RWPS eNewsletter Term 2 Week 4

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Principal's Report

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

Tomorrow we are conducting another Open Session for parents of our current students. All are welcome to attend the session between 9.00 and 10.00 am tomorrow morning. These sessions will have a Maths focus.

However, we have a number of our classroom teachers who are either absent due to illness or on leave and their classes will be taken by casual relief teachers. For parents who have children in those classes, it may be better to attend a later Open Session as it won’t be business as usual. I will send a Newsfeed out tomorrow morning at about 8.00 am to inform everyone of which classroom teachers will not be at school.

TISSUES

We are asking that all families send along a packet or small box of tissues that can be kept at school or in your child’s bag for them to use as required.

HANG AROUND SCHOOL FRIDAY              
Friday, 24th May             3.30 until 5.30 pm

Friday nights are very good for ‘hanging around school’ on Friday 24th May, a Hang Around School Friday is being organised to allow families to socialise and just let their children play at school. This will occur from school time until 5.00 pm. The PFA will be running a sausage sizzle – see poster in the PFA item.

If parents would like to have a couple of quiet Friday afternoon BYO drinks as well, that should be fine. Hope to see you then. Please note that from 3.45 pm the school is not responsible for students and that all students must be with a parent or supervising adult.

MOTHERS AND SPECIAL PERSONS’ DAY STALL

This is happening this Friday – see item in the PFA section.

STUDENT OF THE WEEK AND FIVE MINUTES OF FAME

Our weekly SOTW awards are given to students for displaying the RWPS values of Respect/Responsibility, Wisdom, Persistence and Success. Please see The Student of the Week item for this week’s recipients and the photo of last week’s winners.

Because there is no assembly this week, the students who receive the SOTW awards will be presented with their certificates in their classrooms at 3.15 pm, apart from the Foundation students who will be presented with theirs near their dots at the same time. Parents are invited to come along to 5MoF.

The following classes have specialist lessons during the last hour this Friday, so here is where you will find them:

  • 3W Art Room
  • 2B Spanish/Music Room

At 3.25 this week all SOTW recipients and Good Behaviour draw winners will be called for a photo for the next week’s Newsletter.

Regards,

Bruce

Principal



Teaching & Learning

EDUCATION WEEK - 13TH TO 17TH MAY

This year, Education Week runs from Monday, 13th May to Friday, 17th May. The theme, Spotlight on STEM, celebrates the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in our everyday lives, in the classroom and beyond.

Reservoir West PS will be celebrating Education Week by conducting a STEM focused cross-age session on Friday, 17th May. During the last session, classes will work together and participate in STEM related activities. It is always lovely to see two classes from different year levels come together and support each other in learning. These sessions foster academic, social and emotional development!

To find out more about Education Week 2024, visit www.vic.gov.au/education-week.

Mrs Barb Balliro
Assistant Principal – Teaching & Learning
barbara.balliro@education.vic.gov.au 



Wellbeing

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE CLASSROOM
On Wednesday, 1 April our fourth-grade students had an extraordinary opportunity to attend a presentation by Tate Kemp as part of their Global Studies unit, Somebody Else’s Shoes. Tate, who lives with Cerebral Palsy, shared insights into the obstacles he faces and his unwavering determination to overcome them. He also discussed resilience, inclusivity, and the significance of showing kindness and respect to everyone, regardless of differences. We extend our gratitude to Tate for his inspiring visit, and congratulations to our fourth graders for being exceptional audience members. Tate even commended us as the most engaged audience he's ever had!

During their reading session this week, the Year 4 students used a KWL chart to collaboratively share what they Knew, Wondered and Learned about autism. Some of their wonderings were:

  • Are you born with autism, or does it develop later?
  • Is autism genetic?

Check out the photos of the Year 4 learning experiences in the photo carousel below.

 

‘THE KIDS WHO CAN’T’ DOCUMENTARY
You may have seen the documentary aired Monday, 29 April on Four Corners. The documentary is about the growing number of children in Australia are struggling to attend school – many of us know a family affected.

