A WORD FROM THE PRINCIPAL

BUILDING UPDATE

Our new school building is progressing steadily. The roof is now on, the indoor framing is taking shape and the window fittings will be soon installed. I love the majestic pop-up roof that forms the central atrium and the free flow of the building with its large verandas. Behind the scenes, many decisions are made such as joinery, power outlets, colour schemes, materials and a myriad of other components. Landscaping will complement the building and preparation for the landscaping and playground components is taking place. It is a very exciting time watching these developments.

 

 

EXTRA CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS

Let’s Try a Trade

Sometimes I wish I were a student again. There are many opportunities and experiences that students have at Seaford Park PS. A group of year 5/6 students are involved in the ‘Let’s Try a Trade’ program at Monterey Secondary College. The children are having fun and learning heaps about robotics whilst meeting new people. For further information see the article “Let’s Try a Trade’ from Keery who is coordinating this opportunity.

Bikes Over Lunchtime

Our Year 4 and 5 boys are currently repairing and rebuilding bicycles with the assistance of Stephen from Uniting. They have a free lunch and work collaboratively in teams whilst talking and cooperating to achieve the goals for the week. For example one week might be learning how to fix brakes, another week how to fix a puncture or work on the gears. The highlight is when the bikes are totally rebuilt and the boys choose a design and spray paint their bikes.

 

 

I SEA I CARE

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of going to one of the I Sea I Care workshops with our wonderful Year 6 ambassadors – Charlotte B, Lily and Adam. In the morning, they visited Banyan Reserve and watched Melbourne Water clean out a litter trap, then they tested the quality of the pond. In the afternoon, the ambassadors scoured Frankston Beach for types of rubbish and then walked the length of Kananook Creek looking at the litter traps and learning about how rubbish (especially plastics) can affect the environment. The ambassadors spoke at Monday’s Assembly bringing home the message to Reuse, Reduce and Recycle, as rubbish is a big problem.

 

WRITER IN RESIDENCE

Susannah McFarlane is the author of the popular children’s books such as the EJ12 Girl Hero and EJ Spy School series, the creator and co-author of the hugely popular series for boys, Boy vsBeast, the author of the Little Mates series of alphabet books for under fives, and the series editor for StuffHappens!, a great new series for boys about the everyday challenges they face. Susannah was also the original concept creator of two of Australia’s leading tween fiction series Go Girl! and Zac Power. Susannah is once again working with our students (this time in Year 5/6) to write picture storybooks suitable for young children. We cannot wait to see the products.


 

KINDER VISITS

 

Over the past two weeks, our Year 5/6 students have been reading picture storybooks to Belvedere Park Kinder children. Next week will be their last visit and they will give a storybook to their buddy. The younger children and the older students thoroughly enjoy the experience.

 

CURRICULUM DAY – Monday 9th October (first day in Term 4)

School Council have given approval for Curriculum Day to be on Monday 9th October, the first day of Term 4. Our English Curriculum Team have been researching a suitable whole school spelling program for Seaford Park and agreed with staff on a spelling program that is comprehensive, can be explicitly taught to children and has a strong research base. The spelling program is called SMART Spelling. It requires a professional learning day for all staff and we have been fortunate that a booking fell through from another school and they have offered the day to us. The day is 9th October (first day of Term 4). The 6th November (Cup Eve) will be a normal school day.

 

SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY

 

As this is the last Newsletter for Term 3, I wish all students, and their families a safe and happy holiday. The weather is slowly improving after a cold winter with lots of sickness going around. Enjoy the break and I look forward to seeing you all refreshed and ready to learn again in Term 4.