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Canning Vale Education Support Centre Newsletter 6th March 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

A warm welcome to our new families this year and to those who have returned to Canning Vale ESC for another year. It has been an exceptionally smooth start to the year and we are very pleased each of your children have settled well into new routines.

Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings are well underway and I sincerely thank you for taking the time to be an active partner in your child’s education. These planning meetings are vital in tailoring an educational program to meet your child’s needs and support them in achieving their goals. IEPs will be finalised and sent home shortly.

We hope you enjoy reading our newsletters throughout the year and find it a good source of information. Our next newsletter will be coming out in the last week of term, however for all daily activities and celebrations of our students’ achievements, please like our Facebook page – Canning Vale Education Support Centre.

Congratulations to our fabulous P&C Committee, in particular Cris Borges-Vanderwal, who hosted the best Family Picnic I have ever been to. The food trucks delivered some outstanding delights for our tastebuds and the weather was perfect that evening.

Our School Board is currently taking nominations to fill vacancies, and I encourage you all to consider nominating to join our Board. We truly value the contributions our families make to our school and would love to have you officially recognised on the School Board. The School Board meets once per term, with an Open Meeting to the general public at the end of the year. Meetings are held on a Tuesday at 2.30pm and are finished in time for you to pick up your child at 3pm. For more information or a nomination form, please contact the Admin office on 9427 6030.

I look forward to working with you all over the coming year and sharing in your child’s achievements.

Kind regards,

Jodie Norwell, Principal

Jodie Norwell, Principal.

AEIIP Classroom News

A warm welcome to all our new students in the Autism Early Intensive Intervention Programme, and their families. The students have made a promising start to the year and are already beginning to settle into classroom routines. They are each developing more awareness of classroom expectations, such as sitting with their legs crossed on the mat and walking inside the classroom. We have been completing baseline testing to give us a thorough overview of what students are capable of doing, plus the best areas to focus on teaching first.

One of the activities we do on a daily basis is puzzles. Puzzles help students to develop:

• planning and problem solving strategies- such as trial and error or look and locate.

• visual discrimination- in order to locate the correct object from a group, then put it in the correct spot.

• spatial orientation- in order to move the piece so it is the correct way up

• persistence- to keep going until the puzzle is finished

All the children have developed the skills to complete puzzles of increasing difficulty. It is such a pleasure to see every student having already made progress. Rochelle Mulder, Teacher

James working on his farm puzzle.
Miles finishing off his cat puzzle.
Damon with his completed summer puzzle.

The Pre-primary students are working on their Physical Education skills. Akaran is participating in a sack race. George is participating in an egg and spoon race. The students are also working on other skills such as throwing and catching a ball, bouncing a ball, and hopping. Siobhan Sweeney, Teacher.

George in the egg and spoon race.
Akaran getting ready for the sack race.

B9 Classroom News

Sometimes, it can be quite tough trying to work out where to begin when writing the first newsletter article of the year. This is especially true in B9 because there are two children who are new to our school and five who experiencing school for the very first time. While it is customary for young children to find it somewhat daunting at first, most are now starting to find their way. Parents should be comforted that they are all settling in well to the new phase of their young lives.

Academically, some children have quickly demonstrated good knowledge and skills in certain areas, this is always encouraging. However, most of the new children are finding the morning drop off challenging because they are expected to do so much. The morning drop off can be a little problematic at first but, over time you will be amazed how they start to develop this and many other skills. It is important to remember that we are striving towards independence, so each child really needs to learn walk to and from class.

It has been pleasing to see how quickly the children have started to engage with our first morning activity, Mat Time. This proves a nice way for them to start each day because they get to choose and listen to a number of songs. Although this is nice for the children, we are still assessing many skills that will be useful to them in the school lives for example, learning to put their hands up to make a song request.

Most children have developed an understanding of what is expected during our other daily routines such as learning to put their hats on before going out to play. This simple activity can prove to be somewhat perplexing for the teaching staff as a number of children think any hat will do. 😊 It is always sorted before they head off to play. Also, we are trying to develop some healthy living habits. Consequently, every child is learning to wash their hands before eating. For obvious reasons, we all deem this to be such a vital life skill.

A big thank you to all Pre-Primary parents for sending your children in to school well prepared for their swimming lessons. It really helped make the swimming program a big success and the children all loved it.

Also, another big thank you to everyone for your attendance at the IEP meetings. It was truly appreciated.

Finally, as the term progresses, I will keep you all informed of any important things that you need to know. Bob Beckman, Teacher.

