From the Principal
Last Saturday was gazetted as World Support Staff Day. I am not sure why a Saturday was chosen as the day to pay homage to mark this event! Nevertheless, our staff will be celebrating this occasion when we are all back on site full time – hopefully fairly soon.
Every workplace has a core activity whose staff operates directly within the roles linked to that core activity. In a school, those people are the teachers. However, what would a workplace be without the staff who do not operate at the forefront of its main activity, yet play fundamental roles in the overall organisation? Imagine a supermarket without the cleaners to maintain the cleanliness and tidiness of a store. Or without the administration staff to process orders, payments and payroll. Or without the IT staff to maintain the EFTPOS machine for monetary transactions. Or without the stockroom staff to replenish the store’s inventory so that they actually have something to sell. Every role within an organisation is a cog in a machine. If a cog is missing, the machine simply won’t work as effectively, or might even come to a standstill.
Schools are no different. When you think of school, you think of the teachers. But what of the many support staff who play essential roles within the school and in the educating of the students?
The learning support assistants (LSAs) who support the students academically and pastorally.
The admin staff who navigate the unwieldy bureaucracy that education has become.
The library assistants who undertake many of the administrative tasks and hence allow our teacher librarian to focus on developing effective information services and programs and integrating information resources, technologies and collaborative tools into the students’ learning.
The cleaner, whose job has recently evolved into reducing the spread of a virus that has led to a global pandemic.
The school counsellor and the pastoral care worker, whose jobs require initiative, discretion, expertise and varying levels of confidentiality in dealing with matters of importance to the psychological and emotional wellbeing of students.
These staff play significant roles in the operation of schools, yet they typically do not get the recognition that they deserve. The eight people on our support staff team are, in many respects, the glue that holds our school together:
- Our LSAs - Toni Curley and Lynne McMaster.
- Our school admin – Bronwyn Sartori.
- Our library assistants – Margaux Windever and Fiona Phillips.
- Our cleaner - Brigitte Thompson.
- Our counsellor – Gayna Turner.
- Our pastoral care worker – Lisa Ridgewell.
If any of these people have made even the smallest difference for either you or your child/ren, feel free to flick them an email and wish them all the best (belatedly) on World Support Staff Day:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Brigitte)
Have a good week.
Just because we are not at school full time doesn't mean that book club can't continue. click- the link below and go directly to the fantastic issue that Scholastic have put together. You can place your orders via LOOP or send your orders into school if you prefer to order that way.
Orders are due by Thursday 21st May
As a caring community we would like to continue to offer our support to the Santamaria family by maintaining their lawns for the rest of the year. If you can offer your help, it would be greatly appreciated. Please click on the link below where you will be taken to a lawn mowing roster, where you can volunteer to help on a particular Saturday.
News From the Home front
Another week of home learning has provided lots of new experiences for everyone. Below are each teacher's reports with work samples and photos of tasks that have happened in each class.
FROM MRS WALKER (KINDER)
Kindergarten has been working so hard since the beginning of the term. Can you believe that we have started to spell words and read sentences? We are also pretty clever at counting forwards and backwards from 0 to 20. Here are some work samples from five of our clever Kinder students:
- Eli is a super speller!
- Elijah drew his family as part of our History unit.
- Emmett built a 3-dimensional city as part of our Maths investigation into shapes around us.
- Sebastian followed a directed drawing tutorial to complete a possum. We had just been introduced to words that begin with the /p/ sound.
- Blake used sound boxes to spell words.
From Mrs Ogden,
Year 1 Blue has continued to work hard at home last week, with some pleasing results.
- Maddie learnt to use the number line to solve addition word problems.
- Jarvie practised his phonics using the ‘ai’ and ‘ay’ sounds.
- Charlie read books on EPIC and she enjoyed reading about Cinderella Rex.
- Lachlan used the jump strategy on a number line to solve 2-digit addition algorithms.
From Mrs Hyland
Year 1 White has been working so well at home and I am very impressed. Take a look at some of our work on Seesaw.
- Lachlan showed that he can use the jump strategy to add 2-digit numbers.
- Isla shared her knowledge of celebrations and the ones that her family enjoys.
- Mia showed that she can add large numbers.
- Evie used her imagination to create a lovely story using Cinderella as her inspiration.
From Mrs Stewart (Yr 2)
What a great week in Year 2! My highlight was seeing everyone on Tuesday and Wednesday. Year 2 has been very busy planning and writing interesting recounts about things that they have been doing.
- Chloe planned an orientation about her scooter ride to Blacksmiths. She completed her whole recount at school last Tuesday. It was fabulous!
- Drew wrote about his first day back at school.
- Lillian and Zoie have been researching some interesting facts about the telephone.
- Xavier and Kingston played "Tricky Word" snap.
- Lucy made "paper people" to represent some the important people in her community.
- Oscar measured the capacity of different containers in his kitchen.
FROM MRS CURK (Yr 1 Science, Yr 4/5/6 History)
Year 1 Science
This week we investigated making sculptures by bending, stretching and twisting foil.
FROM MRS DEVLIN
It was lovely seeing so many of the students again last week. I was lucky enough to see the Kindergarten students making their windsocks and discussing weather and I was delighted to hear the 5/6 students review "Once" by Morris Gleitzman.
From Mrs Koster (Yr3)
Last week we measured and compared the mass of different objects. Lukah showed us that two objects she found in her house have a similar mass, although they are made out of different materials.
This week Year 3 read the book 'A Bad Case of Stripes'. The students wrote some excellent reports about the story, and recorded themselves delivering the evening news. Here is Ashley’s report:
Camilla got a bad case of stripes because she didn’t eat lima beans. She was frightened that everyone else thought she was weird. Then she turned into a rainbow stripy person. The doctor told her it was OK to go to school, but when she went to school all of the kids laughed at her. Whenever somebody said something like “what about purple dots”, she turned into it! There were lots of doctors, specialists and experts who came to try to cure her. It kept getting worse!
Then an old woman came over and gave her some lima beans, because the old woman was magical and she knew they would cure Camilla. The lady knew that Camilla hadn’t been eating lima beans because Camilla was worried and she didn’t want to be different.
Camilla had to eat the lima beans because she really did love them. She got better and she realised that you don’t have to be like other people. You have to be yourself.
From Mr McCarthy (yr 3)
- 1 – Zahli: Throwing and catching
- Arielle’s artwork from the story “Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems
- Levi’s mathematics challenge
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