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Term 3 Week 10 Newsletter 2019

How do we know?

This term, Stage 3 students examined a range of artistic styles before using a design-thinking process to create a Vivid installation for Anzac Park exploring the question, 'How Do We Know?' Last night we celebrated the culmination of this project with our first Vivid festival. It was a truly magical evening as students shared their art installations with families and friends.

Encouraging each child to reach their full potential

It has been an absolute pleasure meeting individually with each of our Kindergarten 2020 students and their families during Term 3. I believe that an important part of being the Principal of Anzac Park Public School is knowing each child personally and spending time with them before they enter school is a wonderful opportunity to get to know them before they begin their learning journey with us.

The interviews have given me the opportunity to reflect on the diversity that exists within any group of students. There is such a colourful assortment of interests and talents prior to school experiences and ages. It has reminded me that every class has a diverse mix of learning needs and student backgrounds and that as teachers we are able to use our professional training to cater for these individual differences within our classrooms. Teachers are able to use a multi-faceted approach when programming and implement a wide range of strategies to meet these diverse learning needs within a classroom.

They may use a range of strategies such as ability groupings, as is evident in literacy groups, or provide open-ended rich tasks. Open-ended tasks may appear to children that everyone is completing the same work but in fact these tasks allow students to complete work at their own level. The teacher will have different expectations of each student and will know when to challenge and extend. These strategies are what we define as differentiation and meeting the individual needs of our learners is something that is a priority at Anzac Park Public School.

2020 Enrolment Intentions

We are currently in the process of planning for 2020. 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. Click on the link below and complete the online form if your child is not returning to Anzac Park or if you will not be returning for the start of the 2020 school year.

Welcome Kindergarten 2020!

Today we welcome over one hundred of our Kindergarten 2020 students to Anzac Park Public School for our playgroup session. The playgroup is a fantastic opportunity for the children to make some new friends and get a taste of ‘big school’. It is also a great chance for the parents to get to know each other and meet some of our teachers. If your child is ready to start school next year please speak to the school office about enrolling your child and finding out about the next events in our Kindergarten Orientation Program.

Safety Around Our School

It is important that we continue to work together to ensure our children are safe when they are coming to school each morning and leaving school each afternoon. There is also a lot that you can do as parents when you are dropping your child off in the morning and picking up in the afternoon. These measures include;

  • Drop-Off and Pick-Up Zone: On Anzac Avenue, we have a designated drop-off and pick-up area. Please do not park your vehicle in this area. This area is intended to be used by children who are able to independently enter and exit a vehicle. Parents are continuing to double park for children to exit the vehicle. This is very dangerous around our school. Please ensure your car is parked legally before your child exits the car.
  • 5-Minute Parking Zone: This area on Anzac Avenue allows for cars to park for up to five minutes during drop off and pick up times. Please only use this area if you are able to quickly drop your child off in the morning. If the Drop-Off and Pick-Up Zone and the 5-Minute Parking Zone are used by all parents and carers correctly, we will have a much faster turn-around of parking spaces and flow of traffic before and after school.

Congratulations and Farewell

A big congratulations to Mrs Kate Justelius-Wright who was recently successful in gaining a position at Cammeray Public School in 2020 and Mrs Tara Simmonds who will be working in the independent school sector in 2020. Both Mrs Justelius-Wright and Mrs Simmonds have made a significant contribution to our school community and we wish them all the best in their new roles next year. I would also like to congratulate Mr Baker and Miss Smith who will be celebrating their weddings in the coming month.

R U OK? Day

On Thursday 12 September was R U OK? Day. It is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that every day is the day to ask, “Are you ok?” and support those struggling with life's ups and down.

By inspiring people to take the time to ask "Are you OK?" and listen, we can help people struggling with life, feel connected and supported. Start a conversation today by following the conversation steps below.

APPS Kids Giving Back

APPS would like to acknowledge Macy and Olivia who were involved in volunteer work through participating in programs with Kids Giving Back. These wonderful representatives of our school community demonstrated their empathy and strong work ethic as they undertook their volunteer roles. Macy and Olivia embraced the concept of making a contribution back into the community and as a school we are extremely proud of their role in supporting the work of charities. For information on how your children can get involved click on the link below.

Smiling Mind

This week we hosted a Mindful Champion Training Workshop for our Principal Network. The Smiling Mind School Program is an evidence-based approach to support student mental health and wellbeing. Amy Sackville and Katrina Calverley attended the two day workshop to support our school in rolling out the program in 2020.

What is the smiling mind school program?

  • A whole school mindfulness approach that provides training, resources and materials to support educator and student wellbeing.
  • A positive, preventative and proactive approach to support students to develop foundational personal and social capabilities.
  • Provides a comprehensive social-emotional learning (SEL) framework and aligns with the PDHPE syllabus.

APPS Sport Update

In Term 3, APPS students have competed in a variety of sports and carnivals. All Sunshine students and those selected students from Years 3/4 were involved in PSSA this term and represented Anzac Park with distinction. In netball, AFL and soccer we had mixed results and the students themselves enjoyed the opportunity to play with their friends and represent the school.

K-2 students had their sports day and it was great to see the excitement, fun and commitment in what was a huge success. Thanks for all the support from families and teachers.

On the 9 and 10 September, APPS students represented the school at the Zone Athletics Carnival. Well done to all students that qualified for the carnival. Specific mention must be made of Matthew who came 2nd in discus, and will be representing APPS in the Area Carnival.

News From The Library

With the holidays nearly here, we encourage all students to keep reading during the break. A book can help a long plane or car trip pass more quickly and if staying at home, there are few things nicer than relaxing on a spring day with a good read. We wish all students and their families a safe and refreshing holiday period.

Your Uniform Shop Has a New Home

Please note that Noone Imagewear is now located at a new address in Chatswood:

Noone Imagewear: Suite 1, 328 High Street Chatswood NSW 2067

Silver Awards

This week at assembly we celebrated the presentation of Silver Awards. Silver Awards are presented to students when they have received 3 Bronze Awards. Make sure you keep your child’s Bronze Awards safe and when they have collected 3, bring them into the office.

A big congratulations to Lea who was awarded our very first Gold Award last week. Gold Awards are presented to students when they have received 3 Silver Awards.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ANZAC PARK

Thursday 26 September - Kindergarten 2020 Playgroup
Friday 27 September - Last Day Term 3
Monday 14 October - First Day For Students Term 4
23 Oct-24 Oct - Stage 2 Camp
21 Oct & 24 Oct - Stage 3 Excursion
Friday 25 October- Active Travel Day
Tuesday 29 October - 2020 Kindergarten Information Night