We have received our Parent Opinion Survey summary results and overall they are well above the state Median. However one area that parents have rated us as ‘very low’ is in response to the question, “Does you school provide any extracurricular activities?” This is quite surprising and may need some further clarification as we have a huge number of extracurricular activities that our students participate in every year. We acknowledge that we do not feed into Saturday Sports– something that the Irymple community does very well as a community. In addition to this a number of our staff play ‘Saturday Sport’ themselves and some coach and or umpire as well. We thought we would share some of the examples that are considered extra curricula activities in order to give some assistance for the 2015 process. In 2014 this was our lowest score area by a significant margin from parents. If anyone has any suggestions as to extracurricular activities that you would like our school to participate in we would love to hear form you.
- Grade 2 School Sleepover
- Meals on Wheels assistance
- Athletics sports
- Swimming sports
- Swimming Lessons
- Major Excursions which include Swan Hill, Rose’s Gap, Melbourne and Lake Cullulleraine
- Year 5/6 Leadership Course
- Grade 3/4 Activity Day
- Grade 5/6 Activity Day
- Interschool Sport – summer and winter
- Mini Show
- Lightning Premiership
If you know of any new students who have not yet enrolled please remind them to finalise their details as the transition process is well underway. Also if you are leaving the area and relocating please let us know if you have not done so. It helps us enormously with class placements and student numbers in each class if we have as much information as possible.
As you may have seen on Win television the Latrobe University students, staff of Year 3 and 4 and their grades were connected with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki who is a renowned scientist, physicist, author, television presenter and medical doctor. The session was linked directly to their classroom topic at present. Another great example of an extra curricula activity.
We welcome the Peut family to our school and wish them all the best at Irymple Primary School.
Yesterday a note went home to all parents of Year 5 and 6 children. It was to raise awareness with the parents and for parents to acknowledge that they had read our information flyer. It resulted from a number of Year 5 and 6 students using iMessage to communicate across all hours of the day and night with other class members. Much of this is taking place in the home and out of our control. The fallout however, is something that we do have to deal with when children are using the format to comment on other students in ways that cause distress and could be forwarded to the police for cyberbullying action. For all other parents this is a summary prepared by Mr Sparks on the iMessage format. We hope it will be of interest to all parents.
An iMessage is a text message sent through the Apple iOS Messages app. These are sent over Wi-Fi, therefore you do not need an iPhone – anyone with an iPod touch or iPad has iMessage available.
Unfortunately some students have been using these systems inappropriately leading to what can be described as cyber-bullying behaviour. Due to the seriousness of the impact of bullying these matters can be referred to the police.
In a recent update to Apple iOS for iPhones, iPods and iPads users can now remove themselves from group chats on iMessage. A link has been placed on our school website under the Cyber-Safety Advice menu that can guide you through the easy process (click here).
We encourage all parents and carers to monitor what your children are doing on technology at home. This is not an invasion of privacy; it is parenting by making sure children are always communicating respectfully.
All students are to have their own drink bottle filled, ready for school each day. Many already bring their water bottle which is so important in the hot weather.
Thank you to all the people that bought tickets. A big thank you also goes to the Parents’ Club for organising the Trivia Night with the host of the night Mr Beer. They have amassed a huge number of prizes for the evening. The table groups I am sure, will be keen to put some of their long stored up knowledge to good use. Good luck to all involved!
Congratulations to Annabel Hocking, Damon Dawes and Zander Lay who competed at the Regional Sports in Bendigo. Amazingly, Annabel finished in 1st place in the discus and she has now qualified to represent IPS at the State Championships in Melbourne. Damon finished 6th in long jump and Zander was ranked 8th in his discus event. Well done Annabelle, Damon and Zander!
There is no time like the present to begin the road of children towards independence in Term 4 in all the lower year levels. Some things to assist the children in the long term are to have them hang their own bags up, take their lunch boxes out and put anything in the classroom if needed and have a few minutes to play before school starts. Prep students should now be able to leave parents at a point near the classroom and be met at a particular spot to allow them to organise themselves ready for transition to Year 1. If you need to talk to the teacher at length about an issue at this stage of the year please make an appointment as morning time is an important preparation time in the room. It is ideal that lengthy inquiries about concerns or queries about 2015 should be done through an appointment and without other parents and children listening. In the junior rooms in particular there are book changes and quite a number of routines happening each morning and this time is much better spent with light-hearted conversations and greetings as it teaches the children these skills as well.
Thank you to all the parents who had their children in full school uniform. We look forward to receiving the packages back and forwarding them on to you.