It was lovely to see so many of you at the Assembly this morning. Didn’t the senior classes do so well with their dancing and drum rhythm?
I have had to make the hard decision to move a few students and staff this week. It is not something I do lightly and only make changes when there really is no other option. I want to thank all the families involved, who have worked with me, to enable me to make sure we are able to offer the best education for all our students.
I hope that the majority of you have now met with your child’s teacher and have had the opportunity to talk about the goals you would like for your child. You will be sent home a final copy of your child’s IEP at the end of week 8, 26th March. There will be two copies of the IEP, one for you to keep and one for you to sign and return to school.
Thank you to everyone who has already returned the Third Party permission form. If you have not yet returned it to your child’s teacher, can you please do so as soon as possible. We will need to send additional permission requests as we start to use new programs, but I am hoping to keep this to a minimum.
Those of you who have a child in year 6 will be receiving a letter from me next week about our school camp. We have joined four other Education Support Schools/Centres to go to Point Walter Adventure Camp in November. The letter will be asking you if you would like your child to go. The cost of the camp will be approximately $200.00 and will be for three days and two nights. For those of you who have children in year 5, I have been talking to the Primary School about the possibilities of combining the two schools to do a joint camp somewhere local next year. We will be sending a letter out towards the end of the year asking if you would like your child to go.
A reminder that next Thursday, 18th March, it will be our Harmony Day celebrations. We are encouraging students who would like to wear traditional clothing from their home land to school on that day. There will be a combined school’s assembly at 9.15am in the undercover area. Some of our younger classes will be having their own version of the assembly down in Pink room. The individual teachers will let you know if this effects your child.
Finally, I mentioned in the last newsletter that we are starting up a Parent Representative initiative. I am hoping that at least one parent from each class will put their hand up for this. Our School Board Chair Bianca Landis will be communicating to you about both in school and out of school events in due course. The flyer will be sent out on Seesaw on Tuesday next week so please keep an eye open for it.
Aqua room students have been busy settling into classroom routines and working hard to complete all assigned tasks. We have particularly been enjoying our structures TEACCH sessions during the day and our hands-on STEM lessons learning about living and non-living things from the Biological Sciences sub-strand of the Science learning area. So far, we have learnt that animals, insects, humans and plants are all examples of living things that can breath, grow and reproduce. Aqua students have planted all their seedlings and placed them on the window sill to test the growth with different types of soil. We are currently working towards creating our poppies to contribute to the community ANZAC day display at Belmont Forum Shopping Centre.
This term we are looking at the topic of biological science ‘Living things have basic needs’. We know that plants are living things and they need water, sun, time, soil and air to grow. We have planted our own seedings and we are excited to watch our seeds sprout!
Hello Cloverdale Schools! Dan Luxton here, communicating with far too many exclamation marks! The Green Team have been treading water during the Primary School’s senior swimming, just quietly making 'PAPER ONLY' posters for the classroom recycling bins. Last Thursday, we put out five, almost full, 240 litre blue bins of paper suitable for recycling. Each 240 litre paper bin weighs about 50 kilograms when full. Yep, on average, the Cloverdale Primary and Ed Support Schools together produce about 50 kg of waste-paper every week - which is recycled, thus saving trees, the 'lungs' of the earth!
The EMRC did their first battery collection on TUESDAY 9th March, the next one is in June, so please, bring in your AA, AAA, AAAA, button and computer batteries. Last year, the EMRC determined that Cloverdale PS were the most improved battery collection school (for our size). The EMRC will present Cloverdale with our rewards: a 'trophy', two cubic metres of wood chips, and a $100 voucher which has contributed to the Cloverdale Primary and Ed Support school's membership of REmida. REmida collect materials from 70 businesses across Perth that can be directly repurposed for arts and education programs. Being a member allows Cloverdale's teachers to walk in, select materials they can imagine a use for, and at no additional cost, walk out with their arms full!
A champion of recycling within the Cloverdale teaching community is Ms KNUIMAN. The adjacent photo shows an accumulation of recycled materials in the library - and that's not the half of it - there are BOXES AND BOXES of caps under the library desk ready for recycling. So please, keep on collecting your ring pulls, bread-bag tags, and clean bottle caps.
Until next time
Dan Luxton, Science Teacher