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21st Feburary, 2024
News From the North
Consistent routines are proven to help children feel safe and reduce anxiety as they provide clear boundaries, expectations and familiarity. At school, our children have a routine that begins right at the start of the day and this predictability helps our children settle quickly and begin learning, even from Foundation. Ensuring your child arrives at school before the music and first bell rings is very important. Missing little things like greeting the class when marking the roll in the morning, arriving after the class has left for a specialist class or missing the start of a lesson where the explicit instruction guides the children and sets them up for success are all things that can disrupt a child’s routine and result in an increase in anxiety for the day.
As we settle back into the routine of dropping off and collecting children from school, we encourage families to re-establish routines that will support children to be at school on time. This includes a regular wake up time and bed time. If you would like any support on establishing age appropriate routines, please drop in to the school office and chat with our Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader, Mrs Connie Fernando.
Thursday 7th March & Friday 8th March NO SCHOOL
Monday 11th March - Public Holiday NO SCHOOL
Children return to school: Tuesday 12th March
We have had a fabulous fortnight at DNPS with our students truly living our values. Courtesy, Cooperation and Common Sense are evident in every classroom and outside in the playground. A big congratulations to the following people for receiving their class awards.
Photos only show half the recipients as we build up to full school assemblies.
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund provides money for eligible families to be used for camps, sporting events and excursions. For families who hold a current Health Care Card as of the 30th January 2024 you will be eligible for this fund.
The $125 per student per year is paid directly to the school and is linked to the child and can be used to pay for excursions or sporting events.
The forms needed to apply for this fund were sent home earlier this week and we urge all of our parents to fill in the necessary pieces of information and return these forms to school as soon as possible.
If you have a valid Health Care Card, fill in the required information and return it to the office as quickly as possible.
If you have applied for CSEF 2023 – you will still need to complete a new application form for 2024.
All forms must be returned by 28th February 2024.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a literacy and numeracy assessment that students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sit each year. It is the only national assessment all Australian students have the opportunity to undertake.
As students progress through their school years, it is important to check how well they are learning the essential skills of reading, writing and numeracy.
NAPLAN assesses the literacy and numeracy skills that students are learning through the school curriculum and allows parents/carers to see how their child is progressing against national standards.
NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process. It does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance, but it can provide teachers with additional information about students’ educational progress.
NAPLAN also provides schools, education authorities and governments with information about how education programs are working and whether young Australians are achieving important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy.
Online NAPLAN tests provide more precise results and are engaging for students. The tests are tailored (or adaptive), which means that each test presents questions that may be more or less difficult depending on a student’s responses. This helps students remain engaged with the assessment.
Tailored testing allows a wider range of student abilities to be assessed and measures student achievement more precisely. A student’s overall NAPLAN result is based on both the number and complexity of questions they answer correctly. Your child should not be concerned if they find questions challenging; they may be taking a more complex test pathway.
All Year 3 students will continue to complete the writing assessment on paper.
World of Wellbeing
Welcome to the ‘World of Wellbeing’, your fortnightly update on everything wellness at DNPS!
This year, we are focusing on building our students social and communication skills. Teachers have introduced ‘Lunch Chats’, to help our students create new friendships in the class. Students are encouraged to talk with a variety of their peers about different topics, such as, ‘What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?’
It would be great if you could give our ‘Lunch Chats’ a go at home, by possibly creating ‘Dinner Chats’. Creating conversation will give you the opportunity to learn more about your child’s day and check in with how they are feeling.
Conversation Starter Ideas:
What was the best/worst part of your day?
Did you do anything today that made you feel proud?
Is there anything you would like to talk about?
How are you feeling? Do you know why you might feel this way?
What was one thing you did at recess/lunch today?
What would your favourite day look like?
If you could choose, who would you like to sit next to in class?
Thanks for reading and see you in the next newsletter! ?
Fine motor skills
Well-developed fine motor skills are important for students to be able to complete tasks in the school and home environment. Fine motor skills involve using the hands and fingers together to hold and move small objects. This can involve grasping and pinching.
These skills include the following:
Crossing the midline
These are needed to:
Complete self-care skills like dressing, eating, and tying shoelaces
Today we will discuss simple activities at home to develop finger isolation. This is the ability to use the fingers one at a time in a task. This will lead to strong and effective fingers.
Activities at home that can help develop finger isolation:
Have your child tap their thumb to each of their fingertips one at a time. See how fast they can do this. Make sure they are not skipping any fingers!
Finger puppets and finger songs like "itsy wincey spider"
Popping bubbles or popping bubble wrap
Flick/Finger Soccer (scrunch up a small piece of paper into a "ball". Have your child flick the ball forward with their pointer finger towards a "goal". This could be a made from a plastic cup, or cardboard box.
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