School Council Finance Training – Tonight!
Tonight we will be hosting School Council Finance Training for a number of school councillors from our
school and neighbouring schools. I look forward to seeing our school councillors joining me in this
important training. Registration starts from 6.30pm in the staffroom.
The Coriyule Fig Tree Planting
The owners of Coriyule Homestead, Bryce and Isobel, generously donated a Coriyule Fig Tree cutting to
our school late last year. Yesterday Paul our grounds keeper, assisted by our School Captains, planted
this fig tree which is a cutting from the original 100+ year old fig tree at Coriyule Homestead. This tree is
the first of our official “Legacy Plantings”, which will hopefully grow into trees of significance for future
generations of Clifton Springs Primary School to enjoy. Over coming weeks a picket fence will be erected
around the tree and a plaque erected on the fence to commemorate its planting at an official ceremony
later this year.
Last Wednesday our two soccer teams went to compete in the District Soccer competition against schools
from across the Bellarine. The girls team came away with a win but the boys team, despite trying hard,
were not able to emerge triumphant from their matches. Thanks to Mrs Hales and Mrs Tolley and to the
parents who went to help coach and cheer our kids on!
School Family Occupation Index (SFO) Forms
This week, families will have a form come home, requesting information about family occupation codes.
The SFO is a one of the key tools which determines our funding and we ask parents to update this
periodically so that our funding can be calculated accurately. It is very important that parents update their
details accurately and not overstate their current position as this can affect the funding we receive e.g.
You may be a qualified teacher which is Group A, but if you haven’t worked as a teacher for twelve months
or more and are currently involved in home duties, the code would be group N. Another example is a
farmer who owns their own farm is a group B, while a farm hand who works on a farm is group D. We
thank you for your assistance and request that forms are returned to school as soon as possible.
This information is strictly confidential and is only collected to provide a statistical number to the
Department so we can receive the appropriate funding.
Forms for the 8 Day Swimming Program have gone home with all students in Prep to Year 4. As 1/2M and
1/2K will be swimming July 19th - 28th, they will need their forms back earlier as payment will be due in
week 1 of next term. Any families who qualify for the CSEF (Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund), can
choose to use this to pay for swimming.
If you have any concerns about payments please contact the office as soon as possible to arrange a
Digital Content for Brent’s Banter blog posts
This week Chris our Techie and I have been working with some of our digital learning leaders to develop an
“unboxing” video for one of our new learning tools called Swivl. The students are making the props,
presenting and filming the video.
Inspire Local Leadership Program
Last Thursday and Friday I was completing facilitator training so I can deliver a new leadership
development program in conjunction with the Bastow Institute and the South Western Victoria Region.
This training is aimed at developing emerging leaders and gives them a grounding across a range of
leadership development areas. It is great to see the Department investing in these programs and our next
generation of educational leaders.
Photograph and Filming Policy
The latest Photograph and Filming Policy ratified at the last School Council meeting is included as part of
this week’s newsletter. Please have a read and contact the school if you have any concerns.
Until next week I wish everyone a wonderful week and remind all families that maximising attendance is a
critical factor in your child achieving their potential so, remember it’s not OK to be away unless you’re sick!