West Lakes Shore School Newsletter

TERM 1, Week 5 - 1 March 2019


Term 1 is well and truly underway and as we head for the halfway mark - yes it really is the end of week 5 - we still have a number of upcoming school events. Swimming for Reception to Year 5 continues in week 6 - it looked like a whole heap of fun today when I attended to see children do their ‘Fun Friday’ lesson. The National Day of Action against Bullying and our whole-school Connected Curriculum day of action, which will focus on Harmony Day and the bringing together of people, are coming up in weeks 7 and 8.  We pride ourselves on our inclusive approach to ensuring all children feel supported and recognise the diversity within our family community.  Please take time to read the information around the innovative Wellbeing Hub that Ms Rozika has provided for families - another way our school is helping to support the social and emotional needs of our children.  Our busy term events will culminate with our annual whole-school Sports Day on Wednesday in week 11.

To help you keep up to date with school events our administrator Rachel Roe has added key whole-school calendar events in Schoolbag - and the best bit: you can click and add them to your own smartphone calendars! Another great way for you to keep up to date with school. A big thank you to Rachel for her initiative and expertise in improving our systems.

At the start of this week school leaders were fortunate to attend a state wide Literacy conference held by The Department. One of the key messages that resonated with us was the 'Learning in Partnership' schools need to have with every one of its families. Class teachers are communicating with families through their use of apps and our key focus of this is to ensure your child can share some of their learning with you. Please remember we are all learners and different teachers are at different stages of embedding this. Of importance is the message around staff wellbeing and that we need to respect teacher’s personal time. Out of hour responses are done at each teacher’s discretion.

Another big conference message to share is the relentless focus on ensuring every child is a reader and enjoys reading. Believing they ‘can read’ and that they ‘can be a good reader’ is important in developing every child’s confidence and attitude. Being a good reader supports your child’s learning in all areas of the curriculum. Having a growth mindset and belief they can read is just as important - research shows this is significant in improving each child’s achievement.

One of the key data sets shared at the conference correlated how 20, 10 and 1 minute reading per day aligned with students increased vocabulary and corresponding outcomes in tests. It is of no surprise that the more you read, and the more you discuss what you read, correlates with higher achievement.

 With the advent of technology have we narrowed the time our children spend on reading? This was a big question posed and one in which I as a parent reflected upon. What one difference can you make to your child’s home learning routines that can encourage good home reading habits? Encouraging a time every day for your child to read, or be read to, is perhaps one of the most important habits to have.

Across our site we have high expectations of every child and their literacy development. We want every child to be fluent readers, to enjoy reading and access a wide range of books to read. Our library is open before and after school (except Wednesday) and we encourage you to come in and help your child to choose some books they can enjoy and share with you.

Happy reading, stay cool and enjoy some quality family time this weekend.

Please accept our apologies - We forgot to mention three vital members of our Governing Council.. Allyson Wood, Sarah Daly and Jillian Lee.

Kind regards

Carol Press



Wellbeing Hub: Proactive & Preventative approach to Wellbeing at WLSS

Students understand that being cared for is about being unconditionally accepted. Knowing that they are cared for influences children positively even when they are experiencing difficult times, when they are less aware of how cared for they are. When students are cared for they feel loved, safe, happy, wanted, valued, respected, good inside, part of something, visible, confident, special, supported and accepted.

Southern Cross University research findings, Wellbeing in schools: Improving approaches to wellbeing in schools, Anne Graham et al

With this shared vision and understanding in mind, a new innovative and holistic approach has been implemented at West Lakes Shores School to support our children to feel unconditionally cared for and accepted in our learning community. The Wellbeing Hub is a safe, calming space that allows our children to regulate their emotions and feelings privately, without the fear of being watched by others and being rushed. This space allows children to take some time out to focus on their wellbeing, through being mindfully engaged in a range of calming and soothing tasks/ activities. Once children are feeling calmer and able to talk, a staff member supports the child to articulate their thinking, to discuss their feelings in depth. The time to reflect and discuss with an adult gives children a deeper and richer understanding about their social and emotional learning.  

