Weekly Newsletter



Thursday 4th April #10
Achievement. Confidence. Pride

Achievement, Confidence & Pride

                                                                                                            Thursday, 4th April 2019

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow is the final day of first term. It has been a wonderfully busy and productive term with students demonstrating solid progress in their studies. We already have Prep students writing readable sentences on their own and Grade One students writing well-constructed stories over two pages in length.

Alex shares his love of bees…

I wish to thank Alex Van Harmelen, beekeeper and father of students Jenna and Kaia, who shared his interest in bees with grade one and two students. The information was very well received. It is part of the junior school science curriculum where insect life is investigated. Students comments included:

Walied: ‘Thanks for teaching our grades, I learnt that bees do a waggle dance if they find good nectar.’

Catherine: ‘I learnt that the queen bee lays lots and lots of eggs, the drones are lazy and the worker bees do all the work.’

Jacob recalled ‘When you get stung by a worker bee, don’t pick it up or the poison will come out, you swipe it away and the poison won’t come out.’

Srisowrya shared his observation ‘I really liked feeling and smelling the honeycomb.’

The Grade One and Two teachers were impressed with the effort involved in preparation and quality of Alex’s presentation. It included a PowerPoint presentation with props including protective clothing, beekeeping tools and plants.

Thankyou Alex

 

School uniforms clarification

The gold polo tops are still part of the school uniform, some parents seem to think that they have been replaced. Lowes will receive a new order of gold polo tops shortly which will be sold along with the new tops. If you have purchased a school uniform article from Lowes and are dissatisfied with it, we encourage you to return it and request a replacement at no cost.

 

Enrolments for 2020 now being accepted

The school is accepting enrolments for the 2020 school year. Avondale Primary School is a zoned school; families must live within the school zone for their child to be enrolled.

I encourage parents with a younger child who will attend school next year to enrol your child as early as possible.

If you have neighbours whose eldest child will start school next year, please inform them that enrolments are being accepted.

You can check whether you are in this school’s zone by visiting http://melbourneschoolzones.com/schools/avondale-primary-school/.

 

Easter Raffle / Fundraising

Thankyou to Nelson Alexander, Keilor East, for their donation of 10 passes for Bounce and a $100 Funtopia voucher for our Easter raffle. Thank you also to all the families that contributed to the raffle prizes, the eight winners were delighted. In total the raffle raised $ 2690 – a wonderful result.

The school will be installing extra playground equipment which is due to arrive in early June paid for from our fundraising budget.

 

Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal

The 2019 Junior and Senior SRC (Student Representative Council) have organised their first fundraising event to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Students are able to wear casual clothes to school tomorrow and bring a gold coin donation. Please remember to bring your school hat and wear sensible shoes.

 

Reminder: OHSC holiday program to be run at Avondale primary School

The holiday program, usually run out of St Martin de Porres Primary School, will be run at Avondale Primary from the BER from 8 to 19 April. To book your child into the program, call Sonya on 0405 529 972

  

Attendance at School: Every day Counts

Research shows that frequent absences affect children’s learning, skill development and social skills. Regular daily attendance is essential for students to have successful educational experiences. Irregular attendance can interfere with a child’s progress and confidence. We understand that there may be some occasions when a student absence is unavoidable but regular absences can impact on your child’s progress.

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/principals/participation/everydaycountsprimparent.pdf

School Attendance: Term 1

Classes

Family Holidays

Total number of absences

Prep

54

144

Grade 1/2

179

378

Grade 3/4 & 4/5

99

334

Grade 5/6

45

161

 

 

TOTAL: 1,017

 

Term 2 commences on Tuesday, 23rd of April at 8.50am

 

New Baby

We would like to congratulate former Prep teacher, Jess Todio, on the safe arrival of baby Sophia Martins Da Silva born Monday 18th March. Both mum and baby are doing well. We wish them all the best.

