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ANZAC Day Service

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Our Year 5 and 6 students do many hours of work researching and learning about ANZAC Day before the ceremony and share their learning across the school.  We would like to thank all the families and friends that assisted us to celebrate ANZAC Day at our school service on 24th April at 10.00am under the shade sales.  

Our School Council president,  along with the School Captains, James Prictor, Annabel Hocking, Jackson Costa and Siaan Brookes will present a wreath on our behalf at the Irymple ANZAC ceremony.  We thank Mr Paul Cody for his time and representation of our school on this occasion.

ANZAC Ceremony

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New Families

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We welcome 5 new students to our school and 3 returning students this term and we would like to extend a warm welcome to students and their families.

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Staffing

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Welcome to Mrs Tania Anderson replacing Ms Hawkes who has commenced her maternity leave.  We hope Mrs Anderson enjoys teaching at our school and we wish Ms Hawkes all the very best for the birth of her baby and subsequent leave.

We also welcome back Miss Hill who has been on sick leave for all of Term 1 and hope she has a great term ahead with her 5/6 grade that Mr Ian Campbell so ably got off to such a wonderful start to the year.

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ATTENDANCE REWARD

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On Wednesday Room 1 enjoyed their ice-creams as a reward for having the fewest days absent in the last month of term 1. Which room will be the next winner? Remember every day is a school day!

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Healthy Lunches Essential to Learning

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Keep providing the healthiest lunches possible for all children as it is a great marker of success in the classroom.  The ‘5 Food Group Checklist’ is a helpful tool to evaluate the best lunch possible that includes the following:

  1. Vegetables and legumes/beans
  2. Fruit
  3. Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  4. Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds and legumes/beans
  5. Milk, yoghurt cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat
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NAPLAN testing

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The Mathematics and English testing that is Australia wide will take place on 13th, 14th and 15th May. It will involve all Year 3 and 5 students in our school.  It is important that all students have an early night before each of these days and a substantial breakfast as they are concentrating for long periods of time under test conditions.  It is a series of tests that cannot be studied for and are based on all the teaching and learning that has happened to that point in time for each student.  For Year 3 students for example it is all that has been learned from Prep till May in Year 3 and for Year 5 students all that has been learned from Prep to May in Year 5.  We do our best to prepare the students for the test taking techniques that go with NAPLAN so that they are not disadvantaged by lack of exposure to the types of questions sprinkled through each test, such as multiple choice questions, choose between given answers, one word answers etc.  

Some parents request that their students be exempt in exceptional circumstances and sometimes the school will contact parents as children who have a particular disability and/or learning impairment may not benefit from the testing regime and may not cope with the situation at all.  If your child is exempt due to a particular learning disability or will receive extra reading time you will be notified by the principal and/or classroom teacher before the testing takes place.  

We have in the past done quite well in both Year 3 and 5 NAPLAN areas and this is largely attributed to past and present teachers and the time parents spend with their children in normal day to day activities at home. It is essential that all children are present at school unless genuinely sick as by the Friday we are required to have done our best to catch up all students that have missed a day for any reason.

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Parent Provided Tissues

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Thank you to the parents that have donated already to their class - we very much appreciate your support to maintain the best possible health standards in our rooms.

 

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Morning Arrival at School and Encouraging Independence

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Please be aware that if you drop your children at school too early there is no formal supervision before 8.45am.  From 8.30am onwards is ideal to ensure a steady drop off rate from the car park and for the general safety of all children arriving by car. Please encourage your children to take their own belongings to the classroom and unpack items themselves.  We want the students at all year levels (Prep to Year 6) to be as independent as possible.  

If parents carry the students bags, unpack them for them and carry them home in the afternoon, this is unfortunately working against what we are trying to achieve at school every day. The 15 minutes before school is vital for teacher preparation and time to interact with the children.  It is not a time for conversations with parents about concerns. It is not appropriate to dominate the teacher’s attention at 8.50am as from this time onwards, and after the bell has gone, this is precious time for all the children in the class with their teacher’s full attention.  Lots of children have been arriving late this week and we encourage earlier starts for families to prevent lost learning time at the start of the day.

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Assembly Date

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Because of ANZAC Day our first formal school assembly will be on Wednesday 7th May - Week 3. 

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Interschool Cross Country

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On Monday May 19, the Division Interschool Cross Country will be held in Mildura and our top female and male Cross Country runners in Years 3,4, 5 & 6 will be participating. 

Selection will be based on the results of try outs that will be held during lunchtimes during the third week of the term. This is different from last year when students qualified at the School Cross Country. This year’s School Cross Country will be held on Wednesday June 11 to give students more time to prepare for the event and to not interfere with the early commitments of Term 2. Success at the Interschool Cross Country event can lead to an invitation to run in Melbourne in several months time.  Children who qualify will be given a note to take home, asking for parent permission to attend and parent assistance with transport.  Any child travelling with any teacher or parent must have express permission to travel to and from the event in a private vehicle which must have comprehensive insurance. This NOTE must be returned on 15th May. 

Parents are welcome to attend the school event and are most welcome to assist with marshalling at checkpoints and marking laps for students – Please let Mr Pettit know if you can be of any assistance.

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2015 Prep Dates for Prospective Parents

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Dear Parents of 2015 Prep Children,

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.

 

OPEN SESSIONS

Tuesday 6th May 9:30am-11:00am

Tuesday 13th August 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.

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