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24th July

Alpha Shows 9:15 AM

25th July

2019 Prep Come and Try

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

31st July

Student Free Day

1st August

Assembly 2:30

Welcome Back

Welcome back to all our families and students for Term 3. We are ready for a big term of learning and extracurricular activities such as the Athletics Sports, Book Week day and many more classroom level activities.

Semester 2 Captains and Vice Captains

Congratulations to the Semester 2 Captains ( Chloe Williams and Declan Gordon) and Vice Captains (Lara Phillips and Destiny Harris). The day to day interaction and good citizenship is of prime importance along with the written application. This is a most important selection. Thank you to all the other students who applied and for their high regard for the position. We wish them all the best in their leadership roles. The appointed students will ready their applications to read at our first Assembly.

Thank you

Thank you to the outgoing Captains and Vice Captions from Semester 1. They have done an outstanding job and increased their leadership and public speaking skills enormously. We wish them all the best as they continue to be strong leaders in the school. We look forward to their daily leadership contributions and additional organisational and public speaking roles during their Year 6 Presentation Evening. All four students have set a very high standard for the Semester 2 Captains to aspire to.

Parent Opinion Survey

This week the details to access the Annual Parent Opinion survey will be distributed to random families selected by the DET’s Computer system. The survey will be conducted from Monday 23rd July to Sunday 26th August. If selected, you will receive an information letter and details to log into the survey. Approximately 50 families are invited by the system to complete the survey and it should take no more than 10 -15 minutes to complete. The teachers have a survey to complete as well as the students.

The responses are matched to the parent survey to gauge trends from the whole school community which is then released in each year’s Annual Report. We are hoping to get a 100% return rate. It can be a very positive way to give feedback. It is not a forum for complaints that should have been directed to the school at the time of an incident in order for it to be dealt with in an appropriate and timely fashion. Thank you in advance to anyone selected by the Department of Education and Training (DET).

One of the areas that parents seem to rate us poorly on, is Extracurricular Activities – it requires some clarification as it does not refer to afterschool care or teacher provided after school activities. It refers to all the things in and out of the classroom that are in addition to the structured Victorian Curriculum - extra to the cognitive curriculum.

We realise that some questions can be confusing in the survey and to assist with the understanding we have listed just some of the ‘Extra-curricular Activities’ at our school that occur most years – this list is not exhaustive but a well-rounded snapshot:

  • School Camps – excursion and incursions at all levels Before school activities e.g. tennis
  • Grip Leadership Course Visiting performances – The Arts
  • Grade 2 School Sleepover Athletics sports
  • Swimming Sports Swimming Lessons
  • WOW program Catholic – Religious Education
  • Major Excursions which include Swan Hill, Rose’s Gap, Melbourne and Lake Cullulleraine
  • Year 5/6 Grip Leadership Course Grade 3/4 Activity Day
  • Grade 5/6 Activity Day
  • Interschool Sport – summer and winter Cross Country
  • Specialty hockey, soccer, cricket, tennis and football clinics held at school
  • Lightning Premiership - Interschool School competitions – Netball and Football
  • Book Week Day Alpha Show
  • Special Canteen days
  • Special SRC Days
  • Art Club during lunch times Library Activities
  • Visiting dog training personnel Choir
  • School Concert/Carols Anzac Day Ceremony
  • Year 5/6 Peer Support Training and program delivery Mini Show
  • Naidoc Week Activities Emergency Services demonstrations
  • Flying Doctor Demonstration

2019 Foundation (Prep) Enrolments

2019 Prep Enrolments are due to be left at the front office if they have not already been completed. We have strong enrolments so far.

Please reassure interested parents that it is of no consequence whether children have attended a particular room at any Kindergarten or Early Learning program at any Early Learning Centre. Often parents’ home circumstances change from when their child starts an early learning situation, compared to when their child starts school. With the addition of such a large number of housing blocks being available near to our school some people have started at inner city Kindergartens, but will soon move into a new residence and wish to start at the school where their children will remain. We are also in quite a unique situation where many parents avail themselves of Kindergartens in town to be closer to parent work situations. Most years we draw children from at least 5 different Pre-School Kindergartens or Early Learning Centres. We ask that all new parents make an appointment to have a chat if they are unsure of their child’s readiness or if they are concerned about friendship groups that they have outside of the school previous to starting. We are developing good contacts with our main feeder providers of Early Childhood services and look forward to a wonderful transition to school for all our new Foundation (Prep) students in 2019.

