Welcome back to Term 4, it is terrific to see everyone back at school refreshed after the holiday break. As usual we have hit the ground running with a celebration of talent on Thursday night at the soiree! It was a sensational night that brought tears to many eyes as we watched our young performers share their talents. Thank you to Mr Minshull and the staff that supported back stage on the night. A very big congratulations to our Performing Arts captain Yeheni Dona Gabadage who introduced the acts during the night.

CONGRATULATIONS

As staff grow and develop their skills they are successful in gaining promotional positions, some within and some outside of our school. Natalie Rose has been successfully appointed as the Principal at Ripponlea Primary. Natalie has contributed extensively to the learning community at McKinnon Primary School. As a result of Natalie being appointed Suzanne Khatib has been acting in the role as Assistant Principal and has now been substantively appointed. Lastly Chris Barker has been appointed to the role of Leading Teacher PYP, Chris began this position at the start of this term. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Adrianne Keys who has worked tirelessly in the role of Acting Leading Teacher in Term 2 and 3 this year. Adrianne supported teams to plan the PYP curriculum and worked as part of the Leadership team.

CHINA PRINCIPAL TOUR

As part of our preparation for taking our Year 5 and 6 students to our sister school in China, I will be participating in a Principal Tour approved by the DET to our sister school in  early  November this year. We are, as a school, looking forward to visiting our sister school again in 2019.

STUDENTS WELLBEING PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT

A big thank you to those families who attended the Wellbeing Information Night. Staff from right across the school presented on the areas of: Gratitude, Growth Mindsets, The Zones of Regulation and Restorative Practices. Parents walked away with new understandings about these wellbeing strategies, as well as language to use with students, ideas of what they can do at home to help and handouts lots and lots of information handouts!

Thank you to staff for not only giving their time to share their knowledge and the practices of our school but also for the passion, you show our students every day in the area of wellbeing. We would also like to thank the students of McKinnon PS for contributing to the night in the form of photos, work samples and student videos.

2019 PLANNING

We are well underway for the planning for 2019. This includes our staffing, programming and home group allocations. The composition of our grade structure is also being developed. Preparing home groups is an exhaustive process that our whole staff commit many hours to getting right. There are many considerations in developing classes including social, emotional, behavioural and academic needs of each class. Additionally we always consult with our students on whom they would like to be with in their class next year. Students provide a list of requested peers, we ensure that at least one of these peers is included. When planning for next year it is imperative that we have received notifications of any new enrolments (Foundation siblings) and also notified if you are leaving the school. We try to manage the influx of new enrolments to sustain positive class sizes and forward planning is most helpful to this. Thank you for your support.

COMMUNICATION SURVEY

At the end of the last term the Marketing and Communication School Council Sub-Committee shared a survey with our community. We would like to thank everyone who responded to this survey as it has provided us with productive feedback to work on together as a community.

Just to share a quick snapshot of the results:
80% like Compass
97% know where to find the newsletter and how to access it
68% of our community always read the newsletter
71% can find Home Learning tasks on Compass
78% know where to access School Resources on Compass

The survey highlighted a couple of themes that as a school community we will work together to address. We have a number of actions as a result of these themes which we discussed at the Marketing and Communication meeting. I have highlighted them below for your reference.

  1. The role of the Class Representative

Action: To review current role description of Class Representative with Parent Club in preparation for 2019 and circulate throughout community and save on Compass for community to refer to as needed.

  1. Supporting our families who are from a language background other than English

Action: To continue to review this and approach families regarding their individual needs. We also ask if any community members are aware of families who may need extra support to contact the Principal or Assistant principals directly.

  1. Use of diaries across the school

Action: To review with teaching staff in preparation for 2019 school year.

  1. Connecting with teachers by email

Action: To review with teaching staff.

Current Process for communication via email with teachers is to email the office mckinnon.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au and place teachers name in the subject line. Office then forward the email to teachers who will choose to either call or email the parent within a maximum time of 72 hours of receiving the email. If it is urgent we encourage parents to call so a direct message can be given to the teacher.

 Once again thank you for your contribution and feedback as this helps us as a community to improve the way we communicate together to ensure we are able to support your children and our students in the best possible way.

NEW ASHPHALT MARKINGS

You may have noticed some bright coloured additions to the asphalt on your return to school this term. The students and staff have been very excited to return to see a beautiful coloured dragon, a giant snakes and ladders square, the ten Attributes of the Learner Profile, the MCK logo and last but not least new brightly coloured four square courts. We look forward to students playing and enjoying these coloured markings for years to come!
SUNSMART TERM 4

Term 4 is a SunSmart term. Students are required to wear their hats. If students don’t have their hats they will be directed to our shaded areas for recess and lunchtime. Please make sure these are adequately named and labelled to avoid lost property. Please be aware that school hats (navy wide brimmed) are part of our compulsory uniform.

REVIEW OF OUT OF HOURS CARE

Currently school council are going through the process of reviewing the contact of our Out of School Hours Care provider. If you would like to provide any feedback or considerations for the council to consider please email the school account with attention school council. It would be great if we could receive feedback by the 26th October 2018.

FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER – DAY FOR DANIEL

The SRC is extremely excited to once again support ‘Day for Daniel’. The focus of the day is child safety and all participants are asked to wear red on Friday 26th of October. A gold coin donation will support the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. We look forward to seeing you all in red on the day!

Have a great weekend,

Simone, Ben and Suzanne.

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