Well done to all our students academically. All children have made terrific gains over the term. We can hold our heads very high at local, state and international level. We have a wonderful school community and our strong values of ‘pride’, ‘respect’, ‘safety’ and ‘learning’ are known by all our students. We are very proud of all of our capabilities and are confident that if a parent was to visit at any time we would be happy to take them around without a booking. We look forward to attracting new Prep students each year and offering them the best possible start to their Education with experienced teachers. We are always happy to show new families around and to answer any questions about our School and our curriculum. We are positive and really looking forward to Term 4 and the planning for 2016 which began with unpacking our ‘Indicative Budget’ this week.
Photos from the Infant Swimming Program last week.
Photos from Footy Colours Day
Thank you to everyone who has come into the school to assist with Reading in Term 3. Another big group of parents have assisted with transport and some have joined in on short and longer excursions as additional supporters. Some of the more notable ones have been the Swan Hill Camp and the Roses Gap Camp finishing tomorrow. The school community support we get to undertake such excursions is greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to the many children that have exceeded 150 nights reading this year. We cannot make children read at home and we cannot force parents to assist, but as a general rule we all make time to do what we think is ‘important’ or ‘enjoyable’. Some children might make use of the coming holidays with parent help to borrow free books from the town library.
Children that read regularly generally do much better at school overall. What is sometimes forgotten is the amazing help that good reading skills give to success in Mathematics. Family times are precious and sitting next to a child and reading to them is something that passes all too quickly as they grow up. It is also a very effective way to develop the marvellous visualisation skills that children can use for improved comprehension. Children from birth to around 12 years of age can be read to with significant enjoyment being gained by the parent as well as the children.
Thank you to all the parents and relatives who have attended our assemblies this term. We know that parents cannot always come with work and family commitments, but each week we get a large number of people visiting and helping us to acknowledge the achievement and effort of children as they strive to learn each week. We celebrate the ‘effort’ that students put into their learning as well as ‘academic excellence’ and the ‘Worker of the Fortnight’ goes to a student with a personal habit that celebrates solid learning habits of the mind which include ‘persistence’, ‘resilience’, ‘taking risks’, ‘having empathy’ and ‘respect for others’.
Thank you to all the students that represented our school so well on Tuesday. It was gratifying to hear back from staff that the sportsmanship and behaviour of the students was exemplary. With such a range of sports available almost every boy and girl in Year 5 and Year 6 was able to participate in at least one sport. All teams had an enjoyable day where they played games against Nichols Point P.S. and Irymple South P.S. Our boys A Basketball team have qualified for the Division Finals which will be held on October 15th. A big thanks to Irymple Secondary College students for assisting with umpiring, scoring and coaching our students on the day.
Please remind anyone that you know, that may be wishing to enrol a Foundation/Prep student in 2016, to hand in their enrolment form at the office before the Term break. We will be working on staffing allocations early next term and need firm numbers.
Once again in 2016 all Prep to Year 2 children will be taught LOTE (Italian) by Mrs Louise Kent who has led our LOTE Program in 2015.
We wish Ms Hazel and her partner Shane all the best for her ‘Maternity Leave’ which will commence on Friday. Ms Hazel will be replaced by Miss Shakeira Chislett who is returning from leave. She is excited to be back and she is looking forward to catching up with all the children in the school that she knows so well.
Thank you to Mr Ian Campbell for his work in Mrs Brown’s class for the past weeks. The children have enjoyed his teaching experience and ‘tricks of the trade’ learnt over many years. We appreciate his commitment to our school and care for the students during this time.
Thank you to all the staff and the parents that accompanied the children on each camp this year. The parents were Mrs Ali Primarano, Mrs Tonya Gordon and Mr John Carra. Without the support of parents the cost of such camps would be prohibitive and we would not be able to meet the student to adult ratio with the appropriate gender mix. It also allows for groups on camp to be of a reasonable size. We hope to share some camp photographs with you early next term.
We hope that all families enjoy the time with their children and make the most of not being rushed or having to work around the school routine. Teachers and children alike are looking forward to the opportunity to have a break and do some things of interest with their families.
October is Walk to School Month when Victorian Primary School students are encouraged to walk, ride or scoot to and from school to highlight ways children can improve their health and wellbeing.
By getting involved in Walk to School your school can help students learn healthy habits and achieve the 60 minutes of physical activity recommended for children each day.
Walking to school can also help reduce traffic congestion, parking difficulties and the associated environmental impacts.
All participating schools will receive student certificates to celebrate their students’ achievements and will be in the running for regional prizes provided by VicHealth.
All students can enter VicHealth’s fun walking-themed competitions throughout October.
This year Healthy Together Mildura are promoting this initiative within schools throughout the region.
A prize will be given to the class of each participating school that has the highest number of students that walk/ride to school throughout the month of October.
The class with the highest participants that walk/ride to school each day throughout October wins a trip to Inflatable World (located at Lifestyle Plus, Mildura).
So rest up these school holidays and be ready with your walking boots for day 1 of next term, get involved, get active and stride for the prize where there is plenty of fun to be had.