From the beginning of Term 2 (Tuesday 20 April), school start time for ALL STUDENTS will revert to 9am. There is no longer any need to stagger the school start times. Students can continue to arrive at school from 8.30am.
Kindergarten students will place their bags in Bamboo Grove, Year 1 students will place their bags on the Grandstand and then Kindergarten & Year 1 students can play on the Lower Terrace before school
Students in Year 2 will place their bags on the Upper Terrace and play on the Upper Terrace before school
Students in Year 3 & 4 will proceed to the Purple Neighbourhood for BYOD sign in and then return to the Upper Terrace to play before school
Students in Stage 3 will continue to go the Rooftop Terrace before school.
If you are coming into the school grounds to drop off your child, we ask that you leave before the bell goes. This enables our teachers to move the children into their classrooms promptly and smoothly, making for a settled start to the day and maximises learning time.
Pick Up Procedures in the Afternoon
From the beginning of Term 2 (Tuesday 20 April), pick up time for ALL STUDENTS will revert to 3pm. There is no longer any need to stagger the school finishing times.
From Term 2, all Kindergarten children will be picked up from the Bamboo Grove inside the school grounds. All Kindergarten parents picking up their child at 3pm will need to park their car and walk into the school to pick up their child from the Bamboo Grove playground from the beginning of Term 2. Children in Kindergarten who have a sibling in an older grade may collect their Kindergarten sibling from Bamboo Grove and then proceed to meet their parent /carer.
Stage 1 children (students in Year 1 and Year 2) will be picked up from the area at the front of the school on Anzac Avenue (steps at the front of the school). Children in Stage 1 who have a sibling in an older grade may collect their Stage 1 sibling from the front of the school and then proceed to meet their parent /carer.
All students in Years 3-6 will be dismissed from classrooms at 3pm. Parents will need to coordinate a place to pick up your children at 3pm. The Miller St gate will be opened each afternoon to access the school and for students to leave the school grounds.
Students attending TeamKids and various aftercare services will meet staff as per normal procedure.
If you come onto school grounds for drop off and pick up, you will need to scan the ‘Service NSW COVID Check In’ QR code at the entrance to the school.
Please discuss after school pick up arrangements with your child during the school holidays. It is particularly important for siblings to know where they should meet their siblings after school and where they will be picked up.
From the beginning of Term 2, there will be no teacher supporting parents in the school drop-off zone near the pedestrian exit. There is no need to have your dashboard sign.
All adults coming onto school grounds should continue to follow COVID safe practices, including distancing of 1.5 metres between each other and hygiene practices such as hand washing.
No parents are to enter classrooms or buildings without a pre-arranged meeting time and without signing in at the school office and scanning the Service NSW COVID Check In’ QR code.
SCHOOL CROSSING SUPERVISOR Our new School Crossing Supervisor starts this afternoon 29/03/21. His name is Charles – so please make him feel welcome and say hello as you cross. Oh and a ‘thank you’ is also welcomed. Mrs Amy Sackville was so pleased to hand the baton over to Charles this afternoon!
APPLYING FOR YEAR 5 ENTRY TO AN OPPORTUNITY CLASS IN 2022 Opportunity classes cater for academically gifted and high potential students who may otherwise be without sufficient classmates at their own academic and social level. Online applications for Year 5 placement in an opportunity class in 2022 open on Tuesday 20 April 2021 and close on Friday 7 May 2021. Parents and carers will be able to apply from the website at that time. Please note that late applications cannot be accepted. Please read ‘Applying for Year 5 entry to an opportunity class in 2022’ (see below) for information about the process and important dates. More information about this process will be sent to you via email. Applying for Year 5 Entry to an Opportunity Class in 2022
ANZAC DAY COMMEMORATION Our ANZAC Day assembly will be held on Friday 23 April at 12.30pm. Student representatives from each class will be presenting floral tributes. Parents and families are invited to attend this special assembly. The North Sydney RSL sub-branch has made a special invitation to our community to attend the ANZAC Day Ceremony on Sunday 25 April at 5:45am at the War Memorial at Ridge St, North Sydney. Mrs Taylor-Hill will be attending this service on behalf of Anzac Park Public School to lay a wreath and it would be wonderful if a few members of our school community, including a few children in school uniform, could join her for this occasion. The North Sydney RSL sub-branch used to meet at the historical Anzac Club site, which is our new school site and I am keen to build a positive and lasting relationship with this organisation.
