Welcome back to Anzac Park for what will no doubt be a busy term filled with challenging teaching and learning programs. It has been a delight to chat to the children over the last week to hear about their holiday adventures. I hope you all enjoyed having the children home for the fortnight and that everyone had a chance to rest and get ready for another exciting term at school. The teachers are refreshed and ready to work with you and the children to make this term a happy and productive one. Term 4 is traditionally very busy, with plenty of end of year events. Our Stage Newsletters, outlining our learning programs for each stage were sent home last Friday. All permission notes for excursions and incursions for the term were also included in this email. Please make sure you sign and return all permission notes by the due date.
2019 Enrolment Intentions
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. Please email the school this week 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.
As we move towards the end of the year, my focus has turned to many organisational aspects to prepare our school for 2019. We currently have over 650 children enrolled to commence at Anzac Park next year and there is much to do. Over the past few weeks we have been in full recruitment phase with panels to select teachers for the additional classes. This is a big job with lots of applications from teachers keen to join the Anzac Park team. Each recruitment panel includes a member of the teaching staff as well as a member of the parent community. I would like to thank the teachers and parents involved in this process.
As a NSW government primary school, we are staffed on the total number of students enrolled. Public schools in NSW are staffed on average class sizes of 20 in Kindergarten, 22 in Year 1, 24 in Year 2 and 30 in Years 3-6. When I am confident of student numbers I will be able to proceed with plans for how the school will be structured, how many classes will be formed and how many teachers will be required next year. It is when this planning has taken place that students are then allocated into classes for the next year. In the development of classes for 2019 teachers will place student learning as their focus.
The factors that teachers consider in their collaborative planning of classes are; each student’s academic achievement, social relationships, specific learning needs and special needs. A great deal of time and thought are put into the organisation of classes and once formed I am reluctant to make changes due to the large impact that one move can make. As such I am requesting from parents before classes are formed, that if you have any information that may be relevant to where your child is placed in their 2019 class, please put this request in writing to me before Friday 9 November rather than in February. These requests will be considered as part of the larger jigsaw when forming classes.
Anzac Park's Got Talent
This term we'll be hosting our first Talent Show! Any child or group of children in Kindergarten to Year 6 may enter 1 act. Students must register their act through the following link by THIS FRIDAY (26 October):
Students can only enter one act to perform. Acts must be no more than 3 minutes in length. Any music the performers wish to use should be cut to the appropriate length and sent via email to email@example.com with the subject line: “Talent Show Music”. Please clearly state the PERFORMER’S NAME(s), CLASS, and TITLE of the act in the body of the email. Please ensure the content of the music is appropriate. All music will be reviewed by Mrs Sackville. If students would like to wear a costume please ensure it is suitable.
To allow children from across the school to enjoy examples of the talent from all of the grades, auditions will be held during lunch time from Week 6. Students from the SRC and a teacher representative will be selecting acts based on the below judging criteria. The best six acts from Kindergarten and Stage 1, and the best three acts from Stage 2 & 3 are then put forward to the Talent Show final. Parents are invited to attend the finals. There will be two finals due to the size of the school, watched by children from Kindergarten to Year 6, along with staff and several guest judges. The dates and times of the finals will be confirmed early next term.
Home Learning Review
In 2017, Anzac Park Public School developed a new Home Learning Policy. This document aims to provide clear guidelines about homework expectations at Anzac Park Public School, to our community, staff and students.
This document was formed by a committee consisting of staff, school executive and a parent representative from the P&C. As well as examining DoE and external research into the value of homework, the committee surveyed teachers, students and parents/carers to find community beliefs about home learning. These surveys collected feedback and perspectives from 185 parents/carers, 93 students (Years 2-6), and 14 teachers.
Anzac Park's Home Learning Policy is on our school website. On the website I have also attached the DoE document, 'A Homework Policy: Research scan', and a research article for any parents who are interested.
Part of the process involved in forming this policy includes reviewing it based on current research, and feedback from our parents/carers, students and staff. Please complete the following survey to contribute your ideas and opinions.
Spotlight on Emerald
This term in PDHPE, Emerald have started gymnastics, with Zac from Got Game. They are learning lots of different movement skills and developing their flexibility and balance. Emerald have had fun practicing their gymnastics shapes and balancing on the beam. They loved using the trampolines this week! Emerald are learning lots of new skills through exciting games and activities. Miss Laming and Miss Havelka have been so impressed by their amazing gymnastics skills and excellent perseverance when they are challenged!