School holidays are just around the corner and I wish everyone a safe break and look forward to seeing you all back and ready to go on Tuesday 21 July.
I would ask anyone that sees suspicious behaviour within or around the school grounds over the holiday period to contact Education Security on 9264 4771. I would also urge students to stay away from the school grounds during the holidays.
What an extraordinary year this continues to be! We are nearing the end of term 2, a term which started with around 60% of students attending and finishes with us averaging nearly 90% attendance. As we head into term 3 I hope to see more students heading back into 100% attendance.
Whilst we would like every student to be here every day it is essential that when children get sick they remain at home.
The following table outlines the long term reduction in learning frequent absences create.
It has been wonderful seeing some parents back on site dropping and collecting students in the Kindergarten and Pre Primary years.
It is also very pleasing to see the older students being supported in their new found independence by parents and continuing to be collected and dropped off at the various gates.
We will continue to monitor announcements by the State Government, assess the impact on school operations and then distribute any changes to the school community.
It remains very important that students have water bottles. Many of our taps have been converted to water refill stations and it is likely that we will phase out the taps totally over time. We see the increased use of water bottles as one positive to come from the “new normal”. We would urge all parents to ensure their children’s name is on their water bottle and that they have it with them every day.
Colourful Dress Day
The school held a special “free dress” event on Wednesday 17 June to remember and celebrate the life of Josh Martin who had recently passed away. Students were asked to wear bright colours on the day and to bring a gold coin donation. Over $1,100 was collected on the day which has been donated to Heart Kids.
Kindergarten enrolments for 2021 are open and places are filling fast. I would urge all families to secure their spot for 2021 as soon as possible to avoid being on the waiting list.
Just a reminder that reports will again be distributed via email this year in week 10. If you require a printed copy please contact the school at the earliest opportunity. Parents are reminded that NO grades will be allocated due to the disruption caused to student learning by the COVID situation.
Thanks to all those families who responded to the Connect notice about the Telethon research initiative DETECT Schools Study: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 in Western Australian Schools.
By now you should have received your link to the survey. It should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you didn’t respond and would like to participate you can contact the front office to collect a hard copy form, complete and return and a link will be sent to you.
Years 4-6 students, unless parents have elected to opt out, will be completing the survey this week.
Most children who have participated in similar research have enjoyed the experience and like to feel heard and valued in their opinions. However, some children may feel that some of the questions we ask are stressful or upsetting. If a child does not wish to answer a question, they may skip it and go to the next question, or they may stop immediately. All students will be given information about the Kids Helpline.
Please contact me if you have any issues or concerns.
Semester 1 Reports
Reports will be emailed out to parents on Monday 29 June. It is important to ensure we have your current email address. Please contact the office to update your email by calling 6497 4800 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Mobile Phones and Smart Watches
Earlier in the year the School Board approved the Student Use of Mobile Phones and Smart Watches Policy for Arbor Grove Primary School.
Students will not be permitted to have phones on, or with them, during the school day and smart watches must be on flight mode from the beginning of Term 3.
We have purchased phone lockers for the students to secure their phones in throughout the day and students will be issued with a key.
You can refer to the policy on the Arbor Grove website under the Parent Information tab.
We have been super busy in room 5! In History we have been making some timelines of our families. We had to put them in order from the oldest person to the youngest.
In Maths we are starting to look at money, what each coin looks like and understanding the value of each coin. We have also been learning to measure the length of objects correctly using 1cm cubes.
When we finish our work we have lots of hands on activities that we can do to practice and consolidate the skills that we have been learning.
We have been doing a lot of comprehension activities in Literacy. We have been focussing on writing full sentence answers with a capital letter, gaps in our words and full stops. Below are some pictures of what we have been doing.
In room 7 year 1, we have been learning to use a new Instructional Strategy called Inside-outside circle.
Inside-outside circle is a cooperative learning strategy. Students form two concentric circles and take turns on rotation to face new partners to answer or discuss the teacher's questions. This method can be used to gather a variety of information, generate new ideas and problem solve.
By rotating the place of where the student sits in the circle, this means that the students work with different peers.
In these photos, you can see we are in our circles. We were discussing our story of the week “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson.
I’m working on a project with my Defence students to update the school’s Defence History Album in the library. We’d like to recognise our student and staff ties to current and previous serving personnel. We would love it if you could please send in any or all of the following: photos, stories, names, service (i.e. Army/Navy or RAAF), time/years served, deployments or any other information you’d be happy to share so we can compile it into an album and be proud of the efforts and sacrifices made by our school’s community. The information can be from current and previous serving personnel, and can be from parents, guardians, step-family, grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters…..anyone in your family! Our current album is very dated, though examples are photos of great-great grandparents and wars they served in; photos of parents returning from deployment; an honour roll of family members who have served but have no photos or stories attached, and much more.
Please, any information would be great! Please email to Janelle.email@example.com , if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email. Thanks for your help, I look forward to seeing the rich Defence history of our school. Have a great day!
Defence School Mentor
International Cleaners Day
Monday 15 July staff honoured and celebrated our cleaners as part of International Cleaners Day. Our wonderful cleaners enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea. Our staff donated items for the hampers to say thankyou.
Children born between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 are eligible to attend Kindergarten next year.
Application forms are available from the front office or can be downloaded from the website.
You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.
Pre Primary Enrolments 2021
If your child is currently attending Kindergarten at Arbor Grove Primary you will need to re-enrol them for Pre Primary next year. We ask that you please come into the office to do this with current proof of your address and your child's updated Immunisation History Statement at your earliest convenience. Immunisation History Statements can be obtained by logging into Medicare online via MyGov (https://my.gov.au) or calling the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809. If your child will not be staying on at Arbor Grove Primary for Pre Primary we also ask that you notify the office as soon as possible.
Be You Mental Health and Wellbeing Update
Staff have continued working on more professional learning modules through the Be You website to assist students and families with developing positive mental health and wellbeing. The Be You website has many resources and links for families if you are looking for support. I have also provided a support contacts graphic for extra support services.