Thank you to all the parents and friends who attended our trivia night on Friday evening. It was a lovely spring evening and enjoyed by all that attended. The work done by so many Parents’ Club members, Mr Beer (the host) and Mr Sparks (the recorder and music man) was outstanding and allowed for a free flowing evening laced with lots of prizes (all very generous donations from the surrounding community). Thank you to everyone who assisted with the clean-up and pack up, it was very much appreciated.
Photos here soon!
Thank you to Mrs Bruhn, Miss Boyle and Mrs Crouch for preparing and presenting the Prep Information Evening on Wednesday. Thank you to Miss Boyle who has co-ordinated the transition process for 2014 in readiness for our new Preps in 2015. Thank you also to Mrs Muller and Ms Melsen for assisting with babysitting so that the parents could attend the session. It is always so nice to see the new and returning parents feeling the excitement of sending another one of their children to school. Three of our current Prep children came dressed in their school uniform to talk about their Prep experience in 2014. They were: Laini Lynch, Chloe Carra and Luca Primarano. Each child certainly did themselves, their teachers and their parents proud.
Thank you to the parents of current students that completed the forms for legitimate reasons and left them for consideration before we consider classes for 2015. However with regard to transition requests from Kindergarten to Prep the school reserves the right to place children in classes based on such factors as:
- A spread of boys and girls as equal as possible.
- A spread of general abilities
- Transition recommendations from each Kindergarten
- Spreading observable skills such as:
- Ability to write their own name without assistance
- Pencil grip
- Sitting ability
- Attention to instructions
- Ability to manage their food and clothing
- Drawing ability
- Academic potential e.g. any evidence of counting, reading or writing
- Ability to ask to go to the toilet
- Ability to separate from parents
- Ability to make eye contact and interact with other children and teachers
Children come to our school from at least four or more Kindergartens each year and the children who are the only one or two from some Kindergartens do just as well settling in as those that have often been together for three and four year old kindergarten groups. Being able to mix with new faces and make new friends is a lifelong experience. We do not anticipate any children at this stage having any difficulties with the transition process. In addition to this we have many children starting in 2015 that have older siblings at school and are already familiar with the school and the teachers they see when they visit. The Prep teachers plan together so the program for each classroom is the same.
We have at this point in time plans for two Prep classes of starting between 20 and 22 students. This is an ideal number for Prep classes and gives the best possible opportunity for learning and socialisation that could be offered in any school in the Mildura area. If you know of anyone still to enrol please remind them to collect an enrolment form immediately as class numbers need to be finalised as a matter of urgency.
We have a terrific school and for the majority of students every day, they always strive to be the best that they can be. Overall the behaviour of our students is excellent and this allows for fun times as well as devoted learning time. What children say, do and make each day at school is very important. It may well be as simple as the statements below.
Every day we will:
- Show PRIDE in all that we ‘say’, ‘do’ and ‘make’.
- RESPECT the rights of all students and staff to TALK, LISTEN, PLAY, WORK and GROW.
- Look out for the SAFETY of ourselves and others on the way ‘to’ and ‘from’ school and on-line.
- Hold LEARNING as a priority and lifelong commitment.
Every day in addition to our SCHOOL VALUES we will try to be:
- FLEXIBLE so that the needs of many are met.
- HAPPY and ENJOY each other’s company as we work, play and grow together.
- TOLERANT of each other’s differences and show patience and understanding to help growth as individuals.
- CARING in all that we say and do and…
‘BE THE BEST THAT WE CAN BE’.
Please let us know if you are having any difficulties with providing a school uniform for your child/ren. We have a number of options available to us and a great range of second hand items if needed. A small number of senior students have been adding a few colourful items to their uniform each day. This is a little disappointing, as we know they have full and correct uniforms to wear. We will be asking parents to assist us with this matter by letter. We wish to encourage the best possible image for our school. Our Parents’ Club provides a quality uniform at a very reasonable price and the majority of students wear it with pride each day.
Well done to Annabelle Hocking for her participation in the Discus Event at the State Championships in Melbourne on Monday of this week. As she has done in her leadership role this year, I am sure that Annabelle represented all the Sunraysia schools and her family with distinction.
Last week a message was given to all Year 5 and 6 students to be given to their parent or guardian. Every note required a read message to be returned to school. A second note was sent out to anyone that did not return it signed by their parent or guardian. If the second note has not been returned we can only assume it has not made it home and we will follow up with a phone call. As we said in the letter the use of iMessage is not happening at school, but is happening at home and across all hours of the day and the fallout from inappropriate use is affecting some of the children’s learning and interactions at school. Mr. Sparks has kindly sourced an article that may be of interest to parents and related to our concerns. See: Keeping Bullying Out of the Bedroom
Education and child safety experts recommend your child doesn't use the internet in their bedroom. Former Victorian police officer and cyber-safety consultant Susan McLean says the internet can give the bully direct access to your child's bedroom; "the one place that they should be safe". However, if for some reason the only place your child can study and access the computer is their bedroom, consider options such as:
- Leave the bedroom door open, with agreed random visits by parents
- Create a technology curfew. Disable the computer, and remove the mobile phone from the bedroom at a certain time each night.
Another compelling reason to make your child's bedroom technology-free is to allow adequate rest. Jennifer Hudson, a professor of psychology at Macquarie University, says teenagers in particular are prone to sleep problems, which will only be compounded if computers or phones rob them of vital sleep.
"As soon as adolescents start to take an extra half-hour off their sleep to check their emails in bed, or just texting someone (and that's often happening throughout the night), that can lead to an accumulated sleep debt for the week," Dr Hudson says.
"We know when kids don't get enough sleep that impacts on their mental health, their functioning at school and their relationships."
Congratulations to Rm 7, Rm 15 and Rm 8 who were the highest scoring classes this week in their department for our Healthy Day. Winners are calculated by the number of students who actively travelled to school and brought healthy nude food for lunch and snack. All results can be viewed on the notes home page.