Photo: Students taking part in our localised swimming Carnival on Monday 10th February

The Lyrebird Word

21 February 2020
Issue Two

 

 

Principal's Message
Calendar of Events
Student of the Week Awards  
Curriculum- Teaching and Learning
Foundation 
Year One
Year Two
Year Three/ Four
Year Five/ Six
Health & Physical Education
Languages- Japanese
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Student Voice
Extend- Out of School Hours  
PTA- Parent Teacher Association
UNIFORM SHOP 
Community News
Upwey South Primary School
(03) 9757 0200
91 Morris Road
Upwey, Victoria, 3158
AU

Photo: On Monday 17th February staff undertook a CPR refresher course to keep their Level II First Aid qualifications updated.

Principal's Message

Photo: On Monday 17th February staff undertook a CPR refresher course to keep their Level II First Aid qualifications updated.

School Council News

Curriculum Days 2020

On Monday evening, our School Council endorsed Curriculum Days for 2020. Please add the following dates to your calendars: 

 

Tuesday 28th January (Term 1, Week 1)

FOCUS: Statewide Curriculum Day Setting of expectations for 2020 Foci

 

Friday 1st May (Term 2, Week 3)

FOCUS: Berry Street Module 3-4 Stamina & Student Engagement

 

Friday 5th June 2020 (Term 2, Week 8)

FOCUS: Resourcing for Effective Literacy Numeracy within the classroom

 

Friday 7th August 2020 (Term 3, Week 4)

FOCUS: Berry Street Module 3-4 Stamina & Student Engagement

 

 

School Council Membership

As you would be aware, each year DET schools are required to hold a nomination process for vacant School Council positions. 

Last week, we were able to share with our community the attached information regarding the outcome of our 2020 nomination process. 

On behalf of our school community, I would like to congratulate the following parent members: 

- Trudi Bons

- Rachel Morrissey

- Belinda Stevens

 

I would also like to acknowledge and congratulate the following DET members: 

- Lisa Dam

- Janet Young

 

Acknowledgement of Departing School Council Members

As a school we are extremely fortunate to be supported by an active body of parents who are strongly committed to promoting positive learning outcomes for our students. 

Therefore, our school acknowledges the following members who have completed their term with School Council: 

 

Jodie North: During her time on Council, Jodie worked tirelessly to promote effective communication channels across our parent community. Her skill-set in marketing and public relations has helped to improve the manner in which we provide information to our families. 

 

Vanessa Mullin: During her time on Council, Vanessa utilized her strong community ties to further embed our school's partnership with Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service (DRERS). Vanessa was also instrumental in overseeing a number of working bees across the school. Vanessa will continue to lead and coordinate our school's breakfast club in conjunction with parent volunteers and DRERS. 

 

Rowan Millar: During his time on Council, Rowan has been an integral part of improving school facilities for our students. Utilizing his skill-set in environmental management, Rowan has overseen a number of working bees, and coordinated an effective regeneration of native plants within our school grounds. 

 

Casual Vacancy- Parent Position Available on School Council

Due to a change in circumstances, our School Council currently has one parent position which is open to a casual vacancy

A casual vacancy arises when a Council member is unable to complete their elected tenure, therefore, the position becomes available as follows: 

- Casual vacancies are to be filled by co-opting persons to the relevant membership category.

- Persons are eligible for co-option to the categories provided they are eligible to be elected to the relevant membership category.

- Any person who fills a casual vacancy serves the unexpired portion of the vacating member’s term of office.

Source: Department of Education and Training (DET) Principals Guide to School Council Elections- 2020

There is no election process required for the fulfillment of a casual vacancy. Instead, School Council shall look to fill the position with a skill-set which balances and improves the overall effectiveness of Council. The selected parent member will serve their term until March 2021. 

 

Should you be interested in being co-opted for the above casual vacancy please send an email by Monday 16th March to: 

Damien Kitch- Principal/ Executive Officer of School Council

kitch.damien.p@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

 

Mobile Phones and Digital Device Policy

During recent times, there has been extensive media coverage detailing the Victorian Government's new approach to the management of mobile phones, and digital communication devices within schools. 

Please see the below information from DET:

Summary – Critical information

  • From Term 1 2020, students who choose to bring mobile phones to school must have them switched off and securely stored during school hours.
  • Exceptions to the policy may be applied if certain conditions are met. Exceptions can be granted by the principal, or by a teacher. Exceptions must be documented.
  • Where students bring a mobile phone to school, the school must provide secure storage.
  • Schools are required to develop a local Students Using Mobile Phones policy, which must include how this Ministerial policy will be implemented.
  • Schools will manage non-compliance with their local mobile phone policy in accordance with their existing student engagement polices.

Note that this is a ministerial policy formally issued by the Minister for Education under section 5.2.1(2)(b) of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.