 

 Pupils of the week on Friday 29th March

Prep A – Hayley C                     One A – Evan P                         3/4 A – Charlotte E

Prep B – Billy H                         One B – Lachlan H                     3/4 B – Gunwoo N

Prep C – Lillian L                       One C – Julia N                         3/4 C – Seth R

Prep D – Natasha A                   Two A – Jemma F                      3/4 D – Lachlan L

                                                Two B – Lucas N

                                                1/2 A – Jed K

4/5A – Chalee L                        5/6 B – Jamie S                        5/6 D – Novelle L

5/6 A – Eloise L                        5/6 C – Luke V                         LOTE – Jed 1/2A


APRIL/MAY SCHOOL DIARY

April

Monday 22      Easter Monday Public Holiday

Tuesday 23      Term 2 starts at 8:50am

Thurs. 25         ANZAC Day Public Holiday

 

May

Mon 6              Camp Quality presentation to students

Thurs 9            Mother’s Day Stall

                        Mother’s Day Celebration (Preps only)

Fri 17               District Cross Country

Mon 20-Fri 24   Education Week

Wed 22            Open Day – Tours for prospective 2020 Prep Students

Fri 24               Curriculum Day – No Students to come to school

STUDENT BANKING

Every Thursday is Student Banking day, don’t forget to bring along your bank book to deposit to your account

 

Notice to Parents

The school yard is supervised by teacher/s on duty every school day during the following times:

8:40 – 8:50am       11:00 to 11:30am         1:30 to 2:15pm         3:15 to 3:30pm

Students are expected to be picked up by parents by 3:30. Aftercare students remain in the BER until 3:45pm

OSHC students remain in the BER until 8.40am in the morning and are supervised by OSHC staff afterschool until 6.00pm.

 

School Office Hours

8:30am to 9:30am

2:30pm to 3:15pm

Please limit visits to office to these times only.

Wishing you a relaxing break

Paul Mulroyan
Principal

 



Thursday 28th March 2019 #9


Dear Parents,

I wish to thank families who are supporting the Easter raffle. Tickets need to be returned by 3:30 pm, Friday 29 March to enter the draw. Prizes include chocolates, toys and a voucher for an Uber ride. Seven hampers will be won when the draw is held during the morning assembly on Monday 1st April. Good luck to all our students’ families.

Planning Week for teaching teams

This week, the usual timetable for specialist classes was suspended to allow a day for each team of class teachers to plan their term two program together. Teachers shared on-line documents that allow multiple users to type and read their planning documents simultaneously. Pictured (L to R) are Ms Nicolaou, Mrs Watson, Ms Lo Grasso and Mrs Oliveri with their computers and snacks.

They spent the day planning Term Two curriculum activities and assessment tasks for students.

 

Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy 2019

This policy is being distributed with today’s newsletter. It was approved by School Council at the March meeting. The purpose of the policy is to ensure that all students and members of our school community understand:

(a) Our commitment to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for students

(b) Expectations for positive student behaviour

(c) Support available to students and families

(d) Our school’s policies and procedures for responding to inappropriate student behaviour.

 

I ask parents to read this important document and discuss some of the rights and responsibilities for students. The most effective thing parents can do, is demonstrate that you value your child’s education by having your child attend every school day and arrive in a timely manner.

I wish to congratulate staff and acknowledge the work of the Education Subcommittee in developing this document and supporting Harmony Week with presentations for students, parents and staff from Bully Zero. This was a very practical way of supporting the intent of the policy.

 

You Can Do It (YCDI) program update

This term students in Preps have been investigating Introduction to You Can Do It characters and social-emotional skills

While students in grades 1-6 investigated Confidence, confident thinking, persistence and growth mindset.

Accompanying this newsletter are two parent information sheets on teaching your child about confidence and persistence (produced by You Can Do It Education).

 You might consider taking one of the parent online programs:

  • Positive Parent Program
  • Key’s to Children’s Success & Happiness
  • Strengths of Highly Effective Parents
  • Bullying- The Power to Cope

Subscription prices start from $19.95.

Visit https://youcandoiteducation.com.au/mod/page/view.php?id=287

 

Enrolments for 2020 now being accepted

The school is accepting enrolments for the 2020 school year. Avondale Primary School is a zoned school; families must live within the school zone for their child to be enrolled.

I encourage parents with a younger child who will attend school next year to enrol your child as early as possible.

If you have neighbours whose eldest child will start school next year, please inform them that enrolments are being accepted.

You can check whether you are in this school’s zone by visiting http://melbourneschoolzones.com/schools/avondale-primary-school/.

School Council News

Membership

Every year, half of the members of the school council reach the end of their two year tenure. I would like to acknowledge the contribution made in 2017 and 2018 by retiring members: Lance Ferguson, Joe Kersh, Jenna Heywood, Morna Ross and Isabelle Sawtell. Several members were successful in seeking re-election.

