LEAH MILLS

Thank you for the demonstration of support and connectedness our community has shown through this very difficult time. Yesterday Marcia Paturzo and Hannah Macklow, on behalf of our school community, collected the ribbons on the fence and the beautiful cards and well wishes from Leah’s Corner and have packaged them all up to give to Leah’s girls Chloe and Elise.

There have been suggestions of dedicating a friendship seat to Leah which we are currently investigating. Thank you all once again for your support during this time.

 TWILIGHT MARKET – RESCHEDULED

Please mark Friday 16th February 2018 in your diary for our Community Twilight Market.

THANK YOU MORNING TEA FOR ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS

On behalf of the staff, we thank the volunteers who have already responded to our invitation to join us for our 2017 Volunteer Morning Tea. This is our opportunity to formally recognise and thank our volunteers for offering their time and energy here at McKinnon Primary School. We hope to see as many of our volunteers as possible at the Morning Tea to be held on Friday 8th December at 11.00am in the Staff Room

2018 HOME GROUP NOTIFICATION

On Tuesday 19th December, the students will meet their 2018 home group teacher and classmates. As a staff we have focused on creating the most connected learning communities by ensuring teams are placed as close as possible. We are currently finalising teacher placement and will confirm in the near future.

SCHOOL TIMES IN 2018

In 2018 we will be moving our lunch hour to 1:30pm. This change has come about as we have made allowances for our teachers to have increased planning time together. This collaborative time will further develop our PYP curriculum.

SEMESTER 2 REPORTS

All students will receive their Semester 2 reports on Friday 15th December via Compass. If you wish to receive a hard copy of your child’s report please inform the office by Wednesday 13th December.

STUDENTS ARRIVING LATE TO SCHOOL

A reminder that all students arriving to school late MUST be signed in by a parent/carer. Students cannot sign themselves in late to school.

 STUDENT SAFETY AT PICKUP and DROP OFF AREAS

We ask that parents follow the rules in the pickup and drop off areas as we have had concerns about safety of our students raised. Please take the extra time to ensure your child arrives safely at school and in accordance with the road rules. Student safety is extremely important to all of us, so we are asking the council to patrol the drop off points around the school more regularly. Please make sure you are following the rules to ensure safety of all our students and to avoid any costly fines.

2018 PARENT PAYMENTS and BOOKLISTS

In mid-November, all families (Foundation – Year 5) received their 2018 Statements outlining the Parent Payments for each child’s year level. Thank you to the families who have already arranged payment. As stated in the covering letter, there are a range of payment options and we encourage you to inquire about these should the one payment prove to be financially difficult. Our final date for payment is 31st January 2018. The office is here to help and are ready to process your payments, so please take the option and get in early before the Christmas rush. Please contact the office if you did not receive your copy.

In 2018 we have shifted to a levy payment for excursions and sporting activities. This will help minimise the number of transactions you need to make, and alleviate the stress and anxiety caused by not knowing if you have paid for an activity or not. Payments for 2018 charges can be made by completing the payment form and returning to the office, online with Qkr or Bpay, in person at the office or over the phone.

Please check Compass for your 2018 Booklists.

Booklists can be ordered online or hand in your form at the Office before 8th December. Books are delivered to your home, or you can nominate a friend, neighbour or relative if you are going away.

 If you are having financial difficulties, please contact the office for a confidential discussion.

YEAR THREE CAMP JUNGAI

On Monday 20th November our delightful Year 3 students farewelled us all to head off to Camp Jungai which is located in the Rubicon Valley in the shadows of the beautiful Cathedral Ranges. One of the most unique features of this camp is the programs that focus on Aboriginal cultural activities. Students explored bush tuckers, bush medicine, dreamtime stories, boomerang painting and throwing and participated in an evening cultural session conducted by the wonderful elder Aunty Aroar.

Our students also participated in canoeing, bushwalking, gardening and cooking, photo scavenger, low-ropes course as well as bravely facing the ‘Possum-Pull’, which is a bit, like a giant swing.

Thank you to all those people that helped make this camp such a success and a big congratulations to all the students attending with many of them spending time away from family for the first time. We know they have made memories to last many years!

HOME GROUP PARTIES

In week 10 each home group (Foundation – Year 5) will participate in a home group party to celebrate the end of the school year. A notice will be posted on Compass outlining the food contributions required, along with allergy management requirements. The teachers will be requesting that there’s a mix of savoury foods, complimented by some sweet foods i.e. fruit platters etc. Please note that for this occasion, there will not be heating facilities available. All hot food should be delivered to the school at the time of the parties. Year 6 will have a separate celebration as part of their graduation.

Simone, Ben and Suzanne

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