Parent Teacher Information Evenings
Thank you to all the families that attended the Parent Teacher Meet and Greet sessions this week. It is an orchestrated opportunity to share ideas with the teacher to be able to do the best for every child. The people that can give the first-hand information are the parents and caregivers. Thank you to all the staff who started at 2:00 pm and stayed till after 6:00 pm to ensure that parents all had an opportunity to book around work and family commitments. Some great discussion and suggestions have come out of the meetings. Next week we have our final Meet and Greet sessions for the 5/6 unit.
Thank you to the Captains and Vice Captains for taking up their position at last week’s assembly. They will from now on-wards start taking assembly presentations on behalf of the school. They have made a really strong start to their leadership roles already. We always see such immense improvement in their public speaking skills over the next 5 months.
Prep Open Classroom Visits
On Thursday 2nd March we will be holding a Prep Open Classroom between 3:30 pm and 6:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to come along and have your Prep child give you a tour of their classroom, meet their teacher and to show the work they have been doing in class. We look forward to celebrating the wonderful achievements your child has made since beginning school.
School Requisite Payments
Thank you to all the families that have paid. We are hoping that as many families as possible are able to assist us with early payments so that the costs are distributed equitably across the school. $160 is a sensible amount and much lower than many other schools in the local area.
Car Park Etiquette
We have a ‘Parking Plan’ that has been devised by the Department of Education and it must be followed in order for us to be compliant from an O,H and S perspective. All the information and rules were sent home on a separate flyer with the first newsletter. There are some remaining issues that I will mention that are proving a safety and compliance hazard. These are:
- Strictly no reverse parking in any park in the entire area.
- Slow driving at all times. It is not a race to get out of the car park. Each year several cars are hit as a result of someone being in a rush and perhaps not observing as carefully as needed.
- Students are not to be ever called to cars across the road and expected to cross anywhere other than the supervised crossings. Parents are also required to use the designated crossings otherwise it sends a double message to the students.
- We spent $25,000 on car park repairs and line marking just over 12 months ago. The issue with the makings is that the surface has deteriorated and the lines are not stable and they break away. We got quotes when we repaired the car park in 2015 to do the entire parent and staff car park and it was close to $500,000. This far exceeds our meager amounts of maintenance money each year and has to wait for a school funding round. In the mean time we will mark the lines again in order to assist with parking.
- Please park only within the lines – we have had some people parking across two parks and then leaving less space for others to park.
- If anyone does not want to get out of their car they are welcome to line up in the pick-up zone and children will be directed to the cars by the person on duty – but no more than three at a time. This is ideal for people with younger children, grandparents and with a baby in the car. Once you have told your designated pickup children they are to wait in that area each day, it runs really smoothly. They wait at the front of the junior play equipment.
Years 5/6 Swimming Program
The achievement and behaviour of the students has once again made us all very proud here at school. Only one or two children needed to be reminded by their instructors of the importance of total and undivided attention when in a learning situation that is time limited. Thank you to all the teachers and support officers that assisted over the week of swimming.
NRL players visit
Last Friday the NRL presented to our Year 5 and 6 students to talk about the elite game of rugby league and to assist students with ideas about commitment to sport and a healthy lifestyle and to talk about the key people and skills required in the game. They focus around the importance of playing for a team, wearing the same uniform, having the same values and goals and looking out for each other.
This area outside the Library has a number of lost items. Please have a look with your child if you are already missing an item.
Thank you to all the parents that have provided such healthy lunches for their children for the start of this year. It is really pleasing to see the number of healthy sandwiches, bread rolls, yoghurts and a variety of fruit being sent along in preference to packaged foods. Our Canteen has met the requirements of a “Healthy Schools Canteen” based on the Victorian Standards and is open from Wednesday to Friday.
2017 Semester 1 School Captains
At assembly on Wednesday our Semester 1 Student Leaders were presented with their badges by Mrs Mcfarlane and Mr Baker from the Senior Department.
They also read out their letters of application in what was their first public speaking role.
We are sure that they will be great role models for all of our students!
