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29 October 2020

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Principal's Message

(Artwork by Abhinav S. Year 6 and cover artwork by Darcy S. Year 4. More art has been added to the LFH Term 3 Online Gallery - thank you parents!)

World Teachers' Day 2020 (tomorrow) will celebrate teachers with the theme 'Teachers: leading in crisis, reimagining the future'. This theme reflects the commitment teachers have made as leaders, particularly teaching throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We can all remember a teacher who had an impact on us. World Teachers' Day is a chance to recognise and celebrate the incredible contributions teachers have made in Victorian communities, as they help to teach the future. Thank you to all our LPS teachers, now sharing a unique connection with colleagues across the world who supported students through the COVID-19 crisis.

To continue supporting our students to be resilient and ready for 2021, LPS teachers have been assessing students' wellbeing and academic needs.

In Wellbeing, all classes will focus on our value of Resilience over the remainder of this term to support students as they move classes, or transition to a new school. See the Thrive page for more about this.

As well, teachers will use Professional Practice Days this term to identify priority areas for academic attention going into Term 1, 2021. Assessments will inform the allocation of our resources to support additional learning for particular students or cohorts. On the following dates, teams will be released from classroom duties to determine your children's needs:

  • Prep - Tuesday 17 November
  • Year 1 - Friday 20 November
  • Year 2 - Thursday 12 November 
  • Year 3 - Wednesday 18 November
  • Year 4 - Monday 16 November
  • Year 5 - Wednesday 11 November 
  • Year 6 - Tuesday 10 November
  • Specialists - Tuesday 10 November

Teachers are reassured that students are happy to be back at school and we certainly saw this at the Book Week Dress Up last Thursday. It was a great opportunity to not only celebrate children's literature, but for the whole school to have some fun. Many thanks to Wendy Keogh - again - and all our families who were so creative with costumes.

A reminder to parents that requests for 2021 Class Placements are due by Monday 2 November, as communicated in the 15 October LPS eNews.

Finally, our 2021 Parent Payment letters are available on our website, under the 'Our School' tab, for those families who need translation.

Kim

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Student Leaders


  

                            We are so grateful!

We can't put into words how grateful and excited we are to return to regular school, seeing our friends and getting back in to a routine. We can just feel the high levels of motivation and positivity in our classrooms, corridors and the playground.
 
As we begin our last term of primary school, we are extra lucky to be able to resume our roles as School Captains, with a touch of compromise and improvisation.

We look forward to seeing you all as we attend year level meetings over the next couple of weeks. 

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What's Happening?

from the Assistant Principals, Kathy and Jo

Transition into our 2021 Prep year has commenced with our first session via Webex videoconferencing held last Thursday. It was fabulous to see so many smiling and eager faces on our screens!

Our 2021 Prep students enjoyed being read 'The Very Cranky Bear', as well as viewing photographs of different areas of our school and the fun activities that Preps get to enjoy at LPS.

The next Prep transition session will be held via Webex on November 12 at 12pm.

                           

Epidemic thunderstorm asthma events are triggered by an uncommon combination of high grass pollen levels and a certain type of thunderstorm.

People with a history of asthma, undiagnosed asthma or hay fever are at an increased risk of epidemic thunderstorm asthma during this time. Having both hay fever and asthma that are poorly managed increases the risk further. As we have found out at LPS, people can have their first asthma episode at school, so everyone needs to be informed. 

Here are some things you can do to prepare for pollen season:

  • If you have asthma – your GP can help you develop or update your asthma action plan to manage your asthma.
  • If you've ever had asthma – talk to your GP about what you can do to help protect yourself from the risk of thunderstorm asthma this pollen season. Remember, taking an asthma preventer properly and regularly is key to preventing asthma, including thunderstorm asthma.
  • If you experience wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness or a persistent cough then you may have asthma. It’s important you talk to your GP and get it checked out. 
  • If you have hay fever – see your pharmacist or GP for a hay fever treatment plan.
  • If you have hay fever, and especially if you experience symptoms of asthma, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, a tight feeling in your chest or coughing, it is important to make sure you don’t also have asthma. Speak to your GP today about whether you might also have asthma, and check if you should have an asthma reliever puffer – which is available from a pharmacy without a prescription.
More information about thunderstorm asthma can be found here.

