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26th June

Parent Teacher Interviews STUDENT FREE

Lutheran After School Care Information Evening 6:30 PM

27th June

Tabloid Sports

28th June

Sean Choolburra Performance

29th June

Last Day 2:15 Dismissal

16th July

Term 3 Begins

Take Home Readers

Each year we try to update and clarify around the home reader levels that our Prep to Year 3 students read. The readers that children take home are usually always at what is called an EASY LEVEL – this means that they can read the words (decode) with 95 out of every 100 words or more being accurate – or if the book has less than 100 words the accuracy level still must be at least 95%. In addition to this they must be able to have an in depth conversation about the text and recall facts presented in the text (to demonstrate literal understanding) as well as what the author intended us to get, but did not say it directly in the text (to demonstrate inferential understanding). Some questions may be about the ‘big idea’ presented in the text and be wanting an evaluative understanding of the text. The home reader therefore is a teaching and evaluation tool. It is not to be confused with a pleasure book a child may read at home that appears to be ideal as they can decode it and make meaning of the text. Please talk with your child’s teacher as they will be listening to your child read and be conducting reading conferences and guided reading to confirm the levels on a weekly to fortnightly basis. Several things to note are that:

  • Working through reading levels is not a race – it is about reading maturity.
  • Every level may take a different amount of time – sometimes weeks.
  • Never compare the levels to other children in the class as it is important to know every child’s reading history.
  • Children who read every night and talk to their parents about the book tend to progress faster and with stronger reading comprehension that is transferable to other areas of the curriculum.

As a general rule we like all:

  • Preps at the end of their first year at school to be between Level 5 and 10 – many children are able to read higher than this and this is to be celebrated.
  • Year 1 students at the end of the year to be at least Level 15 – many children are able to read higher than this and this is to be celebrated.
  • Year 2 students at the end of the year to be at or above Level 20 – many children are able to read higher than this and this is to be celebrated.
  • Year 4 students to be above Level 30 – many children are able to read higher than this and this is to be celebrated.

All the above must be reached with comprehension between 95 to 100%.

Reading is a complex cognitive process and involves “Learning to Read” and “Reading to Learn”. There is much more to the knowledge and skills required than just the measurement of levels.

If you have any questions please ask your child’s classroom teacher or contact me for an appointment.

Semester 2 Captains and Vice Captains

Congratulations to the new Captains and Vice Captains who are in the process of being selected for Semester 2. We know they will continue the great work started by their fellow class members in Semester 1. The successful students will be announced at assembly on the last day of Term 2.

Parent - Teacher Interviews and Portfolio Presentations (Year 5 and 6)

We look forward to seeing all the parents of children in attendance at their children’s Interview or Presentation sessions on Tuesday 26th June. If you are not going to be able to attend or if something unforeseen comes up on the day that prevents your attendance, please phone the school immediately and make a firm time to see your child/ren’s teachers in the near future. It is important for future reference that the school should be notified through a quick phone call if attendance is not possible as a matter of courtesy – we have had some instances in the past where whole families have not turned up and as many as 3 or 4 teachers have had other parents waiting unnecessarily. It is very important to maintain the contact with your child/ren’s teacher/s. Children across the school have done some challenging and high quality work during Semester 1 and we are proud of their effort and achievements. Mrs Baird and I have now read every students report across the school and there will be many very proud parents and carers.

Little Day Out

Today Mrs Floramo and Miss Chislett attended the “Little Day Out” to showcase our school and what it has to offer our prospective Prep students. They fielded inquiries and questions about our school from students who will start next year and in the next few years. Thank you to our Prep teachers for the support of this event.

After School Care - Trinity Lutheran School

Please make sure you read page 4 of this newsletter regarding changes to the Management and Operations of the After School Care Program at Trinity Lutheran School.


Please ensure that if you are ordering for your children that they know what they are getting in their order and if an item needs to be collected during the break. Sometimes the children (particularly the younger ones) are not aware of the drink or ice-cream that is to be collected from the canteen. When the lunches are returned to the rooms, the classroom teachers distribute them to the children. If the children believe there is anything missing they are to tell their teacher and go immediately to the canteen. Any time an error is brought to their attention it is always resolved as quickly as possible so that no students are ever disadvantaged. In the unlikely event that an item is unavailable the students will be given a substitute of equal value or their money back. The canteen workers are a dedicated group of parents who give up their time to volunteer and do an amazing job week in and week out. The canteen is run as a service to our children and not as a money making venture for our school. Without the help of volunteers the canteen would not be able to operate for the three days a week that it does. Thank you very much, to all the people who have worked in the Canteen for Terms 1 and 2. It has been really gratifying to have a few new Mums and Dads join the list and who will be available into the future.

On-Line Booking System for Parent Interviews

This week, details for parents to place their online bookings ready for parent/ teacher interviews on 26th June were sent home. We hope it will be convenient for our parents in preparation for interviews and to give flexibility when booking. If you need any further assistance contact your child’s teacher with a note. We look forward to seeing everyone come in to talk about their child’s learning and progress in 2018. We will share a range of information with you and the opportunity to ask questions will be a part of the process. Please remember if you feel you need more time than provided on the day, make another time which is convenient for you and the teacher. It is important that everyone is punctual and finishes their interview on time to be fair to all the others who came before and after them.

