The Melbourne trip has been a success and all reports indicate the students and teachers have thoroughly enjoyed each and every experience. We are sure they will all sleep well for the next few nights. With only one small hiccup on the first day with the bus breaking down after their visit to the aquatic centre, the excursion went to plan and all students behaved as we would expect, being the best that they can be! Thank you to Mr McInerney, Miss Hill and Mr Beer for a wonderful excursion.
Photos will appear here soon!
As the Prep Transition days continue the parents and children involved get a better idea of what next year will feel like. So far the new students have coped very well with the visits and the new Mums, Dads and carers have had brief opportunities to chat with each other. It was lovely to see all students with smiles on their faces and enjoying their time at school, and we look forward to getting to know each and every one of them better in the sessions to come.
Next session is Tuesday 3rd December, from 9am to 1pm. Students need a hat, drink bottle and packed lunch (lunch orders are not available on that day). Students have been asked to bring an item that represents their favourite colour to their next visit.
A number of schools and families have reported a vomiting bug that is lasting about 24 hours and often first noticed as a severe headache. If your child is unwell in this regard, please keep them home so that other children are not infected and we do not have an ongoing situation where large numbers of children miss out on school and some of the special end of year activities. It is also a good time to remind children about the importance of washing their hands.
Departments have been organising their end of year excursions. Thank you to our wonderful Parents’ Club for all their fundraising during the year. This has helped each unit to be able to afford a special treat for all our hard working students without too much expense for families.
Thank you to those parents who have paid the small cost involved. Infant families are reminded that their money is due Monday at the latest.
Classes are well underway with their concert preparations. Please understand that the evening requires many hours of practice and organisation therefore we are unfortunately unable to make any changes with regard to times and item numbers. So far the schedule will start off with Preps and work its way up through the year levels, with some breaks in between for choir and parent club raffles.
This weekend will be a cracker for Irymple and all surrounding towns to gather together and enjoy some community spirit. On Friday from 6:30-8:30pm is the Family Pool Party at the Irymple Swimming Pool. This event will include heaps of games, activities such as: golf putting, novelty pool games, piggy back races, wishing well, treasure hunting, quoits (ring toss) , bocce, Chalk it up (YMCA chalk drawing) and Limbo plus food stalls to enjoy. Come along no matter what the weather there will be plenty to do in and out of the pool. Entry is $2/child and $3/adult. Free entertainment.
Sunday from 5:30pm-8:30pm is the annual Irymple Carols in the Park including performances by local schools, visit from Santa, sausage sizzle, ice creams, cappuccinos, face painting, Christmas dress-up competition and Christmas selfies photo competition.
Free entry and entertainment!
Teacher allocations to classes unfortunately cannot be finalised until one more staff appointment is made. We thank people who took the time to send in a special request form in the time frame provided. We will always do our best to accommodate genuine requests that will contribute to the best learning environment for individual children. Sometimes however parent requests conflict with other parent requests and we then do our best to consider what we see as the best option based on school interactions between children.
As the end of the school year approaches it is time for us to begin to prepare Netbooks for the 2014 school year and therefore all Grade 5/6 leased Netbooks, chargers and cases will need to be returned to the school on Friday 13th December. A reminder note will be sent home during that week.
Excellent behaviour on the ‘school buses’ is expected at all times. We rely on the assistance of parents to remind their children to alert them to the name of anyone that annoys them personally or deliberately hurts other children while waiting for the bus or while on the bus. We get reports in particular from children that catch the ‘Early Bus’ that one or two children are not as considerate of others that they could be. This is annoying for the children that wish to travel in peace each day and takes away valuable learning time to follow up the next day at school.
Well done to all the students who are in school uniform every day of the week. It shows great pride and respect for themselves. It also demonstrates how much the parents value our school and its image. It is wonderful to see everyone on assembly days for example, when the whole school is together, to be so neat and well presented. We have a few students lately experimenting with denim shorts and coloured socks and we would hope that the ‘fad’ has passed and that the correct uniform replaces it immediately.