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As part of school beautification the Infant Classes have decorated large pots that have been planted with hardy plants and placed under the windows of Room 7.

Each Infant classroom will be responsible for watering the pots with a watering can.

Mrs Birch and the classes did a wonderful job decorating the pots and several students from the Senior Unit helped plant and place the pots.

Well done everybody!

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Melbourne Camp Coming Soon!

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We wish all the teachers and children all the best for the week they are away in Melbourne planned from  November 24th  - 28th.  We know that all in attendance will be very mindful of their responsibility to uphold our school values at all times.  We understand the sacrifices many parents make to be able to allow their children to attend camp.  Costs are always kept to the absolute minimum and tight budgeting is necessary to avoid cost blowouts as circumstances can change quickly for the providers of goods and services over the year that we plan a camp. 

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Christmas Concert Practise

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Most classes have commenced one or two practises a week and are perfecting their performances.  If you have any queries at all about your child’s part in the program please contact their classroom teacher.

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Foundation - Prep Orientation Sessions

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Foundation - Prep orientation sessions are to commence on Wednesday 19th November.  Many of the children already have older siblings at the school and will find school to be a familiar environment.  It is vital that if anyone is yet to complete their enrolment form that it is done this week as we must finalise the Prep staffing arrangements so that the children can meet the 2015 Prep teachers before the end of the year. On the 19th, the parents are invited to stay and have a cuppa in the staff room.

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Repeating Students

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Repeating a grade level is never done without consultation with the classroom teacher, the parent, the Unit Leader and myself.  At a later date it may, in a small number of instances, also involve paraprofessionals outside of the system such as a Social Worker, Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist or Psychologist that has worked with the student previously. Occasionally we get a parent request to consider the repeat of a year level and this is common across all schools.  Based on school wide assessment we suggest sometimes that a student repeat at HIS/HER current year level.  We will always have surveyed the social skills and academic evidence that may indicate that the child is well below an expected bench mark for the current year. 

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Beer Cup

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The prestigious Beer Cup (twice yearly Sporting Competition between Red Cliffs Primary and Irymple Primary that is named after the famous Beer brothers)will be battled out in the coming weeks. This time Red Cliffs travel to us for the Netball (two games) and a Cricket Match. I am told that only an overall draw is needed to retain the cup on this occasion so we look forward to the event.  If any Year 5 and 6 parents wish to come and watch the games they are welcome to do so.

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Book donation

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Thank you very much to the Carinya Branch of the CWA for donating $300 worth of books to our school library.  Mrs Humphrey was able to select the books from Big W for our children and we appreciate the donation and the fact that the ladies personally delivered the books to the school.  Unfortunately we took a lovely photo of the books with the ladies, but it was taken on their camera so we do not have a copy to share with you.

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Jump Rope for Heart

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This week we received a  certificate of thanks for the money students raised in Term 3  for Jump Rope for Heart. The final amount raised was $4,132.55 which is a fantastic effort from all students. We thank families for their support of this activity. Prizes for the students will be sent home soon.

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Artists of the Fortnight

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Congratulations to our latest Artist of the Fortnight; Aston followed the design brief to create an original collage that reflects his understanding of ‘heat’, Diamond showed excellent drawing skills to create a ‘one point’ perspective drawing and Jodie worked consistently to create a landscape using textured rubbing plates.. Great work from awesome students!

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Prep Presenters to 2015 parents

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Laini Lynch, Luca Primarano and Chloe Carra did a wonderful job speaking to the 2015 Prep parents last Wednesday. Thank-you! 

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Year 5 and 6 Film night – RSPCA fundraiser

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Thank you to all the parents and children who came with their families.  It has been so good to see Year 5 and 6 students planning and executing a range of activities in Term 4 to serve each other and the community in which they live. Thank you to all the year 5 and 6 staff for their organisation and supervision on the night.

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