Term 4 Week 8 Newsletter

Inspirational Student Leadership at Anzac Park

A huge congratulations goes to all candidates who nominated to stand for leadership positions in 2021. All students presented engaging and interesting speeches about their leadership qualities and how they as leaders hope to make a positive difference. This enthusiastic response clearly shows the diligent and responsible nature of our students. It definitely made the voting process extremely hard for our students as all candidates would undoubtedly make inspirational leaders. The 2021 leadership positions will be announced next week and I am looking forward to working closely with our student leaders in the new year.

2021 Executive Leadership Team

Our outstanding leadership team will continue their great work in 2021 and grow to reflect our growing school community. Their roles will be as follows:

  • Mrs Amy Sackville - Deputy Principal
  • Mr Jeremy Hart-Deputy Principal
  • Ms Cassie Hide– Assistant Principal
  • Ms Lydia Janabi – Assistant Principal
  • Ms Melanie Shields – Assistant Principal
  • Ms Michelle Kaim- Acting Assistant Principal
  • Ms Holly Wilson - Acting Assistant Principal

2021 Class Formation

At the beginning of the 2021 school year, we will need to wait until Kindergarten enrol on Wednesday 3 February to finalise enrolments and staffing. Students will return to their 2021 classes on Friday 29 January for a couple of days. Over these days, all students in Years 1-6 will participate in a student well-being program to ensure that all students at Anzac Park have a consistent understanding of our core expectations. Our students in Years 3-6 will also attend our annual swimming carnival on Wednesday 3 February. While I appreciate children and parents are excited to join their new teacher and class as soon as possible, it is far better to wait a couple of days rather than settle children into classes and then have to make changes if our student numbers alter. At this stage, our student enrolment numbers are extremely variable meaning we will need to wait until the first week back in 2021 to confirm numbers, staffing and classes. I appreciate your patience and understanding with this matter. Families can assist me in this process by:

  • Asking other families who have not yet enrolled, to contact us as a matter of urgency.
  • Informing us if you are moving out of the area and your child will not be returning to Anzac Park in 2021.
  • Ensuring we have notification in writing if your child will be returning late at the beginning of the 2021 school year so that we can hold a place for them.

Mountain Top

Our end of year Mountain Top website is going live on Thursday 10 December to Monday 14 December. This will be an opportunity for our community to view 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 connecting with the community and celebrating student learning.

2021 Indicative Costs

To assist with family budgeting, please find below an outline of anticipated school contributions for the 2021 school year and approximate costs you can expect during Term 1 2021. These yearly contributions are greatly appreciated and voluntary. Please note this list is not complete and exact costs, as well as the costs of excursions and incursions, will be notified at the beginning of each term. Term invoices are required to be paid by the due date of each event. Contributions (see below) will be removed at beginning of Term 4 if you do not wish to make a donation.

  • Voluntary School Contribution - $45
  • Technology Levy K-2 - $50
  • Home Reading Contribution K-2 - $25

Stage 3 Camp

In Week 7, Sunshine went to Stage 3 camp in the Blue Mountains. It was a great opportunity to celebrate a year together. Students overcame their hesitations abseiling, learnt bread-making, tried their hand at archery and visited Scenic World. Teachers were impressed with the positive behaviours, cooperation and perseverance shown by all students.

Stage 3 Surf School

As part of our Stage 3 water safety PDHPE program, in Week 6, Sunshine visited Manly and Shelly Beaches to participate in surf school. The program focuses on water safety at the beach and how to identify hazardous conditions such as rips. After a year at school due to COVID-19 restrictions it was a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the sunshine!

Year 3 Excursion

During Week 7, Year 3 ventured to West Head for a day in the bush. They participated in a range of activities including a bush walk, watercolour paintings of native plants, and building shelters for small animals. Year 3 students thoroughly enjoyed spending the day outside and learning about the Indigenous sites in the area. It was great to see such big smiles from the students all day long!

Year 2 Excursion

Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed their recent excursion to Gibberagong Environmental Centre. Students observed the current uses of the national park and learnt about traditional uses of the area by Aboriginal peoples. They explored and investigated Aboriginal bush resources including traditional foods, shelter and medicines. During the walk to Bobbin Head, students were highly engaged in a series of activities which facilitated geographical observations of the natural and human features of the area. These activities included a nature scavenger hunt, a listening spot and other hands-on and immersive experiences. Students experienced first hand how to care for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park through sustainable use practices throughout the excursion. It was fantastic to see students beyond the classroom and their excitement throughout the day!​

Snapshot from Jungle 31

In Week 6, Jungle 31 students faced the heat and ventured out to the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park to connect with the natural world. As we walked along the Kalkari Track down to Bobbin Head, students viewed different cultural sites and had spectacular scenic views of the national park. Through hands-on activities, including vertebrae catching, we explored the environment and learnt about the plants and animals of the park. We had the most amazing day and loved taking our learning outside!

Kindergarten Excursion

Kindergarten had a fantastic time visiting Narrabeen Coastal Environment Centre last Thursday and Friday on our first excursion. We learnt about the different creatures that live in this special place and how we can take care of our environment.

Kindergarten finished the day exploring the rock pools, looking for crabs, sea-stars and anemones. Some were lucky enough to spot an octopus!

Kindy also explored the 'water-cycle' and how we can keep our oceans clean!

Congratulations to our Silver & Gold Award Recipients!

Silver Awards are presented to students when they have received 3 Bronze Awards. Make sure you keep your child’s Bronze Awards safe and when they have collected 3, bring them into the office. Gold awards are presented to students when they have received 3 Silver Awards.

Upcoming Events

Thursday 3 December Year 2 Water Safety Program at APPS
Monday 7 December - Thursday 10 December Year 4 Zoo Snooz
Thursday 10 December Mountain Top website goes live
Monday 14 December Semester 2 Academic Reports on Sentral
Tuesday 15 December School Disco
Wednesday 16 December Year 6 Walkout
Wednesday 16 December Last Day For Students
Friday 29 January Students Yrs 1 to 6 return
Created By
Wendy Bright