All schools are required to have their School Council endorse a localised policy in relation to the above. Therefore, please take the time to read the attached policy, noting that this policy extends to include the use of digital devices such as smart watches, and tablets. 

Our school's secure storage unit is a locked compartment within the School Office. 

This policy will come into force from Monday 24th February 2020.  

Keeping Aware of Information Relating to School

As a school we work hard to keep our families informed of happenings across the school. We acknowledge that receiving information in a timely and consistent manner can help to alleviate the pressures which come from managing a busy family calendar. 

Communicating via Compass

All of our school notifications are sent via the Newsfeed within the Compass app. There is also a calendar of events within the app, which sends push notifications to users to remind them of school events. 

 

In 2020, we are also utilising Compass for families to consent and pay in order for their children to take part in school events. The uptake and comments from families thus far is that it is so easy to do, and helpful to be able to consent at the push of a button. 

 

In order to filter notifications which are received, you will notice that we send out notifications which are year level specific. This means that sometimes not all notifications are sent to all year levels. 

Calendar of Events

Helping our School Community to be engaged.

Please note: The events listed  in the table below are for Term One only.

Additional events for 2020 will be published at the commencement of each term (with some important dates already listed below to assist with your calendar). 

Events will continue to be included within the Compass Calendar, and provide you with push notifications. 

Term One 2020 Events for your Calendar

Date

Event

   

Friday 21st February

Years 3-6 District Swimming - Qualifying students

Monday 24th February

Years 3-6 Swimming Program - Knox Leisure Works 

Parent Teacher Interviews

Tuesday 25th February

Years 3-6 Swimming Program - Knox Leisure Works

Parent Teacher Interviews

Wednesday 26th February

Years 3-6 Swimming Program - Knox Leisure Works

JMSS - Science/Maths

Thursday 27th February

Years 3-6 Swimming Program - Knox Leisure Works

State Schools Spectacular Dance - Gym

Friday 28th February

Years 3-6 Swimming Program - Knox Leisure Works

Monday 2nd March

School Photos - Whole School

Tuesday 3rd March-Wednesday 11th March

Somers Camp - Selected students

Wednesday 4th March

Years 3-6 Division Swimming - Qualifying students

JMSS - Robogals

Years 3-6 Sporting Schools

Monday 9th March

Public Holiday - Labour Day

Wednesday 11th March

JMSS - Robogals

Friday 13th March

Years 3-6 Region Swimming - Qualifying students

National ride to school day

Year 1/2 - MCG Excursion

Monday 23rd March

Years 3-6 Athletics Day - Kings Park UFTG

School Council - 7pm

Tuesday 24th March

Year 3-6 District Tennis - selected students

Wednesday 25th March

JMSS - Maths/Science/Robogals

Thursday 26th March

Inquiry Expos - Whole School

Friday 27th March

Last Day of Term 1 - 2.30pm dismissal

Tuesday 14th April

First Day of Term 2

   
   

Advanced dates for your calendar

Events

Monday 19th - Wednesday 22nd October

Year 5/6 Camp - Campaspe Downs

Wednesday 28th - Friday 30th October

Year 3/4 Camp - CYC City Camp

Curriculum Days- 2020

Tuesday 28th January (Term 1, Week 1)

FOCUS: Statewide Curriculum Day Setting of expectations for 2020 Foci

Friday 1st May (Term 2, Week 3)

FOCUS: Berry Street Module 3-4 Stamina & Student Engagement

Friday 5th June 2020 (Term 2, Week 8)

FOCUS: Resourcing for Effective Literacy Numeracy within the classroom

Friday 7th August 2020 (Term 3, Week 4)

FOCUS: Berry Street Module 3-4 Stamina & Student Engagement

 


 

Student of the Week Awards
 

Congratulations to our students for their Positive Learning Behaviours

Each week at our Monday afternoon assembly, staff present a student of the week award.

Student Positive Learning Behaviour
Edward 

Congratulations Edward on a wonderful start to the new year!

You have demonstrated our school's positive behaviours for learning.

Keep up the great attitude!

