19 April 2018

NEWSLETTER 5/2018



PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

Dear Parents,


ANZAC DAY
Next Wednesday 25th April is the ANZAC DAY public holiday. Please be aware that the school will be closed on this day.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We shall remember them
ANZAC Day is a special day on the Australian calendar. It is a day where we honour the men and women who have sacrificed their lives to protect our country and particularly the landing at what is now known as ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. 8141 Australians gave their lives at Gallipoli and it is worth noting that by the time the armistice that ended World War I came into force in 1918, bringing to an end four years of hostilities, 61,919 Australians had given their lives at sea, in the air, and on foreign soil. Few Australian families were left untouched by the events of World War I - 'the war to end all wars'. Most had lost a father, son, daughter, brother, sister or friend. They died so that we can live in a free, peaceful and prosperous country, free from the oppression that still scars other parts of the world. Gallipoli came to signify Australian and New Zealand courage and mateship, none more so than that of John Simpson Kirkpatrick, who with his donkey, rescued countless wounded ANZAC’s, ultimately at the cost of his own life. So on Wednesday, wherever you are, spare a thought for the many brave men and women who have given so much, in all conflicts this country has been involved in, so that we can enjoy the freedoms we so often take for granted.


ALISON LOUGH AND THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL ROLE
As you know Alison was successful in her application to take on the role of Acting Principal at Ballam Park PS for Term 2 however we were only notified on the day before school was dismissed for the Easter break. I know Alison is loving her first week and we wish her well for a successful Term as Acting Principal.
Plans are currently being finalised as to how her role will be covered during her absence and these will be discussed at our School Council Meeting on Monday April 23 and then communicated to the school community on Tuesday via Flexibuzz.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Next week you will receive a survey via Flexibuzz asking for your opinion on a number of areas including Parent / Teacher Interviews and Classroom Cuisine. All results will be confidential and your input will help shape the future direction of some MPPS programs.
STUDENT OPINION SURVEY
We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School Survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.
Students from Years 4 -6 at our school will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool.  It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey.
Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used to link data for statistical and research purposes only. All responses to the survey are kept anonymous in the response file. Personal identification data will not be recorded in the survey response file. This ensures that the confidentiality of your child’s responses is protected at all times.
This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school during the week of Monday 23rd - 27th April. The survey only takes 20 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time.

The survey results will be reported back to the school before the end of term 2. All survey data that is made available in reports are for groups of students only so that no individual student can be identified. Data suppression rules are used for schools with low student numbers per year level.
The survey results will be communicated to parents through our annual reporting processes.
If you would like more information, please speak to me or visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/management/improvement/Pages/performsurveyat.aspx
ENROL NOW FOR 2019
Can I please ask all families with a child starting school in 2019 to collect an enrolment form and return it to the office at your convenience. I am currently conducting a number of personalized tours every week with all parents talking about positive and how encouraging the learning environment is here at Mentone Park Primary School. It may seem early but the year will fly, and if you could assist us with your enrolment forms it will help with our future planning, especially around our transition programs for new students and their families.
JUNIOR AND MIDDLE SWIMMING
Don’t forget swimming starts next week for students in Foundation to Grade 4 so make sure bathers and towels are packed and ready to go on Sunday night.




UNIFORM
As the mornings starts to get colder don’t forget we have a new quarter zip fleecy lined jumper available for purchase at PSW in Cheltenham. I know talking to the students already wearing them that they love the feel and the extra warmth.




SENIOR SCHOOL CANBERRA CAMP
Could I please ask all senior school families to return your Expression of Interest forms for Canberra Camp by Friday April 27. This will allow us to finalise numbers and confirm the camp price. If you would like to discuss this please see your child’s teacher.



Best wishes



Cameron Agars

Principal

FROM THE OFFICE

Spare clothing
Please ensure that you pack extra underwear and clothing for your child/ren.


We are more than happy to assist with showing you how to use Qkr and Flexibuzz.

Please feel free to phone or come into the office if you have any questions.



CAMPS, SPORTS & EXCURSIONS FUND (CSEF)













Thank you
Ana & Sarah




ENTERTAINMENT BOOK 2018/2019




CLASSROOM CUISINE


AVAILABLE WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS

OSHCLUB News

Welcome back to Term 2 from us at OSHClub! For our first week back, we will be focusing on getting the group back into the rhythm of school life. Easing everyone back into before and after school care with some of our favourite things, such as group games, soccer and painting.
Next Week (23rd March – 27th March)
Next week we have ANZAC day, and as a way to explore this we will have various activities revolving around it such as crafting poppies and ANZAC medals.
David Quinn

OSHClub Co-ordinator
















SCHOOL BANKING - EVERY WEDNESDAY













SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB


Dear Mentone Park Families,


Welcome to another year at school and the beginning of a new issue of Scholastic Book Club catalogues!. Orders can be left with the office or please order via the online ordering system called  “LOOP”  - details are in the catalogue. When ordering there is an option to mark as a gift if you would like your order sent to the office instead of to class for your child to take home.

To families new to our school the Scholastic Book Club generates reward points which we claim back throughout the year as new books and resources for teachers to use in class. Each book club order earns 20% in rewards points – they soon add up! Scholastic often have some great books on special for as little as $2, so look out for their “gold coin books” in the catalogue

If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office or call the Scholastic Customer Service number 1800 021 233.




Best wishes



Jenny O – Book club coordinator


 



Dear Parents,



If you have any preloved MPPS uniforms please drop these off at the office. If you would like to purchase any items for a very reasonable price, please send a text to Megan or Jess to arrange a meeting time.

We have different items coming in all the time so if we didn't have what you were after last time you checked, it might be worth trying us again.
Thank you

Megan: 0404 228 320
Jess:    0411 031 589


OPEN DAYS




Mentone Girls Secondary College Enhancement Program
The Enhancement Program at MGSC is designed to challenge and inspire girls to think creatively, challenge themselves academically and become globally-minded life-long learners. The program will start at Year 7 in 2019 and will expand to Year 8 in 2020, then move into Year 9 in 2021. At the end of Year 9, students will have access to multiple Unit 1/2 subjects where they can use the skills that they have developed to successfully begin an advanced placement in VCE.
We are looking to enrol girls who seek a greater academic challenge and who have an interest in inquiry learning and rich tasks. We are looking for girls who enjoy learning and are always seeking out extension work.
The course will offer an alternative curriculum for English, Maths, Humanities and Science that will allow the students to learn a greater breadth and depth of skills. Students will be allowed to pursue their interests more fully through self-directed learning and rich tasks that allow them to choose aspects of their assessment. The curriculum has been designed by teachers with experience in SEAL, gifted and talented education and in the International Baccalaureate.
Co-curricular programs like the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, the History Challenge, the Tournament of Minds and others will form a central part of the learning experience. Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has a proud tradition of excellent leadership and public speaking, and we aim to further that tradition through the Enhancement Program.
Please visit our website at http://mgsc.vic.edu.au/curriculum/enhancement-program/ and send any questions you may have to enhancement@mgsc.vic.edu.au
Further information regarding the Enhancement Program will also be available at our Open Night on Tuesday the 24th of April at 7 pm.


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

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