West Lakes Shore School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 10 2020 - END OF TERM EDITION


A Huge Thank You to all our families...

Your ongoing support has been invaluable and we have appreciated your kind words and thoughtful gestures. We wish you all a safe and relaxing time together throughout the holiday period. For those who continue to work on the frontline, our thoughts are with you. Stay safe and take care.

 Week 11 Pupil Free Days and Staff Professional Development

We continue to plan to move towards a flexible teaching and learning approach for Term 2. As a proactive approach we have trialled tools and ideas that could best support us to do this. We are now working towards reviewing our trials and working as a staff to decide our common agreements to best support students learning at home and those that need to learn at school. Family and student information will be provided through a ‘WLS School in the Cloud’ agreement and operation guide. As a school our approach is to provide as consistent a curriculum as possible for all children. i.e. wherever possible the learning for students at site will mirror that of those learning at home. What we plan and consider now will change dependent on any updated advice.

 In week 11 all staff will use pupil free days to refine team approaches, upskill using key tools and ‘Teach on’ new learning together. OSHC and vacation care will continue to operate over the pupil free days and school holidays and will be prioritised for essential workers. Other bookings can be taken so please contact Judy at OSHC to request this.

 In summary ‘what next term looks like’ (at this stage):

  • Some children ‘Learning at school’
  • Some children ‘Learning at home’

A survey will be sent to families to find out this information and will ask families to select their individual requirements.

 The health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff and families is of utmost important us.

We have an on-site Wellbeing Hub (P1) and our Pastoral Care Worker, Tracey Beavan, and our site Wellbeing Leader, Rozika Pratap, are providing families with continuous supporting resources and updates. Check out the inclusions in today’s newsletter. If you need advice on how to support your child, or have any general questions to discuss then please contact them via:



 Take care and look after the wellbeing of your family, yourself and others; those who may need us to ‘be kind’ and support and help them.

 We will continue to communicate and keep you up to date with any new information.

 Be strong, be kind and stay safe.




The Premier's Reading Challenge plays an important role in promoting the love of reading and this year more than any other, students will find joy, continuity and comfort in books!  With your continued support, our students will keep reading and participating in the Challenge!

In order to make the Premier's Reading Challenge achievable for all in this extraordinary year, we will be doing the following:

1.       Rules – students will still need to read 12 books by September.  However, they can be ALL FREE CHOICE.  We understand that it may be difficult to get to libraries so any book students choose to read will be accepted – whether on the Premier's Reading Challenge booklist or not.

2.       Collecting reading records – students will still need to submit their records.  We will accept a scanned copy via email to lyn.grant795@schools.sa.edu.au or return your completed Reading Record to the Resource Centre once school resumes.

3.       Awards – we have been informed that awards will be sent to our school in November as in previous years.

Please consider SA public libraries are free to join and they provide access to the OverDrive service, where there are thousands of eBook titles (and Audiobook titles) using the very user-friendly libby App.  This collection has more than 4,000 different children and young people’s titles and includes many Premier’s Reading Challenge books.  There are other free services for younger readers such as Brightly Storytime on YouTube and online story reading at Story Time from Space and The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities.

Good luck with the Premier's Reading Challenge this year and please contact us should you need any support.


Joanna Cook & Lyn Grant


Check out the amazing art work that has been created in the last couple of weeks in amongst the madness.

  • Sarah Coey inspired Rainbow Notans - created by our Year 7 students. 
  • Colour Wheel Challenge - this was an opportunity for those students who are learning at home to create a 'found object' colour wheel.
  • Animal Shadow Drawings - we ventured outside in the sun to create animal shadow drawings with Rec to Year 2 students.
  • Nature Art - We read 'Leaf Man' by Louis Elhert, and ventured out into the Walk Way Woods Nature Play to create our own nature art work with the Year 1 - 6 students.

Please make sure that you connect to the visual arts SeeSaw page, for further updates, art challenges and tasks.  Email lisa.zappia940@schools.sa.edu.au if you require further information.

Happy creating

Lisa Zappia - Visual Arts Teacher

Fantastic Art Work



Our class made these hero cards for medical workers. Some of our class members took them home to parents who work in hospitals and ambulance services to take them in on behalf of us. How cool are these kids?!!

Totally awesome SD1 team #bekind


ST2 have created a beautiful display of Harmony Hands.  They watched videos and read stories about living in Harmony. They then drew around their hands, coloured them in and wrote a harmony word on them.  They look fantastic ST2! 




Please read the attached PDF and discuss with your child.

Supporting the wellbeing of our learning community.

Classes have jumped on board 'The Bear Hunt' by displaying bears (and other soft toys) around the school. This gorgeous idea has been replicated around Adelaide and across the globe, bringing solidarity and community connection in times when we are practicing social distancing. It has been wonderful to see children’s smiles as they spot bears and others soft toys. Thank you to everyone for jumping on board.  #weareinthistogether

Additional Support and Resources

Here are some resources that families can access to support wellbeing of children and family members.

Student Wellbeing Hub is a space for educatorsparents and students to build safe, inclusive and connected school communities that promote wellbeing and learning.  

The Student Wellbeing Hub has put together this list of resources to help support learning communities to keep safe, resilient and well in this time of crisis. Please follow the link provided for support:  https://studentwellbeinghub.edu.au/

COVID-19 Fun Book & Coronavirus Storybooks

These are specifically designed for children to read and work through, supporting them to build a better understanding of the virus. These have been attached as PDF's for you to access.

COVID-19: an online safety kit for parents and carers

Please follow the link provided to get support for online safety, especially as we enter the Flexible learning platform across the site








Do you have a child who will be starting school in 2021.  Please remember to fill in an Registration of Interest form and either email or drop in to school.  All families whether they are in zone or out are required to complete the Registration of Interest form.

We have attached it below as an editable PDF or your can access it via our Website.

Please forward to Janet Massey before May 29 2020- janet.massey644@schools.sa.edu.au 


Please fill in the Registration of Interest form for 2021 reception students


Together, we build strong foundations for life long learning

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