7 July 2021 Week 10 Term 2
Celebrating all things French!
Tuesday 29th June was a wonderful opportunity for staff and students to drag out their red, white and blue and immerse themselves in all things French, including enjoying tasty French pastries, participating in French activities & games and a student parade. A big thank you to Madame Millett & Madame McCallum our LPPS French Teachers for their tireless efforts and organisation of such an amazing day.
2021 External Review
Last week was our 2021 External Review where the school is reviewed in line with the Site Improvement Priority areas, cycle of improvement and the academic, social and emotional wellbeing of the school. The review panel, consisting of the Department for Education Review Officer and two peer principals, spent three days at our school interviewing 33 classroom teachers, 5 specialist teachers, 7 support officers, the leadership team, 19 parents including governing council members, and 75 students from Year 3 to 7. They also conducted class interviews with students from Reception-Year 2 and visited every learning environment across the school. An interim report was presented to myself and our Educational Director which highlighted our strengths and some areas for future improvement.
Overall the report was exemplary, indicating a very strong and successful improvement cycle across the school. The panel noted how articulate, engaged and self-directed our students were and how they could discuss their learning and the next steps in their improvement journey. Our teachers were commended for the learning environments and the quality of teaching and learning programs they delivered. Parents spoke highly about the school and their communication with teachers. What the review really highlighted was the pride we have in our school and how we are continually striving to challenge and stretch all learners at Linden Park.
Thank you to all of those parents and students who provided feedback and support for the school during this process. Once finalized, the future directions will be posted on the school website.
Semester 1 2021 Student Reports
Parents, please take time to log onto the parent portal to view your child’s academic report for Semester 1 2021 (Term 1 + Term 2). Written reports with grades are just one of the ways we communicate student achievement with you. Please see your child’s teacher in the first instance if you have any questions about the report. Follow up interviews can be arranged on request.
2022 Reception Enrolment
If you have a child that is due to begin Reception in 2022, please ensure you have submitted your child’s Reception 2022 registration at the front office. It is important to note that our final date to receive registrations is Friday 6th August 2021. Please refer to our school website for eligibility requirements and up to date information at http://lindenpkr7.sa.edu.au/parent-information/enrolments
Leaving Linden Park Primary School at the end of 2021?
If your child in Reception to Year 5 will not be returning to Linden Park Primary School in 2022, please inform the front office . This will assist us when we begin forward planning for 2022 early next term. Please note that parents of current Year 6 and Year 7 students do not need to advise as they are part of the Department's transition to high school process.
Congratulations to our LPPS Aerobics teams who performed so admirably at the recent State competition and are hopefully off to Nationals in August at the Gold Coast. Thank you to coaches Di and Demi for their continued commitment and energy—full details of the performances are featured later in this newsletter.
Unfortunately for us, Sheree Wingard has won a position as Curriculum Lead in the Para Hills Portfolio and will be leaving us at the end of term 2. We are yet to approve a replacement Assistant Principal - Operations but will keep you informed. We wish Sheree all the best in her new venture.
As the term draws to a close I would like to thank the staff for their efforts this term as well as the many volunteer parents at school, whether it be in supporting learning programs in class, helping on excursions or coaching our large range of sporting teams.
I look forward to seeing you all next term and wish you a safe holidays with your family.
Deb O'Neill, Principal
New LPPS COLA
Stage 1 Complete With More to Come!
Great news! The first stage of our new covered outdoor learning area (COLA) is complete and is available for our students to use - a dry space on these wintery days! However, there are two important next steps to be done – resurfacing the courts and laying the commemorative pavers.
Resurfacing involves more than simply replacing what was there before - we will add brand new line markings that will enable the COLA to be used for even more sports and at a competition level. Following this our 70th anniversary pavers will be laid at the entrance. Thanks again to all those families who purchased earlier in the year. These stages are scheduled for the warmer months of September / October 2021.
We look forward to celebrating the formal opening of our new COLA at the end of the year.
LPPS French Day
On Tuesday 29th June, in the beautiful sunshine, Linden Park celebrated "French Day" to acknowledge Bastille Day which falls in the second week of the July school holidays.
To start the day the entire school met under our new COLA to parade our French costumes and sing popular French songs. Throughout the day classes completed French themed activities across all curriculum areas.
A highlight was the yummy croissants & brownies pre-ordered from La Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe at Norwood. We urge all our LPPS families to support Guillaume and his staff at La Madeleine to thank him for his generous support of our French day - and freshly preparing nearly 600 French pastries for our students!
Madame Millett & Madame McCallum, LPPS French Teachers
The annual Year 6 Reader’s Cup was held on Tuesday 22 June in the library. Fourteen teams of Year 6 students competed in a quiz style competition, where 5 chosen books each have a round of 10 questions. A team of teachers challenged the competitors in a round based on a picture book. Congratulations to the Winners "P.O.V." team, consisting of Sophia B, Sophia S, Qingyi P and Lucy L. Special mention to the runners up "Anonymous" and "Bookeroos". Congratulations to all the teams who participated.