Mrs Mcfarlane, Kaid McGlashan (Captain),
Ebony Teague (Captain), Zac Carra (Vice
Captain), Ally O’Neill (Vice Captain) and
Welcome back to all our ongoing students and a special welcome to all our new families. We hope all students have a wonderful year with their teachers for 2017. The Preps had a fantastic start and seemed very well prepared for the new chapter in their lives. Some even managed to make it onto the front page of the Sunraysia Daily on Wednesday. Thank you to all the parents who assisted their children to be in full school uniform to start the year with new or preloved uniforms. Especially pleasing was the fact that so many of the students who purchased new shoes, selected the preferred black leather or black joggers – they look terrific!
Welcome to new staff
We warmly welcome all our new staff for the 2017 school year. We hope they enjoy at our school and immerse themselves in our strong teaching and learning culture and enjoy working with the children, meeting with their parents and meeting community members connected to our school.
Room 5 – Mrs Drusolina Webb
Room 7 – Mrs Christine Sherry
Room 8 – Mrs Natalie Mcfarlane (nee Tonkin)
Room 10 – Mrs Amy Gladman (nee Groves)
Room 13 – Ms Angela Enright
Congratulations to Ms Hill and her partner on the safe arrival of their daughter Sophia a few days before Christmas.
Congratulations to the Semester 1 Captains - Kaid McGlashan and Ebony Teague and Vice Captains Zac Carra and Ally O’Neil. They will receive their badges and read their speeches at assembly next Wednesday. Best wishes to all our school leaders including our soon to be elected Class Captains for Semester 1. A photo will be in the newsletter next week.
The Importance of Getting the Home Reading Established from day 1
We consider Home Reading as an essential part of our Home Work Program. It is expected that all children in every year level read for 20 to 30 minutes each day at home with the reader or reading material that has been deemed suitable for home reading (able to be read with at least 96% accuracy). Most children have made a start already this year. Books to record reading or a format produced by the teacher is always available for students to use. We find without exception that the children who read the most do very well academically at school. If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s reading or the recording of reading each night be sure to see their classroom teacher for an early chat.
Parenting Payment (CSEF)
Forms for all parents who hold a current Health Care Card are at the office to be collected – pink in colour. Please return as soon as possible as there is only a short time line to complete the process so that we can process the details. For new parents this
process allows for many of the student’s internal and external expenses to be covered. What is not used in one year can be saved and kept for the more
expensive excursions as the children move through the school.
Taking Care of all School Notes
Please consider a process that suits your family to deal with all notes brought home from school. All possible notes will also be posted on the website. A ‘Display Folder’ is ideal to place the families’ notes in as they are brought home each term. As each event is completed the notes can be discarded. Children need to be reminded that all notes are to be given to the parents and this is a good way to teach ‘responsibility’. When a student is away any notes handed out on the day of absence will be ‘named’ and kept for them by the teacher to take home on their return. This also makes the child responsible for ‘catching up’ after being absent. Phone calls and requests for replacement notes by parents do not assist children of any age to become ‘organised’. We want all our students to be ‘responsible’ and ‘participate actively’ in the communication process between home and school.
No children are to be at school before 8:30 am each morning as formal supervision does not begin until 8:45 am. We encourage parents to drop off between 8:30 am and 8:45 am to spread out the car park congestion. It is not okay however, for children to be coming after 9:00 am when the school day has commenced. This can become a major interruption to the class and the teacher. It is important to be on time every day. The conversations between children and their teacher at this time is essential and children who are regularly late often miss out on a timely greeting from their teacher and time to talk of important things and to have the DET roll marked. Any child arriving after 9:00 am must go via the office to sign the ‘Late Arrival Register’ and collect a late pass. It is unfortunate that less than 10 children are late to school nearly every day of the week and this has a major impact on their smooth start to the day and interaction with friends and their classroom teacher. Dismissal time in the afternoon is 3:15 pm and the playground is supervised until 3:30 pm.
Children waiting are asked to sit outside the General Purpose (GP) room. If a parent/grandparent/carer is held up due to unforeseen circumstances we ask that they please ring the office and we will have the child/children moved to, and wait in the foyer area. Please discuss with your child/ren that if the person who is designated to pick them up does not arrive by 3:30 pm they must make their way to the office so that the necessary phone calls can be made and supervision can be guaranteed.
