From the Principal

Stanmore Public School Message from the Principal

Dear parents and carers,

Next week is Book Week. The theme for this year is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. We are excited to be celebrating reading and literature across the school next week!

Central to our Book Week celebrations is our school’s Book Drive. Thank you SO much to all the families who have already donated books. If you haven’t yet done so, please consider making a donation next week – the Book Drive is the primary source of new literature for our library, and is a key reason our library is so well resourced with the latest and greatest of children’s fiction and non-fiction titles.

You can donate through our school website. Thank you to our Book Drive sponsor, Jonathan Hammond from Cobden and Hayson real estate, for his generous donation of $3000; and thank you to Yolande Francis (mum of Aidan in Year 5) for putting together the delightful video showcasing our school library.

On Monday, there will be a Mufti Day – dress up as your favourite book character, or in the theme Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. The teachers and I are really looking forward to this fun day! We will enjoy a Read Around the School activity on Monday from 10:20 – 11:00am, where everyone will find a nice spot outside to enjoy a book with their friends (although looking at the forecast, we might be enjoying this time indoors!) – so children should remember to bring in one of their favourite books to read.

Greek National Day – Wednesday 28 October

Book Week is not the only celebration we are enjoying next week. We are making up for lost time this year and having two celebrations in one week! To celebrate Ohi Day, we are asking everyone to wear Blue and White mufti clothing. No gold coin required!

Friday 30 October – World Teachers Day (Australia)

World Teachers Day is actually in early October, during our school holidays, so we celebrate it next week. I would like to publicly thank our amazing teachers for all the amazing work they do each and every day at Stanmore PS.

Teachers do so much more than just deliver curriculum – they are counsellors, nurses, psychologists, strategists, coaches, event coordinators, motivators, detectives, play partners – the list goes on and on.

It takes a special person to be a teacher, and we are so lucky to have such a wonderful team of them here at Stanmore PS. Here are some ways that you can show appreciation to your child’s teacher:

Students arriving before 8:30am

Some of our older students are making a habit of arriving at school before 8:30am to play handball and hang out in the playground. This is an issue as there is not adult supervision in the playground before 8:30am, and in the event of an accident or critical incident there would be no one to provide assistance.

Please ensure that if travelling to school independently, your child is leaving at the right time for them to arrive after 8:30am.

Nude Food Day

As October is Nude Food Month, we are reviving the idea of a ‘Nude Food Day’ every Thursday. Waste and litter are an ongoing issue we are grappling with here at Stanmore PS. We are working on strategies to reduce littering and improve bin usage, but we also need to be thinking about the source of litter, which is almost all from food packaging.

If families could do their best to provide packaging-free lunches on Thursdays going forward, it could have a real impact on reducing the amount of litter in our playground. Thank you for your consideration.

Year 6 Camp

All the best to our Year 6 campers for their trip to Narrabeen Lakes Sport and Rec camp next week! The prediction is for showers, but I’m sure nothing is going to dampen their spirits at getting to go on camp in the year that everything else has been cancelled!

Thank you very much to Ms Barnfield, Mr Nance, Mr Latham, Ms Higlett and Ms Dimi for spending three days and two nights at camp to make this experience possible for our students.

Amazing Me – virtual presentations

Every year, we engage Rowena Thomas from Amazing Me to present her excellent personal development presentations for students in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, and their parents. Rowena is an expert in helping children and parents discuss bodies, sex and puberty, in a warm and supportive environment.

On Tuesday 1 December, Rowena will present ‘Bodies and Babies’ for Year 3 and 4 students and parents; and ‘Bodies and Puberty’ for Year 5 and 6 students and their parents. Sessions will be presented online and after hours, so children and parents can participate from home.

More information, including how to book and pay, will be sent out soon.

Until next time, have a great weekend and Happy Book Week!

Hugh Miller

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