The big night is coming soon. The acts are being fine-tuned and the night should be a great occasion with Christmas Carols as well. We hope everyone can come on the evening and bring their friends and family with them to share in the end of year Concert Picnic.
The magazine has gone out to many families and is a real credit to the Magazine committee comprising of Ms Hawkes, Miss Boyle, Miss Melsen and Mr Sparks for bringing together such a professional record of 2013. It has been a huge year for the school academically and socially. Not until you skim through such a chronicle of the year do you see the opportunities offered to the children.
As with every school year there are a small number of families that relocate or come into the area over the Christmas holidays. Please notify the office if you intend leaving the school at the end of 2013 so that appropriate arrangements can be made for the forwarding of school records and tracking documents – particularly if the move is interstate. We have an ‘Interstate Transfer Form’, which only takes a few minutes to fill out and sign and this can allow for very quick transfer of information at the beginning of the year. We have had a small number of children say they are moving away, but we have not had any formal advice from the parents so we must plan as if they will be here. In addition to this we always try to have a special photographic gift for children who are leaving our school, so please advise us so that this can be organised in time.
The uniform shop has restocked with all sizes and is ready to fulfil the necessary orders for 2014. Please come in at 3.00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays to avoid a last minute rush or even having to wait for next year. Some of the younger children prefer the navy blue and white school dress with the white collar. The school is happy for this to be purchased at Lowes or at an alternative source (including online). As with all school clothing the cost of an item with the same style can vary considerably. The cost of the item is a parent choice and we are not in a position to recommend one over another. Parents however, may wish to buy a more expensive item to get a longer life from the product. If it meets the school uniform requirements of ‘Navy and White Check with a White Collar’ it will be deemed suitable. The uniform shop has chosen not to stock the school dress as it can be purchased readily outside of school and at a range of prices. It is also an item that very few children choose over the shorts and shirt option therefore is not a viable number to order and hold in stock for the Parents’ Club. If anyone has any questions regarding any uniform items please do not hesitate to contact Yvonne Madden.
Mrs Birch returned from being at Lake Cullulleraine on Thursday with only the best to say about the children and the activities they have been enjoying.
Wednesday’s rain caused some interesting times with no power and no outside activities for some time. No doubt the heavy rain was part of the adventure. The Lake Cullulleraine Program is always a memorable one for the children and Year 6 students often mention it alongside the Melbourne Camp as one of the best weeks of excursions outside the school. As always we thank the staff for accompanying the children and being on duty 24 hours a day. During this time they are away from their own families as well, so is a huge commitment and very much appreciated.
Grade 6 Graduation is coming up very quickly and the staff and students are very much looking forward to the evening. We are looking forward to all children attending and enjoying the night with their family and friends. We ask that the students dress appropriately for the evening and in neat attire that can be easily worn for another occasion after the event. Thank you to Mr McInerney and the Year 6 Team for organising the event.
Next Tuesday Morning will be our Whole School Transition Day where all students experience a typical morning session in a 2014 classroom year level. On this day our 2014 Preps will be here and the Year 6 students will be visiting their 2014 Secondary College.
The aim of the morning is for the students to experience a ‘typical’ learning session to prepare them for next year.
The students have been allocated to classrooms randomly and this will in no way indicate your child’s classroom or teacher for 2014.
Classes for 2014 are in the process of being drawn up and students will be informed before the end of term.
The Melbourne trip has been a success and all reports indicate the students and teachers have thoroughly enjoyed each and every experience. We are sure they will all sleep well for the next few nights. With only one small hiccup on the first day with the bus breaking down after their visit to the aquatic centre, the excursion went to plan and all students behaved as we would expect, being the best that they can be! Thank you to Mr McInerney, Miss Hill and Mr Beer for a wonderful excursion.
As the Prep Transition days continue the parents and children involved get a better idea of what next year will feel like. So far the new students have coped very well with the visits and the new Mums, Dads and carers have had brief opportunities to chat with each other. It was lovely to see all students with smiles on their faces and enjoying their time at school, and we look forward to getting to know each and every one of them better in the sessions to come.
Next session is Tuesday 3rd December, from 9am to 1pm. Students need a hat, drink bottle and packed lunch (lunch orders are not available on that day). Students have been asked to bring an item that represents their favourite colour to their next visit.
A number of schools and families have reported a vomiting bug that is lasting about 24 hours and often first noticed as a severe headache. If your child is unwell in this regard, please keep them home so that other children are not infected and we do not have an ongoing situation where large numbers of children miss out on school and some of the special end of year activities. It is also a good time to remind children about the importance of washing their hands.
Departments have been organising their end of year excursions. Thank you to our wonderful Parents’ Club for all their fundraising during the year. This has helped each unit to be able to afford a special treat for all our hard working students without too much expense for families.
Thank you to those parents who have paid the small cost involved. Infant families are reminded that their money is due Monday at the latest.