4 June Week 6 Term 2
- Principal's Report
- Sapsasa Cross Country
- Sapsasa Orienteering
- Sapsasa Knockout Netball
- Sapsasa Table Tennis
- LPPS Aerobics Competition Success
- African Drumming incursion
- Yr 3 Science incursion
- Reception Cleland Excursion
- National Reconciliation Week 2021
- Library News
- Reconciliation Action Plan Committee
- Out of School Hours Sports
National Reconciliation Action Week
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) -27th May to 3rd June- is an opportunity for everyone to take the time to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements as Australians. The 2021 National Reconciliation Week theme, "More than a word. Reconciliation takes action", urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. This week students at LPPS have been engaged in a variety of learning experiences to celebrate the culture, history, achievements and identities of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our school is committed to developing our Reconciliation Action Plan (R.A.P.) in order to foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions. Please enjoy the refections in this newsletter and across the school as the RAP continues to develop.
In this newsletter there is an amazing list of the sporting achievements from our Linden Park students over the past few weeks. Congratulations to our SAPSASA Cross Country, Orienteering, Netball, Table Tennis and our six Linden Park Aerobics teams who all participated with excellent sporting behaviors and achieved fantastic results. We wish the teams and individuals who have progressed to the next level or have future sporting events all the best of luck in the coming weeks. Well done everyone!
As a result of the 2020 Australian Securities Commission report the LPPS Governing Council has decided to remove school banking from Linden Park Primary School. The service ceased during COVID-19 restrictions and we have decided not to reinstate the program. More information can be found at the asic.gov.au website under school banking program.
The Department for Education's policy regarding student use of mobile phones and personal devices at school is now ready for implementation at Linden Park Primary School. After consultation with Governing Council and students we will be releasing our policy shortly and it will be implemented from the beginning of term 3, 2021. The policy states that primary aged students are not permitted to access their mobile phones and personal devices during the school day unless they have an approved exemption, usually for medical purposes only. Phones will be securely stored in the classrooms and students will only be able to access their phones after school is finished at 3:10pm. Please see your child’s teacher in the first instance if you wish to discuss this further. The policy will also be available on the school website in the near future.
Last week we farewelled Chelsea Kisselev (Reception Room 9) and Emma Pinno (SSO) who are commencing maternity leave. We wish them and their families all the best as they prepare for and welcome their new babies. Anastasia Fragoulis will be replacing Chelsea as class teacher, for five days a fortnight in Room 9 as well as teaching in Room 11.
Dangerous Driver Behavior
We continue to have parents reporting dangerous driver behavior and inappropriate actions taken by parents on Hay Rd during school pick up times. Feedback from families has indicated that there have been some unsafe drop offs and inattentive driver behaviors.
There have been numerous near misses at the road crossings and some families are still not using the designated crossing area. This is extremely dangerous and sets a bad example for our children.
Staff will be identifying these instances and discussing the issues with drivers in the first instance and then referring them to Burnside Council traffic control if the instances continue.
Sapsasa Cross Country
On Friday 21st May, 29 students from Linden Park Primary School attended the Adelaide South East District Cross Country at Kensington Oval. It was a beautiful, sunny day and everyone put in a tremendous effort. I was really impressed with how the squad supported one another throughout the day and represented Linden Park Primary School with pride.
Special mention and Congratulations to
- Ashley B - 6th in 10 YR BOYS
- Myles K & Oliver S- 1st and 3rd respectively in 11 YR BOYS
- Tristan K - 2nd in 12 YR BOYS
- Callie P - 1st in 13 YR GIRLS
They have all been selected in the Adelaide South East District Cross Country team to compete at the State Cross Country Day on Thursday 10th June.
We also had some very strong Division 2 performances by Harry Y, Nate T, Joaquin V, Giovanni Z, Marcus G, Jessica B, Bessie M. Well done to all our LPPS competitors.
Harry Slee, Sports Coordinator & Year 7 Teacher
The LPPS Orienteering team competed in the Primary School’s competition on Monday 24th May at Wadmore Park, Athelstone.
We took a group of 28 students who were lucky to have a fine day to navigate themselves through their courses. All students did their best to orient their maps and complete the course, with the correct order of controls in the shortest possible time. All students really enjoyed the experience.
The team results were as follow:
Primary Schools - Williams Trophy
1) Woodside PS with 37 points
2) Linden Park PS with 32 points
3) Hawthorndene PS with 21.5 points
Congratulations to Anna L who finished second in her race and Maksim, Giovanni and Noah who finished 3rd. Diego and Sam scored 4th. Well done to all other runners who all contributed to our school scoring so well overall, and for their great behaviour and efforts on the day.