Strategies and SEL resources used in the Hub reflects SEL learning in our school community. The key strategy that we use to support students in understanding and monitoring the change in their emotional state is The Incredible 5 Point Scale. The scale allows us to explicitly teach children the different levels of emotions that they are feeling, as well as building an understanding that these emotions can result in different feelings and behaviours (such as being angry, anxious and sad). Our key message is always, we are allowed to feel these emotions but we are never allowed to hurt. For some students the scale sits alongside key strategies that students can access to help them self-regulate. These are identified and agreed upon in collaboration with teachers and allows students to have ownership and self-control.

Other SEL programs you may see in the Hub is PEACE Pack – (Coping Strategies & Good Friends) Rock & Water and Kimochi.

Classes have visited the Hub to learn about the use of this space. “It’s so calm and peaceful in here” has been a consistent message received. After the discussion about the space, students had the opportunity to look around the space for themselves. If you haven’t seen the Hub yet, it is in the Pelican Building. Have a chat to your child about this space.

Wellbeing Team

Bullying. No Way! Take action every day.

On Thursday, March 14th the whole school will be participating in activities to support and recognise the 'National day of action against bullying and violence'.  

One of the activities planned for the day is for every child to paint a rock with kind or positive words and bright colours.  These rocks will then be used to create a 'River of Kindness'.  The river will be situated in a location still to be decided within the school.

We would like all students to wear brightly coloured clothing on this day and bring a gold coin donation. 

The monies raised will be put towards the 'River of Kindness' and its creation.




Congratulations to the 16 students who represented the school at the recent SAPSASA District Swimming Carnival.  Our students earned enough points for West Lakes Shore to come 2nd out of the 9 schools competing.

The following students earned ribbons by placing in their events - Aidan Hall, Cameron Ellul, Christian Halliday, Sharni Forrest, Elissa Morgan, Taliya Forrest, Joe Williamson, Amber Pitfield & Stanley Caporn.   

Some of these students will go on to represent the Port District at SAPSASA State Day.   Well done to all students that represented WLSS.


We will be holding our SAPSASA athletic team tryouts on Wednesday the 13th of March.  Students who are turning ten or older this year are eligible to try out. 

The events are: 

100 m, 200 m, 800 m, 1500 m (new event)

Shot Put, Discus, High Jump, Long Jump


A big congratulations to Ky Bampton who swam in the very first Banana Boat SwimKids Series held on the 3rd February 2019 at the Brighton Jetty Classic.

Ky competed in the 7-8 year old 100m swim and he came first in a time of 3:26.4.  There were 19 males and 14 females entered.

Watch out Ky Hurst, we might have a new open water swimmer in the making!



Volunteers are a vital part of our school community and we value the time and effort you put in to being and becoming a volunteer.  As of October 2018, the process for volunteering in schools changed.   This may mean that you may not be compliant with the new  guidelines. 

All Volunteers, Governing Council Members and After School Sports Coaches must have the following in order for them to be cleared and able to help out at West Lakes Shore School:   

  • Complete Application and Declaration Forms
  • Sign an 'Image Consent' form
  • Obtain or provide a relevant 'Working With Children Clearance' - Free for Volunteers 
  • RAN-EC (Response to Abuse and Neglect - Education and Care) Training for Volunteers (Online through PLINK)
  • Site Specific Induction Session (Online through PLINK)
  • Role Descriptions - signed and dated (various)

Contact Michelle Fearne via email - michelle.fearne570@schools.sa.edu.au  (working days are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday), or phone - 8449 7255 for more information regarding the process and changes, and to check to see what you might need to become compliant.  

If you have completed all the new paperwork and are 'compliant', you will receive a THANK YOU email from Michelle.  We appreciate EVERYONE who volunteers at West Lakes Shore School.... YOU DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

FYI: We currently have 52 compliant volunteers, and 53 that are 'Work In Progress'.... this is out of a list of 418.  If you are not wanting to volunteer at the school anymore please let us know so we can remove you from the list.

The front office staff are able to check to see what you have and provide the paperwork to you if you are missing something.

Please visit https://www.education.sa.gov.au/parenting-and-child-care/volunteers for more information from the department.

We have a new content category for volunteers on SkoolBag with all the documents that are required.



