Qkr! And Compass Night:
Thank you to the parents who joined us for the informative night about how to get the most out of QKR! and Compass. Parents who attended have graciously put together a help sheet for everyone. Please find it attached to the newsletter post this week.
End of Term:
Yes, next week is the last week of school. Just a quick reminder, students will be dismissed at 2:30pm on Friday from their classrooms. We hope all students have a safe and restful break and return in Term 3 fully charged to meet their next learning challenges. Our first day of Term 3 is Wednesday 19th July. Camp Australia do have care available on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th July. Please contact them on 0438 166 863.
Three Way Conferences:
The booking process is working well on Compass and many parents have already secured their time to hear about the learning which has occurred in their child’s class. Please if you haven’t booked yet, make your way to Compass and find a suitable time to celebrate with your child their learning.
The next major fundraiser for McKinnon Primary School will commence on Wednesday 28th June with our Monster Raffle! There’s more than 100 prizes to be won making a total prize pool of more than $58,000- including a car for first prize! Keep an eye out for ticket books coming home with each student next week.
Here’s what to do:
- Ask your friends, family, colleagues if they would like to buy a ticket (for $2 per ticket)
- Fill in their details on the ticket stub and give them the corresponding ticket
- Once you have sold all your tickets (10 per book) bring the stubs and the money back to your classroom teacher or directly to the office.
- If you don’t sell any or all of your tickets, please ensure you return them back to the office anyway
- If you need more tickets, ask at the office
- Ticket books will be distributed on Wednesday 28th June (one book to each student) and they must all be returned by Friday 11th August.
This initiative is run in conjunction with Scouts Victoria and $1.50 of each ticket sold goes directly to the school’s fundraising tally. So please get behind this great initiative in raising much-needed funds for our wonderful school!
Whole School Assembly– JUNE ATTITUDE AWARDS:
Please join us for our whole school assembly on Wednesday 28th June at 2:45pm. Our Year 6 Leaders are doing an outstanding job in leading these assemblies and together we can celebrate a very successful term of learning and a range of student achievements.
Student Safety and Our Kiss and Go Zone:
Our kiss and go zone helps ensure student safety enabling a quick pick up point for both parents and students. Please be aware there are clear rules attached to the kiss and go zone. It is important to know you are not permitted to leave your vehicle unattended and you cannot stay over the allocated time, pull into the driveway or have any part of your car in the driveway. The council are monitoring the zone and issuing fines to parents, so please be mindful of this.
Updated School Policies:
School Council has approved updates on some of our school policies. The policies can be viewed on the school’s website:
- Anaphylaxis Policy
- Refund Policy
- Financial Hardship Policy
We are also in the process of updating our Working With Children (WWC) checks. If you are interested in volunteering in the school as a classroom helper, attending excursions or camps we need to hold a copy of your WWC in the register. There is no charge for obtaining a WWC card. For further information, please refer to the Volunteer Policy on our website.
It is optional for parents helping with Friday Treats to hold a WWC, but it is essential that you sign in at the office if you are helping in the canteen. This is to ensure we check everyone is safe in the event of an emergency.
SAVE THE DATE!
Friday 1st December 2017
MPS Twilight Market -We are asking our school families for assistance to make the market bigger and better than ever !
We need second hand books (in good condition) for our book stall……and…….
Clean empty jars for our famous jam and conserve stall and the very popular mystery jar stall.
Just in case you are having a bit of a clean out or a cook up over the holidays please save these items for the twilight market.
Lots more exciting Twilight market news to come.
Any questions, expressions of interest or feedback don’t hesitate to contact Tanya Paterson:
- Working Bee Saturday 22nd July 12-4pm come along and join the fun!
- Don’t forget to lodge your 2018 Enrolment forms with the office by the end of the term.
MCKINNON – BE ALLERGY AWARE & SHOW YOU CARE:
At our school, we have many students who experience mild to severe allergic reactions when exposed to a range of allergens. The most common allergens in school aged children are peanuts, eggs, tree nuts such as cashews, cow’s milk, fish and shellfish, wheat, soy, sesame, insect stings and bites (e.g. wasp, jumper jack ant), some medications such as antibiotics or anaesthetics, and latex (rubber).
Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. It must be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment and urgent medical attention. Adrenaline given through an EpiPen autoinjector to the muscle of the outer mid-thigh is the most effective first aid treatment for anaphylaxis.
As a community we need to be aware of our practices and educate each other about how to respond to these emergencies. Each year Victorians focus on Allergy Awareness Week, although held in May it’s never too late to be aware. The following website provides fantastic videos and support materials to discuss with your child. Hopefully any action we take will save someone’s life whether at school or anywhere else in our community.
As advised by the Royal Children’s Hospital and all specialists in this field, banning of products that contain the allergen is NOT recommended. Banning will not succeed in creating an “allergy free zone”. It is difficult to achieve a 100% ban, for a variety of reasons. Rather than banning foods, it is recommended that we all become aware of allergy causing foods and put in place a range of preventative measures, management procedures and educate everyone on what to do to support our students.
At McKinnon prevention, management and awareness includes:
- Staff knowledge about each student’s particular condition and management plan and being trained to respond to such medical emergencies
- All families being informed if there is a student in their child’s class with a particular allergy or anaphylaxis
- Ongoing training for all staff throughout the year as per DET guidelines
- Students who do bring to school products that contain allergens that cause anaphylaxis are separated from the students that are potentially at risk during eating time and requested to wash their hands thoroughly with soap.
- Teachers educate and remind students across the school to avoid sharing food items.
- Practising routine hygiene and good food safety practices
- Any member of the school community who are responsible for cooking or delivering food to our students, including relief/casual staff, know about each student’s allergies
Finally our anaphylaxis policy has just been reviewed by our school council this week and will be available on Compass by the end of the term. At our next Education meeting we will be creating an Allergy policy, so please if you are interested come along to the meeting on Tuesday 1st August at 8am.
Have a great weekend,
Simone, Ben and Natalie