Nora  Nora, you always model positive learning behaviours both in and outside of the classroom. You are always respectful to your fellow class members and you always demonstrate your ability to be responsible. Well done Nora!
Jack A fantastic start to 2020. You have worked very hard on every class activity and shown resilience challenging yourself with a 'you can do it' attitude to create your best work. You have been respectful, kind and friendly to your classmates and been responsible for your belongings. You are a great role model for your Classmates. Keep up the great work Jack!
Alfie For an amazing start to Grade 2. You have started your year with a positive and happy attitude and you have consistently demonstrated the school values in every task. Well done Alfie!
Ethan Congratulations on settling into the new year so well. You consistently demonstrate our school values and always demonstrate a strong work ethic. You are a wonderful role model to other students. Keep up the great work!
Luca For having a wonderful start to the school year. Luca, you are a respectful and helpful classmate. Your happy attitude and big smile brings joy to those around you. 3/4B thanks you for your kindness!
Ellouise For showing respect to all your classmates and for modelling positive learning behaviours at all times. Congratulations on a great start to Term 1. Keep up the amazing effort.
Alice For demonstrating learner respect, responsibility and resilience in the senior school. You have shown respect to teachers and peers, responsibility for your own and community property and resilience in developing friendships. You are a delight to teach Alice.
FA & FB For successfully completing your first P.E. lesson. You were all attentive listeners and great participators in each activity we completed. It was great to see aspects of your fundamental motor skills in action. Keep up the great work.
Charlie For demonstrating learner respect and resilience during his first Japanese class. Congratulations for respectfully waiting for his time to demonstrate counting 1-10 in Japanese in front of the class. Well done!
Isabelle You have made a fantastic start to Foundation! You are always ready to learn and consistently display our school value of respect to your teachers and classmates. Thank you for being such a great role model for our class!
Margot Congratulations Margot on such a fantastic start to school. You set an example for all  of your classmates, always demonstrating Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.
Finn Congratulations Finn for receiving Student of the Week. You are a respectful class member of 1A who always tries their best. You are a resilient and responsible learner. Well done!
Grace Grace, you are always responsible when doing your work and when seated at the floor. You are always respectful to your fellow class members and towards Miss Tilley. You are always kind and caring towards others and always show positive learning behaviours. Well done Grace!
Noah A terrific start to 2020. You are always respectful, kind and friendly to teachers and other students. You have a positive approach to your schoolwork and always give your best effort. Mrs Hall is very proud of you and feels so lucky to have you in our class. You are a fantastic role model Noah, keep up the great work!
Campbell For your dedication towards your learning. You have come to school ready to learn and you have consistently tried your hardest at every task you have done. Well done Campbell!
Anika For having always trying her best. Anika is a creative and hardworking students who continues to challenge herself. Anika you are a kind and helpful member of 3/4B. Keep up the incredible work!
Tahj For an amazing start to the year with your learning. The Respect, Resilience and Responsibility that you are demonstrating in the classroom is fantastic. I am so proud of your efforts. Keep up the great work.
Fern Congratulations on receiving the Performing Arts award. You have had a fantastic start to the term and displayed such confidence during our beat and rhythm activities. Thank you for sharing your beautiful singing voice with us. Keep being brave!
Charlie Congratulations Charlie on a fantastic start to the year. You have shown a lot of responsibility and been a great contributor to class discussions.
Jack Congratulations Jack on a positive start at Upwey South Primary School. You have shown dedication to all areas of your work and consistently approach tasks with a positive attitude. Well done Jack! We love having you in our class.
Christopher For a great start to the school year. You have completed tasks independently. You are reading more regularly and have shown an interest in Maths learning. Keep up the great effort Chris.
   

Curriculum- Teaching and Learning

School Wide Teaching and Learning

In each edition of our school newsletter, we share with our community an insight into the curriculum being taught within our classrooms. This reflects our school's strong focus upon continuous improvement. 

Each edition covers a different area of the curriculum, and is supported by our school-wide approaches to teaching and learning. 

John Monash Science School Partnership

Each year, we are fortunate to take 12 Year Six students to JMSS in the first half of the year, during which time our students engage in a series of VCE level learning tasks. Please refer to last week's newsletter (Year Five/ Six section) for details on the program. 

In the meantime, check out below the experiences from our first session. 

 

 

Effective Reading Resources and our School Library 

Across our school we promote a structure which maximizes "on-task learning time" which means that we promote our students having all of their resources at-hand, all-of-the-time. This is a part of our "ready to learn" plan. 

Being "ready-to-learn" is especially important when students are engaging in reading. In order to maximise their independent reading time, students need to have a text at-hand; instead of having to spend half of the lesson "looking" for a book. 

 

This is why at our school we have four levels of libraries, being: 

- whole school library: which is visited by each class once per week

- shared level libraries: which contain texts linked to the unit of inquiry

- classroom libraries: which contain fiction and non-fiction texts which are age-appropriate, and organised by areas of interest

- personal libraries/ book boxes: which are organised by the student and utilised as part of their "ready to learn" plan.

 

Each student's personal library/ book box is expected to contain the following: 

 

- A levelled text: to use when conferencing with the teacher and reading aloud to the teacher

- A picture-story book:  for use of examining connections between "visualising", inferred meaning, and how the type of illustrate features can invoke unwritten feelings in the reader.

- A non-fiction text: linked to the area of Inquiry within the classroom.

- A self-interest text: this can be from home or school, and is to be used to assist with "writing seeds" and promoting a love of reading for enjoyment (low-stakes reading)

- A micro-read: this is a text which the student can read for a short period of time, and then "pick-up" again at a later stage (such as reading an interesting newspaper article, or poem during brain-food time). 

