West Lakes Shore School Newsletter

TERM 1, Week 1 - Friday 1st February 2019

'What's Happening' - Principal's Corner

Dear Families,

What a fabulous, settled start to the term we have had! A huge welcome to all our new students and families joining the West Lakes Shore Community.

Children and staff have been busy developing classroom agreements to ensure the right conditions for your child/ren to learn and to become a better learner. Quality learning in Literacy and Numeracy has commenced and this term, as a whole school, we are focusing our curriculum around the theme ‘Bringing People Together’.  We will continuously promote working cooperatively and collaboratively. Our big inquiry is: who do we want to bring together and why?  West Lakes Shore School values our ‘community’ and we include students; staff; parents, carers and family members; community support agencies; and extended family members as part of our school family. Positive relationships within our community are crucial to our success; working together will ensure we can do our best for every child.

This term we are building quality relationships through key events, including week 3 acquaintance evening (week 2 for Dolphin Unit and Ms Clancy), our whole-school day of action on Harmony Day and, later in term 1, holding parent-teacher interviews.

Communication is essential to building effective relationships and we aim to share information to support your child’s needs, which includes supporting their social, emotional, academic and cultural needs. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher to help you resolve any issues or if you need support. Positive feedback is always appreciated too; let’s grow gratitude and aim to let others know when we appreciate what they do.

At acquaintance evening, or through information home, staff will be updating families on their chosen form of electronic communication to stay in touch and keep you up to date with classroom learning. For new families please ensure the front office has a copy of your email and you have downloaded the Skoolbag app.  These are our main sources of communicating whole-school information. Weeks 1, 5 and 9 of the school newsletter, sent via the Skoolbag app, includes key information and updates, whilst weeks 3 and 7 showcase student excellence.  If you wish to share any of your child’s out of school achievements please email  rachel.roe536@schools.sa.edu.au We also will be sending out a 'Community Information' newsletter that will contain special information about upcoming community events, sporting clubs and trials etc, if you have any community news that you wish to share please forward it to Rachel via the above email.  

Kind regards

Carol Press - Principal


There will be opportunity to meet classroom teachers and specialist Japanese, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Physical Education teachers at the Acquaintance Night meet and greet to be held on Monday 11th February at 6.00pm - 6.50pm. Please see below for more information regarding your child's unit.  Following this at 7.00pm you are invited to join us in the staffroom for the school’s Annual General Meeting. For new families this is where we present our 2018 school annual report and establish our 2019 Governing Council. All nominations from parents or carers wanting to be considered for a place on our Governing Council need to be sent to carol.press854@schools.sa.edu.au by the end of the school day on Friday 7th February.

SEA STAR UNIT - Meet and Greet

Meet your child’s Reception Teacher and you and your child will be provided with a map so you can tour the specialist learning areas and say hello to their other teachers.


Meet your child’s classroom teacher and you and your child can say hello to specialist teachers across the school. The Stingray Unit will also be providing all families with a feedback station to add yours and your child’s thoughts, questions and comments.


*Week 2 Monday 4th February from 5.30pm - 6.15pm - Students and their families are invited to tour the Dolphin Unit, visit their classrooms and meet their teachers. Students will guide their families to explore classroom agreements, learning goals and show some of their learning. The STEM space will be set up as a coffee and cake station so families may discuss and connect with each other. (*Please note this unit is running Acquaintance night on a different date/time)



Students and their families are invited to tour the Octopus Unit and visit your child’s classroom to introduce yourself to their teachers. You can collect a classroom programme, be introduced to the classroom communication app and collect volunteer information. Your child can tour you around the room to discuss their learning.


Students and their families are invited to tour the Pelican Unit and visit your child’s classroom to introduce yourself to their teachers. Your child can formally introduce their teacher, show you around their classroom and tour you around the shared learning space.


Students and their families are invited to tour the Sea Dragon Unit and visit your child’s classroom to introduce yourself to their teacher. 


As a new 2019 Welllbeing initiative we have opened a ‘Student Wellbeing Hub’. This space  was initiated to support a wide range of student needs and will be led as part of the responsibilities of Rozika Pratap our school Wellbeing Leader. A range of staff will be actively involved in supporting children to use this space. Find out more about the hub by discussing it with your child and asking them to tour you through it at the upcoming acquaintance evening. We have already seen it well used by those needing additional time to settle in the morning and others needing to use a calm space. We look forward to jointly developing the use of this space to support every child’s social and emotional development and wellbeing so they can have the right dispositions to be successful learners.


Don't forget that Term 1 and Term 4 are HATS ON terms. 

Our school policy is "No Hat, Play in the Shade'. 

Children without a hat will be required to stay in shaded areas.

With the hot weather we require all children to have sunblock applied before they come to school.  Classrooms have supplies of sunblock for your child to reapply during the day if required. 

We also remind you to pack a full water bottle in your child's school bag.  We have drinking fountains around the school for your child to refill their bottles if needed.

Please remember to name ALL of your child's uniform so we are able to find lost property owners.  A good tip is to use a white paint marker to put your child's name onto their hat. 

We have bucket hats for sale at the front office for $15 if you need to purchase one.

Important Term One Dates

  • 11th February 2019 - Acquaintance Night - Meet & Greet 
  • 11th February 2019 - Governing Council - Annual General Meeting - 7pm - ALL WELCOME
  • 14th & 15th February 2019- Year 6 & 7 Aquatics
  • 25th February till 8th March 2019 - Swimming Lessons - Reception to Year 5 - Thebarton Aquatic Centre
  • 11th March 2019 - Adelaide Cup Day - Public Holiday
  • 15th March 2019 - Whole School Photo Day
  • 21st March 2019 - Harmony Day
  • 21st March 2019 - Back Up Day - School Photos (AM only)
  • 10th April 2019 - Whole School Sports Day
  • 11th April 2019 - Back Up Sports Day 

Click the title above to be taken to our schools website for more information on policies, OSHC etc - PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WEBSITE IS BEING UPDATED SO PLEASE REFER TO SKOOLBAG FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION AT THIS STAGE.