Principal: Adrian Maywald Deputy Principal: Jane Gill

Governing Council Chair: Eliza Handbury

Phone: 8766 2084 Email: dl.0749.info@schools.sa.edu.au

ISSUE 02

25-02-2022

From the Principal and Deputy Principal

Having all students back at school is simply awesome! On top of this, having Covid restrictions eased further for Weeks 5-9 of this term helps us all plan for Field Days, Lions Youth of the Year, Sports Days etc. We greatly appreciate the support families have provided around communicating with us around close contacts and Covid cases to minimise the disruption to schooling and maximise the learning.  

Well done to the Lucindale Lions as they move forward to hosting the Field Days this year. Please ensure you take the time to nominate for a couple of places on the rosters if you are able, as many hands make light work. The Field Days not only brings shopping and knowledge/expertise to us, it also values adds to our community and a wide range of clubs, groups and associations within and around our town/region. 

2022 Site Improvement Plan: Our team at school have been busy not just in adjusting for online learning at the start of this year, but also in identifying the resources and practices that need to be implemented at each year level/learning area to improve student learning. Last week we collated staff feedback into our working document and this week teachers have spent time reviewing the literacy best practice guides to support their work and the work of students in their classes.   

Assets: I’m not sure if it is 4th or 5th time lucky, but it is now real with our new buildings arriving on school site this week. The new Science, Art and two general purpose classrooms are much needed and all going well, we will be able to move into them across the Term 1 School Holidays. Please keep an eye on the webpage for updates or simply at school to see the progress. I know the staff and students can’t wait to be able to access and utilise these facilities. Below you can view one of the latest construction videos.

 

Uniform: Teachers and students are discussing each day the importance of uniform and/or school colours. To the vast majority, you are doing a fantastic job supporting our school and community with your wearing of school uniform/colours. We have made a commitment as a school and Governing Council over many years to keep prices for uniform as low as possible to ensure it is affordable and practical. Please contact your child’s teachers or the administration team if we can assist you with uniform needs at any time. The uniform also helps us to create a united team and makes students easily identifiable as part of Lucindale school team.  

Online Presence/Devices: Last fortnight I shared with you some resources/links to support you and your family with managing the internet and devices for children. Could you please be vigilant with this as the challenge to support young people with access, appropriate usage, while trying to keep them safe is not easy. Please also remember that online interactions outside of school can still be supported by the school, along with ensuring your child/children are following our school mobile phone/device policy. You can find the Term 4, 2021 version on our webpage and Mr Backler is coordinating feedback from students, staff and families.  

With not being able to have our regular get to know your child/children’s teachers and classroom expectations etc at the start of this term, we hope you may have time at Sports Day to introduce yourselves and we are planning for face to face interview in week 10 & 11. Dates and bookings will be emailed to you soon. These interviews go a long way to securing that you can get to know each teacher along with refining your child/ren’s learning plan to ensure they are on track for their learning.  

Governing Council: On February 22nd G.C met via Zoom to continue to progress the school with some great discussion and actions around buses, canteen, Field Days, buildings etc. We will have some vacancies coming up at our AGM on March 22nd 2022. I encourage you to nominate as soon as possible and or have chat with our G.C Chair or myself to discuss possibilities. The nomination form is on our website or please ring the administration team for assistance.

SRC: School Captains have now received class nominations for SRC and are working with Evie de Jager to undertake the final selection process so we can share our school’s SRC with you in the next fortnight. Thank you to all the students who have nominated! 

 

Yours sincerely,  

Adrian Maywald 

Diary Dates

March

1st

Lions YOTY 2022

9th

Distance Day

11th

Sports Day

14th

Public Holiday

24th

NAPLAN Practice Test

April

1st

Interschool

5th – 8th

11/12 Outdoor Ed camp

Classroom News

Year 10 Work experience 

Work Experience is a valuable event in a student’s life at school. It allows them to explore different career pathways, gain experience in the work force and make connections in their chosen industries.  The students have completed a series of activities and tasks that have aided them in narrowing potential career options.  The students in Year 10 are currently sourcing places of business for Work Experience between 2nd May – 6th May. Some students are unavailable to travel distances or stay outside of the local area.   We would appreciate any help or positions that the Lucindale area can offer these students as they embark on the journey of work.   And to those of you that have already offered a position for a student, thank you. 

