WORLD TEACHER’S DAY

Our day on Friday 26th October was made very special by our community’s generosity. The lunch we were treated to was magnificent! The staffroom looked beautiful with fresh flowers, balloons and the food laid out across many tables. From the bottom of our hearts we would like to say thank you to all our parents for making us all feel very appreciated. A big shout out to all the wonderful volunteers who set it all up beautifully and even came back to do the dishes. A special thank you to those who organised and coordinated the event.

YEAR TWO SLEEPOVER

This is the second step in our camping program where students get to stay overnight at school to get ready for the Year Three camp next year. All our Year Two’s made it through the night enjoying the activities provided by Little Devils.

FOUNDATION TRANSITION

It was the start of our foundation transition this week with the Foundies getting their first taste of school life with our teachers.

DAY FOR DANIEL AND LORRAINE FRANCIS AWARD

On Friday 26th October, McKinnon was a sea of red as students and staff wore red for ‘Day for Daniel’ to raise money for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. The Foundation provides resources for families and schools to promote and teach child safety. Chelsea Szmerling 6D, brought this cause to the attention of the SRC and promoted and assisted with the organisation of the day. Students were asked to bring in a gold coin donation and $828 was raised for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. As a result of this work Chelsea won the Lorraine Francis award which was announced in assembly and presented to her the next day by MP Nick Staikos. Congratulations Chelsea and thank you to our school community for your support.

CHINA TOUR

Ms. Eirth has arrived safely in China! She is pictured here with Mr Wu, the principal of our sister school, Changzhou Miduqiao Primary School.

JUNIOR PRODUCTION-HOEDOWN THURSDAY 8th NOVEMBER

We are all looking forward to the Junior Production on Thursday 8th November, 5:30-7:00pm. Join us for fun, food and fabulous dancing. BYO camping chairs/picnic rugs and be prepared to enjoy a delicious sausage sizzle.

YEAR FIVE CAMP

This year our Year Five Camp was to Grantville Lodge near Phillip Island. This is a new camp for us and the students got to experience sleeping out under the stars as well as Bike Ed, canoeing, hut building, bush cooking, orienteering, flying fox, low ropes initiative games, seeing farm animals at Churchill Island and a day at the beach.

PARENT PAYMENTS 2019 AND CHARGES

School Council has set the parent payments for fees and charges for 2019. In response to feedback from our parents there have been some significant changes that we would like to draw your attention to: We have re-introduced payments through Compass – you will be able to pay and consent for all school activities. There is a single Events Levy which includes all incursions, excursions, sports activities (except swimming), school productions, etc relevant to your year level. Payment of this levy upfront minimises stress and anxiety throughout the year regarding payments of items. Compass consent is still required closer to the time of the activity as this is a requirement of the Department of Education and Training to ensure we have accurate contact details at the time of an event. If you pay the levy, the amount owing will be $0.00 on the consent form. Camps, intensive swimming programs and individual items remain separate, and will be charged accordingly. There is an option to make your parent payments over three (3) monthly instalments. If you would like to take advantage of this option, please log onto Compass and set it up with your credit card before 14th November 2018. Payment in full is due by 1st February 2019.

Qkr! will be used for AJ’s lunch orders, hat/special uniform (commemorative jackets) orders and fundraising events only. We have worked hard to deliver the best price for our families through the stationery pack. For 2019, our preferred supplier is Campion Education (Aust) Pty Ltd, 232-236 Wickham Road, Moorabbin. There are many ordering options, including selecting individual items, however, all students require all items on the stationery list. This is done online with Campion directly. Some families have unallocated amounts on their statements which can be used towards the 2019 payments. The office will be contacting families regarding these amounts, but please feel free to contact us if you would like to check whether you have any monies that can be allocated. The school recognises that families may sometimes experience financial difficulty in meeting payment requests. A number of support options are available including the school’s second-hand uniform shop, State Schools Relief, and the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund. If you are experiencing difficulty in making the requested payments please contact Jodie Geri by phone 9578 1851 or email mckinnon.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au for a confidential discussion about alternate arrangements. Our Parent Payment Policy, Refund Policy and CSEF Information Sheet are available on the school website.

WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK

We value our volunteers at McKinnon Primary School and know that the benefits of parental involvement improves the community spirit of the school. We are also committed to the safety and wellbeing of all of our students. In keeping with our values, the Visitor Policy and the guidelines of the Department of Education, we would like to remind all parents/carers that you need to hold a current Working with Children (WWC) card to be able to assist within the school. This includes parent helper sessions, Friday treats, school camps, excursions, sports events, and more. The office needs to hold a copy of your volunteer WWC card. As part of our ongoing commitment to child safety you are expected to carry your WWC card with you around the school, displayed in the visitor pocket you will be given when you sign in. So always remember to sign in at the office when you are helping out or even going on an excursion.

To apply for your working with children check visit https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

It is free to organise a volunteer card and cards last for 3 years. If you advise that McKinnon Primary is a place you will be volunteering, renewal information is sent directly to the school. To update your card on file, please bring it into the office and we will photocopy the card and return to you. Teachers will be advised of updated cards for the students in their class. You do not need to hold a WWC if you are visiting the school as part of an audience (eg. assemblies or information evenings/ sessions) or attending public events at the school. Thank you for your support with this important issue and we look forward to seeing you around the school.

Simone, Suzanne and Amanda

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