Canning Vale Education Support Centre Newsletter 29th May 2020

Principal's Message

It has certainly been a strange term so far with the restrictions in place by the Federal and State Government and the Department of Education, although I am confident that in a few weeks’ time we will be very close to pre-COVID-19 operations and a sense of ‘new normal’. Announcements today by our Premier, Mark McGowan, suggest that in two weeks’ time we will have further restrictions lifted in Phase 3.

I would particularly like to thank all parents and carers for your ongoing understanding and support throughout this ordeal. It has certainly highlighted what a special and supportive community we are lucky to have at Canning Vale Education Support Centre.

Reports will be going out in the last week of this term and will look a little different. Teachers will only be reporting an “Achieved” or “Goal in Progress” against each of your child’s IEP goals, with a comment about their progress. Because of the impact to your child’s learning COVID-19 may have had, the reports will be a little brief this term. Please be assured that goals which are not achieved will be rolled over to next term.

Currently, therapists are not allowed on site to conduct therapy sessions. It is hoped they will be recommencing therapies on school grounds from Term 3, when we can guarantee the additional cleaning and sanatisation of equipment, rooms and desks. Families and therapists will be advised via email letter.

For now, enjoy the upcoming long weekend and stay safe. Jodie Norwell, Principal.

Jodie Norwell, Principal.

AEIIP Classroom News

Play skills are an important part of the Autism Early Intervention learning program. Kindy students are currently learning to take turns in Mrs Mulder’s group are currently learning to take turns when putting a toy car through a car wash and push a train around a track. Frankie enjoyed putting the cars on the turn table and then pushing them into the car wash. James and Damon are good at waiting with their “hands down” during these turn taking activities. With guidance, the students are starting to work together to build a tower with a peer. Miles and Levi enjoy pushing the train around too and passing them to a friend. All the children are improving at co-operating and sharing Duplo blocks in order to build tall towers. They are also developing more independence in using their schedule during this time to rotate through different activities. They also work on developing their play skills after eating time each day when they go and play in the play corner. During this time, they are developing the skills to share space, toys and play alongside each other in a less formal setting.

In other news, the staff have been very proud of the way all the Kindy students have continued to make steady progress in their Discrete Trial programmes despite time off due to COVID 19. In fact, every child is now working on maintaining and generalising one or more of their learning programmes. Rochelle Mulder, Teacher.

Welcome back to Term 2. The students in B8 have made great progress upon their return to school. They are reciting synthetic phonics sounds S, A, T, P, I and N, together during mat time. The students are shown a visual, the teacher models the sound first, then the students respond by saying the sound. This task is carried out so the students maintain their known sounds and also learn to respond as a group. Siobhan Sweeney, Teacher.

B9 Classroom News

After such a period of uncertainty and disruption for everyone, it is such a pleasure to be writing for the bi-term newsletter. In B9, we had 100% attendance from week three and this really helped to get things back to as normal as we possibly could.

Each child seemed genuinely happy to be back and many still arrive at school each morning with huge smiles on their faces. There were always going to be some challenges getting back into school mode because, for a number of children, they were away for quite a long time. Routine events such as lining up, getting their own hats and returning to class after the siren are being remembered. Other routines such as the morning arrival and departure are obviously different, however, all children have generally embraced those changes.

What has been astonishing is the manner in which most children carried on with their academic work. Indeed, three Kindergarten children Lachlan, Lewis and Oliver have picked up exactly where they left off and continue to thrive. Others such as Aaron and Damian, are surprising us with improvements and all-round efforts to develop their oral language skills. They are both trying so hard and are to be commended for those efforts.

Some children show more eagerness than others, which is to be expected. Yet, even for those who have difficulty sitting still for prolonged periods of time they are still making good progress. Some seem to enjoy certain learning areas such as Key Word Signing and this is a good skill for all children to acquire.

We are all looking forward to an exciting term and hopefully there are no more disruptions for the children. Although, when looking at what is happening around the world, I think that in Western Australia we should all be thankful that we are comparatively safer than so many other people. Let’s hope we all continue to stay safe 😊. Bob Beckman, Teacher.

H3 Classroom News

Welcome back to Term 2!

We have had a great start to this term and although attendance has fluctuated, all students have now settled down to our normal routines.

