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STRANGER DANGER ALERT

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Following an incident that occurred  at the school yesterday parents are advised to discuss with their children ‘Stranger Danger’. Please inform your children that no matter what the inducement is that they are NEVER to enter or go near a car or person that is unknown to them. If an incident happens or a child is approached in or near the school advise them to tell a teacher immediately. Teachers will be discussing this topic with their class today as part of the Protective Behaviours Program.

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School Captains

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The school captains presented their outstanding speeches and received their badges at Wednesday’s assembly.  Thank you to the parents that attended the presentation.  They will now have six months to develop lifelong leadership skills.  Best wishes to: 

Captains: Tyler Garraway and Sasha Gifford - 

Vice Captains: Brayden Lloyd and Brooke Hards.

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Mobile Phones at School

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Mobile Phones must be left at the office during the day and collected after school.  We ask that all families support us with this approach as it still allows use before and after school that has been approved by the parents and does not impact on any other students or learning time.

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Arrival at School

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Again we are having problems with a group of approximately ten children arriving late to school each week. As mentioned on many previous occasions it is vital that children are here before the bell so that they have the best start to the day possible and to prevent disruptions to the first lesson for all the other children.  This is referring not to the occasional mishap, but lateness every day or almost every day of each week.  All late children must be dropped at the office to sign in before progressing to class.

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Camp Payments

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Please finalise all payments so that staff can move on to the finer details of planning.  We try and assist all families with the approximate costs at the beginning of the year and to get out payment booklets and meet with any parents having financial difficulties. Thank you to all the parents who have worked through the payments for what is an amazing camp for the Year 3 (Swan Hill) on their first away camp and for the Year 4 students as they travel to Roses Gap for the first time later in the term.

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Fostering Resilience in Children – tips from Michael Grose

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“From resilience perspective parents need to coach kids through some of their more challenging moments and reviewing what they may have learned for next time. Avoiding solving all their problems for children is important.

You can promote a lasting sense of resilience in your kids by:

  • Having a positive attitude yourself. Your attitude as a parent impacts on their ability to bounce back from some of the difficulties they face. Make sure you model a ‘you can do it’ attitude for your child when he meets some of life’s curve balls.
  • Look for teachable moments. Many kids’ learning opportunities are disguised as problems. Make the most of these opportunities so that kids can grow and learn from some of the challenges they face.
  • Make kids active participants in the family. Active participation in a family develops the self-help, problem-solving and independence skills of kids that are necessary for resilience.
  • Build kids coping skills. There are plenty of strategies you can pass on to kids to help them cope when life doesn't go their way, including acceptance, getting away for a while, and normalisation.
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Parent Surveys Distributed

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On Wednesday the Parent Opinion Survey was distributed to 47 families (children from the selected families took the envelopes home) - the nominated number by DEECD. They take approximately 15 - 20 minutes to complete and we ask that everyone who received a survey, to please complete all the questions and seal the envelope before returning it to the School Office.  A total of 47 should be returned so we rely on all to be brought back in order to be boxed up and returned unopened to DEECD.  The collated results are forwarded back to the school in about mid-September. It is particularly valuable in 2014 to provide feedback to the school prior to our 5 year Review in 2015.  All the feedback is useful and forms a part of our school being able to celebrate what it does well and work hard to improve in areas that need improvement.  We aim to be ‘The Best That We Can Be”.

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Book Week Day

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Again we have a day to celebrate Book Week in our school.  This year the theme is Connect to Reading.  The date is Friday 8th August so the good notice should result in a really colourful and interesting parade.  For the senior students it is their last opportunity to dress up and have fun with the other children.

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Uniform

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Congratulations to everyone that has made the effort to be in full school uniform as we return for the winter chills of early Term 3.  We only have a few students out of uniform each day.  We particularly monitor the Year 5 and Year 6 students as we rely on them to be models for themselves and the junior students.  Thank you to all the parents who continue to drop in uniforms to Mrs Muller which students have grown out of.  It provides a steady supply of good quality preloved uniforms that can be available for families in need or for emergency situations at school.

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2015 – Prep Enrolments

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Please ensure that all enrolment forms for children starting school in 2015 are left at the front office as soon as possible.  The earlier we can finalise numbers the earlier we can plan for the 2015 staffing needs. If you know any families outside of the school that intend to enrol children here for 2015 please ask them to collect an enrolment form within the next week.  At this stage we will have two Foundation (Prep) classes planned for 2015.  Should we get additional late enrolments we are in a good position to meet these needs also.

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Thank you

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Thank you to all the people who have sold their Scouts Raffle book during the break and over the past weeks. Your contribution is very much appreciated.  We know that everyone cannot be a provider for every fundraiser that the Parents’ Club, SRC and School Council provide, but by choosing the ones that you are able to, is of huge value to the whole school.

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