The newly elected members to school council are: Jaclyn Coleman, Jenna Heywood, Joe Kersh, Isabelle Sawtell and Sally Stevens. I welcome these members whose tenure finishes in March 2021.

 

New policies

At the last council meeting the following policies were presented by the education subcommittee and approved:

  • School dress code (Attached to this newsletter)
  • Inclusion and Diversity Policy (Available on the school’s website)
  • Child safety: Responding and reporting Policy and Procedures (Available on the school’s website).

Approvals

The following programs and activities were approved:

  • The 2019 5/6 camp to Phillip Island at a cost of $320 per student
  • Staging of the school concert at Moonee Valley Racing Club on 30 October
  • Purchase and installation of CCTV to monitor the outside asphalt and play areas 24/7
  • The expenditure of $15,740 of locally raised funds to purchase and install new playground equipment.

Community issues

Celebrating student success. If your child has achieved a significant award from a community or sporting group, please let the school know so it can be celebrated with his / her classmates.

Some viruses such as Slap Cheek are potentially dangerous to pregnant women. Parents are asked to contact office staff when a family member is diagnosed with a contagious disease. It is also worth noting that some students are not considered fully immunised, that is they are not immunised against all of the following:

Hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella haemophilus influenza type B, Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough) and polio

The school will issue a Flexibuzz notice to all parents and staff.

 

Use of fundraising monies

Apart from the purchase of soon to be installed playground equipment, mentioned above, did you know that locally raised funds have been used to acquire the following resources over the last five years?

  • Senior Adventure Playground
  • Watering System on Oval
  • Music Room
  • Musical instruments
  • Junior & Senior Readers
  • Student Garden & Sandpit
  • Replaced furniture in library

Stick Insects rule the roost

Ms Collins Grade 1 students are learning to breed stick insects. Lachlan and Tess (not pictured) informed me that insects have six legs and two antenna. Some insects are small and some are big like our stick insects. Insects lay eggs usually on the leaf of a plant. The eggs sometimes change colour.

Stick insect eggs also look like seeds. Ants carry the eggs of the Spiny Leaf Insect down into their nests and protect them from predators. When they hatch, the babies look and behave like ants until they can escape the nest.

OHSC holiday program to be run at Avondale primary School

The holiday program is usually run out of St Martin de Porres Primary School, however the building that houses the program is undergoing repair. The BER will be used as the base of the holiday program from 8 to 19 April.

 

New school fence by music room.

The installation of a new school fence is now expected to be erected during the holidays. This sturdier structure will be similar to the fence at the front of the school. The current fence is 19 years old and has been vandalised recently. The new fence should restore stronger security to our school.

 

March SCHOOL DIARY

Fri. 29              Grade 5/6 Interschool Sport Avondale V Kensington (Home)

 

April SCHOOL DIARY

Mon. 1             Miles 4 Smiles dental van visit. Free inspections

Fri. 5                Last Day Term 1, Students finish at 2:15pm

Tue. 23            First Day Term 2

Thurs. 25         ANZAC Day Public Holiday

May SCHOOL DIARY

Mon 6              Camp Quality presentation to students

Thurs 9            Mother’s Day Stall


Pupils of the week on Friday 22nd March

Prep A – Anton                                  One A – Lucas K                                3/4 A – Amiri M

Prep B – William W                           One B – Mila B                                   3/4 B – Miguel D

Prep C – Elijah H                               One C – Dee Jay L                             3/4 C – Irma A

Prep D – Violet P                               Two A – Chase R                               3/4 D – Portia M

                                                            Two B – Rebecca N

                                                            1/2 A – Audrey M

 

4/5A – Purva P                                  5/6 B – Sofia T                                  5/6 D – Liam P

5/6 A – Hayley S                              5/6 C – Syliva L                               LOTE – Krisha 4/5 A

STUDENT BANKING

Every Thursday is Student Banking day, don’t forget to bring along your bank book to deposit to your account

 

Notice to Parents

The school yard is supervised by teacher/s on duty every school day during the following times:

8:40 – 8:50am       11:00 to 11:30am         1:30 to 2:15pm         3:15 to 3:30pm

Students are expected to be picked up by parents by 3:30. Aftercare students remain in the BER until 3:45pm

 

School Office Hours

8:30am to 9:30am

2:30pm to 3:15pm

Please limit visits to office to these times only.