 

What's the Curriculum focus coming up in the next edition of the newsletter?

In the next edition of our newsletter, we will be sharing information regarding how families can use the information contained with our Student Diaries to stay connected with what's happening across the school. 

Foundation 

Literacy in the Foundation Classrooms
 

Over the past few weeks, the students have settled in to the structures and routines of school beautifully. In English, InitiaLit Foundation has started strongly and is being supported by the evidence being gathered through our one-one Early Years Interviews.  

 

We have been developing the skills of recognising rhyming words, syllabification (clapping syllables in words), as well as orally segmenting and blending phonemes (44 sounds of the English language).

 

In the area of Spelling and Reading, we have been learning that letters make words, words make sentences, and sentences make paragraphs.  Students are developing their phonemic awareness through learning letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make.

 

In Writing, we are concentrating on developing the correct pencil grip and writing posture. With each new letter learnt, the students practise writing with the correct starting point and formation. This is an important foundation skill in building their writing stamina. 

 

In Speaking and Listening, this term, we will be shortly commencing "Self-Interest Discussions" which is a structured form of the traditional "show-tell" approach. Students are currently being allocated "conversational anchors (topics)" on which to base their presentations. These sessions will commence at the beginning of March. This information will go home and include your child’s allocated day and what to bring.

 

Year One

Literacy in the Year One Classrooms

 

Can we start by saying that Miss Tilley and Mrs McQueen are so proud of our students! Both classes have settled very well into the routine and structure of the Year One program, and it has been great to see so many of our parents taking an interest in what's happening across our classrooms.  

 

In the area of Spelling and Reading, we have been reviewing language concepts to set a baseline of knowledge for our students. Students are increasingly being exposed to the structures of the English language, as they start to use correct grammatical terms such as grapheme (2,3,4 letter sounds), phoneme, syllable, blend, and so on. 

 

In the area of Writing students have been using personal "writing seeds" which is a technical term for an "idea or experience" which an author writes about. We have a saying that "good writers write about what they know". Therefore, our first piece of published writing has been on our holiday experiences which are proudly on display outside of our classrooms. We are now discussing how to increase the interest of the pieces we write through the use of descriptive language. 

 

In Speaking and Listening, we have been providing many opportunities for students to build their confidence to speak in front of an audience as we conduct regular circle time in class. We have also been continuing to build on our students' self-awareness of how and why "talk moves" promote respectful classroom dialogue. 

 

As the majority of our parents would be aware, our Foundation- Year Two classes utilise a tiered evidence-based approach to Literacy, based upon the whole-class instruction of InitiaLit. 

 

We look forward to meeting with you personally next Monday and Tuesday evening to discuss the progress, and future learning goals for your child. 

 

 

Year Two

Literacy in our Year Two Classrooms

Can we start by saying that Miss Bowles and Mrs Hall are so proud of our students! Both classes have settled very well into the routine and structure of the Year Two program, and it has been great to see so many of our parents taking an interest in what's happening across our classrooms.  

 

In the area of Spelling and Reading, we have been reviewing language concepts to build upon previous of knowledge for our students. Students are increasingly being exposed to more complex structures of the English language, as we have been conducting "text audits" to look at language features which authors use to make their writing interesting; such as adjectives to describe a noun which helps the reader to "visualize" what the author has written. 

 

In the area of Writing students have been using personal "writing seeds" which is a technical term for an "idea or experience" which an author writes about. We have a saying that "good writers write about what they know".  We are now discussing how to increase the interest of the pieces we write through the use of descriptive language, and trying hard to avoid just writing a recount. It has been great to see our students being able to identify "proper nouns" and "nouns" within their writing, and to suggest adjectives to describe each others' nouns. 

 

In Speaking and Listening, we have been providing many opportunities for students to build their confidence to speak in front of an audience as we conduct regular circle time in class. We have also been continuing to build on our students' self-awareness of how and why "talk moves" promote respectful classroom dialogue. 

 

As most parents would be aware, this year we have begun our rollout of the evidence-based InitiaLit-2, which has allowed opportunity for increased rigour and personalised learning within Literacy. Students have begun taking books for home reading. As part of InitiaLit-2, students have free-choice of short and extended chapter books to take home and read, with the expectation for each student to have "five genres" in their personal book box. 

 

We look forward to meeting with you personally next Monday and Tuesday evening to discuss the progress, and future learning goals for your child. 

 

 

 

 

Year Three/ Four

Literacy in our Year Three/Four Classrooms
 

Our Year Three/ Four cohort have made a wonderful start to the year and have settled into their new classrooms with Miss Henchley, Mrs Woollard, and Mrs Rowe.

Across our school we have a saying that our Foundation- Year Two students are "learning to  be great readers" and when they reach Year Three- Year Six they are "reading to be great learners". 

