This week the Year Three and Year Five students received their NAPLAN results. Well done to all our students on completing this national assessment task. Overall our students performed extremely well.
LITERACY AND NUMERACY TIPS
The Department of Education has released a ‘helpful hints’ guide to support parents and guardians to promote a learning culture at home. If you’re looking for ways to build your child’s skills in literacy and numeracy then log onto the following website for some helpful and handy tips! https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/parents/involve/Pages/support.aspx
PREPARATION FOR 2019 CLASSES BEGIN
As we begin our process for 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 find information on Compass regarding the 2019 class placement process. This information on Compass contains 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 newsfeed for more information. Parent requests deadline is the end of this term, Friday 21st September 2018.
PARENT OPINION SURVEY
The closing date for the Parent Opinion Survey has been extended to Sunday, September 9th. If you were one of the randomly selected parents, I urge you to please complete the survey. We appreciate your feedback.
FATHER’S DAY STALL
Last week we celebrated the significant men in our students’ lives. There was lots of excitement in the Learning Centre with students buying their special gifts. This wonderful event would not have been possible without the help from some very special ladies. A very big THANK YOU to Florence Giazi and her wonderful team for organising, setting up and working on the stall.
We are now in September and it marks the beginning of our SunSmart Policy. School hats need to be worn from now until the end of the year. Please remember to bring and wear your school hat tomorrow. NO HAT, NO PLAY. School hats are available to purchase from PSW on North Rd and the school office.
NEW VEGETABLE GARDENS – ARE REALLY GROWING ON US
This week the first vegetables have been planted by our students. All garden beds will be filled in the coming weeks so please head down to our garden and check out the progress. We would like to extend a big thank you to those who assisted in fundraising efforts through the Parents’ Club to make this possible. We were also able to use these funds to purchase new outdoor seating. You may not realise that this seating apart from looking beautiful and bright is also made from recycled materials and the company has featured on the ABC’s ‘War on Waste.’ https://www.replas.com.au/ We are so excited that these two new initiatives support our efforts in sustainability and the PYP International Baccalaureate Curriculum.
ACTING ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
We would like to extend a very big thank you to Stewart Simpson who has been acting in the role of assistant principal for the past two weeks. Thank you for your efforts and support in all areas. Next week we look forward to working with Angela Henry in this same capacity.
BIG NIGHT IN- A BIG SUCCESS!
What a pleasure the Big Night In has been. Year One students returned to school for the afternoon and evening to take part in planned activities and importantly to give them the experience of being away from home in the evening. As part of the night, students made ‘Love Bugs’ in art and craft, found their inner actor with theatre sports, took part in a range of sporting activities and even made their own dinner! This night supports the McKinnon PS camping program and leads into the Year Two Sleepover that will be happening later this year. After eating their delicious dinner, students changed into their pyjamas and brushed their teeth.
Thank you to all of the Year One Teachers and the many extra staff who volunteered their time to make this night run so smoothly and provide a wonderful learning experience for our students.
Ben, Suzanne and Stewart