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:
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.
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:
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!
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:
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.
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.
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!
Parents Group News:
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: email@example.com
Next Parents Group meetingWould 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you'd like to come and we will send you the details.
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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
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.