Monday was a special day as our Foundation students celebrated their first 100 days of school. We are sure the parents of the students are thinking back and wondering how the time went so quickly and marvelling at how far they have come with their learning. The Foundation students loved celebrating and completing many special activities with their classmates and teachers. Congratulations to all of our Foundation students for the joy and love of learning that they demonstrate every day, we’re definitely looking forward to the next 100 days.


Many of our students walk, ride and ‘scoot’ to school through our local streets. We encourage students to take this opportunity to promote physical health and wellbeing, as well as helping to reduce the traffic on our roads and the related congestion and environmental effects. The majority of our students travel safely, however several concerning behaviours have been observed recently. It would be most appreciated if parents/carers could speak to their children about safe road/pedestrian behaviour and ensure that road rules are followed by all members of our community to ensure safety for all. Please be aware if you see inappropriate behaviour please call the council to report it on 9524 3333 or visit their website to make a complaint


We are continuing to accept enrolments for all year levels for the 2019 school year. If you are aware of families intending to enrol that have not done so as yet, please encourage them to pick up an enrolment pack from the office.


We have recently conducted an assessment of our progress against the main goals and strategies in our school’s Annual Implementation Plan. Our focus is on improving student learning and improving student engagement levels. We are pleased to report that we are well on track to embedding best practice across the whole school to achieve this. Our Strategic and Annual Implementation Plans can be accessed on our website home page.


Last Friday our teachers and our education support staff thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a professional development workshop on reading lead by internationally renowned literacy expert, David Hornsby. David covered many engaging and inspiring procedures to help our students think more deeply about what they are reading. Our teachers have already been very busy implementing these fabulous and fun procedures in their classrooms with their students.


Each student’s first listed, parent/carer contact now receives an SMS advising them that their child is not at school when there is no record in Compass explaining their absence. An SMS is automatically sent from Compass at 9:30am, if the student is marked ‘Not Present’ in the roll and Compass has determined their ‘Not Present’ entry is ‘Unexplained’. Parents/carers are now required to approve absence from school in Compass prior to 9:30am, on the day of absence, to avoid receiving an SMS.


Parents and guardians are generally responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs. Most medical costs will be refundable by Medicare. If you are a member of an ambulance or health insurance fund, you may also be able to claim transport or other expenses from the fund.
The Department of Education and Training does not hold accident insurance for school students.
Is other insurance cover available? Yes.

The Department is aware of two insurers, JUA Underwriting Agency Pty Ltd and Willis Australia Ltd., that provide accident insurance policies for students. These policies provide specific benefits for students who are injured in accidents for a reasonably low cost. Other insurers may also do so.


The time is drawing closer for our wonderful senior production coming up on Thursday 16th August. Staff and students have been working incredibly hard perfecting their dance along with our wonderful students who have earnt a lead role. The production will take the audience on a journey through the Units of Inquiry that the years 3-6 have been working on in the classroom.


In 2018, Book Week is celebrated from 17-24 August 2018. At McKinnon, we are busy preparing for a spectacular week:

  • The School Book Fair – Monday 20th August – Friday 24th August

Students will view books for sale during the day and these books will then be available for purchase before and after school. The more books bought from this fair the more money raised for the schools.

  • Read-Aloud Morning Monday 20th August

At exactly 9:15am, students and teachers across the school will be participating in a simultaneous Read Aloud Morning. A special wrapped parcel will be delivered to each containing a specially chosen picture book for their class.

  • Book Character Dress up Day – Wednesday 22nd August

Students are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book characters and we will be having a special Whole School Parade at 9:15am on the fake grass.

  • Book-Nic – Friday 24th August

You will see students and staff sprawled and lounging across the asphalt area outside the library on a variety of picnic blankets and cushions –not sharing food but books of course.

  • Special Lunchtime Activities – Monday 20th August – Friday 24th August

Every lunchtime there will be special activities in the library including guest teacher read alouds and themed sessions including friendship day.

Simone, Ben and Suzanne