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Term 2 - week 7

  • Grade 5/6 Camp
  • Breakfast Program
  • Focus of the Fortnight
  • Prize Winners for the Maths Competition
  • National Simultaneous Story time
  • Prep Enrolments – 2016
  • Winter Raffle
  • School Photos
  • Crazy Hair Day
  • P-4 Mid-Year Concert

The Grade 5/6 camp was a great success.

Congratulations to the staff and thanks very much to the parent helpers. A full report will occur next week along with some photos.

The P-4 breakfast program was very well attended on Monday. A wonderful opportunity for the school to reinforce the importance of breakfast and how a good breakfast can make such a difference to a child’s learning. The Gr3-6 breakfast is scheduled for Friday morning.

The focus of the fortnight ‘Empathy’ was beautifully presented by the Preps in assembly. I have seen so many good examples of empathy towards others across the school. Our Positive Yard Behaviour tokens are also good examples of Empathy. I have asked the children to check in with a person this week and ask them ‘how they are going?’

Akayshia from Prep W told us all about the meaning of Empathy.

Well done to all the students who participated in the ‘Nuts About Numeracy’ competition. It was very difficult for Ms Stevens our Numeracy Co-ordinator to judge the winners due to the high quality of entries. Congratulations to Wren Wolfshorter 1J, Eliza Strawhorn 3/4K and Gabe Vivian 3/4C who all received a book voucher from Paradise Books.

The National Simultaneous Story time went splendidly on Wednesday. All the grade Prep, 1 & 2 students did activities and simultaneously read the book ‘The Brothers Quibble’ by Aaron Blabey, a beautiful story about accepting change and how change can be a good thing. Drop into the library and check out the lovely display that Gill Pearce has put together about the book and a number of other books written by Aaron Blabey the author.

A reminder that we are now taking enrolments for 2016 Preps. Our numbers are critical for future planning. If you have a pre-school child who you intend to enrol as a Prep for next year, then can I call on you to action on this now. Enrolment forms can be collected from the front office or downloaded from the Enrolling your child section of the website.

Thank you to the parent committee who are organising the Winter Raffle. Many excellent donations have come into the office which will make some beautiful winter hampers. Please get behind this winter raffle, funds raised go towards the grade 6 dinner and much needed ICT resources across the school. Remember any goodwill passed on now will come back to you and your child when they are in grade 6.

Have you got school photos on your planner at home? A reminder, that they are only two weeks away. Thursday 11th June is the date, full attendance and full uniform are our goals. Envelopes will be sent home shortly.

The JSC are fundraising to support the people of Nepal, who are really struggling after the terrible earthquakes and landslides that recently hit their region. We are having a Crazy Hair Day on Friday 12th. Please give generously.

Finally, can I also bring to your attention another date for your planner at home. Wednesday 24th June is our Prep – Grade 4 Mid-Year Performance to be held at the Daylesford Town Hall.

Peter Burke

Term 2 - week 6

  • Zone XC
  • House Athletics
  • Junior Choir and Preps
  • Open Morning – now taking Prep enrolments for 2016
  • Breakfast Program –next Monday
  • Grade 5/6 Camp
  • Camps, Sport & Excursion Fund
  • 5/6 Elective Program

Twelve students represented the Goldfields Zone at the Zone XC in Ballarat. All the children gave their best, with some running Personal Best times. Charlotte Streat, Lila Paar, Sunday Wright, James Childs and Tyson Scoble all qualified and are moving through to the next level, which is a marvellous effort. Thanks to all the parents who were able to drive and support the students. A BIG thank you to Glenn Harwood, who was our team manager on the day.
Monday proved to be a beautiful day for the House Athletics, which was held in Ballarat at Llanberris. The day went very well with all the grade 3-6 students entering into the spirit of the day. House colours were clearly on display and spirits remained high as the children jumped, ran and threw. Congratulations to Miles Wilkinson and Holly Murphy who won the 100 metre championship event. Well done Tipperary who were the overall winners on the day.

Well done to Andrew Kiellerup and Sherilee who did a great job in organising the day and another BIG thank you to all the parents who attended, many of whom were a great assistance on the day. Including some wonderful photos by Sophie Loft which can be viewed on our photo gallery.

