The Melbourne trip is now complete with very good reports all round for the student’s’ behaviour and level of learning. Thank you very much to Mrs Wake, Mr Beer and Mr McInerney for attending the camp with the children. It is not easy for staff to be away from their families for such a long time. Thank you also to Mrs Higgs for attending the camp to assist with the supervision of the female contingent. We thank all the parents who gave their children the opportunity to go. We realise that families often go without themselves to ensure that their children have such opportunities.
On Monday night two cars were identified on camera as the drivers ripped up the grounds on the school oval. The Police were called and photographic evidence collected. At this point in time one person has admitted to the damage and has offered to work with our groundsman to fix the damage and pay for the top dressing required. If anyone can assist with the identification of the second person please call the Police or the school.
Netbooks: Leaving Students
Students with Lease-to-Purchase Netbooks that are leaving the school at the end of the year and are not returning at the start of next year must have their netbook returned to its factory settings so that it can be taken with them. This just means it will have the school software removed and replaced with the original Windows software that it came with when it was purchased. This is known as factory settings. Netbooks will automatically become unusable if taken from the school and not returned to factory settings. All Year 6 Lease-to-Purchase student netbooks will be returned to factory settings ready to take home in their final week of school. Any other students from Year 3-5 not returning next year should also see Mr Sparks to ensure this process is completed prior to leaving.
Netbooks: Returning Students
At the end of each year we complete a thorough check over of all student Lease-to-Purchase netbooks. This includes updating software, completing any repairs that may be required and cleaning and preparing netbooks for the start of the next school year. It is essential that all student netbooks are returned for this process to take place in a timely manner next Friday 4th of December. Year 5 students on camp may return their netbook to Mr Sparks on the following Monday. Netbooks should be taken to Mr Sparks at 8:45am on Friday 4th December.
Best wishes to the Year 5 students and staff for their Lake Cullulleraine camp next week. We have had great support from parents with this Camp as well and as always the children will no doubt enjoy their time away. Ms Chislett and Ms Melsen will be assisting with supervision at Lake Cullulleraine this year.
Unfortunately a number of children have been experiencing a vomiting bug that is lasting about 24 - 48 hours and seems to be accompanied by headache/dizziness. If your child is unwell in this regard, please keep them home so that other children are not infected and so that we do not have an ongoing situation where large numbers of children miss out on school and some of the special end of year activities.
The school is bound by DET to ensure that all parents and all children are never exposed to another abusive parent or have to listen to unacceptable language before, during or after school. Schools are classified as ‘private property’ and anyone that does not model the very best of behaviour can be precluded from coming on to school grounds. It is called a ‘Trespass Order ‘and can be enforced by law. It is disappointing when only one or two parents each year, in the entire school population choose to do this and go against all that we work and strive for daily.
Please be aware that under no circumstances is the double OUT roads to be used as an Entry. This week again there has been reports of a near miss. We ask that everyone please use the entrance adjacent to the Uniting Church on Sandilong Avenue. The current traffic arrangements are for the safety of the majority of people. A second area of concern is the parking across the southern side of Sandilong Avenue and children walking and running across the road to get in the family car. With so many vehicles in the vicinity everyone must be extremely careful to ensure the safety of all children.
As the Prep Transition days continue the parents and children involved get a better idea of what next year will feel like. So far the new students have coped very well with the visits and the new Mums and Dads have had brief opportunities to chat with each other. We had the majority of parents stay for a snack and drink last week. Many took the opportunity to order their school uniforms and to ask some valuable questions. This week the children spent some time in Room 1 and Room 2 with their respective teachers. Next week they will spend some time in the opposite room with a different teacher.
Teacher allocations for 2016 classes are currently being made. We thank people who took the time to send in a special request form in the time frame provided. We will always do our best to accommodate genuine requests that will contribute to the best learning environment for individual children. Sometimes however parent requests conflict with other parent requests and we then do our best to consider what we see as the best option based on school interactions between children. Please do not assume that if you have requested your child to be with someone that the parent of the other child always feels the same. Sometimes it is not discussed between the parents, but one parent, even though the children are friends and the parents are friends - one child may need some time and space to develop individually. Sometimes we may notice as teachers two children that are friends, but one totally dominated the other socially and if allowed to continue can be a barrier to developing the necessary skills for later life.
On Wednesday 17th November, we saw our 2016 Preps come to school to commence their first transition day. Thank you to the Prep team for organising the event for the new students, to the parents already at this school and to the staff who assisted with preparing the parent morning tea, information sharing and chat in the staff room. The support of past parents is very much appreciated in this process. It can be an overwhelming time for parents and the child if it’s their first child to start school. We hope that with a strong transition program like we have the most likely people to be upset on the first day of school next year is the parents. The children were fantastic and seemed to enjoy the planned activities.
This term we have had a number of requests from parents with children who are moving to this area from interstate. Usually they will ask for a tour of the school and enrolment forms, based on a thorough reading about our school from our website that is maintained by Mr Sparks. Without his expertise and the many good news stories that are generated by our students academically and sporting wise, we would not have such an interesting website. Next week, we will welcome Olivia Metcalfe into Prep from Darwin, in the northern Territory. We wish her family all the best at our school.
A big thank you to everyone who assisted the Prep-2 staff with the organising and supervising of the Infant activities over Thursday and Friday. The students enjoyed a full day of activities today and had a wonderful day. Thank you also to the staff who slept over on Thursday night with the children.