I would like to thank and congratulate all parents /carers for their efforts when doing schooling at home as all students have maintained their skills from Term 1, or have improved. This is a fantastic result!

We have tweaked our individual daily routines and students are starting to use their schedule visuals to navigate through the activities.

All students are making choices for their rewards and are generally happy to receive what they chose (even if they have changed their minds!).

It has been great to see many improvements in our students. Rayhan has demonstrated improved verbal language, Alethial is now independently selecting her reward choices, Hussein is independently rocking and rolling in the sensory room and Vinuk is talking much more in class.

It’s lovely to see all our students doing their running in the morning at the cricket nets. Miko thoroughly enjoys herself here! Sayfiyy is loving the obstacle course, running up and down the mounds with his friends. Darran Wilson & Pat Ellery, Teachers.

H4 Classroom News

After a long break the students have come back to class raring to go and ready to be amazing learners! It has been wonderful to see every student enjoy being at school and playing with their friends. A big thank you to all the parents and carers who did an amazing job at home keeping their children happy, occupied and learning. We loved seeing videos of you and your child working on the take home work packs! We have all been working hard since we came back to start working on our IEP goals and I have to say that some kids are zooming through their learning!

H4 has had a lovely Prac student teacher, Mrs Fourie who has spent the last four weeks in the classroom. On her final day she presented each of the students with their own blanket with their names embroidered on them. The kids love them! Thank your Mrs F!

I hope that you and your families are travelling well! Dana Langridge, Teacher.

B1 Classroom News

B1 have been cooking up a storm since the beginning of Term 2. We made pizza last week and this Friday they have gone one step further with the dough and decided to make bread rolls. To make the best rolls in the world takes quite a bit of time and a lot of kneading. This didn’t faze the gang at all, every person stood up and kneaded their hearts out. Well done guys what a tremendous effort! Neil Rose, Teacher.

School Health Nurse

Is your child of a healthy weight?

Did you know that more than a quarter of Western Australian school children are above a healthy weight range? It’s not always possible to tell if a child or young person is a healthy weight for their age, sex and height just by looking at them.

As children move through puberty and into adulthood, being above a healthy weight range often becomes more obvious but more difficult to manage. It is easier for children to move towards a healthy weight before puberty and adulthood.

Children who grow up in families that enjoy a healthy lifestyle are more likely to make their own healthy choices as they get older.

Tips that could work to keep your family healthy include;

• Limiting screen time to less than 1 hour day for 3-5 year olds and less than 2 hours a day for 5-17 year olds (this includes the television, computer, phone, game consoles etc.). Screen time is not recommended for children under 2 years.

• For every 30 minutes of screen time take a 10 minute activity break

• Aim for your child to have at least 60 minutes of “huff and puff” activity a day.

• Aim for a variety of colourful vegetables and fruit every day.

• Getting plenty of sleep helps with weight management, feeling good and learning. Ideally, children aged 2-5 years need 10-12 hours of sleep and those aged 5-13 years need 9-11 hours.

• Reduce sugary drinks, offer water only and, if needed flavour it with lemon, berries or mint.

Newly adopted healthy habits will help children who are above a healthy weight range to ‘grow into their weight’ over time.

It is important to avoid discussing weight with children. Weight loss and dieting is not recommended for children, unless under medical supervision.

For some more ideas go to http://raisingchildren.net.au.

For fun ideas on how to support children and families to be more active outdoors go to Nature Play WA – www.natureplaywa.org.au.

If you are worried about your child’s weight, talk to your doctor or School Health Nurse, on 92588053.

What is body mass index (BMI)?

BMI is a measure to see if a child has a healthy weight for their height. The child’s age; gender; height and weight are all taken into account when calculating their BMI.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) recommend that BMI is used for children as part of an overall growth assessment. BMI is considered to be a simple and accurate way to tell whether a child’s weight is above, within or below their healthy weight range.

BMI is done as part of a School Entry Health Assessment.

Parents/caregivers will be contacted if their child’s BMI is outside of the healthy weight range. At this contact the nurse can offer personalised support or referral to other health services if needed.

For more information about BMI, go to www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/childrens_bmi/about_childrens_bmi.html

If you are worried about your child’s weight, talk to your doctor or School Health Nurse on 92588053