A reminder about our eBook and Audiobook platform. It is a great place to find a book to read during the holidays. Details about the platform and how to log in can be found on the library website. There is also a tutorial providing assistance on the eBook platform page. http://lindenparkprimaryschoollibrary.weebly.com/
The holidays are a great time to relax and read. We encourage students to keep the Premier’s Reading Challenge in mind during the holidays with entries due on the 3rd September 2021.
LPPS Aerobics STATE Competition Success
On Sunday 27th June, six aerobics teams from Linden Park competed at the Schoolaerobics State Final competition with ambition of qualifying for the National Championships. A very successful day led to all six teams qualifying. Linden Park achieved three 1st places, one 2nd place and two 3rd places.
These incredible results were not accomplished without each teams' hard work, commitment and drive. It was a memorable day filled with encouragement, support and pride, making their families and coach extremely proud.
The teams will now train for 8 more weeks leading up to the Schoolaerobics National Championships held in the Gold Coast in August. They will be representing Linden Park as well as South Australia in the competition.
Demi Perentes, Aerobics Coach
Sapsasa Year 6/7 Boys Netball
On Monday 28th June, our Year 6/7 Boys Netball team played their first round matches against Parkside PS, Highgate PS and Norwood PS at Parkside Primary School. Over the past three weeks, the boys had been training at lunch times against our Year 7 Girls Netball team. A great way to prepare for their first games. Thank you to Chris Allen & Susie Inat for assisting with these great practice matches against our talented Year 7 Girl’s side.
We were scheduled to play the host school, Parkside PS in the first match of the day. It was time for the boys to put all their training into a real game. It was a super quick contest with the ball moving back and forth like a tennis match. LPPS might have been moving too fast for our own good with some costly turnovers resulting in some easy goals for Parkside PS. At half time we were down by a few goals and at the main break, coach Mr. McGuire needed to remind his team that they were playing netball and not basketball. In the second half, the nerves had settled and the boys played some exciting netball. Will T, was impressive in C working hard all game to control the pace of play. Seb P and Austen L were also standouts in our spirited comeback. It was neck and neck in the final quarter, with Corneel E nailing some crucial goals but unfortunately we ran out of time and the final score was 21-25, a win to Parkside PS.
We had the next game off to rest the legs and get some food into our stomachs before our next match up against Highgate PS. With a few positional changes, the boys were ready to get their first win for the day. Sam W moved into defence and put on a clinic, intercepting everything that came his way. Denver W moved into WA and made some classy passes to set up our play. Nate F moved into WD and played a great team game, making life very difficult for his opponent. Will T moved into GA and the combination between him and Corneel was a game-changer as they were sinking shots from everywhere. They boys had really hit their groove and won 22-16 to a good Highgate PS side.
Again, we had another game off supposedly to rest the legs under a nice tree on the school oval. But the boys spotted a basketball and a court and they used this opportunity to challenge both Harry and Mr. McGuire to a friendly basketball game. It was a great way to further build team chemistry before our final game.
Linden Park PS vs Norwood PS to end the day and we needed to win convincingly if we were going to have any chance of making it through to the second round of the knockout competition. Spencer R was moved to WA and proved to be a great linking player between our defenders and our shooters, setting out some nice opportunities for our team. Steven V was fantastic all day and continued to play at a high level in the final game. Norwood PS did all they could to stay with us but when the final whistle went, we were up 23-16.
It was an incredibly enjoyable day with these group of boys who represented our school in the right way. LPPS finished with a record of 2-1 and unfortunately did not make it through to the second round. We got better and better as the day went on and I have no doubt if we played Parkside PS again we would have really taken it up to them. Thanks to all the boys and Mr. McGuire for a terrific day of boys netball.
Harry Slee, Sports Coordinator
Sapsasa Year 7 Girls Netball
On Wednesday 30th June, our Year 7 Girls Knockout Netball team played their second round matches at Grange Primary School. The girls had been training regularly since advancing to the next round earlier in the term. The girls had progressed into a pool with Grange PS, Highgate PS and Nazareth Catholic College who all won their first round matches easily.
It was a beautiful morning down at Grange and the girls were excited to go against their second round matchups. The first game against Grange PS was an impressive performance from our girls with Zoe A and Nabiha M working well together moving the ball into our attacking third. Jiani Y performed well in defence and the girls put in a solid 34-17 win. The only sour note of the morning was an ankle injury to GK, Matilda H, who landed awkwardly after a contest.
She would unfortunately miss the next game, so the girls needed to put in a great effort against Highgate PS. Coaches Chris and Susie needed to make a few changes, with Zoe A moving to GA and Lucy C and Arlie M making more of an impact on the court. The girls defended well and worked hard but Highgate PS were a classy outfit and made it difficult for our girls to attack. When the final whistle went, Highgate had the lead.
