This week is Science Week at VAS. The idea of science week is to create excitement and engagement around science. The science team Kathy Chan, Britt Mills and Gabrielle Brabyn have created science kits that are simple, teacher friendly and easy to use. They have also been sorting out the school’s science resources, making up science kits and putting together the science lesson kits.
They will be starting science club on Thursday lunchtimes in Room 7 for all ages (week 5 onwards).
During SCIENCE WEEK there are 3 competitions that teachers and students can enter.
– Best scientific observational drawing
– Best scientific photo with a caption (taken by a student)
– Class competition: send in a video, photo or piece of scientific writing
Entries to be posted into the science box in Room 7 by 3:15 pm Thursday.
These three teachers are to be commended (I love resourceful, enthusiastic young teachers!). They have worked very hard to raise the profile of science across the school and from the engagement evident during their enthusiastic presentations at assembly advertising science week they have been very successful. Look out for our post on Facebook on Friday.
Coughs, Colds, Tummy Bugs
Winter is on the way and with the onset of winter comes ills and chills. We have many children and staff with coughs and colds already and the weather has been unseasonably warm. As I sit here writing, I can hear a young child explaining to Kinzsa that her friend has just vomited! Fortunately we don’t have anyone who has been hit with the flu yet, but I know that that will be the next thing to deal with.
With colds and flus, the children always bounce back relatively quickly. However, at any given time in the school there are children (and sometimes staff) who have a disease or illness but with no obvious signs, no one suspects. Children and adults with asthma, diabetes, blood disorders, allergies, hepatitis, heart problems, cancer.
People with some of these more significant diseases can be more susceptible to lower level infections so it important that they are not exposed to the risk of infection.
Please don’t send your child to school if they are sick, they don’t learn anything if they feel unwell. Think about yourself. If you drag yourself to work when you feel off colour, you really don’t feel like doing anything particular and you certainly aren’t on top of your game. You get through the day but you know it wasn’t your finest day. It is the same with children, they take up space in the classroom, but that is all.
I know how difficult it can be for working parents to find someone to look after a sick child, but please try to consider your child’s welfare as well as the well-being of others who may be susceptible to infection.
We are noticing more children coming to school wearing a smartwatch. Just this term, a year 2 children was on the mat with the rest of the class when her smartwatch rang. The little girl answered it. It was her mother ringing her to ask how her day was going! Not only was her attention disrupted, so was the learning of all the other children who turned to see where the noise was coming from and then watched and listened to her as she spoke to her mother.
Do you really need to be checking in with your child during school time? If there were a problem with your child, we would ring you. If your child were to have a problem, then he / she would tell the teacher. Sorry to mention the term, but I am sure you have heard of ‘helicopter parents’ and phoning your child at school to see how their day is going is an extreme version of this. Sending texts is just as bad.
Unfortunately, we can’t allow such devices to interrupt the learning for all the children in the class. If you need to find out how your child’s day is going, or how they are feeling, or to send a message related to afterschool organisation, please phone the office and we will sort it out for you. I know some children bring a cellphone to school. We discourage children from accessing these between the hours of 9am and 3pm but if you were to send a text to them during the day, at least it wouldn’t disrupt their learning and the all the other children’s learning.
If children do bring a smartwatch to school, they will be asked to turn it off during teaching and learning time. Of course, we can’t take any responsibility if it gets lost or damaged. Better still, leave the watches at home, the children really do not need them during the school day.