Thank you to the Parents Club who facilitated the recent school disco. We would not have been able to do it without you and we are grateful for all your help. This was a fantastic event enjoyed by all those who participated. Special thanks to the parent volunteers and staff who came to assist. It was a load of fun for everyone involved. At this early stage, we have raised approximately $8,000 for this event.
SECURITY OVER THE HOLIDAYS AND NEW CCTV
If you do notice anything untoward happening on the school grounds over the holidays can you please call the police on 000 immediately. Unfortunately, we have had a number of school buildings vandalised over the past months and we would like to reduce these. The School Council approved for a CCTV system to be installed throughout the school grounds this month. This will be installed, along with signage, early next term. The signage will alert the community that they are being recorded whilst on the school grounds. Hopefully, this will deter any future vandalism.
A reminder for any parents who are yet to enrol their children for 2020, please do so as soon as possible as places are filling fast and planning for next year has commenced. Please let us know if you are intending to enrol.
Child Safety is everyone’s responsibility and at McKinnon, we are committed to the health and safety of our students. We have established a variety of policies and processes to provide an environment where children are safe and feel safe. In its planning, decision-making and operations McKinnon Primary School will:
- Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety
- Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives
- Foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children
- Respect diversity in cultures and child-rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount
- Provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children
- Engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high-quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development
- Ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues
- Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities
- Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk
- Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.
All the school’s child safety documents are readily available on the school’s webpage for all staff, parents and students to read at any time. If any member of our community has concerns about the health, safety or wellbeing of any of our students at any time, we encourage you to make contact with DHHS or the school to discuss.
SCHOOL COUNCIL UPDATE
In the June School Council meeting we:
- Approved the Anaphylaxis Policy
- Approved the Year Two Sleepover for Term 4 Thursday 24th October and Friday 25th October 2019. This event has been designed to reflect the camp experiences as close as possible.
- Discussed the commitment of the Glen Eira Council to install flashing 40 speed signs and reduce the speed limit to 40 KM/H on Tucker Road from 8am – 5pm on all school days. This upgrade should be completed in the 19/20 financial year.
- Acknowledged the work of the team who submitted the Leader Loo Grant
- Supported the Finance Committee’s view that the funding for swimming programs from the Victorian Government is allocated across the senior year levels 4-6 at a charge of $35 per student
ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING PARENT SURVEY YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE IDEAS
You have all just received your child’s report and taken part in the Three-Way Conferences. So, we would like to invite you to complete a very quick two-minute survey to help us understand what you value and your ideas on how we can support you to understand your child’s learning. This is part of our assessment and reporting review, and we are committed to working together to ensure the assessment and reporting process is valuable for parents and students.
We are counting on your feedback.
Please click on the link to complete the survey.
THREE- WAY CONFERENCES
The buzz around the school was obvious as students were excited to share their learning with their parents during the Three-Way Conferences. Thank you to all our families who braved the cold to attend. This is a very important part of student learning, as research suggests, the more students know, understand and can articulate their goals, the more likely they are to achieve them.
As we finish up the end of term we would just like to say a big thankyou to the teachers and the Education Support staff for their contribution and their continued desire to reflect and refine what they do, to make a difference to the community they work with.
Enjoy your break,
Simone, Ben and Suzanne