Chatters Newsletter Term 1 Week 5

Lane Cove West Public School
Avalon Avenue
Lane Cove, NSW 2066
Phone: 9427 4743 Fax: 9418 6865
Email: [email protected]
Thursday, 26th February 2015
Dates to Remember
27 - Clean-up Australia Day
4-6 - Bike Wise Year 4
10 -
Zone Swimming
Selective High School Test
16-20 Parent/teacher interview week
19-23 Book Fair
Gatsby Social & Art Show
Harmony/Grandparents Day
Young Leaders Day
24 -
Yr 3 Twilight Zoo Excursion
Term 1 Week 5
Principal’s Report
The Term 1 calendar was published in week 3 of
Chatters. Information is also available on the school
website and the School App.
Please keep Monday 23rd March free and invite
Grandmas and Grandpas, Nanas and Pas to our special
assembly which will be held in the Lorraine Lusby Hall
at 11:30am. The annual Book Fair will also be held on
that day and will give the children’s grandparents a
chance to visit the library and purchase a book for
their grandchildren or even donate a book to the
school library.
25-27- Year 5 Bikewise
30–1- Year 5&6 Camp
April/May – Term 2
22School Photos
Year 4 Camp
This week’s value is Responsibility
The expectation is - Be in
correct place
The first P&C meeting of the year was held last night.
The meeting was well attended and we welcomed
some new faces. Our next P&C meeting will be on
Wednesday 18 March in the Library at 7pm.
The request for payment of the General School
Contribution (previously called the Voluntary
Contribution) has been sent to all families. It remains
at $220 as it was in 2014, however is divided into two
components. The Contribution is $220 in total - $180
for general school purposes and $40 which goes
directly to the School Library Fund and is tax
deductible. Your receipt will show both amounts and
will show the tax deductible component clearly for tax
purposes. Thanks to those who have already paid and
also to the families who have made very generous
additional gift donations (which are tax deductible).
Please go through your cupboards and fill the bag
with unwanted clothing and return the filled bag to
the hall COLA, near the access toilet before 5th March.
A Smith Family van will collect the used clothing on
that day. Thank you in advance. A large Stewart House
bag has been sent home with each child this week.
More bags are available from the school office.
All students from Kindergarten to Year 6 will play a
part in this year’s Schools Clean up Australia Day on
Friday 27th February. Kindergarten to Year 4 students
will clean up around the school and Years 5 and 6 will
clean up outside the school fence and in the
neighbouring streets. Don’t forget those gardening
All staff members undertake professional learning
both during and outside school hours. Our staff have
all completed training in the following areas:
Anaphylaxis, Emergency Care, and are currently
participating in intense and ongoing after school
training in writing (criteria, focus areas and
differentiated programming). Some staff members are
also being trained in teaching students with a hearing
impairment, Robotics, Autism, choral music and
conducting and ArtsAlive, behaviour management and
Dyslexia. All staff will have their annual CPR training
on the school development day
A note will be sent home on Monday informing you of
how to book a Parent/Teacher interview on-line, as
was done last year. These interviews will be held
during the week beginning 16th March.
Our Year 4 students will be participating in the
Bikewise Program at Sydney Park next week. This
program teaches children the road rules on a specially
designed bike course and allows them to ride around
the course, obeying road rules, giving hand signals and
having real hands-on experience, trained by road
safety experts.
If your child is in Year 4, 5 or 6 you will have already
received information concerning this student
feedback survey, designed by the NSW Department of
Education and Communities. This survey is a great
opportunity for students to have their say about
school life, how engaged they are with school and the
different ways teachers interact with them. The
permission slip is only to be returned if you do not
wish your child to participate. It is an opt out survey.
A gift from Year 6, 2014 – Thank you!
Congratulations to Jenny Slade, our Learning and
Support teacher, who was last week granted
Australian citizenship. We celebrated with a morning
tea of lamingtons, ANZAC biscuits and bread and
Judy Doherty
Several local high schools will be conducting open days or nights over the next few weeks.
They include:
Hunters Hill High:
Saturday 28 February 12 noon – 3.00 pm
Willoughby Girls High:
Wednesday 11 March 5.00 pm -7.30 pm
Riverside Girls High:
Thursday 5 March 3.00 pm -6.00 pm
Hunters Hill High is also conducting a placement test for the Year 7 Extension class in 2016. Current Year 6 students
are invited to sit for this test on Saturday 21 March. For details contact the school on 9817 4565.