Congratulations to all students and teachers for the rigorous and fun format of their SMART start to school. These are deliberately planned getting to know you and cooperative learning tasks to allow children to know everyone in their class by name and so that other children know a little about them to assist with the new class transition.
Please ensure that students have their names on every item they are likely to leave at school. Each year we are left with many items that have been mislaid, but with no names on them. The most common items are jumpers, drink bottles and lunch boxes. Many items outside the Library at the end of last year were brand new.
Invoices for Requisite Payments will be distributed soon. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any queries. It is essential that all parents pay this requisite fee in order for us to provide all the necessary resources to the children for the entire year.
It is with great sadness I acknowledge on behalf of the school community the passing of a parent of three of our past students – Eboni, Joel and Jake Harvey - (Mrs Melissa Harvey). Our thoughts are with Dale and all family members at this time.
Please take care at all times in the car park as it is a hive of activity for a short time every morning and every afternoon. The only entrance is near the church. It is also a non-smoking area and alcohol free zone for all visitors to the school no matter what a persons relationship is to the children. We thank all parents who abide by these rules and encourage them to notify us of any breaches to these State wide expectations in school grounds. Just a reminder that the drop off and pick up point is only for parents who remain in their car to allow the traffic to flow smoothly. Staff will only allow children to go to three cars at a time so please encourage your child to be waiting and ready otherwise unnecessary holdups are created. A car park plan has been sent home for your reference today with the newsletter.
New Basket Ball Court
The new Tiger Turf Basketball and all-purpose court area is now available and being used by the students. Many thanks to School Council and Parents’ Club for their current and ongoing financial support of this project. There is also a terrific new Cricket Pitch on the main oval. A truly great improvement to our play facilities. Our next projects to look forward to are the repair of the Netball courts and another area of play for our years Prep to 2 students.
Year 6 Graduation
WRITTEN ON FRIDAY, 16 DECEMBER 2016
A very special night for Year 6 children was held on Thursday evening. Some have said goodbye to their school, friends and teachers after seven years of attendance whereas others have come to us more recently. The presentation ceremony was followed by a dinner then a disco. We hope all parents and friends enjoyed the evening. Most of all we hope it will be a special memory for the Year 6 children and their teachers. We are very proud of them as their parents no doubt are as well. We know many have had additional challenges at home and at school, and they have been supported all the way to reach their Graduation by a team of caring people. One person in particular has been Mrs Muller in her Well-being role. We wish nothing but the best for all of our Year 6 graduates. Our Year 6 students will be heading into the years that will prepare them to enter the workforce. Every day at school is important!
Christmas Gifts to the Wishing Tree at Target
WRITTEN ON FRIDAY, 16 DECEMBER 2016
Thank you to all the parents and staff that donated towards the Christmas tree gifts for needy families at Target. Approximately $300 was raised through student and staff donations. School Captains assisted Mr Beer and Mrs Muller to purchase the items for this year.
School Magazine Sales
WRITTEN ON FRIDAY, 16 DECEMBER 2016
Sales have been excellent for our beautiful School Magazine which is a summary of our 2016 year. Thank you to everyone that purchased one and thank you to the sponsors that bought space in the magazine. We hope the sponsors are pleased with the professional look of the magazine and hope that parents will support our sponsors wherever possible. Without our terrific sponsors each year the magazine could cost over $20 per copy. Having it located for free at major places around town such as Doctor’s rooms also gives our sponsors a wider coverage for their generous support. Enjoy reading the chronicle of our 2016 year at Irymple Primary School.
WRITTEN ON FRIDAY, 16 DECEMBER 2016
Class lists for Preps will be sent out by mail with other relevant information for the beginning of the 2017 Prep year. The three classes are now finalised and we very much look forward to their start in January. This is a very special time in the lives of these children. We love welcoming the new children to our school.
Fond Farewell to Teachers
WRITTEN ON FRIDAY, 16 DECEMBER 2016
As the year draws to an end we are sad to say goodbye to several staff members.
