Congratulations to all our Preps on celebrating 100 days at school! There were some very happy faces on Webex today.
This week’s cover photos feature GS, testing his LFH paper plane. Year 4P made these as part of a Webex Essential lesson, as students were learning the importance of clear steps and diagrams in a procedure. From the expression on his face, it seems these worked! Thank you to G's mum, who took a video of this fun task; another great example of how LPS parents are supporting their children's learning.
It was pleasing to hear at our Parents Group meeting last week that families seem to be settling into LFH more readily this term, and that parents are managing to juggle Webex sessions for multiple children as part of their busy day. Your children are sure to have unique memories of school, and learning with their family, during this time.
These additional Webex sessions have created more opportunities for teachers to assess learning. Although we have an Assessment Schedule that we usually follow at school, our PLC leaders have modified this to reflect the tools PLC teams can confidently use during LFH. Teachers are building in some assessments with individual students and groups. As well as submitted and shared tasks, parents may notice teachers focusing on these areas over the coming weeks:
|Prep & Junior School||Middle School||Senior School|
|Individual Maths (Mathematics Online Interview - MOI)|
|Individual Maths (Essential Assessment and/or MOI)|
|Reading (Individual running records, Reading Conferences and Guided Reading)|
|Phonological awareness and phonics|
|Reading (SMART goals)|
|Writing and Spelling|
|Individual Learning Plan (ILP) focus areas|
|Speaking & Listening (Oral presentations)|
While we continue to recognise there are limitations during LFH, it's also a luxury for teachers to assess one child or a small group without having 20+ others in the same room! However, the areas proving most challenging to assess are Writing and Spelling. Teachers are finding that some submitted work has already been corrected or rewritten. This is sometimes happening with students’ Essential Assessment (Maths) as well.
Errors are important, as they help teachers determine what students understand and need. If errors have been erased, or work rewritten, teachers aren't evaluating your child's work as they would at school.
Let’s view errors and mistakes as that window to the next stage of learning, not only with their LFH tasks but in other areas of life, including making paper planes! Like to read more? Try Learning from Mistakes: The Up Side, which includes this quote:
Resilient kids … do not give up when the going gets rough and … do not crumble when they don’t succeed. They are not too fragile to handle the up’s and down’s of life and don’t feel defeated when they make an error.
Hello, we are your Wellbeing Leaders, Tijiana and San.
During lockdown things have been very different. Even though we are now learning from home, everyone is doing an amazing job settling in. In uncertain times like these, it is okay to be feeling nervous or a bit overwhelmed. If you’re feeling this way, don’t worry. You could do some of these things at home whenever you feel this way.
No matter what you do, don’t stress. Things will be over and soon enough you’ll be back at school.
Have fun and we can’t wait to see you all very soon.
From the Assistant Principals, Kathy and Jo
When looking back on the year so far, it is pleasing to remember that our Year 6 cohort were able to attend their final primary school camp at Waratah Bay in early Term 1. Unfortunately, however, the rest of our camping program for 2020 has been put on hold.
As we have optimistically booked and rearranged our camps for 2021, we are pleased to confirm that our current Year 5’s will not miss the opportunity to take part in the legendary Rumbug “mud run”.
The 2021 Year 4 camp remains the same in Term 3 at Log Cabin Camp.
The 2021 Year 6 camp will now be at Camp Rumbug, also in Term 3, with Year 5 attending Waratah Bay Beach Camp early in Term 1.
Year 5 Waratah Beach Camp Monday - Wednesday 8 - 10 February (Term 1 Week 3)
Year 6 Camp Rumbug Monday - Wednesday 16 - 18 August (Term 3 Week 6)
Year 4 Log Cabin Camp Monday - Wednesday 13 - 15 September (Term 3 Week 10)Thanks to our Year 4, 5 and 6 Technical leaders for their work in organising these dates.
Although this year has been like no other, the Prep students have proved to be strong, adaptable and resilient as we strive to maintain some normality to a typical first year of school.
While counting up to our 100th day of learning, the Prep teachers have continued to see curious little people excited to learn new things, develop new friendships and make big leaps in their learning. Every day continues to be full of laughter and we are so proud of all of our students.
To celebrate our 100th day of learning on Thursday 13th August, we had a whole class meeting to share things we’ve loved about school, play some fun games and some even had a little dance. Video messages from the specialist teachers were also a hit! Fun activities arrived in mailboxes around Laburnum during the week and the Preps enjoyed completing these.Have a read of some of the things the 2020 Preps have enjoyed so far this year:
| ‘I liked popcorn day at school’ |
|‘My favourite bit about home school is drawing pictures’ |
‘I like to write letters at school’
| 'I learn about mixing colours at school'|
Students in the senior school have been showing an impressive amount of resilience this term, as they build on the skills and independence they developed in Term Two to make the most of another round of Learning from Home. To aid the students in their learning, we are very excited to incorporate the use of Google Classroom as an additional teaching resource. This secure, online digital space allows students to upload set tasks to their classroom teacher, who can then provide feedback for their next steps in learning. Students will continue to refer to the weekly planner on the school website for their learning tasks.
