WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY
Thank you to our wonderful parent community who so generously donated their time to prepare an outstanding lunch for World Teachers’ Day. The tables looked beautiful with freshly cut flowers and the food was magnificent, reflective of our diverse backgrounds at McKinnon. The staff enjoyed every mouthful and felt very appreciated. Thank you to the Parents Club for organising the special celebration.
PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE
At Monday’s assembly we celebrated our participation in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. We were lucky enough to have Mr Nick Staikos MP attend our assembly to present a book “The Magic Beach” by Alison Lester to the school to acknowledge our participation. Well done to all our avid readers!
REMINDER: MELBOURNE CUP HOLIDAY
Just a reminder that there will be no school on Tuesday 7th November, however school will run as normal on Monday 6th November.
YEAR 2 SLEEPOVER
Last Friday night saw all the Year Two students arrive to school in the afternoon with their sleeping bags, mattresses and teddy bears for the annual Year Two Sleepover. Little Devils, the circus company were on hand to teach our students some circus skills like juggling and tight rope walking. A special thank you to the Year Two team and supporting staff who attended this event and made it a huge success. All students had an amazing time.
FIRST AID TRAINING
Over the past two weeks staff have been participating in Level Two first aid certificate training. Staff either began the first aid journey or refreshed their learning.
Please make sure you put aside Saturday 11th November for the Term 4 working bee. We would love to see as many people as possible. So come along and join the fun and help support our school. More information to come
SCHOOL COUNCIL SUMMARY
School Council held its monthly meeting on Monday 23rd October. Some of the highlights from this meeting were: a presentation of our 2017 parent opinion and students’ attitude to school survey results, Annual Implementation Plan discussion and the approval for Pat Mac tennis to begin running tennis lessons after school for our students.
On Monday 30th October, the Learning Centre was completely transformed into another world as our community came together to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali. We have to say we were all very overwhelmed with the evening and the spirit of togetherness was felt throughout the entire night. Many families wore beautiful and intricate clothing and our students and parents performed a variety of dances, songs, prayers and speeches to celebrate and teach the whole community about the meaning of Diwali. It was so beautiful to see our students perform in front of hundreds of cheering and clapping audience members and to see elements of their culture valued and celebrated. The turnout of families was much greater than anticipated and we were even joined by the Member for Goldstein Tim Wilson. The evening concluded with an amazing spread of delicious and enticing food, which was enjoyed by everyone. A huge thank you to all those involved in making this evening a tremendous success and a memory to build on every year. Thank you
YEAR FIVE SHARIING THE PLANET – TAKING ACTION WITH SUSTAINABILITY
As you may have noticed, our students in Year Five have been bursting to take action with their new knowledge in the area of sustainability. After exploring their Sharing the Planet Unit of Inquiry students conducted extensive research into a particular area sharing their ideas and suggestions to take positive action to make our community more sustainable. Some of their amazing action has included: initiating a recycling program at the school, asking staff and parents to consider the implication of reusable “keep-cups” for daily coffees, installation of compost bins, recycling batteries, writing letters to Glen Eira Council to consider their E-Waste policies, writing letters to NASA regarding space junk, writing to local supermarkets to ask them to consider the use of biodegradable bags, introducing ongoing collection points for mobile phones and batteries, just to name a few! We are extremely proud of the action taken by the Year Five students and look forward to continuing to see the positive changes they bring as they further develop these ideas within the community.
Have a great weekend,
Simone, Ben and Suzanne