We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. Effort earns success…
Participation, practise and persistence are the kick starters for success. If we do not attempt what might seem too hard, if we do not practise new skills and strategies and if we do not persist when things seem too tough, then we will never truly feel what it means to succeed.
I have the wonderful and unique role of teaching and administrative management within the school and at times this can be likened to a juggling act. However, both roles allow me to develop a strong rapport with students, staff and community and gain a ‘finger on the pulse’ analysis of day-to-day issues. Due to this complex role I would ask that should parents or community members need to arrange a meeting with me, please do so for before/after school or Wednesdays which are my executive days. This way I am able to provide you with the quality time you require, whilst not compromising the quality of the education provided to my students.
I would like to warmly welcome everyone back to a very busy term and thank our wonderful mothers and grandmothers for their presence at our Mother’s Day morning tea. This was a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the community and thank them for their efforts in assisting children both at school and at home.
A huge thank you is extended to our P&C members for their efforts in arranging a Mother’s Day stall and then frantically wrapping gifts.
I hope that this weekend we take time to reflect and celebrate the wonderful people in our lives who make numerous sacrifices in order to raise us with love and guidance. I would like to wish all of our Mothers and Grandmothers a wonderful day and hope that you are treated like royalty, even if only for the day.
Enjoy the week ahead,
Mr Barry Croft
School Security – please make an anonymous call if you see anything that looks wrong going on in the school.
Phone: 1300 880021
Well done to:
Paris S in Year 3 for “Getting along” and
Connor P in Year 1 for “Persistence”.
Kinder / Yr 1
Welcome back!! We are all refreshed and ready for another full-on term!
“Star of the Week” will begin next week. Each Monday a child’s name will be drawn out of a box and he/ she will be the classroom helper of the week. Watch for his/ her picture and compliments on the classroom door.
“Me” boxes are slowly coming along.
Year 1 – don’t forget to learn your spelling words for a test each Tuesday.
It’s sniffle season again, any donation of tissues would be appreciated. Thank you.
Year 1/ 2
Iggy certainly enjoyed his holidays (as you will see when he comes to visit this term). And has come back to school refreshed and ready to work hard! When he visits this time he needs to meet an animal and children need to write an information report about that animal. I’m looking forward to reading them.
Public Speaking will start next week (Monday 11th May) in our normal “News” sessions. Please listen to your child’s speech before next week. Every child is expected to “have a go” at this task.
We will be walking to Wangi Library next Thursday 14th May, leaving school at 2:30pm. Please remember your bag and card for borrowing.
Homework began again this week. Please encourage your child to write out their spelling words every night as well as to read. Home readers can be changed as often as needed – not just Friday.
The project on National Parks is due on Monday 18th May – use the sheet handed out as a guide to help research relevant facts.
We have welcomed Mr Norm McCurry into our classroom as an intern teacher. He has many interesting activities and lessons planned for the class. Already the children have examined parts of plants under the microscope and planted sunflower seeds as part of our “Back to Nature” unit.
NAPLAN is a big focus next week and students will need to come to school bright, awake and ready for the test. A NAPLAN Breakfast will be held on the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9am and 9:20am, before class.
So year 5 need to start getting plenty of rest and goodnight sleeps over the coming days.
Homework has gone home so please keep an eye out for their sheets in their bags.
A great response to assignments on the solar system. They will be on display until week 4 when students will be asked to take them home.
Year 5/ 6
A “Naplan breakfast” has been organised for students in Year 3 and Year 5 who will be doing the Naplan test next week. Breakfast will be available free of charge at the canteen between 9am and 9:20am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Come early so you don’t miss out!
The school Cross Country will be held on Friday 8th May 2009 commencing at 12.15pm. Parents are invited to come along and encourage competitors. Anyone who is willing to help by being stationed around the course please see Mrs Murphy – it would be greatly appreciated.
This is a whole school event but only children 8 years and up are eligible to go to zone.
Dance commenced again this week. All children were fitted with costumes last week. I would encourage all parents to pay their Term 2 dance fees by the due date to ease the financial burden as there may be extra costs for making the costumes.
Hunter Dance Festival date for your diary:
Junior Girls – Tuesday 30th June 2009
Senior Girls – Thursday 2nd July 2009
Band has started up again this year. If you would like your child to learn a musical instrument and become part of the School Band please see the Office ladies. Instruments available: Flutes, Clarinets, Trumpets and Tuba.
Band starts each Friday at 8:45am sharp –please be there at 8:40am to set up.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS – For those students in years 3-6 who are entering these competitions there is a website that offers you a range of practice questions.