These are children who want to go to school but feel like they can't because of anxiety and stress. The reasons why can be very complex and varied.

The story follows families battling the blame, shame and fear of missing out on education — and visits some of the schools doing things differently.

It is worth watching to have a deeper understanding of what the children and families are going through, and learn how we may be able to support them.

Follow the link The Kids Who Can’t to  ABC TV and ABC iview. Or you can read more about Four Corners’ investigation into school refusal and the families featured in the documentary here: The Kids Who Can’t: Four Corners

Children who are struggling to attend school experience significant emotional distress not only when going to school but also at the thought of going to school; they may be absent from school for weeks or even months at a time.

School refusal can be very distressing for parents who can find it very difficult to manage and address; it can cause conflict in the home and disrupt routines. Identifying the cause of school refusal can be difficult and there may be a number of factors that contribute to it.

Further assistance
Sometimes you may need assistance from professionals who can help your child. Discuss your concerns with relevant teachers or the Wellbeing team. We can help address any school based issues and make recommendations about professional support.

Alternatively, you could seek support from your GP who can assist with a referral to mental health professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or therapist.

Further support for young people and families:

  • Kids Helpline: 24-hour support on 1800 55 1800
  • Lifeline: 24-hour support for all Australians on 13 11 14
  • ReachOut: Confidential online peer support for young people and online school refusal resources for parents.
  • Headspace: Centres in each state and territory or check out eheadspace for online support


THE RESILIENCE, RIGHTS & RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS (RRRR)
The RRRR lessons are taught in the classrooms each week. The term 2 topics for each cohort are detailed below.

Year Level

Topic

AIMS: Activities will assist students to:

 

 

 

 

Foundation

 

 

 

Stress Management

·  Recognise and identify their own emotions

·  Describe situations that may evoke these emotions

·  Recognise and identify how their emotions influence the way they feel and act

·  Express their emotions constructively

 

 

Year 1

 

 

Stress Management

·  Identify and describe personal coping skills and explain how these contribute to family and school life

·  Discuss the ways in which students can use self-calming strategies to manage themselves in stressful situations.

 

 

 

 

Year 2

 

 

 

 

Help-Seeking

·  Practise solving simple interpersonal problems

·  Identify ways to care for others, including ways of making and keeping friends

·  Discuss the importance of seeking help when dealing with problems that are too big to solve alone

·  Practise seeking help from adults and peers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 3

 

 

 

 

 

Stress Management

·  Describe the influence that people, situations and events have on their emotions

·  Explore strategies to manage physical, social and emotional change

·  Describe and apply strategies that can be used in situations that make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe

·  Explain the value of self-discipline and goal-setting in helping them to learn and to cope with change and challenge

·  Describe personal strengths and identify coping strategies that they can apply to help them cope with change and challenge.

 

 

 

Year 4

 

 

 

Help-Seeking

·  Identify communication skills that enhance peer support and help-seeking

·  Identify a range of conflict resolution and help-seeking strategies to negotiate positive outcomes to problems

·  Discuss the concept of leadership and identify situations where it is appropriate to adopt this role

·  Describe and apply strategies that can be used in situations that make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

 

Year 5/6

 

Stress Management

·  Identify some causes of stress and strategies that can be used to reduce stress

·  Identify and explain factors that influence effective communication in a variety of situations.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA, BIPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA
A reminder that Friday, May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex Discrimination & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). On this day students are welcome to go rainbow to create awareness, inclusion and visibility. It is a great opportunity for us to show our support for LGBTQIA+ community, and to revisit important discussions around embracing and respecting diversity and bias-based bullying. 

MENTAL HEALTH / EVENTS CALENDAR 2024

Event Date

Event

12 May

International Nurses Day

15 May

International Families Day

17 May

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

13 – 19 May

National Families Week

20 - 26 May

National Volunteer Week

24 May

World Schizophrenia Awareness Day

26 May

National Sorry Day

27 May - 3 June

Reconciliation Week (Now More Than Ever)

1 June

Global Day of Parents

3 June

Mabo Day

5 June

World Environment Day

20 June

World Refugee Day - United Nations

21 June

World Music Day



SOTW

Congratulations to all of the students that are receiving a Student of the Week award!

