Dates for the Diary – Planning Ahead

Term Dates

  • TERM 1      February 1st – March 31st (2:30pm dismissal)
  • TERM 2      April 18th – June 30th (2.30pm dismissal)
  • TERM 3      July 17th – September 22nd (2.30pm dismissal)
  • TERM 4      October 9th – December 22nd (1.30pm dismissal)

School Camps       

  • Level 5 & 6 Camp Rumbug                   May 29th – June 2nd
  • Level 5 & 6 Ski Camp                            August 7th – 11th
  • Level 3 & 4 Phillip Island Camp             October 16th – 18th
  • Level 2 Sleepover at School                  October 27th
  • Community Run Father & Child Camp   October 21st – 23rd

Swimming

  • Level 3 & 4 Swimming Program               Starts July 31st (excluding Wednesdays)
  • Level F, 1 & 2 Swimming Program            Starts August 14th (excluding Wednesdays)
  • Level 5 & 6 Beach Swimming Program    Term 4 TBC

NAPLAN

  • Level 3 & 5 students will participate in NAPLAN May 9th – 11th (inclusive). Please note this is a correction to the date originally published.

School Production

  • Our whole School Production will take place in the evening of September 7th at Monash University, Robert Blackwood Hall. Please note this is a date change to that originally published.

Curriculum Days (Pupil Free Days)

  • Monday April 24th
  • Friday July 28th

Funky Hair Day

Funky Hair Day PhotoOn Funky Hair Day we raised $564.85 – a lot of people came with crazy and wacky hair. They all looked amazing. Thank you to everyone who brought a gold coin donation and had crazy hair for the Leukaemia Foundation. We took some pictures of great hair. Everyone had a great time. Well done to the Junior School Councillors for organising this great event. This event was a blast. Can’t wait for next year!!!

   By Liam H (Level 4 Junior School Councillor)

“Sandringham East primary school is holding Funky Hair day! AND … every kid that goes there is invited!” The word goes around the school as fast as lighting and everyone decides to have Funky Hair and donate money to support the Leukaemia foundation.

The day is finally here everyone arrives at school with Funky Hair. There are cupcakes, donuts, sparkles and more! Most kids and teachers have decorations in their hair! Teachers and kids complement on each other’s hair. Everyone looked around at each other and saw the creative designs and features every hair has! At the end of the day, we raised a really big amount of money! $564.85! Each and every kid was extremely surprised that we made so much money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

   By Aimi H and Cassie W (Level 6 Junior School Councillors)

Funky Hair DayFunky Hair Day was amazing! Everyone had funky hair. We raised $564.85 for the Leukaemia Foundation. There was some wonderful and funky hair at school and all the kids from Foundation to Level 6 had lots of fun, even the teachers! Everyone enjoyed their hotdog lunch too.

   By Persia P (Level 5 Junior School Councillor)

A huge thank you to the Level 3 Class Reps for organising the Hotdog lunch. Sarah Druce, Mel Harrison, Georgie Juzva, Joanna Serpanos and Helen Whiteside did a fabulous job, supported by Level 3 parents Angela Grogan, Michaela Howse, Claire Lynch, Sarah Murray, Kerstin Schwartz, Jill Walden, and Melissa Widger. Such teamwork – thank you ladies!

Mathletics!

Mathletics LogoMathletics for 2017 is here! After some delays beyond our control, the Mathletics rollover process is finally complete. Each child at SEPS has their own username and password.

Mathletics is an award winning interactive site that can be accessed online, which aims to improve to improve students math skills through fun activities linked to the Australian Curriculum. The website can be accessed from any computer.

A popular program amongst our students, Mathletics has many aspects including:

  • Learning activities are linked to all areas of maths.
  • Children learn at their own pace which can be adjusted to meet their ability.
  • Students can access an animated teacher that will explain any concept through a step-by-step tutorial.
  • Live Mathletics allows students to improve their mental maths skills by answering questions against the clock whilst completing against other children or the computer.
  • Time tables toons allows children to learn their times tables though animated songs.
  • Rainforest maths
  • Children can use the Mathletics dictionary concept search to find out what different mathematical vocabulary means.
  • Clear charts allow students to see their strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Parents can access their child’s weekly report, clearly showing their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Teachers can see how children in their class have performed and use this information to help children develop areas for improvement.
  • Children receive points for each activity they complete, which they can then ‘spend’ on creating their own profiles.

If you have any issues with Mathletics throughout the year, please see your classroom teacher or Kate Foster in Foundation D.

Mathletics screen

Level 5&6 Inter-School Sport

The last of our scheduled matches this week is versus Sandy Primary:

Interschool Sports

Please note that students need to be in their classes by 8:30am for roll marking on sports days. Teams depart at 8:45am.

Special Whole School Working Bee

Working Bee

Families are requested to assist with the spreading of some top soil and levelling out the surface of the oval for the children’s continued playing enjoyment.

Please bring rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and any other equipment you think relevant.

A Sausage Sizzle will be organised to thank everyone for their efforts.

As an incentive this year, the percentage of parents that attend Working Bees will be collated and the Level with the highest percentage attending will have a special lunch at the end of the year. The percentage will include those families attending, those who have paid Busy Parents and those who can’t attend but make a donation of $30.

