The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter - Issue 14

THE LAKES SOUTH MORANG COLLEGE NEWSLETTER 2022 - ISSUE 10 Date 00, 2022

Term 3. Week 6 Issue 14 - 2022

The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

The Lakes South Morang College respectfully acknowledges that beneath the significant River Red Gums that feature across our school's landscape lay the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri - Willam people of the Kulin Nation. The Lakes South Morang College pledges to provide an environment that has zero tolerance to child abuse and strive to work in partnership with our parents/carers and community members to keep our students safe every day, in every way.

Principal Report

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School Council Report

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Student Perspective

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Wellbeing Focus

3

Curriculum Connections

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Policy Spotlight

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Primary Campus Awards

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What ’ s on @ The Lakes

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PRINCIPAL REPORT

Community Connections

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Camp Australia Update

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BILL PANAS ACTING COLLEGE PRINCIPAL

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST IN THIS ISSUE:

Secondary Campus 80 Jardier Terrace, South

• Brain breaks and productivity

Morang 3752 (03) 9401 3919

• Parents beliefs about maths changes their children ’ s achievements

• Digital Learning policy at The Lakes

Primary Campus 275 Gordons Road, South Morang 3752 (03) 9400 9000

• Primary Book Week parade information!

• OSHC News and Events

The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter SCHOOL COUNCIL REPORT

Hello to our Parents/Carers,

This term is shaping up to be another bumper term with many excursions across many year levels on Primary and Secondary, events, Book Week activities, the Fathers Day stall, and parent teacher interviews all planned for the next few weeks! It ’ s great to see so much activity after the past couple of years, and School Council appreciates all the work and effort our staff go to in organising these activities. Firstly, a big thank you to all parents/carers who have already completed the 2022 Parent/Caregiver Opinion Survey that was emailed to families last week. If you haven ’ t already done so, we encourage families to do so, it takes no more than 10 minutes to complete, with results used for future school planning and management of our school. The survey closes on 16 September 2022.

The first School Council meeting for Term 3 was held this week, with the main topics of discussion being:

• The proposed English Language Centre on the Secondary Campus. We passed a motion that School Council supports the establishment of a new English Learning Centre on the Secondary Campus, subject to approval by the Minister of Education; • Setting a future timeframe for an evaluation of the iPad/laptop programs on both Campuses, reviewing both their use in the classrooms and the skills required of students when using them; and

• Options for commemorative garments for 2023 Year 12 students.

School Council meetings are quite action - based, so if students or families have any issues, both positive or negative, that you would like added to the meeting agenda, we would love to hear from you. Everyone is more than welcome to email me at amanda.farrelly@education.vic.gov.au.

Our next Council meeting is Tuesday 6 September 2022 at 6:30pm at the Secondary Campus.

Cheers,

Amanda Farrelly School Council President

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STUDENT PERSPECTIVE

SCHOOL CAPTAIN REPORT

ROSALIANA AND ANGELA SECONDARY CAPTAINS

BRAIN BREAKS & PRODUCTIVITY

WELLBEING TEAM

Educators at The Lakes have long known about the benefits of ‘ brain breaks ’ and have extensively used these breaks with students across the College to support teaching and learning. During the pandemic, with many students and families both learning and working from home, the importance of regular ‘ brain breaks ’ and their impact on productivity has been thrown into the spotlight.

things in life, the regularity and duration of breaks will vary according to the complexity of thinking and sustained concentration period that students have been engaged in. Some breaks may be quick (3 - 5 minutes), some might require longer (15 - 20 mins), or what is certain however is that these breaks do benefit learning outcomes and productivity.

How might you use 'brain breaks ’ at home?

When your child is engaged in homework or study (particularly senior secondary students), prompt them to take regular breaks to refresh and refocus.

So, how do we use best use breaks to support student learning?

The Lakes understands the importance of regularly allowing students to disconnect from the physical and mental pressures of a sustained concentration period in the classroom. As such, teachers will regularly encourage students to take a break from their screens, move their bodies, breathe and engage in something that is fun or playful for their minds. Upon returning from these breaks, students are able to re - energise their thinking and focus on their learning. As with all

If you are working from home, model these behaviours by taking regular breaks yourself.

