Choose ‘active’ toys that encourage movement and help develop skills like running, kicking, throwing and catching, such as balls, bats, tricycles/bikes and kites. When you can, involve all of the family – try walking to the park, visit a wildlife park or zoo, or play soccer in the backyard.

Welcome to Term 2. I hope everyone had a great holiday break and have returned fresh and eager to continue the learning journey commenced last term. A warm welcome is extended to our 11 new students and their families. We hope that you are made to feel welcome and find Flinders Park Primary School to be a warm, friendly and safe school where relationships are valued, developed and fostered.

Yesterday we hosted a School Development Day for over 180 primary teachers from schools in and around Albany.

This day was used by the Albany network as a professional learning day focussing on the West Australian Curriculum area of Humanities and Social Science (HASS – history, geography, economics and civics).

Its fantastic to see our students enjoying healthy lunches. To enable lunch time to run smoothly please ensure lunches are in suitable containers that your child can open and seal on their own. Please also send forks and spoons if required as the school is unable to provide these. Unfortunately heating of food is also unavailable.

Here are some healthy suggestions for students to add to student lunchboxes.

Our students in years 3 and 5 will join thousands of students across the nation participating in the annual National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy in Week 3 from Tuesday 10 May.

World’s Greatest Shave for Leukaemia

Zane’s efforts to fundraise for leukaemia motivated one of his class mates, Amelia, to take part in the fundraising and have her head shaved. After persuading her father that she wanted to go through with the shave, her family got behind her and helped her to fundraise an amazing $1150.40.

I’m going on a holiday! Should I inform the school?

In its simplest form, yes, it would be common courtesy to inform the school to let us know that your child is away.

This allows the communication to be maintained between parents and the school, in case events occur during the child’s absence or information needs to be passed on prior to your child leaving for holidays.

World’s Greatest Shave for Leukaemia

Congratulations to Zane who raised $561.85 shaving his hair and raising funds for leukaemia. Zane was well supported by students across the school who gathered last Friday lunchtime to witness Zane having his head of hair shaved. $151.85 was raised at Flinders from sponsorship and gold coin donations.

The Physiotherapy Association recently wrote to schools with advice for parents in selecting school backpacks. The association advises that an overloaded or incorrectly worn backpack can cause shoulder, neck and back pain and become a major source of chronic pain.

National Red Balloon Day

Children from all classes got behind the spirit of Friday’s Red Balloon Day and donated a total of $ for the privilege of dressing casually in red. Children through their efforts raised funds for the Fire Brigade and said thank you for the efforts of firey’s over summer.