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Term 3 - week 2

Student safety and Wellbeing is paramount and at the core of what we do as teachers every day. The incident last week at the skate park, where two of our students were approached by a stranger in an 'orange late model Ford' was a terrible situation. We took immediate action to notify police, Emergency Security Services and the students’ parents to offer support. Notifying Emergency Security Services sends an alert to all schools across South-Western Victoria. Staff were immediately alerted/not alarmed to check all children’s travel arrangements before & after school and discuss with their class about "stranger danger" and continue this vigilance each day for the coming weeks. The messages sent across the school were

  • If students are walking, ensure they are not alone; they stick to main streets and not back roads.
  • During each school day, remind children not to hang out near boundary fences in the playground.
  • The police have made their presence known in the schoolyard and will be visible around the school area in coming weeks before and after school.
  • That parents have conversations with their children about travel to & from school.

Staff, parents & community members are encouraged to continue to be observant and report any suspicious activity. Thank you.

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews
Thank you to all the parents and students who actively participated in the interviews held on Wednesday. To have a clear and understood direction, specifically around goal setting, will be supportive of student achievement, both socially and academically. If for whatever reason you missed this opportunity to engage in our interview process, please contact the school to arrange an appointment. Due to teacher illness, 3/4C interviews will be rescheduled.

South Street Debating
We look forward to our school representatives who are competing in the annual South Street Primary School Debating competition on Tuesday in Ballarat. A huge thank you to Trudi and all parent volunteers who have contributed to the preparation of our debaters. Good luck and best wishes to Charli Scopel, Max Robertson, Indigo Toner-McLachlan, Lachlan Mc Coll, Banjo Kinnear, Neave English, Mac Jenkin, Eliza Strawhorn, Maddisyn Tsaptsalis, Gabe Vivian, & Archie Sullivan. Taj Vandenberg has been an active participant but is unable to attend.

Parent Opinion Survey
The annual parent opinion survey was distributed earlier this week. This is an anonymous survey given to a computer-generated sample of families. If you receive an envelope, we would like you to please complete the online survey. This helps us as a school to improve our practices and support our constant school improvement agenda. Thank you for your support.

Victorian Cross Country Championships
The school had three representatives qualify for the State Cross Country Championships: namely Erin Childs, Zach Koleski & Charlotte Streat. Congratulations on doing extremely well and representing our school with distinction. Well done to all.

The new Succulent Garden-OLC
Everyone is admiring the beautiful new garden that has been created by some caring people. We appreciate their generous time and effort. We would like to say a big thank you, but are actually unsure of who you are? What a lovely way to show respect within our school. Sincerely thank you!

Enjoy your weekend

Karen McHugh,
Acting Principal

Term 3 - week 1

Welcome Back
It is a pleasure to welcome back all students, staff and families for Term 3 – a term of goal-setting and hard work. I would like to make a specific welcome to Josh Buckland who will be taking Karen Brothers’ class 6KB for six weeks; he will make a wonderful contribution to our school this term. Parents will be able to meet him formally during the Parent/Teacher/Student interview day.

Over the holidays there has been impressive work taking place in the Art Room with Nicole working with Jeff Stewart creating large puppets in preparation for the Swiss & Italian Festa where they will accompany Nonno and Nonna. Congratulations and thank you for your incredible dedication.

It has been a positive start to Term 3. Mr Edwards has sent his best wishes from Canada while continuing his long service leave during the first 2 weeks of term.

JSC Fundraiser 29th June
Thank you to JSC for organising our fundraiser last term. This resulted in $256.00 being donated to the Daylesford Hospital in support of our local community.

Parent Teacher Student Interviews 25th July
You will have received a note regarding the Parent-Teacher-Student interviews requesting you make a time with your child’s class and specialist teachers for next Wednesday, 25th July.

It is important that students attend these meetings to discuss their goals as well as receive feedback about their progress. These interviews will also allow you the opportunity to ask questions and follow up on the Semester 1 reports. Please return the notes as soon as possible to ensure you receive an appointment time.

Katie Yeung will offer interviews for P-2 students from 2:30 to 4:30 on Tuesday 24th in the Performing Arts room.

Please note: students are not required for formal classes Wednesday 25th July but are required to attend the allotted interview.

Current Focus-goal Setting
Lastly, but certainly not least, our current focus is around Goal Setting with the students. The middle of the year provides a perfect opportunity to take stock of where we have come from and where we want to head for the rest of the year.

The students have been, and will continue to be, very busy setting goals and identifying strategies and actions to implement in order to work towards those goals.

This will form a large part of the interview next week. There is nothing more powerful than the children articulating for themselves what their goals are and having us as coaches and mentors to help guide them and create the conditions in which they can succeed.

Enjoy your weekend

Karen McHugh,
Acting Principal

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