Ms Lowe is leaving after completing a 6 week Long Service Leave replacement for Mrs Cornwall. The Room 14 children loved having her in the classroom and we thank her for her wonderful contribution to Term 4.
Mr McInerney is leaving to take up the Assistant Principal position at the Lake Primary School. We thank him for his many years’ service to our school in the 5/6 Department. We wish him and his family all the best.
Miss Barnes is leaving to pursue teaching at another school and we wish her all the very best. Her work as a Graduate in our school has showed that her skills for teaching are immense and we wish her all the very best for the future.
Miss Hill has just recently commenced maternity leave and is looking forward to her second child in the coming weeks. We wish her and her family all the best.
Mrs Cameron is leaving to commence maternity leave and we wish her and her husband all the very best with their new baby due very soon. Mrs Cameron has been here for a number of years across several year levels.
Final Comments for 2016
WRITTEN ON FRIDAY, 16 DECEMBER 2016
Once again it has been a privilege to be the Principal of a school which has such depth and diversity to its educational, community and extracurricular activities. The staff and parents have supported the school and operated as a caring and supportive team with all the best interests of the children at heart.
Congratulations and thank you to the Year 6 Captains and Vice Captains who have so ably led the school. They have represented us at school functions and have led our assemblies each fortnight. They were major contributors to the Year 6 Graduation Ceremony this week.
Thank you to the very hard working, enthusiastic and talented teaching staff for their dedication to all the tasks that are involved in being a great teacher at Irymple Primary School. Like the students we strive to improve every year.
We live in an age where the scrutiny of service providers generally is widespread and open to positive and negative feedback in the public domain. We must never lose the humble ability to praise and thank those who each year places a new piece in the puzzle to create the next generation of citizens in our society. It is always easy to criticise from afar, but it takes a loving and dedicated parent to think of all possibilities and then to talk directly to someone who can assist them. We have on the whole, amazing support from our parents and working as a team and getting to the bottom of concerns is our priority and ongoing commitment.
The Parents’ Club have had a wonderful year raising much needed funds to supplement the schools’ budget. In addition to this they have tirelessly worked to organise and run a Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day stall, special lunches and the School Christmas Concert. The members all support the canteen regularly and spend a substantial time raising funds for all the students in this school. They are a small, but organised team and a pleasure to work with for the benefit of our children.
Once again I would like to say a special thank you to Mr Garry Beer for his leadership and support throughout the year. In addition to this I would like to offer my thanks to the School ’Leadership Team’, including Miss Jess Melsen, Mrs Alice Baird and Mr Shaun McInerney. Their contribution to their teaching and learning teams has been outstanding. The members of the team represent their teams with professionalism and lead by example.
We have had a wonderful 2016 and the students have demonstrated outstanding knowledge and skills across the school. We have completed our School Review and written the 2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan in readiness for the next four years of our work.
We wish all those families moving with work and relocations all the very best and know that they will take many memories of this school with them whether through learning, friendships or strong school values. We will welcome many new families to our school in 2017 and look forward to all they may contribute to our highly regarded school.
On behalf of all the staff at Irymple Primary School I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
2016 School Concert
WRITTEN ON THURSDAY, 15 DECEMBER 2016
Thanks again to everyone involved in this years school concert. We hope you enjoy viewing the video that was captured on the night. We encourage you to share the links with your family and friends.
Kayla and Archer introduce Room 9 to the stage. Room 9 performs Santa Clause is Coming to Town - Teacher: Ms Hawkes and Mr Pettit.
Josh and Nikita introduce Room 6 to the stage. Room 6 performs Jingle Bells - Teacher: Mrs Birch and Mrs Leslie.
Josh and Nikita introduce Room 8 to the stage. Room 8 performs 12 Days of Christmas - Teacher: Mr McInerney.
Grade 5 Camp
WRITTEN ON FRIDAY, 09 DECEMBER 2016
Thank you again to all the staff who attended the Year 5 camp at Lake Cullulleraine and the high level of student participation. The student’s behaviour was generally very good for the whole 5 days away. For staff, it is a whole week away from their own partners and often young families as well. Camp attendance is a real privilege! Thank you to Mr Baker for organising the camp.