For students diagnosed with asthma, the school requires an up-to-date Asthma Action Plan and a student asthma kit. Please contact Bernadette via the office for any queries relating to these requirements.

Over the next few weeks, we will also be distributing a DET Student Health Support Plan to those families. 

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Prep

The Prep students have settled smoothly back into school life. Everyone is happy to be back in the classrooms with their friends.

To reacquaint the students with the school grounds the Prep classes went on a bear/toy hunt around the school. We found many bears in windows, toys on the play equipment, a penguin in the sandpit, Little Ted on Dr Dray’s door and an ENORMOUS teddy at the office.

Don’t worry, all of the bears and toys seemed friendly and no children were harmed during our hunt.

  

Thank you to everyone for your help in supporting your children during Learning From Home 2.0!


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Thrive

from Narelle Sime, Leading Teacher 
(Artwork by Elmie B Year 1)

How wonderful it has been having our students back at school! It is so lovely to speak to students at the gate and in the playground – they are thriving being back in their 'natural habitat'.

Many students have reported that their favourite part about being back at school is seeing all their friends each day. Students have shown that they are adaptable and flexible and have settled back into school routines well. During play time, playing within ‘Year Group Bubbles’ has really supported our students to re-establish relationships with friends and peers.

In classrooms, student wellbeing continues to be a focus. Students are engaging in targeted games, group tasks and Circle Time activities to help them settle back into the school environment. We are very proud of our school community for showing the value of Resilience throughout 2020.

Resilience can be defined as using positive strategies to cope when faced with a challenging situation. It is about bouncing back when things are hard. It is being courageous and trying new things. Resilience helps us as learners and in our relationships with others.

“You can promote a lasting sense of resilience in your kids by:

  • Having a positive attitude yourself. Your attitude as a parent impacts on their ability to bounce back from some of the difficulties they face. Make sure you model a ‘you can do it’ attitude for your child when he meets some of life’s curve balls.
  • Look for teachable moments. Many kids’ learning opportunities are disguised as problems. Make the most of these opportunities so that kids can grow and learn from some of the challenges they face.
  • Make kids active participants in the family. Active participation in a family develops the self-help, problem-solving and independence skills of kids that are necessary for resilience.
  • Build kids coping skills. There are plenty of strategies you can pass on to kids to help them cope when life doesn’t go their way.”

Michael Grose, Parenting Ideas

For the remainder of term 4, there will be a whole-school focus on the value of Resilience as we prepare students for end of year transitions, holidays and a new school class and year in 2021.


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Learn

from Mandy Ryan, Leading Teacher and Glenda Kelly, Learning Specialist 

A Reminder about Take Home Reading in Term 4:

Students will be continuing to use Active Learn (Bug Club) as our take home book program for Term 4.

Your child will be expected to continue reading aloud each night from one of the books assigned to them to reinforce and practise their reading fluency. They can then independently reread the same book and complete the Bug Club quiz. (This is because 'repeated reading' of the same text is a strategy that improves fluency).

This resource also allows teachers to monitor student progress with their reading.

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Senior School - Years 5 & 6

The Senior School students have had a wonderful start back at school. They have had the opportunity to be involved in group activities within their classrooms.

One of their favourite activities has been ‘Island Survival’ where they have been shipwrecked on an island and their choices determine how comfortably they live, and whether they will be successfully rescued. The listening and sharing with each other, decision making, conflict resolution, justifying and exploring, all link to our LPS values of Curiosity, Resilience, Respect and Integrity.

Year 5’s have begun working on the Young Leaders Program, which will assist them in their leadership journey.

