Last week’s welcome BBQ was a wonderful event for the large number of families and staff who were able to attend. We had over 400 people in attendance and cooked over 600 sausages and a good quantity of hamburgers as well. While we were certainly very fortunate with the weather, we are also very fortunate to have such a wonderful school community. It was great to see children and families playing, relaxing and talking together and welcoming our new families into what we know is a fantastic community. I wanted to thank the large number of parents and families who gave myself and others such positive feedback about the evening and we look forward to next years event.
School Council Nominations:
Every year half of our School Council positions become vacant and we call for nominations from our parents and staff to fill these relevant positions. This year there are four, 2 year parent vacancies, one, 1 year parent vacancy and two Department Staff vacancies. If you would like to nominate for School Council there are nomination forms available in the foyer outside the office. School Council is a very important part of the Governance model of our school and this year, has a very important role assisting to develop our school Strategic Plan. If you would like to know more about School Council, I am more than happy to speak with you about it or indeed, feel free to chat with one of our current School Councillors about their role. Nominations close next Monday at 4pm so I would encourage you to put in your nomination forms as soon as possible. In the event there are more nominations than positions available, an election process shall be held. School Council Meeting tonight 7pm. This will be the last full meeting of our current School Council and I look forward to seeing our school councillors in attendance.
A reminder that our 3-Way Conferences (Student, Parent, Teacher) are set for March 1st . You will need to log onto www.schoolinterviews.com.au to nominate your meeting time preferences, but if you have any trouble with this, please see your child’s teacher of the office staff. This year the 3-Way Conferences will begin at 12pm, each session runs for 15mins until 7:45pm. This is a normal school day and the students will be supervised at school until 3:30pm. The 3-Way conferences are a great way for students, parents and staff to come together to get to know each other and assist in setting goals for the students.
It is not often that I have to raise disappointing news with our school community but… late last week we were very upset to find every piece (whether ripe or otherwise), of fruit stripped from the fruit trees in our DIP garden. It is hard for me to fathom why someone would feel it was appropriate to do this and I feel that it is important for people to understand that the fruit trees are planted so that students can see the full cycle of the fruit. To watch the trees change from bare twigs in winter through to buds, flowers and fruit and hopefully the have the opportunity to taste the wonderful fruit growing around them before the trees move back into autumn and winter again. I need to stress that our DIP garden is NOT a public pantry, it is private property and the produce is the property of the school for use with our students. The loss of this fruit is very disappointing and while I understand it may have been taken by someone who somehow thought they were entitled to do so, people need to understand that the unauthorised access to the DIP garden is trespass and the unauthorised removal of fruit is theft.
This week sees the beginning of our highly successful, school wide Kids Matter initiative for 2016. Kids Matter is a framework for delivering key messages throughout the school, focussing on the social and emotional wellbeing of our students. Topics such as our school values, resilience, leadership, health and social skills are specifically taught to all students. Groups are arranged vertically, with students from prep to year 6 mixing together to form 14 wonderful groups for the year. Siblings are placed together and the groups are led by staff as well as our wonderful Kids Matter captains. Our student welfare team of Kellie Hewson & Amanda Marsh are at the forefront of delivering the lesson plans. Kids Matter lessons are scheduled for every Friday morning between 9:00 – 9:30. There will also be ‘Kids Matter Days’ which will occur throughout the year. Our 28 Kids Matter Captains will be leading their Kids Matter groups for the first time this year on Friday and we wish them all the best of luck this year in their new roles.
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!
Brent Richards, Principal