, diamante poems and shape poems. We have also been investigating ways that authors such as Roald Dahl transform well known stories into entertaining poems. We are loving learning how to rhyme and use alliteration in our writing.
Thank you for making sure that your child is in full school uniform everyday. It is wonderful to see our children wearing their uniform so proudly and being part of the Gorokan team.
Celebration of Learning
Congratulations to those students who successfully presented their speeches in class this week. There were some interesting and varied speeches presented and we would like to thank parents for supporting their students in this process. Well done Stage 2.
Mrs R Ranse - Acting S2 Assistant Principal
Students have been busy over the past fortnight with lots of teaching and learning occurring, as well as completing assessment tasks.
All Stage 3 classes have been revising and implementing our school expectations of being safe, being respectful and being a learner. This has included revisiting our Behaviour Management Plan and we encourage you to speak to your child about our school expectations. Please keep an eye on your child’s Class Dojo points which are updated daily.
Intention to apply for Year 7 placement in a Selective High School in 2022
All Year 5 students have now received a letter regarding Intention to apply for Year 7 placement in a selective high school in 2022. If you are intending to apply for your child please return the slip on the note to Year 5 class teachers as soon as possible.
Selective high schools cater for academically gifted students with high potential who may otherwise be without sufficient classmates at their own academic standard. Selective high schools help these students to learn by grouping them with students of similar ability, and by using specialised teaching methods.
Applications for selective high school placement are considered mainly on the basis of the Selective High School Placement Test results and school assessment scores. The Selective High School Placement Test will be held on Thursday 11th March 2021.
If you would like to have your child considered for Year 7 selective high school entry in 2022, you need to apply on the internet. Please refer to the letter that was sent home last week.
Year 5 Election of School Leaders for 2021
Year 5 student leader nominations for 2021 have now closed. These nominated students will now be asked to prepare and present a speech on why they would make a great student leader. Due to COVID-19 restrictions our student leadership speeches will look a little different this year. We will keep you informed as more information comes to hand.
Year 6 Farewell
The fantastic news is that COVID-19 restrictions have changed and we are now planning to hold the Year 6 farewell on Tuesday 15th December 2020, at Gorokan Public School. Our Year 6 farewell will be a little different this year as we still need to ensure we are following the restriction guidelines. Meal options for the Year 6 farewell have been given out and are due back by Friday 20th November. The finer details are still being finalised and we will let you know more information as soon as possible. We are so excited! 😊
Year 6 Presentation Day Assembly
We are holding a dedicated Year 6 Presentation Day assembly on Tuesday 8th December. Unfortunately, current COVID-19 restrictions prevent parents from attending this assembly in person, but if there are any changes we will let you know.
Year 6 Transition to High School (Gorokan HS)
We have exciting news! Our Year 6 to 7 transition to high school program will go ahead.
Year 6 students have been invited to attend a Taster Day on Monday 7th December at Gorokan High School. Students are to travel with Gorokan Public School staff both to and from the high school. No students are to travel independently to or from Gorokan High School.
Gorokan High Sschool will hold a transition day for selected students in Week 6. More information will be sent out at the end of this week.
On Tuesday 1st December an Aboriginal student breakfast will be held at Gorokan High School before their Orientation Day which follows. No students are to travel independently to or from the high school.
We will keep you updated with more information as it comes to hand.
Please ensure your child brings a drink bottle and their own writing instruments (pens, pencils etc) to school every day.
Celebration of Learning
Wiseberry Heritage Sold Sticker Design Competition
We are delighted for Mileyjay in Year 5 as she has WON the Wiseberry Heritage "Sold" Sticker Design Competition 2020. Wiseberry had over 2000 people voting on the design and she came out with the most votes! Mileyjay won a Treetops voucher and certificate to recognise her achievement.
Gorokan Public Sschool also benefits from Mileyjay’s win! Every property Wiseberry sells in the month of November across their Gorokan and Charmhaven offices, they will donate $50 from every sale to Gorokan Public School. This will tally up and our school will be presented with a cheque on the first week in December 2020. A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS MILEYJAY!
We look forward to a virtual whole school assembly this Friday.
Have a wonderful fortnight.
Mrs K Day - S3 Assistant Principal
For Creative Arts this term we have been learning about different artists from around the world and the different techniques and tools they used to create their masterpieces. We recently learnt about Vincent van Gogh and a series of artworks entitled 'Sunflowers'. We then created our own Vincent van Gogh inspired sunflower artworks.