 

Throughout our Literacy block we have increased the rigour and expectations of our students, with the focus being upon exposing students to texts which link to building their knowledge of all aspects relating to citizenship; which supports our current Inquiry focus upon structures of government. 

 

In Reading, we have been examining digital and print media related to the three levels of government, and have been looking at how this type of factual information can be presented in easy to consume ways; such as tables, graphs, captioned photographs, and annotated diagrams. We have also been utilizing "thinking tracks" to record our thoughts and questions as we read. 

 

During Writing sessions, we have been examining what makes an effective narrative; as we increase the "writer's toolbox" for our students so that their narratives can be boosted by including "sizzling starts", "cliffhangers", "emotive connections" and "plot builders". Students have engaged in low-stakes free-writing, based upon their teacher's modelled workshop; such as when Mrs Rowe modeled how to write about an emergency and invoke feelings of suspense and anguish in the audience. 

 

Over the coming weeks, we will be introducing our students to the VOICES acronym; which is based upon the "Six plus One Traits of Writing". This is referenced in the Year Five/ Six piece for this week. 

 

Within Speaking and Listening, we have promoted structured and meaningful circle time amongst our classrooms; as we discuss what we expect from each other as a community. We have based our discussions upon defining our school values, and making connections between school rules and laws made by governments. 

 

Across Year Three- Year Six we have introduced a new component to our Literacy sessions, known as Smart Spelling. This is a systematic spelling program which teaches set spelling rules and addresses sets of words. SMART is an acronym referring to the sequence which teachers follow to teach words to students (Say, Meaning, Analyse, Remember, Teach). Each week students are explicitly taught a spelling pattern, which systematically builds upon their knowledge. Teachers then guide students to select a range of words (from simple to complex) which they study.
 

Our weekly SMART Spelling program overview is:
Monday: Explicitly teach the words and students select words for their Home Learning.
Tuesday – Thursday: Students are provided time in class to learn their spelling words, using activities from their spelling grid. Teachers provide students with new methods of learning and understanding of their words.
Friday: Spelling tests are conducted to assess student growth.

 

We look forward to meeting with you personally next Monday and Tuesday evening to discuss the progress, and future learning goals for your child. 

 

Year Five/ Six

Literacy in our YEar Five/ Six Classrooms

During the first four weeks of school, our students have been working super hard in all the areas of English. We have developed detailed anchor charts to assist our students with their learning, and our displays are focused upon reflecting our students learnt skills.

During Term One we have been learning the process of the "Reader's Workshop". Each week the students have been focusing on a different "Thinking Track" and allowing the students to link their thoughts, feelings and ideas to their own independent texts. We have so far explored Predicting, Questioning, and Reacting to our chosen novels.


We have developed a shared library in our Gallery area which the students organised into 10 different genres. We each have a class display of the Reading Genre Wheel where students can track what they are reading through using a drawn avatar. In support of our "Ready-to-Learn Plans" each student has a personal book box which allows them to track the genres they have read, and to hold all reading materials. Students have been building their independent reading stamina, allowing for one-one conferences to be conducted with the teacher... yes that's right, we even read aloud to our teachers in Year Five-Six.


During our Writing sessions, we have introduced our students to the VOICES acronym – V=Voice, O=Organisation, I=Ideas, C=Conventions, E=Excellent word choices, S=Sentence fluency.
During the first few weeks, our students have learnt how to use "figurative language" within their personal writing. We focused on "personifying" an object; which means giving character traits to an inanimate object. Students self-selected an object and wrote short narratives “A day in the life of…” These are displayed in our rooms, and have been a fun and engaging way to build an enjoyment of writing across our senior classes. Building upon our passion for writing, we are now examining what makes an effective narrative; with an explicit focus upon Ideas, Organisation and Conventions. We have investigated different audiences that we are writing for, how we use the language to entertain our audiences, and finally how we can begin our writing to captivate and engage all readers.


In Speaking and Listening, our students have been able to view BTN (Behind the News) which focuses on current news topics linked to Australia and also world current affairs. This is an engaging session as all of the segments are focused purely towards students. It is important that we provide our students with an "age-appropriate" opportunity to access current affairs and the world around them. We also introduced a program called Squizkids which is a News podcast focused purely towards primary students. Both of these programs allow our students to view and / or listen to news and current affairs and make connections to them. Students take notes and ask questions to what they have heard. These programs also explicitly linked to our Inquiry learning. 

 

We look forward to meeting with you personally next Monday and Tuesday evening to discuss the progress, and future learning goals for your child. 

 

Health & Physical Education

Communicating with the Specialist Team

We look forward to partnering with you in 2020, and welcome your input:

Justin Scicluna (Health & Physical Education) Scicluna.Justin.M@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

P.E. Overview

Foundation: Students in the Foundation area  have made a great start to their P.E lessons. We have focused on practising their fundamental movement skills through active play. From this, we are building towards incorporating these movement patterns into small team games

 

Year One-Two: The children in these year levels are practising the underarm throwing skill. They are doing so by rotating through different stations which involve throwing towards a target using different equipment and working with a partner to execute the throw and catch technique. This will then progress into small team games.