 

 I wish every family a great week

Paul Mulroyan
Principal



Thursday 21st March 2019 #8

Achievement, Confidence & Pride

 

Dear Parents,

I wish to thank Joe Scarfo for leading the school during my long service leave. It is wonderful to return to Avondale Primary School with programs running smoothly and students enthusiastically engaged with their learning.

 

Recent events in New Zealand

On behalf of our school staff, I offer my condolences to families in our community who are directly affected by the recent tragic events in New Zealand. Support is available to families who are experiencing distress; please contact the office or Mrs Broadhurst for more information.

I have been particularly moved by the profound gestures of solidarity we've seen in Australia and across the world. People from all backgrounds and political persuasions have come together to rebuke this act of violence and demonstrate empathy. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their community.

 

Proactively addressing bullying

As mentioned above, everyone deserves to feel safe. One of the challenges faced by schools is to eliminate instances of unsocial behaviour – especially bullying.

Bullying is defined as an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm.

Avondale Primary has zero tolerance to bullying and will counsel students and inform parents of students involved with bullying.

Angie Gardino, a presenter with Bully Zero led a 75 minute workshop for parents on Monday evening. On Wednesday, student were informed about ways of addressing bullying. Our students were taught to be up-standers, not by-standers if they see someone being bullied.

Mrs. Broadhurst has identified these websites as useful resources for parents:

Bully Stoppers           A Victorian Education and Training website

Bully Zero                   Information from our school Zero Bullying  presentations

e-Safety                      Australian Government website
Please see our Bullying pRevention Resources webpage for access to these links.

Attached to this newsletter are Avondale Primary School’s:

  1. Child Safety Responding and Reporting Policy and Procedures and Inclusion & Diversity Policy
  2. Child Safety Leader
  3. Inclusion and Diversity Policy

Harmony Day – 21 March 2019

Teachers spoke to students about inclusion in our community. Instances of people from different backgrounds were discussed. Groups involved with sports, Arts, hobbies and interests are increasingly comprised of people with diverse backgrounds. Students discussed our attitudes Avondale Primary, our values and aspirations. Many grades took the opportunity to reflect upon how we treat each other. The school library has many picture story books about inclusion and acceptance that students can borrow.

School Uniforms

If you have purchased a school uniform article from Lowes and are dissatisfied with it, I encourage you to return it and request a replacement at no cost. The school has entered an exclusive three year contract with the understanding that good quality garments are supplied.

The store’s representative has stated that if an item purchased from Lowes, fails to meet reasonable expectations, they will replace it.

Lowes seeks parent feedback to pass onto its purchasing unit. If the store does not meet your expectations, you are entitled to a replacement. You are encouraged to comment upon the quality of the garment and where improvements can be made.

 

Easter Raffle

Many thanks to parents for supporting the Easter Hamper Raffle. So far we have received a range of chocolates, games, books, toys and a voucher for an Uber ride. Donations will be accepted until Wednesday 27 March.

 

Canteen

I wish to thank our canteen volunteers for regularly preparing lunches and providing counter service during recess breaks. Our 429 students are creating more demand on the canteen service, and I am very happy that the high quality of food and service is being maintained. Although the time in the canteen is quite busy, parents find it enjoyable and rewarding. Children especially enjoy knowing that a family member is helping at their school. A new canteen menu will be issued for Terms 2 and 3 in the last week of this term. It will include food options more appropriate to the cooler months.

 

Butterflies emerge from their cocoons

Grade 1 and 2 students have observed part of the life cycle of Monarch caterpillars. They received caterpillars and fed them milkweed for about a week. The caterpillars then formed a cocoon where they ‘hid’ for another week. There were gasps or amazement and much excitement as students watched Monarch butterflies emerge from the cocoons.

Ms Ferraro stated that students’ literacy improved during the spontaneous discussions when they developed a word wall listing the words students shared during their observations.

New word for the week: METAMORPHASIS which means an abrupt change in the animal's body structure.

 

2019 Student Representative Council

The 2019 Junior and Senior SRC (Student Representative Council) meet on Thursdays for the first half of lunch. During these meetings students represent the ideas of their classmates and organise school events such as raising money for charities.

