Hello Swan Reach,
Welcome to term 2. We look forward to another successful teaching and learning cycle with a firm focus for ‘growth for every child in every classroom.’ Our teamwork with you and our students is critical in ensuring this ideal goal becomes embedded for our children. The Independent Learning Plans (ILP) we collaborated on last term are an important cog in this joint endeavour. SRAS encourages families to extend our collaborations when needed by booking a time to catch up with teachers to discuss your child(ren)’s progress, developments and needs, in person or via phone.
DayMap will be released next week, meaning families will be better informed about their child(ren’s) learning routines, topics, tasks. It also provides a communication platform between home and school and families can notify SRAS of absences too. SRAS looks forward to our collaborations and learning together provided by this new technology. Our Governing Councillors are trialling it this week to provide important feedback on how it is functioning – thank you.
Mr John Robertson
These tips are a condensed copy from the website
Going back to school after a few weeks of fun and relaxation is never easy, but kids aren’t the only ones who struggle with it. Parents may also find it difficult when their kids head back to school, and many experience emotions ranging from sadness to anxiety and even resentment. Here are a few handy back-to-school tips that will assist to make the transition smoother.
- Encourage kids to set goals and take responsibility
Encouraging children to set goals and take responsibility for the upcoming school year is a great way to get in them in the right frame of mind. Research shows that kids who participate in setting learning goals are consistently more motivated and take learning more seriously.
- Engage with their curriculum
If you want to help your child set appropriate learning goals, it’s important to engage with their curriculum and be aware of what they will be learning and are expected to be proficient in. Most kids deal with some level of stress or anxiety about school. One survey found that 53 per cent of parents cite homework and schoolwork as the greatest driver of stress in their kids. But when parents are aware of what their kids will be learning, they’re better able to provide support and manage stress before school starts again.
- Ease into the routine
During the holidays, schedules are usually more relaxed and kids get used to going to bed and waking up later, which is one of the things that can make the first few days of school difficult. Kids are very sensitive to routines. If getting to sleep on time is a problem after too many late nights, you can try enforcing a No Electronics rule an hour before bedtime so everyone can wind down. Older kids can also use an alarm clock to take responsibility for their own mornings and evenings.
- Get organised
The more organised you are the easier your first back-to-school mornings will be, so take the time to plan your morning routine in advance. This may include figuring out what time you need to get up, what you’ll prepare for breakfast and laying out some outfits the night before.
- Have fun with it
School days may not be as exciting as holidays, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a sombre or boring time. Look for ways to keep things fun, whether it’s upholding family traditions, such as family breakfast and reading or watching a TV series together, or looking for extracurricular activities the kids will enjoy, such as swimming, football or music and art.
This year SRAS students will engage with all NAPLAN testing using an online platform. This change is consistent with the department’s desire to use technology more effectively. The brochure attached with this newsletter provides families with core information regarding these tests. We wish all our year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students the very best as they undertake these tests and encourage them to be proud in their learning by giving them their very best effort.
We are excited to announce that the roll out of Daymap to parents has begun this week with the Governing Councillors. They are assisting us with any initial feedback that may help us further clean up the system before we go live to all parents at the beginning of week 2. To activate your account, you will receive a generic email that will ask you to follow a link to reset your passwords. I have attached a how to guide provided by Daymap for your convenience. We would appreciate it if you could jump on and register, have a play around and provide us with any feedback. Thank you for your patience. I look forward to hearing any feedback you have.
Mr Troy Cowland
Hi Community Members,
Auskick is inclusive for everyone and this year the Year 11 & 12 Sport Studies class will be running sessions with our students in R-6 classes. The sessions will take place at 2:15pm every Friday afternoon during Term 2 beginning this week. If you haven’t already, make sure you jump on to the following link (this one will take you straight to the SRAS account) and register your child/ren for a Junior Club Membership at a club of your choice. There is a chance you could win an opportunity to play a half-time game at Adelaide Oval. Registration is free if you follow the prompts and enter your Medicare details to use your Government of South Australia Sports Voucher.
The Sports Vouchers program is a Government of South Australia initiative administered by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing. The program provides an opportunity for primary school aged children from Reception to Year 7 to receive up to a $100 discount on sports or dance membership/registration fees and learn to swim programs. The purpose is to increase the number of children playing organised sport or participating in dance activities by reducing cost as a barrier.
Mr Troy Cowland
The R-2 class have been participating in Mascot Challenge for 4 weeks from this Wednesday. Students will spend 10 minutes a day developing fundamental motor skills including catching, throwing and bouncing.
Mrs Yuka Endersby
Health & PE Teacher
The SRC will be selling Mother's Day gifts at lunch time tomorrow. Any remaining items will be available for sale in the front office up until Mother's Day. Gifts range in price from $1 - $10.
2021 Swan Reach Classic Car and Motorbike Run was a great community event which was held at the Len White Reserve on Sunday, April 18th, 2021. The Swan Reach Area School took the opportunity to showcase our home-made produce and articles and promote the Pedal Prix team, Black Swan Racing. Congratulations to staff and students who took time out to represent our school.
Public Libraries SA has now released 'BorrowBox' which is a new platform for borrowing eBooks and Audiobooks. With BorrowBox, your library is in one app and you can borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks free from your library using our BorrowBox app. Say hello to your future library, wherever you are, whenever you are free.
To join you will need your library 'one card' login and PIN number. If you have any problems please contact me at the library.
Mrs Leanne Griffiths
Due date for the next Newsletter is 10:00am, Wednesday 12th May, 2021. The newsletter is distributed via the SZApp and school website. Printed copies are still available upon request.
Articles can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org clearly marked in the subject box as Newsletter, faxed to 8570 2325 or delivered to the library/front office. Due to the way the Newsletter is now being set up, not all photos are included in the print copy, however there are several photo galleries included online and via the SZApp.
|6 May||School Photos|
|7 May||Year 8/10 Immunisations|
|23 May||8-hour Pedal Prix - The Bend, Tailem Bend|
|24 May||SAPSASA Cross Country|
|27 May||9 a-side Football at Karoonda|
|31 May||SAPSASA Football and Netball|
|4 June||Student Free Day|
|9 June||Football/Netball trials|
|11 June||Primary Interschool Sports v Cambrai at Swan Reach|
|14 June||Public Holiday-Queen's Birthday|
|July 31||12-hour Pedal Prix - The Bend, Tailem Bend|
|11-12 September||2x6-hour Pedal Prix - Murray Bridge|
SACWA NILDOTTIE and DISTRICTS BRANCH - 2021 CALENDAR DATES
An exhibition of paintings by Tanunda artist: Marco Angelo is now on display in the Gallery at the Swan Reach Women's Rest Rooms (Victoria St). There is also pottery by various artists until the end of April. Opening times 10am-1pm; Monday, Wednesday & Saturday, and when a volunteer is available.
Swan Reach Christian Women's Group invite you to join them for Bible study and fellowship each month. 11am, second Tuesday of the Month at the Swan Reach Lutheran Church Hall. BYO lunch. For more information please phone Taryn 0427 702 377 or Josie 0419 708 224. All welcome.
3.15pm-4.30pm. FRIDAY 21st May at the Swan Reach Lutheran Hall, for Reception to Year 7 children. Cost is $1 each. For more information please contact Taryn 0427 702 377 or Kristy 0438 857 721.
BSR FOOTBALL AND NETBALL FIXTURES