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Year 6 Graduation

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A very special night for Year 6 children will be held this evening.  Some will say goodbye to their school, friends and teachers after seven years of attendance whereas others have come to us from other schools.  The presentation ceremony will be followed by a dinner then a disco.  We hope all parents and friends that participate enjoy one of the most significant events on our school calendar.  Most of all we hope it will be a special memory for the Year 6 children.  We are very proud of them as, no doubt, their parents are as well.

Graduation Ceremony


Disco

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School Magazine Sales

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Sales have been excellent in 2014.  Thank you to everyone that purchased one and thank you to the sponsors that bought space in the magazine.  We hope the sponsors are pleased with the professional look of the magazine and hope that parents will support our sponsors wherever possible.  Without our terrific sponsors each year the magazine could have cost up to $20 per copy. Having it located for free at major places around town such as Doctor’s rooms also gives our sponsors a wider coverage for their generous support.

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Thank you

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Thank you to all the parents and staff who assisted on Sunday with the Bunnings BBQ.  Everyone is very busy at this time of the year and it was pleasing to see people, despite the time of year, give up their valuable time to raise money for our children at Irymple Primary School. A special thank you to parents who used their vehicles to transport the heavy goods required. Approximately $1,407.85 was raised on the day.

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Preps

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Class lists for Preps will be sent out by mail with other relevant information for the beginning of the 2015 Prep year.  The two classes are now finalised and we very much look forward to their start in January.  This is a very special time in the lives of these children.

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Final Comments for 2014

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Once again it has been a pleasure to lead a school which has such depth and diversity to its educational, community and extracurricular activities.  The staff and parents have supported the school and operated as a caring and supportive team with all the best interests of the children at heart at all times.

Congratulations and thank you to the Year 6 Captains and Vice Captains who have so ably led the school.  They have represented us at school functions and have led our assemblies each fortnight. They are also major contributors to the Year 6 Graduation Ceremony.

Thank you to the enthusiastic and talented teaching staff for their dedication to all the tasks that are involved in being a great teacher at Irymple Primary School.  The child – teacher – parent relationship is the hallmark of a highly effective school.  Like the students we strive to improve every year and develop our knowledge and skills in order to be ‘The Best That We Can Be.’ We live in an age where the scrutiny of teachers and other professionals is widespread and we must never lose the humble ability to praise and thank those who each year place a new piece in the puzzle to create the next generation of citizens in our society.  

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School Concert Video

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Thanks to the work of Mr Sparks – the school concert video is now available to view on our school website. Unfortunately we are unable to provide direct links to download the video but you are welcome to view and share links to the school website with family and friends to enjoy. All videos have been set to private so that they cannot be searched for through Youtube search.

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Room 1 "Santa Wear Your Shorts"
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School Concert Feedback

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Thank you to all the people who have passed on their positive feedback about the Christmas Concert and the work put in by all the children and their teachers.  Also mentioned was the great job that the Year 6 children did as Masters of Ceremonies.  It is nice to have parents comment favourably about our school and about the work that the teachers and children do together.  The positives are many and we are grateful for all the strong support we get from the majority of parents without question.  Thank you to Mrs Birch and her team for their enormous amount of work behind the scenes to not only get all the music in place, but to create the evening’s format and coach the year 6 children in their Master of Ceremonies roles.  Thank you to all the staff for assisting the children to prepare in their class groups.  An enjoyable and beautiful evening of entertainment.

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Heads up for Christmas Gifts

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Some families may like some ideas for Christmas gifts to start the school year off next year. Things like a pencil case, coloured pencils, textas, a rubber, a ruler and so on.  The school again in 2015, as occurred in 2014, will not provide a new pencil case at the beginning of each new year to every student.  The ones available to us from Education suppliers are of poor quality and often abandoned in favour of personal ones before the end of Term 1.  It is a saving we would like to continue to put toward much needed whole school items.

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Grade 5 Camp

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Thank you again to all the staff who attended the Year 5 camp at Lake Cullulleraine and the high level of student participation.   The majority of student’s behaviour was excellent for the whole 5 days away, something we are accustomed to.  Several students however, needed to be spoken to on frequent occasions and may find that their chances of attending Melbourne Camp next year are already in question.  

Melbourne is a long trip and hundreds of kilometres from Mildura and no staff member will be placed in a positon where they are required to continually monitor and reprimand one or two individuals at the expense of all others that do the right thing all the time.  For staff, it is a whole week away from their own partners and often young families as well.  Camp attendance is a real privilege!

Photos here soon!

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Reports

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As required by DEECD, the student’s second semester report will go home to parents and guardians next Tuesday. Congratulations to all the students who have worked so hard to achieve the best possible results both academically and socially. Congratulations to the teachers that have put so much time and clear dedication into the comments for each of the students.  Mr Beer and I have enjoyed reading every report in the school.

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Preparations for 2015 Classes

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Classes have been finalised this week ready for staff to meet their class on the last day of school.

Classes for 2015

Foundation/Prep – Room 1 - Mrs Bruhn (Prep Co-ordinator) and Mrs Heaft-Floramo

Prep – Room 2 – Miss Boyle (Prep Transition Coordinator)

Year 1/2 – Room 4 - Miss Melsen (Unit Co-ordinator)

Year 1/2 - Room 5 - Ms Scholz 

Year 1/2 – Room 6 – Mrs Birch

Year 1/2 – Room 7 – Miss Hazel 

Year 3/4 - Room 12 - Mrs Baird (Unit Co-ordinator) 

Year 3/4 - Room 13 – Mr Thompson

Year 3/4 - Room 14 – Mrs Cornwall

Year 3/4 - Room 15 – Mrs Brown

Year 5/6 – Room 8 – Mr McInerney (Unit Co-ordinator)

Year 5/6 – Room 9 – Ms Hill (Monday and Tuesday) and Ms Hawkes (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).

Year 5/6 – Room 10 – Support room

Year 5/6 – Room 11 – Mr Baker

Mr Sparks - ICT specialist, school ICT Co-ordinator and Year 5/6 support.

Mr Pettit – PE/Health specialist, School Sport Co-ordinator.

Mrs Louise Kent - Prep-2 Lote

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