West Lakes Shore School Newsletter

TERM 4, Week 6 - 22nd November 2018

'What's Happening' - Principal's Corner

Dear Families,

The term is progressing well and we have celebrated a number of key events, with others such as the ‘End of Year Christmas Concert’, ‘Year 7 Graduation’ and visits to 2019 classes, still to come!

Feedback from our Week 2 Children’s Week events has been fabulous, with many families commenting on the excellent Open Evening that showcased outstanding indoor and outdoor learning experiences. I would personally like to thank all the Governing Council members and family volunteers for assisting in the lead up to, and during the evening of, this night. A huge thank you to staff who also spent many hours organising, coordinating and ensuring a wide range of excellence in teaching and learning was showcased. A wide range of students also lead activities or performed in many ways and should be congratulated for their efforts to showcase our excellence in learning. The family feedback station was abuzz with ideas and we will be looking to determine the new name for our oval nature area from all the children’s creative suggestions. Governing Council have had the opportunity to review and discuss the parent opinion feedback responses. They have prioritised: a whole-school review of behaviour management, and our whole-school processes and teacher feedback to families about their children’s learning, as key goals to work on for our next stages of school improvement.

 Pupil Free Day

Staff worked together to analyse a wide range of information to determine next steps to ensure West Lakes Shore School continues to aim for excellence in everything we do, and supports and encourages every child to achieve and do their very best. Well being data, staff and community feedback, and whole-school learner data outcomes will be analysed to prioritise key actions for our 2019-2021 strategic plan.

Class Structures 2019

The Parent opinion survey indicated the need for communication around composite classes and how and why they are created. In 2019 West Lakes Shore School R-7 will have around 612 students of varying year levels to organise into classes. Funding allocation for staffing these classes is based on a set figure per student. The school Personal Advisory Committee (PAC), consisting of the Principal and voted staff representatives, work to align the number of students and our staffing funding to determine future class structures. This work is guided by agreements around class sizes in each year level. As West Lakes Shore School is a category 6 school we work within the guidelines of between 24-26 students in each Reception to Year 2 class. In Year 3 we have between 28-30 students per class and in Years 4-7 around 30 students per class. As the number of students in each year level changes this means we identify across the whole-school a class structure that incorporates both straight and composite classes.

In all of these classes students have a wide range of abilities; research shows that teachers can be planning to support students who are performing with learning abilities of up to 7 years difference. What makes a quality learning program for every child is the teacher’s ability to differentiate for each learner; the teacher’s skill and quality approach to engage learners; and the feedback teachers provide to learners to support them to progress and improve their learning.

At West Lakes Shore School R-7, composite classes are created with a range of abilities of children in both year levels i.e. a Year 1/2 class would have students of all abilities in Year 1 and students of all abilities in Year 2.

Composite classes are created with less complexity in terms of need and have teachers who are skilled in differentiating for each learner. Composite classes are also supported with an additional teacher during the teaching of the relevant Year Level key Science curriculum areas.

At some point in your child’s time at West Lakes Shore School they are likely to be placed in a composite class. We will endeavour to ensure, wherever possible, that this does not occur for two consecutive years should class structures enable this. Family requests for children to not be placed in a composite class need a substantiated reason so PAC can consider this fairly in the context of our whole-school class structures process.

Family requests and information to support your child’s placement for 2019 closed at the end of week 1 this term. Due to the timelines and complexity of the class structure process we are now no longer able to accept any additional requests. All staff are working hard to consider parental input, alongside their professional knowledge and understanding of each individual child so we can balance classes and ensure all students are set up for the best possible success in 2019.

Should you have any specific questions in regards to class structures please feel free to contact carol.press854@schools.sa.edu.au

SENIOR CHOIR - FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

On Tuesday 25th September, the West Lakes Shore School Senior Choir performed on stage at the Adelaide Festival Theatre as part of the Public Primary Schools’ Festival of Music.

Our school was also represented by Stef in SD7 who was successful in being chosen to sing the solo in the song, Dare To Be Square.

