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At today's end of term assembly Mr Baker bravely participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge in support for people living with motor neurone disease (MND).

The Ice Bucket Challenge is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. The challenge encourages nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same.

Well done Mr Baker!

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Artists of the Fortnight

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Congratulations to our latest Artist of the Fortnight: Katina created a colourful bee Artwork, Dylan used cardboard to create a fantasy painting and Libby used clay to create a colourful mask. Amazing works of art by great students! Well done!

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Assembly Thanks

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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 ‘Student of the Fortnight’ goes to a student with a personal habit each fortnight that celebrates solid learning habits of the mind that include such habits as ‘persistence’, ‘resilience’, ‘taking risks’, ‘having empathy’ and ‘respect for others’.  The highlight of the last assembly of the term is the Art Awards prepared by Mrs Birch for always doing the right thing by oneself and others, and for assisting others in the Art Room.

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Classroom Helpers and Excursion Helpers

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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, Rose’s Gap Camp and the Hockey tournaments at Swan Hill and Melbourne.  The school community support we get to undertake such excursions is greatly appreciated.

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Melbourne Hockey Trip

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Congratulations to the girls that participated at the highest level of School Hockey competition in the state.  To win a game, draw a game and lose by the smallest margin demonstrates the high level of skills that the children have. Thank you to Mr Beer and Mrs Wisneske for driving the bus to and from Melbourne.  Thank you also to Miss Melsen for coaching the team at each major tournament.  We would like to sincerely thank Mildura Primary School, for allowing us to borrow their School Bus for the trip. It considerably cut the cost of the overall trip for the children.  It was terrific to see the new sports uniforms on the students for the tournament and we thank all the sponsors that made that possible – these were AZZCO, Solar Systems and the Parents’ Club.

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Nightly Reading

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In a previous article in a newsletter earlier in the term I included some information on the use of Reading Levels and how they are used in our school.  We also aim to instil the need to read for at least 20 to 30 minutes each night for all children at our school.  

Congratulations to the many children that have exceeded 150 nights reading.  We unfortunately have a few children in each class that report that they are ‘too busy to read’ each night. 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.

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Lightning Premiership Results

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Thank you to all the students that represented our school so well on Tuesday.  It was gratifying to hear back from the staff that went, that the sportsmanship and behaviour of the students was exemplary.  With such a range of sports available almost every boy and girls in Year 5 and Year 6 was able to participate in either Basketball, Softball or Volleyball.  

Congratulations to the girls softball team who were successful in qualifying for the Sunraysia Zone Interschool Sports.

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Technology Advice to Parents - Messaging Services

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Most parents are aware that children with iPhones, iPads and iPods have access to free instant messaging services such as iMessage and other social networking apps. Other devices including Netbooks can provide similar access to these types of services and we cover many appropriate home technology safety points at our netbook evenings. Importantly we ask parents to ensure that children are ONLY using age-appropriate websites, services and apps and that all access constitutes appropriate fair and safe use. Here are some points to consider;

  • What time of the evening is your home technology cut-off?
  • Do you monitor what apps your children are using?
  • Are the apps age-appropriate? Many apps not only have age-recommendations but also government laws that need to be adhered to. Try checking on the app-store at the recommendations to start with.
  • Is the content of messages and conversation between friends appropriate? Checking on them is not invading their privacy, rather just good parenting.
  • Are all the conversations wanted by all those receiving the messages. If some parties want to be removed from a group chat it is only fair they be removed.
  • Inappropriate and unmonitored use of technology can very easily lead to interruption to sleeping routines which can seriously affect children’s learning at school.

Thanks for your on-going support in these matters. If you feel you would like more information or support please do not hesitate to contact us at the school and look out for more technology tips in our newsletters.

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Enrolment Reminder

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Please remind anyone that you know, that may be wishing to enrol a Foundation student in 2015, 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.

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Compulsory LOTE (Languages Other than English) in 2015

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Next year all Prep to Year 2 children will be taught LOTE (Italian) by Mrs Louise Kent who is returning from maternity leave in Term 1.  She is very excited about returning to Irymple Primary School and we are looking forward to having her teach our Language (Italian) program.  She is a qualified Primary teacher and a qualified LOTE teacher.  Over the coming 6 years we will be required to provide a LOTE program to all students in the school.   We will develop it slowly and with care.

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Holiday Wishes

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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 opportunities to have a break and do some things of interest with their families.

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