Welcome to our Week 6 Newsletter.
Reception Enrolments 2023
For families wanting to start their Reception child at Le Fevre Peninsula Primary School in 2023, you are required to fill out a Registration of Interest Form by 30th June 2022. Please contact the school if you require a form or go to the Department for Education webpage for further details. We also have a School Enrolment Tour coming up on Tuesday 21st June at 9-10am. If you would like to join us, please contact the Front Office on 8449 6417.
Well done to all of the classes and students who participated in the recent Reconciliation Week activities.
Students were able to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and explored how each of us can contribute to achieving Reconciliation in Australia.
The activities included, making damper and friendship bands and learning about Aboriginal culture. I had the opportunity to spend time with our R-3 Aboriginal students who attended an excursion to "Reconciliation in the West" last Thursday at Tauondi Aboriginal College. The event encourages a unified society, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage are recognised and valued as a proud part of our shared national identity.
The Reconciliation Donuts were a big hit with over 150 donuts purchased. 50c from each donut was donated to the Tjundu Foundation. Thanks to everyone who purchased a donut.
The week culminated in our first assembly for the year.
Thank you to Jess and Kahlia who coordinated the week.
We continue to be impacted by absences due to COVID - 19. Staffing absences have impacted on various classes, which have resulted in some classes being split or supervised by other teachers. We continue to use our resources to the best of our ability and strive for continuity in the learning programmes. Thank you to the staff and students who have been amazingly flexible, often at late notice.
Student absences due to COVID have reduced and information about being a classroom contact will continue to be sent if classes/year levels are directly impacted.
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.
Our Building 3 toilet upgrades have been completed. Excuse me for not providing photos, but please be assured they are much more pleasant and smell better. Work was completed and financed through DfE assets.
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. This is expected to be started in the July school holidays.
I have also been working with a small group of students preparing the garden beds for a crop of winter vegetables.
We have a number of winter vegetables planted. The recent rain will definitely give the garden a kick start.
Class teachers and staff are currently working on Semester 1 student reports. Report cards are an important indicator of the progress that students are making compared to the Australian Curriculum achievement standards in each year level. It is really important that families are informed about the progress of their child/ren and that we work together to support all students to achieve. If you have any concerns please contact the class teacher or make an appointment to discuss their learning. Reports will be distributed on Wednesday 6th July.
Materials and Services Charges
You may have read about the state government’s initiative to provide a $100 discount on both the 2022 and 2023 Materials and Services Charge. I am pleased to provide you with a letter signed by the Premier and the Minister for Education, Skills and Training. The letter provides additional information about the initiative.
You can access the letter via this link: www.education.sa.gov.au/sites/default/files/letter-from-premier-and-minister-materials-services-charges-7-june-2022.pdf
You don’t need to do anything at this stage. We will be processing the discount or rebate as a matter of priority, however there are preparations that we need to make. We will provide you with additional information shortly.
Week 6 Award Winners
|Room||First Name||Keys to Success Focus||Reason|
|4||Ethan||Confidence||For being a confident narrative writer|
|4||Charlotte||Confidence||For being more confident with her learning|
|5||Joshua||Confidence||For displaying great confidence when working through new concepts and understanding it is OK to make mistakes|
|5||Patrick||Confidence||For taking on challenging tasks with a confident mindset and telling himself "I can do this"|
|8||Robbie||Confidence||For being a confident maths learner and demonstrating a positive mindset|
|8||Ruby||Confidence||For demonstrating enthusiasm and confidence with maths tasks|
|9||Ivy||Confidence||for showing confidence using mental strategies in Maths|
|9||Lilly||Confidence||Showing confidence to have a go in maths groups|
|10||Mackenzie||Confidence||For being confident to blend her sounds and read words|
|10||Aaqib||Confidence||For being confident to add numbers to 10 very quickly|
|11||Chantelle||Confidence||Confidently sharing her learning with the class|
|11||Mekai||Confidence||Confidently sharing his learning with the class|
|14||Jason||Confidence||For contributing meaningful answers and questions during class discussions|
|14||Grace||Confidence||For taking on classroom responsibilities with confidence and pride|
|15||Jade||Cofidence||Not afraid to take risks in her narrative writing|
|15||Teagan||Confidence||For taking on feedback to improve her learning|
|16||Ajay||Confidence||For sharing his mathematical thinking with the group|
|16||Iwana||Confidence||For taking risks as an independent learner|
|18||Madison||Confidence||For taking risks as a learner|
|18||Jaycob||Confidence||For using confidence when presenting his geography presentation to the class.|
|19||Rhianna||Confidence||For displaying great confidence when working through new concepts and understanding it is OK to make mistakes|
|19||Jayden||Confidence||For his positive and confident attitude in the classroom|
|20||Caleb||Confidence||For taking more risks and contributing to class discussion|
|20||Alice||Confidence||For willingly contributing to class discussions and sharing insightful ideas|
|21||Keeley||Confidence||For her confident approach to all school work|
|21||Oscar||Confidence||For his positive and confident attitude in the classroom|
|22||Danielle||Confidence||For using confidence in the classrroom|
|22||Ethan||Confidence||For working confidently on his fraction topics in maths|
Congraulations to all our award winners.
