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Sports Day – 19th August

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We would like to encourage parents to keep some time available if you have the opportunity to visit your child on Sports Day which is scheduled for Wednesday 19th August. All parents are welcome to attend and watch their children participate. Some parents may be asked to briefly assist at some of the events. Please avail yourselves of a cuppa, drink and biscuit at the school Canteen on the day. Get in early and have your House T- shirts organised well in advance of the day as we are usually inundated the day before and the morning of Sports Day. The Uniform Shop is open each Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 3.00pm - 3.30pm.

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The Importance of Sleep for School-aged Children (5-12 years)

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In recent weeks we have had some very tired and unsettled children – even after just coming off the back of a break.  The importance of sleep for school age children cannot be underestimated.  Children from ages 5 to 12 often need more sleep than most adults and require around 8–10 hours of sleep. Poor or inadequate sleep can lead to children with difficult behaviours and the inability to learn.   Children that cope best with the busy school day tend to have:

  • A bedtime routine e.g. clean teeth, read a book and settle to bed.
  • A dark, cool room in summer and dark warm room in winter
  • A quiet room to sleep in
  • A comfortable bed
  • No computer, iPad, iPhone or Television in the room (noise distractions). 
  • A warm milk drink, but NOT a caffeine based drink such as coffee or tea.

Reference: Sleep Foundation

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Head Lice

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As Head Lice is an ongoing problem in all schools across Australia, we undertake regular checks at school. All the personnel at school who check the children have been trained by the Nurse at Mildura Rural City Council, when that service ceased to schools. Despite everyone’s best efforts Head Lice continues to be a problem for all schools. We ask that all parents over the next week do a personal check of all their children’s hair. We have found in the past that many of the more natural products do not have the same effect as some specialised treatments that have been around for some time. The internet offers some additional information and tips. If your child has head lice and a note is sent home, please do not feel offended. We are merely passing on the information so that it can be treated as soon as possible and so that the child can be as comfortable as possible without the dreadful itch. The first tell-tale sign before the lice are noticed is the itchiness around the ears and underneath the hair. Sometimes a second note is sent home, as if any eggs are left on the hair shaft, they are likely to hatch and cause a reinfestation. The ‘week after’ treatment recommended by most brands of product is most necessary as it is a good back up to the first treatment. Please let us know if you have discovered and treated your child as we will do a formal check of the whole class in the event that more than one person may be affected. Very few families escape the catching of lice in their school life.

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Behaviour and Participation in Major School Activities

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All students are made aware that at Irymple Primary School we like to have all students participate in all excursions, incursions and camps. We are proud of the fact that we reward children who always do the right thing day in and day out. We have a policy in place where serious behaviours that interfere with the ongoing work (education) and play of another student may incur a strike against participation in school activities (excursions, incursions and camps). It is not taken lightly and every student has the opportunity to create for themselves a new start if their poor behaviour has led to a formal ‘Strike’. We operate with a ‘3 Strike’ process and very rarely does any student get to their 3rd strike. One area where it requires further clarification is that for major camps where we pay the accommodation and the cost of entry into events up to 6 months ahead, a student who receives three strikes as a result of unacceptable behaviour will not have their money refunded as otherwise the school and all other children will need to find the finances to cover the excursion costs. Every mistake provides an opportunity to learn for the future and to do a good thing for another person. With a recognition of the opportunity to learn we use staff, parents and members of our visiting Student Service team (SSSO – from DET) to work with and counsel our students as needed. On all previous occasions we have had wonderful support from parents and are able to ensure that we continue to provide an inclusive supportive environment for all our students.

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Canteen Assistants

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Please call in and see Sue if you are able to assist in the Canteen even if only once a term (4 times per year). It is a nice way to meet new people and to meet many of our students and staff. We welcome parents with children to participate. Sue has a host of toys for helper’s children to play with in the GP room providing that a class does not need the General Purpose room at the same time.

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Parent Survey

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The survey was distributed on Monday to the randomly selected families. We do not choose who receives a survey as it is electronically selected from our enrolment list and we forward it on as directed by DET. We appreciate your time and commitment to the process. Summarised results from DET will be available later in the year. Thank you for the prompt return of so many we are very appreciative as we are asked to try and ensure that 100% are returned.

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Scouts Raffle

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Thank you to all the people who have sold their Scouts raffle book/s. Please keep up the great work and sell as many as you can. The prizes are excellent, the cause is very worthwhile (Scouts Victoria) and it helps our school raise much needed money to complete our security camera installation. It is unfortunate that each school is responsible for additional security measures beyond door locks. Particularly necessary is secure video surveillance and as you are all aware our school covers a great expanse, and to ensure the most effective coverage is in place requires a substantial investment.

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Sicknesses

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Unfortunately there have been a huge number of students away this week with a presumed virus that is causing severe vomiting and requiring several days of rest and recuperation.  We can only ask that students are reminded to wash hands before and after eating and after attending the toilet.  As always a 24 hour rule applies for return to school from the last stage of the illness whether it be diarrhoea or vomiting whichever is last.

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Wednesday’s  Assembly

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The school captains presented their outstanding speeches at Wednesday’s assembly. The Badge presentation will be at our Assembly in 2 weeks. Thank you to the parents that attended the presentation.  They will now have 6 months to develop lifelong leadership skills.  Best wishes to: 

Captains:  Jack Kirby and Linzi Higgs

Vice Captains:  Phoebe Stephens and Paige McLean.

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School Netbook Program News

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We are very proud of the success of our school netbook program. Our school has one of the highest student netbook lease-to-purchase ratios in the district. Later this term we will be presenting an information evening to families and caregivers. The purpose of this evening is to explain how the program works including; why it has been successful, how netbooks are used in the classroom and the benefits and cost to families. Look out for a note being sent home soon.

Wayne Sparks

ICT Co-ordinator

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eSmart Online Safety Tip

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We live in a mobile world and as such, parents are buying their children iPod touches, Android tablets, and smartphones. It simply is what people do nowadays but do you know what apps your children have installed on these devices? Do you know if they are age appropriate or if there are dangers that your children could be exposed to? 

Consider taking an app inventory periodically and know what each app does and stay in touch with the technology. The new eSafety website provides excellent information to support parents and caregivers to get the facts and understand the risks. 

Visit www.safety.gov.au or follow the links on our cybersafety menu (above).

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