For demonstrating the value of Excellence during our recent Maths investigation. You planned a highly entertaining day at “Leisure Land” which satisfied all the criteria and, importantly, didn’t exceed the budget! Well done, Caitlyn.
I loved seeing the Scaddan students SO excited about our amazing Book Fair last Thursday. Thank you to all the parents who came down to support their children and the school. Ms Harry worked hard to set up and organise the day so that the school could take part in this wonderful opportunity. Congratulations to the following students for winning a $10 voucher for their colouring in:
While Ms Harry was busy with bookfair, Miss Hatton set up some wonderful junior activities and was supported by Miss Egan and Mrs Guerini. Thank you for helping out on the day!
Last week we celebrated NAIDOC week in the classroom. We read books and watched videos from First Nations Bedtime Stories to learn from and celebrate First Nations stories.
'Why is this important?
First Nations cultures on this continent make up the oldest continuous cultures in the world. They go back over 80,000 years, and hold incredible knowledge and wisdom passed down through thousands of generations. However, since colonisation, they have been disregarded and undervalued.'
They have also been working on their Noongar Seasonal Calendars. I know the students are looking forward to sharing them with you when they are finished!
Well done to the teachers and students at Scaddan for engaging in such wonderful learning activities for NAIDOC week.
Last Wednesday we reflected on Remembrance day. We spoke about the significance of the day to remember and pay tribute to those who fought for the fortunate lives that we have today. We came together as a school to reflect on our past and be hopeful for the future. We also highlighted the significant contributions of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were serving for 87 years before even being considered citizens of Australia. 34 Aboriginal men served at Gallipoli, 12 of whom were killed. Now, there are more than 800 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who serve with distinction in the Australian Defence Forces. Last week the students made wreaths to place under the flag that was flown at half-mast before observing one minutes silence while listening to ‘The Last Post’.
This term, we are utilising our Sporting School Grant to receive Basketball coaching, two sessions a week! Chloe from Esperance Basketball Association is running the sessions to develop students movement skills in Basketball. I can’t wait to see the improvements made throughout the term.
Kindy Transition Day
Today (Tuesday 17th November) was our Kindy Transition Day! It was such a great opportunity to welcome our 2021 Kindy students into our school. Our new Kindy students got to play during break times and were learning all about our school routines at Scaddan. Well done to our Scaddan students for making them feel welcome!
Kaddatji Nyungar Boodja Plants & Culture Session
On Monday 23rd November, we have organised an incursion with Salmon Gums based on Nyungar Boodja Plants & Culture. The Botanist and President of the Esperance Wildflower Society, Ken Mills, will work with the Tjaltjraak Rangers to deliver a microscope activity as part of these sessions. We look forward to hosting Salmon Gums for the incursion, joint lunch and play!
Student Leaders Reward Day- Year 6 Students
On December 4th the Year 6 students will have their Reward Day Excursion. Mr Paterson will be joining the students on their Reward Day. Further information will be sent home to parents as soon as it is available.
Mr Jake’s return
This Friday 20th November, we will be welcoming back our fabulous chaplain, Mr Jake! He has been given the all clear to return to schools and take it easy. I know the students will be thrilled to see him happy and well. We look forward to having him back for the rest of the term.
New Library System
This term we will be migrating over to a new Library System- Oliver v5. Staff will be trained up this term, ready to start in 2021! On that note, a friendly reminder that the last day of borrowing will be December 3rd which leaves 2 weeks at the end of term for students to make sure all their books are returned before the end of the year.
Our Student Forum members represent the voice and opinions of all the children within our school. Through our Student Forum, we aim to develop young leadership skills, whilst supporting student decision making and providing opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made. Most importantly, our Student Forum team strive to promote the well-being of the children within our inclusive school. The Student Forum is run and led by the children, supported by the Principal, and takes an active role in making decisions and suggestions on behalf of the students in the school.
This year, our years 2-5 students will all have the opportunity to nominate and present a speech to their peers to aim for Student Forum 2021. Based on the presentation and votes, the structure of the Student Forum will be decided and announced at the End Of Year Concert (December 15th).
The staff at Scaddan place a very high importance on the role of the Student Forum as it is a privilege to lead and represent the school. Being able to prepare and present a speech to your peers can be very nerve wracking, but having opportunities in a supportive and caring environment will prepare the students for leadership opportunities in the future!
This term we have been utilising the Be You resources to help guide our planning for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Scaddan.
'Be You aims to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools. Our vision is that every learning community is positive, inclusive and resilient – a place where every child, young person, educator and family can achieve their best possible mental health.'
After collecting and analysing results from educators and children at Scaddan we have identified areas for development into 2021 and beyond. Be You have just released digital survey's to help collect responses from the community. Hopefully having a digital option will be less hassle during such a busy time! If any parents were interested in helping guide the formation of our plan by submitting a response through the link below it would be greatly appreciated.
Family survey participant information
As a school, we are required to work towards improving the attendance of our students. There are a so many important reasons why your child needs to attend school regularly. By regularly, we mean above 90% of the time (no more than five absent days per term). Of course there are always exceptions to this when children need to take time off school for perfectly acceptable reasons.
What should I do if my child is away from school?
To download the app just visit the App Store for iPhones or Google Play for Android’s. Search for Updat-ed and from the menu select our school. We’ll receive your registration request and will need to approve you before your app is up and running.