Addressing Inappropriate Use of Facebook

As Principal of Irymple Primary school, it is my role to ensure the safety, security, health and wellbeing of all of our staff and students.

I am committed to ensuring that everyone is treated with respect, fairness and dignity. I expect all employees, students, parents and people within the school community to act accordingly.

This approach is supported by Department of Education and Training policy. The Department’s Dignity and Respect Statement confirms that unacceptable behaviour, harassment and threats will not be tolerated in Victorian Government schools. A copy of this policy can be found on the Department’s website

This approach is also clearly communicated in our school policies which see inappropriate use of social media as being contrary to our school values of “Pride, Respect, Safety and Learning.”

Any incident where a student or staff member from our school is subjected to unreasonable and disrespectful comments will be dealt with immediately and in accordance with DET Policy and according to State and Federal Laws.

As such, unreasonable and disrespectful behaviour cannot be tolerated for the following reasons:

  • It is contrary to Department and School Policies.
  • It is contrary to the terms and conditions of Facebook.
  • It may also amount to a criminal offence under State and/or Federal law.

This may include the following:

  • Using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence (Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth))
  • Stalking (Crimes Act 1958 (Vic))
  • Using an on-line information service to publish or transmit objectionable material (Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Act 1995 (Vic))

It may be grounds for other legal action such as defamation proceedings.

Schools have an obligation to report all such incidences to the Department of Education.

We can request immediate removal of any content that makes inappropriate comments regarding the school and school staff. We can also contact the Facebook administrator and request that the offensive Facebook post or posts be removed. Some comments would see automatic referral to the police for their consideration of whether any of the behaviour on the Facebook page would amount to criminal activity.

We always encourage parents to contact the school to discuss any matters that relate to children’s education, safety, health and wellbeing. However, this should be done by contacting the school and arranging a meeting with the appropriate staff at a mutually convenient time and place. This works very well for the majority of parents and carers for the majority of time and any issues can be discussed and addressed very quickly and amicably. We are guided by DET policies and procedures and we take pride in our daily and respectful interactions with parents and carers.

Eisteddfod Results

Each year a large number of our students enter the Mildura Eisteddfod. If your child has participated and you would like to share the results with the school community please drop in the ‘Name’ and ‘Results’ to Mrs Humphrey at the office for placement in upcoming Newsletters. We have heard of some commendable results but need to be accurate in our celebration of their efforts.

School Requisite Payment Reminder

We still have a number of parents that have as yet not paid the school requisite payment and we ask that these be attended to as soon as possible. Reminder statements have now been sent home in the event the payment has been overlooked. With major replenishment needed across the school, the money is required to provide for every child between now and the end of the year. Without the best effort by all, this is increasingly difficult to maintain.

Assembly Presentations

As a result of queries from parents each year I will outline the background to some of the awards offered each fortnight. For new parents this is a new question for them and needs some clarification.

‘The Worker of the Fortnight’ is based purely around the ideal ‘Habits of Mind’ that are evidenced by:

  • Good Organisation
  • Resilience
  • Persistence
  • Getting Along and
  • Confidence

Academic Effort – is awarded for outstanding EFFORT during the past fortnight. It can be awarded for example, for a move from a very low base to a higher level, but essentially rewards a student for having an exceptional effort in addition to what is expected every day.

This can be awarded by:

  • The Classroom Teacher
  • The LOTE Teacher
  • The Arts Teacher
  • The ICT Teacher
  • The PE Teacher

Classroom and Specialist teachers have a minimum number of awards to give and sometimes a student may receive two awards at assembly as each teacher selects in isolation. Names are then placed in the Newsletter, transferred to the certificates and readied for presentation at assembly. Each child always receives a typed reason on their certificate stating what they have achieved their award for. In addition to the presentation we are training the Captains and Vice Captains to develop their public speaking and presentation skills. With our mid-year (end of Semester 1) change over, this allows eight students to develop their leadership skills rather than the same four all year.

I can assure you that if a student receives more than one award or children from the same family receive awards on the same day, it’s purely coincidental because as stated above, no two teachers have any access to anyone else’s nominations.

Enrolment Reminder

Please drop in completed enrolment forms for all children starting Prep next year – this is especially necessary if you already have children at school as we need firm numbers as soon as possible. Please remember to bring a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate and Immunisation Record. Immunisation Records are to be a print out from Medicare.

Thank You

Thank you to our two Captains (Kacey and Morgan) and Vice Captains (Madison and Richael ) who have worked so hard to represent our school this semester. Their leadership skills have grown immensely and it has been a pleasure to work with them. They have conducted all of our assemblies and truly made us very proud. We look forward to announcing the Captains and Vice Captains shortly for Semester 2, as I am sure they too, will do a fine job on behalf of the school.

