27 August 2021 Week 6 Term 3
- BOOK WEEK
- Principal's Report
- Semester 2- Student Action Committee (Early Years)
- Statewide Basketball Carnival
- Year 6 Knockout Sapsasa Netball
- Yr 6/7 Festival of Music Choir
- Sports News
- Online Father's Day Stall
- Q and A on Hay – How to support your child develop social and emotional skills
- Transition to High School
- School Notices
Book Week celebrations at LPPS started last week. We hosted a virtual author visit with Tim Harris, who was in lockdown in Sydney. Students in Years 3 and 4 were entertained by his sense of humour and were eager to read his books. Reception to Year 2 students met with South Australian author and illustrator Sally Heinrich. She gave us an insight into the process of illustrating and the children helped provide inspiration to create some very interesting characters! This week Rosanne Hawke met with students from Year 5 -7. She spoke to the students about the research that goes into producing historical fiction as well as looked at the theme of migration in her books. Hopefully, you have heard about the author visits from your child.
On Friday, in the glorious sunshine, we hosted our annual Book Week parade. We formed a guard of honour to parade through again this year while works on the COLA continue. We were pleased to see so many students participate by dressing up as a favourite book character. We are always impressed by the creativity! After the parade, children had the opportunity to read or do an activity with their buddy.
Book Week related activities have been available for students at lunchtime in the library this week. Junior Primary teachers have been sharing the Early Childhood shortlisted books with their classes so students can vote on the title they think should win book of the year. Classes from Years 3-7 had the option of participating in a daily quiz related to this year’s theme, ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’ or children’s literature.
We hope the students have enjoyed Book Week. It is a great opportunity to celebrate books and reading!
Book Week Parade
Thank you to our LPPS library staff for organising so many activities, culminating in the parade this morning. From author visits to classroom activities, children have embraced the 2021 theme ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.’
Dance for Downs – Next week (30 Aug - 3 Sept)
LPPS has an action-packed program for Dance for Downs next week. We hope all students will support this initiative which has been instigated and designed by a group of wonderful year 5 students who are hoping to raise money and awareness for Downs Syndrome. For all the details please view our flyer here.
Behaviour & Attendance policies updated
The staff, Governing Council and students at Linden Park Primary school have been working with our Wellbeing Leader, Rachel Pontifex, to develop the school's Behaviour Development Policy. The aim is to develop a whole school approach and commitment to behaviour development for all. We have also updated our Attendance policy in line with Department for Education guidelines. We ask that parents take the time to read the updated policies which are on the school website.
2021 Parent Engagement Survey (Qualtrics) – Last Chance
Last chance for parents to complete the Department for Education online questionnaire. We would like to thank the 269 parents who have already responded to this survey. A link will have been sent directly to your email – please check JUNK & Clutter folders - for an email from the "Department for Education - no reply delivered by QUALTRICS”. The survey closes Sunday 29 August. If you would like to find out more information about the survey please visit www.education.sa.gov.au/parentsurvey
Student Free Day – 10th September
Linden Park Primary School will have a Student Free Day on Friday 10th September 2021. This was ratified as a School Closure day (Adelaide Show Day) by the LPPS Governing Council in Term 1. Under the provisions of the new Education and Children’s Services Regulations 2020, the Chief Executive has given approval for the pre-scheduled closure day to go ahead - despite the 2021 Adelaide Show being cancelled. LPPS Out of School Hours Care will be operating - please book online in the "My Family Lounge". Click here to view the program for the day.
The much awaited LPPS Musical is scheduled for Thursday 16th September and Friday 17th September, matinee and evening performances in the school gym. Details about performances and tickets will be sent out shortly. We look forward to some amazing performances from our LPPS students.
COLA resurfacing has commenced!
We are another step closer to completion with surfacing works commencing this week which will include netball, tennis and basketball lines for multi sporting usage. Our courts will hopefully be ready for use early term 4.
In preparation for 2022 class placement, parents will shortly be sent a digital slip via the Edsmart platform to advise us if your child/children will be attending Linden Park next year and also some information regarding which other students your child may work well with. There are many things we consider when doing class placement and your information will support us in this process. As you are aware we do have a register for in zone families who are waiting to attend Linden Park and we would like to inform them as soon as possible if a position becomes available.
Just a reminder that students are not to be using the playground before or after school as there are no teachers supervising these play areas. Parents are requested to collect their children and leave the grounds before the 3:30pm bell. Any students remaining in the yard after 3:30pm will be directed to the front office and their parents notified.
