A great day was had by all. It was so good to see so many unusual and clever outfits to celebrate book week today. Reading is a life skill and cannot be underestimated as a passport to the future. Thank you to Mrs Humphrey for her behind the scenes work for the day – it is appreciated by all the staff and students. Once again a big group of parents came to see the parade before the rotations commenced for the day.
Once again a big thank you to all the parents that attended Sports Day last Thursday and all the parents that also supported the School Canteen by buying a snack or lunch on the day. We are very grateful to a small group of parents past and present that manned the Canteen all day to cover the increased patronage. Thank you to Mr Gregor Allan and the Year 10 PE students from Irymple Secondary College also, as they did a fantastic job in supporting us on the day. Their assistance made it a special day for all the children and parents watching. We were lucky to have such good weather and were really pleased with the fact that so many parents were able to make it for part or the whole day. Thank you to Mr Pettit who co-ordinated and for all the staff who assisted him prior to and on the day. It was a really enjoyable day!
As from 1st September Government Schools are to follow Sunsmart recommendations and require all students to wear hats during all outdoor activities that involve exposure to the sun. To ensure a smooth transition back to hats please check that names are clearly visible on all hats as some tend to fade over time. Children are advised that they have sport on a particular day to have their own tube of sunscreen to apply. From day 1 next term, hats are not only recommended, but compulsory.
Please refer any families that you know of who are intending to enrol here to hand in the forms as soon as possible. Please assist us with this matter if you have a younger sibling to attend as we are in the process of estimating staffing for next year and it is very difficult if numbers are not finalised.
We had two students (Amer Kvrgic - moved to Geelong and Rommi Clavell- moved to Adelaide) leave last Friday. We wish them all the very best in their new locations with their families. They have been wonderful students at our school.
Thank you to Irymple Secondary College and their science teacher Mr Eddie Hung for presenting a Science show to the Year 5/6 children this week. The science demonstrations were outstanding and the involvement of the audience was a credit to Mr Hung and the students. It was a great addition to our other science week activities, hosted by Questacon in the previous week. Sunraysia Daily visited and some photos will be entered into the paper later in the week.
Apologies to families who have been trying to contact the school over the last few days. The fault has been identified and repaired.
Our Reading ICAS test results are back and very pleasing across the school. It will be a pleasure to present the certificates for excellent achievement at our next Assembly if they have arrived.
Thank you to all the parents that joined us yesterday. It was terrific that so many ordered a lunch to share with their children as well. The effort put in by all the children was commendable. Thank you to all staff that assisted the children with their sporting endeavours and the encouragement given to all. We had a record number of children eligible for the Mini Olympics this year and we congratulate all who will be representing our school.
We continue to encourage children and families to provide healthy foods in children’s lunchboxes. While many parents provide beautiful lunches for their children that include fresh fruit and vegetables there are still a number of children regularly eating lunch and snack foods that are very high in sugar, salt and fat. We continue to thank all the families that drop off fresh fruit for us to share with the children that are in need of a further snack at school. Children given quality fruit will eat it at school and we are happy to share the fruit with anyone who asks for a top up to their lunch or snack.
With major excursions coming up we will be briefing parents attending on the use of Mobile phones and Social Media which comply with DET procedures. It is not allowed, for example, to take photographs of other people’s children and upload them onto Facebook or to send to parents back at home. It is also not appropriate to offer a phone for children to speak with parents during sessions and at night time. Staff will all have phones and will be responsible for these tasks in all circumstances. Official photos will be taken that are returned to school. Due to custody issues and parent wishes, some children do not have their parents’ permission to be photographed or their photographs to be stored electronically. School Council have been briefed on this Policy and have approved a preliminary statement to all parents attending School camps.