The Aussie of the Month Program focusses on recognising students who exemplify the values we all share as Australians including a sense of fair play, generosity of spirit, commitment to the community, participation and a genuine concern for the environment. The Program also allows teachers to engage in classroom discussions about the values and what it means to be a good Australian citizen – be that in the school ground, the local community or the whole nation.
During the school assembly our chosen Aussie of the Month student is presented with a certificate and a badge to wear with pride on their uniform. We also showcase the names of our recognised students throughout the year.
Congratulations Maddy Oliver - A great Aussie of the Month!
Below is a short article from the website kidshealth.org that deals with the amount of sleep a school age child requires.
School-age children and pre-teen school-age children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. Bedtime difficulties can arise at this age for a variety of reasons. Homework, sports and after-school activities, TVs, computers, and video games, as well as hectic family schedules might contribute to children not getting enough sleep.
Lack of sleep can cause irritable or hyper types of behaviour and may make it difficult for children to pay attention in school. It is important to have a consistent bedtime, especially on school nights. Be sure to leave enough time before bed to allow your child to unwind before lights out.
It is important that parents establish good routines for bedtime. Have a regular time for bed and ensure that your child does not have soft drink or cordial in the hours after the evening meal.
It is recommended that televisions, hand held games, mobile phones, computers and other electronic devices not be used in the child’s bedroom. Quiet time before bed could involve reading or listening to music.
Thank you to all parents who have paid the ICT levy of $30 for Prep to year 2 and $80 for years 3 to 6 students who are not leasing a netbook. Also thanks to parents who have paid their Requisite Levy.
The payment of ICT levy helps us to provide high quality access to digital learning across the school.
This term we are replacing the computers in the lab with 30 new machines at a cost of almost $20,000. Several netbooks have also been purchased in addition to the Lease to Purchase program as well as new printers for student use. We are committed to providing a high quality Digital Learning Program for all students but the amount of Government funding for ICT is about one quarter of the amount we are spending this year so the ICT levy is of great assistance. ALL students have access to Learning Technologies during class time and those that pay the $80 levy are able to enjoy computers at lunch times and are able to borrow a netbook several times a term. If you are yet to pay please do so by the end of this term. Spare payment slips are available at the school office.
An evening for parents and students who are leasing a netbook will be held on Tuesday March 11th at 7-00pm in the school library. At this evening lease agreements and acceptable use policies will be discussed and signed and there will be a question and answer session. A note was sent home last week to these families.
Any other parents of students in years 3 and 4 who are interested in taking up the lease to purchase plan are also invited along or they can contact myself or Mr Sparks for more information.
The parent/teacher interviews were held this week. These interviews gave parents the opportunity to share information about their child/ children with classroom teachers. Unfortunately due to illness parents with children in Miss Hill’s and Miss Hazel’s classrooms were unable to take part in these interviews. When these teachers return – hopefully very soon – arrangements will be made.
On Tuesday morning ten very excited students from Irymple Primary School set off for the Somers Camp. This camp is a great experience for our students who were lucky enough to be drawn out to attend the camp. It provides students with fun and activities in a beachside location. Somers Camp takes place every two years and is available to students in years five and six who go into a ballot to attend. Thanks to Mr Pettit for all his work in arranging this camp.
As from March 1st the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has introduced new procedures in relation to the enforcement of compulsory school enrolment and attendance. We encourage parents to read the following newsletter article and if you have any questions please contact the school.
Every day counts – school attendance
We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.
Missing school can have a major impact on a child’s future – a student missing one day a fortnight will miss four full weeks by the end of the year. By Year 10 they’ll have missed more than a year of school.
There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.
Coming to school every day is vital, but if for any reason your child must miss school, there are things we can do together to ensure they don’t fall behind:
•Speak with your classroom teacher and find out what work your child needs to do to keep up.
•Develop an absence learning plan with your teacher and ensure your child completes the plan.
Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your classroom teacher as early as possible.
From 1 March 2014, new laws will mean that parents can be fined for not sending students to school without an acceptable reason.
If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your classroom teacher know so we can work together to get your child to school every day.
This Wednesday morning the children in rooms four, five, six and seven attended the Deakin Cinema to see a film as part of the “Oakey’s Outback Adventure” film festival. The students and teachers who accompanied them enjoyed this experience.
It is vital that your child arrives at school in time to get organised and ready for the morning routines in their classroom. The ideal time to drop students off is between 8-30am and 8-50am. Please do not let your child arrive at school before 8-30am as there is NO supervision available until that time. We currently have a large number of students arriving at school as early as 8-00am. We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.
Thank you to all parents who have paid the ICT levy of $30 for Prep to year 2 and $80 for years 3 to 6 students who are not leasing a netbook. The payment of this levy helps us to provide high quality access to digital learning across the school. If you are yet to pay please do so by the end of this term. Spare payment slips are available at the school office.