Deb O'Neill, Principal
Semester 2- Student Action Committee (Early Years)
Earlier this term we welcomed the new Student Action Committee members from our Early Years classes. What a delightful group of students. They have come to each meeting with great enthusiasm and high energy. We welcome Minoly WM, Authur K, Minuli F, Connor L, Lachlan H, Sienna F, Aria S, Louie M, Claire W, Elliot J, Henry W, Belle Z, Anaya W, Fraser F, Chloe W, Derek Z, Eddie R, Abbie P, Quinn G, Elise B, Antal N, Lara T, Catherine L, Henry W, William K, Helen M, Dakota P, Matt T, Mia Z and Cam T.
All Student Action Representatives are invited to purchase a badge via the Qkr app at a subsidised cost of $4.00 (GST free). Receipts and badges will then be delivered to the students via the classroom. Orders must be placed on the QKR app in the Linden Park Primary School (Tree Logo) customer under “School Payments” – SAC Badge.
Every Thursday during the even weeks of school we will meet in the staffroom to discuss any issues that may have come up from class meetings. Over the next two terms we will also have a focus on improving the wellbeing at Linden Park Primary School.
The representatives and I discussed what we could do as a committee to improve the teaching and learning while our Receptions, Year 1’s and 2’s are at school. Lots of ideas came forward and after we looked at all the ideas we decided that it was really about improving the wellbeing for our students.
Some ideas that came from the group were; more things to play with, healthy food days, music in the yard, relaxing days, quiet spaces, special days (pyjama days, bring your teddy bear to school days, etc.).
We are going to spend our meeting times working out which ideas we want to really focus on. At our meeting in week 3 meeting we did decide that we would like to ask our families if they can donate any old or spare kitchen equipment that we can use in the yard at recess and lunch in our outdoor mud kitchens.
KITCHEN UTENSILS AND COOKWARE WANTED : If you have any of these items, that you would like to donate, can you please bring them to the office during week 7? PLEASE NOTE; we cannot accept any glass, ceramic cookware or items that are chipped or have broken pieces.
- Metal pots, saucepans or fry pans
- Metal, plastic or wooden mixing bowls
- Plastic, wooden or metal large serving spoons
- Plastic or metal sieves and sifters
Rachel Pontifex, Student Wellbeing Leader
Statewide Basketball Carnival
On Tuesday 17th August, our Year 7 Girls and our Year 6/7 Boys knockout basketball teams participated in the Statewide Basketball Carnival held at the Wayville Sports Centre.
Our girls’ side had a team with a mixture of experienced players and girls who had never played basketball before. They put in a tremendous effort all day, playing a total of 5 games and coming away with one win. Coached by Monique, the girls improved game after game and created an enjoyable team to be around. There were plenty of smiles and encouragement between the group and the way they respected their opponents and played the game the right way was a pleasure to witness. A big thank you to the members of this team for going out and giving it a go, to allow our basketballers to participate in the carnival.
The Linden Park boys’ team had a terrific carnival, narrowly missing out on a top 2 finish with a close loss in the match to make the grand final. The boys played off for 3rd and won quite comfortably. It was a bittersweet ending to a great day as boys felt as though they would have been able to take it up to the eventual winners Cabra College. Due to being placed in different pools, we did not get a chance to play the best team on the day. I have no doubt we would have a tested them. Similar to the girls, the boys played a great team game and managed to end the day with 4-1 win/loss record.
A big thank you to Monique for coaching the girls’ team and a shout-out to Ann, Sathya, Sara and Ann for assisting with transport. Last but not least, a big thank you to all the students who participated in the carnival and who made it a very entertaining day of school sport.
Year 6 Knockout Sapsasa Netball
Our Year 6 Knockout Netball Team played their second round matches against Magill PS and St Joseph’s Hindmarsh at the Morialta Uniting Church netball courts on a really foggy Friday 13th of August.
The first matchup was against an impressive Magill Primary School on a slippery court. The girls got off to a hot start, playing some great team netball. Hazel C was lights out in goals, finishing off some great work to give Linden Park an early lead. Addison N was playing a great defensive game, making a lot of timely interceptions, while Lola E was providing a great linking option between our defenders and attackers. Tammy T made some smart moves without the ball to get free from her opponent and converted on the scoreboard. We went into the half time break, full of confidence with a 6 goal lead.
