Preparation for 2019 Classes Begin

As we begin our process of 2019 class placement the first step is to confirm student numbers for 2019. The second step is to provide an opportunity for parents to have input into their child’s class placement if they believe there is a specific learning need their child has.

Please check information on Compass regarding the 2019 Class Placement process where you will find details about the criteria for writing a request for your child’s class placement and a process for notifying the school if you are leaving in 2018. This information helps to facilitate the process for class placement which is thorough and complex. Please read the Compass information for more information. Parent requests deadline is the end of this term, Friday 21st September 2018.


Over the next four weeks, Simone Eirth will be taking leave, during this time Ben Moncrieff will be Acting Principal. I look forward to seeing you all at the beginning of Term 4.


We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Year Six students demonstrating their learning by presenting themselves as notable people who had made significant contributions to society. The students displayed an outstanding knowledge and shared it in a very articulate manner.


What a treat our school production was on Thursday 16th  August. Our students performed with confidence and moved around the stage with ease. The last song ‘This Is Me’ was a stand out as all our voices united together. A big thank you to the production team Sheridan Duffy, Robert Minshull and Michael Smith who worked tirelessly with the rest of the staff to make this such a successful event. Thank you also goes to the parents who came along and attended the event and organised costumes for the occasion.


As many of our students know, we have a variety of fun lunchtime clubs that are organised by our amazing staff.

If students express an interest in coding, painting intricate figurines or making movies including writing scripts they are welcome to join any of these clubs. This year the library has been helping to promote our school-wide STEM focus – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through a: Makers Day on Mondays, a Digital day on Thursdays and a Construct Day on Fridays.

On top of these, the library is open all lunchtime and recess to support our students in finding other interests and alternative activities to engage in. When I wander into the library at lunchtime, I will often find students in small groups engaging in craft, knitting, chess and card games to name a few.


What a treasure our 2018 Book Week has been!

A beautiful Booknic, a delightful and daring dress-up day and cheerful character parade, a brilliant book fair, a riveting read-aloud morning, some special staff storytellers and these are only the events we had planned for. Not to mention a surprise song written and performed by the fabulous 3F which we just cannot get out of our head!

A huge thank you to all of those amazing people involved in making Book Week so special for our school community. May you all be inspired to read more and share this love of reading with all those around you.


On Friday our budding young scientists in Year Five explained the causes and effects of natural phenomena from around the around the world and even from out of this world. Many classes in the school were able to visit and learn more about: volcanoes, sinkholes, bushfires, tsunamis, nebulas and black holes to name a few.

Aside from the excellent and detailed explanations of these very complex phenomena, I was most impressed when I asked each student about their wonderings and the inquiry process they followed to find out. Each student I spoke with offered a unique answer but what they all had in common was a deep curiosity and thinking process – true signs of life-long learning!


A reminder to those parents who have been randomly selected to participate in the annual Parent Opinion Survey, to please complete this online by Sunday 3rd September. We appreciate your feedback.


At McKinnon, we place the utmost importance on student safety. In supporting this we are adopting the Department’s focus on same day absence notifications. This means that together we can account for the whereabouts of all students at all times. We need your support. Parents/Carers are responsible for notifying the school of all absences. We ask parents/carers to enter any absence on their child’s Compass page. This should be done as early as possible prior to an absence from school (even the morning of an absence). After calling the roll each day the school will be sending an SMS message to the parents of those students who are absent without explanation. Parents/Carers are then asked to either update their Compass page to reflect the absence or contact the school immediately if they are unaware of the absence.

This system also promotes daily school attendance. Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education, they learn new things every day – missing school puts them behind. In order for this system to work effectively, we need to have your most up to date contact details. Please reviews yours on Compass.


Thanks to the students who recently attended and enjoyed the school disco. Our Parents’ Club did an amazing job of organising and running this successful event. Thanks to the staff who also volunteered their time to make this year’s disco a hit.


Professional Concert DVD’s will be available for $35.00. Order forms will be sent home shortly with payment options.


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.

Ben, Suzanne and Stewart