Try taking breaks together. Take turns at deciding what the break activity could be. E.g. going for a walk, dancing around to your favourite song, having a drink/snack, playing with your pet, play Wordle, etc.

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The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

PARENTS ’ BELIEFS ABOUT MATHS CHANGES THEIR CHILDREN ’ S ACHIEVEMENT

GEORGE LEARNING SPECIALIST (MATHEMATICS)

Parents need to replace sympathetic messages such as “ Don ’ t worry, maths isn ’ t your thing ” with positive messages such as “ You can do this, I believe in you, maths is an open, beautiful subject that is all about effort and hard work. ”

We now know that the messages we give students can change their performance dramatically, and that students need to know that the adults in their lives believe in them. As well as the messages we give students about their potential, brain research is now showing that messages students pick up from their parents about maths and their parents ’ relationships with maths can also change students ’ maths learning and achievement. Researchers have found that when mothers told their daughters they were not good at maths in school, their daughter ’ s achievement declined almost immediately. It has also been found that parents ’ maths anxiety reduced their children ’ s learning of maths across grades 1 and 2, but only if parents helped their children on maths homework. If they did not help them on homework, the parents ’ maths anxiety did not detract from their children ’ s learning. Research does not know exactly what parents with maths anxiety say to their children but suggests that it is likely they communicate the negative messages we know to be harmful, such as “ maths is hard ” or “ I was never good at maths in school. ” It is critical that when parents interact with children about maths they communicate positive messages, saying that maths is exciting and it is an open subject that anyone can learn with hard work, that it is not about being “ smart ” or not and that maths is all around us in the world.

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POLICY SPOTLIGHT

DIGITAL LEARNING

Policy— http://www.thelakes.edu.au/uploads/8/3/9/0/83901006/ digital_learning_policy_2022.pdf

The Lakes believes that the use of digital technologies allows the development of valuable skills and knowledge to prepare students to thrive in our globalised and inter - connected world. Our College ’ s vision is to empower students to use digital technologies safely and appropriately to reach their personal best and fully equip them to contribute positively to society as happy and healthy individuals. Through increased access to digital technologies, students can benefit from learning that is interactive, collaborative, personalised, engaging and transformative. Digital technologies enable our students to interact with and create high quality content, resources and tools. It also enables personalised learning tailored to students ’ particular needs and interests and transforms assessment, reporting and feedback, driving new forms of collaboration and communication. At the College, we support the rights of all within the College community to access safe and inclusive learning environments, including digital and online spaces. This Acceptable Use Agreements (available through the policy) outline the roles, responsibilities and expected behaviours we have of our students when using digital or online spaces.

The Lakes operates a Managed BYOD Program from P - 12 to support Digital Learning. Edunet are the preferred partner for our Managed BYOD Program. Further details are available at http://www.thelakes.edu.au/byod - program.html

Policies are available to all families via the the Sentral Portal (under Resources) or via our website http://www.thelakes.edu.au/policies -- reports.html

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The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter PRIMARY CAMPUS AWARDS

LEARNER OF THE WEEK

4A

4B

4C

Rhythm W

Phoenix T

Shruthi K

5A

5B

5C

Nauvdeep N

Shawn L

Jacob L

6A

6B

6C

Ella B

Kiara W

Eva L

LIFESTYLE AWARDS

Sports

Music

Art

Year 4

Brayden P

Samira B

Asha D

Year 5

Noah MT

Kiara T

Kasak C

Year 6

Mikallen S

Claudio C

Rubi A

NEXT ASSEMBLY DATES:

Prep - 3: Friday 26th August Year 4 - 6: Friday 2nd September

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WHAT ’ S ON @ THE LAKES

Breakfast Club on Both Campuses Every Tuesday & Thursday - 8.15am

(Except for the first week and last week of the term)

AUGUST:

Tuesday 23rd—Tuesday 30th

Book Fair in the Primary Campus Staff Room

Tuesday 23rd

Secondary Campus—Parent Teacher Interviews

Wednesday 24th

Year 8 Basketball

Thursday 25th

Primary Campus Book Week Dress Up

Tuesday 30th

Year 5 / 6 Basketball

Wednesday 31st

Year 1 Skyhigh Excursion

Wednesday 31st

Father ’ s Day Stall—Prep—Year 6

SEPTEMBER:

