Dear parents and carers,
Five weeks of Term 4 have gone past in a blur! As we head into the second half of the final term of 2020, I want to give great thanks and credit to our wonderful teachers, who have been hard at work assessing student learning and are starting to write student reports. Also a shout out to our fabulous students, whose respect, resilience and responsibility continues to shine through in the classroom and the playground as we reach the ‘home stretch’ of the year.
Many students are now wearing mobile devices such as Apple watches to school, and there have been a few instances where children have contacted parents directly from their device during the school day. Please remind children who wear mobile devices to school that any issues should be reported to a teacher first, and that in cases (such as illness) when parents need to be contacted, this is done through the school office.
We also ask that parents remind children that wearable devices should be treated the same as mobile phones at school, i.e. not used to call or text between 9:00 and 3:00. Please insist that they switch the mobile signal off while they are at school, and use the watch only as a timepiece and step counter. Sending and receiving messages during learning time is distracting and will have an impact on students’ academic achievement.
Kinder Orientation and Year 1 Transition
We had a highly successful first visit to Stanmore PS by students starting Kindergarten on Tuesday, and new students joining us in Years 1-6 on Thursday. We look forward to welcoming these groups back again over the next two weeks.
P&C Meeting next Tuesday
On Tuesday 17 November, the P&C meeting will be held in the staffroom for the first time since February! We are only allowed a maximum of 20 attendees on site, so we will still run a Zoom link so that additional parents can join in from home.
Some of my colleagues and I will be presenting to the P&C about the school’s new High Performing and Gifted Education Policy implementation guidelines, and about plans for class structure in 2021. I hope you can join us in person or on Zoom.
Band and Strings Recruitment Day
On Monday 23 November we will be holding a recruitment event for our Band and Strings programs for 2021. Students in Kindergarten (Year 1 in 2021) and up can join a Strings ensemble, and students in Year 2 (Year 3 in 2021) and up can join a Band ensemble next year.
We are keen to grow our Band and Strings ensembles, in partnership with our operators The Music Partnership (Band) and Freya Schack-Arnott (Strings). Playing music in an ensemble is proven to have positive impacts on students’ cognitive and social development. Flyers with more information are available on the our website.
Year 6 Pizza Party
Thank you to Ms Barnfield, Ms Ludemann, Ms Dimitra and the Year 6 team for organising a fabulous and fun Year 6 Pizza Party yesterday! As part of their Kitchen Garden program, our Year 6 students were responsible for firing up the pizza oven, preparing and cooking a delicious range of pizzas and calzones, and serving them up to their peers and our hungry staff members. In a year where so many events have been cancelled, it was a thrill to have this one go ahead. Thank you and bravo to everyone involved – Bellissimo!
Our school enjoyed recognising NAIDOC Week this week, with a special assembly, art projects and learning activities in classrooms. We have also been fortunate to have Phil Hope, a local Aboriginal artist, painting beautiful designs and stories on the habitat tree in the school’s garden over the past few weeks. This is the culmination of a long planned P&C project, and the finished product will be unveiled very soon!
Part of the stolen generation, Phil grew up in the city and the country. He’s had lots of different roles in life including geologist, radio DJ, and bus driver to name just a few. His art is influenced by his travels across Australia as he feels that visual storytelling is the best way to express and describe these experiences. The art of the habitat tree in the garden has many First Nations symbols and representations. There is the dark emu of indigenous astronomy, the blackness of bushfire and night, and representations of the moon and native animals, including those that live in the tree, and many others as well. These stories are told around Australia by the custodians of the world’s oldest continuous living culture, and our habitat tree is now a part of maintaining and celebrating them.
To celebrate NAIDOC Week, I’ve brought back the Principal’s Friday sing along – I hope you enjoy it.
Until next week,