Welcome back to Term Three, it is so lovely to see so many smiling faces back at school and ready for learning! I hope you all enjoyed the break free from school routines. During the first two weeks of this term, Mr Ben Moncrieff has been Acting Principal at Tucker Rd Primary and Ms Amanda Young has been acting in his role during this time. Mr Moncrieff returns to McKinnon PS on Monday 30th July. Thank you to Ms Young for her work and support during her time in this role. A special welcome back to Ms Melanie Kendrick who is returning from family leave. Ms Kendrick’s position is teaching Physical Education on Tuesday through to Thursday.
We have a very busy time ahead this term with the Year 3-6 Concert on Thursday 16th August, School Disco on Thursday 23rd August and Book Week celebrations scheduled then as well. You are able to purchase tickets for both of these events, please see the compass post for relevant details.
IMPROVEMENT TO OUR OUTDOOR LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS – A BIG THANK YOU TO THE PARENTS’ CLUB
You may have noticed there has been a lot of action around the school grounds during the holidays. We have replaced the amphitheatre to ensure it lasts another 50 years at least and have installed new flagpoles at the end of the fake grass. It is exciting to see work being started on our new Kitchen Garden at the back of the Year One classrooms. These projects are happening because of the hard work of the Parents’ Club who have been raising funds throughout the year. Thank you to all our parents for their financial contribution to Parents’ Club events, this has ensured we have new and exciting changes happening around our school for our kids.
SISTER SCHOOL VISIT
This week we welcomed back our sister school, which has been a highly rewarding experience for everyone involved. On Tuesday 24th July, I was lucky enough to attend Government House for a reception with the Governor Linda Dessau AC Governor of Victoria, our sister school from the Jiangsu Province in China and a number of other Victorian schools along with their sister schools. Throughout the reception, we recognised the important relationships that form through sister school connections and reciprocal visits. It was a special occasion for us as our LOTE Captains Isabel Eriksen and Sam Trakalianis addressed the reception in Chinese sharing the benefits they believed the school achieves because of the participation in this program. This is an honour for our school to be chosen to do this. Thank you so much to the families who have volunteered for the home stay and a special thank you to Mr William Meng who has organised the visit. It has been a huge success and a true reflection of our International Mindedness.
WE WANT OUR PARENTS TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK – PARENT SURVEY
Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.
Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 23rd July to Sunday 26th August.
The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.
The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September. Survey results will be shared with the School Council and be reported on during our annual reporting meeting.
Please contact the school if you would like more information.
As you know, at the beginning of this term we commenced using the system of automatic notification of absences. If you have not notified the school of your child’s absence by 9:15 you will receive a text message alerting you that your child is not at school. This has been running successfully and has proved to be an effective system.
Maximising your child’s attendance and promoting school as a very important place to be every day is a critical step in ensuring your child has optimum conditions for learning.
Did you know that a child missing one day a fortnight will miss four weeks in a year, and more than a whole year of school by Year Ten? It is important that children develop regular attendance habits at an early age.
Missing whole days or part of a day of school can leave students feeling like they have entered a movie half way through and have missed the introduction and plot of the film struggling to piece together what is happening. We want all our students to feel at their most confident in their learning and set them up for success.
REMINDER: Curriculum Day is on Friday 3rd August
We are extremely excited for our curriculum day on Friday 3rd August 2018 and are thrilled to welcome David Hornsby – Literacy Educational Consultant, to lead the day of professional learning. The day will complement what we are already doing at McKinnon Primary School and will focus on developing thoughtful literacy and deeper levels of comprehension. David will be covering very practical teaching practices and will be unpacking teaching procedures that focus on inquiry and maximising student involvement. It will be about guiding students’ reading in many different ways, with a focus on comprehension, but with obvious oral language and writing overlaps. This will be an integrated approach that is compatible with the PYP.
Please contact Camp Australia if your child needs care on this day.
Please make sure you submit any enrolment forms to the office as soon as possible.
Have a great weekend
Simone, Ben and Suzanne