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Term 4 Week 2 Newsletter

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.

2019 Organisation

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 amy.rogers9@det.nsw.edu.au 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!

Thank you P&C for our new Playground Equipment

Brand new playground equipment including table tennis, mini trampolines, croquet, an obstacle course and much more will be coming to our playgrounds thanks to our P&C. Our amazing P&C committee generously funded our equipment to support the school in improving playground play and getting our students’ active outside.

All students from K-Yr 6 took part in a voting and feedback session about the types of equipment they wanted on the playground. The Wellbeing Committee listened to student voice and have ordered a range of new equipment that will be on the playgrounds by the end of next week.

To create a culture of shared responsibility, classes will be responsible for caring and organising the different equipment pieces to ensure we don’t lose these expensive resources. All students will be involved in explicit lessons teaching them about how to play safely and to be respectful with the new equipment. We are all excited to get the equipment out into the playground. A huge thank you to our generous P&C and for our Wellbeing Committee for coordinating this initiative.

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News From the Library

Scholastic Book Club flyers have been handed out by class teachers today. The deadline for all orders is 3pm Thursday 1 November. Don’t forget, all orders accrue points for the school to redeem on new books for the library. So far this year, we have been able to purchase over $1000 worth of books using the points!

ENVIROBANK COLLECTION FRIDAY, 2 November 7.30am-9am

Please return your orange bags to school Friday of Week 3. There are spare bags in the school office if you didn’t get a replacement bag or need an extra one. You can also bring your containers to school in an alternative bag or box and swap them over on the morning! We will continue to do a collection in kiss and drop and will have replacement bags available. We are getting into celebration season so remember to collect all your plastic and aluminium containers at parties and social occasions. Remember to keep containers empty and uncrushed and look out for the 10c refund logo.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ANZAC PARK

Thursday 25 October - Stage 2 & 3 Interrelate Family Evening
Friday 26 October - Strings & Band Expo
Monday 29 October - Senior Choir Performance at Opera House
29-30 October - Zoo Snooze Stage 2 Overnight Excursion
Tuesday 30 October - Kindergarten 2019 Info Night
Friday 2 November - Envirobank Collection Day
Friday 2 November - P&C Second-Hand Uniform Pop Up Shop
8 November & 15 November - Kindergarten 2019 Orientation
11 November - Remembrance Day at Ridge St Memorial
14 November & 16 November - Stage 1 Excursion

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