On Sunday the 11 November I was delighted to see so many Anzac Park families take time to honour and remember those who served to protect our freedom as part of our Remembrance Day commemorations. I would like to thank families who attended the memorial service.
Welcome to our 2019 Kindergarten Students
Over recent weeks we have welcomed all of our 2019 Kindergarten children to our school for the Orientation Program. The children settled into the classrooms beautifully. Our senior students also did a brilliant job welcoming families and assisting in the classrooms. We look forward to seeing all of our new students when they start at Anzac Park on Monday 4 February next year!
I Heart Science STEM Competition
On Wednesday 14th November a group of talented APPS students participated in the 'I Heart Science STEM Competition' at SCEGGS Redlands. Our APPS participants showcased an exciting range of STEM projects including;
- Truss bridge with a shake table to demonstrate the impact of earthquakes -Zevariah (Year 1)
- Electric go-chart or 'Spark cart' - Charlotte (Year 3)
- Solar powered hovercraft - Alma (Year 1)
- Aerodynamic paper plane experiments - Mahi (Year 3)
- Insulated recyclable lunch box - Maia (Year 4)
Congratulations to all the participants! We can't wait to follow their future STEAM creations!
End of Year Disco
Our End of Year Disco will be held on Friday 7 December in the school hall. This year we will have two discos for the different age groups. The disco for students in Kindergarten and Year 1 will be held during school hours and the disco for students in Years 2-6 will be held between 6.30pm-8pm. Tickets for students in Years 2-6 are $5 and will be on sale next week through a TryBookings link that will be emailed to parents. The ticket will include pizza and a drink. We are looking forward to seeing our students in their best disco outfits!
Our end of year Mountain Top evening will be held on Thursday 13 December. This will be an opportunity for our community to come together to share in 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 a wonderful community evening. Given the warmer weather, we will be holding a community picnic between 6pm-7pm and then open classrooms between 7pm-8pm.
2019 Enrolment Intentions – Final Reminder
We are currently in the process of planning for 2019. This includes the large task of determining staffing, classes, the location of each class in the school and the learning programs that will run next year. To complete this process it is essential that we have accurate enrolment numbers. It is especially important that we know if your child is not returning to Anzac Park or if you will not be returning in time for the start of the 2019 school year. I ask that you please let the school know no later than Friday 23 November.
SRC Fundraiser- Pyjama Mufti Day
On Wednesday 5th December, the SRC will be hosting a fundraising event for the 'Pyjama Foundation'. The 'Pyjama Foundation' is a charity that supports foster children. A group of volunteers, known as 'Pyjama Angels', help children by playing educational games, reading and spending time on homework. Their aim is to instil a love of learning for all children. On this day, students can wear their pyjamas to school and bring in a gold coin donation. All money raised will be donated directly to the charity. Please note, although this is a mufti day, appropriate clothing and footwear must still be worn. We look forward to seeing lots of fabulous outfits on the day!
Parent Volunteers Needed
To assist teachers meeting students individual needs in literacy, we have directed a significant amount of our school resources to providing learning opportunities that target student needs, based upon well researched literacy screenings. In 2019, APPS will be implementing an intervention program called ‘MiniLit’ and ‘MacqLit’ to students who are significantly below grade expectations in reading. These programs are a research initiative by Macquarie University that have been proven to improve reading accuracy, fluency, comprehension and spelling. They have been specifically researched and designed for students who are reading at a level considerably lower than their peers. How can you help?
The intervention program will be delivered in small groups of 4-5 students in the morning session of school (9:00am-11:00am). It consists of carefully sequenced lessons offering explicit literacy instruction for 1 hour a day, 4-5 times a week. The program provides all teachers and volunteers with a clear script to follow with all the necessary resources.
If you are able to offer 1 or more hours on any day and would like to volunteer to administrator this program please contact Amy Sackville via email (email@example.com). You do not have to be available every day as the program can be run by a different volunteer each day. The program will be running Monday-Friday from 9:00am till 11:00am.
To support volunteers in understanding how to administer the program a 1hr training session will be provided on the following days:
- Tuesday 4 December 9:00am in the special programs room.
- Wednesday 19 December 9:00am in the special programs room.
Please contact Amy Sackville if you have any questions regarding the program.
News From the Library
This is the last week for student borrowing from the library. Please return all library books from next week as we prepare for the annual stocktake.