Kathy Wall, PE Teacher
Sapsasa Knockout Netball
On Thursday 27th of May Linden Park Primary School’s Knockout Year 6 and Year 7 Girls Netball teams played their first round matches against St. Aloysius College and Pulteney Grammar at SAC. The girls have been training most lunch times for a number of weeks leading into their first round match ups and were really prepared. Both the Year 6 and Year 7 teams won their first games comfortably with the Year 6’s winning 49-5 and the Year 7’s winning by over 60 goals, both to Pulteney Grammar.
This meant that if both teams won their next game against Saint Aloysius, they would progress to the next round of the competition. Both Saint Aloysius teams had also won their first game quite easily so it would be a great battle in the final games.
Year 6 Linden Park came into their game full of confidence however the level of competition from their first game had risen. It was neck and neck throughout majority of the game but LPPS managed to gain a small lead during the 3rd quarter and came into the final break with some breathing space. The girls had to play very well in the final quarter and managed to hold off SAC to win 21-17. A fantastic effort by the girls and their coach Melissa Fenton.
The Year 6 game had finished a few minutes early which allowed the girls to watch the final moments of the intense Year 7 game. This game was played at a very high standard resulting in the crowd being on the edge of their seats. It was a close battle the whole game with St Aloysuis leading for over 90% of the match. Our girls showed a great deal of resilience and determination and with under three minutes to go, St Aloysuis had the lead by 2 goals. The atmosphere was electric with both team’s parents and Year 6 teams cheering on making it difficult for the players on the court to hear their coaches. With some fantastic positioning from our defenders, the girls managed to turn the ball over and move it down to our attacking third. Lily I and Oneli D-S were able to stay calm and work together in GA and GS to even the scores and then take the lead a few moments later with under 30 seconds to go. The final seconds were frantic -Bessie M, Matilda H and Jiani Y defended incredible well and resulted in another turn over. Linden Park were able to stay calm and Lily was able to seal the game with another fantastic goal. The siren sounded and Linden Park won by two goals, final score 26-24.
It was an unforgettable day for the girls who put in great performances representing their school. Thank you to Melissa Fenton, Chris Allen and Susie Inat for coaching and giving up their own time for a number training sessions over the term. We are so appreciative of your time and expertise and it really showed in the crucial moments that both teams were able to execute under pressure to win their games. Both the Year 6 and Year 7 Linden Park Girls Netball teams have progressed to the next round of the knockout competition.
Sapsasa Table Tennis
On the 28th May Linden Park Primary entered 7 teams into the 2021, four-a-side primary school table tennis championships at the Newton Sports Complex. Three teams qualified for the finals day on Friday 4th June with one team only missing out on first place for the day by one point! They played their games in great spirit and represented the school well with their behaviour and attitude. Well done. Many thanks to Mrs Vasilias and Mrs Jost for helping supervise the students on the day.
Kathy Wall PE Teacher
LPPS Aerobics Competition Success
On Sunday 23rd May, six aerobics teams from Linden Park competed at the Schoolaerobics Preliminary Final competition with ambition to qualify for the State competition. A very successful day lead to all six teams qualifying with Linden Park achieving two 1st places, three 2nd places and one 3rd place.
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 next competition is the Schoolaerobics State Final on June 27th where the teams will compete to qualify for the National Championships in August.
The aerobics teams will be performing at the Junior Primary assembly in Week 8, Term 2. Please come along to watch if you’d like to see their routines.
Demi Perentes, Aerobics Coach
African Drumming incursion
Last week we were delighted to have Isaac Afutu and Ezekiel Bortei from African Drumming run a number of student workshops and performances across all year levels at Linden Park. Students were taught traditional drumming rhythms and introduced to an an array of traditional African instruments in a highly entertaining and interactive way. Students all enjoyed the vibrant performances while learning all about African culture.
Yr 3 Science incursion
On Tuesday 1st June, as part of the Earth and space sciences curriculum, the Year 3 teachers arranged for an incursion with SciWorld. In the 45 minute interactive workshops, students enthusiastically recounted their knowledge of the planets and loved experiencing the Australian night sky in the inflatable planetarium.
