Newsletter 2 Week 2 – 22nd July



Welcome to Week 2, of Term 3!

Positive Climate for Learning

We would like to thank our amazing community for their resilience in supporting their child/ren’s learning during this global pandemic and particularly as Victoria is a compromised state and this is still a significant concern for yourself, our staff and Leadership.  We also want to thank you all for your ongoing support and understand the impact this has on you, your family and extended community.

If you need support services I have attached the details for ASK IZZY, which is a platform that divides support services into the following categories:

  • Housing: find a bed for the night, including crisis accommodation and short term stays.
  • Food: get groceries at a food bank or find a meal service near you
  • Everyday things: find out where to get a swag, clothes, food vouchers and more.
  • Health: search a range of health services, from your local GP or dentist to mental and emotional counselling.
  • Centrelink: Find your local Centrelink so that you can make an appointment or apply online.
  • Money help: get emergency aid, debt help or financial counselling.
  • Support and counselling: find someone to talk to about your issues.
  • Legal help: get help responding to fines, dealing with police and legal information about your situation.
  • Drug and alcohol support: search counselling and rehabilitation services near you.
  • Life skills and education: want to start a course? Find the right one for you.
  • Help finding work: search employment service and volunteering opportunities
  • Location of facilities: find the nearest public toilets, libraries and more.
  • Something to do near you: search local events.
  • Technology assistance: charge your phone, find free wifi and more.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Jo Kelly on [email protected]  if you require any support around your child/ren’s wellbeing and engagement in teaching and learning.

Jo Kelly, Positive Climate for Learning Leader

School Nurse

COVID-19 continues to be an issue within Victoria so stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work. Do it all!

You also find out more about getting vaccinated on the following website.

Danielle Bascherini, Nurse


16-Year-Old Disability Pension

If you are a parent who has a child about to turn 16 years of age and have not yet organised for your child to receive the Disability Pension, Please contact me (Dee) on 0414 265 484 or email [email protected] .

I will support you through this process and complete all the documentation that is required and ready for you to submit to Centrelink.

16-year-old Disability Support Pension is a payment for young adults with a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition that stops them from working in the future for more than 15 hours per week.

Before your child turns 16, start by ensuring that your child had the following:

  • Bank account in his or her own name
  • Tax File Number
  • Birth Certificate

A medical report from the person’s doctor is required to apply which will then be submitted with all documentation.  All documents for applying are located on the Centrelink website or you can to call me and I will assist you in obtaining the correct documents.

Dee Defeudis, Community/Transition Coordinator


Community Activities: NDIS information, Morning Tea, Community Garden and Uniform Swap Shop


Zoom Workshop: Thursday August 5, 10am

Prepare for your child’s NDIS plan review

This workshop is free, but you do need to register to take part.

Register at:


It was great to meet some of our school members at morning tea in week 1 and at the SSGs in the last week of term 2. I’m keen to run events that will help you feel supported in your roles as parents and carers, as well as feeling connected to the school community.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to give feedback about the kind of events you would like to see at school, can you please fill in the SSDS community survey at this link

I’m also taking expressions of interest for a uniform swap shop and community garden. Please email me at [email protected], mentioning which days’ work well for you to come in to school inside school hours.

There will be a morning tea and MyGov training session for the Burmese community on Wednesday 4th August at 10am in the PCL lounge

သြဂုတ်လ ၄ ရက်ဗုဒ္ဓဟူးနေ့မနက် ၁၀ း ၀၀ နာရီတွင် PCL ounge ည့်ခန်းတွင်နံနက်ခင်းလက်ဖက်ရည်နှင့် MyGov သင်တန်းကိုမြန်မာလူထုအတွက်ပြုလုပ်မည်။

The Vietnamese Community will have a morning tea on Wed Jul 28 at 10am in the PCL lounge.

Vietnamese Families Special Needs will be running a Summer Camp in January. To find out more go to

Cộng đồng Việt Nam sẽ dùng trà sáng vào ngày 28 tháng 7 lúc 10 giờ sáng tại phòng chờ PCL.

Các Gia Đình Việt Nam Có Nhu Cầu Đặc Biệt sẽ tổ chức Trại Hè vào tháng Giêng. Để tìm hiểu thêm, hãy truy cập


Tash Godfrey – School Chaplain

Whole School Celebrations

The Book Week, Science Week, Performing Arts Concert and Celebration Day are all meeting regularly to plan these exciting events.  Put these dates in your diaries and calendars.  More information coming soon.

  • Science Week – Food by Design, 16th -20th August
  • Book Week – Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds, 23rd-27th August
  • Performing Arts Concert – The places we can go, Thursday 18th November
  • Celebration Day, Friday 10th December

Saide Cameron, 0421 834 042, Whole School Events Coordinator


Check out our communities’ range of sensational events coming up in

Term 3 at Sunshine SDS!

 Term 3 Community Calendar


Term 3

Week 1

12th – 16th July

Monday 12th July

Wednesday 14th July

Staff and students resume

Community Welcome Back Morning Tea

Week 2

19th – 23rd July

Friday 23rd July Positive Climate for Learning Newsletter

Week 3

26th – 30th July

Monday 26th – 30th July

Friday 30th July

Vietnamese Community

Leadership Breakfast for Staff

Week 4

2nd – 6th August

Wednesday 4th August

Thursday 5th August

Friday 6th August

Burmese Community MyGov training session

Zoom NDIS Seminar “Prepare for your child’s NDIS plan review”

Principal Class Day

Week 5

9th – 13th August

Tuesday 10th August

Wednesday 11th August

Community Morning Tea

Curriculum Day

Week 6

16th – 20th August

Monday 16th – 20th August


Wednesday 18th August

Friday 20th August

National Science Week Theme: Food: Different by Design

Community Science Week Morning Team

Burmese Community Meeting

Positive Climate for Learning Newsletter

Week 7

23rd – 27th August

Monday 23rd – 27th August CBCA Book Week Theme: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds

Week 8

30th August – 3rd September

Wednesday 1st September

Thursday 2nd September

Burmese Community Meeting

Carer mental health event

Week 9

6th – 10th September

Monday 6th – Friday 10th September

9th September

Vietnamese Community


R U OK Day?

Week 10

13th – 17th September

Monday 13th – 17th September Phone Parent Teacher Interviews (SSGs)
Wednesday 15th September Burmese Community Meeting
Friday 17th September

Last day of term 1pm dismissal

Positive Climate for Learning Newsletter

World Gratitude Day (Gratitude Board)


Holidays Saturday 18th September – Sunday 3rd October

Brimbank Neighbourhood Scoop


Allied Health

Important Dates – Term 3

 Wednesday 11th August – Curriculum Day – Student Free Day

Monday 23rd – 27th August – Book Week

Monday 13th – Friday 17th September – Phone Parent Teacher Interviews (SSG’s)

Friday 17th September – Last Day of Term – 1pm Dismissal

Monday 4th October – 1st Day Term 4