From Mr Burgess

External Studies
From time to time the school is asked to be part of external studies or research, usually associated with universities.  As many of you would be aware, we are currently involved in two such studies; one to do with myopia in children (starting soon) and the other relating to sensory profiles (paperwork due back at the end of June please).  The school greatly appreciates families choosing to be involved in these studies, as they always provide good information for us, from those on the cutting edge.  We are very selective as to which studies we are involved with, ensuring they are managed appropriately and align with the ethos of the school.

Kindergarten Ted Talks
The school recently ran a series of Ted type talks, relating to preparing for Kindergarten.  The families that attended were very engaged with the talks, judging by the questions asked at the end.  The topics covered on the night were:

* Handwriting – Is it important? Tips from an Occupational Therapist on getting ready for handwriting at school
* Tears and smiles in Kindergarten- practical tips for preparing children emotionally for school
* What should a child know before starting school? Is learning the alphabet enough?
* Why didn’t someone tell me? Cybersafety for 4-8 year olds. Managing Techno-tantrums, safety tips and resources

My thanks to those who presented – Mrs Connellan, Mrs McCleary, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Hypatidis (an occupation therapist who works closely with the school.)  It’s great to work with such talented and passionate staff.

If you have other ideas for future presentations, please get in contact.

Year 4 Camps
Our Year 4 camps are coming up over the next two weeks.  This is a great introductory camp, as we get pupils used to the idea of spending a night away from home, in preparation for more substantial camps in Years 5 and 6.  Our intrepid students will explore the Sydney Maritime Museum and The Rocks on Day 1, with Day 2 being hosted back at school with a variety of activities and challenges.  Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to help out with this camp – we can’t do it without you.

High School Musical
I make it my business to wander through the musical rehearsals most weeks, to see how things are going.  Over the past few weeks, things really seem to have “clicked”.  The songs are coming alive, and I have seen some very polished dance routines.  While I still have no real idea who Zac Efron is, I can tell when a musical is coming together, and this one definitely is!  Tickets have been on sale for a little while now, so I would encourage people to check out the dates and book soon.  In case you need a reminder, this is the performance schedule:

Friday 30/8
7:00 pm – Year 4 pre-show performance

Saturday 31/8
2:00 pm – Kindergarten, Prep E and L pre-show performance
7:00 pm – Year 2 and 3 pre-show performance

Friday 6/9
7:00 pm – Year 5 pre-show performance

Saturday 7/9
2:00 pm – Year 1, Prep K and C pre-show performance
7:00 pm – Year 6 pre-show performance

** Remember – if you have children in more than one grade, you are welcome to have all of your children perform in the one pre-show.  Please let you child’s teacher/s know if you are doing this.

Coming Soon:

Friday 14th June
K-6 Assembly – 2pm in the Hall
3-6 Dance – 6pm to 8pm in the Hall

Wednesday 19th June
IPSSO – ASG vs. WCCS (Away Game)

Thursday 20th June
4HF and 4N Camp

Friday 21st June
4HF and 4N Camp

Monday 24th June
Zone Netball and Soccer Gala Day

Tuesday 25th June
Prep Vision Screening

Wednesday 26th June
IPSSO –WCCS vs. St Marks (Home Game)

Thursday 27th June
4J and 4L Camp
ALC Shades of Shakespeare

Friday 28th June
4J and 4L Camp
Prep Vision Screening
100 days of Kindergarten celebration afternoon

16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Ruth 1:16

In His service,

Robert Burgess
Primary Deputy