1 April 2021 Week 10 Term 1
Three Way Conferences
Three way conferences have been occurring over the past two weeks and it has been wonderful to see staff, parents and students sharing achievements and developing goals for future learning. Interviews are only one of the formal ways of communicating student achievement. Other formal ways include Learning Journeys, Exhibition, Portfolios and written reports. Written reports will be provided during term 2 and 4 with written feedback on achievement. There are also many informal ways of monitoring and communicating progress and growth such as communication books, email, online forums including Seesaw, Class Dojo and Google Classroom and additional discussions. If at any time throughout the year parents are concerned about their child’s learning progress, appointments can be made with the class teacher.
A reminder that the 2021 Literacy and Numeracy tests will be held during weeks 3 and 4 of term 2, the 10th-21st May. Students from Years 3, 5 and 7 will sit tests in Writing, Grammar and Punctuation, Reading and Numeracy. The test results provides us with valuable information of individual student growth over time and also help us to measure the effectiveness of our teaching and learning programmes. This year students will move from paper-based tests to online computer-based testing. Online testing brings many benefits and opportunities including providing better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. All students are encouraged to sit the tests however if you have any concerns, please see your child’s teacher in the first instance. More information on NAPLAN Online is available at: www.nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support/.
Student Voice at Linden Park.
One of our Site Improvement Plan (S.I.P) priorities is to strengthen student agency and leadership, i.e., students becoming active participants in the decisions for their learning design and implementation. The Year 7 leadership roles and forming the Early Years and Primary Years SAC (Student Action Committee) are examples of how we are working at developing these aspects of learning throughout the school.
The Early Years SAC have focused on developing a whole school action for National Day of Action against Bullying. The R-2 students decided that they wanted each class to make a pledge against bullying and display their pledge on their front classroom door. The Primary years have been looking at writing a Department for Education grant to access $5000 to implement messages against bullying at Linden Park Primary School. The years 5-7 girls are also about to begin looking at accessing a grant to have sanitary items to use in school.
Our Student Wellbeing Leader, Rachel Pontifex, is also developing lessons with Year 7 students and teachers that target self-esteem and body image concerns amongst our adolescent cohort. Further lessons will be designed with students and teachers following the data that we receive in our Wellbeing and Engagement Collection data.
The LPPS External Review occurs next term in week 9 at Linden Park where we have a review panel of three (Review Officer and two Principals) meeting with Staff, Leadership, Students, Parents and Governing Councillors to learn more about our school and our improvement agenda.
They will investigate our school’s capacity to improve student learning. The purpose of the external school review is to support schools to raise student achievement and sustain high performance. All findings will be produced as a report that will provide further direction for the school and will be posted on the LPPS website.
LPPS Yr 4-7 Swimming Carnival
On Wednesday 24th March the Linden Park Primary School Swimming Carnival was held at Burnside Pool for our students in Year 4-Year 7. The teacher/student relay was the big crowd pleaser with the girls team snatching victory ahead of the boys team, with the teachers coming in third place. We had some terrific performances throughout the day and we extend a big thank you to all the parents who assisted on the day. This year was the closest house competition for many years with the lead changing a few times in the last three races. The final scores reflect what a tight competition is was, with just one point victory to Waite. Well Done to all participants.
Results were as follows:
Open 100m Boys—Sebastian P
Open 100m Girls—Tamarine T
1st place = Waite (Yellow) 325
2nd place = Gleeson (Green) 324
3rd place = Cleland (Red) 316
4th place = Davenport (Blue) 282
Last day of Term 1: Friday 9 April
On Friday 9th April school will finish early at 2:10pm for the end of Term 1.
The SAC (Student Action Committee) has organised for students to be able to wear casual clothes to school and bring a gold coin which will be donated to Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary. The 28 acres of Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary in the Adelaide Hills provides a safe haven for animals and people alike. Warrawong is also home to an abundance of other wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots and over 100 species of birds.
Yr 3 Community Walk
As part of our Inquiry Unit on “How We Organise ourselves” Rooms 17, 20, 21, and 22 enjoyed a neighbourhood walk on Wednesday 24 March (Room 20 + 22) or Thursday 25 March (Room 17 + 21). As classes walked around our neighbouring streets, they looked for different community features including road and traffic signs. We would like to say a big thank you to our parent volunteers who accompanied us on the walk.
Year 6/7 SAPSASA Knockout Cricket
The Year 6/7 SAPSASA Knockout Cricket team played their round 1 matches on Monday 29th March at Scotch College. The boys played their first game against a very talented Scotch team for their first game. Our co-captains, Nate and Charlie won the toss and elected to bowl first. Scotch posted an impressive total of 3/138 after 20 overs with Nate and Lucas both taking a wicket and some excellent fielding from Xander causing a run out for our third wicket.
We needed more than a run a ball for our batting innings and the boys started off well but eventually fell to 5/105 after our 20 overs. Denver Williams put in a great performance retiring for 30 not out.
Our second game was a friendly against Concordia College where the boys put in another spirited performance. The boys bowled and fielded much better in this match but the result ended in a draw.
Unfortunately, after losing our first game we could not go any further in the knockout competition but the boys should be really proud of their performances and their sportsmanship on the day.
The Little Athletics State Individual Championships was held on the weekend of 20th / 21st March 2021.
We extend our congratulations to Tristan (Yr 6) who won the Silver Medal in the Under 12 Boys 1500m; Myles (Yr 5) who won the Bronze Medal in the Under 11 Boys 400m and Sam (Yr 6) who won the Gold Medal in the Under 11 Boys 1100m Race Walk.
Well done on your amazing results!
We would like to acknowledge the fantastic season results of the Yr 6/7 cricket team coached by parent Mr Leroy Fonseka. The team went undefeated in all their games during the 2020-2021 Summer season. Well Done boys!
Year 6/7 Transition to High School update
FOOTBALL HOLIDAY CLINICS
Our April School Holiday Clinics are now live for your students to book into and stay active throughout the break. Many of your current students within the local school community participate in our weekly programs and are enjoying and benefiting from our sessions. Our holiday clinics are a wonderful way to introduce new children to engage in sport and build their self-belief and good health and have fun while doing it!
Please see attached brochure below and details to share in parent communication (Newsletter/Whatsapp/FB groups) along with offering them an Early Bird discount of 25% using code 'SA8HC'
FSA School Holiday Soccer Clinic - 2 Locations:
Weigall Oval - Oval Terrace, Plympton
13th & 15th April
Glenunga Hub - Conyngham Ave, Glenunga
20th & 22nd April