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Term 2 - week 6

Divisional Cross Country Championships
Congratulations to the following students who represented our school so well at last Fridays cross country championships at Victoria Park Ballarat. Well done to Erin Childs, Sam Cooper, Mia Hardy, Mac Jenkin, Scout Kinnear, Tate & Zach Koleski, Frey Pelham, Jessica & Lola Santurini & Charlotte Streat. The following students, Erin, Mia, Scout, Zach, Frey, Jessica & Charlotte, have now made it to the Regional cross-country championships to be held in WarrnamboolonFridaythe1stofJune. Iwouldalsoliketo thank all parents and carers who committed to taking the children to these respective championships and for cheering and encouraging all our participants! We wish all those students representing D.P.S. next Friday in Warrnambool all the best.

School Assemblies
We all enjoy celebrating the successes of our students and love to witness their achievements. We had the privilege and honour to listen to Miles Perry playing guitar and singing a Bob Dylan classic at our last assembly. Congratulations Miles! We have many talented young musicians, singers and actors who we are keen to promote and give them opportunities to perform to a large audience. Stay tuned for some exciting performances showcasing various talents!

Staff Changes
We would like to welcome Donna Jantz to our school who will be teaching 5S every Monday, replacing Sarah Bourke who is on family leave. Donna is a very experienced practitioner who has many attributes that will support not only the children in 5S but also our school. Welcome Donna! We would also like to acknowledge Francis Comber who leaves us today. We thank Francis for his ongoing enthusiasm and professionalism in his role. We are now in the midst of appointing a replacement for Francis. In the interim, we have both Matthew Spaccatore in 1/2A and Libby Fullard in 6P ably undertaking Francis’s role. Once again, thank you Francis for your active and caring teaching and your ability to support students, staff and parents.

NAPLAN
I would like to sincerely congratulate all our Year 3 and 5 students who so ably sat the NAPLAN tests throughout the week. It is a credit to everyone! We tried very hard to minimise the anxiety around this testing program and it is such a credit to the students who participated in terms of both their application and endeavour. Well done to all.

Garden Volunteers
We have such a beautiful school, I feel so enthusiastic toward how our school is supported by so many people. I encourage anyone (assuming working with children check) who would like to assist us in planting and tending our various garden areas throughout the school to come and have a chat with me. You will be made most welcome and you will support immensely our beautiful school environment.

Book Fair
We are hosting our coordinators meeting for our annual late Term 3 BOOK FAIR today. We would appreciate all comers who are interested in helping and assisting with this magnificent fun fundraiser to contact Shelley Sandow or myself for further details. All money raised supports our schools literacy purchases. Last year we raised over $7000, which was magnificent. We encourage your participation and assistance and we look forward to hearing from you. A specific date for our Book Fair will be published in our next week’s newsletter.

Pupil Free Day June 8th
Finally, I would once again like to communicate that we have a pupil free day when teachers will be undertaking RespectfulRelationshipsTrainingandalsohavethe opportunity to work on student reports. This day coincides with the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on Monday 11th June.

Enjoy your weekend.

Trevor Edwards,
Principal

Term 2 - week 5

NAPLAN
Congratulations to all our year 3 and 5 students who sat the NAPLAN tests on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. We as a school tried very hard to make it as comfortable and supportive of the students as we could.

I would like to take the time to acknowledge our students in their pursuit of self-improvement so well done to one and all!

NAPLAN results will be available early Term 3, 2018. As soon as they arrive at the school, we will ensure that all parents promptly receive their child’s reports.

Cross Country
Last Friday’s Goldfields Cross Country event was very wisely cancelled. As a result, we have our best cross country runners competing at the Regional Cross Country at Victoria Park in Ballarat today.

We wish all of our 12 runners the best and congratulations on your efforts and dedication!

Education Week
We thoroughly look forward to next Tuesday’s open morning (9am to 11am) where parents, including potential 2019 students, will be made most welcome.

The morning will commence with our whole school assembly followed by tours and/or visits to classrooms.

We encourage your visitation and look forward to your involvement.

At our assembly, we will have some beautiful student performances that will showcase our individual and group talents.

Enjoy your weekend.

Trevor Edwards,
Principal

Term 2 - week 4

NAPLAN Testing Next Week
Children in Year 3 and 5 throughout Australia will be involved in the NAPLAN testing program. All year 3 and 5 parents should have received a flier outlining what NAPLAN is all about and likewise the details of dates and times. As a reminder children in Years 3 and 5 commence the NAPLAN testing program on Tuesday 15th of May with both Language Conventions and Writing assessment, Wednesday 16th of May: Reading and Thursday the 17th of May is Numeracy. All assessments are undertaken in the morning. If you wish to discuss this further or you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact me and I’ll help and assist. I look forward to the children’s involvement and I would like to reassure everyone that the testing process will be undertaken in a very supportive environment.

Open Morning 22nd Of May
We invite parents to not only participate and enjoy our assembly but we have an open invitation for parents to enjoy the opportunity to engage in their children’s classroom from 9am-11am.

We also look forward to Preschool students having a look at our great school with their parents. It should be an exciting morning for all!

Goldfields Cross Country
We have 35 students travelling to Clunes today to compete in the Goldfields Cross Country. Good luck to all students competing on what will be a very wintery day.

BBQ Lunch Tuesday 22nd Of May
Our Junior School council are hosting a BBQ lunch to raise money for valuable learning resources and the Grade 6 Dinner. More information will follow next week. Thank you to our Junior School Council for their active involvement and fundraising.

Enjoy your weekend.

Trevor Edwards,
Principal

Term 2 - week 3

Sport Report
Congratulations to our entire Junior Cross country runners and our senior athletes who competed so admirably at their respective events. It was a great opportunity to admire the endeavour of all our students who consistently tried their best! Well done to all and thank you to all supporters inclusive of parents, grandparents and others who may have had the opportunity to watch these young people giving their all!

OLC Building Works upgrade
Just to correct last week’s newsletter, which stated the upgrade, was to commence on Monday, it was changed at very late notice to commence yesterday. Again the workers on site will do everything they can to minimise noise and disruption to the classes. The works proposed timeline is up to two weeks. As stated there undoubtedly will be some inconvenience but the works required have been mandated by the Department of Education so we will, in the end, reap the benefits of a safer and newer facility! Thanks for your patience everyone!

Rebel Sport Support Your School Program
We have registered for this particular program which enables all members of the school community, if items are purchased at the Rebel Sport store in Ballarat, to contribute to free sporting equipment for our schools. It is something to consider and I trust you will read all the details on the final page of this newsletter.

GRIP Student Leadership Program
We would sincerely like to thank the Daylesford Rotary club who have generously committed both time and money for our elected student leaders to attend the GRIP Leadership Conference at Federation University, Ballarat, on Wednesday.

From all accounts, the children and adults had not only a wonderful time but also expanded on their skills in their leadership journey.

Following this, the Daylesford Rotary club will be supporting our student leaders via a mentoring program in the coming months. Thank you to the Daylesford Rotary club in supporting the preparation of our future community leaders!

Year 6 Transition Day to Daylesford Secondary College
Yesterday Daylesford Secondary College hosted our Year 5 and Year 6 students as an aspect of the transitioning strategy. It was a great opportunity for our students to get a feel for what Secondary school life is like and I trust all our students enjoyed the day’s program provided by the college.

Goldfields Athletics Championships today
We trust that all 57 athletes enjoyed the opportunity to compete against other schools today. Well done to all who competed!

Enjoy your weekend.

Trevor Edwards,
Principal

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