The grade 3 & 5 students completed four NAPLAN test in three days last week. I was very pleased with the way the students applied themselves and used a variety of strategies, like planning before you write, which have clearly been well taught by our staff.
The Junior Choir and our Preps sang at assembly this week.

Open Morning on Tuesday saw over twenty families with pre-school children attend our assembly, tour the school and then speak with David Garner and myself about our school. This resulted in a number of Prep enrolments for 2016. I am now calling for Prep enrolments for next year. If you have a child that you wish to attend this school in 2016, can you please call into the office and collect an enrolment form or go onto our website and download an enrolment form.

I would like to extend an invitation to all our students in P-4 to attend our breakfast program next Monday, which is held in the gym.

Grades 3-6 breakfast program will be held next Friday 29th May.
The grade 5&6 students are attending the Anglesea Camp next week and we would like to wish them all the best.

Some good news. The Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, The Hon. James Merlino, MP has announced through the May budget that additional funding has been allocated to Education. The first initiative to flow through is a Camps, Sport and Excursion fund. Parents with a current concession card may apply. Please contact the front office for an application form or for more information call our business manager Deborah Cowen on 53482480.

Finally, the Teaching and Learning team has reviewed the 5/6 elective program and they have decided, for two reasons, to move away from this program. It has been identified that due to a crowded curriculum that not all areas of the AUSVels curriculum are being covered. Therefore Integrated studies focusing on Science will replace the 5/6 elective program in term 3 and term 4. The second reason that was taken into consideration was, due to growth in the area of Performing Arts, a forum is required in order to showcase the children’s performances. Therefore it has been decided that a mid-year performance will occur, featuring P-4 grades and the grades 5&6 performances will be included in the end of year graduation evening.

Peter Burke

Term 2 - week 5

  • Zone XC
  • House Athletics
  • SMS Text
  • Book Fair
  • Gastro outbreak
  • Open Morning – next Tuesday for Pre-School parents

At assembly this week we congratulated the 36 runners who competed at the Goldfields XC last week. I can refer you to the photos on our photo gallery, which capture the determination and courage the children displayed throughout the event. Four of our students won their age group with excellent runs; Charlotte Streat, Tyson Scoble, James Childs and Thomas Macklin.

We also recognised and wished the 12 students who have progressed through to the Zone XC in Ballarat this Friday. Good luck to Thomas Macklin, Lachlan Taylor, Caitlin Robertson, Griffin Harwood, Carly Elderfield, Demi Henderson, James Childs, Tyson Scoble, Buzz Pearce, Charlotte Streat, Sunday Wright and Lila Paar.

The House Athletics have now been scheduled for next Monday. Monday 18th May in Ballarat. The weather looks fine and it looks like our patience will pay off. The children are keen and ready to go!

I sent an SMS to all parents on Monday, to inform you that the House Aths were cancelled due to poor weather. If you did not receive a text from me on Monday then this could be due to one of the following reasons; only Parent A on the enrolment form will receive a text or our records maybe inaccurate. If you did not receive an SMS message and would like to in the future, then please contact the front office with your appropriate details.

Students in Grade 3 & 5 completed NAPLAN tests throughout the week. On the whole the students applied themselves very well. The staff did an excellent job in managing this national assessment. I would also like to thank and acknowledge the grade 4 & 6 students for the respect and support that they displayed to their fellow class members.

The Book Fair will once again run this year. We are very lucky that we have a dedicated group of parents who have formed a committee and who are already working hard behind the scenes. As this is our major fund raiser for the year, I call on all parents to consider helping. All funds raised (which has been considerable, an average of $7,000 per year) goes directly back into the school. Literacy has been the targeted area. More books have been purchased for the library, more reading have been made available within the classroom, our staff have received excellent professional development in a number of areas within Literacy. These are only some of the positive outcomes associated with the Book Fair. Can you help? The committee will be calling for help in the lead up to the August event. We will list jobs in the newsletter and draw your attention to them. Please look out for more information soon.

Just a note to inform you that Gastro has affected some younger children and some staff. Notes to appropriate grades have been circulated; reminding us all of the exclusion time of 48 hours after all symptoms have stopped. Please adhere to this timeline as Gastro can very easily spread throughout a school community.

