We will be making some changes to our school day starting Term 2. Please note these changes will not affect start and finish times.
Our teachers and staff members are always researching and planning more effective ways of empowering our students to become resilient, empathetic citizens. To this end, we have been analysing data collected over the last year, highlighting issues around student eating habits, behaviour towards the latter part of the school day, food wastage and rubbish around our beautiful playground.
What we will be trialling over the next few terms, is a 'flipped' school day. Students will be eating lunch and enjoying their longer play break earlier in the day. Many schools in NSW have changed their school days in a similar way to this and have reported high success rates.
The new school times will look like the following:
9:10 - School starts
9:10 - 11:10 - A solid two hour morning session, with fitness and crunch 'n' sip break built into this time
11:10 - 11:20 - Eating lunch time, this will happen in class groups with the class or RFF teacher
11:20 - 12:00 - 40 mins of playtime - lunchtime clubs and training will run during this time as well
12:00 - 2:00 - Mid afternoon session, two hours of teaching time with another brain/mindfulness break built into this time
2:00 - 2:20 - Recess, students to have a snack and playtime
2:20 - 3:10 - Afternoon session
There are many benefits to this change, some of which include:
earlier eating time - allows for earlier digestion and less problems caused by feeling hungry
less hot and tired when they have their 'big' playtime
four dedicated, quality teaching hours per day - not broken into chunks, plus the afternoon session
children not playing outside at the hottest time of the day
a more substantial meal eaten earlier may result in less unhealthy food choices for the recess break
less likely to throw away lunches as they are sitting and eating as a class
children are fresher and more likely to experience happy, successful playtime during the lunch break
an opportunity for class teachers to observe eating habits and answer any queries about attention span related to food choices
relationship building with students, good way of chatting over lunch
opportunity to build in calmer teaching and learning in the afternoon
less litter in the playground
food may spoil less in lunchboxes when eaten earlier
Please have a look at some of the evidence gathered suggesting the success of this implementation in other school settings.
The NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge and ANZ Stadium are delighted to offer staff and students of PSC-participating schools an opportunity to obtain 4 x free football tickets each to the Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC game on Saturday 13 April, 7:50pm at ANZ Stadium.
Please find attached the Letter of Offer with instructions on how to obtain free tickets.
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P&C Meeting minutes
04 Apr 2019
The minutes of the P&C General meeting from February 11 were approved at the meeting last week.
You can access this on the home tab of the Schoolzine app under 'P&C meeting minutes'.
Next general meeting is Monday 13 May at 7.30pm.
Attention Year 3-6 Parents
03 Apr 2019
Dear Parents and Carers
The third and final PSSA trial will take place this Friday 5th April. Students are to bring the appropriate equipment including boots and shin pads for soccer. All students who are selected in a team will be notified early next week. If there are multiple students of similar ability, the older student (Year 4 for junior teams and Year 6 for senior teams) will be given the place in the team.
Numbers of students selected to represent West Pymble at PSSA :
Boys Soccer - 2 x Junior teams of 9 players and 1 x Senior team of 14 players
Girls Soccer - 1 x Junior team of 10 players and 1 x Senior team of 12 players
Netball (mixed) 1 x Junior team of 9 players and 1 x Senior team of 9 players