 

Year Three-Six: In week one we completed our fitness testing component and it was great to see everyone really pushing themselves. We have now moved straight into training for our upcoming athletics carnival which is on 21/03/2020 at Sherbrooke Athletics Track. We are beginning with the field events which involve Long Jump, High Jump, Discus and Shot Put. Students results will be recorded and kept to help make a decision on who will represent our school at the district carnival in Term Three.

 

We look forward to sharing with you the benefits of engaging in positive physical activity. 

Swimming Carnival

On 10/02/2020 we hosted our Year Three-Six Swimming Carnival at Belgrave Outdoor Pool. It was fantastic to see the students giving their absolute best and representing our school in such a positive manner. As a result of this event, we now have nineteen students who will go on to represent our school at the District Swimming Carnival on the 21/02/2020. We wish all of these students the best of luck on the day.

A special thank you must go out to our parents helpers on the day who undertook the roles of timekeepers. Without your support we cannot run such events.

Here are some positive comments from our students who participated in the event;

“I liked how everybody was really supportive of each other”

“Having the opportunity to swim and try out for district was amazing. I was very proud that I could dive in!”

“It was the first time I have done the event, and it felt good to have the opportunity to swim against my school mates”

 

 

National Ride to School Day

You may have noticed an increased amount of students who are riding their scooters or bikes to school, which is a great way to engage in physical activity. 

We have also been very proud to say that our students have been increasingly aware of how to be responsible users when inside our school grounds. 

Please see below an upcoming date, which we are promoting across our school. 

 

Improving our Sporting Facilities for use at  Recess

We have been working hard with our school community to increase the sporting facilities across our school, with the most exciting recent projects being a new cricket pitch and goal posts pads. 

Thank you to our House Captains who have been looking after and setting up the pads each day. 

 

Languages- Japanese

Communicating with the Specialist Team

We look forward to partnering with you in 2020, and welcome your input:

Sensei Masae Uekusa (Japanese) uekusa.masae.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

In the next edition of our newsletter, we will provide you with an overview of the curriculum focus for each level across our school. 

2020- Japan hosts the Olympics!

This year is very exciting for Japan, as they will host the Summer Olympics from Friday 24th July- Sunday 9th August. We are also very excited as a school, because the time difference between Australia and Japan is minimal. For information on this exciting event visit: https://www.olympic.org/tokyo-2020

 

An overview of our Learning

As a Japanese teacher, I am very fortunate to be working across three of our local schools; as part of the Dandenong Ranges Japanese Network.

The three schools I am based at are Upwey South PS, Upper Ferntree Gully PS, and Tecoma PS. Below is an overview of what our students will be learning throughout Term One.

Foundation:

Foundation students are first exposed to the Japanese language through learning about basic greetings, geography, colours, numbers and animals. As we begin to learn about Japan as a country, we sing lots of songs which are used by schools across Japan. 

 

Year One/ Two:

Under the unit ‘Totoro’(Studio Ghibli movie), students learn Hiragana script, to address family members and to express their preferences using a new sentence structure.  This is going to be a fun and engaging term, as it involves ‘Anime’ (cartoon) characters! 

 

Year Three/ Four: 

Throughout Term One, students are exposed to Japanese board games. Through this game unit, they play traditional Japanese board games, and then use their experiences to create and build their own board game for use in the classroom. 

 

Year Five/ Six:

Year Five/ Six students are learning about about history, traditional culture and people's lives in the 'Edo' period in Japan.  Many iconic Japanese things were created in this period, which have contributed towards the Japanese stereotypes viewed in the Western world. We will be unpacking stereotypes, and questioning if they are authentic or based upon modern media interpretations. 

Performing Arts

Communicating with the Specialist Team

We look forward to partnering with you in 2020, and welcome your input:

Penelope Lang (Performing Arts) lang.penelope.l@edumail.vic.gov.au

In the next edition of our newsletter, we will provide you with an overview of the curriculum focus for each level across our school. 

An Overview of our Learning

Performing Arts (weeks 3 and 4)
It has been so wonderful being back in my room after some extended sick leave. Thank you for all of your beautiful Christmas cards and gifts and for sending me so many words of kindness and well wishes. This year is going to be amazing!


Our focus this semester is Music. In addition to the learning below students were also informed about instrumental lessons (forms at the office), VSSS auditions and the commencement of the USPS choir (which 65 people turned up to!).

Foundation:

The students spent some time exploring the Performing Arts room and discussing all of the different things we do in Performing Arts. They sang the class roll and worked on their spatial awareness, including facing the front, the back, moving to the side and making class circles.
This week we watched “The Music Show” and I introduced the concept of beat and rhythm. The students tried marching to a steady beat and sang the mantra, ‘I can keep a steady beat’ and ‘the beat is in my feet’. We used hands, tambourines and rhythm sticks to echo beats that changed in tempo.

