Morning Tea with the Principal
As principal it is important to me that I find as much time as I can to talk with students. I like to walk around the classrooms as often as I can and head outside before and after school. I have also introduced ‘Morning Tea with the Principal’ these last two weeks. This is a special way that I am able to get to know individual students, as well as recognise and congratulate them on their special achievements.
During the week teachers and ES staff can award students for their achievements in the classroom and in the yard – whether this be working hard to achieve a learning goal, displaying one of our school values, helping a fellow student out and being a caring citizen – staff will award students with an entry to go into the draw for a special morning tea with myself. The draw will occur at assembly each Friday afternoon.
Morning tea will be scheduled for a Tuesday most weeks at recess time.
These last two weeks I have had the pleasure of the company of:
Building Works Update
I must say we are VERY excited that the start of our building works has begun! You may have noticed our builders have popped up fencing which sections off some of the staff carpark to allow for their skip, cars, tools and trucks to come in and out with ease. We have a make-shift staff carpark next to the junior playground to enable staff parking through the building works time. Fencing separates the building works area and the student toilets, also enabling safe work practices for the builders and safe entry and exit for students to the toilet block at this stage. The fencing area has made it a little tricky for entry and exit to Before and After School Care – thank you very much for your patience in the detouring at the moment – it will all be worth it in the long-run! We look forward to sharing building updates and progressive photographs as we move along – watch out for updates on our Facebook Page as well!
Acacia Avenue Kindergarten
Kingston Council have been in discussion with Acacia Avenue Kindergarten, the Education Department and Mentone Park PS about a proposal to redevelop Acacia Avenue Kindergarten at Mentone Park Primary School. Kingston Council acknowledge the need to upgrade the Acacia Ave kindergarten building due to aging building structures, and also extend the size of the kindergarten to allow for increased numbers of children. All key stakeholders came together recently to discuss the proposal of redeveloping the kindergarten on MPPS site, with these key points coming from the meeting:
The grant application for Kingston Council is due mid August. I look forward to sharing more exciting updates of this proposal as we know further information. Please do not hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions or queries about this proposal.
We received our student Grade 3 and 5 individual NAPLAN results late yesterday. NAPLAN is a National Assessment Program and tests students in key areas in literacy and numeracy and provide parents, teachers and the school a snapshot of how students are progressing. Individual student NAPLAN results will be sent home with students on Wednesday. Accompanying your child’s results will also be an information card to assist parents in interpreting your child’s results. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher should you have any questions or concerns you would like to talk about.
It is also really important to remember when looking at your child’s results that these are a ‘snapshot’ for your child’s learning and do not take into account any of the other factors that go into measuring student growth that on-going teaching and learning takes into account by your child’s teachers.
2017 Prep Students
The time of year is soon near us where schools need to begin their next year planning structures around classes and staffing. To be able to do this effectively it is really important as a school that we know our expected 2017 prep enrolment numbers.
Can I please encourage parents who have a pre-prep child at home due to start school here at Mentone Park PS next year to begin to complete the enrolment information and hand this in at the office – this will assist us greatly in the beginning planning stages for next year. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact our office or our prep teaching team. Thank you very much in advance!
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
Effective communication is a vital component of any organisation and a school is no exception! We know that the relationship between school and home is of significant importance to the success of our students. To this end, we are continually assessing and evaluating our communication practices and looking for ways to improve and engage our school community.
In ‘the good old days’ (okay, in the last few years), schools relied heavily on printed newsletters and notices to provide information to parents. Progressively, social platforms such as Facebook have enabled schools to share items of interest almost instantly. This has proven a popular and effective method of sharing school and student successes and events with the community of MPPS.
We are proud of the progress we have made as a school in terms of communication measures to date and have some new ideas to implement in coming months. Below is a list of the communication pathways that are important within our school environment, and the platforms we employ to ensure these lines of communication are clear, regular and user friendly!
