It was great to see many of our Lihir International School students return to school this week for the beginning of the 2023 school year. I would like to extend a special welcome to the new families whose children join us in 2023, while at the same time welcoming new teacher, Mr Gilbert Camillus. Mr Camillus will be teaching Maths and Science in the high school and PE across most of the school. A special welcome to our fourth group of year 9 scholarship students. The scholarship students are the top performing Lihirian students from Lihir schools in the Year 8 National Exams. I know that all of us will make our new students and staff feel part of the LIS family.
I was pleased to see most students arrive on time this week – please remember school begins at 8:10am and children are able to start arriving at school from 7:45am onwards. However, children from Prep to year 2 are required to sit quietly in the covered area with their bags until 8am at which time teachers will escort them to their classroom. This is to ensure that children are supervised properly in one area, and do not disrupt the teacher’s morning preparation time.
Children in years 3 – 10 can go to their classroom from 7.45am, at the discretion of the teacher, where they will be supervised while quietly reading or studying. Alternatively, they will wait in the undercover area until 8am. Children are not allowed to play in the school grounds or classrooms in the morning before school. Please do not send your child to school before 7:45am as teachers will be busy preparing for the school day and supervision of children will not be available.
Kindy children are to arrive after 8am, with Kindy starting at 8.15am. Parents and caregivers are to arrive at 12.10pm to collect Kindy children at 12.15pm.
Parents are reminded that children are not allowed to play in classrooms or in the school grounds after school, unless it is organised afternoon sport. Children are to sit quietly and wait for their parents or vehicle in the designated areas.
It was fantastic to see all students arrive in school uniform and please remember that a clean uniform, in good condition, is expected to be worn every day. Please ensure your child has a navy school hat to wear for protection from the sun during playtime and other outdoor activities. The school’s No Hat No Play policy will continue this year and please make sure hats are clearly named. If you require any item of school uniform, please see Lorna in the front office.
Teachers will send home Term Overviews on Friday to give you an idea of the learning your child will be involved in this term.
Acquaintance Night will be held on Wednesday the 8th February, from 6pm, to give all parents the chance to attend brief information sessions with their child’s teacher. Acquaintance Night will give teachers the opportunity to discuss a general overview of class systems, learning and behaviour expectations. Ms Langusch has explained further details about Acquaintance Night in her segment.
Term 1 will be a busy time of learning at our school and the term one calendar can be downloaded below. This calendar, along with the weekly Toksave can also be accessed through the school website at https://lisstm.com.au.
Other important dates will be brought to your attention as they arise.
The Parents and Wantoks first meeting for the election of the new executive will be on Tuesday the 7th February at 6pm. The Parents and Wantoks Committee add a great deal of value to our school and this is a fantastic opportunity for families to become involved in contributing to school events throughout the year. All parents, community members, and others who are interested to join the P&W are encouraged to attend.
Please take note of the Student Health Update form that can be downloaded below. If you have any medical information, such as allergies or medication needs, that we are unaware of and you need to share with the school please fill in this form and return to Lorna by Friday 10th of February. If you have already updated the school regarding your child’s medical needs, or if you have nothing to add to information supplied during the enrolment process, you do not need to return the Student Health Update form.
We would like all parents to ensure that they have current and up to date contact details for the school. Please see Lorna in the office if you need to update your details – especially email addresses. If parents hear of other parents not receiving school communication, please direct them to contact the principal.
Parents and community members are reminded that the only entrance to school is from the Anginas Oval carpark. On entering the school, hands are to be washed at the wash station. Townsite residents who walk to school are also to only use this entrance.
In the past, students were involved in a variety of afternoon and weekend sports and other activities. After school sport/activities are run by teaching staff and parent volunteers and, if you would like to volunteer to run a sport this year, please let me know. If you would like to run a sport/activity, it is your decision as to what sport/activity you are running, what day and which classes you will include in this sport/activity – our school community is always grateful to those who take the time to organise after school sport/activities.
Principal K-10 LIS / STM: Gregory Neville (includes Coordinator Wellbeing/Discipline 7-10)
Deputy Principal K-10: Catherine Langusch (includes Curriculum Coordinator K-10, Coordinator Wellbeing/Discipline K-6, Coordinator Learning Support)
Deputy Principal STM: Kevin Collins
Coordinator Physical Education: Gilbert Camillus
Library: Rachael Andar
Administrative Officer: Lorna Romaso-Daimol
Kindy: Angela Collins and Rachael Andar
Prep: Jennifer Dovaston and Georgina Kinkinteng
Year 1/2: Diana Saua and Clementa Exzil
Year 3: Grace Savitas
Year 4: Anastasia Tukata
Year 5/6: Catherine Langusch
Year 7/8: Elizabeth Laien – Class Patron
Year 9/10: Patricia Yip – Class Patron
LIS School / STMC assistants: Jenny Pesas, Ronnie Sarufa
High School and School to Mine subject teachers: Elizabeth Laien, Patricia Yip, Kevin Collins, Gilbert Camillus, Joseph Takaundo, David Wengip, Edwina Jason, Stanley Sirifave
There are many photo opportunities at our school and student images are often used in publications, such as the Toksave, and displayed online through the school website. The Toksave is uploaded to our school website www.lisstm.com.au every week. Student images will continue to be used in the Toksave, website and other media this year. If you do not wish photos of your child to be displayed through any form of print or digital media, please let me know so that I can ensure no images of your child appear in any school material.
The annual General Meeting of the School Council will be held on Thursday, the 23rd of February 2023. At this meeting, voting for 1 vacant position for a Parent Representative will occur, in the Yr 9/10 room from 6.00pm– 6.20pm. Nomination forms are available from the school office and must be returned to the school office by Thursday the 9th February 2023. If you would like to know more about the functions of the School Council, please make an appointment to see the principal.
Mr Greg Neville