This term has flown by and we are just days away from the end of the term and some well earned holidays. I wish everyone a safe break and look forward to seeing you all back and ready to go on Tuesday 13 October.
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.
Term 4 will continue to be impacted by COVID19 restrictions, with the State Government scheduled to make a further announcement prior to the commencement of week 3. The school will review the events scheduled for later in term 4 after any further announcement, however I am pleased that the school is actively investigating and evaluating scenarios and contingencies to ensure events such as Graduation and the Book Awards will happen no matter if restrictions are eased further, remain the same or tightened.
I encourage parents to check newsletters and connect notices regularly to ensure that you remain abreast of the upcoming events and any parent attendance restrictions.
Thank you to the over 100 families (so far) that completed the recent online survey relating to changes made during the COVID19 situation and if they should be continued as part of Arbor Grove’s new “normal”. This information will be collated, feedback will be provided to parents and the results will help the school in its preparations for 2021.
Changes in Term 4 to End of Day Processes
In the last newsletter I mentioned the school has decided to trial a change to the departure arrangements. During term 4 we will trial not opening the front gates in the afternoon, and instead have children leave via the side gates on Brookmount Drive and from the bottom gates that open onto the oval. Please refer to the diagram below.
This trial will run for the whole of term 4. Whilst this may present some minor short term inconvenience or change to routines I am sure parents will support the school in its efforts to improve the safety of the students and avoid an injury to a student.
Planning for 2021 has begun. Places in our Kindergarten classes for 2021 are filling fast so I would urge any interested families to get their enrolments in.
A reminder to parents, that as Kindergarten is not a compulsory year of schooling places are capped (for all schools) even if you are in area. Ellenbrook has a history of demand exceeding available places across the various Primary schools so be quick to secure your spot.
Should you be leaving us at the end of year please advise the front office at the earliest opportunity. This information helps us in our planning for next year.
Early in term 4 parents will be given the opportunity to submit classroom requests. As with previous years these will need to be based around the academic or social needs of your child.
Before / After School
I would like to remind all parents and students that the Nature Play, the play area at the back of the Science Room and the Megatoy are out of bounds before and after school. Students arriving before 8.30am are to sit outside the library or with their parents outside their classroom.
We hope that the next easing of COVID19 restrictions, when they are announced, will allow us to recommence allowing parents to stay until 3.30pm to supervise their children playing on the Megatoy and on the playground behind the Science Room. The Nature Play, however, will remain out of bounds after school.
PALS Social Skills Program teaches children from 3 to 6 years of age about greeting others, listening, sharing, taking turns, dealing with feelings of fear, sadness and anger, and solving problems. Learning social skills like these in early childhood is just as important as learning numeracy and literacy.
The early childhood and early school years are when children start to make friends, learn to cooperate with others and begin to solve social problems. Like all skills, some children develop social skills more easily than others. Social skills are of the utmost importance for every child’s future development.
The program consists of nine sessions, each one focussing on a particular skill. Each week you will receive information telling you about the skill your child is learning. The parent information sheets will also contain suggestions for how you can help your child develop each skill at home. This program will run in Term 4 every Thursday morning at 9:00am and 10.15am in EC3 classroom.
If you have a little one attending Kindergarten in 2021 at Arbor Grove Primary School who could benefit from attending a PALS group, why not secure your spot right now. Places are filling fast. If you would like any further information, please contact the school.
I believe the PALS program was a fantastic course for my son as it helped prepare him for Kindy and it also reinforced topics taught at home such as sharing, taking turns and waiting for your turn. My son really enjoyed going and meeting other children. I would definitely recommend this particular course to all parents.
My daughter was involved in the PALS program at Arbor Grove Primary. She is a well behaved child but very shy and sometimes clingy. Following the PALS social skills program her confidence increased dramatically. She couldn’t wait to go back. I firmly believe that this program helped my daughter, especially imparting her with skills required for her transition to Kindy.
Interm Swimming notes for Year 5 and 6 students have been sent out. The lessons will be conducted at Mullaloo Beach between Monday 7 December and Friday 11 December, Week 9 Term 4. There are approximately 180 places available to the school. The cost associated with the In-term Swimming Program/Transport is $35.00 per student. It is important to complete the enrolment forms and return them to the school with payment no later than 3.30pm Wednesday 11 November 2020.
All lessons are 80 mins in length and all lessons will be completed within the school day. Please ensure clothes, goggles and towels are clearly marked with your child’s full name. Students will need to wear their bathers under their clothes on the way to the beach. Students are encouraged to wear thongs to and from the beach due to time limitations.
Student participation is strongly encouraged as the program forms part of our Physical Education curriculum and develops your child’s water safety and swimming skills. Students not attending swimming lessons will remain at school and be provided with an educational program.
There has recently been an increased amount of students eating their recess and lunch before school, while waiting for the classrooms to open. It is really important that students have breakfast before coming to school. We hold Breakfast Club on a Thursday morning for all students from 7:50am to 8:30am. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast do better in school, have better concentration, have fewer behaviour problems and are more energetic.
We have been learning about special places in Australia, Western Australia and our community. We have been learning how to take care of these special places to keep them protected.
The students have been learning about the states and territories in Australia and have been using stories to link our thinking. Including 'Are We There Yet' by Alison Lester. We have visited Broome, The Pinnacles, Murphies Haystacks, The Great Australian Bight and Rottnest.
One special location we have been exploring is Uluru. We learnt that we shouldn’t walk on the rock anymore to protect and show respect to the Indigenous people.
We investigated The Great Barrier Reef and looked at what it used to look like and how it looks now. The one thing we looked at was the chemicals in sunscreen causing coral bleaching.