Next week is the last week of term and all staff will be engaged in a Professional Learning session which will also be attended by a number of teachers from other Mildura Schools all day Thursday and Friday. All Teachers and Teacher Support Officers working in the classroom will be involved. The children will finish school for the term on Wednesday. It will be a normal finish time of 3:15pm and not 2.15pm as would occur at the end of term.
As you may be aware many of the non-government schools have already started advertising for Foundation (Prep) enrolments for the coming year (2016), and many people panic that they have to make a quick decision. At Irymple Primary School we start calling for enrolments from 1st May and will give out details to all the Kindergartens and Early Years providers in an information package during the first week of Term 2. We will also have Foundation (Prep) Information Packages available at the school office. It is a personal decision and in best not made without thorough information from the school. We have a series of open sessions where prospective parents can come in and view a Foundation (Prep) class in action and also talk to the Prep teaching staff. We also have an open evening for parents to come and experience our school’s unique information session. Please do not hesitate to talk to current parents about our great school. We rely on these parents to encourage prospective parents to make an appointment to come in and visit the school any time if they are unable to attend on our designated open days in Term 2. We have an outstanding Foundation (Prep) program and are happy to give information to any prospective parents for 2016. The full Foundation (Prep) Transition program is available on our website as well. Even though some independent schools indicate through flyers, banners and advertisements that enrolments need to be done by May, this does not apply to our local State Schools. We want people to take their time and make the best decision for their child and their family and this should not be a rushed decision. Ms Amy Boyle is the Foundation (Prep) Transition Coordinator at Irymple Primary School. Myself, Mr Beer (Assistant Principal) and Ms Boyle are the three main contacts for this process.
We would like to thank all parents for their support with the almost 100% wearing of uniforms each day and for the many parents that have ensured that their children have appropriate footwear for school. We have very few children who arrive late for school in the morning and almost without exception children are arriving happy and well-nourished from a full breakfast with their family. We have children working hard on their academic work, playing fairly and participating in sports to represent our school. There are many activities at school and out of school to look forward to and encourage all children to attend to the highest level of behaviour in order to participate in all major excursions (Swan Hill, Roses Gap, Lake Cullulleraine Camp and Melbourne Camp) and incursions such as plays and presentations. This Friday the children were involved in a Camp Quality Puppet show to raise children’s awareness of childhood cancer and the ways in which everyone can assist a fellow student or person undergoing cancer treatment.
Racism can take many forms, such as jokes or comments that cause offence or hurt;
name-calling or verbal abuse; harassment or intimidation, or public commentary that inflames hostility towards certain groups.
When racism takes place online it is known as cyber-racism. Cyber-racism can include words and images and may be communicated via websites, blogs and social networking sites, videos or email.
What can you do?
There are a number of different places to report cyber-racism depending on where you find the material. It is a good idea to keep a record of the material by taking a screen shot or copying the content into a Word document.
More information can be found under the CyberSafety menu here on our school website.
Please finalise payments as soon as possible. It would be greatly appreciated if this could be done prior to the end of Term 1. This also prevents overlap with Major Camp payments and additional pressure on parents. Thank you to all the families that have already paid.
The following students were nominated for the SSV Trials held on Wednesday.
AFL: Macey Eaton, Alex Caia, Jack Oldham, Jack Baird and Jack Kirby.
Basketball: Macey Eaton, Jack Oldham, Jack Baird and Jack Kirby. Netball: Paige McLean, Phoebe Stephens and Lila Rouse. Soccer: Ella Baird. Cricket: Alex Caia, Jack Baird and Macey Eaton.
Congratulations to Ella Baird, Paige McLean, Jack Baird and Macey Eaton who were selected to go on to the next level in Melbourne.
Thank you to all the families that have contributed to the wonderful selection of items for the Easter raffles. They will be drawn on the last Wednesday of school (week 9- last day of school for the children). Please keep the ticket sales coming in as the prizes are amazing and the Parents’ Club supports our children in a host of special areas each year with the funds to buy much needed resources.
Starting in Term 2 students that have paid the ICT levy will have the opportunity to go to the computer lab on set days for supervised activities.
Grade 1 and 2 students will be able to have free time on the computers to play games and other activities.
Grade 3 to 6 students will also have the opportunity to access free time in the computer lab as well as play Minecraft for Education.
Students that have paid the levy also have the opportunity to attend lunchtime activities with netbooks when their classroom is rostered on. All sessions will be fully supervised and activities are at all times monitored to ensure students are using the computers safely including the use of age-appropriate games and websites.
On the first Friday of next term – April 17th – the Education Department has arranged for contractors to come into our school and carry out an Asbestos Audit as part of the Department of Education’s Health and Safety Management Plan. Asbestos - which was used extensively in building materials in the past but is now banned - is considered safe unless damaged or in poor condition.
Our school was previously audited in 2004 and as a result of that audit 3 monthly inspections are carried out.
Following this audit new labelling will be installed at our school. These labels are to remind contractors to contact school reception prior to undertaking any works at the school, to ensure they have up-to-date information from the school’s asbestos register.
Please do not be alarmed by this audit or the labels that will be installed as there will be no change to the current situation regarding asbestos.
If you have any questions regarding the audit or the labels please contact Garry Beer at the school.
Term 1 has been a very busy and productive term and I would like to wish all the children, parents and teachers a safe and happy holiday.
There is currently a FREE exhibition exploring the history of education in Victoria at the Old Treasury Building Museum. If families are in Melbourne they might like to visit the exhibition as our school is featured in it. There are old photos, videos, text books and memorabilia of Victorian Schools from the late 1800’s to present. ‘School Days’, looks at life after 1872 when the Education Act became law in Victoria. More than 600 schools were built across Victoria within the first 5 years of the Education Act. Schools were affected greatly by each World War. Approximately 753 teachers enlisted in the 1st World War and 146 died. During the war students were used to raise funds to support the War effort by selling rabbit skins, selling leeches to hospitals and growing and selling vegetables.
The exhibition is pitched at all ages and runs from March to September. The Department’s Twitter account will be featuring images of schools from the past every Thursday, using the hashtag ‘#ThrowbackThursday’.