ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
I am getting rather excited that there is only one and a bit more weeks before the year 5/6s head off to Canberra, as I am lucky enough to be going along! Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia's history, culture, heritage and democracy.
Unfortunately the students tell me I am not allowed to lead them in several hours of singing The Wheels on the Bus and 99 Bottles during the trip up! I'm sure I'll be able to sneak in a song or two here or there and maybe the occasional travel game or pop quiz!
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families and schools in meeting the cost of the camp, the Australian Government is contributing funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the camp.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
In the last newsletter, I wrote about resilience and making friends. Hopefully you had a chance to read through the information and even visit the links to look at the parent brochures and activities/discussions you could have at home around these important issues. The Social and Emotional Curriculum Program as introduced by the Department of Education is being used to enhance the wellbeing programs we having in place at school. The program covers the following topics in sequence:
- Emotional Literacy
- Personal Strengths
- Positive Coping
- Problem Solving
- Stress Management
- Help Seeking
Throughout their activities and discussions on the topics above, the issue of bullying is addressed in various ways. Bullying is a serious issue for everyone within a school community. As a parent, you want your child to feel safe and to be safe at school. The best way to tackle bullying (including cyberbullying) is for schools, students and parents to work together.
As you are aware, at Mentone Park, we promote a safe, supportive and respectful learning environment where bullying is not tolerated and positive relationships are actively promoted. If at any time you are concerned your child is being bullied, harassed or physically hurt, talk to your child's teacher or make an appointment to see me at the office. We are here to support all children and ensure they feel safe while at school.
For more information, visit the "I am a Parent" section of Bully Stoppers:Bully Stoppers
Congratulations to the achievement award recipients for weeks 3 and 4:
Aussie of the Month - April
Congratulations to our April Aussies' of the Month
Senior Award (Grades 3 - 6):
Ash H - 5/6R
Junior Award (Grades P - 2):
Isla G - Prep B
The May meeting of the Mentone Park PS School Council was a very productive one as usual and I’d like to inform you of the motions that were passed and other business and issues that were discussed.
The policies for Hiring of Facilities, Extension and Enrichment and Communication were reviewed by the Education Committee last month and the amendments were approved by the Council. These will soon be available on the school website, or by request from the office.
(A reminder that the Homework Policy is
Approval of financial payments and journals for the month of March.
Approval of the Year 5 and 6 camp to Canberra with the seven nominated staff to attend.
OTHER BUSINESS AND ISSUES:
Funding issues for ICT and Buildings and Grounds
Each year the school asks families, as a part of the yearly contributions, to support our ICT (computers etc) and Buildings and Grounds programs. In 2015 the suggested amounts for these contributions, per family, were $60 and $40 respectively and a significant percentage of families contributed. For 2016, the Department of Education and Training made changes to guidelines which has resulted in some confusion, which has led to a major drop in funds available for these areas. This is of significant concern to the School Council and as it stands will impact on the resources and environment that can be provided for the students.
If you are unsure about your contribution to these funds, please contact the school for clarification.
The building works for the toilets and Year 3 and 4 classrooms has continued through a very time consuming and tedious DET planning and approvals process but it is hoped that the important phase of going out to tender will happen very soon and that works will begin in term 3. Overall the project is very exciting and the end result will be of huge benefit to the school. However, negotiations with the DET about the removal of the old toilets (those that will be decommissioned at the end of the main building) have been disappointing and school council is drafting a letter to our local state member of parliament, Tim Richardson, to request that these old toilets be removed as soon as possible.
Strengthening partnerships with parents and the community
Involvement of parents and the community in the school is a vital concern for the school council and the staff. As I have reported before, the proven benefits of increased connection between home and school are vast. Our discussion of this issue reflected on the use of technology, including social media and the tiqbiz app to enhance communication. We are investigating the development of a closed Facebook group and running parent forum nights on topics of interest to the community. If you have any comments or suggestions with regard to communication and parent forums please feel free to email them to the school or me ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
School Councilor position
We received notification that Martin Walker has resigned from the School Council. As a result, we will be seeking nomination from the community to fill the vacancy. Please consider this opportunity and contact the school, or any of the school councilors if you would like more information.
We would like to heartily thank Martin for his contribution to School Council over the past three years. He has been an active member of the Buildings and Grounds committee and made significant contribution to the achievements of the council over recent years.
A reminder that you are always welcome at committee meetings and to attend as a visitor/observer at School Council. These are the meeting times and dates for next month:
Monday 30th May, 9:00am – Parents and Friends Association
Monday 30th May 5:30pm – Buildings and Grounds
Monday 30th May 5:30pm – Education Committee
TUESDAY MAY 17TH
SCIENCE SPECTACULAR NIGHT
WEDNESDAY MAY 18TH 7.00-8.30PM
TERM 2 CALENDAR
Here is the calendar of events for this term. It is updated fortnightly.
Here is the Kids Café class roster for Term 2, please make a note in your diary of your class dates. I will send tiqbiz reminders to individual classes as your week approaches. To make things easier for the class reps, please call or text me on 0413 009 493 to let me know of your availability on your rostered day.
May 13th 4H
June 3rd 5/6R
17th Prep B
24th cleaning - all welcome
Liz and the Kids' Café Team
OSHC NEWSLETTER 12th May
Recently at OSHC we have introduced WHEELS DAY once a week which has been a lot of fun for the children to bring their scooters, roller blades or bikes to school. We will be continuing wheels day for the rest of the term so keep an eye out on the weekly planner for specific days.
We are regularly updating our equipment and materials; we have just purchased some new games for the program with the R2- D2 Bop it and Family Feud which has created some great competition the early favourites.
This term we have made a conscious effort to get children to have a greater influence on the weekly program with group discussions at the start of each week, we also encourage parents to voice their opinions and share any ideas they may have that we can implement.
The little chiefs at after school care have made some delicious caramel slice and honey joys the past two weeks we are looking forward to what they can cook up next!
The July HOLIDAY program calendar is now available in the OSHC building and we are currently taking bookings.
Anicca & James
Working With Children Check Reminder
All parents/guardians, visitors & volunteers to the school MUST sign in & out of the school and display their WWCC in a lanyard, which is available at the school office.
The Department of Education requires any person involved in an activity where children may be present to have a current WWCC or have supplied proof that they have applied for a WWCC with the Department of Justice. All schools are required to comply with the Working with Children Act 2005.
Volunteers are expected to carry the WWCC card on their person at all times when working or volunteering at the school or during school related activities.
There is no fee for this check. Apply now by visiting: www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au
COMMUNITY SERVICE & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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