Looking ahead to next weekend we wish all of our Mothers, Grandmothers and the special women a very happy Mother’s Day coming up on May 12th. The school will be supporting this celebration with a Mother’s Day stall on Friday 10th May from 9.00am. Each class will be given an opportunity to visit the stall during the day to purchase something special to take home. The special women who impact on our lives and the lives of our students are to be sincerely thanked, respected and celebrated for all they have done and continue to do to enhance the lives of those around them. Thanks for all that you do and we wish you the happiest of days on the 12th – we wouldn’t be here without you!!
On May 14th, 15th and 16th students in Years Three & Five will participate in the annual NAPLAN test. These tests are nationwide and provide an insight into student performance under strict testing conditions on one particular day. These tests can sometimes come with some level of anxiety and trepidation. Whilst we analyse the results of these tests to help build a picture of students in differing testing scenarios, we are very much aware that student learning evolves in varied ways for all students. These tests are not the only reflection of learning or performance. At McKinnon Primary we maintain a focus on holistic learning that represents the progress of the whole child over time. We offer a breadth and depth of curriculum that is not represented in the NAPLAN tests and we are constantly assessing student performance in a range of settings and curriculum areas. If you or your child is experiencing any concerns regarding NAPLAN, please contact your child’s teacher.
HATS NO MORE
As we farewell the month of April we also farewell the compulsory wearing of hats whilst outside. However, there are often times when wearing hats provides the required protection from the sun. Whilst not compulsory, it is a great idea to keep your child’s hat in their bag for when these times can arise over the next few months.
On Wednesday the 24th April we as a school marked ANZAC Day with our own commemoration. This is a significant event on the Australian calendar and we take time to respect and value the wonderful contribution made by our diggers. Lest we forget! It’s important that all Australians remember and acknowledge the sacrifice and history of the Anzacs.
Parents need to be aware that the school grounds are unsupervised prior to 8.45am. Parents are asked not to leave their children unattended prior to this time. Students who arrive at school prior to 8.45am will be directed to before school care and similarly students still at school after 3.45pm will be sent to the office to be directed to after school care.
A reminder that students arriving late must be signed into the school via the office and any students leaving early are to be also signed out of the school. Parents are then required to take early leave passes to classrooms to collect their children. Parents and guardians are the ONLY people to sign students in and out of school. Students are not allowed to do this nor is this legally acceptable.
EVERY DAY COUNTS – SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day. Missing school can have a major impact on a child’s future – a student missing one day a fortnight will miss four full weeks by the end of the year. By Year 10 they’ll have missed more than a year of school. There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind and can affect their educational outcomes. Coming to school every day is vital, but if for any reason your child must miss school, there are things we can do together to ensure they don’t fall behind: Speak with your classroom teacher and find out what work your child needs to do to keep up. For an extended break from school, develop an absence learning plan with your teacher and ensure your child completes the plan. Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your classroom teacher as early as possible. If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your classroom teacher know so we can work together to get your child to school every day.
NEW SPIN DICE
We have installed our new spin dice for the snakes and ladders game outside. The dice has been a hit with students already. Thanks to the Parents Club on raising the money last year to purchase the new spin dice.
WOOLWORTHS EARN AND LEARN
Woolworths has just launched Earn & Learn, and we’re once again joining in. For those who aren’t aware of the program, if you shop at Woolworths between 1st of May and the 25th of June you can earn stickers. Our school will be collecting these stickers which we’ll be able to swap for new school equipment; things like art and craft supplies, sports gear, teaching aids, digital technology equipment and more.
So for anyone who shops at Woolworths, please collect those stickers and drop them into our collection box, which is located in our office area. Thanks for helping out!
We are very lucky to have such a caring and diverse community at our school. Over the past months, there have been traumatic global events that have touched many of our families, and we are thinking of you. Looking out for one another during these times is an important part of being a member of a community. If anybody is in need of support please contact any of the principal class so we can work together to support your family. We have also provided a link to support children through traumatic events as well for your reference: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/trauma-and-children-tips-for-parents
AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH – APRIL
April was Autism awareness month. Autism spectrum disorder, commonly known as ASD, affects how people communicate and interact with others. It affects how they make sense of the world. Autism is a developmental condition that is typically life-long. People with ASD experience difficulties with communication, social interaction and restricted/repetitive interests and behaviours. These are often accompanied by sensory issues, such an oversensitivity or under-sensitivity to sounds, smells or touch. The term “spectrum” is used to emphasise that autism presents differently in every single person. People with autism have a wide range of challenges as well as abilities. Symptoms of autism, however, can sometimes be subtle and, especially with level 1 ASD, these may not become obvious until a child starts school or moves into adulthood.
“On World Autism Awareness Day, we speak out against discrimination, celebrate the diversity of our global community and strengthen our commitment to the full inclusion and participation of people with autism. Supporting them to achieve their full potential is a vital part of our efforts to uphold the core promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: to leave no one behind.”
Secretary-General UN António Guterres
While there are some shared characteristics, it’s important to remember and respect that autism presents differently in different people. Let’s all aim to see each person with autism for the person they are, and not for what we think their diagnosis means.
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Wishing you all a lovely weekend,
Simone, Ben and Suzanne.