Thursday 1st

Curriculum Day

Wednesday 7th

Year 4 Immigration Museum

Wednesday 7th

VCE GAT

Thursday 8th

Year 3 Edendale Farm Excursion

Book Fair on Primary August 24 - 30th

Tuesday 13th

Primary Campus—Parent Teacher Interviews

Wednesday 14th

Year 2 Push, Pull and Motion Incursion

Year 5 Excursion - Preston Market

BOOK WEEK DRESS UP DAY Thursday 25th August Parade @ 9:15am Prizes to be won!

Thursday 15th

Footy Colours Day—Gold Coin Donation

Primary Campus—Special Footy Lunch Orders

Friday 16th

Last Day of Term 3 — 1:15 pm finish

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The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD

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PREP 2023

Have you enrolled for Prep for 2023?

We are currently in the process of accepting new enrolments for 2023. We advise all existing families and community members who may be interested in attending our school, to submit enrolment forms as soon as possible.

Book Now for Primary Tours on 9404 9000 for individual 2023 School Tours

Book Now for Secondary Tours on 9401 3919 for individual 2023 School Tours

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Buses replace trains on the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines in August and September

Due to Bell and Preston Level Crossing Removal Project works, buses replace trains on the Mernda and Hurst- bridge lines from:

Date

Limits

Line

9pm Friday 26 August to 3am Sunday 28 August

Clifton Hill to Mernda

Mernda

3am to 9pm, Sunday 28 August

Clifton Hill to Reservoir

Mernda

9pm to last service, Sunday 28 August

Parliament to Reservoir

Mernda and Hurst- bridge

Monday 29 August to 9pm Friday 2 September

Parliament/Clifton Hill to Reservoir

Mernda

9pm Friday 2 September to last service Sunday 4 September*

Clifton Hill to Reservoir*

Mernda*

*From 1am to 3am each night, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September, buses replace trains between Clifton Hill and Mernda.

For more information, visit ptv.vic.gov.au/disruptions or call 1800 800 007 . Please see attached the disruption brochure for detailed disruption information. A number car park and on - street parking changes will also be in place to allow for the safe operation of train re- placement buses and construction works.

For impacts at Bell and Preston stations, click here

If you are planning a school excursion using the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines during this time, we recommend you contact Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 to seek advice and register your journey.

In addition, we recommend you include this information in communications to students, parents and staff. Please see text at bottom with key information.

Bell and Preston stations open From Monday 5 September, the new Bell and Preston stations will open to passengers. Please note that there will be no lifts at Bell Station until late September 2022. During this period, a shuttle bus will run from Bell Station to Preston and Thornbury stations for passengers who need lift access to platforms. Plan your journey and project information If you need to discuss alternative travel arrangements prior to travelling, or require assistance with journey plan- ning, service information and up - to - date timetable information, please visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007 . For other languages visit ptv.vic.gov.au/languages or call 9321 5450 .

For information about the Level Crossing Removal Project, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au , call 1800 105 105 or email contact@levelcrossings.com.au.

We thank you for your patience as we work towards delivering an upgraded transport network for Melbourne ’ s growing population.

We are always looking to build new or foster current connections within our community! Please call Karen on 9404 900 to discuss further, if you have a service or upcoming event you would like to promote through our Newsletter.

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To thrive, children need a safe and supportive environment at school, at home and in the broader community; no exceptions. At The Lakes South Morang College, we believe meeting the physical and emotional needs of our students is paramount in laying the foundations for a fulfilling future. We pledge to provide an environment that has zero tolerance to child abuse and will strive to work in partnership with our parents and community members to keep our students safe every day, in every way.

The Lakes South Morang College Child Safety Statement

PRIMARY CAMPUS: Telephone: 9404 9000  275 Gordons Road South Morang 3752 SECONDARY CAMPUS: Telephone: 9401 3919  80 Jardier Terrace South Morang 3752 ABN 52 938 171 499  PO Box 207 South Morang 3752  lakes.south.morang.co@education.vic.gov.au

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