The first fundraising event the SRC has planned is raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne) through its Good Friday Appeal (https://www.goodfridayappeal.com.au). We ask students to wear casual clothes on the last day of Term 1 – Friday the 5th of April and bring in a gold coin donation.

 

Senior Athletics Day results

On Friday, March 15th our Senior House Athletics carnival was held at Moonee Valley Athletics Track.

All students competed in the track events of Discus, Shot Put, Long Jump and High Jump, as well as house team relays.

Selected students competed in 100 and 200 metre finals, and there was also 800 and 1500 metre open events.

Students competed for ribbons, points for their house team, as well as an individual age group competition.

It was the inaugural running of the event in this format and the day was a resounding success. There were many great examples of sportsmanship and resilience from the day and I congratulate the students for their effort and behaviour.

Overall Results:

1st Boeing 228 Points, 2nd Comet 168 Points, 3rd Electra 143 Points and 4th Viscount 90 Points

Individual Age Group Champions
9 Girls- Deanna Leong & 9 Boys- Jarrod Frigo
10 Girls- Sophia Kaiser & 10 Boys- Angus Downie
11 Girls- Kamia Masonwells & 11  Boys- Adam Tabbit

12/13 Girls- Kary Wu & 12/13 Boys- Arden Stevens

I would also like to thank the wonderful parents who volunteered on the day, as well as all the staff, your efforts assisted greatly to the smooth running of the day.

John Cleary, Physical Education Teacher

 

Is your child getting enough sleep?

A recent informal survey of students in the middle and senior school indicated that an alarming number of students were staying up beyond 9pm. This may explain why some students start the day struggling to pay attention.

The following suggestions are offered to ensure your child gets a good night sleep:

  1. Mobile devices are not allowed in the bedroom
  2. Mobile devices are charged in the kitchen / lounge room at bedtime
  3. 30 minutes wind-down time before lights out
  4. Passive activities e.g. reading during wind-down time
  5. Lights out at: Prep - 2: 7:30 pm,   3 & 4: 8 pm,               5 & 6 – 8:30 to 9 pm.

Garden online Blog

The garden blog is working well with a new post added recently. Mr Boffa has supplied this link to help you find the latest posts: http://lastampa.global2.vic.edu.au/2019/03/19/homemade-compost/CHOOL DIARY

 

School Council 2019

The School Council for 2019 is:

Isabelle Sawtell           President:                    Parent member till 2021

Andrew Barker            Vice President             Parent member till 2020

Ajay Bhargava             Treasurer                    Parent member till 2020

Joe Scarfo                    Secretary                     Staff member till 2020

Carla Soul and Karena Wojcicki                      Parent members till 2020

Jaclyn Coleman, Joe Kersh and Sally Stevens Parent members till 2021

Jenna Heywood                                               Staff member till 2021

Tony Baldwin                                                  Community member

Paul Mulroyan                                                 Principal

Pupils of the week on Friday 8th March

Prep A – Dviveda                              One A – Keifer T                                3/4 A – Taj W

Prep B – Summer G                          One B – Aadi M                                  3/4 B – Peyton S

Prep C – Bradley F                            One C – Aren C                                  3/4 C – Kaia V

Prep D – Harry H                               Two A – Jake N                                 3/4 D – Andy Q

                                                            Two B – Maika H

                                                            1/2 A – Neel B

 

4/5A – Mikaela N                               5/6 B – George T                              5/6 D – Sarah R

5/6 A – Ramy W                              5/6 C – Albie S                                LOTE – Aidan C 5/6A

 

March Diary

Thurs. 21         Harmony Day

Fri. 22              Grade 5/6 Interschool Sport Ascot Vale V Avondale (Away)

                        Second hand uniform Shop 8:30 - 9am

Wed. 27           Whole School Photos - envelopes and money brought on this day

Fri. 29              Grade 5/6 Interschool Sport Avondale V Kensington (Home)

 

April Diary

Mon. 1             Miles 4 Smiles dental van visit. Free inspections

Fri. 5                Last Day Term 1, Students finish at 2:15pm

Tue. 23            First Day Term 2

Thurs. 25         ANZAC Day Public Holiday

 

STUDENT BANKING

Every Thursday is Student Banking day, don’t forget to bring along your bank book to deposit to your account

 

Notice to Parents

The school yard is supervised by teacher/s on duty every school day during the following times:

8:40 – 8:50am       11:00 to 11:30am         1:30 to 2:15pm         3:15 to 3:30pm

Students are expected to be picked up by parents by 3:30. Aftercare students remain in the BER until 3:45pm

 

School Office Hours

8:30am to 9:30am

2:30pm to 3:15pm

Please limit visits to office to these times only.

