Welcome back to all our ongoing students and a special welcome to all our new families. This year we welcomed students as far away as Darwin, Perth, Broken Hill, South Australia and the Cook Islands. We hope all students have a wonderful year with their teachers for 2016. The Preps had a fantastic start and looked terrific in their new uniforms. Thank you to all the parents who assisted their children to be in full school uniform to start the year. Especially pleasing was to see so many of the students who purchased new shoes and purchased our school’s preferred black leather or black joggers
We consider Home Reading as an essential part of our Home Work program. It is expected that all children in every year level read for 20 to 30 minutes each day at home with the reader or reading material that has been deemed suitable for home reading (able to be read with at least 96% accuracy). Most children have made a start already this year. Books to record reading or a format produced by the teacher is always available for students to use. We find without exception that the children who read the most, do very well academically at school. If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s reading or the recording of reading each night be sure to see their classroom teacher for an early chat.
Invoices for Requisite Payments were distributed this week. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any queries. Thank you to all the parents who have already paid. It is essential that all the parents pay this requisite in order for us to provide all the necessary resources to the children for the entire year.
CSEF forms for all parents who hold a Health Care Card are at the office to be collected – bright green in colour. Please return as soon as possible as there is only a short time line to complete the process. For new parents the CSEF allows for many of the student’s internal and external expenses to be covered. What is not used in one year can be saved and kept for the more expensive excursions as the children move through the school. Get the CSEF Form HERE.
We would like to invite all new ‘Prep Parents’ and all ‘New Parents’ to the school with children in any year level to a BBQ at 6:00pm on Tuesday 9th February, 2016. The school will cook a BBQ and we will also provide: paper plates, knives and forks. Each family is asked to bring a salad to share, and personal drinks. We will have cordial on ice for everyone as well. Last year we had a very nice and varied array of salads to share. A note to establish numbers has been sent home for catering purposes. It is important to return the note to give us close numbers for attendance.
Congratulations to all students and teachers for the rigorous and fun format of their SMART start to school. These are deliberately planned getting to know you and cooperative learning tasks to allow children to know everyone in their class by name and so that other children know a little about them to assist with the new class transition.
Please take care at all times in the car park as it is a hive of activity for a short time every morning and every afternoon. The only entrance is near the church. It is also a non-smoking area and alcohol free zone for all visitors to the school no matter what a persons relationship is to the children. We thank all parents who abide by these rules and encourage them to notify us of any breaches to these State wide expectations in school grounds. Just a reminder that the drop off and pick up point is only for parents who remain in their car to allow the traffic to flow smoothly. Staff will only allow children to go to three cars at a time so please encourage your child to be waiting and ready otherwise unnecessary holdups are created.
No children are to be at school before 8.30am each morning as formal supervision does not begin until 8:45am. We encourage parents to drop off between 8:30am and 8:45am to spread out the car park congestion. It is not ok however, for children to be coming after 9:00am when the school day has commenced. This can become a major interruption to the class and the teacher. It is important to be on time every day. The conversations between children and their teacher at this time is essential and children who are regularly late often miss out on a timely greeting from their teacher, time to talk of important things and to have the DET roll marked. Any child arriving after 9:00am must go via the office to sign in to the ‘Late Arrival Book’ and collect a late pass. It is unfortunate that a small number of children are late to school nearly every day of the week and this has a major impact on their smooth start to the day and interaction with friends and their classroom teacher. Dismissal time in the afternoon is 3:15pm and the playground is supervised until 3:30pm. Children waiting are asked to sit outside the General Purpose (GP) room. If a parent/grandparent/carer is held up due to unforeseen circumstances we ask that they please ring the office and we will have the child/children move to, and wait in the foyer area. Please talk to your children about that if the person who is designated to pick them up does not arrive by 3:30pm, they must make their way to the office so that the necessary phone calls can be made and supervision can be guaranteed.
Please consider a process that suits your family to deal with all notes brought home from school. All possible notes will also be posted on the website. A ‘Display Folder’ is ideal to place the families’ notes in as they are brought home each term. As each event is completed the notes can be discarded. Children need to be reminded that all notes are to be given to the parents and this is a good way to teach ‘responsibility’. When a student is away any notes handed out on the day of absence will be ‘named’ and kept for them by the teacher to take home the next day. This also makes the child responsible for ‘catching up’ after being absent. Phone calls and requests for replacement notes by parents do not assist children of any age to become ‘organised’. We want all our students to be ‘responsible’ and ‘participate actively’ in the communication process between home and school.
From Monday 8th February there will be one week to nominate new or returning parents for the 2016 School Council Positions.
There are two categories for nomination:
Self-Nomination (5B – Yellow form)
Parent Member Category and Nomination (5A – Pink Form)
Please collect a Nomination Form from the office. Mrs. Jenner will receive all nominations and place into a secure box. Closing date is 4:00pm, Friday 19th February. All finishing members are free to renominate themselves or to be renominated by another parent if they currently have children at our school.
The following Parent Members have their School Council Tenure completed.
Leigh Fuller, (Leigh’s children have moved on to Secondary College and we thank him for his service to the school over many years. Some of this service has included time as our School Council President. We wish Leigh and his family all the best), Paul Cody, ‘Tina Williams, Ashley Johnstone, Megan Phillips, Rita Valentich and Aaron Oldham.
Notes regarding our annual Parent/Teacher interviews will be distributed from this week. It is a chance to meet your child’s teacher and share anything that may assist the student with a productive and happy year. The dates will be: Tuesday 16th February for Years 1 and 2, Thursday 18th February for Years 3 and 4 and Thursday 25th February for Years 5 and 6. The on-line log in details are included on the flyer for bookings. If you are unable to book please ensure that you send in a couple of preferred times in order for the teacher to do a direct booking for you. Preps are not involved in this process as they have the Wednesday sessions already booked.
Please ensure that students have their names on every item they are likely to leave at school. Each year we are left with many items that have been mislaid, but with no names on them. The most common items are jumpers, drink bottles and lunch boxes. Many items outside the Library at the end of last year were brand new.