Willoughby Girls High is also conducting a placement test for the Year 7 Extension class in 2016. Year 6 girls are
invited to sit for this test on Saturday 14 March. For details contact the school on 9958 4141.
Next week, assemblies will be hosted by the following classes :
K-2 Assembly: Monday, 2 March at 2.45pm – Hosted by 2M
3-6 Assembly: Tuesday, 3 March at 2.45pm – Hosted by 3H
Merit Awards
Congratulations to the following K-2 students who received a Merit Award this week
Samuel Sze Tho
Lucy White
Georgina Priddy
Jacob Kokiw
Leo Hostia-Matkowski
Katya Nesterova
Summer Ryan
Gabriel Lee
Harry Zerna
Zara Murray
Benji Tan
Zimo Kang
Evelyn Mulder
Jasper Hazell
Ryan Fong
Lachlan Melloy
Imogen Fox
Hugo Palmer
Maddie Lehmann
Hugh Dixon
Hudson Whitaker
Elizabeth Cappetta
Great work with numbers
Painting a fabulous rainbow apple tree
Beautiful neat work
Great counting on skills
Excellent application in science
Amazing application in all tasks
Great work with sight words
A positive approach to reading
Being a kind and caring class member
Outstanding application in all tasks
Showing focus and dedication to all tasks
A wonderful start to Year 1
Producing consistently neat handwriting
Active participation in math activities
Displaying great enthusiasm and knowledge in science
An excellent understanding of friends of 20
Being a polite and helpful class member
Demonstrating an inquisitive mind
Being an enthusiastic class member
Being a helpful class member
Working confidently in maths
A great participant in Literacy activities
Gold Awards
Congratulations to the following K-2 students who received a Gold Award this week
Amy Turner
Oscar Tremlett
Claudia Barry
Dominic Schliebs
Molly Rayment
Congratulations to the following 3-6 students who received a Merit Award this week
Sasha Davidson
Toby Garvey
Charlotte Zerna
Jack Thompson
Ruby Tan
Marcus Wishart
Amber Chady
Ian Lee
Emma Byrne
Spencer Garrett
Zavier Lim
Layla Scott Huggins
Maddie Hagley
Oscar Tentij
Zara Haire
Ollie Byars
Megan Lee
Sam Bjorlo
Zoe Angelopoulos
Jack O’Dwyer
Hamish Barkus
Eliza Shelton
Archie Miller
Sophie Saunders
Always encouraging her peers
Producing a thoughtful piece of writing
Producing an excellent classification of cats in science
Always applying himself fully to all tasks
Her brilliant work in grammar lessons
Creative photography for our class artwork
Great participating in class discussions
An excellent news presentation
Making helpful contributions to class discussions
Displaying fantastic listening skills
Excellent writing in our ANZAC unit
Wonderful work in spelling
Being a kind and considerable class member
Great participation in class
Being a kind and friendly class member of 5Q
Great application in all tasks
An excellent illustration of the ANZAC story
Great focus towards class tasks
Creating a beautiful pencil drawing
Great participation in our ANZAC unit
Producing an excellent ANZAC artwork
Great participation during novel study discussions.
Excellent initiative in his approach to his self-directed project
An outstanding approach to science.
Gold Awards
Congratulations to the following 3-6 students who received a Gold Award this week
Kate Chatteur
Maddy Hungerford
Kayla Van der Plas
Lily Eldridge
Carys Rosser
Harry Melloy
Tom Lacey
Evelyn Rosser
Congratulations to the following Year 5 student who received a Banner this week
Lily Eldridge
The Tell Them From Me student feedback survey
I am delighted that this term, our school, like many others in the state, will participate in a Department of Education
and Communities initiative: the Tell Them From Me student feedback survey. The survey aims to help improve
student learning outcomes and measures factors that are known to affect academic achievement and other student
outcomes. The focus of the NSW-wide survey is on student wellbeing, engagement and effective teaching practices.
More information about the survey is available at:
The survey is a great opportunity for our students to provide our school with valuable and quick feedback on what
they think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with
them. Schools in Australia and around the world have used the Tell Them From Me survey to help improve how they
do things at school.
I want to assure you that the survey is confidential and school staff will not be able to identify individual students
from their responses. The survey is conducted online and will typically take less than 30 minutes to complete. It will
be administered during school hours between 9 March and 2 April. Participating in the survey is entirely voluntary.A
consent form and FAQs for parents/carers about the survey is being sent home with students. If you do not want
your child or children to participate, please return the form to school by Friday 27 February. Copies of the form and
FAQs are available from the website above.
