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26th June

Parent Teacher Interviews STUDENT FREE

27th June

Tabloid Sports

28th June

Sean Choolburra Performance

29th June

Last Day 2:15 Dismissal

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.

Prep Open Night

Last Wednesday evening, we had our informal Prep Open Evening. We had an excellent attendance and thank you to Mrs Floramo, Ms Chislett and Mrs Dea for their attendance on the night. If you have children already at school and have a child starting Prep in 2019 please complete the enrolment form as soon as possible.

Book Fair Information

To encourage reading our school is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair commencing today. There you will find a selection of the best books available for your child.

When: Friday 1st June to Tuesday 5th June

Time: 8:30am – 8:55am and 3:15pm – 3:45pm

There will be a special opening on Saturday 2nd June

from 10:00am–12noon (entry via door on 15th Street)


Every student gets to visit the Fair with their class and we hope you and other family members will stop by as well. The Book Fair is open to everyone! All Book Fair purchases benefit our school by assisting to resource extra books for our Library.

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you.

Interschool Sports

The majority of Year 5 and 6 students on Tuesday participated in Interschool Sports activities at Nichols Point Primary School. Although no teams qualified for the division finals, our students enjoyed competing against Nichols Point and Irymple South Primary in Aussie Rules football and hockey. All our teams played in great spirit and behaved well.

Behaviour on School Buses and While Waiting at Irymple Secondary College

Please encourage your children to report any behaviour that is causing issues firstly to the bus driver and then to Mrs Baird or me on the following day. Just a reminder that no children are to walk across the paddock to Irymple Secondary College without parent consent in writing. We are obliged to remind all children that they must remain seated at Irymple Secondary College and must not under any circumstances wander around the school. There are expansive building works in progress and no children should be on site at all – even if invited by past students from our school.

Parking Before and After School

All parking around the small oval and in the carpark is nose first. Please do not reverse into any car parks. We have a circle system at the end of the teacher car park. No parents are to park in the staff carpark. These will be supervised by a staff member after school. We ask that no cars park in the staff car park as we need to leave room for Agency Pickups and the after school care bus from the Lutheran School.

School Cross Country

Next week on Wednesday 6th June, we will hold our school Cross Country event. We deliberately leave it until the weather is cooler so that all students can participate without distress. We have included a timetable for all year levels below.

The competitive students were all given the opportunity to try out and practice at lunchtimes and afternoon breaks to complete in the Sunraysia School’s Cross Country event earlier this month. Those with the best times were selected to participate in the Regional Cross Country event on 5th June, 2018 at St Arnaud. We have no doubt that they will represent our area very well and also enjoy the school competition that follows.