ISSUE 7, 2021

Important Dates

Term 2:

  • Monday Week 4 (10 May) 5pm - Preschool Information Session

  • Weds and Fri Week 4 (12/14 May) - Kindy Health Checks

  • Wednesday Week 5 (19 May) - Can we help with NDIS funding/ early intervention? Parent morning tea.

  • Friday Week 6 (28 May) - Christian Education in Schools

  • Monday Week 7 (31 May) - Reconciliation Day Public Holiday

  • Friday Week 7 (04 June) - Japanese Day

MICHAEL'S NEWS

Evatt Cross Country

A big thank you and well done to the entire Evatt community for a fantastic whole school Cross Country carnival last Friday. Well done to all our students for completing the course and congratulations to the students who received place ribbons at this morning's assembly. We look forward to cheering on these students at the upcoming district carnival. Thank you to Ben Sterland and his team for the coordination of the event.

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Student Centred Reporting 2021

Over the past term we have been working with our staff and school community seeking feedback about the most effective ways to share and discuss student learning and progression. Thank you to the parents who submitted feedback about this last term. It is very clear that families highly value the regular learning snapshots shared through seesaw as well as discussing learning with our classroom teachers.

With a focus on increased sharing of real time learning through seesaw, progress based discussions and enhancing our connection with our families we will be making some adjustments to our reporting this year.

Semester 1 Reporting will include;

  • A - E Report

  • Progress against the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards

  • Progress against ILP goals (if applicable)

  • Progress in regards to Personal and Social Capabilities

  • Future focused 3 way (student/parent/teacher) discussions in week 10 of term 2

Semester 2 Reporting will include;

  • A - E Report

  • Progress against the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards and a general comment

  • Progress against ILP goals (if applicable)

  • Progress in regards to Personal and Social Capabilities

  • Optional parent/teacher interviews in week 10 term 4

I look forward to seeing families in week 10 for future focused discussions with their classroom teachers.

P&C Mothers Day Stall

Thank you to our P&C who ran a wonderful mothers day stall for our students today.

Hopefully our mums and/or important others receive something nice from your child(ren) this Sunday which they purchased at school today.

To all our Evatt mums and caregivers, we hope you have a lovely day and get to spend some quality time with your child(ren).

University of Canberra Partnership

We are very excited to partner with the University of Canberra in the “A Good Start to Life” project which aims at supporting our families in enhancing their children's readiness for school. UC will be working with us on a range of community programs, supports and events over the next three years. Keep an eye out for a range of opportunities that you and your family can take part in.

Preservice Teachers

Over the past two weeks we have had 8 preservice teachers from the University of Canberra having practical experience at Evatt learning to be teachers of the future.

They have had the opportunity to be in most classrooms as well as spending time with the executive team. With a global teacher shortage it is critically important we play a role in helping mentor and develop outstanding future educators.

Thank you to Talitha Wilson for her coordination of the preservice teachers.

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School Board 2021

I am pleased to share with you our School Board for 2021.

  • Parent Representative - Kimberly Ingram, Board Chair

  • Parent Representative - Neill Taylor

  • Parent Representative - Warren Nielsen

  • Community Representative - Michelle Armstrong

  • Teacher Representative - Sarah Veitch

  • Teacher Representative - Deb Bultitude

  • Board Secretary/Business Manager - Rebecca Swiridziuk

  • School Deputy Principal - Jamal See

  • School Principal - Michael Hatswell

We look forward to working hard on our school improvement journey and supporting the learning needs of all students at Evatt Primary School.

The Nest @ Evatt

You might have noticed a bit of work going at Evatt around the corner from the Front Office. We’re excited to finally be opening our brand new community hub and cafe, The Nest. This space has been collaboratively established in partnership with the P&C and supported by the ACT Education Supporting Parent Engagement Grants. The space includes a fully functioning café, quality literature, our school uniform store and much more.

The Nest has been built around the Future of Education Strategies Foundation of Strong Communities for learning.

The strategy outlines:

  • A strong education system requires a strong community, with schools acting as a hub for education and support services.

  • Recognising that teachers and school leaders work in partnership with families, support staff and other professionals, results in a reorientation of schools as multi-service environments. Practitioners, policy makers and system leaders must innovatively collaborate to ensure strong supports in and around schools.

