World Teacher's Day
At Rosanna Golf Links Primary School, our teachers are not just educators; they are the architects of the future, the guiding lights in the lives of our young students. Their influence extends beyond the classroom, shaping the character, intellect, and dreams of the next generation.
Every day, our teachers inspire a love for learning, foster curiosity, and nurture critical thinking skills in our students. They provide a safe and supportive environment that empowers our children to grow, explore, and realise their full potential. Their dedication goes far beyond the call of duty, as they invest countless hours in preparing lessons, offering extra help, and guiding our students through both their triumphs and challenges.
The impact of our teachers reaches deep into the hearts and minds of our students. They instil not only knowledge but also values, resilience, and a passion for lifelong learning. Our teachers are not just educators; they are mentors, role models, and advocates who provide guidance, encouragement, and unwavering support.
On behalf of our students and community I would like to send a huge thank you to all of our teachers for all of the work that they do every day.
Tansitioning to 2024
Next Monday is the last opportunity for parents to send in any considerations for class placement in 2024. if you would like to share some information regarding classroom placement for your child in 2024, the following procedure will assist us to support this process.
- Upon our return to school children will be asked by their teachers to nominate children they would like to be with in 2024. Conversations will be had regarding what makes a good learning friend and the students will be able to nominate those friends who support their learning and reduce distractions. During the process the teachers will ensure that every child is with at least one of these friends.
- Parent considerations are also collected and considered during this process. Often parents have specific insights into student need and this additional knowledge plays a significant part in how we structure our classes. These insights often include but are not limited to health, emotional or learning matters, peer or sibling relationships or changes in the home situation. Selecting a particular teacher does not fit within the realm of special circumstances. If parents want to provide extra personal information to be considered in the process please email the school office. Letters should be addressed to “The Principal” and reach the office no later than October 30th.
- Classroom teachers will predict where students would be best suited based on learning, behavioural and social needs and any relevant information they have gathered throughout the year. All of this information will then be used to develop the 2024 classes with the use of Class Creator, a program that assists with the formulations of balanced grades.
- Specialists will check the lists for any anomalies and then the leadership team will confirm grade placements.
- Towards the end of term, children and their new teacher will have an opportunity to spend the whole day in their 2024 classroom and step up into the next grade level. The children and new teacher will complete an activity during this day notifying parents of their new grade.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL’S REPORT
Important Safety Reminder: Dogs in the School Yard
I have been informed that there was an incident this week where a dog bit a parent on the oval. He was picking up his child from Out of School Care and a dog was off lead in our grounds. It ran over to him and bit him.
All dogs must be under control on a short lead whilst in he school grounds. If you have any information about this incident, please contact the school.
It would be a shame if we had to ban all dogs from school grounds. Please ensure you manage your dog safely. If you know your dog could behave inappropriately, please leave them at home.
Fundraising in schools is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, it helps bridge the gap between limited educational budgets and the ever-growing needs of students and schools. These funds often contribute to important school projects and infrastructure we can otherwise not afford. As you have most likely noticed we had to remove our shade sails over the ‘rainbow’ playground for safety reasons. We were not able to fit the replacement of this in our budget. All funds raised through the Colour Run will go towards the removal and installation of new shade in this area.
Additionally, school fundraisers foster a sense of community and engagement among parents, teachers, and students. They provide an opportunity for everyone to work together towards a common goal, instilling important values like teamwork, responsibility, and a strong work ethic in students. Ultimately, fundraising in schools not only enhances the overall educational experience but also builds a stronger, more supportive school environment.
This year one of our major fundraising activities is the colour run. We will be holding this event on Friday, November the 10th.
So far the uptake from families has been quite poor. As of today we only have 82 students of our 565 signed up. Only 50% of the 82 have raised funds. I am writing today to try to encourage you to sign up and raise some funds for the replacement of the shade over the playground. There are also some cool prizes to be won for your kids!
Thanks again for your support and hard work.
🎃 Join Us for a Spook-tacular Halloween Dress Up Day! 🎃
Calling all witches, wizards, ghouls, and ghosts, it’s time to get into the Halloween spirit! We’re excited to announce our whole school Halloween Dress Up Day, and this year, we’re adding a charitable twist that will make the day even more special.
Date: Tuesday 31st October
Get ready for a day filled with fun, frights, and fantastic costumes! Students, staff, and teachers are invited to come to school dressed in their most creative and spooky Halloween outfits. Whether you’re a zombie, a superhero, a ghost, or a pumpkin, let your imagination run wild, and let’s see who can come up with the most spooktacular costumes!
