The theme for NRW2018 is ‘Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow.’ National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from 27 May – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively. Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The dates that bookend the week are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey. May 27—Marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 percent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census. 3 June—Commemorates the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—a relationship that existed prior to colonisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.
2017 ANNUAL REPORT AND EXTENDED INVITE TO THE ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING
Please come along to our School Council Annual Public Meeting being held on Monday 18th June at 6pm. During this time we will discuss the school 2017 annual report. During the meeting, we will be discussing the highlights of the 2017 year and the future directions.
OVAL UPGRADE UPDATE
We are hoping to have our new oval open to students on Tuesday 12th June. There will be workers here over the weekend completing the final touches. We are all very excited to begin our new journey.
CODING AT MCKINNON PS
Last week the staff participated in a professional learning session on Coding. What does coding mean? In programming, code (noun) is a term used for the statements written in a particular programming language – the source code. To code (verb) is to write programming statements – that is, to write the source code for a program. This session was designed to introduce students to the skill of coding using the website “Hour of Code”.
PARLIAMENT AND CIVICS EDUCATION REBATE PROGRAM
During week seven, 113 year six students undertook an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. They visited iconic attractions such as Parliament House, the High Court of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Institute of Sport.
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their civics and citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion. Our school anticipates this rebate and deducts this from the cost charged to families.
Thank you to David Kefaloukos, Angela Henry, Lucy Curl, Catherine Hales, Bianca Tamaino, William Meng, Kieren Reith and Louise Walsh for all their hard work and organisation. We are looking forward to visiting Canberra again next year!
WINTER MONTHS AND NAMING BELONGINGS
With winter now upon us, we remind all families to be vigilant in negating the spread of colds and flu. We have had some children attending school when they are really not well enough to be here. For the sake of the other children, and the staff, if your child is ill please ensure they have had adequate time to recover before they return to school. Reminding your children about hygienic practices e.g. use of tissues, covering your mouth when you cough and regularly washing hands. Thank you for your cooperation with this. Additionally, please ensure that all school uniform items are clearly named and labelled. This will help to return any found items to their rightful owner.
2019 FOUNDATION ENROLMENTS
Our enrolment process is well underway, we have already received many enrolments for 2019. Please ensure you enrol your child as soon as possible so we can ensure we hold a spot for them! Having a solid indication of student numbers allows us to effectively plan for 2019 home groups and staffing. Thank you to the parents who have already enrolled for next year. If you need an enrolment form they are available from our website or the office.
Please be reminded of the upcoming Queen’s birthday public holiday on Monday, June 11th. There is no school for students on this day.
Enjoy your long weekend,
Simone, Ben and Suzanne