We would like to acknowledge the work of our outstanding Building Service Officer, Brad Spence who went above and beyond to work on the space. Thank you Brad, the Evatt Community will appreciate your hard work for many years to come.

On Thursday, The Nest hosted the first of hopefully many workshops for parents/carers focusing on supporting their child's learning. This workshop focused on supporting your child's reading progress. We ran two separate workshops, one from 9:00 - 9:30 and another from 3:00 - 3:30. It was exciting to see so many families in attendance.

From next week, The Nest will be open every day from 8:40am - 9:00am for parents/carers and students to engage in shared reading before school.

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NDIS FUNDING/ EARLY INTERVENTION MORNING TEA

Can we help with NDIS Funding / Early Intervention? Parent/Carers Morning Tea

Wednesday 19th May at 9:30 am -11am at the Evatt Nest

Come have a cuppa and a chat, learn about what EACH, FEROS Care and Cycleabilities can offer your child through every stage of NDIS funding-from application, to waiting for funding to getting funding. Have an interest in Early Intervention community supports? Your questions can be answered. Your child does not need to have a current NDIS plan for you to come along.

Come and learn about what support is available - There are many opportunities from playgroups to family support, doctors to vision assessments.

Please R.S.V.P. by filling out the following form: https://forms.gle/Ceu7bufRmtS9v18Y6

Pictured right: Lars at Cyclabilities.

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

Evatt Primary School engages in community consultation before undertaking any major changes. Below are current opportunities to provide your thoughts on key changes suggested at Evatt Primary School.

There are currently no community consultation surveys available.

SALE on long sleeve uniform shirts

Stocks are running low on smaller sizes- we have lots of larger sizes!

School Uniform SALE.pdf

Click the "Pop Out" icon at the top right of the document to open and download the form.

CEIS

Christian Education In Schools (CEIS) occurs because parents request it for their children, under ACT legislation.

Sessions are coordinated by the CEIS team, using approved resources and volunteers.

If you would like to add your child to the existing attendance list print off the section below and return it to the school or go to https://www.ceis.org.au/connect/parents/

Sessions are once a term, and are opt-in with parent request only.

ENROLMENT INFORMATION

2022 Enrolments

2022 enrolments open from 6am 27 April 2021. Find more information on the Education Directorate website:

https://www.education.act.gov.au/public-school-life/enrolling-in-a-public-school

Evatt Preschool Information Session

2022 Enrolments are opening soon.

Discover what makes your local school a great school!

Evatt Preschool are holding an information session on Monday 10 May at 5pm.

You’ll have the opportunity to check out our school facilities, ask questions about our school, our courses and programs and get a sense of what it means to be a part of our school community.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Education Directorate Information Sessions

Students with Disability: Transition and Enrolment Options

Transition to Preschool for children with developmental delay and disability

  • 10 May 2021 11.30am-1.00pm

Transition Preschool to Kindergarten

  • 6 May 2021 10.00-11.30am

  • 11 May 2021 6.00-7.30pm

Please note these sessions are run by the Education Directorate, not Evatt School. To register for a session and for more information, visit www.education.act.gov.au/public-school-life/enrolling-in-a-public-school/school-information-sessions

COMMUNITY NOTICES

Melba Copland Secondary School Arts Academy

Evatt Primary School have been involved in the Melba Copland Secondary School Regional Arts Program – Dance, Music, Singing and Community Musical Programs over the course of the last 9 years since its commencement in 2012.

As the Regional Arts Program continues to build, MCSS are looking at providing an after-school Arts Academy Program which will be available for students in Years 4-6 in our feeder school area. The aim of this program will be to provide students from Evatt Primary School with the opportunity to train in Dancing, Acting, Singing, Cheerleading and Visual Art in a low cost capacity, and would also involve yearly performance and showcase opportunities at Copland Theatre.

Students would attend weekly after-school workshops at MCSS at a cost of $50 per semester for each Arts discipline they choose to participate in. The minimum commitment for this program would be one semester.

If the Arts Academy is of interest to you, please can we ask you to complete a very short (3 question) survey so that we can identify what interest we have in the Arts Academy Program.

Please complete the survey at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSftO6sRH1QGEs3LNLmL7O5FSKZB4_iRMRuj-uUnf12u63_DIg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. If you have any questions regarding the MCSS Regional Arts Program, please do not hesitate in contacting Joni Wood at joni.wood@ed.act.edu.au or on 61420333

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