Teacher allocations for 2016 classes are currently being made. We thank people who took the time to send in a special request form in the time frame provided. We will always do our best to accommodate genuine requests that will contribute to the best learning environment for individual children. Sometimes however parent requests conflict with other parent requests and we then do our best to consider what we see as the best option based on school interactions between children. Please do not assume that if you have requested your child to be with someone that the parent of the other child always feels the same. Sometimes it is not discussed between the parents, but one parent, even though the children are friends and the parents are friends - one child may need some time and space to develop individually. Sometimes we may notice as teachers two children that are friends, but one totally dominated the other socially and if allowed to continue can be a barrier to developing the necessary skills for later life.
On Wednesday 17th November, we saw our 2016 Preps come to school to commence their first transition day. Thank you to the Prep team for organising the event for the new students, to the parents already at this school and to the staff who assisted with preparing the parent morning tea, information sharing and chat in the staff room. The support of past parents is very much appreciated in this process. It can be an overwhelming time for parents and the child if it’s their first child to start school. We hope that with a strong transition program like we have the most likely people to be upset on the first day of school next year is the parents. The children were fantastic and seemed to enjoy the planned activities.
This term we have had a number of requests from parents with children who are moving to this area from interstate. Usually they will ask for a tour of the school and enrolment forms, based on a thorough reading about our school from our website that is maintained by Mr Sparks. Without his expertise and the many good news stories that are generated by our students academically and sporting wise, we would not have such an interesting website. Next week, we will welcome Olivia Metcalfe into Prep from Darwin, in the northern Territory. We wish her family all the best at our school.
A big thank you to everyone who assisted the Prep-2 staff with the organising and supervising of the Infant activities over Thursday and Friday. The students enjoyed a full day of activities today and had a wonderful day. Thank you also to the staff who slept over on Thursday night with the children.
As the end of the school year approaches it is time for us to begin to prepare Netbooks for the 2016 school year. Therefore all Grades 3 - 6 leased Netbooks, chargers and cases will need to be returned to the school by Friday 4th December. Students leaving at the end of the year with Lease to Purchase netbooks will have their devices prepared at this time as mentioned during our information evenings. A reminder note will be sent home during week 9.
We’ve noticed that many parents are parking along Sandilong Ave (14th St side) to pick up their child/ren. Please make sure that if you’re parking on the other side of the road and your child has to cross over to get to you that you talk to them about road safety. It has been brought to our attention that there was a near miss this week when a child ran across Sandilong Ave and was nearly hit by a car.
Please be on the lookout as you drop off and collect children as we have seen another snake in the school yard and fortunately it was successfully removed.
Excellent behaviour on the ‘school buses’ is expected at all times. We rely on the assistance of parents to remind their children to be safe and courteous always to the bus driver and all other travellers. This applies to waiting for, travelling on and during change over times. The vast majority of children do the right thing all the time and make us very proud of their behaviour as they travel to and from school. I am particularly pleased with the way many of the older children look out for the younger ones from our school.
Well done to all the students who are in school uniform every day of the week. It shows great pride and respect for themselves. It also demonstrates how much the parents value our school image. It is wonderful to see everyone on assembly days for example, when the whole school is together, to be so neat and well presented. We have a few senior students lately experimenting with clothes that are not uniform - we would hope that the correct uniform replaces it immediately.
As the end of the year draws near please have an extra look for any small readers or library books that may be sitting on bookshelves, under beds, in cupboards or shared rooms. Each year we get a handful back in the last couple of weeks. We ask that everyone has a special check this week and return any readers, even if you have had them for quite a while. On average, these seemingly very small and cheap looking books are in fact around $8 to $10 each to replace. With little children we know that some will become damaged, but we are happy to get them back and repair them if this is at all possible. On the whole the care of our readers and library books is absolutely outstanding and we thank everyone for their effort in this regard.
Please do not leave your orders or purchases till the last week of term. We like to give the ladies plenty of time to process the orders and to fill every student’s need.
Concert practise is going well and a polished performance is assured from each class. This year the 3/4 Unit will put on a special dance performance as a Unit and we look forward to this very much as I believe the audience may well be asked to join in, in some fashion. Classes requiring any special costumes will have already been notified in writing as to what is required.