West Lakes Shore School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 9 - 11th December 2020 - LAST EDITION FOR 2020

2021 SCHOOL TIMES - 8:50AM START & 3:00PM FINISH

LEADERSHIP CORNER

Dear Families,

What a week! What a term! What a year!

At the start of the year we focused on seeking new adventures with a positive and resilient mindset and oh, how much we needed these skills in the ‘Year that was 2020!’ As we reflect on the year, there have been some incredible challenges that we have worked hard to overcome together. These have seen many positives as we have refocused on family, friendships, staying safe and helping others. Our motto of ‘be kind’ has never been as important. Working together is the cornerstone of ensuring we can all make a positive difference, not just for ourselves and each other, but for the world. A huge thank you to all members of our school community for what has been an incredulous 2020! We look forward to welcoming you all back refreshed and ready for a fabulous 2021!

Governing Council AGM 2021

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 8th February, in Term 1 2021. The school has a number of continuing members but will also be seeking nominations for new members. If you are interested in finding out more about the role of a Governing Council member please email michelle.fearne570@schools.sa.edu.au or come along and collect a volunteer pack. Other roles you may want to support in 2021 include action teams, classroom support, trips and excursions, sports programs and canteen. We truly value the work that volunteers do and the difference you make. All 2021 volunteers will need to ensure they have completed the appropriate forms and training to be compliant with the Volunteer Policy and Processes. Online access to complete these forms is available through the following link - VOLUNTEER ONLINE FORMS

Class Structure and Class Placements

In 2021 we will have 23 classes across school for over 600 students. Children have visited their new class and teachers on Wednesday morning and reports and class placement letters were also sent home. Please share with your child their successes and celebrate their achievement and effort. Each child’s goals and next steps are identified in their reports and one way you can continue to support your child’s learning is by helping them to practice these and continuing to promote daily reading. 

Reports have been sent via email today (please check junk mail) and are also available via the Sentral Parent Portal for those that have registered to use it - continued access is via SENTRAL PARENT PORTAL.  If you have not received a PDF version via email please contact rachel.roe536@schools.sa.edu.au with your child's full name and 2020 class.

Staff Goodbyes

West Lakes Shore School has a range of outstanding staff with a vast range of skills and qualities. At the end of 2021 we say goodbye to some contract and long-serving permanent staff. We say our formal goodbyes to:

  • Kieran Davison who took up a position, earlier in the year, as Deputy Principal at Largs Bay Primary School. Kieran is a passionate, organised leader with a great sense of fun. He has settled well in his new role and we wish him every success.
  • April Watts has been successful in securing a full-time Japanese position nearer to home and we thank April for her hard work delivering Japanese and the school Immersion program.
  • Georgia Casbarra will take up new opportunities in Performing Arts, as we welcome Wendy Banks back from maternity leave.
  • Mitch Boulton has secured a contract teaching position and has done a wonderful job after stepping in mid year behind the Year 5 class. 
  • Ms Ayumi will take up a permanent teaching role at Grange. Early in 2021, she will commence maternity leave and we wish her and her husband all the very best and good luck for the imminent arrival of baby Suzuki.

We wish all staff leaving our school the best for their future careers and thank them for the hard work and commitment to making a difference for each and every child.

Staffing 2021

  • Fay Anderson will continue as Assistant Principal leading Student progress and Student needs; Fay has done an incredible job supporting the vast range of needs of every child and ensuring each child is set up for success in their 2021 class.
  • Jacqui Thomas will take up a full-time role as Wellbeing Teacher.

We welcome the following new staff to our school:

  •  Year 4 class - P3:          Darrien Newcombe
  • Year 2 class - ST2:          Hayley Gladigeau
  • Japanese:                        Rose Stone and Sarah Howard.
  • Donna Shillingford will also join us in an AET role and various backfill teaching positions. 

Year 7 Graduation

The time at Primary School is coming to an end for our Year 7 students. This time can be a mixture of happiness, anxiety, joy and fear as students reflect, look forward and consider their next pathway of learning. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Year 7s good luck. The graduation ceremony to recognise each of our students took place last night at the Christian Family Centre. The students were outstanding in their presentation and respectfully and responsibly represented themselves and West Lakes Shore School. We have loved nurturing each individual Year 7 and helping them grow into their unique selves. Good bye and Good Luck!

Students and Families leaving the West Lakes Shore School Community

To all of our Year 6 student leavers heading off to High School and other children leaving our school -  we wish you the very best at your new school in 2021 and beyond. To the families, thank you for being a part of our school community and we hope your children continue to grow at their new school.

