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Congratulations to Annabel Hocking, Damon Dawes and Zander Lay who competed at the Regional Sports in Bendigo.  Amazingly, Annabel finished in 1st place in the discus and she has now qualified to represent IPS at the State Championships in Melbourne.  Damon finished 6th in long jump and Zander was ranked 8th in his discus event.  Well done Annabelle, Damon and Zander!

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Morning Times at School

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There is no time like the present to begin the road of children towards independence in Term 4 in all the lower year levels. Some things to assist the children in the long term are to have them hang their own bags up, take their lunch boxes out and put anything in the classroom if needed and have a few minutes to play before school starts.  Prep students should now be able to leave parents at a point near the classroom and be met at a particular spot to allow them to organise themselves ready for transition to Year 1. If you need to talk to the teacher at length about an issue at this stage of the year please make an appointment as morning time is an important preparation time in the room.  It is ideal that lengthy inquiries about concerns or queries about 2015 should be done through an appointment and without other parents and children listening.  In the junior rooms in particular there are book changes and quite a number of routines happening each morning and this time is much better spent with light-hearted conversations and greetings as it teaches the children these skills as well. 

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Photo Day

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Thank you to all the parents who had their children in full school uniform.  We look forward to receiving the packages back and forwarding them on to you. 

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Classes for 2015

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Any parent requests for a student to be placed in a particular class with particular children will only be considered if placed in writing on a pro-forma available from the office at the beginning of Week 3, 20th October, 2014.  A box will be provided in the office for the returned pro-formas, which must be returned no later than the 31st October.  Only one child will be relevant to each pro-forma. 

Classes will be formed with the input of all current teachers and information provided by the children themselves e.g. the names of other students they would like to be with or perhaps the names of students they would prefer not to be with.  All classes will be formed by the leadership team with further consultation with individual teachers before finalisation.  It is after this stage that teachers will be allocated to classes.  It is not appropriate for parents to request particular teachers unless the additional training of a teacher e.g. in Special Education, better suits the individual or distinctive needs of a student.  As always the utmost care will be taken with all student placements to allow for the best possible learning and social outcomes in 2015.  Please note the 10 day period when the notes can be returned. 

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Behaviour and Attendance Expectations

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During the last term of the year some students find it more difficult to maintain their understanding that every day at school counts.  We are especially reminding all students that the functions, farewells and excursions (major and minor) planned for Term 4 will only be attended by students who show the utmost respect to their peers, parents and teachers at all times.  Students in the past have missed out on attending their Year 6 Graduation for not meeting our school expectations.  The students who attend a function have a right to feel proud of their achievements and what they have done to earn the right to attend.  Please discuss with children of all ages that being able to go out of the school for minor and major excursions is a privilege that needs to be enjoyed by all the students, parents and teachers who attend.  Please note that if major excursions are booked and budgets need to be met, money may not be refunded if a withdrawal is due to unacceptable behaviour prior to the event.  

Sometimes minimum bookings are made over 6 months ahead and the cost remains the same for the lesser number.   Melbourne Camp for example is paid for many months in advance to secure the accommodation and venues on the dates we need them.  

In addition to this there are a small number of junior and senior students who are having a large number of days away from school without explanation.  The learning that takes place across any one week is planned and sequenced for maximum outcomes.  Being absent for no apparent reason is not only illegal it is the first sign often of a pattern of disengagement and eventual disconnectedness from learning. Remember:  “Every Day Counts”.

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Naplan Results

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All students who sat the series of tests over the three days back in May would have had time by now to read through the results sheets. They are a series of tests over three days; therefore offer a snapshot of all the years of learning before that day whether it be for the Year 3 or Year 5 cohort of students.  If anyone has any questions regarding their children’s information please do not hesitate to ask the classroom teacher or myself.  Overall, the results were outstanding and a credit to all the staff who have taught the children up to Year 3 and 5 and of course the students themselves.  Outside of the school setting, families have the most impact on student learning.  In the main we get excellent support from the majority of parents as we continue to have high expectations for ourselves and our students.

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Concert Preparation Underway

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Classes have selected their Christmas Carol presentations and are working on their performances from this week.  Some parental assistance will be required and each class will notify individually of anything special the children will need for their song/s.  As always, we will be mindful of ensuring minimal cost to parents.  We are looking forward to a great night.

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Early Drop off Time at School

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We have a small number of children that are being dropped off just after 8.00am every day of the week.  It is placing the children at undue risk due to lack of available supervision at that time.  We have staff on duty in the playground and classrooms after 8.30am, but not prior to this time. 

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Infant Swimming Program

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Best wishes to all the children who are going to be involved in the swimming program coming up in the next few weeks.  It is a marvellous opportunity to be involved in a ‘learn to swim’ program before the summer months.  A great opportunity to foster a lifelong skill!

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Hercules Performance

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Students from Prep to Grade 6 enjoyed Hercules performed by Alpha Shows today in our school GP room. Hercules has a great theme, and includes everything that children and grown ups love about the Alpha Shows! The story deals with the isolation Hercules feels from his extra strength, which helps children gain some compassion and connection with how many young people feel today. It follows Hercules quest to become a hero, and to rejoin his father Zeus in Olympus.

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Welcome Back

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Welcome back to the last term of the 2014 school year.  This will be another busy and productive term for all the students.  It will see Year 5 go to Lake Cullulleraine, Year 6 go to Melbourne, the School Christmas Concert, Grade 6 Graduation, Infant Dept Swimming Program, Year 2 Sleep Over, Choir presentations and an SRC special day.  Please use the newsletter to keep informed of the dates and any special notices about requirements for each event.  The newsletter and website are your major sources of weekly information. 

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