Reception Cleland Excursion
As part of their Unit of Inquiry “Sharing the planet” our Reception classes visited Cleland Wildlife Park on Wednesday 2 June to observe the needs of Australian animals and how we can care for them and their homes. It was a wonderful opportunity for some of our students to get up close with some of Australia's beautiful native animals. We would like to thank all the parent volunteers who assited on the excursion.
National Reconciliation Week 2021
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
27 May 1967- On this day, Australia’s most successful referendum saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the Census.
3 June 1992- On this day, the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, the culmination of Eddie Koiki Mabo’s challenge to the legal fiction of ‘terra nullius’ (land belonging to no one) and leading to the legal recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of lands.
National Reconciliation Week begins on National Sorry Day on 26th March. National Sorry Day is a day to remember and acknowledge the strength of Stolen Generations Survivors who were mistreated and forcibly removed from their families and communities. It is a day to reflect on how we can all play a part in the healing process for our people and nation.
At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples. There are five interrelated domains of reconciliation including; race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, unity and historical acceptance. Reconciliation cannot be seen as a single issue or agenda; the contemporary definition of reconciliation must weave all of these threads together.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The IB philosophy encompasses international mindedness and global citizenship. Intercultural understanding is a General Capability of the Australian Curriculum and Cross Cultural perspectives are embedded in all that we do. Celebrating National Reconciliation Week is a way to embrace our nation's rich cultural heritage, while embracing curriculum commitments.
During Reconciliation Week classes participated in a wide range of activities and teachers attended online Reconciliation professional development. Classes worked on a Reconciliation Action Bingo activity.
A reminder that the Premier’s Reading Challenge is ongoing and student reading records are due back to school by 3rd September. There is still plenty of time to complete the Challenge. For students who are looking for additional reading challenges, we have a few different reading bingos in the library that students are welcome to take. Students need to complete a row or column or may decide to complete the whole bingo page.
Reconciliation Action Plan Committee
Thank you to the 18 members of the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee that have volunteered their time to develop our school’s RAP. A Working Group ensures that the responsibility of implementing reconciliation initiatives does not sit with one person. Our Working Group includes teaching and non-teaching staff, parents, students and community members. So far the committee has met twice to create our action plan.
What is a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)?
The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program provides a framework for organisations to support the national reconciliation movement. Schools and early learning services can develop a RAP through Narragunnawali.-Reconciliation in Education. Narragunnawali supports all schools and early learning services in Australia to foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.
The Narragunnawali website can be found;
RAPs are making a difference across Australia in workplaces, universities, schools, government and community organisations.
The RAP framework enables organisations to contribute to reconciliation by:
- building and encouraging relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities, organisations, and the broader Australian community
- fostering and embedding respect for the world’s longest surviving cultures and communities.
- develop opportunities within your organisation or services to improve socio-economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
The group has written a vision for Reconciliation;
“Niina marni (hello, are you well?). The vision of our Reconciliation Action Plan has two parts:
1 - Foster and cultivate a community of reconciliation amongst staff, students and the wider community which elevates the presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
2 - Develop the potential of each wakwaku (child) in our community to be a resilient, innovative, curious and creative lifelong learners who appreciates diversity and who will ultimately make a difference through their actions.
With these goals, we hope to create an inclusive, respectful and future-focused community that has reconciliation and intercultural understanding at it's heart.”
Our next steps:
The working group has developed our RAP actions. There are 40 RAP actions to select from, including 14 that are a minimum requirement. From this the group will form sub-committees around these goals. The Working Group will set RAP Action-aligned Goals and Deliverables that involve student voice. From here we will work through the processes to publish the RAP for community access.
Out of School Hours Sports
Year 5 Soccer
Match Report 22 May, Linden Park Gold - 4 : East Marden - 1
Disaster struck as we conceded our first goal this season. Luckily we got four of our own so the coach keeps his job by a whisker. Ashley brilliantly converted a hat trick and Van added another after some great build up play with Seth. Massi hit the post, nearly converting a move straight from the training ground. Liam and Zac defended brilliantly while our holding midfielders, Mateo, Nandan and Vincent held midfield with aplomb.
Match Report 29 May, Linden Park Gold - 7 : Thornden Park - 0
Our pre match tactic of looking like a disorganised rabble paid dividends as we took a shock lead through a slick passing move involving Seth and finished brilliantly by Van. Goalies Vincent and Zac could do no wrong in either half with the determined defending of Liam, Mateo and Nandan keeping Thornden Park at bay. There were debut goals for Massi and Vincent whilst Ashley brilliantly converted another hat trick. Well done lads, playing better every week!