Hello Swan Reach,
What a delightful time families, students and staff enjoyed at last week’s Mid Murray Our Town (MMOT) Launch Event. The weather was wonderful and the organising through to the catering was superb. Fun, re-connecting after COVID-19 restrictions, connecting with the wider community and the colour run were definitely winners on the day; along with all who participated in a friendly and engaging manner – all aspects of our values: Care, Respect, Integrity, Participation and Success were demonstrated. Special thanks to the MMOT team and SRAS staff for their organisation, the 7-12 students for their amazing assistance and all community members who visited and joined in on the day. Well done SRAS community!
WHOLE SCHOOL TRANSITION SESSIONS
SRAS has planned three whole-school transition sessions that are outlined below:
- Thursday 11th November – lessons 1 and 2 (8:45am -11am) – Principal’s Tour @ 9am
- Thursday 18th November – lessons 3 and 4 (11:00am – 1:25pm)
- Thursday 25th November – lessons 1 and 2 (8:45am -11am) – Principal’s Tour @ 9am and morning tea at 10:30am
Students will be grouped into their probable (yet to be confirmed) classes to bond and have a glimpse of 2022 learning. We are looking forward working together to make their experience a rewarding one.
You are invited to attend Principal’s Tours that will be conducted on the 11th and 25th of November. This is an opportunity for families to visit learning spaces, view teaching and learning and ask clarifying questions about education at SRAS. We look forward to seeing you.
SRAS is implementing and offering 1:1 mentoring for secondary students in 2022 through the RAISE
organisation (see flyer for more details). RAISE
will recruit, train and oversee the mentoring program. Successful applicants are paid for their mentoring and receive guidance on-site by a qualified counsellor.
Whilst summer scorchers seem somewhat distant, this is a timely reminder of our bushfire procedures.
On days where a Catastrophic Fire Danger rating is forecasted:
- all school bus routes travelling through any affected Fire Ban District(s) will be cancelled
- school will still be open and lessons will run as normal
If the Fire Ban rating changes to ‘Catastrophic’ during the day:
- school buses will operate as normal, unless advised otherwise by authorised Emergency Services personnel.
If a bushfire is reported in the area during the day:
- affected bus runs will not to leave the school until the roads are declared safe by emergency services authorities
Parents will be notified and students will be supervised at school, until buses can run, or until parents are able to collect their children.
Mr John Robertson
I thought that I would finish off my series on the Feelings books with a positive feeling and what’s better than feeling loved!
These are the Parent Notes in the book “When I’m Feeling Loved” by Trace Moroney.
Feeling loved brings a special sense of belonging, warmth and security to a child. Sometimes parents mistakenly believe that love is expressed through gifts and special treats, particularly when their child behaves well. However, most of the time, all your child will want is for you to spend time with them. Giving your child a hug or a smile, or being calm and patient especially in difficult situations are all everyday signs of love. In a busy life, giving your child the time and attention they need can be difficult. Yet the results are worth it. When your child experiences themselves as loved, they build a healthy self-esteem, and become free to love others and engage the world with less fear.
Written by Psychologists Bill Hallam and Dr Craig Olsson.
“Each of these FEELINGS books has been carefully designed to help children better understand their feelings, and in doing so, gain greater autonomy (freedom) over their lives. Talking about feelings teaches children that it is normal to feel sad, or angry, or scared at times. With greater tolerance of painful feelings, children become free to enjoy their world, to feel secure in their abilities and to be happy.”
The following is another snippet from my brochure, outlining the role of PCWs in schools –
Top 3 issues for students looking for PCW support –
- Bullying and Harassment
- School Behaviour
Students today face a more complex and challenging environment than ever before (this was written before the added challenges of COVID!)
- 15% of young Australians are currently experiencing an anxiety condition
- Bullying is the leading social issue among SA students
- Just under half of all divorces occur among couples with children under 18
- 15% of SA students miss out on breakfast
- Source: ABS statistics collected 2007,2013
Principals are saying . . . . . . . .
The benefits of having a PCW in our school are clear and include; increased attendance at school by identified students; social and emotional support; increased access to social skills programs and families feeling supported in times of crisis such as death and family separations.
Mrs Julie Maxwell
Christian Pastoral Care Worker
On Thursday 21st October, Maliyah, Jade, Lily and Bonnie participated in Hiragana Competition at Nuriootpa. This competition is an opportunity to meet students from nine other schools in the Barossa. The students challenge their Hiragana symbol knowledge by competing against each other. We were up against teams that had year 6 and 7 students, but our group fought hard and well.
This year included an art competition and the topic was a kimono design. I took 3 designs that were voted the best from our school. The kimonos were designed by Cora, Charlee and Maliyah.
Well done to all these students for participating in the events. The kimono designs are displayed at the front office for a few weeks.
Mrs Yuka Endersby
The Book Fair will close on the 29th October, 2021 (tomorrow). This is an opportunity for some early christmas shopping. Shopping hours: Lunch time in 'Silver Vale' pop-up shop, 1.00pm - 1.25pm.
Parents/carers are welcome to organise a time to visit the book fair. EFTPOS available.
Mrs Leanne Griffiths
Due date for the next Newsletter is 10:00am, Wednesday 11th November, 2021. The newsletter is distributed via the SZApp and school website. Printed copies are still available upon request.
Articles can be emailed to email@example.com 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.
The library now has a mobile phone for communication. Please let me know if you would like to be included on the message list to receive notifications, holiday and opening hours etc.
The number is: 0460 366 067
|PLEASE NOTE ALL CALENDAR EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO COVID RESTRICTIONS AND MAY BE CANCELLED ACCORDINGLY.|
Book Fair, Silver Vale 'Pop-up Shop'. Lunch time for students
|28 October||Pink Stumps Day|
|28 October||Ashton Scholastic Book Club orders due|
|29 October||Kids Club, 3:15pm.|
|9 November||Super 8's Cricket.|
|11 November||Remembrance Day.|
|11 November||Year 8 Immunisations.|
|12 November||Mid-term assembly, 2:45pm.|
|12 November||P & F AGM 12.30pm, Swan Reach Hotel|
|19 November||Student Free Day.|
|22 November||Governing Council dinner & meeting, Swan Reach Hotel.|
|29 Nov - 3 Dec||Self Esteem Course.|
|3 December||Self Esteem dinner, Nildottie Hall.|
|3 December||Swan Reach/Cambrai Splash Dash (Primary Swimming)|
|6 -10 December||Student Activities Week.|
|7 December||Presentation Night in the Gym, 6:30pm.|
End of term assembly 1:30pm, early dismissal.
PLEASE NOTE COVID RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY TO ALL
COMMUNITY EVENTS UNLESS ADVISED OTHERWISE.
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.