From the Principal
The Year 2/3 students based their recent assembly on a book about having a happiness bucket, which can be filled or dipped into. The concept of a full or empty bucket gives understanding to the motivation behind behavior. When our buckets are full, we are much more inclined to fill our buckets, and the buckets of others, and when our buckets are empty, we tend to find ourselves dipping (taking from others).
The Bible is a book that also has many good messages about how being kind to others benefits everyone. Jesus was a great example to us, as He filled the bucket of everyone He met who was willing to receive His love. Men, women, Jews, Gentiles, rich and poor, Jesus treated them all the same.
Let’s join together to be a community of bucket-fillers. When we have our buckets filled and learn how we can fill other people's buckets too, we are creating a kinder, happier, and more bucket-filling world. (Jesus said:)
"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."
Last year we celebrated Book Week with a Book Fair and a Character dress-up assembly. This year we are going to be building up to an even better Book Week.
In Week 4 we have TREASURE HUNT! which is an interactive and educational in-school performance that explores the issues of sustainability and our relationship with the natural environment as well as celebrating how books & reading can create understanding and bring people of different backgrounds together. Parents are welcome to come and join us at 1:50pm - 3:00pm for the performance.
In Week 4 Shirley from the Armadale Library will be visiting our Early Childhood to speak to the children, presenting them with a Better Beginning pack.
In Week 6 we will celebrate Book Week with our Book Character Parade, where children come to school dressed as a book character. During the Parade, the children will explain the book from where their character came. Following the Parade is the Book Fair, where students can purchase some wonderful books from a travelling Scholastic book display.
Help needed. We need some parents who will work with Mrs Scherpenzeel at the Book Fair, particularly in collecting the money for purchased books at the Book Fair (Wed 22nd Aug). If you are available, please let Mrs Scherpenzeel know.
Child Protection and Safety
At ACCDD we take seriously our moral and legal responsibilities of keeping your child safe. As a staff, we maintain excellent standards of child protection and safety.
Child Protection Framework
Following the Royal Commission’s investigation into child abuse, every school in Western Australia is required to demonstrate how they are protecting children against abuse. ACCDD has adopted a child protection framework published by the Royal Commission in July 2016 called Creating Child Safe Institutions, which identifies ten elements that institutions should adopt in order to be child safe. Child safe frameworks have a broad application and aim to assist institutions to prevent, identify and improve responses to physical, sexual, emotional/psychological abuse and neglect of children. You can read more about the ten elements by following the link .
Protective Behaviours Curriculum
Western Australian schools are also required to deliver a developmentally appropropriate protective behaviours curriculum. We teach from the Keeping Safe Curriculum where the lessons are incorporated in Health classes. We cover topics such as having the right to be safe, relationships, protective strategies, and recognising and reporting abuse.
This term we have begun using our new student data management system, Sentral,which helps us track the comings and goings of our students. Just a quick reminder that our school day commences at 8:40am, with teachers marking the attendance at this time. Should you and your child arrive after 8:40am, we ask that you come straight to the front office to sign your child in before your child goes to their class.
Working with the Community
We are excited about participating in two Armadale City Council projects this semester.
Year 2-6 students participated in an arts and historical project in preparation for the Armadale City Council’s ‘Poppy Arts Student Showcase’ in late September 2018. This is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Remembrance Day, when the hostilities of the First World War officially ended. Working with local artist Julie Fearns-Pheasant, the children began pieces to replicate old photos. Later they will design a frame for their piece, which will showcase red poppies, a symbol of Remembrance Day.
Year 3-6 students are also participating in another City of Armadale community arts and technologies project that inspires the environmental ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ use of waste in exciting ways.
The students use their imagination and ability to work as teams to turn waste into creatures inspired by the mythical Scottish original sea serpent, Loch Ness. Julie Fearns-Pheasant has run a workshop with the students to help them get started. The Monsters will be displayed at the City of Armadale Highland Gathering festival in September.
At ACCDD we seek to communicate frequently so that you are aware of how your child is progressing. This week we began our Learning Reviews, where parents and their child have an opportunity for you to discuss successes and future learning goals.
On 30/06/2018 we held our first P&F Community Fundraiser at Spud Shed Kelmscott. The P&F wants to personally thank the Parents, Children and Teachers that took the time to come down and give us a hand, or even buy a sausage sizzle. It was great to get our school’s name out to the greater community. We were blessed with a cold, but pretty busy day, which will result with our fundraising efforts going towards more instruments for Mrs Watson’s music program. Thank you all again. (Jade Turner, Secretary)
The next P&F meeting will be held on Monday 30th July at 6:00pm. All parents are welcome to attend to keep up to date with what is happening at ACCDD, meet other parents and find out how you can be part of the ACCDD community.
Childminding will be available, however, please email Joan at [email protected] to book a place.
Enrolments for 2019
This is the time of the year when we begin to plan for the staffing and resources we will need to achieve maximum learning in 2019. Places are filling up fast, and we are excited about our continued growth, and hope you are too.
If you have a family member, friend, neighbour or colleague who has Primary aged children who would benefit from joining our incredible learning community, let them know we are now open for 2019 enrolments.
Bring them in to meet Mrs Burrage, who will be happy to show them around.
ACC Playgroup is for children 0-4 years old. Feel free to let your friends and neighbours know they are invited. The ACC Playgroup meets every Tuesday morning 9:00am -10:30am. Mrs Watson, our Music specialist, runs a session at 9:00am - it’s not to be missed! There are crafts and fun activities for the children, and opportunities to get to know other families. For more details, call 9391 1500 or email [email protected]. Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Jiggle-Bugs-Play-Group-858134771041579/
Primary Happy Snaps
ACC is a place of wonder and learning, where children are challenged to grow in all areas. They are also keen to share their learning with their parents. Check out this week’s Happy Snaps and ask your child what they learnt.
- Tuesday 17th July, Term 3 Commences.
- Friday 20th July, School Photo Day.
- Friday 27th July, Assembly Year 2 - 3.
- Monday 30thJuly, P & F Meeting 6pm.
- Friday 10th August, Assembly Year 4 - 6.
- Monday 20th - Wednesday 22nd August, ‘BOOK FAIR’.
- Wednesday 22nd August, 9am, Book Week Parade.
- Friday 31st August, Father’s Day Celebration Assembly.
- Friday 31st August, Senior Dale Choir Fest, Year 4 - 6.
- Friday 7th September, Athletic’s Carnival.
- Thursday 13th - Friday 14th September, Year 4 - 6 Camp.
- Friday 21st September, Assembly, Kindy, Pre Primary & Year 1.
- Friday 21st September, Final Day Term 3.
- Tuesday 9th October, Students commence Term 4.
- Tuesday 9th - Friday 12th October, Pre Primary - Year 2 Swimming Program.
- Monday 15th - Friday19th October, Pre Primary - Year 2 Swimming Program.
- Friday 19th & Saturday 20th October, Kelmscott Show.
- Friday 26th October, Interschool Numero Competition.
- Friday 2nd November, Assembly Year 2 - 3.
- Friday 16th November, Assembly Kindy, Pre Primary & Year 1.
- Thursday 29th November, Graduation / Christmas Concert.
- Wednesday 5th December, FINAL DAY OF TERM 4.
- Friday 7th December, Christmas Parade.
Yours in Christ,
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