Another resource we have been making use of is ClickView. This library of professionally moderated educational videos has been incredibly helpful as we delve into our Inquiry topic of Australian History. So far students have used it to learn about the colonial period following the arrival of the First Fleet, and are now using it to investigate the Gold Rush and Eureka Stockade. We have also taken advantage of the fact that ClickView allows teachers to create original videos to safely share with students.
We cannot express fully our appreciation for all your efforts in supporting your children as they learn from home! Please continue to support your child in attending all Webex sessions and completing and uploading set tasks. Remember that the Sentral Parent Portal remains as our key communication tool, so please use this to communicate to your child’s teacher if you need support.
Have a great week.
Parents Group News:
School community support:
In midst of the current disaster situation, Parents Group is extending our best wishes and support to all the families in our school community. In the case that you need any help with the shopping run (grocery/pharmacy), while you are self isolating at home waiting for COVID test results or have tested positive, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com and we will get in touch with you to arrange one of our parents in the group to get it sorted for you!
Stay safe and take good care of yourself.
Update on community events:
As you can imagine, the role of the Parents Group this year has been significantly impacted due to COVID-19 and the restrictions that are in place to keep us all safe. At the start of each year, Parents Group organise a calendar of events for the coming year, based on activities and events that we know the school community and the children enjoy. Unfortunately, some of these have been unable to occur this year and going forward there may be further events that we cannot proceed with due to the restrictions and the stay at home orders from the Government. We are deeply saddened that these events cannot occur, however, our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our school community and we do not want to unintentionally cause any harm or create unnecessary costs during this time.
We continue to monitor and research events and activities that can be completed remotely and contactless - if anyone has any ideas please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on these links for Community News or information:
During this continuing COVID19 period, I am delighted to advise that we are continuing our OSHC at home program which provides a range of activity sheets and video content of awesome and engaging activities for children to do at home.
When they can’t come to OSHC, we come to them!
We understand the challenges for parents who are working from home as well as assisting with remote learning, so we feel this is a great way to assist mums and dads with some activities to keep the children entertained during busy periods. This is a weekly program and we are continuing to send these to all our families and School Partners to share with the wider school community during this COVID19 pandemic period.
Attached is this week’s OSHC at Home Weekly Planner, outlining each of the activities available, along with a description of the kind of activity, its field (e.g. STEM, Mindfulness, whether it is hands on/off for Parents) and appropriate age group. Children simply click on the activity to participate – and the activities can be repeated time and time again.
We have sent this to every OSHClub parent as their details are in our system, however it is also available to all parents within your school community at no cost. I would be most grateful if you feel able to share this with your wider school community as our way to further support them during this challenging time.
I look forward to continuing to support our school communities during this time and look forward to any feedback you have regarding OSHC at Home.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
OSHClub - please register your child - it's free to register and you'll always have that option for childcare, even in unexpected circumstances.
|ICAS tests for Years 4 - 6: |
DUE TO STAGE 4 RESTRICTIONS, there have been changes to ICAS registration through the ICAS parent portal. ICAS is no longer taking direct payments from parents.
To support LPS families, any further enquiries must register by email through the school office before 1 September for English, Mathematics and Science.
We apologise that no time extensions are possible.
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by Michael Grose
A child’s ability to fill in their own time and cope with moments of boredom are important independence skills to develop. Children have less practice at keeping themselves occupied than those of past generations. You have many jobs as a parent, but constantly entertaining your child, should not be one of them. These ideas will help:
Invite them to keep themselves busy
When your child tells you that he or she is bored they are bringing you a problem to solve. Boredom is your child’s problem, not yours. If this happens, encourage your child to keep themselves busy by asking questions such as “How can you keep yourself amused?”
Make a list
If your child is stuck for ideas make a list of activities that they can refer to when they’re bored. Include a variety of activities such as creative tasks, performance tasks, cra s, sports, indoor and outdoor games, music activities, reading and helping. Place the list in a convenient place with easy access and visibility.
Make a boredom buster jar
Cut up a list of boredom busting activities and place them in a jar. When your child is stuck for an idea to keep him or herself amused invite them to select an activity from the boredom buster jar. Ask your child to add enjoyable activities to the jar over time.
Encourage plenty of green-time
Today’s children spend more time in front of screens, and less time outdoors than those of previous generations. Not only is time spent in natural environments refreshing, relaxing and rejuvenating, but It’s also a wonderful way for kids to relieve boredom. Encourage your child to spend some of their free time outside in natural environments to promote good mental health and develop their confidence.
Help find their interests
If your child struggles to keep him or herself occupied, consider helping them identify a hobby or interest that they enjoy. O en finding that one activity a child loves or excels in makes a huge difference to their self-esteem and wellbeing, and can become the driver for future career choice.
Build in downtime
A trait common among healthy families is the propensity for everyone to enjoy spending downtime or unstructured time together. It’s during downtime that parents and children share activities together, which promotes better relationships and helps children’s informal learning.
Most children when given unstructured time will rise to the occasion (even after some complaining) and will find interesting things to do. By encouraging them to find something “to do”, other than filling their time with screen-based activities, you are promoting a fabulous life-skill in your kids.
Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s an award-winning speaker and the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation, and the bestselling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. Michael is a former teacher with 15 years experience, and has 30 years experience in parenting education. He also holds a Master of Educational Studies from Monash University specialising in parenting education.