 

 I wish every family a great week

Paul Mulroyan
Principal




Thursday 14th March 2019 #7

Achievement, Confidence & Pride

Dear Parents,

There seems to be something positive happening every day at Avondale Primary School. I’m happy to say that our school is a vibrant community of parents, students and staff. The positive attitude of our students and teachers is motivational and I love working in an environment that really does focus on achievement, confidence and pride. Assembly this morning was inspirational. Our school captains along with their leadership group beautifully presented our school’s anti bullying message to our whole community. It was done simply but effectively. Well done! 

 

SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTION

Yesterday the counting of votes for the four school council vacancies took place in the staffroom. The count was witnessed by Andrew Barker (school council member) and Maria Zerowsky our office manager. The scrutineers were Jenna Heywood (acting assistant principal), Ros Blake and myself. I would like to thank all the candidates and members of our school community who registered a vote. All of the candidates were well supported.

Following the count, I can now officially declare that the four vacant positions will be occupied for the next 2 years by: Isabelle Sawtell, Sally Stevens, Jaclyn Coleman and Joe Kersh.

LEARNING SPECIALIST

An important goal for our school this year is to develop student voice within the school. Our aim is to enhance students’ capacity as resilient, mindful, creative, inclusive and resourceful learners. I’m pleased to announce that Amanda Gerace has been appointed as our Learning Specialist with a focus on student voice. Amanda will continue to work as the grade 34D teacher but will be released for 3 sessions a week to work with teachers and students. Nick Boffa will release Amanda for those sessions and will implement a 7 Steps to Writing Program with 34D.

SENIOR ATHLETICS DAY

There will be no assembly this Friday. The senior school will be departing for Aberfeldie Park soon after 9.00am. Students from grades 3-6 will need to be at school at 8.50am or they may risk being left behind. This is our first senior athletics day and will provide our senior school students with a much wider range of athletic events. Students should be back at school by 3.15pm. We encourage parents to allow their children to return to school by bus but if there are collected from the track then they must collect a sign out slip from Ms Portelli who will be wearing a red fluorescent vest and stationed near the pedestrian gate. This slip will then need to be handed to your child’s classroom teacher.


Joe Scarfo
Acting Principal



Thursday 7th March 2019 #6

Achievement, Confidence & Pride

 

Dear Parents,

SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTION

School Council Elections are now under way. There were 8 nominations for the 4 vacant positions on school council. Ballot papers have come home to each family and need to be completed and returned to school. The election closes at 4.00pm next Tuesday, 12th March. The votes will be counted and results declared on Wednesday, 13th of March. Please make sure that you register your vote.

 

YOU TUBE VIDEO

It has come to our attention at school that a disturbing YOU TUBE video has been circulating. The video has also been spread by users on Facebook and other media outlets as well as being embedded in You Tube clips. A character appears and directs children to perform unsafe challenges, this is known as the “Momo Challenge”.

The school has internet filters that would prevent the viewing of any such video and the teachers are vigilant to any student viewing or having viewed these videos. As access to You Tube at home is likely to be unrestricted I ask that parents are extra aware of what their children are watching on the computer.

 

SUN SMART

I’d like to congratulate the students for their fantastic efforts in wearing their school hats outside so far this year. Whenever I walk around the school yard almost 100% of students are wearing our school hat or have it with them when sitting under the shade, an outstanding effort. Sunscreen is also encouraged and is available in each classroom. Although the weather will progressively get cooler this month there are still high levels of UV and sunscreen and hats are still required. School hats are available from the general office at school. You can also check the daily SunSmart UV rating via our Flexibuzz links, school website or SunSmart UV rating posters in Building 1 and 2.

 

FUNDRAISING: EASTER HAMPER RAFFLE

We are kindly asking families for donations for our upcoming Easter raffle. These may include chocolates or activities that students are able to complete over the Easter holidays. Nelson Alexander have generously donated passes for Bounce and $100 Funtopia voucher that will be included as part of the prizes. Tickets are $2 each and need to be returned to school by

Friday 29th March. Please note that BPay, CSEF and EFTPOS are not available payment options for fundraising events. The raffle will be drawn on Monday 1st April. Please see the office if you require more raffle tickets.