But there’s more to this Halloween event than just costumes and candy! We’re asking for a gold coin donation to support a special cause. Our Junior School Council Representatives have surveyed their peers and have voted on their preferred cause. This year we will donate all proceeds to:
The Royal Children’s Hospital
Highlight of the day:
Costume Contest: Show off your costume in our school-wide competition. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative, the scariest, and the funniest costumes!
To participate, simply bring a gold coin donation on the day of the event. Your generosity will not only support ill children at the Royal Children’s Hospital but also help spread the Halloween spirit of giving.
So, start planning your costume, gather your gold coins, and get ready for a day of Halloween fun and community giving. Let’s make this Halloween Dress Up Day a spooktacular success!
Together, we can make a difference while having a fang-tastic time!
We can’t wait to see you in your Halloween best!
Junior School Council
Our Junior school council have been trying to raise funds themselves by selling AntiBullying wristbands. Their amazing work has so far raised $73. Keep it up team. Amazing work!
Luke Franklin & Denisse Lobos
TEACHING & LEARNING
Spelling Anxiety Holds Kids Back!
In primary school, it is quite normal for there to be a number of spelling mistakes in children’s writing, whilst they are still learning. It is important to remember that during the ‘drafting’ phase, the writer’s focus should be on capturing the flow of their ideas. It is in the ‘editing’ phase, that writers switch their focus to correct spelling and punctuation in order to prepare their writing for an audience.
The writing process:
All too often, teachers encounter students who are so scared of making a spelling mistake that they either refuse to write or write very little, using a bank of familiar words they are confident they can spell. This ‘spelling anxiety’ can become a major problem if children only write from a limited word bank and/or write minimal amounts. It prevents children from getting into a rhythm and ‘flow’ in their writing and from developing other writing skills such as sentence fluency, idea development and text organisation. That is not to say that spelling is not important; we need to teach all children to spell correctly as the overall purpose of writing is communication! However, attending to spelling and the other secretarial aspects of writing (eg. punctuation) is just one component of writing. This final check-over takes place during the ‘editing’ phase, allowing the writers to focus on communicating their ideas when ‘drafting’.
Given this, I want to stress the importance of a ‘gentle’ approach to any additional focus on spelling at home so that it doesn’t have any adverse effect on your child’s writing confidence. We want to encourage creative writing and experimentation with words so that children can develop all of the skills associated with writing.
From 2024, RGLPS is introducing an evidence based spelling program called ‘Spelling Mastery’ across Years 1-6. This program will incorporate whole-word, phonemic, and morphemic knowledge and will operate three times a week for 20 – 30 minutes at a time. The program will be differentiated across each year level and children will be working at their spelling level, practising and reinforcing skills at their point of need. ‘Spelling Mastery’ is currently being used by a ‘similar school’ to RGLPS and producing amazing spelling results. RGLPS intends to learn from this system excellence and improve on spelling outcomes at RGLPS.
Please keep an eye on the newsletter in coming months for more information about ‘Spelling Mastery’.
All 2023 ICAS certificates have now been distributed to students. Higher place certificates (High Distinction, Distinction, Credit and Merit) were presented at assembly on Monday for ICAS Writing, ICAS Digital Technologies, ICAS Spelling Bee and ICAS Mathematics. Students who achieved a participation certificate were presented with these by their classroom teacher.
Big congratulations to all these students who earned a higher place certificate in this latest set of 2023 ICAS results:
A reminder that to gain additional information about your child’s performance on this year’s ICAS, parents can login to the assessment site:
- Go to www.icasassessments.com
- Select Results portal
- Select Student Results. You will need to use your TAP-ID and PIN to do this. (The TAP-ID and PIN are located on the bottom rear of any of your child’s 2023 ICAS certificates.)
- Explore the site to obtain more information on questions answered successfully and incorrectly by your child.
RGLPS School Policies
A reminder that all current RGLPS Policies are stored on Compass. Please use the following pathway:
Compass -> Community icon -> School Documentation -> Policies
The RGLPS Asthma, First Aid and Anaphylaxis policies have been most recently reviewed and updated. The updated policies will also be added to the school website in the next week or so.
Have a great week everyone!
2023 District Rounders Winners
COLOUR FUN RUN
Lamb Souvlaki – $6.00
Add: Lettuce, tomoat, red onion, baby spinach, tatziki garlic sauce $0.40
Muffins – Strawberry
If you are able to assist in the canteen, please contact Margaret on 0438 585 323.
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