The community is very excited about our new chickens!
All students will be looking at aspects of "Sustainability' through our this terms inquiry.
The community is very excited about our new chickens!
This term we have focussed on building the students resilience and strengthening our anti bullying strategies.
This week students will participate in “Bully Bull Ring” a Meerkat production that explores different strategies that students can adopt to combat bullying.
On March 14th staff and parents heard our guest present Chris Daicos speak about the importance of building resilience in our children. It was a great presentation that was very well received.
Here is what some of our parents had to say.
"The Building Resilience in Children workshop with Chris Daicos was very insightful and made absolute sense. It truly did exceed my expectations!
I would enthusiastically recommend this workshop to all parents".
“Such a positive, motivational and amazing evening. Chris was engaging and funny whilst being truly honest and helpful in arming our kids, and us as parents, resilience and problem solving skill sets. A wonderful and worthwhile learning opportunity”.
Giulia De Vincentis
“Found the evening far from boring very engaging and entertaining. Informative session with helpful tips and information on instilling resilience in your child”.
I have attached some of the resources that Chris has left for us including her presentation. If you have any concerns or questions about increasing your child’s resilience please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Daily school attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don't fall behind both socially and developmentally. Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 or an equivalent qualification have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives. It is important that children develop habits of regular attendance at an early age.
We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.
If students miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school.
There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.
Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading.
Below are some statistics about Lalor Primary School and attendance.
The average absent days for each year level in 2017:
Year 1: 23.1
Year 2: 23.6
Year 3: 17.5
Year 4: 19.8
Year 5: 19.5
Year 6: 16.8
Lalor PS has:
I find these numbers to be very disturbing. Our averages especially in Prep to 2 are unacceptable and I ask that everyone commit to lowering these numbers in the best interest of their child’s future.
If you are experiencing difficulty in getting your child/ren to school I have attached a link to the Department of Education and Training website that is dedicated to assist parents with attendance.
Please don’t hesitate to call the school on 9465 3037 and we can discuss strategies to help.
This terms focus is on Creativity.
Prep students will explore the universal appeal of fairy tales and guides students to think laterally and creatively about common tales. Students create a customised theatre and puppet to depict their topsy turvy tale.
Grade 1/2 will will work in groups to design and build their own robot buddy. They will be scaffolded through selecting materials to construct their robot and will work at programming their robot to do chores in their bedroom.
Students in grade 3/4 will be scaffolded through the creative process of developing interesting characters, settings, and stories as they build a story. They will develop storyboards, design and build props for purpose and photograph moments of their story.
Our senior students will gain a real-life understanding of the design and production process when creating a brand new product. Each student produces an item that is marketed and then sold at a market called ‘Bizarre Bazaar’. The item that is produced must be original. Proceeds of the market are then directed to the students’ charity of choice.
This unit will also involve a Creativity Expo on November 22nd 4.30pm - 6.30pm where all the student's work during the unit will be on display. This will also include a display from our fabulous Visual Arts program.
We look forward to seeing you there!
In Term 2 Lalor PS focussed our inquiry units on Sustainability which has led to student action involving the vegetable garden, fruit tree orchard, whole school composting, chickens and recycling program being actioned by our student leaders.
In Term 3 we will be looking at Social Justice. Below is the overview of the Prep to 6 program.
Fairness and Friendship
This unit explores the importance of students in their first year of school to understand how to make and keep friends. They learn about the importance of rules and ways in which to accept differences of opinion. Listening skills are a focus of this unit.
Students will learn about the traditions, celebrations, music and cuisine of groups that make up multicultural Australia. They consider the importance of acceptance, understanding, respect and fairness as they create mobiles. Your students will work as a class to collate an 'Embracing Multiculturalism Book'.
In Their Shoes
Students learn about social justice issues experienced by people with disabilities and those suffering financial hardship. They learn about the role that rules and laws play in our community as they share their opinions about existing laws. Your students will research a disability and write creatively about an important day in the life of someone who has the disability that they have researched.
Care for the Kids
Students explore the rights of children and ways in which organisations help children around the world. They will research social justice issues and learn about emotive language as they prepare and perform slam poetry. Your students will produce a multimedia presentation to support an organisation that helps children around the world.
We look forward to the student action that comes from this unit and to having a great term!
The synthetic surface was officially finished last week and I finally got around to putting up some before and after shots.
I think it looks great!
Our annual Meet the Teacher night is on Monday March 20, 3.30pm – 8pm. The purpose of the night is to build a positive relationship with your child’s teacher and at the same time share your insights into your child.
Please look at the question sheet that was supplied and come with the information ready as it can give us a valuable insight into your child. A deeper understanding about a child’s interests, cultural background and health issues can be of great benefit to our staff.
Your child’s teacher will also share the expectations that they have of you and your child, especially regarding your child’s homework and behaviour. On the night, it would be appreciated that you make sure that your address, email and contact phone numbers are updated and correct.
Please remember that this is not a reporting session. You will not receive any academic information regarding your child. Formal reports will be sent home in term 2 and we hold our Three-Way Conference where you, your child and the teacher all have the chance to have input into your child’s learning.
There will also be a BBQ being run from 3pm until 6pm by our Fundraising Committee. Come along and purchase a sausage or two for dinner or a snack. Sausages will be selling for $2.00 each.
Anyone that is able to give some of their time to help with the BBQ feel free to come and see us on the night.
In last week’s blog post, I outlined the methods Lalor PS employs when communicating to families. In this post, I will outline the ways in which you can talk to us.
‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions will be held on Monday, March 20 2017. Parents will have the opportunity to book in a short session time on this day to meet with their child’s teacher. The time will be used to discuss and share any information or concerns you feel may be important. It is an opportunity for you to develop a positive partnership with the classroom teacher and is not a reporting session.
In term Two we will conduct three-way conferences in which student, parent and teacher will have the chance to provide input into the student’s successes and areas for improvement.
There are times in which parents will be seeking a more informal meeting with teachers and we ask that these be approached in one of the following ways;
In your message, you can request that the teacher call you either for a brief chat or to arrange a mutually agreeable time to meet. These methods for contact are preferable to the spontaneous approach of teachers before or after school.
Rae Parrish and our welfare officer, Ian Findlay are available for any welfare issues you may want to discuss. Ian is available on Tuesday and Thursday each week.
Escalation of issues
I am generally available at the office for any enquiries, issues or questions you may have. Please feel free to call the office to make an appointment with me or simply come and see me during the day.
We look forward to touching base with all of our Lalor PS families over the coming months.
Have a wonderful week.
Communication involves both the sending and receiving of information. At Lalor Primary School, we pride ourselves on ensuring information is sent to parents via a variety of mediums, each one designed for a specific purpose. Of course, this is only a good strategy if our parents understand how to best receive what we are sending!
With this in mind, this post is all about how we communicate. Let’s start with an overview of the mediums employed by Lalor PS.
Ideally, all parents will be connected to Tiqbiz. All reminders, notifications, urgent happenings etc. will be communicated via this medium.
Permission slips, forms to return etc. and occasionally a reiteration of important Tiqbiz notifications.
Showcase of what the students have been doing at school as well as a reiteration of important Tiqbiz notifications. Events calendar.
Housing of general information; class structures, policies etc. Events calendar.
General information for all parents including term dates and curriculum days.
Weekly blog, covering a range of topical issues which is housed on our website.
Highlights the great things happening at Lalor Primary School.
Tiqbiz can be used on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Download the app or access Tiqbiz on the internet via tiqbiz.com
If you are using the app, you can also send absent notes to your child’s teacher via the ‘absent’ button.
If a note is sent home, it generally signifies important information or a permission slip/form which needs to be returned. A regular check of bags is a good idea, however we also encourage the notion of the responsibility being placed on the children. Get them into a habit of emptying their bag every afternoon and agree on a regular spot in the bag where the notes are to be stored. This is a method I found to be particularly effective with my own children.
If a note needs to be returned to school, perhaps show your child where the note is in their bag or even better, have them place it in the bag themselves. Responsibility is a key cultural attribute at Lalor Primary School and this is a fabulous way to reinforce this in their daily routine.
Newsletters are issued fortnightly via tiqbiz and e-mail and are also stored on our website for future reference.
Our website houses general information and is designed as a reference centre for current and future parents. For current parents, the “Events” column on the homepage is a handy way to see what is coming up for the school community.
The ability to select different languages through google translator is found at the top of every page of our website.
A link to the Parent Handbook can be found on our homepage under the heading, “Polices and Parent Handbook”. The handbook is updated yearly and contains general information for parents including term dates and curriculum days.
This blog will be published weekly and will cover a range of topical issues. A link to each new blog post will be published on our Facebook page and also published to our website.
Our Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/lalorps and is where we highlight the great things happening at school. Important notifications for parents and carers will not appear on our Facebook page.
If at any time you need assistance with any of these forms of communication please come and see us in the office and we will be happy to help you get connected.
This wraps up the overview of how we communicate with you, but you might be wondering how you talk to us? Stay tuned as this will be the subject of next week’s post.
Have a wonderful week.
It was great to see the smiling faces of our school community back at Lalor Primary School this week. I think we are all excited about the new colour scheme which has been introduced to the exterior of the school and the grade 5/6 staff and students will have been pleased to note the air-conditioning which has been added to their area.
Over the term 1 holidays, the asphalted area will be covered with a synthetic surface, which will include markings for a basketball & netball court, bat tennis courts, volleyball court and a variety of other fun games. This new area will be a bright new addition to the school and will be ready for the students to enjoy in term 2.
Start Up Program
For the first two weeks of term 1, all students will be involved with our “Start Up” program where the staff and students collaborate to create a safe and comfortable learning environment. Class rules are developed and cybersmart safety habits and class routines are also established.
For the teaching staff we will have our maths consultant Michael Ymer visiting classrooms on February 15 & 16 to model lessons and give feedback to our staff.
Communication between school and home is vital. Please ensure you are connected to Tiqbiz, our website, our fortnightly newsletter and occasionally my blog to stay informed. We also have a Facebook page which regularly highlights the great things happening at Lalor Primary School.
If at any time you need assistance with any of these forms of communication please come and see us in the office and we will be happy to help you.
Program of Inquiry - Community
This term, our inquiry learning will explore the concept of Community.
Prep will learn about different communities to which people belong and why people live, work and play in communities. They will consider how they can be a good friend to sustain their classroom community.
Grade 1/2 will learn about the services in their community. They will consider sustainable practices as they design and construct model buildings for their precinct in their community.
Grade 3/4 will learn about the lives of the first Australians before European settlers arrived in Australia and the causes and reasons for the journey of the first fleet. Students will be thinking and acting as historians as they are immersed in stories of first contact between indigenous Australians and European Settlers.
Grade 5/6, through investigations of our democratic system and principles, will consider where democracy exists in their lives. They will examine contemporary issues through the lens of democracy and consider the strengths and challenges we face as a national community.
Thank you for reading my first blog post! Please feel free to post a comment or question and I will be sure to respond.