Magill came out flying after the main break, scoring 5 unanswered goals to start the 3rd quarter. Our girls made some loopy passes which Magill pounced on, swinging momentum their way. Sara A put up a good fight in defence put it wasn’t enough as Magill poured on 22 goals to our 8 in the 2nd half. A great effort by our girls but unfortunately the final score was 23-31.
The girls had a quick turnaround, as we were scheduled to play St Joseph’s Hindmarsh in the second match. An important game, as we needed to win to keep our chances of progressing to the next round alive.
Sara A continued her impressive form, reading the play very well to get two early interceptions to get our girls possession. Phoebe K continued to cover a lot of ground as she did in the first game, working her heart out with and without the ball. She made some great passes to Anna L, who played a great connecting role in our transition from defence to offense. The girls again got out to a nice lead with Hazel C and Tammy T working well together to score. Matilda L was a rock in GK, making life very difficult for her opponent. Linden Park played a really respectable team game and came away eventual winners against St. Josephs Hindmarsh.
Linden Park finished the day with one win and one loss, leaving our goal of getting to the third round in the hands of St Joseph’s Hindmarsh, who needed to beat Magill in the final game for us to progress. Unfortunately for us, Magill were too impressive. They finished the day undefeated and were really deserving in progressing to the third round.
A big thank you to Melissa Fenton and her team for all the effort they have put in since earlier Term 2. Giving up their lunch times to train and creating a really enjoyable team to be around. Congratulations to the girls for making it to the second round and doing Linden Park Primary School proud.
Harry Slee, Sports Coordinator
Yr 6/7 Festival of Music Choir
This week our Yr 6/7 Festival of Music choir students got a glimpse of what's to come as they left on Wednesday for a half day rehearsal at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre with the 40 other schools in our concert group.
This is the first of the combined rehearsals with the other choirs performing on our concert night and gives the students an idea of the sheer size and scale of a Festival of Music Concert.
We would like to thank our parent volunteers - Kate and Sara, for assisting with crowd control on the excursion. We also acknowledge all the hard work and many hours Vanessa Buttery, one of our fantastic LPPS Music Teachers, spends each week working with the children to learn the 2021 choral repertoire.
The final rehearsal and concert is on Saturday 11th September, ticket information for parents can be viewed here.
Yr 5 Mighty Golds Soccer team
Linden Park Gold. 6 - Thornden Park. 0
The Golds got back to winning ways as Van hit an impressive first half hat trick. Matteo volleyed high into the net for the fourth after great lead up play from Seth and Massi.
In a moment of madness coach put Ashley in goal for the second half but it made only a slight difference as Liam and Ben continued to dominate in midfield. Then just as it seemed the Golds were happy to settle for 4-0 Nandan converted his first ever goal and in the closing minutes Matteo when on an amazing run only to be fouled in the box for a penalty which he dispatched with great aplomb. And Ashley was pretty good in goal as well!! Could this be a permanent position for him?
Coach: Chris Morrison
Online Father's Day Stall
The Community and Fundraising Committee is selling gifts for Father's Day via QKR in 2021.
To reduce the number of volunteers in the school and to eliminate the need for children to handle cash, there will not be a stall this year, rather items can be ordered on Qkr under the Father's Day Stall Menu for delivery direct to the classroom.
Please find attached the 2021 Father's Day Catalogue - click here. There is limited stock, so please get your QKR order in early.
Orders will be distributed to classes on Thursday 2nd September.
Thank you for your support.
Q and A on Hay – How to support your child develop social and emotional skills
On the evening of Tuesday 17th August, approximately 90 parents attended the ‘Q and A on Hay’ parent workshop either via WebEx or face to face in our staffroom. We were so thrilled with the turn out. The theme of the evening was; ‘How to develop practical ideas on how to help support and develop social and emotional skills’.
Across all Department for Education sites, educators use the Personal and Social Capabilities scope and sequence to support our student’s development. These capabilities are categorised by Self-Awareness capabilities, Self-Management capabilities, Social-Awareness capabilities and Social Management capabilities.
The parents at the workshop were introduced to these capabilities and then worked together to brainstorm strategies that all parents can use within their homes to help support their children. These ideas and strategies are listed below.
Please keep an eye out in the newsletter and SZapp for more ‘Q and A on Hay’ workshops in coming weeks.
