From the Principal and Deputy Principal
Welcome back to Term 2. We hope everyone had a relaxing break and are back ready to start the term with new energy. We have had lots happening recently so please read the updates below!
New Building: Our new building is almost ready. Handover will be soon and then we need to outfit the building with the new furniture that has already arrived, as well as return all of the equipment that has been stored or used around the school. Governing Council have volunteered to lend a hand with this by organising some volunteers to assist. Please see the flier in the newsletter to see if you can help.
NAPLAN: Our NAPLAN testing began smoothly this week for Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 thanks to the great organisation of Nat Austin and Sarah Trussell. This testing will be completed next week with some catch up tests for students who may have been absent.
Staffing update: With Adrian on leave for the first half of this term, Jane is acting Principal for that time. Lucinda Smith has won the Acting Deputy Principal position and Carol Hille has won the Acting Special Programs Coordinator for this period of time also. Congratulations!
Kylie Ware joins our SSO team this term, with Adele Theron also returning. Welcome to Kylie and welcome back to Adele!
Covid update: Thank you to parents who are contacting us to let us know your child is absent due to Covid. This helps us to inform the school community about when and where students may have been exposed so parents can watch closely for symptoms. Please ring and let the Front Office staff know so that we can keep on top of this.
Our most recent update from the Department for Education (received Thursday 12/5/22) has let us know that indoor assemblies can now resume, as can camps with no travel restrictions. Keep an eye out for the date of our next Primary Assembly. We hope to see you there!
Communication: Last week you all received an email to let you know that we no longer use the School Stream app that we implemented last year. EdSmart has taken over the school communication part of this and information goes directly to your email account. Please make sure these details are up to date with the Front office staff.
For parents wanting to communicate with school, you have multiple ways to do this:
- Call the Front office and talk to our admin staff on 87662084. They can assist you with many enquiries or messages can be left with them for staff to call you back as they are usually teaching.
- Email our email@example.com address and it will be forwarded to the relevant staff.
- Go to our website Lucindale Area School – Department for Education (las.sa.edu.au) to find out information about the school.
- Use our handy online absentee form on the website. Absentee Form – Lucindale Area School (las.sa.edu.au)
- Our website also has individual staff email addresses so you can contact them directly.
- Drop into the Front Office on your way past to ask a question. If you are wanting to see particular staff, especially teaching staff, it is best to ring and make an appointment first.
- Don’t forget, students have diaries or communication books. Please use these to message your Home Group teachers, especially if there is a school event and you are unsure how this affects your child.
Mobile Phone Policy: Governing Council has endorsed the Mobile Phone Policies for students R-6 and Years 7-12 after consultation with families, staff and students. The updated policies will be available on our website under the Parent Information tab shortly. Thank you to everyone for your feedback.
The policies state that students from R-6 should not have phones at school. Students from Years 7-9 may have phones at school but may only use them with teacher permission and may not take them into the yard at break times. Students from Years 10-12 may have phones at school with them and may access them with teacher permission and at break times. Any breaches of the policy result in confiscation of the phone and return at the end of the day. If a second confiscation occurs, a parent or guardian will need to collect the phone from the school.
Volunteers in Schools: With the world getting back to a semblance of normal after the last 2 years of Covid disruptions, you may be thinking about volunteering some time here at school. Volunteers are welcome for all sorts of tasks from listening to reading, assisting in class, working bees, helping in the library, helping on camps or excursions, etc. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at school, we are shortly adding a volunteer application form on our website under the Community tab or you can contact the Front Office and they can email one to you so you can express your interest.
Volunteers are required to submit this form and to undergo training in child safety practices. This training is available online, or if you would prefer face to face training, our Wellbeing Leader Nat Austin can run a group training for those interested. Please contact the school to let us know.
Student Work: Are you interested in seeing some of the work your child has been doing lately? Ask them to log into their Microsoft Teams account where you can see what they have been doing. Secondary students use Microsoft Teams regularly in classes to receive and submit work. Our Primary students are just learning to use Teams and our JP students can show you their work through SeeSaw.
Excursions: Fabulous to see our students out and about again in the community! Our Year 10s have been busy with work experience and Ag excursions to Di Giorgio Family Wines, along with Knock Out Touch Footy in Penola. Equine Program is running again this term. Our Outdoor Ed students are off again shortly, this time paddling the creeks instead of climbing cliffs. SAPSASA is busy with Netball trials and Cross Country is in Naracoorte on Friday May 20th. Make sure you keep an eye on our School Calendar on the website and check your email regularly so you don’t miss out on notices.