‘Living in Harmony’

In Term 1 our whole-school Connected Curriculum will be titled ‘Living in Harmony’ and will focus on developing citizenship skills in every one of our students. Our termly values focus will look at building respect. A key important aspect about living in Harmony is respecting individuality. As as inclusive school we work with children with a wide range of needs and endeavour to support every child’s social, emotional and academic needs. Please do not hesitate to let your child's class teacher know any information that can help us support them with a great start in 2021!

We look forward to working together in partnership with you all in 2021. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Have a great holiday and enjoy the festivities.

Carol, Helen and Fay

MATERIALS AND SERVICE CHARGES 2021

The Materials & Services charge of $400.00 for 2021 has been approved by the Governing Council meeting held on Monday 7th December 2020 following a positive poll. 

Invoices will be raised at the beginning of the 2021 school year.  

PREMIER'S READING CHALLENGE

Congratulations to the 430 students who successfully completed this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge. They were presented with their awards today at a special assembly attended by Stephen Mullighan, Member for Lee.

A special congratulations to the Reception children who completed the “challenge” with their families. 

We are looking forward to another successful year in 2021.

NAIDOC WEEK ASSEMBLY PHOTO GALLERY

DON'T FORGET - 2021 SCHOOL TIMES - 8:50AM START & 3:00PM FINISH

ADMINISTRATION HOUSEKEEPING FOR 2021

We require families to update their details for 2021 if any of the below information has changed. 

  • New mobile numbers for both parents
  • New work phone numbers for both parents
  • Change of family circumstance or custody information
  • Email addresses for both parent / guardians
  • Changes to Emergency Contacts

All phone and email updates can be done via the eForm 'Family Detail Update Form' on SkoolBag.

ALL ADDRESS CHANGES MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION - DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION ADDRESS CHANGE REQUIREMENTS.

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 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.

THIS INFORMATION MUST BE CORRECT FOR YEAR 6 & 7 STUDENTS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL TRANSITION PROCESS DUE TO ZONING RULES.  IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL ZONE PLEASE CLICK HERE: SOUTH AUSTRALIA HIGH SCHOOL ZONE INFORMATION 

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

AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS ALERT FOR 2021

Keep an eye for a SkoolBag Alert during January regarding registration of interest for After School Sports.

Basketball and Cricket registrations close week 2 2021, so if your child is keen to play you will need to get in quick. An online registration form will go out via SkoolBag in January 2021.

After school sports cannot happen without volunteers! If your child would like to do sports please also consider volunteering.

Applications for clearances can take some time so please make sure you apply asap. https://bit.ly/2Yg9dv5

After a disappointing sporting calendar in 2020 we know that some children will be keen to get back to it!

VACSWIM AT SEMAPHORE BEACH - ENROL NOW

Are you looking for a fun outdoor activity for your children to participate in during the 2020/2021 Summer Holidays? Do your kids just LOVE the water?

Surf Life Saving SA would like to invite you to be part of South Australia’s most iconic water safety program, Vacswim!

VACSWIM is an SA Government supported initiative that provides primary school aged children with opportunities to develop a range of skills and positive experiences in the areas of water safety, confidence and competence in the water, personal survival activities and basic aquatic emergency procedures. Since the 1950's the VACSWIM experience has become a rite of passage for generations of South Australian families and makes a significant contribution to the safety of our waters.

Surf Life Saving SA delivers the "Surf and Survive" program at 44 beaches and open water sites across the state, employing over 250 young people and teaching vital safety skills to over 4500 participants.

The nearest Program Location to your school is: Semaphore Beach

To book, visit www.surflifesavingsa.com.au/vacswim

If you have any questions, email The Surf Life Saving SA Vacswim Team at: vacswim@surflifesavingsa.com.au 

IMPORTANT TERM DATES TO REMEMBER

  • FRIDAY, 11th DECEMBER - Last day of school for 2020 - Early Dismissal - 2.15pm
  • TUESDAY, 26th JANUARY 2021 - Australia Day 
  • WEDNESDAY, 27th JANUARY 2021 - First day of school for 2021 - 8:50am prompt start - All children are required to go straight to their new classes
  • MONDAY, 8th FEBRUARY 2021 - Governing Council AGM
  • FRIDAY, 2nd APRIL 2021 - Good Friday
  • MONDAY, 5th APRIL 2021 - Easter Monday
  • FRIDAY, 9th APRIL 2021 - End of Term 1 - Early Dismissal at 2:00pm
  • MONDAY. 26th APRIL 2021 - Anzac Day Holiday
  • TUESDAY, 27th APRIL 2021 - Beginning Term 2 2021 - 8:50am Start

DON'T FORGET - 2021 SCHOOL TIMES - 8:50AM START & 3:00PM FINISH