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Enrolment information for 2016

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Throughout the school year we have a series of orientation activities aimed at assisting your child/children to have a smooth transition from preschool into school and also give you an opportunity to find out how you can assist in this process. 

From 1st May, 2015 we will be making available information packages for parents who wish to enrol a student in 2016.  If you already have other children at school please call in and collect an enrolment form from the office.  Having a close idea of numbers is of great advantage to us for forward planning.  If you know of any families that have yet to decide please tell them to call in for a visit or to arrange a time to be shown around the school and be given the opportunity to talk with the current Foundation (Prep) teachers and students.

This Tuesday we will be holding our first Open Morning from 9:30am - 11:00am. The purpose of these sessions is to provide families with an insight into how our Prep classrooms operate and to meet our current Prep teaching team to discuss any elements of our program and to ask questions.

Phone 50 245 334

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Teddy Bear Hospital

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Prep students were given an insight into health care with the help of Monash University medical students yesterday. The morning was aimed at taking away the stigma of hospitals being scary places. They learnt about germs, the importance of cleanliness and how to use a phone to call an ambulance. 

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Uniform Clarification

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We would like to give some further background to the footwear information in last week’s newsletter.  We have not previously had too many difficulties maintaining our high uniform standards.  In the past most joggers have been relatively plain and mostly white or black with a splash of colour and we have not been concerned.  However, we are finding that the increasing availability of fluorescent colours is detracting from the uniform.  We can only ask that if parents buy new shoes, that black joggers or black leather shoes are considered as a next purchase.   We are just appealing to the parents and children to be proud of the look of the school uniform and to assist us going forward. 

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NAPLAN Testing coming soon

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(12th – 14th May, 2015)

It is important with the testing going on for Years 3 and 5 children that a few small things can go a long way to assist them.  With the children having to concentrate for long uninterrupted periods of time, we recommend that they have a good night’s sleep, a good breakfast and have plenty of time before school to play and go to the toilet on the testing days.  The best thing is to look at it as another school day with a purpose slightly different to normal days.  The children have been well prepared and they only have to know what they have been taught previously.  Tell them if they are concerned, to relax and enjoy showing what they can do. They can only do their best and that is all anyone can ask.

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After School Martial Arts Program Being Offered

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Mr Graeme Loison is offering a Martial Arts Program for Irymple Primary School students to commence on Monday 11th May, 2015 at 3.45pm in the GP room for one hour until 4.45pm. He has had enormous experience coaching children in Martial Arts and is hoping to make it an ongoing offer to our School. The proposed 10 week starter course will cost $100. If you are interested in your children from ages 6 to 13 participating please arrange it directly with Mr Loison on 0417 590 350. There is a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 in this group that will meet every Monday and continue for 10 weeks on School term days only – not school holidays (this course will go into Term 3).

The objective of the course is to offer students personal development, improved communication skills, the ability to self-reflect, the ability to manage conflict and to increase physical fitness and the ability to carry out personal self-defence.

Benefits of the Course according to Mr Loison are to:

  1. Participate in an extra curricula activity and respect of others;
  2. build confidence and promote leadership skills.
  3. Promote physical fitness and the introduction to adopting healthy lifestyle choices.
  4. Fosters personal growth.
  5. Teach discipline and create a responsible attitude towards others.
  6. Help students develop a strong sense of self respect.
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Lost Property

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Please remind your child to check the area outside the library as once again there are a few unclaimed items and unfortunately without names it’s hard to track down the rightful owner.  Once lunch boxes and drink items have been left for some time we dispose of them for health reasons.  Nothing with a name on it will be thrown out at any time.  With the colder mornings there is always an increased number of misplaced items.

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Update of Telephone and all Medical Records

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Please advise us of any telephone or address changes that may have occurred over the term break. It is also important to notify if your child/ren has/have had any changes to his/her medical records or if your family circumstances have altered in any way.  The updated and signed records need to be returned to the school as soon as possible. 

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ANZAC Day

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Thank you to the children and staff (Mr Beer and Ms Hazel) who attended  the ANZAC ceremony in Irymple on Saturday.  Thank you to Lila Rouse for laying the School wreath on behalf of our School.  For all our School Captains and Vice Captains there are often responsibilities that extend outside of school days and we appreciate Lila representing all the students of our School on this occasion.  Thank you again, to all the parents and relatives who attended our School ANZAC service last Friday.  The students who assisted (music, flag and preparing seating) presented, laid wreaths and sang all did an outstanding job.  We were also very pleased with the excellent behaviour and level of respect shown during the entire ANZAC ceremony.

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ANZAC Ceremony

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Thank you to all the parents and relatives that attended the ceremony today.  Students each year in Year 5 and Year 6 show us how well informed they are about the importance of ANZAC day. The prior preparation by the senior students once again was commented upon by many visitors and is a credit to the children and the teachers in the Senior Unit.  Thank you to Sue in the Canteen for making the home made biscuits including ANZAC biscuits for parents to enjoy with their cup of tea or coffee. Thank you to all the classes that created Wreaths for the occasion.

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2016 Foundation (Prep) Enrolments

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From 1st May, 2015 we will be making available information packages for parents who wish to enrol a student in 2016.  If you already have other children at school please call in and collect an enrolment form from the office.  Having a close idea of numbers is of great advantage to us for forward planning.  If you know of any families that have yet to decide please tell them to call in for a visit or to arrange a time to be shown around the school and be given the opportunity to talk with the current Foundation (Prep) teachers and students. Please also see our Dates for Prospective 2016 Parents page.

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Late to School

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Unfortunately a number of parents are not managing to get their child/ren to school on time and it is impacting on their children’s start to the day and the start of learning for all other students in the class.  If the 9.00am bell has already gone, parents are requested to accompany their children to the office and sign the Late Register.  The student will be given a RED late pass and will proceed to class immediately.  As the roll is marked first thing in the morning it can then be adjusted.  We are well aware that sometimes Dentist and Doctors’ appointments need to be made early and may result in a late arrival at school. The difficulty for a school is when children are late and head straight to class without anyone being aware of their time of arrival and true whereabouts.  This is especially upsetting for young children whose class may be at Library, Art, ICT or PE.  We have a settling in period before the bell and this is a vital part of the day.  No child will be admitted to class without a RED pass after 9.00 a.m. and we ask that all parents assist us so that we know where all children are at all times. We require an accurate record of their attendance or part attendance.

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