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Term 2 Week 10 Newsletter

Mountain Top

APPS Mountain Top website went live on Monday and the students have enjoyed sharing and viewing learning across the school. You can listen to our senior choir singing to the tunes of ‘Jungle Rhythm’ and ‘Blackbird’ and watch our dance group perform to 'Rather Be'. The STEAM Family Boat Challenge was a great success with over a 100 entries. Click on the link below to see the fabulous learning that has taken place this semester. The website will close on Friday 3 July at 2:30pm.

Reporting for Semester 1

The pandemic and time students spent learning at home have impacted on our normal processes for assessment and reporting. Teachers are working hard to assess their learning primarily to guide the planning of learning programs and also to inform the Semester 1 reports that we are currently writing. Due to the pandemic disruption, we will not be completing the full report that is normally provided at the end of Semester 1. In line with Department of Education guidelines we will provide a report that gives you an overview of your child’s learning. There will be an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s class teacher next term for the Student-Led Conferences.

ARCO (Anti-Racism Contact Officer)

Each school has a trained Anti-Racism Contact Officer (ARCO) to work with staff to promote anti-racism education and to facilitate the complaint handling process. The role of the ARCO is to assist any member of the school community who wishes to bring up a suggestion, or lodge a complaint in regards to racism. The ARCO may assist in putting the complaint into writing and explaining to the complainants their rights and responsibilities. The key role is to respond professionally as a mediator to any suggestions or complaints regarding racism at school and to contribute, together with other members of staff, to promote anti-racism education. Anzac Park Public School’s Anti-Racism Contact Officers are Mr Samuel Korsch and Miss Olivia Havelka.

For more information on the role of the ARCO, please visit the website www.racismnoway.com.au; Information in a variety of languages about the role of the ARCO can be found here: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/going-to-a-public-school/translated-documents/anti-racism-contact-officer;

Term 3 Programs

Schools have been informed by the Department of Education of changes we are able to make to the activities we are allowed to run at school. At Anzac Park in Term 3, we have decided on a cautious and steady approach to the reintroduction of extra-curricular programs. Unless there are changes to health advice, I anticipate that most of our community use programs that run before and after school will be able to recommence from the beginning of Term 3. All adults who come onto school grounds are now required to sign a health declaration prior to coming onto school grounds.

We are currently planning on restarting in Term 3:

  • Band and String programs run by Directions in Music, with safety protocols in place
  • Some incursions and excursions have been organised in line with the updated guidelines.
  • NDIS suppliers
  • Community use activities including Hebrew Community Language Program, Spanish in Schools, Mandarin Stars and Resilience in Kids
  • Special Religious Education and Ethics lessons
  • School sport programs (Anzac Park will recommence PSSA in Term 4)

DIM Update-Towards Term 3

We are looking forward to a return to our schools in Term 3! We're currently in discussions with all of our individual schools confirming details of our return, and we will be in touch as soon as all the details of our return are confirmed.

  • If you haven't picked up your instrument in a while, now is a great time to start - it will make your transition back into face to face lessons so much easier.
  • You'll need to remind your brain and your fingers to communicate again - and this can be tricky, but if you get back into a simple routine now, you'll have plenty of time to get back into it - be patient with yourself and start slow!
  • It's not too late to join DIM Connect. If you'd like to join in the online zoom fun with other DIM students, get in touch and we can help get you sorted.

100 Days of Kindergarten

It is hard to believe that our Kindergarten students have been at school for almost 100 days! On Friday 3rd July, Kindergarten students will be celebrating this momentous occasion by participating in a range of activities throughout the day.

On this day, we would also like to ask Kindergarten students to come dressed up like they are 100 years old! We don’t encourage you to purchase a costume, but instead, find items at home. For safety reasons, please wear school appropriate shoes.

Premier’s Sporting Challenge Term 3

Our school will be participating in the NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge for the duration of Term 3! The purpose of the Challenge is to encourage students to participate in sport and physical activity to lead a healthy lifestyle. Over a ten week period from Tuesday 21 July until Friday 25 September, our school will be monitoring physical activity levels during class time, at recess and lunch, and during sport lessons. Physical activity outside school hours will also count towards the Challenge completion. The aim is to work towards an average of at least 60 minutes of activity a day for ten weeks. Students in Years K-2 will be working towards a class goal and students in Years 3-6 will be working towards an individual goal.

We would like to invite families to support us in encouraging students’ healthy use of leisure time and to experience the joy of being active together. Physical activity is valued for its physical, social and emotional benefits. It also helps young people to develop communication skills, confidence and resilience. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the Challenge, please contact Mrs Danielle Smith (danielle.ritlop2@det.nsw.edu.au) or your class teacher for further information.

A message from the Library

What an interesting term we have had. Starting in the virtual world and ending almost back to normal. For the past seven weeks children have been able to borrow books from the school library while participating in library lessons in the classroom. There is nothing more wonderful than watching the children’s faces light up when they get to choose a new book to take home.

Next term, we aim to return to the physical space of the library where the children will again have full access to our wonderful collection. To ensure safety, children will be required to clean and sanitise their hands before entry and any returned books will be quarantined and/or cleaned as per departmental regulations.

Thank you to the parents who take the time to actively engage with their child/ren and their library books. Please may I ask that any overdue books are returned to school this week. Books can be dropped in the tub outside the library door. Lastly, please remind your child to log in to the Premiers Reading Challenge to update their reading log. All instructions can be found on the website at www.premiersreadingchallenge.nsw.edu.au

Have a wonderful holiday and remember to read, read, read. Ms Marie King (Acting Teacher-Librarian)

Health Reminders

My sincere thanks constantly go to our whole school community for the way in which you have all adhered to the current health guidelines. A couple of reminders:

  • Please remember that while social distancing requirements do not apply to children, they still do for adults. It is important that we minimise parent visits to the school site and that everyone is mindful of social distancing requirements when waiting for your child at pick up time.
  • It is important to keep your children at home if they are unwell. If you are unsure about whether they are ready to return to school, please seek advice from your doctor.
  • Current NSW Health advice is that anyone with respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever should be tested for COVID 19. This includes children.

Healthy Kids Association Canteen News

Healthy Kids Association (HKA) has over 25 years experience in advising, supporting and operating school canteens in NSW. Our menu is co-designed with our team of Dietitians and Nutritionists and uses delicious, seasonal fresh produce and nutritious packaged products which meet the highest health criteria standards, and comply fully with the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy. You can find out more about what we do at: https://healthy-kids.com.au/

In Term 3 we will continue to operate with split lunch and recess services and no over the counter cash sales. We are accepting online orders only. If you are not already connected, you can access our online ordering service.

A new Term 3 menu has just been completed and will be available on My School Connect next week. Here’s a sneak peek at some of our Term 3 menu items: Fish & salad, Butter Chicken & Rice, Sushi on Wednesdays, and of course the popular Pizza Day.

Congratulations to our Silver & Gold Award Recipients!

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. Gold awards are presented to students when they have received 3 Silver Awards.