Welcome to our Week 3 Newsletter.
What a busy few weeks we have had! NAPLAN has concluded for another year. Staff have been so impressed with the students during testing. They have demonstrated our values of both persistence and effort throughout the 2 weeks. Well done. Year 5 & 6 students have been participating in baseball and softball clinics with students from Seaton High School in preparation for the annual Shark Cup later this term. Our sporting teams in basketball and soccer have resumed competitions and various SAPSASA events and carnivals continue to go ahead as planned.
We (like so many other schools) are being impacted by illness to students and staff due to Covid-19. Whilst we endeavour to cover classes with TRTs, it may not always be possible, resulting in various LPPS school teachers covering classes or classes being split.
Please continue to monitor for symptoms of Covid-19. You, as the parent/caregiver, must ensure your child is well and has no symptoms of Covid-19 (even mild) prior to them attending each day.
If your child develops symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness, please:
- Obtain a PCR test (You can find your nearest Covid-19 testing clinic here)
- Inform the Le Fevre Peninsula PS staff and keep your child at home until you receive confirmation of a negative test and their symptoms have been resolved, whichever is longer.
- If your child tests positive, s/he is a Covid-19 case, must remain isolated for 7 days and must follow SA Health instructions.
National Volunteer Week 2022
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteers.
From the 16th to 22nd of May, the Department for Education will celebrate the significant contribution of more than 20,000 volunteers working in our schools, preschools and centres.
The theme for National Volunteer Week 2022 is 'Better Together'.
Volunteering brings people together; it builds communities and creates a better society for everyone.
National Volunteer Week is a chance for all of us to celebrate and recognise the vital work of volunteers and to say thank you.
Together, through volunteering, we are changing communities for the better. We are, 'Better Together'.
Thank you to our volunteers who help coach and manage sports teams, volunteer on Governing Council, volunteer time to work at breakfast club, help in the canteen, help in classrooms and supervise on excursions, help with parent club and homework club. We appreciate all of the work that our community contributes to make our school a better place.
If you would like to volunteer in our school please contact Leah or myself.
Today at our online assembly we had the opportunity to thank Wendy one of our volunteers. She currently runs our breakfast club every morning. It is a great way for our students to start the day and their learning, and we appreciate all of her efforts.
Our Building 3 toilets are nearing the end of the long awaited upgrade. We have new toilets, flooring, higher cubicles, tiling, troughs and hand driers. I am sure the community will appreciate the upgrade.
Building 2 (Library/Canteen and JP rooms) will soon be having some external maintenance, including various repairs and painting. I am sure the old building will look a lot brighter when completed.
I have also been working with a small group of students preparing the garden beds for a crop of winter vegetables. We look forward to planting our seedlings.
We are pleased to announce that Kahlia Miller–Koncz has been appointed as our new ACEO until the end of Term 2 (hopefully beyond). Kahlia brings a wealth of experience, cultural knowledge and connections that will strengthen our school’s cultural connections and understandings. Kahlia will provide support to our community and support our staff link Aboriginal perspectives in the curriculum. Welcome Kahlia.
Next week (27th May – 3rd June) we begin our celebration of Reconciliation Week. National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving Reconciliation in Australia. There are number of activities planned for our students which we will share through Seesaw, assembly and newsletters over the next few weeks.
We are also holding a Reconciliation Week Donut Day on Wednesday 1st June. All orders must be made by Thursday 26th May to the Front Office. For every donut sold, the school will donate 50c to the Tjindu Foundation. The Tjindu Foundation supports Aboriginal children in South Australia shine their brightest through participation in our industry-leading cultural and sporting excellence programs.
Transition to High School
All families of year 6 students should have received an email with directions to enrol their child in High School.
This enrolment process must be completed by Friday 27th May.
Enrolment for Le Fevre Peninsula PS 2023
LPPS is currently accepting Registrations of Interest (ROI) for Reception enrolment in 2023. Families are encouraged to complete a ROI by 30th June 2022. For more enrolment information, please speak to either Jeanette or Caitlin in the Front Office.