Please make a note of the following dates on your calendar:


  • 12th March 2019 - Tuesday - TERM 1 - PFD
  • 7th June 2019 - Friday - TERM 2 - PFD
  • 2nd September 2019 - Monday - TERM 3 - PFD
  • 20th November 2019 - Wednesday - TERM 4 - PFD
  • 30th August 2019 - Friday - SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY

Please make sure you have booked your child/ren into OSHC if you require care for any of the Pupil Free Days or the School Closure Day.  

TERM 1 Calendar

4/3/2019 - 8/3/2019R - 5 Swimming @ Thebarton Aquatic Centre
11 March 2019Adelaide Cup Day - Public Holiday
12 March 2019Pupil Free Day
15 March 2019Whole School Photo Day
21 March 2019

Catch Up Photo Day

Harmony Day

25 March 2019Governing Council Meeting
10 April 2019Whole School Sports Day
11 April 2019Back Up Day for School Sports



Jayne in the Canteen wishes to advise the West Lakes Shore School community of the following change:

Starting from Thursday 14th March 2019, SUSHI will only be available on Thursdays via FLEXISCHOOLS.  

  • Teriyaki Chicken and Mayo - $3.00 each
  • Tuna and Corn - $3.00 each


Keep an eye out for the Footy Donut order form that will be coming home with every child on the 13 March 2019.

Footy Donut Day is Thursday 9th May 2019 - all donuts will be delivered to the classroom in time for recess.

Orders are due Friday 12 April via the Canteen with the order form and filled out correctly.

Donuts are $3.50 each.


SAY CHEESE - MSP Photography are on their way!

Don't forget that Friday 15th March is whole school photo day!  Your child will have brought home an MSP payment envelope via their class teacher.  Please remember that these are NOT to be given to the front office.  We have booked Thursday 21st March as the back up day for those children who are absent on the 15th.

MSP has a few reminders for parents:

  • Don't seal envelopes inside each other - you can pay for all children in one envelope - however each child needs to have their own envelope on photo day.
  • Family / Sibling Photo envelopes are available at the front office.
  • Please enclose the correct money - THERE IS NOT CHANGE AVAILABLE FROM THE FRONT OFFICE OR CANTEEN.  Credit card payments can only be made online.


Have you recently moved house and need to update your address? Changed your mobile number or email address?  Any other important information that needs to be updated - Custody, Medical etc...

It would be most appreciated if you send us an email with any updates to phone numbers, emergency contacts, medical etc to dl.1246.info@schools.sa.edu.au - with Update Family Details and your child's name in the subject line.


In South Australia placement in a school is based on a child’s residential address. 

It is very important that we have up to date address details on our EDSAS system.  We are unable to change any addresses without the following documentation.

If you own your home

·         a copy of the contract of sale for the property or a recent council rates notice, and

·         recent a gas or electricity bill for that property in your name.

If you rent a home

·         a signed rental agreement and a signed bond receipt lodged with Consumer and Business Services showing the current place of residence - the rental agreement should cover at least the first 12 months the child will be attending the school, and

·         a recent gas or electricity bill for that property in your name.

Renting a room or rooms at a property for you and your child, does not constitute a primary place of residence. Families must rent an entire property in order for it to be their primary place of residence.

If your child is living with a relative or friend, you will need to provide supporting documentation stating that the relative/friend is the legal guardian of the child. This documentation must include a parenting order from the Family Court, which states that the relative/friend is the formal full-time carer of the child.

The principal is responsible for determining whether proof of residence has been satisfied.

If you are unsure as to what address we have on file for you please contact the front office.


If you are interested in a special interest or specialty program at one of the many high schools please follow the link to find out more: Secondary School Special Interest Programs


Don't forget that Term 4 and Term 1 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.

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.


Please make sure that you update the SkoolBag app on your phone or device.  There has been a lot of changes and updates, and we wouldn't want you to miss out of vital information.  We are trying to make the app a vital part of our school community, so we will be utilising every part of the app.  Make sure to check the 'Event's' part of the app to see a list of all term calendar events.  You will then be able to import them into your phones calendar if you wish. 

If you have any feedback for us please don't hesitate to forward your suggestions to rachel.roe536@schools.sa.edu.au 


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