Year One/ Two:

We played a fun ‘Alphabet Holiday’ game that tested the students fast thinking skills and creative imaginations. We then used the tune from the Alphabet song (did you know it was the same tune as Twinkle, Twinkle?) to highlight the difference between beat and rhythm. They worked with a partner and played a short melody to the class (one person was beat, the other rhythm) using body percussion.
This week we used chopsticks to tap different beats and rhythms using the song ‘Believer’ as our backing track. We learned that the beat is the heart of music and that beat can be steady, fast and slow. We sang ‘I am Children of the World’.

Year Three/ Four:

We recapped our school wide positive behaviours for learning and discussed what respectful learners look and sound like in Performing Arts lessons. We sang the song ‘Head Shoulders Knees and Toes’ to develop the students ‘inner hearing’ ie keeping a beat going inside their head. Some classes sang ‘Who Stole the Cookie?’ which challenged their beat keeping skills.
This week we are recapping the names used in rhythmic notation (Ta, Ti-ti and Za) and will begin to perform simple rhythmic patterns and move towards creating unique compositions.

Year Five/ Six:

We used the well-known song, ‘Happy Birthday’ to highlight the difference between beat and rhythm and played ‘Pass the Beat Around the Room’ to re-enforce the importance of keeping a steady beat.
This week the students will receive their ‘Music Poster Project’ checklist. They will be given the opportunity to spend some class time researching and planning the content for a written poster and oral presentation on a performer of their choice. They will be due in the first week of Term 2. Please discuss the poster with your child.
 

We are starting a School Band!!!
 

Dear Upwey South Parents,

It has been a dream of ours for quite some time to start a Year 5/6 band at USPS. We have many talented musicians and a passionate team of instrumental teachers. We are really hoping to start our school band in Term 2. We do, however, need some additional musical instruments and equipment before we can get started. We are calling on anyone who might be able to donate any of the following to the school.

Here is what we need:
Electric Guitar 
Bass Guitar 
Guitar Amp 
Bass Amp
Mixing Desk - 12 Channels or More
Guitar Stand Rack or 3 x Individual Stands
Vocal Mics x 4
Mic Stands x 4
XLR Leads x 5
Guitar Leads x 5

We thank you kindly in advance for your donations!

Penelope and the Groove Foundations Team - Jordan, Jed and Amaris

Visual Arts

Communicating with the Specialist Team

We look forward to partnering with you in 2020, and welcome your input:

Samantha White (Visual Arts)  White.Samantha.L@edumail.vic.gov.au

In the next edition of our newsletter, we will provide you with an overview of the curriculum focus for each level across our school. 

An Overview of our Learning
 

Foundation
Over the last two weeks the Foundation students have used tissue paper to create a ‘patch work’ elephant based on “Elmer the elephant and the hippos.” All of these are on display on the windows opposite the Visual Arts room, and on the windows going down the ramp from the Art room to the Year 3/4 area.
Students also listened to the book “Two Rainbows” which explored the different colours we see in the city compared to those we see in the country. They then used their fingers or a paint brushes to create their own rainbows.

Year One/ Two
In our first session of 2020 Level 1 and Level 2 students worked on pairs to create posters about kindness and friendship. Students developed their presentation skills which they can use in their class work, including writing in ‘bubble words,’ creative and interesting borders and basic drawing.
Students used oil pastels and watercolour paints to create an underwater scene which they will use as a background for the seahorses they will create next week. They listened to Eric Carle’s “Mr Seahorse” for inspiration.

Year Three/ Four
Students worked in small groups to create a poster on the school values of Respect, Resilience and Responsibility. They chose a slogan or saying related to one of these areas, and developed their lettering skills, and presentation skills. These will be displayed in various locations around the Level 3/4 area.
Level 3 and 4 students explored the different types of printing, what is a ‘block’ and how it is used to create a print. Students used printing foam to design a block of a fish which they then used to create a number of prints which they will used to create an underwater scene.

Year Five/ Six
To start the year Level 5 and 6 students chose slogans and sayings about Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. They then worked in pairs and used lettering books to further develop their presentation skills which they can use in their class work and home work. These will be displayed around the Level 5 and 6 area.
Last week students examined the different styles and shapes of birds, and use this to create their own bird. They will then use lines and patterns to decorate their birds.

Student Voice

Acknowledging Indigenous Cultures

At our first school-wide assembly on Monday 10th February, our School Captains spoke to our community about our school's “Thank you to country”. Please see below the information which was shared with our community. 

 

On Tuesday 28th January, our teachers attended a Curriculum Day with Selby Primary School, and Macclesfield Primary School.

On this day the teachers learnt about the importance of the Australian Indigenous Culture, and also clarified some points which are commonly misunderstood within schools.