H3 Classroom News

We’re off to a busy start in H3 setting up and getting out new routines ready for 2020.

This year we will be using a tray structure to develop independence in our class. We are preparing loads of visuals to help staff and students communicate and understand the systems and routines we use. We have new wobble chairs to help our students control their energy and social circle desks to help our students develop skills and understanding with their friends. We will soon be getting our tray furniture and getting all student's independent work ready to slot in.

Swimming was a huge success last week, we had all students swim and by the end of the week everyone was getting in, out and following instructions beautifully! Congratulations to Alethial for achieving her Level 1 Swimming Certificate.

It has been great to see all our students already settling in with our routines such as unpacking their bags independently, lining up, using the Sensory Room and sitting nicely around the round table for morning activities.

We are all looking forward to seeing great things in 2020. Darran Wilson and Pat Ellery. Teachers.

H4 Classroom News

What an amazing start to 2020. H4 class is full of amazing students who have quickly settled in and become a cohesive wonderful group! They have got the classroom routines down and can tell you exactly what you need to do and when you need to do! We are all very excited about Community Access Training starting up next week and 80% of the class have not done this before so it will be new and exciting! It has already been such a busy term with swimming being completed (with some amazing swimmers – Ben Sparrow – passing not just Level 1 but Level 2 as well!!!). We have been working hard on our social skills with lots of fun and games – Snakes and Ladders gets quite heated especially when they land on a snake! Looking forward to seeing what comes next in H4! Dana Langridge, Teacher.

H4 students playing various games in the classroom

B1 Classroom News

B1 have started the year in great form with lots of fun activities and hard 'yakka' to report on. The Music Rocks jam session on a Wednesday afternoon has been a huge success with the “band” well into rehearsals for the performance gig of a lifetime- stay tuned for a date and venue!

In the classroom students have been trying very hard with their English and Maths. Cooking on a Friday is always very popular, as are the STEM activities with the little OZBOT robots and of course, good old Meccano Max. We also have a games hour on a Friday with lots of sharing and turn taking.

All in all, a fabulous start to a new school term, keep up the good work guys! Neil Rose, Teacher.

B1 students enjoying their music session.
Playing Battleships.

ESC Breakfast Club

Breakfast club runs Tuesday morning 8.15-8.45am in the King building.

Breakfast club is a great way to start the day, even if your child has had breakfast encourage them to come along and see their friends. We are encouraging independence and modelling life skills, the students serve themselves and wash and dry their dishes when they have finished. Stephanie Sanderson, School Chaplain.

Students preparing their own breakfast at breakfast club.
Peyton enjoying her toast at breakfast club.
Students enjoying their breakfast with their friends.
Mrs Stephanie Sanderson and Peyton spending time toghether at breakfast.
Charles washing his own dishes.

School Health Nurse

Community Health Nurses in primary school

Community Nurses visit all primary schools in the Canning Region throughout the year. My name is Robyn Brown and I am the contact for your school.

Community Health Nurses work in schools to promote healthy development and wellbeing so students may reach their full potential. A major part of our work is focused on early intervention and the School Entry Health Assessment program.

Community Health Nurses serve as a health contact point for children and their families, providing information, assessment, health counselling and referral. The services provided are free and confidential.

If you have a concern about your child’s health or development, please contact me on 92588053. Robyn Bown.

Colour Blindness

Colour blindness means that a person cannot distinguish some colours or see the colours differently to other people. Very few people who are colour blind are ‘blind’ to all colours. Commonly, the colours seen differently are greens, yellows, oranges and reds.

An information leaflet on colour blindness will be distributed to all year Pre-primary students this year. Please take the time to read the pamphlet.

For more information and see the Colour Blind Awareness and Support Group on http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/~doverton/

If you have any concerns, colour vision testing can be performed by some general practitioners, eye specialists or optometrists. You can also contact your local Community Health Nurse on 9258 8053.

How can we help prevent the spread of coronavirus?

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses (including colds, influenza, and gastroenteritis). You should:

• wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet

• cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser

• and if unwell, avoid contact with others (touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)

When teaching your child to wash their hands:

• Use clean water and soap, making sure they cover their hands and wrists.

• Use a brush to clean under nails if they’re dirty too

• Dry their hands with something clean (like a paper towel)

Alcohol based sanitisers are useful when soap and water is not available. Use half a teaspoon of the product and encourage your child to rub their hands together until they’re dry. If you can see dirt on their hands, it is better to use soap and water.

For more information on the importance of hand hygiene and for up to date information on the Coronavirus please go to www.healthywa.wa.gov.au