Rachel Pontifex, Student Wellbeing Leader
Social-awareness is a person's ability to consider the perspectives of other individuals, groups, or communities, and apply that understanding to interactions with them.
- appreciate diverse perspectives
- contribute to civil society
- understand relationships.
- Kids helping at home. Determining what tasks they can do to help others.
- After a trip to the playground, talk about why children acted out and how they treated each other.
- Read a diverse range of books with your children. Discuss the characters, talk about perspectives of the characters and the relationships the characters have with each other.
- Modelling and discussing having respect for others that you may not agree with their opinions / views.
- Respect others points of view within the household so they see that’s ok.
- Understanding the role that each family member plays. Each family member plays an important part… even the youngest!
- Learn to respect differences and learn about other cultures.
- If family members have different perspectives, model how these perspectives are discussed.
- Discuss why or why not they like or dislike somethings.
- Discuss why other people’s perspectives / opinions or points of view may be different.
- Step in each other’s shoes, think what it was like at their age.
Social-management is when students learn to negotiate and communicate effectively with others; work in teams, positively contribute to groups and collaboratively make decisions; resolve conflict and reach positive outcomes.
They develop the ability to initiate and manage successful personal relationships, and participate in a range of social and communal activities.
Social management involves building skills associated with leadership, such as mentoring and role modelling. In developing and acting with personal and social capability, students:
- communicate effectively
- work collaboratively
- make decisions
- negotiate and resolve conflict
- develop leadership skills.
- At bedtime I tell my kids stories and ask them how their day was. Ask them what they liked about their day and what they didn’t.
- Letting the children know what our own emotions are (tired, etc.)
- Communicating with our children politely and using manners.
- At the dinner table ask your children, ‘what was your favourite part of the day?’ Encourage them to communicate and open up.
- Ask why a friend felt sad. Ask how we can help to make them feel better.
- Model sharing and taking turns when playing games or in social situations.
- When talking with another person talk about the children waiting before they interrupt.
- Listen to feedback and reflect on how we made others feel.
- Have family meetings. Negotiate chores, make decisions around meals, what have we done well this week and what can we improve on.
- Allow students to vocalise how others made them feel and how they can work through issues collaboratively, self-driven problem solving finding a resolution.
- Conversation at dinner: ‘Roses, Thorns and Weeds’ Roses; positives in the day, thorns; negatives in the day, weeds; worries that you have.
Self-management, which is also referred to as “self-regulation,” is the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviours effectively in different situations.
- express emotions appropriately
- develop self-discipline and set goals
- work independently and show initiative
- become confident, resilient and adaptable.
- When talking with your children; think first then talk.
- Encourage independence where appropriate and safe.
- Reflect on the problem instead of blaming
- Try to calm self and think about what we could do to make the situation better.
- Express your feelings, thoughts and views in a respectable and polite manner.
- When angry at someone think about the good times you spent with them.
- Checking your ‘engine’
- Model strategies of breathing to regulate ourselves.
- Discuss what you are grateful for when feeling angry or sad.
- Engage yourself in some activities you enjoy when feeling low.
- Take a 5 minute breath to process the feeling and then respond / react.
- Discuss / model / suggest different ways to calm yourself. E.g. different breathing techniques, two feet on the ground and breathe deeply.
Self-awareness means having the ability to understand your thoughts, emotions and values, as well as knowing how those factors influence your behaviour. Added to this understanding is the capacity to open-mindedly and realistically assess your strengths and weaknesses while maintaining your confidence, drive, and desire to grow.
- recognise emotions
- recognise personal qualities and achievements
- understand themselves as learners
- develop reflective practice.
- Encourage a growth mindset
- Role play discussion ‘How would you feel if … ’
- Discuss a strength and weaknesses and how to use both in a positive ways.
- Talk about what has happened and how perhaps they can do things differently next time.
- Identify the children’s strengths and weaknesses.
- Re-think if it is significant enough and what can we do to improve it.
- Around the dinner table, talk about 2 thinks that made you happy, 2 things that made you sad and 2 worries. Talk about what they do about their feelings.
- Ask your children, Is this safe? Is this kind?
- Ask kids ‘how does that make you feel?’ when something happens.
- When the child is upset, ask them what influenced their feelings.
- Talk openly about emotions and how they may be feeling. Discuss these different emotions.
- Ask the children to explain why they like to do a particular and how it makes them feel.
Transition to High School
Parent Forum September 2021 Adelaide – SERU : Thursday 16th September 2021. Details on the link below.