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Thank you to all the parents and relatives that attended the ceremony today.  Students each year in Year 5 and Year 6 show us how well informed they are about the importance of ANZAC day. The prior preparation by the senior students once again was commented upon by many visitors and is a credit to the children and the teachers in the Senior Unit.  Thank you to Sue in the Canteen for making the home made biscuits including ANZAC biscuits for parents to enjoy with their cup of tea or coffee. Thank you to all the classes that created Wreaths for the occasion.

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2016 Foundation (Prep) Enrolments

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From 1st May, 2015 we will be making available information packages for parents who wish to enrol a student in 2016.  If you already have other children at school please call in and collect an enrolment form from the office.  Having a close idea of numbers is of great advantage to us for forward planning.  If you know of any families that have yet to decide please tell them to call in for a visit or to arrange a time to be shown around the school and be given the opportunity to talk with the current Foundation (Prep) teachers and students. Please also see our 2016 Dates for Prospective Parents.

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Late to School

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Unfortunately a number of parents are not managing to get their child/ren to school on time and it is impacting on their children’s start to the day and the start of learning for all other students in the class.  If the 9.00am bell has already gone, parents are requested to accompany their children to the office and sign the Late Register.  The student will be given a RED late pass and will proceed to class immediately.  As the roll is marked first thing in the morning it can then be adjusted.  We are well aware that sometimes Dentist and Doctors’ appointments need to be made early and may result in a late arrival at school. The difficulty for a school is when children are late and head straight to class without anyone being aware of their time of arrival and true whereabouts.  This is especially upsetting for young children whose class may be at Library, Art, ICT or PE.  We have a settling in period before the bell and this is a vital part of the day.  No child will be admitted to class without a RED pass after 9.00 a.m. and we ask that all parents assist us so that we know where all children are at all times. We require an accurate record of their attendance or part attendance.

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ANZAC ON THE WALL

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On Friday 17th April the School Captains and Vice Captains went to see an ANZAC performance at the Mildura Art Centre by Jim Brown and Vince Brophy called ANZAC on the Wall. It was an interesting performance that told stories and songs about the ANZAC’s. We were also lucky enough to have our picture taken with Jim Brown, Vince Brophy and the Lone Pine guitar. We all really enjoyed the performance.

by Jack Baird
Room 8

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School Uniform

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With the onset of the cooler weather we have a few students  who are wearing colourful jackets, basketball shorts, colourful shoes and jeans.  None of these items are a part of our School uniform.  We are advising that students who wear items other than School uniform will not be permitted to be considered for or remain in representative situations (Class Captains or School Captains) or participate in interschool sport, excursions, school camps or leadership opportunities.  Occasionally a difficulty arises due to unforseen family circumstances such as a broken down washing machine, ill health, heavy rain or a parental change over the weekend.  Such cases might necessitate an alternative uniform item and we understand this may occur on odd occasions, and can be easily accompanied by a brief note from a parent or guardian.  If anyone has difficulty getting uniforms for their children we have a few second hand supplies available for minimal cost. The uniform shop hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 3.00pm till 3.30pm. Please note that the shoes that accompany the School uniform should be black when renewed. They can be leather or in a jogger type of style. We wish to keep the neat and tidy look of our uniform a priority going forward.

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Student Survey

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Next week all the Year 5 and 6 students will be required to complete the ‘Attitudes to School Survey’ that will be collated with all other responses across the State.  We receive a summary, but no individual results are recorded or ever returned to the school.  Results are not available until later in the year.  When they arrive they will be shared with the School community.

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Canteen Helpers

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We would like to extend a welcome to any parents that feel that they could give one or two days service to the Canteen each term.  Without additional help the ability of the Canteen to trade for three days remains viable.  If there is anyone that feels they are able to assist could they please leave their name and number at the office or call in and see Sue on one of the Canteen days.  Just one day a term would be of great assistance.  We hope to be able to increase the number of available people that the load can be shared with.

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Welcome Back

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Welcome back to Term 2.  We hope everyone enjoyed the company of their children while not having to work within a school timetable.  We wish everyone a safe and happy term at school.  Term 2 is a busy term and includes: Anzac Day, School Cross Country, NAPLAN assessment, Mid - Year reports, Prep Open Days, Education Week, hosting student teachers and many more.

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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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The Mathematics and English testing that is Australia wide will take place on 12th, 13th and 14th May, 2015. 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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Interschool Cross Country

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On Monday May 18, 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 tryouts that will be held during lunchtimes during the fourth week of the term. This year’s School Cross Country will be held on Wednesday June 17 to give students more time to prepare for the event and to not interfere with preparing the students for NAPLAN and 5/6 Interschool Sport.

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 13th 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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