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Term 2 Week 2 Newsletter

Phase 1 Return to School Starts Monday 11 May

Thank you to all the parents/carers for indicating your child's Golden Day next week. This process ran incredibly smoothly with only a very small number of parents unable to get their first preference for their child's Golden Day. Please remember that all children should be returning to school next week in their winter uniform.

Phase 1 Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

A reminder that during Phase 1, we ask that parents do not enter school grounds. This includes before and after school. At 8.30am, our team will be at the front of the school supporting students to enter the school grounds and offer hand sanitiser to all students on entry. At the end of the school day, please be aware of the following pick up procedures;

  • If your child is attending Jigsaw, your child should proceed to Jigsaw at 3pm following their usual routine.
  • If your child is going home independently, your child may leave the school grounds at 3pm.
  • If you are walking and picking up your child, please meet your child at the Miller St Gate. Please do not wait at the front of the school as all children walking home will be waiting for their parents in the Upper Terrace. If you are walking, it is important that your child is aware of the plan. For K-2 children, we ask that you email your child's Key Teacher if the after school plan is walking so that they can take your child to the correct location.
  • If you are driving; please go to the following locations according to your child's surname; A to G Anzac Avenue Drop off Zone (Pedestrian Gate). H to O Anzac Avenue behind the bus stop. P to Z Ernest St Staff Carpark. Please enter through the top carpark gate and exit through the bottom gate. If your child has not been at school this term they will receive your dashboard sign on their Golden Day next week from their classroom teacher. Please start using your carpark designated area regardless of whether you have received your card.

Home Learning Evaluation

Thank you to all of the parents who took the time to respond to the parent survey. Comments from 286 families have enabled us to understand what is working well and what we can adjust to make home learning even more effective for your household during this time.

Overwhelmingly, parents feel that APPS has transitioned successfully to home learning, and there is much appreciation for the teachers in terms of communication and the quality of the programs - thank you.

The key improvements that we will be making and have already begun to implement are related to more video interaction (live and recorded for the whole class, small groups and individuals); opportunities for more peer-to-peer interaction both academically and socially; more parental support, including assistance on how to help your child complete certain tasks and navigating platforms; the early release of daily tasks and extending deadlines to fit in with your work day; more offline learning activities; more optional challenging, extension tasks; and online rewards to motivate your child. Your child’s teacher will continue to communicate these changes with you.

If you have any further suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact either your class teacher or myself on jo.penn1@det.nsw.edu.au

Semester 1 Mountain Top

At Anzac Park we are adapting and taking Mountain Top online this term. This will involve a special opportunity to share learning through a digital platform. A special part of Semester 1 Mountain Top is the transformation of our Bamboo Grove to our Gratitude Grove. This year I would like to transform Gratitude Grove to an online platform. I am asking all families to write a sign and take a picture of themselves sharing what they are grateful for about Anzac Park. It could be a program, an opportunity, a teacher, an experience.... Just remember that it must be related to Anzac Park and be aware that the photo will be shared online as part of our digital Mountain Top event. Please email all photos to anzacpark-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Family STEAM Challenge

Our family STEAM challenge is focused on bringing our community together through a friendly design and make family project. The competition will be filmed and shared on our school's Mountain Top website.

Join Anzac Park and enter into our family STEAM challenge. If you have any questions regarding the STEAM challenge, please contact Amy Sackville at amy.rogers9@det.nsw.edu.au

Spotlight on Blizzard

In Blizzard this term, we have been exploring the scientific concepts of Cause and Effect. We have enlisted the support of weather reporters from all around Cammeray. These reporters are essential workers, providing us with important information about the weather each day. Students are learning to identify different types of daily weather and temperature changes. This knowledge will be essential as the students learn about living and non-living things and their response to weather and seasonal changes. Thank you to our wonderful weather reporters!

Canteen News

Healthy Kids Association is pleased to be opening the canteen next Tuesday 12 May.

Healthy Kids will continue the strict health and safety measures that were implemented in Term 1 during the initial COVID-19 outbreak to minimise the risk of exposure to the school community and ensure responsible practices are taking place.

Menu changes:

  • As always, we will continue to follow the Healthy School Canteen Strategy offering delicious and healthy items.
  • Initially the range of items has had to be reduced however we will go back to our full menu in the near future
  • Recess and lunch orders will be available

Placing of online orders:

  • No orders will be taken at the canteen counter
  • Parents to continue to use My School Connect (menu will be live on Friday 8th May)

Collecting Orders:

  • Collection of orders will be supervised and social distancing measures will be in place, encouraging students to maintain minimum 1.5m physical distance

APPS Learning Partnerships- We Need You!

To assist in broadening our students horizons and passions, Anzac Park Public School is launching our own Learning Partnerships program.

Research continues to highlight that partnerships between schools, community and industry are essential in ensuring our students understand and develop the skills they need to be successful in their future careers.

This program will partner members of our community (and wider industry) with teachers & students to provide opportunities for:

  • sharing experiences and skills to inspire our students about different pathways and opportunities for their future
  • consulting with teachers who seek to enrich school curriculum
  • providing students with a real world expert in their area of interest
  • providing students or educators an opportunity for meaningful workplace experiences
  • communicating knowledge or mentoring students via online platforms

If you are interested in learning more about the program or would like to volunteer, please visit:

We understand that certain partnership opportunities may not be possible at present, however we encourage parents and members of our community to join the project to ensure it can be implemented as soon as possible.