18 June 2021 Week 8 Term 2
What a busy Term 2 it has been! From NAPLAN to successful SAPSASA sporting achievements to the range of learning opportunities, excursions, incursions and parent workshops, it has been action packed.
The exciting news is that the Cover Outdoor Learning Area (C.O.L.A.) is nearing stage one completion and will be open for modified use very soon. Although there will be no poles or updated line marking until Stage 2 commences in the warmer months, our students will be able to use the space and it will provide us with a much needed undercover area ready for the wetter months.
Student Reports & Attendance on the Parent Portal
Semester 1 2021 student reports will be published on the parent portal https://sentral.lindenpkr7.sa.edu.au/portal by 4pm on Wednesday 30 June (Week 10). We remind families that a C grade reflects that your child is demonstrating a satisfactory level of achievement for what is expected at their year level. In other words, they are making expected progress and are learning at a level where they can move into deeper learning of the curriculum. Should you have any queries about the content of your child’s report, please contact the class teacher.
We hope families regularly logon to the Parent Portal to see a breakdown of their child’s attendance. The Department for Education and Linden Park Primary School’s target is 95% attendance with no unexplained absences. The portal also records late arrivals, which over time can amount to much lost learning. If you have any difficulties accessing the portal, please contact the front office.
LPPS External Review
We have been busily preparing for the Department's External school review during week 9. Members from the panel will be visiting us from Monday to Wednesday to review our improvement and assessment cycles as well as reviewing our progress against our areas for improvement. From the review they will work with the leadership team to develop lines for further improvement over the next three year cycle. Once completed the report will appear on our website.
Student Free Days
The student free days scheduled for the last two days of term 2 focus on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. Staff will be participating in online learning with a focus on Conceptualized Learning and developing Central Ideas. Linden Park Primary's OSHC will be operating should it be required and bookings can be made on the my Family Lounge app.
School holidays follow for two weeks and we all return for Term 3 on Monday 19th July.
Managing Challenging Behaviour
At Linden Park, students are generally willing to learn and wish to engage in all the learning experiences we have to offer. However at times, some students require extra support in managing their behaviour. Rachel Pontifex, our Student Wellbeing Leader supports the social and emotional development of individual students as well as supporting the teachers and SSOs promoting positive behaviour choices for children.
In line with Department for Education, staff at Linden Park implement supportive measures for individual students as well as procedures to protect the rights of all students and staff to ensure a safe, caring, orderly and productive learning environment. The school also uses a variety of whole school and classroom approaches including incorporating the IB Learner Profile, the negotiation of Class Essential Agreements, the explicit teaching of the School Values (Respect, Responsibility, Creativity and Diversity) and the use of Restorative Practices, Child Protection Curriculum and Cyber Safety Agreements. Our Behaviour Development Policy (available on our website) is currently under review and we look forward to sharing the revised document with the community as part of our consultative processes.
Deb O'Neill, Principal
At Linden Park Primary School we value the safety and wellbeing of our students, families and the community. We have been very concerned recently by the number of road traffic incidents surrounding our school.
We have had multiple near misses in the areas outlined below and we ask parents to take extra time and care to keep everyone safe at the busy drop off and pick up times.
- Cars speeding through the crossings when lights are flashing
- Cars crossing when stop signs are out and students are about to cross
- Children and parents not using the safe crossing areas and crossing along Highfield Ave and Hay road
Please call the Burnside Council 8366 4239 if it is parking related issue as they are able to send out rangers to patrol our area.
If incidents involve students please call the school so we are able to remind our students of the importance of road safety.
If you need to report dangerous driver behaviour please call the police on 131 444 or fill out a police report online https://forms.police.sa.gov.au/Runtime/Form/TW+Data+Entry+Form/
Children do not have good peripheral vision in a busy traffic environment and can often run straight across the road without looking. If you collect your child from school, wait near the gate, hold their hands and remember to do the "Stop, Look, Listen & Think".
Whenever you cross a road with your child - ask them to repeat to you the following:
- Stop at the kerb
- Look to your right, look to your left and look to the right again.
- Listen for traffic
- Think … is it safe to cross here or is there a better place that I can cross?
Linden Park has two dedicated road crossings on Hay Rd and Highfield Ave with students and a teacher on duty to assist. We ask all parents and students to always use the dedicated crossings - never cross the road between parked cars or near a bend in the road.
Thank you for your support and assistance.
Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant
We are thrilled to announce that Linden Park Primary School has been selected as a recipient of a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant grant of $955.20 (ex GST) for the LPPS Early Years Edible Garden project.
Last week Tina Farmassonis (Rm 5) and Deb O'Neill (Principal) welcomed Alyce Andrew and Posi-Anne Dawson from Woolworths Arkaba to LPPS to receive confirmation of the win. Thank you Tina for your time and effort in developing a project plan and submitting an application to bring the edible garden project to fruition.
Sapsasa Table Tennis Finals
On Friday 4th June, four teams from Linden Park Primary School participated in the finals for the Primary Schools Table Tennis championship at the Newton Sports Complex. The competition throughout the day was of an extremely high standard, with highly competitive matches. Our students represented the school with pride and behaved impeccably. They should be very proud of their achievements.
Well done to Olivia S, Isabella Y, Jasmine C and Julia L who won the Gold medal for finishing in first place. This was the first time that we have entered a team into the Girls competition, so to come away with a Gold Medal was an outstanding result. Hugo N, Qingyi P, Adhidyu R and Lucas W as well as Alex C, Ian L, Lennox J and Jet L won Silver medals in both the mixed and the Yr 6 boys competitions respectively. We’d sincerely like to thank Simone Jost who accompanied the teams to the event, her availability and willingness to assist was greatly appreciated across both days.
Geoff Mills, PE Teacher
Yr 7 Sapsasa Soccer
On Monday 7th June our Boys Year 7 School Sport SA (SAPSASA) Knockout Soccer team played their first round matches against Stradbroke Primary School and Nazareth Catholic College at Park 17.
Over the past four weeks, Mr. Moss has been running trials and training sessions, with the boys having a good mix of skills and experience.
Our first game against Stradbroke was an impressive showing with captain Seb P and Toby E putting on a goal scoring clinic. Seb P got on the end of some great team play to finish with a hat-trick and Toby E scoring a double, both from outside the box. The defence held up strong with Jonathan P and Nate F not letting anything get through. Everyone had a real influence in the game and the boys finished comfortable winners, winning 8-0. The Stradbroke manager made an effort to notify me that he was really impressed with LPPS maturity and sportsmanship in the win, a credit to Mr. Moss and his team.
The boys had the next game off to prepare against possibly the toughest team in the whole competition, the team that beat us in last year’s grand final and eventual champions, Nazareth Catholic College. The Nazareth game was going to be much more competitive and Mr. Moss held a team meeting to run the side through their game plan. Hugo N was made aware he would be in for a tougher outing in goals and he rose to the challenge. Hugo was a major influence in the game making some incredible saves. Our defenders were continually under pressure from Nazareth’s slick ball movement and creativity. The boys did all they could however Nazareth put on 3 quick goals to take a 3-0 lead at half time. Vice-captain Michael R continued his great form from the first game, making some incredible passages of play down the wing showing his great speed and ball control and needed to continue it in the second half if we were to have a chance to get back in the match.
The boys put in a very strong performance in the second half, taking it right to the defending champs. Mtende K and Sam S held strong with Charlie M looking dangerous around goals. Our leaders Seb P and Michael R performed really well but we just could not find the back of the net. Hugo was magnificent again and managed to keep a clean sheet in the second half with the final score ending 0-3 Nazareth’s way.
A really impressive outing for our Year 7 Boys Knockout Soccer team that were unlucky to progress through to the next round as Nazareth managed to win both of their games. A massive thank you to Mr. Moss and his team for an enjoyable day of school sport and for representing Linden Park Primary School in the right way. They certainly did the school community proud.
Harry Slee, Sports Coordinator
Yr 6 Sapsasa Soccer
Our Boys Yr 6 School Sport SA (SAPSASA) Knockout Soccer team played their first round matches against St Francis of Assisi and Kidman Park Primary School at Park 17 on Thursday 17th June.
The forecast was for cold and wet weather but our first game against St Francis of Assisi had nothing but clear skies. The boys started really well with some great passes from Jacob T and Markus B setting up some great opportunities for their teammates. Rocky L managed to find the back of the net with some smart play for our first goal of the game. From here, the boys did not look back with Tristan K making some fantastic runs down the right wing making it easy for his teammates to score. Jacob T and Noah M both finished with a double and with some excellent striking, Markus B finished with a hat-trick. The final score was 8-0, a really impressive outing in our first game.
