11 May 2018

11 May 2018

Jockey Club Sarah Roe School’s latest newsletter is available to read now. Find out the latest news around the school and upcoming events.

[wc_fa icon=”angle-right” margin_left=”” margin_right=””][/wc_fa]  Principal’s Message
[wc_fa icon=”angle-right” margin_left=”” margin_right=””][/wc_fa]  Showcase Silver Class
[wc_fa icon=”angle-right” margin_left=”” margin_right=””][/wc_fa]  We still need bottle tops please
[wc_fa icon=”angle-right” margin_left=”” margin_right=””][/wc_fa]  Dates for your Diary
[wc_fa icon=”angle-right” margin_left=”” margin_right=””][/wc_fa]  Supporting our SEN parent community
[wc_fa icon=”angle-right” margin_left=”” margin_right=””][/wc_fa]  Watchdog speech therapy talk for children/students with limited speech
[wc_fa icon=”angle-right” margin_left=”” margin_right=””][/wc_fa]  Special NeedsTrust Forum (June 2018)

Principal’s Message

We’ve had such a wonderful time together enjoying all the great activities on offer to celebrate Book Week. Sharing books and stories is such a nice way to bond with others. Every day we had a shared reading in our library. I had the pleasure of reading two versions of both Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs with my colleagues Jenny and Neill O’Reilly (Principal of KJS). Other books included Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I know that Sandra Gee has been sending home links so that you too can share the fun with your sons and daughters. 

Classes also decorated their doors and our student council voted for their favourite. I didn’t envy them, all the doors were creative and looked fantastic. In the end the winners were Sapphire class and Diamond class.

In addition we have had a super time with our reading buddies from KJS and KGV .

As a staff we have been focusing on Guided Reading. We have looked at leading practices for guided reading for students with additional needs and shared strategies that work best for the students in our classes. Another great example of how we collaborate and focus on student learning. Special thanks to Sandra Gee (Literacy coordinator), Karen Carmody and our Speech and Language therapists Stephanie and Cheryl.

We are very excited to have a first draft of our JCSRS Yearbook 2017-18 This year we have professional support for design and production and we know you will love to have a copy and share it with your family and friends. It’s a real bargain at $150 so please reply to the e-notice you will have received.

Next week I will have a few days at the Australian Special Education Principals’ Association conference in Adelaide, Australia. The program looks very exciting and I look forward to bringing back ideas that ensure we keep up to date with global trends, latest research and practices in special education from around the world.


Showcase Silver Class

Silver class is always committed to looking after our earth environment, in particular, contributing to sustainability projects. Darius, Leo and Paloma have been doing gardening work in both the JCSRS garden and the Lohas Park herb garden. Darius, Raffy, Asfand, Rehaan and Chris are keen gardeners. They take care of the weeding and watering chores every day. They cultivate the vegetables and herbs in the school garden. Every Monday, Renee, Cindy and their classmates pick the herbs and vegetables from the garden to use them in their cooking for the lunch club to support vocational aspirations. The class has also sold the vegetables in term two to raise additional funds to buy more seedlings to grow to make the project sustainable and to provide organic produces for the school community.

This year, we have signed up for the Pilot Programme on Provision of Small Food Waste Composters at School sponsored by the Environmental Protection Department. Hopefully, a composter machine can be acquired to help reduce food waste’s contamination to the environment and to produce fertilizer for our editable garden to make the greening and vocational training projects more sustainable.

Jackie Newman

Class teacher and science coordinator

We still need bottle tops please

Dates for your Diary

PTA meeting – Monday 28 May at 5pm

Supporting our SEN parent community

In support of our commitment to best serve our SEN parent community, please find details attached to a forthcoming information session with Kim Barthel.  This session, hosted by SNNHK is running on Saturday June 16th.

Kim is mental health occupational therapist Kim Barthel, OTR, who teaches internationally on specialties such as attachment, trauma, addiction, sensory processing, movement, and learning.  She is highly respected by both parent and SEN professional communities and this event will no doubt be a valuable experience for all those who attend.


I’m also attaching details of the Yama Foundation – who offer free or subsidized classes and programs for students with special educational needs, chronic illness or those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged.


Kind regards,

Belinda McLaughlin 

SEN Adviser (Kindergarten and Primary)

English Schools Foundation 

Watchdog speech therapy talk for children/students with limited speech

Special NeedsTrust Forum (June 2018)