  

NAME

VALUE

LA1

5/6L

Jordy Mammone

Persistence

LA2

5/6M

Ava Mantello

Success

LA3

5/6K

Zhane Abbas

Respect

LA4

5/6V

Olivia Dodds

Success

LA5

5/6P

Harvey Morris

Success

LA6

5/6H

Clyde Sharkey

Responsibility

LA9

Prep B

Birdie Kingsmill

Success and Responsibility

LA10

Prep D

Freddie Dimovski

Success and Respect 

LA11

Prep V

Martin Vera Rodriguez

Success

LA12

Prep H

Thomas King

Success

LA17

1C

Rohan Prescott

Success

LA18

1M

June Somers

Success

LA19

1P

Riley Gallerani

Responsibility

LA20

1R

Asha Presljak-Lim

Success

LA21

3W

Jaida Abbas

Success

LA22

3J

Leon Hechavarria Risco

Persistence

LA23

3M

Gus O’Neill

success

LA24

3S

Ali Shaheen

Success

LA25

2C

Leo Rinaldi 

Success

LA27

2B

Max Weston

Wisdom

LA28

2M

Tavi Stephenson 

Respect 

LA29

4T

Harvey O’Meara

Success

LA30

4H

Atticus Irineos

Success

ART        

Manu Harrison

Success

DIGITECH      

Harry Chekwube

Success

LIBRARY 

Te Ua O Rangi Tui

Success

MUSIC   

Mac Swinnerton

Zoe Videan

Evelyn Cooke

Serena Nair

Louis Sands-Haymes

Jessie Brookes

Tillie Batchelor-Brown

Austin Giles

Georgia Vear

Success

SPANISH

Tristan Downes-Young

Success

SCIENCE

Nasseh Jilani

Responsibility and Success

PE

Sadie Grubb

Respect and Responsibility

PRINCIPAL

Amelia Mitchell

Success

TURBO/SUPPORT

Jensen Bailey

Success

 

Group photo of last week's SOTW recipients!



Week 3 Golden Ticket winners!



Library news - Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair Is Coming to RWPS!

Dear RWPS Community,

We are thrilled to announce that our highly-anticipated School Book Fair is just around the corner! Get ready to embark on a literary adventure and discover a world of captivating stories, engaging activities, and wonderful books for readers of all ages.

The School Book Fair is a fantastic opportunity for students, parents, teachers, and book lovers alike to explore a wide selection of books, including bestsellers, classics, graphic novels, educational resources, and much more. Whether you're searching for the latest novel by your favourite author or looking to expand your reading horizons, there's something for everyone at our Book Fair.

Mark your calendars and join us at our School Book Fair for an unforgettable literary experience. Let's celebrate the magic of books and inspire a lifelong love of reading among our students.

Dates: Tuesday 14th May until Monday 20th May

Where: Reservoir West Library

Times: Daily 8.30am - 9.00am


We look forward to seeing you there!

Happy Reading!

Flora Kossivas
Librarian



PFA News

Hello School Community,

We hope you are having a wonderful week.  

Upcoming Events 

Mothers and Special Persons Day Stall - Friday 10 May
We love seeing all the excited faces on this day. The eagerness our students show in selecting the perfect gift for their someone special is truly beautiful. If you would like to be there on the day to assist students in making their selections please volunteer using this link. https://signup.zone/rwps-pfa-events 

Hang Around Friday - Friday 24 May
This has become a school community favourite. We will serve BBQ sausages and veggie burgers in the school yard from 330pm. Students will be able to play with their peers while parents/guardians are able to socialize. All sausages are beef and halal. This event is CASH ONLY. No card facilities will be available. If you would like to volunteer for this event please use this link https://signup.zone/rwps-pfa-events 



Thank you for following along and your ongoing support! 

Warmest regards
Zayna and the PFA team



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