General information about MPPS – This includes the school profile, history, school vision and values statements, enrolment information, school policies and parent handbook (A-Z of information about MPPS). This information can be found through:
- School Website,
- Billboards/Info Boards (enrolment advertising)
Circulation of information for community members – This includes general information, upcoming events, curriculum and wellbeing updates, school improvement strategies, achievements, advertising, reminders and items of interest. This information can be found through:
- Fortnightly Whole School Newsletter (digital),
- Whole School Tiqbiz Notifications
Year Level/Subject Specific Information – This includes Specific Curriculum focus, homework requirements, student celebrations/achievements, excursion information, reminders, requests for materials or helpers. This information can be found through:
- Fortnightly Level Newsletters (digital)
- Year level or Grade Tiqbiz Notifications
Parent / Teacher Communication – This includes general information, progress reports, concerns, celebrations, queries. This information can be found through:
- Tiqbiz One2one
- phone calls
- scheduled meetings
- informal chats at convenient times
- parent/teacher interviews
- school reports
- diary/reading log notes
Requests for information - This includes start of school year paperwork, medical forms, excursion permission forms, school fee payments and levies, fundraising. This information can be found through:
- printed notices when required
Current events - This includes community events (fundraising or otherwise), celebration days, camps, excursions, student or school achievements. This information can be found through:
Feedback and Consultation - This includes surveys, collection of data, decision making, evaluation. This can be found through:
- School Council
- Student Voice Council
- school committees
- survey monkey
- student attitudes to school survey
- parent opinion survey
- parent forums
- School email
As you can see, we have a variety of communication measures in place which aim to cater for the personal preferences of our community members and aims for us to have good connections between school and home. Where possible, these various methods are linked for ease of use. For example – from the Tiqbiz app you can quickly access Qkr, the Website, or school newsletters (through links posted weekly), or you can contact your child’s teacher through the One2one function!
We are currently looking into the following future measures to further improve our communication techniques and engage the community, encourage participation and receive feedback:
- A school Twitter and Instagram account – which will be linked with Facebook, so parents can use their preferred social media platform.
- A closed Facebook account to enable online discussion and sharing
- Closed facebook pages for the various parent groups within the school (year levels as managed by class reps, PFA etc)
- A suggestions/feedback/comment box to be placed outside the office
If you have any feedback or suggestions, please do not hesitate to send an email addressed to me, to Mentone.email@example.com or drop a note into the new feedback box outside the office!
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS
Term 3, Weeks 4 & 5
FROM THE ADMINISTRATION TEAM
Please see below some reminders from the Administration Team.
Fathers Day Breakfast and Stall - Thursday 1st September
A big thank you to Vicki Limnios who has generously put her hand up to help coordinate this years Father's day stall. Jodi O'Sullivan and I will be coordinating the Father's day breakfast, and both of these fantastic events will be held on Thursday 1st September. If you already know you're free and can help out with either activity please click below to volunteer for the Father's Day Breakfast and Father's Day Stall.
Please click here to volunteer Please detail your availability include 'Fathers Day Stall'
Footy Day Lunch Friday 9 September - helpers needed
Please click here to volunteer Please detail your availability include 'Footy Day Lunch'
Call for 2017 Fete Committee members
Before we know it, next year will be here, so we are very keen to setup a 2017 Fete Committee to help coordinate this major fundraiser that will be held on Saturday 25th March 2017. We are looking for volunteers to help coordinate the Fete. This involves planning the event, decision making and coordinating a number of volunteer teams. We will also need a number of volunteers to run the stalls and activities on the day. If you have availability to work in a collaborative team on this event then we'd love to hear from you.
If you can assist with coordinating or volunteering for either of these activities please email Stacey.NatureDirect@gmail.com or Wendy Davis on 0417 517 040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alice's Adventure !
Parent Sewing Working Bee
Today we held our first sewing morning, thank you to Natalie Hampson, Peter Dixon and Marissa Anderson for their assistance with sewing costumes. Also a huge thank you to Vicki Limnios and Katherine Rowe for their help behind the scenes.
Our next sewing morning will be held on Thursday 1st September 11am - 1.00pm. Please bring along your sewing machine or pair of scissors to assist cutting material. If you are unable to attend but are happy to still assist, you can contact me by email
email@example.com and I can send some things home for you to work on.
Looking forward to seeing your smiling faces, sewing machines and scissors on Thursday 1st September!
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ANICA & JAMES
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