The Primary Schools Festival of Music, an official state icon, is a public school-based music education program which is a collaboration between the Department for Education and the SAPPS Music Society, which gives all SA public primary students the opportunity to perform at a prestigious venue.

The commissioned work was entitled “Next Stop: North Terrace” which was a series of songs composed by local musician Mark Simeon Ferguson about the North Terrace cultural precinct. The concert ended with a spectacular sea of colour.

In between there were a number of Assisting Artists from public primary and secondary schools, other choir items that presented different musical genre, and two pieces that specifically showcased the talents of the orchestra.

It was a spectacular event that our students enjoyed being a part of.

DO YOU NEED TO UPDATE YOUR FAMILY DETAILS?

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.

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 THE YEAR 7-8 TRANSITION PROCESS FOR HIGH SCHOOL 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

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE.......... THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

It's that time again... West Lakes Shore School Annual Christmas Concert!  

When:    Tuesday 4th December 2018,

Where:    West Lakes Shore School Oval

Time:        BYO Picnic on the oval from 5 - 6pm.  The concert will start at 6:15pm and should be finished by 7:30pm

A Sausage Sizzle will be available from 5pm on the oval, with soft drinks, coffee and Gelati / Ice Cream available as well.

Important information:   

  • Students are expected to remain in their class areas until the conclusion of the whole school song.
  • Non performing students may attend with their families, but must remember to follow the guidelines of good audience manners.
  • All students/children must be accompanied by an adult and cannot be dropped off.  All children must leave with an adult.
  • No Bike or Dogs are allowed on the oval
  • In the event of the concert being cancelled due to extreme weather, a cancellation note will be sent home on the day of the concert.  The back up date will be Thursday 6th December 2018

HAVE YOU GOT YOUR HAT???

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.

IMPORTANT TERM DATES TO REMEMBER

  • TUESDAY, 27th NOVEMBER - 10.15 - 11.00am - Volunteers Morning Tea - Staffroom -  (Please RSVP to Michelle Fearne - michelle.fearne570@schools.sa.edu.au if you will be attending)
  • TUESDAY, 4th DECEMBER - from 5pm (BYO picnic) for a 6:15pm start - Whole School Christmas Concert (Thursday 6th December back up date if required)
  • WEDNESDAY, 12th DECEMBER - Reports and Class Placements 2019 due home
  • THURSDAY, 13th DECEMBER - 6:45 pm for a 7pm start - Year 7 Graduation -Christian Family Centre, Seaton.  More details have gone home via students
  • FRIDAY, 14th DECEMBER - Last day of school for 2018 - Early Dismissal - 2.15pm
  • TUESDAY, 29th JANUARY - First day of school for 2019 - 8:50am start

GLENUNGA INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL IGNITE PROGRAM - Information Evening

Parents/Caregivers of West Lakes Shore Primary School students are warmly invited to an  Information evening on our IGNITE Program for Gifted and Talented Students ( including the ACER Assessment).  This invitation is open to current Year 5 & 6 students at WLSS.

When:    Wednesday 12 December 2018

Time:    6:30pm

Where:    Glenunga International High School - In the Performing Arts Centre

To register your interest in attending this information evening please click here REGISTER NOW.

The ACER assessment will be held on Saturday 23 February 2019 at Glenunga International High School.  Please visit their website for more information -Glenunga International High School Website

COMMUNITY NEWS AND SPORTING GROUPS

FULHAM UNITED GIRLS SOCCER TRIALS

Fulham United will be running two Come and Try nights for junior girls interested in coming out. The sessions will be fun, with girls encouraged in giving the game a go in a no pressure atmosphere. Players new to the game or experienced players are more then welcome to attend. 

Wednesday November 28th and Wednesday December 5th

Under 9 and Under 11 Girls - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Under 13 and Under 15 Girls - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Both sessions will be run at Underdale High School, 19 Garden Terrace, Underdale 

To register your interest, please contact Leigh Matthews on 0412 591 478

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