 

The main point which we learnt as a school, is that our “Thank you to country” has previously acknowledged the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of Upwey. This is in fact incorrect, as Upwey is an area which is in dispute. This means that no traditional owners have been formally acknowledged by the Aboriginal Council of Australia.

 

Upwey is in fact contested between two groups, the Wurundjeri people and the Bunurong people. The Wurundjeri people have been formally recognised as being the owners of land to the North East of Emerald, and stretching into Melbourne. The Bunurong people have been formally recognised as being the owners of the land South of Cranbourne.

 

Therefore, we have changed our Acknowledgement as a result.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we are meeting. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present. We also pay respect to the Aboriginal elders of other communities, and any emerging leaders who may be here today.

Student Leaders Nomination Process

Over the first fortnight of school we have begun the process of electing Student Leaders for 2020.

 

We would like to officially congratulate our House Leaders, who received their Leadership badges and certificates at our assembly on Monday 10th February. Congratulations to the following student leaders: 

House Student House Leader
Mulga Marcus O and Angelica R
Wattle Eli S and Elizabeth C
Waratah Tyler M and Rachel A
Coolibah Sam H and Bonnie F

 

As well as contributing to the overseeing of School Assemblies, our House Leaders are responsible for undertaking the following tasks: 

- Assisting Mr Scicluna and with all sports tasks

- Preparing sports kits for interschool sports competitions

- Set up for Year 5/6 sport sessions

- Facilitating lunchtime sporting events for junior students

- Maintaining classroom sports equipment bins for all classes, and regular auditing of gymnasium storerooms

- Assisting with assembly setup and pack-up.

- Putting goal post pads on in the morning, and removing them after the 3rd recess.

 

Student Council, SWPBL, and Specialist Leaders

The following timeline provides families with information regarding Student Leadership announcements: 

 

Leadership Position Date of Notification to Community

School Captains

(4 positions)

notified at conclusion of 2019

House Captains

(8 positions)

Whole School Assembly- Monday 24/02/2020

SWPBL Leaders

(4 positions)

Specialist Leaders

(8 positions)

 

Whole School Assembly- Monday 24/02/2020

Junior School Council

(1 leader per class)

Whole School Assembly- Monday 24/02/2020

Extend- Out of School Hours



 

Extend Update

    

Upcoming Activities:           

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Creating Rainbows 

Rock Candy

Paper Pinwheels

Milk Art

Berry Cupcakes

 

The Extend Superstar is…

Phoenix… for always being my superstar cleaner, even when I don't ask her, she is cleaning up after herself and helping others. 

 

What’s Been Happening?

Over the last couple of weeks we have been creating things for our quiet space, painting a mural, creating clouds and a rainbow for our window display. This space is going to be a safe space for kids to relax, cool down or wind down after school. It is a space that they have created all together and should be very proud of. 

 

 Enrol and book now: extend.com.au

 

Holiday Program-Bookings open now

 

PTA- Parent Teacher Association

Read the below, and stay up to date!

 

PTA Special Lunch

 

 

PTA Easter Raffle

 

UNIFORM SHOP 

Clearance Sale of Uniforms

Our Uniform Shop Klad Sport located at 8 Macro Court Rowville is having a clearance sale.

Please click above to access the uniform pricing list. 

 

Current clearance Sale

Gold Polo shirts $12.00

Green Polar Fleece $19.00

 

Looking for Quality Second Hand Uniforms

We have an on-site second-hand uniform shop which is open every Thursday from 3:45pm-4:15pm. 

All items are $2.00 or $5.00

Community News

Community Announcements

Neither Upwey South Primary School nor the Department of Education  (DET) endorses the product or services of any private advertiser. No responsibility is accepted by Upwey South Primary School or the Department of Education (DET) for accuracy of information  contained in advertisements or claims made by them.

 

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

To be eligible to apply for this fund you must have a Health Card Card valid as at the 28th January 2020. Please contact the school office to complete a current application form.

 

Community Advertisements

Please click on the gallery of links below, to view advertisements from local organisations. 

 

The Lyrebird Word
School_Council_Election_2020- Outcome of Nominations.pdf
introduction_to_school_council.pdf
Roles and Responsibilities of School Council-summary.pdf
Fact Sheet for Parents_School Council Elections.pdf
School Council Election 2020- Information for School Community.pdf
coronavirus-DHHS-students (002).pdf
Mobile Phone Policy.pdf
Masae Sensei
Samantha White
Penelope Lang
Justin Scicluna
students working together to store their scooters
Zane following the coin toss (image: AO Photogrpahy)
csefapplicationform.pdf
csefflyer.pdf
Unifrom Pricing List_USPS.pdf
Long Sleeve Gold Polo on sale for $12
csefapplicationform.pdf
csefflyer.pdf
Long Sleeve Gold Polo on sale for $12