The final game was going to be the toughest of the day, going up against an unbeaten Nazareth Catholic College. Lily I moved from GS into WA and proved to be a great linking player for LPPS. Oneli DS continued to be a fantastic option is goals, making a lot of shots to keep us in the game. Nazareth got out to an early lead went into quarter time in front. Matilda H made a return to the court for the first time since her injury and inspired a spirted comeback from our girls. Zoe A and Jiani Y continued to try their hearts out as they had all day but unfortunately Nazareth held on for the win.
It was a tough end to a fantastic campaign for the Year 7 girls over the course of the term. They worked incredibly hard in trainings and played great across the 5 games in the two rounds of the knockout competition. A massive thank you to Chris and Susie for giving up their time to coach and support the girls throughout the competition. Thank you to all the players for their commitment and great team environment they created with one another.
Harry Slee, Sports Coordinator
Adelaide South East SSSA Golf Event
Congratulations to Lola (Yr 6), Tammy (Yr 6) and Valerie (Yr5) who representated Linden Park Pimary at the SAPSASA trial at Mount Osmond on Friday 18th June. From eighteen competitors, the top 10 go through to the Stage 2 - State Final on 9/10 September. Tammy qualified and Lola missed out by only 1 shot. All three players played well in challenging conditions. Well done girls!
Adelaide South East District Football
Special congratulations to our Year 7 boys - Denver W, Will T and Harry N representing the ASE district in Football.
Yr 5 Mighty Golds Soccer team
Linden Park Gold 0 : Walkerville 1 (Week 8)
Woe is me! How did this happen? Our boys got caught out by an early goal and, despite all of the play staying in the Walkerville half after the break, we couldn’t find a way through. Needless to say that the player of the match was their goalie. We continue to improve with some great passing displays and were so unlucky not to score a goal or two. It was a thrilling match. The Golds are good to watch. At the final whistle as our tearful coach was led away he was heard to say: ‘We was robbed’. Coach’s job hangs by a thread!
Linden Park Gold 5 : East Adelaide 0 (Week 9)
That’s more like it!. Forget the Euros, we score more goals in one game than England score in four! Splendidly taken goals by Seth, Ashley and Van. Super assists from Zach, Nandan and Massi. Vincent and Mateo held firm in midfield and Ben was fantastic in defence making sure that Liam in goal wasn’t troubled, much. This team plays like a well drilled and disciplined unit. You wouldn’t know it from the pre-match warm-up, but maybe that is part of the cunning tactics. Van’s goal from a free kick deserves a special mention. Great team effort Lads!
Coach: Chris Morrison
Year 3 Winter Basketball
As we draw close to the end of term 2 we have had nearly a full term of winter basketball for the year 2/3 Linden Park Maroon. We welcome back Thomas, Harrison and Blake and unfortunately lost the girls to Winter netball. With some fast talking and recruiting from Thomas, Blake and Harrison they were able to help add some new players in Sam, Oliver, Cristiano and Gianluca. The boys have really worked well together and already seen some big improvements in their teamwork, shooting and skills. The boys have managed to remain undefeated and are eagerly awaiting what the next term will bring. Keep up the great Teamwork and it is a joy to coach you all!
Coach: Marlon Miers
The Community & Fundraising Committee arranged for a Cake Stall on Wednesday 30th June with all funds raised going towards our LPPS Musical “The X Factory” next term. We are thrilled to announce we raised $2754 - which is a fantastic effort.
A special thankyou to all our LPPS families who donated the delicious cupcakes & biscuits to sell at the stall and to our parent volunteers who gave up their time to work on the stall.
My New Gallery
Year 7 Art
This term, as a part of our interdisciplinary unit of inquiry into Ancient Civilisations, Year 7 students have been building upon their research skills through RBL lessons with our teacher librarian Mrs Kipperman and delving into the daily life of people from ancient times. In art, they have learned about and produced their own illuminated lettering and partaken in an incursion where they practised Chinese calligraphy. To complement their learning, students have created puppets from the ancient society they chose to study and will use these to deliver a monologue of their amazing information reports.
Year 3 Art
The Year 3’s have worked hard in term 2 to create ‘Ken Done’ inspired postcards to exchange with students in New Zealand. This is part of their ‘Where we are in place and time’ Unit where students have been looking at similarities and differences between Australia and our neighbouring countries and the importance of connecting with our neighbours.
‘What’s the Buzz?’ training at Linden Park
On June 15th some of our teachers, SSO’s and educators from OSHC had the opportunity to work with Madhavi Nawana Parker, Director of Positive Minds Australia, author, counsellor and public speaker. Madhavi co-wrote and designed the ‘What’s the Buzz?’ social skills program with Mark LeMessurier.
Linden Park Primary School has run the ‘What’s the Buzz?’ program for several years. It is a 16 week program that uses a central character called Archie who navigates different emotions and develops skills in learning about social skills as well as developing resilience, confidence and self-awareness. Training our staff in the ‘What’s the Buzz?’ program enables more educators at Linden Park Primary School to guide and support more of our students through their social development.
If you have any questions about the ‘What’s the Buzz?’ program, do not hesitate to call the school and speak with me further about this.
Rachel Pontifex, Student Wellbeing Leader