Agriculture News

Viticulture 

Progress is certainly evident in our vineyards with our Pinot Noir grapes starting to ripen nicely. Year 10 secondary agriculture students have been very busy carrying out a broad range of tasks which include – installing net clips on the new posts that were erected last year, monitoring the Baume levels to determine point of harvest and netting the vines. With viticulture a prominent industry in the Limestone Coast, we are very fortunate to be able to offer learning in this field at our very own school farm.  

Vegetable Garden 

Students have been working well within Ag lessons to prepare their garden beds for their autumn/winter vegetables. The seeds planted last week have germinated and will be planted out into the beds over the next few weeks.  Students will also be selling some seedlings through our new produce stand. More details on where this will be located and what it will stock will be in the next newsletter. 

White Suffolk Stud  

Students have evaluated characteristics of our White Suffolk stud ewe flock and have divided the ewes into two groups for AI and natural mating. The year 11 / 12 Agriculture Productions and Agriculture Systems classes will be attending an excursion to assist with the AI process next week. Our genetic pool which was built on Woolumbool and Seriston blood lines, will be further expanded through the use of Bundara Downs, Western Flat and Ella Matta, Kangaroo Island, this year. We thank all these four studs for their brilliant support of our agricultural program.  

Poultry Update   

The Year 7 class are preparing to welcome 100 day old chicks later this week. They will be responsible for their daily care, monitoring growth rates and feed rations. At the end of their unit, they will then advertise and sell off the pullets to the community.  

Other News

The Year 8s recently injected our sheep with B12 and drenched them with a liquid stock supplement.

Wellbeing

It has been great to have everyone back at school over the past two weeks.  Time away has certainly made people appreciate being able to enjoy each other’s company.  This week I have provided for you some information on outside services that can assist with Student Wellbeing.  We are fortunate at Lucindale to have access to outside services for Wellbeing support.  Below are details on how to contact these services directly, or if you wish, I can help you with referrals.  

Headspace  Headspace counsellors can provide help for a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, overwhelm, study support and more.  Jordyn Lawrie is the  Headspace Counsellor for our area and can be accessed by students aged 12 and over on Tuesdays.   Appointments are made via a referral process.  Please see me for a referral form if you require one.  Students over 16 years of age can self-refer, students under 16 require parental consent. 

Mind Australia  Mind Australia provide assistance to families by working alongside them, providing assistance in the home and at school.  Ashlee Gibbs is a Mind Australia counsellor and is available Monday- Wednesday by appointment.  Mind Australia can work with students of all age.  Please contact me for more details or phone MindConnect on 1300 286 463 to place a referral.     

Young Carers SA Australia  Samantha Benton is our region’s representative for the Young Carers SA Australia.   She can assist with financial assistance, counselling, resources and social connections.  Information regarding Young Carers Australia can be found at Young Carers | Carers Australia. If you would like to contact Samantha directly, please come and see me.   

There are also many fantastic websites and support groups in our area if you require extra support for specific circumstances.  Below is a list compiled by Standby After Suicide who are an active group in our community.     

I hope you have a great weekend.  Nat Austin 

Canteen News

Canteen Volunteers Needed

Sports Day is approaching fast, Friday, 11th March. Once again, the Canteen will be providing snacks, lunches and drinks. If anyone could spare some time to help on the day, especially over the lunch break or early in the morning to help make sandwiches and rolls, it would be greatly appreciated. Even if it is only for half an hour, it all helps to make things run smoothly.

Please fill in the slip on the link below or contact Jo Levick, our Canteen Manager, or the Front Office on 87662084.

Sports Day Help Form .

Fresh Fruit for Canteen

If anyone has fresh fruit or berries from their garden, or if families are willing to buy and donate some fruit, the canteen would love to offer it again as a free option for students. Apples, pears, apricots, peaches. Anything is appreciated. Please let your child know they can look out for these as an option at the canteen. .

Library News

Community News

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