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Rapid Bay Primary School Newsletter

WEEK 7 TERM 2 ISSUE 324 June 10th 2021

Essington Lewis Drive
School No: 0650

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


Jenna McArdle

Thurs 10th SANFL
Fri 11th Pyjama Day
Little Bang
Mon 14th Public Holiday
Tues 15th Student Free Day
Thurs 17th SANFL
Tues 22nd Governing Council
Fri 18th Little Bang
Thurs 14th SANFL
Fri 25th Little Bang

Fri 2nd Story Time
Last Day of Term 2

Dear Rapid Bay families,
The term is flying by! Holidays will be here before we know it. Another reminder that next Tuesday the 15th of June is a student free day, following on from the public holiday on Monday.

Assembly has been postponed to Friday this week hosted by the middle primary students.

We are fortunate to have the dentist visit again this year. Visits will commence early in Term 3. Please return paperwork if you would like to book in.

I just want to remind all parents/students of the need for appropriate behaviour on our bus run. Whilst it is a long bus run and students are often tired, it is a health and safety issue, and inappropriate behaviour will be dealt with according to our bus policy.

If a student behaves inappropriately on the bus, they will receive a reminder/ warning from the bus driver. If the behaviour persists, they will receive a red card and follow up text message. If a student receives 3 red cards, the student will miss 3 days of bus travel.

In the case of persistent disobedience that endangers the safety of others, then the student may be banned from bus travel for a day without receiving 3 red cards. All incidents are treated on a case-by-case basis.

The safety of our students and bus driver is paramount. Please support us to ensure a safe environment by talking to your child/children and ensuring they understand the behaviour expected on the bus.

Teachers are busily preparing student reports. These will go home with students on Wednesday of Week 10.

What do A-E grades mean?
A–E grades or word equivalents are used by teachers to report students’ achievement against the Australian Curriculum achievement standards. The grades describe a range of achievement from minimal to excellent.
The following table describes each grade in words.

In relation to the achievement standard, your child ...
A is demonstrating excellent achievement of what is expected at this year level.
B is demonstrating good achievement of what is expected at this year level.
C is demonstrating satisfactory achievement of what is expected at this year level.
D is demonstrating partial achievement of what is expected at this year level.
E is demonstrating minimal achievement of what is expected at this year level.

An ‘A’ grade indicates that the student has shown a thorough knowledge and understanding of a topic and can apply that information in unfamiliar situations.

Typically, a ‘C’ grade means a student is achieving what is expected of them at that point in their learning. This is a considerable achievement because of the high expectations built into the achievement standards.

An ‘E’ grade means the student is just beginning to work towards the achievement standards.

Year 7 to High School
Each Primary and Secondary School in SA is preparing for the Year 7 to High School move. Please see below for latest parent information flyer.
If you would like to know more from the Department for Education, visit education.sa.gov.au/year-7-to- high-school.

School Captains
Captains - Lilly Rose Kutyna and Kooper McArdle
Sport Captains – Harry Brown, Celeste Von-Shearing, Jamie Yates, Logan Sparnon
Congratulations to Jamie Yates for joining Logan Sparnon as Sports Captain for White Lightning.
Our School Captains and Sports Captains meet each week to discuss ways in which to improve our school. They are currently running a cooking group, garden group and organising structured games during lunch times. They have also organised the up-and-coming Pyjama Day fundraiser this Friday 11th June 2021 with funds raised going towards end of year excursion/event.
On the last day of this term our captains will host a casual day and special event. More information to come.

We recently had the privilege of working with Austin Nitsua on our school mural. Throughout the entire process, Austin was approachable and professional. He collaborated happily with all school stakeholders, including students, staff and governing council members. He listened attentively to feedback provided to him and continued to adapt and change the mural design to capture the history, community and landmarks of Rapid Bay to ensure everyone was happy with the final plan.

During the painting of the mural, Austin fully engaged with the school community. The students loved watching him work and chatting to him about his work and life in general. Austin took time out of his work to ensure all students had a chance to talk and tell him stories. We loved having him on site and are blown away of what he has produced.

The mural itself has surpassed all expectations. It really is an amazing piece of work and a fantastic representation of our local community. We couldn’t be happier with the process or the finished product. Students are already planning future projects to ensure Austin visits us again.
We would highly recommend Austin to any organisation seeking a mural artist. They won’t be disappointed!!
Have a great weekend everyone,




The school newsletter will be published in

weeks 1,4,7 and 10 of term on the RBPS website and Skool Loop.

What on Earth is What’s the Buzz?

Why are our children doing this program?

We are incredibly fortunate to be able to run What’s the Buzz? for all of the students in our school. I have been presenting this program for quite a few years (and have moved with the changes and improvements which it’s developers, Mark LeMessurier and Madhavi Nawana Parker, have made over that time.
So, what is What’s the Buzz? It is a program, running over up to 20 weeks, which helps children to build the skills they need to be caring and social members of society. They learn skills to help them get along with one another and to grow their friendships.
There are three ‘levels’ which each teach the type of skills a child is ready to learn at that level. For example; the upper primary students might be learning how to support each other in a healthy on line world while the junior primary students are learning about taking turns and the middle primary students are learning about winning and losing gracefully.
Students are taught by using the S.A.F.E. ​method, which helps learning to be transferred to new situations. It is:
Sequenced - shows a logical step-by-step break down of each new skill
Active - uses role-plays and rehearsal (kinesthetic) with feedback
Focused - dedicates time solely towards teaching a specific skill
Explicit - teaches a specific social/emotional skill each session

Most of the students really enjoy the role plays and games which are part of each session. It is vital for children to learn these social and emotional skills as it has been shown to improve long term mental health outcomes and a sense of general well being.

Fun Fact! I recently received information about some sessions of What’s the Buzz? which were to be run outside of schools by a private provider. They are charging $40 per child for each session. How wonderful that we can offer this, at no extra cost, to all of our students?

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