CHILD SAFE STANDARDS
The Victorian Government is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, which found that more must be done to prevent and respond to child abuse in our community, there is a new regulatory landscape surrounding child safety, underpinned by the new PROTECT Child Safe Standards. The Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian early childhood services and schools, to ensure they are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect.
At McKinnon Primary School we have existing policies and procedures that aim to keep children safe. We have now incorporated The Child Safe Standards to ensure that we provide a solid framework and focus to improve our policy and practices around child safety. Our Child Safe Standards will support the school to embed a culture of no tolerance for child abuse but, where necessary, to respond appropriately.
Please take the time to find out more about the seven standards at: https://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/childsafe/Pages/parents.aspx and https://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/childsafe/Pages/standards.aspx
There is also supporting documentation on our website under School Information and Accountability as well as on Compass in School Resources.
We are pleased to announce that the Parents’ Club has now finalised their Executive Team. The new team is Rebecca Newboult PRESIDENT, Tanya Paterson VICE PRESIDENT, Lib Norton TREASURER, Alina Kopman SECRETARY. Congratulations to all these people and we wish you well in your new roles.
We had our first meeting of the 2019 School Council this week. At the meeting we:
- Welcomed and inducted our new member Clement Yeung
- Elected new executives, Natasha Hosein PRESIDENT, Susan Miles VICE PRESIDENT, Wayne Kitney TREASURER, Tara Bulum SECRETARY
- Special thanks to our outgoing president, Carly Griffen
- Reviewed the 2018 Annual School Report which was endorsed by council and will be shared with the community next term once approved by DET
- Approved the Year Six Canberra Tour from the 3rd June until the 7th June
- Approved the China Study Tour from the 15th September until the 28th September
- Approved the 2019 Indicative Budget
- Congratulated the Parents’ Club on an outstanding Colour Run which we believe has set a record-breaking profit
- Approved the hiring facilities for a “Kids Yoga” to begin Term 2
- Reviewed and approved several Child Safe school policies which are available on Compass and the school website
If you would like to attend any of our sub-committee meetings we would welcome your involvement. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and place the committee name in the subject line, this will be forwarded on to the convenor. Due to other commitments sometimes the dates vary, so always a good idea to check the dates on Compass and in the newsletter.
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION – BULLYING NO WAY DAY!
On Friday 15th March all students celebrated “Bullying. No Way Day!”. Year Six students spoke about the importance of being up-standers not bystanders in unsocial situations and the profound effect this can have. Other students watched videos, created posters, made pledges and spoke of the importance of showing kindness and respect. Many students commented that it was a very good reminder to them of how their actions affect others. All students received coloured wristbands to serve as a further reminder throughout the year.
Please read a little bit more from two of our SRC reps…
“We made posters about what to do if you are being bullied and what bullying no way day is all about. Racism is another form of bullying we spoke about and we learnt that many bullying behaviours are illegal and really offensive.
Some classes made a kindness tree to promote positive behaviours to show other students. We also made pledges in our classes about why we should not bully and things we would promise to do. Then our whole year level put them together in a big glass jar to remind us of our promises to stamp out bullying.
We definitely think we should celebrate this again next year because it is important to show everyone respect and not to bully others and the importance of being kind and caring.”
Written by Angelina Avdyugin 5D and Cameron Peach 5A
Congratulations to the Parents’ Club for a great School Fun Run (Colour Run). It was terrific to see so many parents at the event cheering on their children. The staff also enjoyed the day, all dressing in fluro 80’s outfits. It was also fun watching two of our parents Disco Dave and Sophie DJing the event and having a great time building the excitement with the students. Special thanks to Lib Norton for all her hard work to make the day a huge success.
TRAFFIC AT OUR NEW GATE
The new pedestrian gate on Walnut Street has been very popular with students and parents. We ask that in the interests of safety, all users of this gate, walk/ride down to the corner of Walnut Street and Tucker Road prior to crossing. This will improve visibility for all road users.
SCHOOL REVIEW VALIDATION DAY
On Wednesday the school completed its Validation Day as part of the school review process. We would like to thank Carly Griffen, Pitsa Binnion and Marcus Wicher for their contribution to the process so far.
Olwen Horton (our independent reviewer) will be meeting with parents/carers at 9:00am on Tuesday 26th March and Wednesday 27th March. If you are available and would like to attend this session please let the office know by Monday 25th March. There are a limited number of positions so please get in early.
SCHOOL PHOTOS THURSDAY 28TH MARCH
SchoolPix will be here on Thursday 28th March
Photo Day Tips
Dress: Clean and tidy as per school uniform policy
Hair: Neat and swept off the face
Online Orders: To pre-order, take your personal Order and ID Number found on your order form and go to www.schoolpix.com.au. Orders can be placed online up to 2 working days after photography. You do not need to return the order form if you order online. REMEMBER: all orders placed online before midnight on the photography day will receive a free 20cm x 25cm black and white portrait print.
Manual Orders: Complete your order form and return with payment to school on photography day.
Sibling Orders: For a special photo of your children together, order online by 8am on photography day. Alternatively, collect a Sibling Order form for the office or download it from the SchoolPix website and return it on photography day. Only siblings that place an order will be photographed.
If you have any questions call SchoolPix on 1300 766 055
ANZAC DAY BADGES
ANZAC Day badges will be available for sale as of Monday 25th March. Prices range from $1 – $5. All money raised will go toward the ANZAC appeal.