Book Fair

Thank you to all the staff, who gave their valuable time during the report writing period to operate the book fair – especially Mrs Humphrey. Thank you to all the parents who supported their children to buy books to read. It is a great way to show children how much worth is in daily reading. Thank you to both Mrs Humphrey and Mrs Muller for making the Saturday morning opening possible to enable family members to select books with their children. This year we were able to add over $600 in books to our Library through the commission we made. Again, a big thank you to all.

CSEF – Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund

Parents who hold a current Health Care Card can still apply for CSEF (if you haven’t already done so earlier in the year) up until 25th June to receive the payment of $125 per student that can be put towards any of the following:

  • School Camps
  • School Trips
  • Swimming, and other school organised sporting events
  • Outdoor education programs
  • Excursions
  • Incursions

It cannot and will not be used for school requisite payments, book purchases, or any other school expenses – these are part of the School Requisite Levy which is duly paid at the beginning of each school year. The CSEF payment is designed to assist families to have their children have maximum participation in all school camps, excursions and incursions. The form takes less than 10 minutes to complete. If however you miss the semester deadline, you won’t be able to apply until 2019. No applications can be made after the 25th June as we need time to add them to the computer data base in the last week of school if there are any outstanding. It is a marvellous opportunity to get some support for children after the removal of the EMA allowance.

School Requisite Payments

On Tuesday family statements were sent home with students. Thank you to those parents who have already paid. We are very grateful for the support. Requisite payments are solely used for the materials and items that children use as part of their everyday learning and your payment would be appreciated. Please assist us as it is not fair for some parents to pay and others to allow this to happen and not contribute to their children’s requisites. If you have any concerns please contact the school on 5024 5334.

Head Lice Checks

We ask all parents to please check their children’s hair as MAY, JUNE and JULY are peak times for head lice in all schools. Identified cases should be treated promptly to reduce the stress of removal for the child. Long hair is particularly difficult to treat. It is not a problem if dealt with properly and parents should not be worried about detection and a note home or blame other children. We are merely notifying of the presence of eggs or live lice. I have included some information as a summary as there are multiple sources of information our there.

What do they look like?

HEADLICE are usually white to grey in colour, with a dark stripe down the centre of their body. They are about the size of a sesame seed (approx. 2mm), with six legs & two "spiracles", or antennae, on their head. As they can run away, they are usually harder to find than nits.

NITS are the eggs of head lice. They are usually oval-shaped, little bigger than a pinhead (approx. 1mm) & cream to coffee in colour. "Fresh" or newly laid nits are found next to the scalp at the base of the hair shaft.

Some Myths and Facts about Head Lice

MYTH - Having head lice is a sign of poor hygiene!

FACT – Head lice aren't that fussy. Clean, dirty, short, straight, curly - all they want is blood! In fact, if you think about it logically, it is probably easier for head lice to move around in clean hair - without bits of dirt/dandruff to climb over!

MYTH - You can catch head lice from birds & other animals!

FACT - Human headlice are "host specific" - they feed off the blood beneath the human scalp alone.

MYTH- Lice can jump & fly from head to head!

FACT- Lice have no wings (so they can't fly). They flip themselves rather than jump. They spread by "scurrying" from head to head, or affected item to head (e.g. brushes, hair clips, hats etc).

MYTH - Lice can survive a long time off the head, waiting for the next hapless "victim!"

FACT - A well fed louse should only last up to 2 days off a human host, depending on when it last had a meal. During this time, it generally will not lay any eggs ("nits").

MYTH - Head lice live for months - that's why they're so hard to get rid of!

FACT - Head lice live for 4 - 5 weeks from nit (egg) to adult louse. Females lay 4 -5 nits per day in the last two weeks of their lives.

Representative School Cross County – St Arnaud

Congratulations to the following students who participated in this event on Tuesday 4th June at St Arnaud.

  • Camryn Taylor (10 year old girls) - 44th
  • Sienna Primarano (11 year old girls) - 35th
  • Josh Furey (11 year old boys) - 10th - Josh has qualified for the State Finals.
  • Morgan Anderson (12 year old girls) - 48th.

Thank you to all the parents who made it possible for the children to attend by driving to the event. Congratulations to all who participated as it is quite an achievement to get to this level of representation.

School Cross Country

Well done to everyone who participated and to the parents that attended to watch their children run on Wednesday. We had a large number of parents come to support their children and it was a pleasure to see how impressed the children were to see their family members. Some each year seem to lose a few metres to turn and see if they were being watched in the Prep to 2 age groups.

Final results were:

  • 1st Bass - 249 points
  • 2nd Flinders - 194 points
  • 3rd Chaffey - 177 points
  • 4th Sturt - 145 points

Congratulation Bass.

Year 6 Secondary School – Transition Discovery Day

All grade 6 students will participate in a transition day to the school of their proposed choice for 2019. For our school this will be on Friday 15th June, 2018. We hope all the students enjoy the day and show the school community they are visiting their very best manners and consideration for others.

Pie Drive

Thank you to all the families and staff that have supported this very popular Parents’ Club Fundraiser. Thank you in advance to all the Parents’ Club members that assist when the orders are ready for collection. Pies will be ready for collection on Thursday 21st June. Please make sure you collect yours on this day as we don’t have the facilities to keep them overnight.