I hope you have a great long weekend, stay safe.
Be Brave. Make Change.
National Reconciliation Week 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. The theme for 2022 was: 'Be Brave. Make Change.'
We are grateful to outline the week that has been and share the wonderful learning of Le Fevre Primary students.
The week started with Aunty Tania, Caleena and Rikki visiting the school to make damper, tell a dreaming story of Damper Hill and create friendship bracelets in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island colours. Classes combined and worked together, it was brilliant to see so many smiling faces.
On Thursday the Reception to Year 3 Aboriginal attended 'Rec in the West'. The day included watching performances, touching and learning about different kinds of insects, dressing up as native animals and listening to a dreaming story inside a handmade inflatable echidna. The final event of the day was the colour fun run. All students had a lot of fun celebrating their culture at Tauondi.
Thank you to @cathleophotos on Instagram, @Catherine Leo Photography on Facebook for the fabulous photos of the colour run!
To embrace the week that had been, our first whole school assembly was held by the Aboriginal students to showcase the learning from Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week throughout the school. We also encouraged students to wear their Nunga colours, it was great to see a sea of Red, Black & Yellow. We were grateful to have special guests and performers, Waniki who spoke about Mabo Day which was Friday the 3rd of June, the Torres Strait and the meaning of the Torres Strait Island flag. Kalaya Children's Centre students performed songs along with rooms 8, 9, 10, 11 and 14 joining together in "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" in Kaurna. To close out the assembly, Rikki and Caleena, who students had worked with earlier in the week, performed a cultural dance.
Jessica Searle (AET) & Kahlia Miller-Koncz (ACEO)
Room 4 & 5
Beginning with the 26th of May, National Sorry Day, the students from Rooms 4 and 5 took time to reflect on the pain and suffering that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples faced and still experience today due to the unjust removal of children. Students decorated candles and shared their thoughts on historical events commenting with disbelief, ‘How could that happen?’ and ‘That’s so awful’. Students showed empathy towards each other and were deeply respectful during this time.
During National Reconciliation Week students then explored artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Rooms 4 and 5 reflected on traditional artwork, symbols and their meanings, and how and why specific colours were used. The traditional colours that were used included shades of red, orange, brown, yellow, black and white. These colours were made from ochre and charcoal and therefore the range of colours were limited. For our artwork we decided to use inspiration from modern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks which use a wide variety of colours as there is a much bigger range of colours to choose from now compared to the past. Students also thought about what story they wanted to tell with their pieces of work and thought about how they would use Aboriginal symbols to share their message. We then created a poster together to share and spread the National Reconciliation Week theme for 2022 – Be Brave. Make Change. The students were very proud to present the poster at assembly and share their learning.
Room 10 & 11
Last week in Room 10 and 11 Reception classes our special storybook was called ‘Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo’ by Alison Lester. It was a story of a young boy who moves with his family up to Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. It taught us about the different seasons in Arnhem Land and the Aboriginal words for each season. We then looked at the Kaurna seasons in our Science lesson as we are learning all about the weather this term. In the story the children do some bark painting, so we decided to do some too. We painted a gecko on our bark pieces as we were learning the 'g' sound last week and our Initialit character is called Gary Gecko! We think they look great!