National Simultaneous Story Time: We will take part in this event on Wednesday May 25th at 11am with our students in the Library and a guest reader. I wonder who it will be this year? The story this year is ”Family Tree” by Josh Pyke. Information is available through this weblink ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime – 2022. Feel free to come and join us in the library on this day and join in the fun!
Let’s look forward to a fun and productive term!
Jane & Lucinda
Tuesday 10th – Friday 20th – NAPLAN Testing
Tuesday 17th – Uni SA visit Years 10 & 12
Friday 20th – South East Cross Country Championships
Monday 23rd – 27th – Outdoor Education Kayak Camp
Wednesday 25th – National Simultaneous Story time 11am
Monday 30th – 3rd June – Flexible Pathway Training
Brebras Computing Challenge
The Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students. It is organized in over 30 countries and designed to get students all over the world excited about computing. They hold two challenges each year. Bebras® Computing Challenge is designed to help students explore their talents and passion for informatics and computational thinking with engaging challenges. Participating in the challenge is free. Each participant gets 45 minutes to answer 15 multiple-choice questions that focus on computational and logical thinking. It is completed online in school and it shows to schools and students how well their skills are developed. The Year 3/4 class participated in the first Brebras challenge during Digital Technologies in April. A special congratulations to the following students on their achievement. DISTINCTION Year 3 Charles
CREDIT Year 4 Taylor Year 4 George
MERIT Year 3 Jack Year 3 Austin Year 3 Bridie Year 4 Rebecca Year 4 Amelia Year 4 Oliver.
Well done to all Year 3/4 students on their participation and effort. Mrs Pauline Rivett
Rock Climbing Camp
Year 10 Work Experience
Lions Youth of the Year Update
Our very own Aaron, winner of the Lucindale Lions Youth of the Year competition in March, went on to compete in the State competition in Gawler in April. He was successful again, winning the competition with his speech on the history of money. Aaron will now go on to compete on a national scale in Melbourne this weekend. This time competitors go to Melbourne for a few days, and enjoy a formal dinner, a day exploring Melbourne, and an interview process, followed by impromptu questions and a prepared speech in front of the judges and audience on Sunday. We wish him all the best with this wonderful opportunity, so if you see Aaron around, wish him luck!
Congratulations to Ruby and Madison from Year 6 for being selected for SAPSASA netball. They will be heading to Adelaide to represent USE in the School Sport SA Netball Carnival during Week 9 of this term. We wish them luck!!
Another congratulations to Madison from Year 6 and Tommy and Sammy from Year 5 for being selected in the girls and boys SAPSASA Football teams. They will be heading to Adelaide to represent USE in the School Sport SA Football Carnival during Week 5 of this term. We wish them luck!!
James Phillips Alisha Hagel
SAPSASA Coordinator School Sports Coordinator
Year 10 Agriculture
An impressive tour of the walk-through soil pit showed the structure of grape vine roots and the numerous soil layers that are renowned in the Limestone Coast Coonawarra district. This excursion was a fabulous opportunity for students to see firsthand career opportunities available in the viticulture industry from leaders in this field. Many thanks to Bryan and the DiGiorgio Family for their brilliant support of our students and Agricultural program.
The farm committee at Lucindale Area School plays a pivotal role assisting with the running of our successful agriculture programs. If you are interested in joining this committee please contact Carol Hille through the front office on 87662084. The committee meet twice a term and always welcome new members from our community.
Term 2 Equine program
Welcome back to Term 2 2022.
Great news! With the easing of some COVID restrictions, the Lucindale Community Library is back to normal opening hours. Please feel free to drop by during the times listed below. Please remember face masks are still required.
Lucindale Community Library Hours
Monday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 11:30am
17 weeks to go until the challenge finishes. Check in with your child and ask how they are going with reading their books. It’s not too late to start. 17 weeks equals less than a book a week. Follow this link for more info. Premiers Reading Challenge
National Simultaneous Story Time
The library will once again be participating in this event. All primary students will be invited to attend a reading of this year’s book “Family Tree”, at 11:00am on Wednesday 25th May 2022, at the same time as most other primary schools all around Australia.
4/5 to 7 year olds basketball training/games
Starts Wednesday 4th May
Runs for all of term 2
Cost $5.00 per night per player
From 4.15pm to 5.15pm
At the Naracoorte Basketball Stadium
Just a lot of fun and learning along the way.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org Ph. 0417-855-247 or turn up on the night and see Helen Garrigan at the desk.
This program will run in School Term 3 as well depending on numbers.