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Welcome back to Term 2.  We hope everyone enjoyed the company of their children while not having to work within a school timetable.  We wish everyone a safe and happy term at school.  Term 2 is a busy term and includes: Anzac Day, School Cross Country, NAPLAN assessment, Mid - Year reports, Prep Open Days, Education Week, hosting student teachers and many more.

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Healthy Lunches Essential to Learning

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Keep providing the healthiest lunches possible for all children as it is a great marker of success in the classroom.  The ‘5 Food Group Checklist’ is a helpful tool to evaluate the best lunch possible that includes the following:

  1. Vegetables and legumes/beans
  2. Fruit
  3. Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  4. Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds and legumes/beans
  5. Milk, yoghurt cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.
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NAPLAN testing

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The Mathematics and English testing that is Australia wide will take place on 12th, 13th and 14th May, 2015. It will involve all Year 3 and 5 students in our school.  It is important that all students have an early night before each of these days and a substantial breakfast as they are concentrating for long periods of time under test conditions.  It is a series of tests that cannot be studied for and are based on all the teaching and learning that has happened to that point in time for each student.  For Year 3 students, for example, it is all that has been learned from Prep till May in Year 3 and for Year 5 students all that has been learned from Prep to May in Year 5.  We do our best to prepare the students for the test taking techniques that go with NAPLAN so that they are not disadvantaged by lack of exposure to the types of questions sprinkled through each test such as multiple choice questions, choose between given answers, one word answers, etc.  

Some parents request that their students be exempt in exceptional circumstances and sometimes the school will contact parents as children who have a particular disability and/or learning impairment may not benefit from the testing regime and may not cope with the situation at all.  If your child is exempt due to a particular learning disability, or will receive extra reading time, you will be notified by the principal and/or classroom teacher before the testing takes place.  We have in the past done quite well in both Year 3 and 5 NAPLAN areas and this is largely attributed to past and present teachers and the time parents spend with their children in normal day to day activities at home. It is essential that all children are present at school unless genuinely sick as by the Friday we are required to have done our best to catch up all students that have missed a day for any reason. 

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Interschool Cross Country

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On Monday May 18, the Division Interschool Cross Country will be held in Mildura and our top female and male Cross Country runners in Years 3,4 5 & 6 will be participating. Selection will be based on the results of tryouts that will be held during lunchtimes during the fourth week of the term. This year’s School Cross Country will be held on Wednesday June 17 to give students more time to prepare for the event and to not interfere with preparing the students for NAPLAN and 5/6 Interschool Sport.

Success at the Interschool Cross Country event can lead to an invitation to run in Melbourne in several months’ time.  Children who qualify will be given a note to take home, asking for parent permission to attend and parent assistance with transport.  Any child travelling with any teacher or parent must have express permission to travel to and from the event in a private vehicle which must have comprehensive insurance. This NOTE must be returned on 13th May. Parents are welcome to attend the school event and are most welcome to assist with marshalling at checkpoints and marking laps for students – Please let Mr Pettit know if you can be of any assistance.

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Parent Provided Tissues

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Thank you to the parents that have donated already to their class - we very much appreciate your support to maintain the best possible health standards in our rooms.  We have had wonderful support this year and appreciate every donation.

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Morning Arrival at School and Encouraging Independence

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Please be aware that if you drop your children at school too early there is no formal supervision before 8.45am.  From 8.30am onwards is ideal to ensure a steady drop off rate from the car park and for the general safety of all children arriving by car. Please encourage your children to take their own belongings to the classroom and unpack items themselves.  We want the students at all year levels (Prep to Year 6) to be as independent as possible.  If parents carry the students bags, unpack them for them and carry them home in the afternoon, this is unfortunately working against what we are trying to achieve at school every day. The 15 minutes before school is vital teacher preparation and time to interact with the children, so it is not a time for conversations about concerns, rather time for a quick greeting or explanation.  It is not appropriate to dominate the teacher’s attention at 8.50am as from this time onwards and after the bell has gone; this is the precious time of all the children in the class with their teacher’s full attention.

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ANZAC Day Service

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Our Year 5 and 6 students do many hours of work researching and learning about the history of World Wars and modern day wars before the ANZAC ceremony each year.  We would like to send a warm invitation to all families and friends to come to our School ANZAC service on 24th April at 10.00am under the shade sales.  The service will go for approximately one hour and it will be followed by the availability of tea, coffee and homemade Anzac biscuits and other treats from the school canteen.  Parents are welcome to involve relatives and friends who may not be able to attend a service on the Saturday.

The wreath laying ceremony for Irymple will be at 9.00am on Saturday 25th April.

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Assembly Date

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Our first formal school assembly for Term 2 will be held on Wednesday, 29th April, 2015.  All parents are welcome to attend.

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Year 6 to 7 Open Nights

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Each of the Secondary Schools is trialling an ‘Open Evening for Prospective Year 7 Students’ to showcase what their school offers in their Year 7 to 10 Program.  They are currently finalising dates, but as soon as they are available we will place them in the newsletter.  They will all be on different evenings to allow for parents and students to look at several schools if they wish.  We encourage parents to take advantage of this offer by the secondary schools in our vicinity.

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School Council AGM

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It is with pleasure I announce the executive positions for the School Council for 2015:

President: Mr David Kirby

Vice President: Mr Warren Lloyd

The new parent representative is Ms Emily Walshaw

The new staff representative is Mr Alan Baker

The two co-opted members for one term are: Mr Ashley Johnstone and Mr Leigh Fuller

Continuing members are: Mr Garry Beer, Miss Amy Boyle, Miss Jess Melsen, Mrs Megan Phillips, Mrs Rita Valentich and Mr Aaron Oldham.

A huge thank you goes to Mr Paul Cody, who has carried out the School Council President’s position for the past two years.  He has assisted the Parents’ Club and School Council at meetings and on many social School occasions.  He continues as a School Council member. Thank you to Mrs Joyce Schwarzbauer for finishing her service to School Council. Both Joyce and her husband have been and continue to be very supportive of our school and we thank them very much.

Yvonne Madden

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AEDI (Australian Early Development Index) - Census

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In the coming weeks all parents of Prep students will receive information on the Australian Early Development Index.  Please read the information provided carefully as parents are given the opportunity to opt in or out of the data collection on their child.  It is an Australia wide snapshot collected every 4 years of developmental milestones of all students in their first year at school.  Once the data is submitted no children and families are identifiable in any way.

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