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It was great to see so many children walking to school today. Thank you to all the staff that walked with the children and to a small number of parents who were also able to assist with the walk.

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Congratulations to all the Grade 3-6 students who participated in the Sunraysia Interschool Cross Country on Monday May 18. All students were able to complete their races in excellent times against the best from other schools. We have 5 students who have qualified to run in St Arnaud later in the term. Zac Stainer, Jett Charles, Paige McLean, Ella Baird and Jack Baird all finished top ten in their event to qualify for the Regional Cross Country. Our 11yo boys won the school team shield and our 12+yo boys and girls came second. Well done to all the students involved and a big thank you to Chris Van Dijk, Carla Kirby, Linda Primarano and Adrian Baird who assisted on the day with transport.

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Education Week

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I hope everyone was able to see our small advertisement in the Sunraysia Daily celebrating ‘State Education’ in Victoria last week. Schools are places where everyone is welcome to share the learning journey of students in their formative years. The achievement in primary school particularly in the last two years is a close indicator of the ability to be a lifelong learner capable of creating personal success. We encourage the students to never waste a day of their learning time or to miss a day of their learning time unless they are genuinely sick.

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ACER 2015 Netbooks

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It has come to our attention that a very small number of the new ACER netbooks have a fault with their trackpads. The fault only affects the ACER B115 netbooks that are new this year and causes the netbook trackpad to stop responding or become difficult to use. This fault will be repaired under warranty at no cost to families. Parts will be ordered in the coming weeks and arrangements will be made for repairs to be completed as quickly as possible. If you have any questions please speak to Mr Sparks in the BER building.

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Case of School Sores - Impetigo

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We are advising that we have had one case of ‘School Sores’ and are letting you know what to look out for and the regulations with regard to school attendance. It starts with blisters on exposed parts of the body, such as hands, legs and face. The blisters burst and turn into a sore with a yellow crust that gets bigger each day. The sores are itchy. The sores spread easily to other parts of the skin. Impetigo is easily spread to other children and adults if they touch the sores.

A child with impetigo needs to be checked by a doctor to be sure that it is impetigo; because sometimes an antibiotic medicine is required. Try to prevent your child scratching the sores as much as possible. Cover the sores with a watertight dressing and cut your child's fingernails. Continue medical treatment until all sores are healed. Your child can go back to school, kindergarten or day care after 24 hours of treatment and only when the sores are completely covered with dressings. The sores should clear up in a few days with treatment but may need to be treated again.

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Vomiting Bug Containment

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Please be aware that a number of students have had a relatively severe vomiting bug which seems to have a very quick onset. It is also a Government policy that a student must not return to school for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea. No student who has vomited the day before or the morning of a school day should attend school on that day. This is to protect other children, families and teachers. It is also to ensure the care and comfort of the children as they recover. Please remind all children to wash their hands carefully and to make a special effort to wash hands at the end of the school day before eating an afternoon snack.

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Reading

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We hope that all students can read each night to a parent or significant adult. 20 minutes across the school is the minimum. We also hope that each night a parent or guardian can sign the Reading Diary. The teachers record the night of reading and are always keen to read the diary to be able to judge the next level of reading complexity for the student. We have some children that read 7 days a week. They have already established good reading habits and have developed what we call “Reading Stamina”. Children who read often and with the intention to understand will always do well across the curriculum.

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Chris Anstey Basketball Clinic

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Jack Oldham, Jack Kirby , Jack Baird and Macey Eaton attended the Chris Anstey basketball clinic held last week at Ranfurly Primary School. The boys all had a great time learning valuable skills from Chris.

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Behaviour Expectations

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We have high expectations of behaviour for all our students. In recent weeks a couple of incidents have occurred where a child has deliberately tried to physically hurt or make other children feel uncomfortable in the playground as a result of careless and selfish actions. We have many counselling strategies that we will try in addition to direct contact with the parents of the children involved. Another strategy may involve a series of consequences at school where certain privileges will be withdrawn. On the next level the student can be suspended according to DET. As an additional consequence any student that is suspended from school may be automatically removed from the list of attending children at future excursions out of the school (including major camps) for the remainder of 2015. Trust to do the right thing all the time is essential on excursions. If behaviours cannot be appropriately self-guided at school it is unlikely that a child will be considered to travel by bus and attend an overnight stay. The safety of all children is paramount.

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Pre - School to Prep Transition

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Over the past few years as Mildura has grown the school zones or boundaries have changed to accommodate this growth. One only has to look around the school boundaries for examples of this growth. This has left some parents wondering which school is their neighbourhood school. It is possible that some prospective parents are unsure as to what to do – or who to ask about it. If you come across an undecided parent ask them to ring the school and we can assist them with their inquiries. All schools have up to date zoning maps and are more than happy to assist with inquiries. Some private schools have commenced Prep enrolments for 2016, but State School enrolments as previously advised commence now - during May. Inquiries are always welcome from this time. Whilst every school needs firm numbers for Prep enrolments as early as possible after this date, all schools expect to have some new students and students from parents who change their minds over the Christmas holidays. If you know of any prospective Prep students please refer them to me and I am more than happy to speak with them personally. If you know someone who needs an information package please refer them to the front office.

Mrs Yvonne Madden

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NAPLAN testing for 2015 completed

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National Literacy and Numeracy testing took place this week across Australia. Thanks to the sound preparation and general classroom teaching our students were given every chance to do their best. NAPLAN testing is just a snapshot in time and gives some valuable information to work on in our planning teams. Results are not delivered to the school or parents until late July/early August this year. The writing task is completed by all students from Years 3 to 6 at Irymple Primary School for senior school moderation purposes.

This year’s question asked the students to write to persuade another person to take up a sport, hobby or activity that they are interested in.

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