Round 1 offers for enrolment to local families, siblings and Aboriginal students will be made from 1st August with round 2 being offered after the 1st September.
A school enrolment tour is planned for Wednesday 25th May between 9 - 10am. Please share this information with families who are thinking of enrolling their child/ren at Le Fevre PS.
It is really important to ensure that the Registration of Interest is completed and returned so that we can plan our classes for 2023.
- Congratulations to Jayden and Angus who were selected in the Port SAPSASA AFL team.
- Congratulations to Clay who has been selected in the upcoming SAPSASA Cross Country Championships.
- Congratulations to Kaylee and Lylah who have been selected in the Port SAPSASA Girls AFL team.
- Congratulations to Lylah, Kaylee and Juliet who have all been selected in the Port SAPSASA Netball team.
It’s pleasing to see so many of our students trialling and participating in so many events. Good Luck!
STUDENT FREE DAY
FRIDAY WEEK 4 TERM 2
A reminder that our next Student Free Day is Friday 27th May. All staff will be at school participating in our second day of training in the Berry Street Education Model. Please note that our OSHC service will be open if enough numbers are reached on the Pupil Free Day. Please contact OSHC directly if you require care for your child/ren.
This year we are working towards our Site Improvement Plan goal in reading: 80% of students in year 3 and year 5 achieve SEA in NAPLAN.
InitialLit is a systematic synthetic phonics program that focuses on building students core knowledge of the alphabetic code. As a part of the program, student’s focus on:
- Letter-sound correspondences and how these are applied to reading and spelling
- Grammatical concepts
- Tricky Words
- Vocabulary, oral language and listening comprehension
This is our second year using the program and we have seen some great improvement in student reading.
This year we have started using MiniLit Sage as an intervention program. This program targets student's specific learning gaps (identified through data collection) to support them to improve as readers.
Currently the year 3 teachers are running the second half of InitiaLit-2 and will move onto Spelling Mastery next term.
This year we have begun a new spelling program in years 4-6, Spelling Mastery. Spelling Mastery offers Direct Instruction to enable teachers to deliver interactive and structured lessons.
Spelling Mastery is delivered across 6 different levels. At the beginning of the year students are placed in a group based on test results. The content is then delivered to the specific needs of each group. Currently we have the 5 upper primary classes split between 7 teachers, allowing for smaller groups and extra support.
This year we are using DIBELS to assess students Oral Reading Fluency, Accuracy and Reading Comprehension in years 3-6. Across our cohort, the data has shown that although many are meeting the targets for reading accuracy, many are below targets for reading fluency. This will be an area of focus this year.
Last term the Receptions, Year 1’s and Room 8 were lucky enough to take part in a 'Radicool Reptile' incursion. The students had the opportunity to see and touch many reptiles including crocodiles, lizards, dragons, freshwater turtles and goannas. They even got to hold a snake! Although some students were a little apprehensive at the start, by the end of the session they were lining up to give the snake one last pat. We had so much fun!
In Room 5 for Literacy we have been doing a character study using the story book "Mad Magpie by Greg Dreise". Our task was to role play an interview with a partner, as one of the characters from the story. Students were able to understand the events in the story by retelling it from a character's point of view. Putting yourself into the role of the character allows students to understand through the characters eyes and really think about how that character might be thinking or feeling at different parts of the story.
The students have really enjoyed reading "Mad Magpie" and learning about the characters' experiences. They worked well with their partner and had lots of fun playing the role of the "interviewer" and the "character".
Room 14 has been lucky enough to have a special person joining us for our health lessons this term. Ms Leah, our amazing Deputy Principal, has generously given up her time to come and teach us about the Catastrophe Scale. The Catastrophe Scale is a continuum that helps up to evaluate how big a problem is and how to cope with these problems appropriately. We have meaningful discussions and share stories about life experiences and where they sit on the scale. We continue using this language throughout the day if we are faced with a problem or a social challenge. A big, warm thank you to Ms Leah for spending time with us, we absolutely love having her as part of our class. These photos show room 14 students engaging with the Catastrophe Scale.