Volume 31 Issue 11 29 Apr 2022 28 Nisan 5782

Primary news

Natanya Milner – Head of Primary School

Welcome to Term 2. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a chag sameach. I am looking so forward to the term ahead and am hopeful that we will enjoy some of the activities and celebrations that we have missed over recent years. We hope to see Year 6 head off the Canberra and Years 4-6 enjoy Music Camp. We are also looking forward to our Shavuot celebrations, Reconciliation Week, the Athletics Carnival and the beginning of interschool sport. Next week includes Yom Ha’atzmaut and the P&F Mother’s Day Event and Stall and we look forward to these celebrations!

This week you will have received the term overviews for each class. Please look through the academic and organisational information about the term ahead. Like with our events, we are excited to be returning whole-heartedly to the academic rigour that is so much more effectively delivered in a consistently face-to-face classroom. Writing has been a recent academic focus and we are proud of the implementation of our comprehensive writing program. The teachers have also been analysing assessment data and practices. As you will see at the end of this term, our reports now include a detailed breakdown of each child’s skills in more specific areas.

Child Safety Handbook

The Child Safety Hub has been created by the NSW Police Legacy. They have recently updated the Child Safety Handbook which is an outstanding and thorough resource for parents. It outlines a multitude of areas that support child safety with practical strategies to discuss with our children. Some of the topics addressed include: first aid, bullying, nutrition, allergies, fire and road safety and more. I highly recommend that you access this handbook here and take a look!

ANZAC Day

We returned to school and commemorated ANZAC Day with the students. Years 1 and 2 learnt about ANZAC day and its significance in our history. They watched a video of the last-post and each student created a beautiful poppy to commemorate the ANZAC soldiers. Years 3 to 6 reflected upon the significance of the ANZAC day commemoration and through the video “Here they come – A day to remember”. They were able to explore the various symbols and traditions surrounding this important day. Student thinking was challenged through examination of the poem “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon and connections were made to the experiences of their families and others in the community.

Thank you, Year 6

At the end of last term, Year 6 spent time preparing some lovely surprises to help the residents of the Montefiore Home celebrate Pesach. From this Facebook post, it looks like they achieved their goal. Thank you to Mrs Kessler for organising the activities and to the Year 6 children for their beautiful efforts.