West Lakes Shore School R - 7 Student Excellence Newsletter

TERM 4, Week 8 - Tuesday, 4th December 2018


On Tuesday 27th November 2018, we celebrated all of our wonderful volunteers and the positive impact they have on our students.  A celebratory morning tea and gift were presented to those volunteers that were able to attend.  We understand that not every volunteer was able to make the morning tea, and we would like to take this opportunity to say 'Thank You'.  

On behalf of all the students at West Lakes Shore School - 'Thank You for helping us grow'.

We also celebrate and appreciate two parents who have worked tirelessly in our school sport community, and have recently retired from these sporting coordinator roles.  Both of these ladies have spent many hours putting teams together, organizing uniforms, equipment, coaches, problem  solving, timetables, registration days, payments and end of year functions.  You have left a very big void to be filled, and will be missed.  Thank you.

  • Leonie Fairall – Aussie School Football coordinator - 11 years
  • Kerry Hennessy - School Soccer coordinator – 8 years and School Basketball coordinator – 5 years

Thank you to Sublime Gardens and Landscapes for contributing to the volunteer gifts. 


Do you want to help in your child's classroom, on excursions, the canteen or in a school sport coaching role in 2019 and beyond?

As part of our Governing Council's new policy to align with the Department for Education Volunteer's Program we will require all existing and new volunteers to update their information and complete some important training. 

If you have not done this in TERM 4 2018, please come into the school to pick up a 'Volunteers Pack'.  To ensure you are eligible to volunteer in 2019 this must be completed.  This pack has lots of important information that needs to be filled out.  You will also be required to complete a DCSI Working with Vulnerable Person or Child Related Screening.  This must be done before you are able to volunteer at West Lakes Shore School.  It does not cost anything to complete this screening and it lasts for 3 years. 

If you are already a volunteer at WLSS, and have completed all of the new paperwork and training, you will receive an email from Michelle Fearne confirming your compliance.  If you have not received this email you have something still outstanding to complete.

All Volunteers MUST complete a 2018 online induction as part of their compliance.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school for more information or email michelle.fearne570@schools.sa.edu.au


SS1 and their buddy class SD3 have been working together in 4 STEAM lessons to design and make a pageant float.  What a great way to show their creativity and don't they look fabulous!


We have now completed our first Seasons for Growth, children’s program with a small group of students. Throughout the eight sessions, the children have had opportunity to learn about how significant loss and change events may impact on their lives. Throughout these sessions we have provided opportunity for them to learn knowledge, skills and attitudes required to understand and respond well to their personal experience.

Feedback from students:

‘I really liked it because it helped me get my emotions out and when I went back to class I felt happy’.

‘Thank you for teaching me about my feelings and how to control them’.

In 2019, we will be running the Seasons for Growth program again along with the Banana Bites program. Season for Growth will run annually for targeted students in primary years. Banana Bites is a 3 week program, delivered by Anglicare designed specifically to support children who are experiencing family separation.

If you would like further information regarding either program, please contact Tracey or Rozika at the school.


Congratulations to all of the students at West Lakes Shore School who participated in your recent School Buddy Run, we are so overwhelmed by the support we have received from your school community.  I hope everyone feels proud crossing the finish line knowing they are making a difference for children who’ve experienced violence and bullying.

Our life changing programs would simply not be possible without your help. Your fundraising efforts will allow us to get Buddy Bags to children in crisis accommodation and make schools safer from bullying and cyber bullying. You are such an inspiration to us here at the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. I am sending you all a virtual ‘high five’ for being such amazing Fundraising Champions!

A very big thank you again. With your help we can continue to make a safer world for our children.


Please remember that on the last day of term, Friday 14th December there will be NO LUNCH ORDERS AVAILABLE.  Children will be able to purchase snacks, drinks etc at Recess and Lunch time.



Do you want to change the world? Do you have too much electrical waste around your house? ARE YOU throwing it in landfill because you don’t know what to do with it? 

