2018 Prep Orientation
9:30 to 12:30
Year 6 Melbourne Camp
2018 Prep Orientation
9:30 to 12:30
Year 5 Lake Cullulleraine Camp
Grade 6 Graduation
Uniform Shop Open 8:00 AM to 12 noon.
Snakes are very active and alert at this time of the year, and we ask all students to take care at, and around, the school as we always have several visitors. Please talk to your children about moving away and getting a teacher on duty if they should see a snake at school.
Concert Plans Underway
The theme for our concert this year is ‘One Hit Wonders’, and teachers will be sending home a brief note over the next week or so indicating if any particular items are required for this year’s class concert item.
Parents’ Club Raffle
Keep in mind some saving of change for the Parent Club Christmas raffles to be drawn on Concert night. They are always a sought after item and raise much needed funds for the Parents’ Club.
Last Wednesday we had teams participating in the T20 Kanga Cricket competition. All students displayed great sportsmanship and were wonderful ambassadors for our school. Thank you to Mrs MacFarlane, Mrs Gladman, Ms McNerny and Mr Pettit for accompanying the students.
Working Bee Thank You
Thank you to all the staff, parents and students that assisted with the working bee on Sunday 5th November. A huge amount of work was undertaken with some lovely upgrading of plantings and preparation of new areas. Thank you to Mr Garry Beer as the leader of the ‘Building and Grounds Sub-committee’ on School Council for organising the plantings.
It was great to see so many people attend our Grandparents Day on Monday 6th November. Though I was on Long Service Leave, I have heard nothing but positive reports on the day. Thank you to all that attended, and thank you to the staff, and Sue in the canteen for making the day possible.
Congratulations to Ms Hazel, her partner, and son, Braxton, as they welcome a baby girl, Bailey, to their family. We look forward to seeing her in the near future and saying hello to Bailey.
Existing families are encouraged to enrol their Prep children this week as we received several names from the kinder that have stated that they are coming to Irymple Primary, but are yet to hand in their child’s enrolment form. All enrolment forms must be accompanied by a ‘Birth Certificate’ and an ‘Immunization Record’.
Parents’ Club Dinner
Parents’ Club celebrated a great year of work by having a meeting and dinner on Tuesday Evening. Thank you to all the committee and to all the parents that have assisted with fundraisers organised by our Parents’ Club.
2018 School Requisite Payments
The Department of Education has clear guidelines as to what parents can be asked to pay for to support their child in education. In accordance with DET guidelines we are advising parents in advance of the payments due in 2018 and suggest that all parents avail themselves of the information on our website and the information on the explanatory note for 2018 School Requisite Payments. In 2018, parents will notify us of their preferred method of payment so that they can negotiate a payment plan that best suits the family circumstances. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me in person or to call into the office and speak to Mrs Dea our Business Manager. If you haven’t paid the 2017 Requisite Levy, your payment would be greatly appreciated as soon as possible.
Prep Orientation Day
It was lovely to see all the Preps for next year at our school on Wednesday. We will have two Prep classes in 2018 residing in Room 1 and Room 2.
Prep Information Evening
Thank you to Mrs Bruhn (via distance communication) and Mrs Floramo for preparing and presenting the Prep Information evening last Wednesday and to Ms Chislett who has co-ordinated the transition process for 2017 in readiness for our new Preps in 2018. Thank you also to Alice Baird and Heather Birch for assisting with babysitting on the night, so that the parents could attend the session. It is always so nice to see the new and returning parents feeling the excitement of sending another one of their children to school. Two of our current Prep children came in dressed in their school uniform to talk about their Prep experience in 2017. They were Avary McIntyre and Patrick Musolino, who certainly did themselves, their teachers and their parents proud.
Special Requests Information for 2018 Preps
Whilst the placement of new students may seem like an easy process the placement of Prep students into classes based on such factors as:
- A spread of boys and girls as equal as possible.
- A spread of general abilities
- Transition recommendations from each Kindergarten or Long Day Care Centres
Spreading observable skills such as:
- Ability to write their own name without assistance
- Pencil grip
- Sitting ability
- Attention to instructions
- Ability to manage their food and clothing.
- Drawing ability
- Academic potential e.g. any evidence of counting, reading or writing.
- Ability to ask to go to the toilet.
- Ability to separate from parents
- Ability to make eye contact and interact with other children and teachers
Children come to our school from at least four or more Kindergartens each year and the children who are the only one or two from some Kindergartens do just as well settling in as those that have often been together for three and four year old kindergarten groups. Being able to mix with new faces and make new friends is a lifelong experience. We do not anticipate any children at this stage having any difficulties with the transition process. In addition to this we have many children starting in 2018 that have older siblings at school and are already familiar with the school and the teachers they see when they visit. The Prep teachers plan together so the program for each classroom is the same.
Enrolment Numbers for 2018
We will have at this point in time plans for two Prep classes. This is an ideal number for Prep classes and gives the best possible opportunity for learning and socialisation that could be offered in any school in the Mildura area. If you know of anyone still to enrol please remind them to collect an enrolment form immediately as class numbers need to be finalised as a matter of urgency.
Use of School Netbooks
We monitor the school computers and are able to look up browsing history and all emails sent as they are all meant to be of an educational nature and suitable for staff and parents to read. Any students with a school Netbook have signed an agreement that it will only be used in the appropriate way for educational purposes. Most students do the right thing all the time and make our Netbook program one of the best in the state of Victoria.
Monitoring the use of the Internet in the bedroom
Education and child safety experts recommend your child doesn't use the internet in their bedroom. Former Victorian police officer and cyber-safety consultant Susan McLean says the internet can give the bully direct access to your child's bedroom; "the one place that they should be safe".
However, if for some reason the only place your child can study and access the computer is their bedroom, consider options such as:
- Leave the bedroom door open, with agreed random visits by parents
- Create a technology curfew. Disable the computer, and remove the mobile phone from the bedroom at a certain time each night.
Lack of Sleep Can Be a Nightmare for the Whole Family
Another compelling reason to make your child's bedroom technology-free is to allow adequate rest. Jennifer Hudson, a professor of psychology at Macquarie University, says, "As soon as adolescents start to take an extra half-hour off their sleep to check their emails in bed, or just texting someone (and that's often happening throughout the night), that can lead to an accumulated sleep debt for the week," Dr Hudson says.
"We know when kids don't get enough sleep that impacts on their mental health, their functioning at school and their relationships."
Please let us know if you are having any difficulties with providing a school uniform for your child/ren. We have a number of options available to us and a small range of second had items if needed. Our Uniform shop provides a quality uniform at a very reasonable price and the majority of our students wear it with pride each day. A price list is available on a yellow form at the Front Office. Week after week you can walk into rooms and see every class member in full school uniform. Such parent support is an indication of how valued our comfortable and smart uniform is.
Please note there will be no Newsletter in Week 5 due to the Curriculum Day and Melbourne Cup Public Holiday.