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Please ensure that all children have adequate water and a suitable water bottle for inside use during hot weather.  We do have bubble taps, but this requires leaving the room to be able to get a drink.  Many drink bottles are lost at school due to the fact that the name washes off.  A ‘permanent marker’ is needed and may still need to be gone over a couple of times a term.  An ideal way to handle the bottles is to half fill and freeze and then add cold water in the morning.  This gives immediate drinking water and time for the ice to melt. A hand towel wrapped around with a rubber band on it helps to prevent the condensation from getting on items in the bag or on the school tables.

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Invoices for Requisite Payments were distributed in the past two weeks.  Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any queries.  Thank you very much to the many families that have already paid. Prompt payment assists us a great deal to cover the thousands of dollars of requisites that we order to start the school year.

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Please collect a nomination form (either pink or yellow) if you wish to nominate a person or nominate yourself for the 2016 School Council.  Once completed and returned to the office, Mrs Jenner will receive all nominations and place them into a secure box.  

Closing date is 4.00pm Friday 19th February.

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Foundation (Prep) Testing

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Thank you to all the parents who have brought their children in for the testing each Wednesday.  Thank you for being so considerate of others and being on time and keeping to the schedules outlined.  If you have any queries regarding your child’s academic progress please make another appointment. Several families missed their allotted appointments and will need to make urgent contact with the teacher to organise another time.

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Parent –Teacher ‘Meet and Greet’ Sessions

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These are coming up soon.  They are an opportunity to tell the teacher a little about your child so that the teacher can best meet their individual needs.  On the odd occasion parents have raised major concerns and these can always be forward scheduled at a time allowing for a longer conversation or may even involve myself or Mr Beer as they remain outside the purpose of this session.  We get an almost 100% attendance of parents and we hope this year is the same.  The time is allocated for the parent and the teacher only.  If parents have to bring their children they are free to wait nearby. Days allotted are:

Years 1 and 2 – Tuesday 16th February

Years 3 and 4 – Thursday 18th February

Years 5 and 6 - Wednesday 24th February

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TWO Way Exit From the School

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Please follow the road rules as there have been several near misses after school with vehicles using the two way exit.  The left lane is only for cars turning left and the right lane is only for cars turning right.   Thank you for your help in this matter.

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Prep and New Parents to the School BBQ Night

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Thank you to all the parents, carers and children for attending the very warm evening on Tuesday and enjoying  the BBQ and salads.  Thank you also to all the staff that attended on the night.

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Bus Travellers

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We are reminding all children who travel on buses that while they are on the bus they are still under school expectations of exemplary behaviour.  School suspension policies cover all travel to and from school on school buses.  We have a large number of children who travel by bus and the vast majority do the right thing every day.  Bus lines can refuse to carry any student who does not respect the rights of other students and paying passengers.  ‘Suspension’ as a result of poor behaviour may see the removal of other school privileges throughout the year.

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Congratulations to 2016 House Captains

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At assembly on Wednesday our 2016 House Captains and Vice-Captains were presented with their badges. They were voted in by their peers and will have many opportunities to assist their fellow students throughout the year. 

Their first big task will be to assist at our Swimming Carnival for Years 3-6 on Thursday 10th  March.

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Welcome back to all our ongoing students and a special welcome to all our new families.  This year we welcomed students as far away as Darwin, Perth, Broken Hill, South Australia and the Cook Islands. We hope all students have a wonderful year with their teachers for 2016.  The Preps had a fantastic start and looked terrific in their new uniforms.  Thank you to all the parents who assisted their children to be in full school uniform to start the year.  Especially pleasing was to see so many of the students who purchased new shoes and purchased our school’s preferred black leather or black joggers

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The Importance of Getting the Home Reading Established from Day 1

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We consider Home Reading as an essential part of our Home Work program.  It is expected that all children in every year level read for 20 to 30 minutes each day at home with the reader or reading material that has been deemed suitable for home reading (able to be read with at least 96% accuracy).  Most children have made a start already this year. Books to record reading or a format produced by the teacher is always available for students to use.  We find without exception that the children who read the most, do very well academically at school.  If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s reading or the recording of reading each night be sure to see their classroom teacher for an early chat.

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Invoices for Requisite Payments were distributed this week.  Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any queries.  Thank you to all the parents who have already paid.  It is essential that all the parents pay this requisite in order for us to provide all the necessary resources to the children for the entire year.

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