Everything came down to our final match against Kidman Park Primary School, who had also won their first game. We had to win to progress to the next round of the competition. The dark clouds and the rain had finally arrived, making it that much more difficult for clean passages of play. It was an arm wrestle the first 10 minutes of the match, with majority of the ball spent in Kidman Park’s front half. Ian L did a fantastic job as goal keeper holding off the constant pressure by their strikers but unfortunately they scored the first goal. Jacob T continued to work tirelessly as he had all day and scored the equaliser quickly after. The boys continued to press with Isaac C holding the defence together with his inspiring play. Kidman Park finally broke through with some very nice strikes outside the box, kicking two goals in quick succession. Abhidyu R looked damaging as he moved the ball quickly down the wing creating some late chances for Linden Park but we could not find the back of the net. To their credit, Kidman Park made some great passes and team play and scored another goal to take a comfortable 4-1 lead. The game looked all over for Linden Park’s point of view but our boys did not give up. They continued to attack and we scored two late goals in the dying moments to end the game with the final score a 3-4 loss to Kidman Park.
Another unlucky outing for one of our soccer teams, falling just short of moving through to the second round of the Knockout Competition. The Year 6’s played a really exciting brand of soccer with some excellent team play. Again, a big thank you to Mr Moss and the Year 6’s for another enjoyable day of school sport.
Harry Slee, Sports Coordinator
Yr 6/7 Sapsasa Football
On Wednesday 16th June, our Year 6/7 Boys Australian Rules Football Team travelled to Mount Barker on a very cold and wet day to play their first round matches against Eastern Fleurieu: Strathalbyn and Cornerstone College.
The boys’ first match was against the confident Strathalbyn team. Our boys put in a tremendous effort against a much bigger, more experienced team. Denver W got Linden Park off to a great start with the first goal of the game. From then on most of the game was played in Strathalbyn’s front half, putting our defenders under serious pressure. Alex T did a tremendous job at full-back and if it was not for him, we would have been completely out of the game. Our skipper Will T gave it his all throughout the match and was pivotal in the midfield. Spencer R snuck forward and with some crafty positioning kicked our second goal of the day. Strathalbyn kicked ahead in the final quarter and came away eventual winners.
LPPS: 2 goals 2 behinds (14)
Eastern Fleurieu: Strath 7-12: 4 goals 7 behinds (31)
Our final game was against Cornerstone College who were also looking for their first win of the day. They got off to a hot start and kicked 2 quick goals before our boys realised the game had started. To our boys’ credit, they did not give up and continued to work hard. Nate F continued his impressive run and carry that he had done so well in the first match. Xander B was classy on the wing and hit the scoreboard to kick-start our come back. Toby E made a move to the midfield and did not disappoint, also hitting the scoreboard and made some crucial clearances. Coming into the final term, we were only down by 6 points.
Cornerstone got the centre clearance and scored a goal within the first 10 seconds to gain a 12 point lead. Not the start we were after but we still in it. Will T continued to get to every contest, moving the ball into our attacking half. Charlie M popped up to snap a goal to cut the lead. We had a few more missed opportunities and when the siren sounded, we were down by 3 points.
LPPS: 4 Goals 3 Behinds (27)
Cornerstone: 4 goals 6 Behinds (30)
Although we did not register a win on the day, it was a super effort by our boys especially because the majority of our team were playing their first competitive football game. Thank you to our team mates who supported and encouraged their friends for having a go and giving it a crack.
Harry Slee, Sports Coordinator
State Cross Country Championship
Congratulations to Myles K (Yr 5 - pictured) who came 4th in the U11 Boys and Tristan K (Yr 6 - pictured) who came 5th in the U12 Boys State Cross Country Championship held on Thursday 10th June at Oakbank Race Course, where they represented Adelaide South East District.
The U11 Boys Adelaide South East District Team which included Myles and Oliver S (Yr 5), won the team gold medal for their age group. Likewise, the U12 Boys Adelaide South East District Team which included Tristan, won the team gold medal for their age group.
Yr 5 Mighty Golds Soccer team: Linden Park Gold (6) : Rose Park (0)
The Mighty Golds continued their great form with an excellent display of guile and determination as five players scored: Vincent (2), Van, Ashley, Massi and Seth all finished off silky team moves involving Ben, Matteo and Zach. Nandan was again excellent in goal and captain Liam led the team with aplomb. Great team effort and brilliant passing skills lads. Go Gold’s!
Coach: Chris Morrison