The school captains presented their outstanding speeches at Wednesday’s assembly. The Badge presentation will be at our Assembly in 2 weeks. Thank you to the parents that attended the presentation. They will now have 6 months to develop lifelong leadership skills. Best wishes to:
Captains: Jack Kirby and Linzi Higgs
Vice Captains: Phoebe Stephens and Paige McLean.
We are very proud of the success of our school netbook program. Our school has one of the highest student netbook lease-to-purchase ratios in the district. Later this term we will be presenting an information evening to families and caregivers. The purpose of this evening is to explain how the program works including; why it has been successful, how netbooks are used in the classroom and the benefits and cost to families. Look out for a note being sent home soon.
We live in a mobile world and as such, parents are buying their children iPod touches, Android tablets, and smartphones. It simply is what people do nowadays but do you know what apps your children have installed on these devices? Do you know if they are age appropriate or if there are dangers that your children could be exposed to?
Consider taking an app inventory periodically and know what each app does and stay in touch with the technology. The new eSafety website provides excellent information to support parents and caregivers to get the facts and understand the risks.
Visit www.safety.gov.au or follow the links on our cybersafety menu (above).
Mobile Phones must be left at the office or given to the classroom teacher during the day and collected after school. We ask that all families support us with this approach as it still allows use before and after school that has been approved by the parents and does not impact on any other students or learning time.
Again we are having problems with a group of approximately ten children arriving late to school each week. As mentioned on many previous occasions it is vital that children are here before the bell so that they have the best start to the day possible and to prevent disruptions to the first lesson for all the other children. This is referring not to the occasional mishap, but lateness every day or almost every day of each week. All late children must be dropped at the office to sign in before progressing to class.
Again we have a day to celebrate Book Week in our school. This year is around the theme of ’Books Light Up Our World’. The date is Friday 28th August so early notice should result in a really colourful and interesting parade. For the senior students it is their last opportunity to dress up and have fun with the other children. We have a wonderful reading culture within our school and so many opportunities are opened up in life if students leave primary school as competent readers and have developed stamina in reading.
Thank you for continuing to work towards camp payments so that staff can move on to the finer details of planning. We try and assist all families with the approximate costs at the beginning of the year and to get out payment booklets and meet with any parents having financial difficulties. Thank you to all the parents who have worked through the payments for what is an amazing camp for the Year 3 (Swan Hill) on their first away camp and for the Year 4 students as they travel to Roses’ Gap for the first time later in the term. We are fortunate that the EMA has been replaced with the CSEF subsidy to the value of $125.00. All parents who are the holders of a Health Care Card have been able to apply for this amount.
“From resilience perspective parents need to coach kids through some of their more challenging moments and reviewing what they may have learned for next time. Avoiding solving all their problems for children is important. You can promote a lasting sense of resilience in your kids by:
Having a positive attitude yourself. Your attitude as a parent impacts on their ability to bounce back from some of the difficulties they face. Make sure you model a ‘you can do it’ attitude for your child when they meet some of life’s curve balls.
Look for teachable moments. Many kids’ learning opportunities are disguised as problems. Make the most of these opportunities so that kids can grow and learn from some of the challenges they face.
Make kids active participants in the family. Active participation in a family develops the self-help, problem-solving and independence skills of kids that are necessary for resilience.
Build kids coping skills. There are plenty of strategies you can pass on to kids to help them cope when life doesn’t go their way, including acceptance, getting away for a while, and normalisation.
Promoting resilience in kids is not a single event but a continuous process that requires adults to be supportive and empathetic when things don’t go their way. It also requires you as a parent to have an understanding of resilience, so you have faith in yourself, and your child’s ability to cope.”
Thank you to all the people who have sold their Scouts Raffle book during the break and over the past weeks. Your contribution is very much appreciated. We know that everyone cannot be a provider for every fundraiser that the Parents’ Club, SRC and School Council provide, but by choosing the ones that you are able to, is of huge value to the whole school.
On Monday the Parent Opinion Survey will be distributed to 47 families (children from the selected families will take the envelopes home) - the nominated number by DET. They take approximately 15 - 20 minutes to complete and we ask that everyone who received a survey, to please complete all the questions and to seal the envelope before returning it to the school office.
A total of 47 should be returned so we rely on all to be brought back in order to be boxed up and returned unopened to DET. The collated results are forwarded back to the school in about mid-September. It is particularly valuable in 2015 to provide feedback to the school prior to our 5 year Review in 2016. All the feedback is useful and forms a part of our school being able to celebrate what it does well and work hard to improve in areas that need improvement. We aim to be ‘The Best That We Can Be”.
Congratulations to everyone that has made the effort to be in full school uniform as we return for the winter chills of early Term 3. We only have a few students out of uniform each day. We particularly monitor the Year 5 and Year 6 students as we rely on them to be models for themselves and the junior students. Unfortunately as always at this time of the year some fashion items are tried out by a few students. In the past week we have seen striped tights, football jumpers and numerous leggings with lots of colour. They are not a part of our School Uniform.
Thank you to all the parents who continue to drop in uniforms to Mrs Muller which students have grown out of. It provides a steady supply of good quality preloved uniforms that can be available for families in need or for emergency situations at school.