Meanwhile, Year 6’s have commenced preparations for their Graduation, which is not far off!

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Contribute: Parents Group & Community News

Parents Group News: 

Mango Drive

Thank you everyone for sending your orders through!

Mangoes should be ready for collection in the first week of December (the date can vary). We will confirm via the school newsletter the exact collection date & location of delivery. You must be available to pick it up or arrange for someone else to on your behalf (we will not be able to store any)

Any questions? Please email the Parents’ Group at: parentsgroup.lps@gmail.com 

Next Parents Group meeting

Would you like to come along to see what a virtual Parents' Group meeting looks like? Our November meeting is Wednesday 7th November at 7pm and you are welcome to attend.
As a reminder, Parents' Group is open to mums/dads/carers and we organise social, community and fundraising events for the school. There is no expectation on members to put all their spare time into activities – you can put as much or as little time in as you like.
If you are interested in joining please email parentsgroup.lps@gmail.com to let us know you'd like to come and we will send you the details.


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Click on the OSHClub logo (left) to read this week's OSHClub news.

OSHClub - please register your child - it's free to register and you'll always have that option for childcare, even in unexpected circumstances.

 

Scholastic Book Club  Online orders for October, Issue 7 - click here


The Computer Programming Club is back - online!
Please click on the logo (left) to download the information and registration details. 

 

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Superstars

Jacqueline W. (4T) has been selected for the 2021 BMX Victoria Junior Development Program. This program is for the top three performing riders of each age (between 8 and 12 years) and gender. 

Wow - that's impressive Jacqueline! Here is a photo of her in action. 

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Parenting Ideas: Parenting in challenging times

by Michael Grose



Life has a way of throwing curveballs that really test the strength and resilience of families. Personal tragedy, natural disasters and global pandemics are the types of events that challenge us all to the core, testing our emotional and social resources.

When difficulties occur, children look to the adults in their lives to maintain their security and safety. When change and uncertainty reigns, kids want strong, empathetic leadership from the significant adults in their world. As a parent it can be dfficult responding to a child’s needs when you’re trying to adjust to changes that are forced on you.

Following are some elements to consider when parenting through times of challenge, change and difficulty:

Attention
Like a television antenna, your attention is tuned to pick up the strongest signal. In times of dfficulty a child may not necessarily signal that they are struggling, so you may need to fine tune your attention to pick up their needs. Start to notice the small comments and subtle behavioural changes, as they may not be small at all, and can provide helpful clues to their state of mind.

Priorities
In challenging times your focus may need to shift away from schoolwork, household neatness and chores. If you can, move toward relationship building, maintaining wellbeing and helping each other out. Parental priorities need to shift to the immediate rather than the future, the emotional instead of the behavioural, and from thriving mode to survival mode in tough times.

Permission
Children and young people open struggle to express their feelings and thoughts in the face of adversity. They look to the significant adults in their lives for guidance about how they should respond to change, loss, uncertainty and disappointment. Allow them to speak about how they are feeling. Prompt conversations through closeness and connection. Display your own vulnerability and, in doing so, give your kids the permission they need to express themselves in safe ways.

Collaboration
Difficult times will invariably suit a family that enjoys a collaborative, close parenting style. In collaborative families kids feel listened to and also have an ability to impact family decision making. Shared mealtimes and regular family gatherings are generally a prominent feature of collaborative families. In difficult times, those families that prosper are those that value and promote close connection between siblings and parents.

Wellbeing
Child and parent wellbeing becomes paramount in times of hardship. That may mean reprioritising the importance of school and work, doing something joyful every day, and practising regular wellbeing strategies such as exercise, mindfulness, deep breathing and spending time in nature. The wellbeing bucket needs to be regularly refilled during challenging times.

These five elements form the basis of a planned parent response when major difficulties occur. Be patient, be kind to yourself and be willing to reach out to the wider community for help.


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.

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