STOP! The Sustainability Committee has the answer! We want you to bring your unwanted electrical items to the school. The Halliday family will be responsible for collecting and taking the items to the Beverley Waste Recycling Centre.  We have a dedicated black wheelie bin that will be placed at the front of the school by the locked double gates with 'E Waste' signs on it.  You will be able to park in the 'Kiss and Drop' area and pop your E-Waste into the bin. The days you can drop off your E-Waste are: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

You will be amazed by what they can recycle: toasters, computers, hair dryers and loads more.  Below is a comprehensive list of what you can bring to our school to be recycled.

Computer equipment and peripherals

  • Computers
  • Laptops and tablets
  • Computer monitors
  • Printers, faxes, scanners and multi-functional devices
  • Computer peripherals and accessories (e.g. mice, keyboards, web cameras, USBs and modems, cables)
  • Computer components (e.g. heat sinks, hard drives, CD drives, circuit boards, power supplies etc.)
  • CD's/DVD's


  • Mobile phones
  • Telephones 

Household items

  • Video and DVD players
  • Hairdryers
  • Toasters, irons, kettles, alarm clocks
  • Stereos
  • Game consoles e.g. PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo 


  • PVC Cords
  • Hard Drives
  • Circuit boards

Christian Halliday DO4, on behalf of the Sustainability Committee



Do you have an old mobile phone you don't need any more? Simply drop it off at West Lakes, Semaphore or Port Adelaide library, along with the charger and any phone accessories, and they will recycle it responsibly for you. 

Semaphore Dental (62 Semaphore Road) has a recycling scheme to make you smile. Drop off your empty toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes and dental floss packs at their reception and they will be recycled by a company called Terracycle. https://www.terracycle.com.au/en-AU

You can cut down on landfill by taking your empty cosmetic containers at a shop at 257 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide where they will be recycled by Terracycle.  

Many soft plastics can be dropped off at recycling bins at the front of all Coles and Woolworths shops. This can include bread bags, chip and snack packets, cereal box liners and much more. Please ensure they are dry and as empty as possible. Find a full list of what you can recycle here: https://www.redcycle.net.au/what-to-redcycle/



  • TUESDAY, 4th DECEMBER - Whole School Concert (6th December back up date if required)
  • WEDNESDAY, 12th DECEMBER - Reports and Class Placements 2019 due home
  • THURSDAY, 13th DECEMBER - Year 7 Graduation
  • FRIDAY, 14th DECEMBER - Last day of school for 2018 - Early Dismissal - 2.15pm


Please help us make a difference to the lives of needy people at Christmas time.

Our school will be collecting once again leading up to Christmas for the St Vincent de Paul Society.

This event will take place on the week commencing Monday the 26th November with all donations into school by Friday the 30th November.

We are requesting your support for donations of non perishable food items, new gifts and Christmas treats for inclusion in Vinnies Christmas Food Hampers.

Donations are to be bought into the Resource Centre at school.


Click the button to be taken to the Education Departments website for tips and strategies to help raise your child and deal with issues like bullying etc


Is your child ‘asthma ready’ for the holiday season and new school year?

Every year there is a sharp rise in the number of asthma attacks for children when they return to school after the Christmas break. This results in a significant increase in Emergency Department visits, hospitalisations and days off school. Not only is this unsettling for children as they start a new year at school, but often it impacts on time off work for the parents/carers also. 

Over the Christmas holidays, we would like to remind parents and students with asthma, to continue with their Asthma Action Plan and for children using a preventer medication, continue to take it regularly over the break. 

We would also like to remind parents/carers to visit their GP over the holidays to have their Asthma Care Plan for schools completed by their GP prior to returning back to school in 2019. Parents/carers should also provide schools with a clean spacer and a reliever medication that is clearly labelled with the child’s details. 

TerryWhite Chemmart West Lakes Shore will be providing FREE school bag tags and spacer labels when parents come into store to discuss their child’s asthma needs from 3 January – 12 February 2019 (whilst stocks last). 

Due to our school community feedback, sustainability focus and the new eNewsletter format,  we will have limited printed copies of our school newsletter available from the front office.

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