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Thrive@5 Playgroup

As part of the Thrive@5 in Doonside, we are hosting a playgroup at Doonside Public School. Parents with children who are 4 or 5 and eligible for Kindergarten in 2015 are encouraged to come and join in the fun! We operate every Tuesday morning from 9:30am in the school hall with the lovely Miss Leonie. Siblings are more than welcome!... Read more

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Building your child's reading skills

Here are some simple tips to encourage your child to become a strong reader and a book lover for the rest of their lives. Share a book at home Children love to hear a story read aloud. Try reading with different voices, lots of emotion, invented sound effects and funny faces. Change the tone in your voice and vary its loudness or softness. Have fun and enjoy it. It's a good idea to practise reading before sharing a book. Listen to your child talk about the story and the pictures. Try asking your child which parts of the books they found... Read more

Too sick to go to school?

Sometimes it's hard to know if your child is really coming down with something or just suffering a bout of Mondayitis. For safety's sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice. However, if they miraculously recover by 11:00am, ready to race around the backyard, keeping them in bed all day may send the message that staying home isn't nearly as much fun as going to school. The School A to Z website's Too Sick For School? chart will help answer your questions about common childhood illness... Read more

Sorting fact from fiction

You can't always trust what you read when researching information for homework, assignments or projects. Here are ways your child can tell a good website - or any document - from a bad one. Reader beware With so much information on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, students need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country specific commercially motivated information. Play the detective Colleen Foley is a curriculum adviser who helps school librarians with the NSW... Read more

Social media, kids and privacy

Regardless of your child's age, the world may already know a lot more about them than you suspect. According to recent research: 92% of children under the age of two have a digital presence (it starts with proud parents posting newborn baby photos on Facebook or Instagram) a quarter of Australian children aged between eight and 12 use Facebook, despite the minimum age for a user being 13 more than 20 per cent of tweens publish photos of themselves on the photo-sharing website Instagram young people between the ages of 14 and 19 have an... Read more

What parents need to know about Kik

It seems that every few months a new social media platform or mobile app emerges and becomes popular with young people in our school community. Suddenly "everyone" is on it, according to our children. It's hard for most adults to keep up. Many parents will have recently heard about Kik Messenger and are wondering if it's safe for children. Here are some facts from the School A to Z website's technology guide: What is Kik Messenger? Kik Messenger is a free texting app available on iPhone, iPad, Ipod touch, Android, Windows, Samsung Galaxy and... Read more

The benefits of team sports

Winter sports are getting underway and many parents will soon be getting out of bed early on cold weekend mornings to transport their children to sports fields across town. The good news is that even if your child's team never scores goal, they're benefitting significantly from simply being active and involved. The long list of benefits for your child includes the development of: cooperation and teamwork skills leadership skills respect for teammates, opponents and officials a sense of belonging and team membership social interaction skills... Read more

Meeting your child’s teacher

Meeting teachers to discuss your child's progress or behaviour can be daunting, but there's no need to feel anxious. Remember, you and the school are partners in your child's learning. Whether it's regular parent -teacher interviews or a one-off request for a chat, these useful tips will help you get the most out of your meeting. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Go with the right attitude Try to approach the interview with a positive and relaxed attitude. Don't be afraid to... Read more

Outstanding Results at Zone Swimming Carnival 2014

Doonside was well represented at the Mt Druitt Zone Swimming Carnival 2014 at Emerton Pool. The school recorded its best results in a number of years and all students who represented our school should be proud of their efforts. The school was represented by Kaitlyn Shaw, Leroy Smith, Jayde Shaw, David Bell, Peter Boney- Leuthwaite, Lachlan Davey and Charles Mata. All students who competed recorded at least one top three finish in a heat swim. Outstanding results were achieved by Charles, Jayde and Kaityln Shaw with first or second placings in... Read more

Bug Hunt

3/6D recently completed a mini beast hunt around the school grounds. Jennifer, Tiffany, Paris, Garridian, Victor, Nick, Codiann, Jye, Logan, Adrian, Tahnae and Douglas all took their clipboard and put in on their scientist head and searched the school grounds with the eyes of an investigator. Attached is a copy of their worksheet. Perhaps you could try this at home ! Go young scientists ! Bug Hunt Checklist ! (doc 3202 KB)... Read more

The most important skill to teach your child

One common trait all successful adults have is resilience. The ability to bounce back from disappointment is something we have the opportunity to teach our children every day. As our kids constantly remind us, life isn't always fair. Is it a parent's role to constantly try to make life fair? How do we balance the desire to shelter and protect our children with the need to teach them how to cope with life's disappointments? The School A to Z website asked top teachers all over NSW for their tips for parents on developing resilience so children... Read more

Help with your child's homework in one click

The School A to Z app has been created by the NSW Department of Education to help parents and their school-aged children, wherever and whenever they have homework and study questions. It's available free for Android and Apple mobile devices, and is an essential tool containing: English A to Z - more than 350 definitions of commonly used English terms from primary and high school. Each word has an easy-to-understand definition based on the current school curriculum, with illustrations and help sheets explaining the rules of grammar. Maths A to... Read more

Help your child plan for success this year

One of the most valuable ways you can support your child's education is to help them learn how to organise themselves and plan their time. It starts as early as Kindergarten, when they need to plan going to the toilet at lunch and recess and bring things to school for different activities on certain days. By the time they're in Year 6, they've hopefully taken on much of the responsibility of scheduling their afternoons to accommodate sports, homework and other obligations. Most children find planning easier to understand when... Read more

Stationery List 2014

Dear Parents and caregivers, We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all back to the 2014 school year and we hope your holiday was safe and relaxing. In response to changes in school funding and increasing budget demands, we are requesting students bring a supply of their own stationery to school. As our school does not charge school fees or voluntary contributions and we highly subsidise a number of excursions and camps, we are now seeking parent assistance with school supplies. A note detailing the requirements for each child,... Read more

Books to ignite summer reading

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more

The new curriculum and your child

How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more

Girls in the Indian dance group performing

Diwali at Doonside.

This week students and staff at Doonside Public School celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Staff and community were entertained by our Indian dance group dressed in their colourful costumes. Community members provided a delicious lunch of traditional Indian fare. Many students did activities in their classroooms and learnt about the Diwali traditions.... Read more

Benefits of team sports

Benefits of team sports If you want your child to grow up to be a confident and well-adjusted adult, then team sports may be the answer. Playing a team sport provides kids with important lessons in personal values. Kids learn that things don't always go their way and that they need to respect their peers as well as referees and sports officials. These experiences can influence them throughout their lives, such as when it comes to working for a boss, or respecting the police or other authority figures. When your kids take part in team sports... Read more

A better way of funding our schools

The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more

School Swim Scheme

The School Scheme will take place from Monday 2nd December (Week 9) to Friday 13th December (end of Week 10). Students from years 2 to 6 are able to attend although places are limited to 45 pupils. Each day during the two week period students are taught swimming and water safety and survival skills for one hour by accreditted Department of Education teacher's and swimming instructors. The cost of lessons is about a third of those offered by the private sector and includes transport to and from Emerton Swim Centre, entrance to the pool and... Read more

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