Well done to the 12 sportsmen who represented our school with great honour at the PSSA Cricket knockout
competition against Lane Cove Public School last Thursday. Facing a strong team, our boys worked and supported
each other to take some outstanding wickets and display some good fielding.
They’re to be commended for their initiative and excellent sportsmanship and were wonderful role models for Lane
Cove West Public School.
Well done boys.
Mr Jared Rastall
A note to all parents who are still to return HealthCare plans, could you please do so by Friday (27th February).
Year 6 will be selling ice blocks every Wednesday from 25th February through until 18th March as part of
raising money for the year 6 end of year present. The ice blocks will cost 50₵ each and will be sold under
the canteen cola at 1:10pm (after eating time).
If you have a spare 30 to 45 minutes before pick up, please consider joining our
book covering group. Wednesday afternoons, 2.40pm – 3.20pm, in the LAST room
(end of B block closest to the library). Liz Darton (parent volunteer) will be there
to guide things along. Please direct any questions to Lynette Potts (Teacher
Librarian). Thank you!
Iodine and learning
Iodine is needed for the thyroid gland, growth and brain development.
Sources of iodine include:
We have had an amazing response to our call out for Volunteer Tutors. Thank you to everyone who has already
expressed interest.
Just a reminder that a training session will be held next Wednesday, 4 March at 9.30am in the new Learning &
Support Classroom (Block B).
If you wish to volunteer but are unable to attend this session, please contact us for an alternative training time. All
parents who would like more information on how children learn to read and the use of the Pause, Prompt, Praise
method of reinforced reading are welcome to attend.
Jenny Slade & Michiko de Solom
Learning and Support Teachers
The contents of 2M's compost caddy regularly features some very GREEN items. Whilst not strictly fruit - it is
wonderful to see such healthy eating happening in 2M. Well done!
Clean up Australia Day
All children will participate in Clean Up Australia Day on Friday 27 February. Junior students will be assigned areas
within the school whilst senior students will help clean up the neighbourhood. This is a special year for Clean Up
Australia as it celebrates 25 years of existence. General community clean-up events will be held throughout Australia
this weekend - please check for further information.
Road Safety Corner
 Talk to your child about what to do if unexpected things happen e.g.
the ball rolls out onto the road
 Praise good road safety behaviour
 Go over what your child has learned about road safety using books,
role playing, games and discussions
 If you can, offer to be a parent helper for road safety lessons and
practical sessions at school
Parents on Band Duty Mon 2 March ­ Wed 4 March
Senior Band
Craig Neyle & Alison Bird or Andrew Angelopoulos
Concert Band
Strassberg Family
Junior Band
Nicola Tan & Stephanie Hew
If you are unable to make your listed duty can you please go through the list of rostered parents and find a
Dates for the diary
Thursday Feb. 26, 2015
Monday March 23, 2015
Sunday May 24, 2015 ­ 2.30pm ­ Hunters Hill High School annual combined Concert Band workshop
Harmony Day
Ryde East Music Festival
Band Rehearsals 2015
Band rehearsal days are 745am sharp ­ 9am for Senior Band on Mondays, Concert Band on Tuesdays, Junior Band on
Wednesdays and then we have Jazz Band Wednesday afternoons from 3.30pm.
Instruments for Hire
We have a Clarinet, Flute, Oboe and Bass Clarinet for students in Senior or Concert Band.
If you have any queries we’ll be happy to help.
Band Convenor: Merran Elliot
Junior, Senior, Jazz Bands Email: [email protected]
Concert Band Email: [email protected]
Hello Parents
Planning for the P&C Gatsby fundraiser is well under-way and the Props & Decor Team need your help. We are
looking for some specific items to help create a fabulous event!
If you can donate (or lend) any one of the following items we'd be most grateful:
• 10 - 12 medium sizes potted palms
• 1 x very large palm, preferably in a large urn
• Bolts or rolls of plain fabrics in satin (or similar) in black, gold or cream
• Any smaller lengths of speciality fabrics ( e.g. sequinned or beaded) in black, gold or cream
• Any lengths of sheer fabrics (voile, organza etc.) in black, gold or cream
• Ropes or strings of fairy lights in white/clear
if you think you might have something else at home appropriate to the Gatsby theme then let us know!
Please contact Katrina Cashman 0419 784 042 or email: [email protected]
Uniform Shop opening hours : Tuesday
Enquiries :
Liz Darton
3pm – 4pm
9am – 10am
[email protected]
Well done to all the students who banked this week. We had a total of 62 deposits made.