Room 9 & 14
The students of room 9 and 14 decorated gum leaves using Nunga colours that have been arranged and are on display in the junior primary area. As an additional treat we got to decorate and eat delicious biscuits! It was great to have the opportunity to respect and connect with those around us and appreciate Australia’s First Nations people.
Room 8 has been busy cooking and baking! We have made pancakes, popcorn and choc chip cookies. We have used many maths skills, including using measuring cups and spoons and learning what a levelled measurement looks like. We have also been doing the hard work of rolling, stirring, whisking and pouring. The recipes were easy to follow and produced some yummy treats.
Room 16 have been learning about our yellow key CONFIDENCE. We drew a self-portrait of when there are time that we need to be brave and use our yellow key and our attitude of taking supported risks.
This term the year 5/6 students of Room 20 & 21 have been focusing on Australia’s Migration history. We’ve learnt that immigrants are people who choose to leave their countries and that refugees are those who are forced to leave for reasons such as war, corrupt government etc. We explored the Gold Rush as a period where large numbers of migrants came into Australia and we also looked at 'The White Australia Policy' as a means of controlling particular migrant groups emigrating to Australia. In Room 21, Miss Hoff decided that we should take the dictation test that immigrants were made to sit…it was pretty tricky!
One of our favourite activities for the term was our Migration Lunch. After having lots of discussions in class and at home about our own cultural backgrounds, we all brought in some new and interesting foods to try from a country where our families originated from. We were so surprised at the amount of different backgrounds people came from and the delicious foods people had made or brought to try. Some countries and dishes included… Ukraine: Deruny (potato cakes), Ireland: Irish stew, England: Yorkshire puddings, Germany: Bratwurst (sausage)…just to name a few! We had lots of fun decorating the classes, finding out about all the different foods and sitting and sharing them with each other. It was a perfect way to sum up our migration unit – We all really enjoyed learning about migration and have all learnt something new.
G’Day LPPS community,
What a year we have had so far.
A huge shout out to all the families who have been managing their normal life with COVID thrown in. We all know it is never easy to keep ourselves, and our children isolated, and yet we have all applied ourselves to this task. We as a school, despite our own challenges with COVID, have been able to keep going forward. The staff are doing incredible work planning, programming and delivering quality learning tasks and making the adjustments as students shift between studying at school and or home.
Recently on our Student Free Day we focused on the importance of strong nurturing relationships between our staff and students through the Berry Street Education Model lens.
All of our classes are now using some of the Berry Street Strategies that assist our students in their emotional readiness for learning and their sense of belonging in our school. I would encourage you to talk to your children about how their days are beginning and ending differently now.
Every day as I walk around and visit classes, it is very rewarding to see and hear how the wristbands that help the students recognise and self-manage their ‘readiness to learn’ are being used.
Our Children’s University Program is ongoing and we have 15 continuing students and 12 new enrolments.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the annual ‘REC in the West’ day at Tauondi College. Just like last year it was very powerful to be a part of this very important day. To witness the connections to culture and community that our 21 Aboriginal students experienced will have a lasting impact on me. Well done to Kahlia and Jess for organising this valuable experience.
Next week on Thursday, we look forward to the Australian wide ‘Anti Bullying’ production of Saving Lil and Archie performed by Brainstorm Productions. This is always a highlight for the students each year and we look forward to them coming to Le Fevre Primary. Please return your child's consent form and payment to the Front Office, ASAP.
Till next time,
On Wednesday this week, Mr. Staker and Mr. Fisher travelled with a group of year 5/6 girls to Seaton High School to compete in the Shark Cup Softball Carnival.
The Shark Cup is conducted with both baseball and softball to introduce primary school students to the Diamond Sports Program at Seaton High. The girls have been attending weekly trainings conducted by students of Seaton High in lead up to this event as a part of their studies.
They had a very positive day with some great moments. Every one of them represented the school with pride and showed outstanding behaviour throughout the day.
Next week a group of boys and girls will again be attending Seaton High to compete in the Shark Cup Baseball Carnival.