On the last Thursday of Term 2 Irymple Primary Football and Netball teams travelled to Red Cliffs Primary School to play for the world famous ‘Beer Cup’. Both Netball teams played very well and recorded strong victories. The Football team also performed very well and won by five goals. Students from both schools displayed great sportsmanship and enjoyed the competition.
The ‘Beer Cup’ is now back with Irymple Primary School!
Welcome back to all families and students for Term 3. We are ready for a big term of learning and extracurricular activities such as Athletics Sports, Year 3 and 4 Camps and many more classroom level activities.
Recently we have become more aware of student use of dangerous smartphone Apps. Technology, especially if you’re a little behind the times, can be very deceptive. Your children may be downloading Apps that you think are innocent and just a simple way for them to keep in contact with their buddies, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. As parents we may let ourselves fall into the way of thinking that the technology is safe because it is made by a big company and also think that your children know more about being safe online than you.
To keep your children safe, it is best that you monitor their phone, iPod and other devices. Look through their apps, texts and pictures. Ask questions; get to know what they are using, who they are talking to and what the interactions are really all about. This is not invading their privacy, it is just parenting.
Make yourself aware of some of the dangerous apps out there by viewing the Cyber-Safety Advice top menu here on our school website.
Congratulations to all the Year 5 and Year 6 students and teachers for their wonderful fundraising effort late last term, which enabled the ability to give such a large gift of money to Mildura Base Hospital’s Children's’ Ward.
Children from Year 6 presented the award to a Nurse from the Unit. It was very well organised and the menu consisting of a piece of pizza, a patty cake and drink was enjoyed by most of the students in the school.
Congratulations to the two Semester 2 Captains and Vice Captains. The day to day interaction and good citizenship is of prime importance along with the written application. It is a most important selection. Thank you to all the other students who applied and for their high regard for the position. We wish them all the best in their leadership roles.
Captains: Tyler Garraway and Sasha Gifford
Vice Captains: Brooke Hards and Brayden Lloyd
Next week’s assembly is only for the presentation of School Captains and Vice Captains badges along with the Benetook Chooks certificates for classrooms. The next assembly which is in week 4 will return to normal procedure.
In the next week the Annual Parent Opinion survey will be distributed to random families selected by the DEECD’s Computer system. If selected, you will receive an information letter and survey to be placed in a sealed envelope which is sent away unopened. The only thing we record is your name and we tick it off when the survey is returned. Approximately 50 families will receive a survey and it should take no more than 10 -15 minutes to complete. The teachers have a survey to complete as well as the students. The responses are matched to the parent survey to gauge trends from the whole school community which is then released in each year’s Annual Report. Parents also have a comment section which is scanned and returned to the school without any identifiers. If you receive a survey please return it as soon as possible to the front office only, as we are expected to encourage a 100% return rate.
Prep Enrolments are due to be left at the front office if they have not already been completed. We have strong enrolments so far. Please reassure interested parents that it is of no consequence whether children have attended a particular room at Irymple Kindergarten or what Kindergarten they have attended. We are in quite a unique situation where many parents avail themselves of Kindergartens in town as it is closer to parent work situations. Most years we draw children from at least 5 different Pre School Kindergartens or Early Learning Centres. We ask that all new parents make an appointment to have a chat if they are unsure of their child’s readiness or if they are concerned about friendship groups that they have outside of the school prior to starting.
Thank you to the outgoing Captains and Vice Captions from Semester 1 (Annabel Hocking, James Prictor, Siaan Brookes and Jackson Costa). They have done an outstanding job and increased their public speaking skills enormously. We wish them all the best as they continue to be leaders in the school.
Best wishes to Ms Caitlin Hill who will be commencing Maternity Leave next Wednesday. She will be taking leave for the rest of the year and will return in 2015. We hope that the next few weeks are relaxing and that the new arrival will bring much joy to her family.