Congratulations to Room 7, Room 15 and Room 8 who were the highest scoring classes this week in their department for our Healthy Day. Winners are calculated by the number of students who actively travelled to school and brought healthy nude food for lunch and snack. Results can be viewed on our notes home page.
Excitement has been building around this year’s school magazine and we can inform you that printing is about to begin! A huge thanks to the sponsors this year; Game Traders, Dedman Tiling, Lifestyle Plus, Barry Plant, Irymple Canvas, Polly’s Panels, GWC Compliance and Sunraysia Tenpin.
The school magazine is a keepsake that will be looked back on for many years to come. Don’t miss your chance to get a copy, please get your order form back to the school office as soon as possible.
On Wednesday19th November, we saw our 2015 Preps come into school to commence their transition to school. Thank you to the Prep team for organising the event for the new students and for the parents already at this school and Mrs Humphrey for assisting with the parent morning tea, information sharing and chat in the staff room. The support of past parents is very much appreciated in this process. It can be an overwhelming time for parents and the child if it is their first one to start school. We hope that with a strong transition program like we have, the most likely people to be upset on the first day of school next year will be the parents.
Thank you to Red Cliffs Primary school for their visit on Thursday. The games were played in great spirit and I am pleased to say that Irymple were victorious on the day retaining the Beer Cup. Red Cliffs won the cricket by 37 runs and Irymple won both Netball games convincingly. Congratulations to all.
As the end of the school year approaches it is time for us to begin to prepare Netbooks for the 2015 school year and therefore all Grades 3 - 6 leased Netbooks, chargers and cases will need to be returned to the school on Friday 5th December. Students leaving at the end of the year with Lease to Purchase netbooks will have their devices prepared at this time as mentioned during our information evenings. A reminder note will be sent home during week 9.
Teacher allocations to classes unfortunately cannot be finalised until one more staff appointment is made. We thank people who took the time to send in a special request form in the time frame provided. We will always do our best to accommodate genuine requests that will contribute to the best learning environment for individual children. Sometimes however parent requests conflict with other parent requests and we then do our best to consider what we see as the best option based on school interactions between children.
Excellent behaviour on the ‘school buses’ is expected at all times. We rely on the assistance of parents to remind their children to be safe and courteous at all times to the bus driver and all other travellers. This applies to waiting for, travelling on, and during change over times. We unfortunately have received two notifications from Mildura Bus Lines this year that Year 6 students have not been as courteous and considerate to the driver and others as we expect. The vast majority of children do the right thing all the time and make us very proud of their behaviours as they travel to and from school.
Well done to all the students who are in school uniform every day of the week. It shows great pride and respect for themselves. It also demonstrates how much the parents value our school and its image. It is wonderful to see everyone on assembly days for example, when the whole school is together to be so neat and well presented. We have a few senior students lately experimenting with denim shorts and coloured socks and we would hope that the ‘fad’ has passed and that the correct uniform replaces it immediately.
A case of Whooping Cough has been confirmed in the 3/4 Deptartment. Please keep an eye on your child/ren for any symptoms of this highly contagious disease.
The Department of Human Services guidelines are:
- Exclusion of Cases – Exclude the child for 5 days after starting antibiotic treatment
- Exclusion of Contacts – Exclude unimmunised household contacts aged less than 7 years and close child care contacts for 14 days after the last exposure to infection or until they have taken 5 days of a 10 day course of antibiotics.
The Foundation teachers for 2015 will be Mrs Bruhn, Miss Boyle and a person yet to be appointed as the NEW position is still open to applicants. Mrs Crouch will return to Ranfurly Primary School in 2015 which was her base school prior to joining us for the 2014 year. We thank her for a wonderful year with the Foundation children and wish her all the best in the future.