Congratulations to the following students who have made ten deposits and handed in their tokens to
redeem their Term 1 reward :
Grace Butler 2K
Sean Levett 3M
Ruby Butler 4D
Sophie McCreanor 5A
Please make sure that the deposits slips are completed before your child comes to do their banking. It is essential
that their name and bank account details be completed along with the correct amount being deposited. The student
number (if known) is also required. The tellers have a list of each student’s number and will be filling it in on the
inside of the deposit book.
For those families new to the school, Banking is every Tuesday morning 9.00AM until 9:25AM at one of the canteen
windows under the Hall COLA (see below for more information about the school banking program).
School Banking Rewards now available! Term 1
These new rewards have just been released for Term 1, and are available while stocks last:
• Planet Handball
For every deposit made at school, no matter how big or small, students will receive a cool Dollarmites token. Once
students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for these exclusive School Banking reward
items in recognition of their continued savings behaviour. There are 2 new items to come in Term 2 as well!
**** Please remember that you cannot combine tokens amongst siblings or friends to redeem an award. 10 tokens
must be collected by the individual student ****
Remember our school earns 5% commission on every deposit made (to a maximum of $10 per individual deposit).
Thank you to our team of volunteer tellers who are doing a wonderful job of providing the Banking service to the
If there are any children in Grade 3 and above who play Bass, Keyboard or Percussion and would be
interested in joining the band we would love to hear from you.
Contact Merran on mob: 0411 583 662 or email: [email protected]
We also have a Baritone, a French Horn and Percussion available for students wishing to join Junior Band or for
students in our other bands.
If interested please contact Jane at [email protected]
Holy Cross College, Ryde
Open Day – Sunday, March 8th, 2015
10.00am – 2.00pm
Quality Catholic Education in the tradition of the
Patrician Brothers
*Information, *Educational Displays, * Refreshments, *College Tours
Enrolling Now for 2017, Limited Vacancies for 2016
517 Victoria Road, Ryde
Telephone: 9808 1033
Email: [email protected]
Website :
(Car park entrance via Frank Street)
Belle Property Lane Cove is now a proud sponsor of the Northern Suburbs Tennis Association for
2014. We are very excited about our association with the NSTA and look forward to being a part
of many events in the coming year.
For the Belle Property Lane
Cove team, 2013 was an
outstanding year. Buyer
confidence returned with
force and we achieved
record high Auction
clearance rates and strong
sales results right across the
lower North Shore.
If you are looking to
capitalize on the current
strong market conditions,
NOW is the time to act.
For a confidential discussion about how we can assist
you achieve your property goals in 2014, please
call Simon Harrison, James Bennett and the team at
Belle Property Lane Cove on 9087 3333
Lane Cove
Celebrating 30 years!
" I have turned up to
every lesson with a smile
on my face since I was 6.
Red Shoes is an
awesome, amazing, one
of a kind dance
- Emma, age 12
Beginning with Angelina Ballerina classes for children aged 3 - 5 years,
the studio has something for everyone!
Classes for all levels
Classical Ballet
Musical Theatre
m: 0408 486 818
Spanish for kids
Spanish lessons for kids.
From year 1 to year 6.
Lane Cove West PS every Monday
after school.
Qualified native teacher.
For further information call
0477640 604
[email protected]
4 to 12 year olds welcome.
Join New South Wales’ largest AFL community club, the Willoughby Wildcats,
based at the iconic Gore Hill Oval. The season starts early April with teams/
squads for specific age groups from 4 years to 12 years filling now.
Auskick (4 to 7/8 years) is our junior programme, held on Sunday mornings.
Here we introduce kids to AFL and teach them the skills of the game via
drills, activities and modified match play. Juniors (8/9 to 12 years) train
mid-week and then play competitive games against other clubs on Sundays.
For both our Auskick and Junior programmes we have accredited coaches
at every age level and a strong support team in place.
Compared to other codes the Willoughby Wildcats are great value.
Auskick costs $140 per child and they receive a footy bag [valued at over
$50] full of goodies, like a footy, cap, bottle etc. Juniors are $180 for the
first child, $140 for siblings.
It’s a great club that has been operating since 1977 with
over 100 volunteers and a strong community bond.
Register now at
After School
Years 1 to 3 - 45 min.
Years 4 to 6 - 1 hour.
Strength and flexibility
Balance and coordination
Focus, mindfulness and relaxation tecniques
In a fun and nurturing environment for boys and girls
location: Lane Cove West Public school hall.
For expression of interest for term 1 - 2015
contact Ericka -