PARENT THANK YOU MORNING TEA

The thank you morning tea was a huge success with staff bringing in beautiful food to show their appreciation for all the wonderful work our parents do around the school. A big heartfelt thank you to you all!

YEAR SIX GRADUATION

The Year Six students attended their secondary school orientation programs this week. The        majority of students will be heading to McKinnon Secondary College. Students are also enrolled into, Ashwood High, Glen Eira College, Patterson River Secondary College and a small range of Catholic and independent schools. We wish them all the best as they enjoy their last few days at McKinnon Primary School. Our Year Six students began their Year Six graduation celebrations on Wednesday with a lovely lunch at the McKinnon Bowls Club. The parents did a lovely job decorating the room and the students appreciated the luncheon. The celebrations then continued with a more formal ceremony at the Kingston Town Hall in Moorabbin. We were joined by Mr Nick Staikos MP and our School Council President Carly Griffen as well as a large group of family and friends. The ceremony provided an important opportunity for all students to celebrate their many successes of primary school and to say farewell to their classmates as they head towards secondary school. On behalf of the organising committee, I thank the many volunteers who have contributed to the organisation of the event. A special thank you to David Kefaloukos, Lucy Curl, Angela Henry, Catherine Hales and Bianca Tomaino in ensuring the students were well prepared for the ceremony and the continual encouragement and support demonstrated towards students throughout the year.

SWIMMING CARNIVAL

The Swimming Carnival was a terrific event last week. Thank you to Mr Hislop for his organisation and to all the staff and parents who helped out on the day.

END OF TERM 4 2018 AND FINAL ASSEMBLY

We will have our final assembly for 2018 in the Gymnasium on Monday 17th December commencing at 2.40pm. It will be an important opportunity to farewell our Year Six students, other students leaving McKinnon Primary School, along with a goodbye for staff.

A reminder that all students will be dismissed on Friday 21st December at 1.30pm.

Camp Australia will offer care from 1.30pm on the final day of the term should supervision be necessary with the early dismissal of students.

HOLIDAY PROGRAM

A very comprehensive Holiday Club program that’s accessible for all students by our new provider Team Kids

https://teamkids.com.au/venues/mckinnon-primary-oshc/

COMMENCEMENT OF 2019 SCHOOL YEAR AND DATES

Students in Year One – Year Six will begin classes on Thursday 31st January at 9.00am. Foundation students will begin classes for half a day on Thursday 31st and Friday 1st February and attend the full days beginning Monday 4th February at 9am. If you would like to know any dates for 2019 school year please remember to check the Compass Calendar.

LIBRARY COUCHES

You may notice that there are no couches in the library, these have been picked up to be reupholstered and will be back at the beginning of next year.

LAST CHANCE – HAVE YOUR SAY!

As 2018 is drawing to a close and planning for our School Review 2019 is underway we would appreciate as many families as possible completing our short survey about their students learning at McKinnon. It only takes 2 minutes! Please enter here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZDMYFVJ

We really appreciate your feedback on your experiences at MCKPS.

2019 STAFFING

This has been an incredible year and we would like to thank all our staff for the ongoing commitment they have shown to all our students.

At the end of this year we will farewell Stewart Simpson who has accepted a position of Learning Specialist at Dingley Primary School and Claire Brooks who has gained a position at Ripponlea Primary School.

I would also like to say thank you to Lauren Woodgate who has been replacing Adam Sloan this term in Year Two. On behalf of the school community, I would like to thank these staff members for their dedication and energy for providing the very best for our students. We wish all well in the future.

Additionally, Aaron Smith, Jim Griffin and Hannah Macklow are taking leave next year for various reasons and I would like to wish them all the best in their new adventures in 2019.

Next year we welcome new members of staff to our Leadership Team Andrea Truckenbrodt, Andrew Kearl and Sally Duggan. Welcome back also to returning staff member Rochelle Ballard.

SECURITY OVER THE SUMMER BREAK

If you notice anything concerning at the school over the holiday break please contact Caulfield Police Station on 9524 9500 or 000.

Wishing everyone a safe, restful and enjoyable summer break. Look forward to seeing you all back in 2019!

From all of us, to all of you, enjoy the Christmas break!

Simone, Ben and Suzanne

 

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