Go to www.eaa.unsw.edu.au and follow the link to prepare.
We desperately need someone to nominate themselves, or another willing parent, to take on the role of P&C President – if you can help please ring the school.
Winners of the Easter Raffle:
1st – Madison H
2nd – Luke G
3rd - The Roderick Family
Consolation: Kerry Mc, Angus N, Clair D, Connor P, Destoni M and Keigan M.
CANTEEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
If you would like to volunteer for 1 day per month please contact Jodie Milligan on
0412603425 or if you are unable to attend on your rostered day please ring.
Talking & Listening
This is an important part of helping your child with literacy. Some ideas in this area include:
Meets every second Tuesday
at Wangi Uniting Church.
Children K – 6 welcome.
4pm – 6pm
Includes music, craft and dinner.
Bev Hincks on 4975 5158
Or Nerida Rayfield on 4975 2312
MATHS TUTOR –
KINDER TO YEAR 12
Phone Ben: 4975 2388 or 0421235309
Have fun! Build confidence, improve speech and communication skills. Use your imagination and explore acting, improvisation, mine, creative movement and public speaking. All ages
Contact Susan McBurney A.S.D;L.T.C.L
On 4975 1822
HSC Drama help for Individual projects also available
FIONA’S STUDIO OF DANCE
Be inspired by our great range of Dance classes – Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary & Lyrical and Physical Culture.
Enrolments now being accepted 49733133.
- Fun dance classes in Tap, Jazz and Modern/Contemporary
- Classes for both boys and girls from 3 years up
- No uniform, costumes, free showcase at end-of-year, all students receive a trophy
- All student get the opportunity to perform at local events
- NEW studio Term 2 at Bonnells Bay Public School
- Classes from $4 – $6 per week with discounts for unlimited classes and family discount
For more information contact Miss Meritta
Phone 0413 616 966
WESTERN LAKE MACQUARIE CONCERT BAND
Stilling Street, Rathmines (near shops)
All Ages are accepted. All abilities from beginner to experienced.
To learn to play musical instrument all that is needed is for you to attend weekly classes
every Tuesday from 5pm during school term.
Instruments may be hired for a small cost.
For more information Contact
Doug Treloar on 4959 1826
6) YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND AN EXCLUSIVE ONE-OFF NUTRITION SESSION
Help Cancer Council and your family, all at no cost! Cancer Council NSW invites parents and carers of primary school children in the Hunter region to participate in a groundbreaking new trial aimed at increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables.
Free ‘Fruit ‘n’ Veg $ense’ sessions will run from April to July 2009, in local schools across the Hunter region addressing issues such as fussy eaters, stretching your food dollar further, menu modification and planning. Sessions are free to attend and you will receive handy resources and new recipe ideas to use at home. The trial requires you to complete two short questionnaires and attend one session.
To enrol and participate, please contact the Cancer Council (Hunter) Research Hotline on: 4923 0710 and leave your name & best contact phone number, alternatively send an email to: email@example.com .We will call you back to confirm your place in the session.
These sessions are part of the Cancer Council’s Eat It To Beat It program, providing Hunter families with budget friendly ways of eating essential fruit and vegetables every day! To find out more about Eat It To Beat It check out our website: www.cancercouncil.com.au/eatittobeatit
- Talk to your child about events and ideas in books they are reading or as you are reading together.
- Listen when your child tells you about things that have happened to them. This can help them put their ideas together before they start writing stories.
- Sometimes ask your child a question that can have many answers rather than just yes or no. This helps them to think about different ways to look at things including solving problems.
- Ask your child about why they made certain choices when making a decision. Ask for their opinion on topics and discuss this.
- Allow your child to talk to a number of other children including those of various ages. Also allow them to listen to and share their ideas with others. This helps children to develop their talking and listening skills.
- Show by your behaviour that you are listening. Interact with your children, ask questions, add information and make links with other things you share in common. Talk to your child about how others know they are listening such as not walking away when others are talking.
- Talk at a normal pace and volume, and use adult words.
“Be Safe” is our number 1 school rule so…
REMEMBER, NO HAT – NO PLAY, NO SPORT, NO P.E!!!
NO THONGS AT ANY TIME – this includes DISCOS
Weekly Merit Awards
K/1: Harrison F, Jacob K
1/ 2: Erin B, Destiny H
2/3: Maggie G, Enola N
4/5: Bailey V, Brodie H
5/6: Anika D, Toby G