For catering purposes, please return the form (copy attached) indicating the number of family members that will be attending. Thank you.

What’s Been Happening at Sandy East this Week

Swimming

On Wednesday 15th March, Caitlan R represented SEPS at the Kingston Division Swimming Carnival. She won her 50m Breaststroke race and now goes on to Regionals on 29th March.

Well done Caitlan!

PE

During Term 1, we are targeting our Foundation, Level 1 and 2 students with gymnastics.

Instructors from Highett Youth Club are introducing the fundamentals of gymnastics to the students. These initial skills involve warm ups, stretching, log rolls, egg rolls, jumping, landing in ‘motorbike’ and bunny hops.

The students are enjoying the activities offered.

Foundation

What a fantastic week we had in Foundation this week, filled with many different and valuable learning experiences. During Literacy, we have continued to focus on letters, words and sentences.  We have been practising our golden words and our initial letter sounds.

During Numeracy, we have been looking at our 100 days of school and are up to Day 26! We have further developed our understandings of 2D shapes and created a shape graph. In Science we are looking at the weather and how it influences our lives.

We have been focussing on our Play Is The Way life rafts of ‘treat others as you would like them to treat you’ and what makes a strong and a weak choice.

Just a reminder that our Maths Online Testing has now finished and students will now attend school on Wednesdays. We look forward to our first full week together.

Level 1&2

We all arrived well rested after enjoying a long weekend last week in the JLC. With only a couple of weeks left in the term, the Level 1 and 2 students are working hard to consolidate their learning for the Term so far.

In Reading this week, students are looking at how to use picture clues to aid comprehension, and expanding their vocabulary. The Writing focus continues to be narrative texts and the Level 1 spelling phoneme is /ck/ as in duck, while the Level 2 students focus on /air/ as in hair.

In Numeracy, the Level 1 and 2 students continue to develop their understanding of Place Value and subtraction.

L1&2 ImageThe students enjoyed an incredible ‘Funky Hair Day’ on Thursday, with ‘Cupcake Buns’ and ‘Birds Nests’ forming a new popularity trend! Students sported all the colours of the rainbow through their hair, with the addition of glitter, pipe cleaners and even small animals! The day was a wonderful success and the students enjoyed their hotdog and special drink for lunch.

On Friday students celebrated ‘The National Day Against Bullying and Violence’ with their new buddy grade from a different level. The students came together and looked at clips and explored different scenarios.

Level 3&4

Week 7 has come and gone and we are fast approaching the end of the term.

Both the Level 3’s and 4’s are all working towards completing their Science learning task. This task is to demonstrate an understanding about a particular relationship that exists between the Earth, Moon and the Sun.  In Math this week we are now focusing on division. Regarding Literacy, our writing focus has continued to be writing narratives and to look at the use of direct speech marks as well as up-leveling our writing by concentrating on descriptions by using adjectives and adverbs. Reading continues to focus on the various components of the CAFÉ approach. We have paid particular focus on the comprehension of texts.

Crazy Hair Day was a big success and every one in Level 3 and 4 would like to thank all of those people who made it happen. We also completed some activities associated with the National Day Against Bullying. These activities were done with buddy grades and everyone concerned had a great time and learnt about the importance of the day.

Level 5&6

Websites

Have you ever created a website? Maybe a PowerPoint? What was it about? Plums or rulers?

During science, we have been discovering how to make, build and publish a website using Wix, Site Builder or Weebly. Stella will tell you about what the websites are for and why we are using then in the first place.

Some kids are new to this area of learning, so the students who have already used a specific website maker shared their knowledge to their friends by running a website clinic.

All of the level fives and sixes have been thoroughly enjoying these science sessions, and we really are hoping that the parents fall in love with our websites and PowerPoints!

   By Chelsea A

Buddy Club

Buddy Club is a club run by level 6s that provides activities for younger students. Some of the things that will be offered are sand art, colouring, drawing, stories and toys. It can be a meeting place for buddies or a way to find them.

It is open on Mondays and Wednesdays, and runs from 1:00 to 1:40.

The leaders are Nina and Chelsea W. The other participants are Max K, Molly, Klara, Evie, Grace, Liam, Keith and Stanley.

We look forward to many Foundation students having a go at Buddy Club.

   By Jazmin and Georgia

Science

In science, this week we have started work on our big term project, which has a focus on Biological Science. We have each been given the freedom to choose a human impact and an animal that is under threat.  We have the option to work independently or with a partner.

“So what ARE your projects?” you may be asking. Well, we have been assigned to pick an endangered or vulnerable animal and create a website, PowerPoint, or even animation about how they’re being impacted by human behaviours. YOU can help save them! Some of the sadly endangered animals we have come across are the: Andean flamingo, red panda, giant panda, Venus flytrap and tiger.

We can’t wait to show you!

   By Stella

Friends of Native Wildlife

FOW logoThe Friends of Native Wildlife Inc. have lots of different types of events for you over the next few months. Details are available in their February Newsletter, which can be read here.

Make sure you reserve your place soon. Their events have become very popular. Those with limited numbers fill up quickly after they are announced.