2021 TELL THEM FROM ME SURVEY Early in Term 2, our school is taking part in the Tell Them From Me student survey. The survey will provide us with valuable feedback on what our students in Years 4-6 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 them improve. The survey is completed on-line and is run by an independent research company, The Learning Bar, which specialises in school-based surveys. Staff in schools will not be able to identify individual students from their responses. To ensure confidentiality, participating students will receive a unique username and password. The survey typically takes 30 minutes or less to complete and will be administered by the school during normal school hours. Once the surveys are completed by students, reports are prepared and in most cases and available to schools within three business days. As well as schools getting student feedback, the Department of Education, through the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE), has access to data from across NSW and is running a research project to look at state-wide patterns of student wellbeing, engagement and effective teaching practices. The research is looking at how these things impact on student outcomes, including academic performance. Individual students will not be identified in any CESE publications, and all information will be handled in accordance with the relevant privacy legislation. Students’ personal information will not be disclosed by the department to any other person or body other than as required by law. This research will help us to better understand how to improve student wellbeing and engagement. It will also help teachers and principals discuss what works to improve student outcomes. If you do not want your child to take part in the survey, please let the school know via email by Monday 26 April . More information about the survey and the research is available via the following link: Tell Them From Me Parent Information
NATIONAL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM LITERACY AND NUMERACY (NAPLAN) 2021 The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a point in time assessment of literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. Our school will be participating in NAPLAN Online between 11 and 21 May 2021. Excessive preparation for NAPLAN Online is not recommended. Students do not need to be able to touch type to complete NAPLAN Online as the tests are not about keyboard skills (just as the paper test is not about handwriting skills). Students can use the public demonstration site to familiarise themselves with the types of questions and tools available in the NAPLAN Online tests.Public Demonstration Site NESA NAPLAN Website NAP Parent / Carer Support Page Watch a video that explains NAPLAN Online Watch a video that explains tailored testing
NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY Your child has been invited to take part in this year’s NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC). This is a program that encourages students to read a wide range of quality fiction and non fiction titles from selected reading lists nominated by the NSW premier’s office.
To be involved in the challenge K – 2 students need to experience 30 books. Children can read/experience the books on their own or be read to by parents/carers/teachers. 25 of these books need to come from the K-2 PRC Reading List (See website link below). 5 books can be their own free choice. Years 3-6 students need to read 20 books, 5 of which can be their own free choice. Books can either be read in paper format, on eReaders , iPads, tablets or audio books. All books read from 1st September 2020 will also count towards this year’s reading challenge. Please note, reading challenge books that are read in languages other than English will also be accepted, if your child is also reading in other languages. You can find a wide range of PRC books in our wonderful school library and in local council libraries. For the PRC booklists please visit https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/booklist/home.html
All books need to be read by Friday 20th August 2021 when the Challenge ends. Students will receive a PRC bookmark when they are half way through the Challenge and a completion certificate from the PRC team on completion. PRC Certificates will be awarded in Term 4. All the information is contained on the PRC website https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/rules.html
How to register: Students can begin their reading now and go online to register from 1st March. To register please go to: https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/logon.html (or type “Premier’s Reading Challenge NSW 2021” on your preferred web browser) Once you are on the PRC website you can log on using your child’s DET user name and password- this is the same as the one used by students to access the internet at school. Your child’s class teacher will provide your child with a DET user name and password shortly.
How to record books online: Enter the PRC ID code (to be found in the PRC reading lists or on the back of our school library books that have a PRC label on the spine) for each book your child has read. Please feel free to contact us for any questions. Look out for more information about the PRC in our school newsletter.
If you have any questions regarding the reading challenge please contact me (email@example.com)
VOLUNTEERING If you are able to help with KISS and DROP (morning or afternoon) – please fill in the forms at the office and update your availability HERE: “Let’s keep our kids safe as they get in and out of the car” – This form can also be found under EVENTS / VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES on this website. You will receive a snazzy yellow vest and it is a great way to meet and greet your fellow families. Times are short (8:25am-9am and 2:40pm-3pm) THANK YOU IN ADVANCE
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES The extra curricular activities list has been updated. Please see under Events / Extra Curricular Activities.
Thursday 1 April – Last day Term 1
Tuesday 20 April – First day Term 2 At the beginning of next term we will have a short cross-over period between winter and summer uniform with all children expected to be in their winter uniform by Monday 3 May. Please remember to label all uniform items, particularly your child’s school jacket and school hat.
Thursday 22 April – Yrs 2-6 Cross Country Carnival
Please be reminded you cannot stop in the “NO STOPPING” beside the 15 min zone on ANZAC AVENUE while waiting to pick up your child. You must continue to drive around the block to keep the traffic flowing and to allow cars to turn right into ANZAC AVENUE from Ernest St.
Also, please be reminded it is illegal to turn right into the Kiss and Drop from Rosalind St. The Kiss and Drop is classified as a divided road – not an intersection, so you can’t cross double lines. You must access Kiss and Drop from Ernest St.
The Anzac Park Ethics program builds the critical reasoning ability of our students, helping them to come to a deep understanding of their own values. Students learn how to think through different issues and identify strong and weak arguments. At Anzac Park, we have one of the largest ethics programs in the state, supported by a fantastic team of volunteer teachers including parents, grandparents and community volunteers.
So that we can continue to offer ethics classes to all families who request them, we are looking for a number of new volunteer teachers to join the program in 2021. Teaching Ethics is a great way to get involved in the classroom and support the school. It could also help you to develop your own thinking, reasoning and facilitation skills!
Volunteers don’t need previous teaching experience or a background in philosophy or ethics. You receive full training and a fully prepared lesson each week. An APPS teacher is also present in each class for additional support. Classes are discussion based, so more teachers means smaller classes and a much greater chance for your child to fully participate in the lesson. Classes run every Tuesday.
If teaching ethics is a possibility for you, or someone you know (we’d love to hear from some grandparents or 2021 kindy parents!), please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Ethics Coordinator, Cathy Chase on 0414 784 272.