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Rapid Bay Primary School Newsletter

WEEK 5 TERM 2 ISSUE 307 May 28th 2020

Essington Lewis Drive
School No: 0650

Phone: 8598 4062
Mobile: 0447 715 103
Fax: 8598 4116


Jen McArdle



Reconciliation Week
May 27th - June 3rd


8th Public Holiday

Dear Rapid Bay families,
Wow, I can’t believe it is Week 5 already! I would like to thank you for your wonderful support for last week’s Pirate Day. It was fantastic to see students and staff get right into the spirit of the day and raise funds for such a deserving cause. I know the staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the day.

It has been great to see so many families sign up to Skool Loop already, if you haven’t had the chance to do so we encourage you to do so. Newsletters, notes about important events etc will be available through the app. You can also use the app to notify the school of student absences.

Staff are beginning work on completing mid-year reports for students. These will be sent home later this term. We will also hold parent interviews after reports have been completed so that parents, teachers and students can discuss the report and any issues arising from them.

Covid Update
While we have been supporting parent choice during this pandemic, it is now expected that all public-school students attend their school or preschool.
Students are required to attend school unless they:
  • are feeling unwell
  • have a chronic medical condition or compromised immune system and are not able to attend school on advice from their medical practitioner
  • live in a household with others that are deemed vulnerable to COVID-19 and are not able to attend school on advice of their medical practitioner
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been required to self-isolate by SA Health.
Schools will continue to provide support, as they would usually do, for students not able to attend school on advice from their medical practitioner.
Please speak to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Simultaneous Story time
Each year we participate in the National Simultaneous Storytime, it is an annual event where a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. This year it is held on Wednesday 27 May 2020 at 10:30am. The book for 2020 is Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas written and illustrated by Lucinda Gifford.
National Simultaneous Storytime aims to:
  • promote the value of reading and literacy,
  • promote the value and fun of books,
  • promote an Australian writer and publisher,
  • promote story time activities in public libraries and communities around the country, and provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.
Grow Wellbeing
Grow Wellbeing is an early intervention Mental Health Wellbeing service committed to supporting school children and families in the development of positive Mental Health and academic skills. Children have many positive qualities and strengths, and at times may benefit from extra support in Mental Health Wellbeing to maximise academic performance and home functioning.

At Grow Wellbeing they work with schools to provide Psychologists, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists who have expertise and experience working with children, adults and families. They work closely with the school, and the parent/guardian to provide quality targeted support for children who receive our in-school support.

If you are interested in this service, please contact the school and we will send home information and consent.

Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Each year National Reconciliation Week has a theme and this year the theme is ‘In this together.’
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
2020 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the reconciliation walks of 2000, when people came together to walk on bridges and roads across the nation and show their support for a more reconciled Australia.

Staff and students will be involved in a range of activities to celebrate Reconciliation Week.

We had a great day last Friday for Pirate Day! We raised near $60 to go towards curing Childhood Brain Cancer! Thanks everyone who dressed up. Congratulations to Willow on winning the Jellybean Competition. Thanks to our counters too!
Our next major project is organising some lunchtime activities for everyone to enjoy! Stay tuned for more details soon!

Aspire Awards
Hannah Royans
For Progressing well with her learning and developing confidence.

Seth Scott
For conquering his fear of heights going up the hill behind the school.

Koby Palmer
For trying his hardest with his speech and sounds.

Willow Russo
For the perseverance you have shown towards your learning goals. Keep up the great work.

Archie Nicholls
For being a kind and caring class member who is always willing to help others.

Royce Williss
For demonstrating perseverance when trying new things and self regulating.. .

Jamie Yates
For noticeably putting in his best efforts every day in his learning and making smart choices about who he sits with.

Birthday Book Club
We have celebrated Emily and Liam turning 8 also Rayne turning 9.

Book Club
Issue 4 out now, due 22nd June. Fill out form and send payment to school or download Book Club LOOP for parents App. LOOP is the scholastic Book Club online ordering and payment for parents.

Breakfast Club
The students were delighted to have breakfast club return this week. Thank you to Jess and Jade for organising on such short notice.

The Warm Lunch Question
By Gina Hunt

With the colder weather arriving we see an increasing number of children coming to school with food which needs to be microwaved (although the school has, in the past, asked families not to do this). I know it seems a lovely way to give your child a warm lunch (especially as we only do once a week lunch orders) but there are some problems for staff. This part of the school day is a very busy time for our small staff, particularly in a small school like Rapid Bay, as yard duties, Reception Office/First Aid work and preparation for the afternoon session is happening during the lunch break.
If you want your child to have a warm lunch then I would like to suggest what I have always provided for our Homestay students.

I have Thermos-type food jars (the larger silver one was from one of the Aldi specials, the pink one was BigW but Harris Scarfe and Kmart have them too) which I pre-heat by filling with hot tap water while I microwave leftovers (stew, risotto, spaghetti bolognese and noodle dishes are all tasty) or, if there are no leftovers, a sachet of something like this fried rice from Aldi. Drain away the hot water, tip in the hot food and seal. Pack it in the lunch bag, with an Ikea plastic fork or spoon, and it’s lovely and warm at lunch time.
Warm Lunches
Book club



Xavier the chicken

Jade 2
My name is Jade Cannard and I am a pre service teacher. I am in my third year of a Bachelor of Education (Primary) Degree, studying through Curtin University.
I live in Aldinga Beach with my husband, three children and kelpie.
I am passionate about supporting children in their learning and wellbeing. Teaching has always been an important aspect of my life since becoming a mother. I realised that I am more aware of child development than before and determined to create a supportive environment for student learning.
I am grateful to be welcomed into Rapid bay Primary School upper primary class for my four week placement. I look forward to getting to know your children throughout my time here.
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