We receive transition documents from each Early Year’s provider and they provide marvellous information to assist with the smooth transition of the children. Our transition program is well underway and we have again guaranteed two classes with the possibility of three again in 2019. We make a commitment to all our parents that we will always keep classes as low in number as possible according to the funding that we have available to us. We are excited about welcoming our new students to the Come and Try morning next Wednesday 25th July.

Term 3

We look forward to a great Term 3 and encourage all parents to continue their support for all their children and our school in any way that is appropriate for them. We know that everyone is not available all the time for special events, classroom support, Parents’ Club activities and Canteen support, but we do appreciate all the little bits of time that parents and carers give our children and our school whenever they are able to. The listening of children read for even 20 minutes a week is helping to assist the reading development of a number of children. Being on time and at school every day gives every child the best possible chance to be exposed to our ‘high expectations for all’ curriculum. We wish everyone the best for Term 3.

Reports and Report Writing Day

Congratulations to all the parents that were able to celebrate the work of Semester 1 with their children while reading their reports and while attending the Parent Teacher Interviews this past Tuesday. Thank you to all the staff for their time on the day as well. Much preparation goes into report writing and Interview Day and it is very much appreciated by the school community. If you were unable to attend please ensue that you make a time to meet with your child’s teacher early in Term 3. Thank you to the senior students that came in to share their learning journey with their parents via a personal presentation.

On-line GAMES of Concern

We are wanting to draw parent’s attention to two games that are causing huge distress to some children in our school.

The first one is:

Fortnite: Please be aware that children (as young as Year 1) are planning to meet on line and engage in these games together. It can be highly addictive and has the potential to cost money to be able to stay in the game. Already we have needed to sort out arguments from children who seem unable to leave the game thoughts and challenges at home. It is a highly competitive game and involves killing.

The second one is:

The Charlie Charlie Challenge: This is a re-emergence of an old Spanish game, but it has evolved to involve dares and threats of death to other children if they do certain things e.g. If your pencil spins to the right you will die today.

Both games are for children 13+ and need constant supervision where the computer is always in sight. So far this has involved about 20 children being aggressive and/or distressed by the games. We want the awareness of the possible negative effects to be made available so that parents are able to explore the games themselves and know exactly what is being said and done on-line when children are so young and sometimes unable to distinguish reality from fantasy.

Captains and Vice Captains for 2018 – Semester 2

The captains will be announced at Assembly on Friday and the 4 captains for Semester 2 will read their application letter during the first assembly of Term 3. Congratulations to all four students on a great effort.

Quick Lost Property Check

With the onset of the colder weather please come and have a look and see if any lost item/s is/are located in the lost property area. There are at least 20 jackets without names on them in the hanging area.

5 cent Coin Competition – Parents’ Club Fund Raiser

Starting day 1 of Term 3 each room will have a sealed bottle for the collection of 5 cent coins. Every class including the teachers will have a collection tub. Parents’ club have offered a prize for the class that wins the competition for the collection of the most coins. The competition only goes for two full weeks. So the challenge is to collect as many 5 cent coins as you can during the holidays to get your class off to a good start. Our target is $2000 in total.

Pie Drive Thank You – Parents’ Club Fundraiser

Thank you to all the parents and families that purchased so many pies at the end of Term 2. A big thank you to those parents that came in for the morning to sort all the pies ready for pickups. It has been a wonderful fundraiser for 2018. To sell over 2,000 pies in total, is a truly magnificent effort by so many families.

Tabloid Sports Day

Thank you to the senior students that assisted with the day – this was a great leadership opportunity for the students. Thank you also to Mr Pettit for his assistance with the preparations for the day. A fabulous time was had by all involved.

Little Day Out

Thank you to Mrs Floramo and Ms Chislett for attending the Little Day Out last Friday on behalf of our school to enable parents to ask questions about our school and to field inquires about potential Prep students for 2019.

End of Term Best Wishes

Thank you to all the staff for a great start to the year and for the hard work of our children. We hope all families have a safe and happy holiday. We will look forward to seeing everyone back for the second half of the year on Monday 16th July - Semester 2.

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.