Finally, we are looking forward to showing prospective parents around our school next Tuesday, as a part of our Open Morning. Pre-school parents have been invited to attend our assembly, followed by a tour of the school, finishing with a presentation in the Open Learning Centre. Please encourage any pre-school parents that you know to attend our Open Morning. If this time is not suitable, alternative tours can be arranged.

Peter Burke

Term 2 - week 4

  • Goldfields XC
  • Zone XC
  • House Athletics
  • School Culture
  • Crazy Odd Socks Day
  • Head Lice

Thirty-six students represented the school at the Goldfields XC on Wednesday at Clunes Golf Course. A cool day and a challenging course were presented to the children. Our students were magnificent; they were organised, positive, encouraged each and showed great sportsmanship, whilst giving their personal best. Congratulations to all the runners on their efforts. Thank you to the parents who were able to support on the day. Pictures from the Goldfields XC can be seen on our photo gallery.

If a student placed in the top six at the Goldfields XC, they now advance to the Zone XC in Ballarat on Friday 15th May. Congratulations and good luck to Thomas Macklin, Lachlan Taylor, Caitlin Robertson, Griffin Harwood, Carly Elderfield, Demi Henderson, James, Childs, Tyson Scoble, Buzz Pearce, Charlotte Streat, Sunday Wright, and Lila Paar.

We are looking forward to the House Athletics at Llanberris next Monday. We are anticipating that the cold front passing through this weekend will clear for Monday.

I have had the pleasure to be directly involved with three elements of the school over the past week. In my time working with 3/4K in the garden program, with 3/4 students in athletics training and also with the 5/6 students in high jump practice. I have been very impressed by the positive attitude and respect shown to each other.

Well done to all our Grade 1 students who had a lot of fun with Crazy/Odd Socks Day. See report from Kathy and Emily.

Next week the grade 3 and grade 5 students are to sit the NAPLAN tests. There are four NAPLAN tests which the school is required to administer. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from these National Assessments, if you would like to discuss this please call Mr Garner or myself.

As we have had a number of cases of Head lice is recent times, I would like to reinforce the school policy and procedures. If head lice are suspected, notification to home occurs immediately. The child is picked up and is not to return to school until treatment of Head lice has occurred. We then send out a notification to all parents from that grade. I need to reinforce, that we cannot inspect or treat children’s hair. The Department of Education do not allocate a school nurse to this public health issue. Therefore we rely on parents to be proactive and persistent with regards to treating Head lice. With that in mind the school has ordered a comb for each family. These will be passed on in the near future.

Can I refer all parents to the handout accompanying this week’s newsletter ‘Head lice, scratching for Answers’. This is an information sheet prepared by the Victoria Department of Health. It is an excellent read and it reinforces that the treatment of head lice is a parent or guardian’s responsibility. It also gives good advice on how best to do this. Please take the time to read this document thoroughly.

Peter Burke

Term 2 - week 3

  • Feedback on ANZAC Assembly and photos
  • DPS ANZAC Book
  • Preps remind us of the meaning of Respect
  • Regional Produce Day
  • House Athletics
  • Goldfields Cross Country

Thank you for your positive feedback surrounding our ANZAC assembly. I was very pleased with the level of respect shown by the students. This was reinforced by the visitors to our school, who were very complementary about our student’s behaviour throughout the entire ceremony. WIN TV gave the school excellent coverage and the photos of the ANZAC assembly are now up on our website

I have had a number of inquiries regarding the DPS ANZAC Book. We are currently adding and updating the first edition thanks to a number of contributions from our community. We are aiming at making the second edition available for sale within about 6 weeks. Approximate prize will be around $50. If you wish to pre-order a copy please leave your details at the front office.

This week in assembly, the Preps reminded us of what respect means to them. They did a great job of using simple examples of how to be respectful to yourself and others.

Thank you to Kathy Douglas for co-ordinating the fundraiser at the Regional Produce Day last Sunday. Thank you to all the parents who assisted. The funds will go directly into the KG program, to help cover the shortfall that we have between overall costs of the program and parent payments.

The postponement of the House Athletics that were due to be conducted on Monday, proved to be a good decision as it was cold and wet. It has been decided to run the athletics on Monday 11th May (weather permitting) at Llanberris. We have also booked Monday the 18th as a back-up date. With the Goldfields XC event falling next week on Wednesday 6th May at Clunes GC, I would like to take this opportunity to wish the runners all the best.

Peter Burke
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