SCHOOL VALUES

At last Monday’s assembly I mentioned our school values. The school values are based around respect, honesty, persistence, co-operation, self-confidence, caring for others and helpfulness within an environment that promotes a desire to achieve, self-confidence and personal pride. These words are all very worthy and do reflect our school community. Our aim is to distil these attitudes into an easy to remember sentence that every child can recall.

Following discussions with teachers and students the following is a worthy suggestion:

“Our vision is to maintain a caring and supportive community promoting achievement, confidence and pride in all students.”

GARDEN CLUB

The Garden Club would like to thank our wonderful parent helpers who are helping our students every Tuesday afternoon. Please remind your child they are welcome to join in on any Tuesday lunch break at 1.30pm. Our garden is ready to be turned for the next crop. Please also be aware that you can view our Garden/Italian blog here by using this link:

http://lastampa.global2.vic.edu.au/category/il-giardino/

 

SCHOOL WEBSITE

Have you visited the school website? The school website is packed with valuable up to date information including canteen lists, class reports (today’s is from the preps and 1/2s), policies and school newsletters. Much of the information including newsletters posted on the website can also be translated into forty different languages. If you know someone who might appreciate information in their own language direct them to our website.

https://www.avondaleps.vic.edu.au/

POLICY OF THE WEEK

Our school policies cover a range of school related areas from Curriculum to Occupational Health and Safety and they describe what we do and how we do it. The school develops school policies to ensure that there is proper governance of essential school responsibilities.

This week I have attached the school Issues Resolution Policy. This policy outlines the correct procedure for dealing with an issue concerning you and the school. We aim to ensure that all complaints or concerns are managed in a timely, effective and a respectful manner.

 

MARCH DIARY

Fri 8                        5/6 Interschool Sport Avondale V Nth Melbourne (Home)                                 

                                Second hand uniform Shop 8:30-9am  

Mon 11                   Labour Day Public Holiday

Tue 12                     Uniform Sub Committee Meeting 9:30am

Thu 14                     National Day against bullying and violence – Assembly 8:50 am

Fri 15                       Senior Athletics Day grades 3-6            

                                Second hand uniform Shop 8:30 - 9am

Mon 18                   Parent Information Evening – Bully Zero Presentation 6:30 BER building

Tue 19                     School Council AGM 7:30pm

Wed 20                   Bully Zero Presentation Grades Prep-6

Fri 22                       Grade 5/6 Interschool Sport Ascot Vale V Avondale (Away)

Wed 27                   Whole School Photos *Students to bring photo envelopes and money on this day

 

Pupils of the week on Friday 1st March

Prep A – Santiago B                          One A – Alexandra M                         3/4 A – Alex W

Prep B – Libona T                             One B – D’Lae M                                3/4 B – Joshua K

Prep C – Sophia F                              One C – Shaylee B                             3/4 C – James B

Prep D – Ben L                                  Two A – Kua K                                   3/4 D - Zadok

                                                            Two B – James A

                                                            1/2 A - Jimmy W

4/5A – Jamie K & Dillion Z                   5/6 B – Jacob V                                 5/6 D – Bronte D

5/6 A – Jaymee D                            5/6 C – Alessio B                               LOTE – Audrey M 1/2A

 

STUDENT BANKING

Every Thursday is Student Banking day, don’t forget to bring along your bank book to deposit to your account

 

Notice to Parents

The school yard is supervised by a teacher on duty until 3:30pm. Students are expected to be picked up by this time.


Joe Scarfo
Acting Principal


Thursday 28th February 2019 #5

Achievement, Confidence & Pride

 

Dear Parents,

Last year teachers and students discussed our school values and chose three words to best represent what we stand for; Achievement, Confidence and Pride. These words are now on our school sign and head line this newsletter. The words represent academic as well as social and emotional development as we aspire for our students to have a desire to achieve, self-confidence, personal pride as well as good social skills. Congratulations to Lachlan Pringle who was made Year 7 Leader and Aaliyah Zeybek selected as Sports Captain at Essendon / Keilor College. It’s great to see our ex-students representing our values at their new school.

 

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