Whole School Assemblies

This week we had our first whole school assembly which was hosted by our school and vice captains, Miheli, Liam, Neal and Melody. Running a first assembly can be a daunting task, and our captains showed many attributes of the IB Learner Profiles, speaking confidently and ensuring other student leadership presenting at the assembly felt welcome and comfortable in front of students, teachers and guests.

Next week we have a Special Leadership Assembly on Wednesday 28th February. Parents of our student leadership group and Student Representative Council are invited to attend as local Member of Parliament Nick Staikos presents students with their leadership badges.

John Monash Science School

A group of Year Five students were very excited to attend John Monash Science School at Monash University as part of the ‘Junior Scientist’ program. Students donned lab coats and safety glasses and undertook several aeronautic challenges, from paper planes to parachutes, iterating their design based on investigating the shape of bird wings. Three more workshops are occurring this term and students will continue to investigate other scientific concepts. I would like to thank our parent volunteers for their time and effort in helping McKinnon PS engage with this program.

The program was run by students at John Monash Science School and McKinnon was one of three local primary schools in attendance.

Thank you for attending and supporting: the Parent Information Afternoons, Welcome BBQ and Three-Way Conferences and the Bunnings BBQ.

A huge thank you to all families, staff and students for their attendance and support with all the welcoming and start or year events we have had over the past few weeks. Staff put a lot of effort in this year to really think about what makes their year level unique and also listen to feedback about parent suggestions for topics to cover. I personally found it a real pleasure listening to lots of information in different parent sessions, then heading over the road to join the fun at the Welcome BBQ. When I got there the bubble entertainment was in full swing and it was so beautiful to hear the students speaking and running after all the giant bubbles.

Thank you to all volunteers and the Parent Club for organising the Bunnings BBQ. We raised over $1800.

A school is not only made up of staff and students. You may have heard me say over the past few years that we are really trying every effort to get the community feeling back and it is these events which help us feel that sense of togetherness, commonality and shared purpose. I look forward to seeing lots of community at the next major event – the Colour Fun Run.

Colour Fun Run- Thursday March 7th

Colour Run Update: We have raised $6000

Thank you to all parents and carers who have assisted their child in creating a fundraising profile. We are excited to announce that the year level that have created the most profiles to date is YEAR ONE ????.

For their efforts, the whole of Year One will be rewarded with an icy pole party.

There is still time to create a profile and help the school reach the goal of $30,000

It’s simple:

  1. Head online to funrun.com.au then,
  2. Share the secure link to ask for donations

Only 2.5 WEEKS until the big day on Thursday 7th March. We hope you can come down and catch the fun. We will be putting out a timetable on Monday so you can see which classes will be running when.

If you can help on the day, please register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0945AFA828ABF4C70-47800635-colour#/

 Bike and Pedestrian Safety

This week at assembly our school captains spoke about pedestrian and bike safety. This is a very important topic we are asking our students, staff and the community to think about. Thank you to the captains for the presentation of their speech.

Please see below for some further information you might find very helpful.

Bike law: a bicycle rider’s guide to road rules in Victoria (legalaid.vic.gov.au)

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Suzanne, David and Andrew