DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Tues 27 Oct Bandfest
Thurs 29 Oct Prospective school leadership workshop for Yr 5
Mon 9 Nov New Library works begin
Tues 10 Nov Kinder 2010 Orientation (9.30am hall) new smartboards installed
Welcome back to what is going to be a short but very busy term for everyone, especially our seniors who will soon head off to High School.
“The capacity for getting along with our neighbour depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his or her neighbour’s shortcomings as they are of their own.”
In other words look at improving the character and flaws of ourselves before we eagerly begin stating those deficiencies of others.
I refer to this quote in the light of increased publicised incidents of bullying within our nations schools and society, most notable – cyber bullying. When I talk about cyber bullying I refer to the misuse of mobile phones, the internet (MySpace, face book, MSN, email etc.). This form of bullying can be worse than the more traditional forms that we usually think of. The problem with this form of bullying is that it can actually invade your personal space at home as well because it goes outside the confines of physical, face to face bullying.
Bullying in any shape or form is not tolerated! It is unacceptable at school and out in society and can have long lasting effects on people.
The school will take a very firm line with anyone who participates, assists and condones bullying. I have attached to the newsletter a copy of our School Anti-Bullying Policy for all community members. Students have been participating in workshops about bullying, what to do and how to deal with it when it occurs. I have attached as an example, two internet addresses from the ABC’s ‘Behind the News’ show which are fantastic in educating students and parents. They are:
The school is happy to work in close consultation with parents to address any issues or concerns regarding these matters. The first step towards a bully free environment is to speak up and inform others when it occurs, then be prepared to work towards resolving issues.
Next Thursday 29th October, all year 5 students who wish to be considered for prospective School Leadership positions such as; School Leader, Councillor or Sports Captains for 2010 are to meet to discuss the eligibility criteria. It will be expected that all prospective candidates will be able to demonstrate the following criteria and incorporate this into their pre-election speech:
- Good Conduct
Small and regular workshops will be held with the prospective candidates outlining their roles and responsibilities and how to incorporate the criteria into their speeches.
Student Leadership Elections (Speech Day) will be held on Friday 27th November in the school hall.
Kindergarten orientation for 2010 will take place on Tuesday 10th November at 9.30am in the school hall. This will be an exciting opportunity for our current leaders to meet and greet current and prospective parents.
The work on our undercover walk ways is complete and they look wonderful. They are going to be a great bonus. It is the school’s view to eventually extend the undercover walk way leading to the bus shelter.
Work on the new library will begin on Monday 9th November. This will see the temporary relocation of our existing library to be placed near the bus shelter while the new library is being built. During the same week on 10th and 11th November, our two new interactive smartboards will be installed in both the K/1 room and 5/6 room.
A busy time ahead indeed!
K/1 – Sam, Cory, Jacob K, Kiri, Georgie-Rose
1/2 – Zac, Grace, Lachlan, Erin, Justin, Kobe.
2/3 – Angus, Luke, Keigan, Viv
4/5 – Jordan, Miranda, Jarrad, Jasmin, Brodie
5/6 – Nathan,
Class of the week – K/1
Extra Effort – 1/2
Winning Class – 4/5
Last term All Bronze Award Winners were treated to afternoon tea with Mr Croft. We had 32 excited and well deserved recipients. Congratulations to those children. Keep up the great work!
We hope you had an enjoyable holiday.
Welcome back to the last term for 2009 and what a busy one it will be!
Our programs will continue as usual, incorporating meeting and playing with next year’s Kindergarten children, practising for an end-of-year concert and making Christmas crafts!
We will again visit Wangi Wangi Library. Our first visit will be Tuesday 3rd November.
Our tissue supply has dwindled to the last two boxes – although the cold and flu is over, the children continue to use many tissues a day. If you could pick a box up when you are shopping it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support.
Spelling homework has changed this term. As well as writing their words out every night your child will have a spelling unit to complete each week. This will replace the sentences they were doing previously.
For the next few weeks the class will be focusing on the purpose & structure of procedural texts & we will be putting our knowledge & learning to use by writing some of our own.
This term’s integrated unit is “Getting About” – looking at the different ways people use to move in & around our community.
Please find this term’s homework and narrative assignment handed to your student this week. Students have returned happily from their holiday break and have settled into work. Assessments will be occurring throughout this term for reports, so ensure students are wide awake and well prepared.
Thank you. Mr O’Brien
Students have returned happily from their holiday break and are busy at work. This term is an exciting time for our year 5/6 students but is also a very busy and short one in terms of assessments, election of new school leaders, High School Orientation days and farewell.
Please remember to bring Library bags for borrowing. Even though things are chaotic with the relocation of the library pending construction of the new library, borrowing will still happen in the makeshift library.
Band fees of $20 for Term 4 are now due. Please pay at the office.
Band is on each Monday morning in the hall.
Band students should be at school by 8:40am.
Please be aware that several cases of impetigo have been reported in our area.
The symptoms are: small red spots which change into blisters that fill with pus and become crusted.
Impetigo is a highly infectious disease and therefore students are excluded from school if they contract the disease. Students can not return until treatment has started and sores are healed.
If your child presents with these symptoms contact your medical practitioner ASAP and notify the school.
We are currently transforming our walkways by creating hedging along them. If you have any excess agapanthus or clivias in your garden we will be very happy to incorporate them into our new hedges.
Best wishes and have a great day!!!
We would like to welcome Caitlin S of Yr 2/3 and her family to our school.
FRUIT n VEG ORDERS
A reminder that Fruit n Veg orders are available this term. $5 from each order will go to fundraising (cancer council initial 3 weeks and our school thereafter). Orders and payments can be left at the office Tuesday mornings for collection Thursday afternoons. The following boxes are available:
1 Small mixed fruit n veg $20
2 Large mixed fruit n veg $30
3 Fruit only $25
4 Veg only $25
Volunteer helpers are desperately needed for the canteen. At present the demand for the canteen is high but the ability to staff it is becoming increasingly difficult. This will mean that we may unfortunately have to reduce trading times and/or days. If you are able to assist in any way please let us know ASAP. Contact Jodie Milligan on
School caps have arrived and are available for purchase at the office.
Jackets (fleece) $35
Caps & Hats $10
An assortment of workbooks for use at home are available for sale at the office.
Targeting Handwriting $9.50
Go Maths $15.95
Go Figure $9.95
Go Check $9.95
Lever Arch Folders $2.00
Please make an anonymous call if you see anything that looks wrong going on in the school outside school hours.
Phone: 1300 880 021
BE SAFE – is our number 1 school rule so…
Remember: NO HAT – NO PLAY
(No thongs at anytime – this includes Discos)