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Term 4 - week 4

  • Swiss Italian Festa
  • Bell Tower works complete
  • Shrine of Remembrance Day Poster Competition
  • PIRLS Test
  • World Teacher Day
  • Parent Requests 2016 final call

The Swiss Italian Festa was a great success. High participation rates in a variety of activities were undertaken by many children and families. Well done to Trudi Blick for overseeing the Festa and thanks to Nicole and all other staff directly involved. Also a big thanks to all the parents from Yandoit who conducted a very successful fund raiser over the weekend. Photos of the Parade can be seen on the school website.

Work on the Bell Tower has now been completed. The lightning rod has been replaced and a coat of paint has given the tower a lift.

Congratulations to Jasmine Gruar and Lulu Partyka Turnbull who are finalists in the Shrine of Remembrance Day Poster Competition. Nicole entered the children’s ANZAC soldier work that they completed for our DPS ANZAC book. Nicole and the children will be attending the Shrine on Remembrance Day to lay a wreath and to receive an award from the Premier. How exciting!

Grade 4 students completed a literacy test this week, conducted by ACER. Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is a test that is been conducted around the world on this age group. We look forward to receiving the data and comparing it against our own student data.

Every day, Victorian teachers are making a difference educating and inspiring young people across our state. World Teachers' Day is an opportunity to acknowledge all of our staff and say thanks for the significant contributions they make in our classrooms and communities. Celebrated in more than 100 countries world-wide, World Teachers' Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994 to recognise the role of teachers in society. At assembly this week I acknowledged the work our very committed staff achieve on a daily basis and presented them with a small token of appreciation. The World Teacher Day Badge with the quote “Dream & Believe, Learn & Achieve”.

Finally, just a reminder to parents if they wish to have input into class lists for 2016, then I invite you to put that in writing to me by Friday 6th November.

Peter Burke

Term 4 - week 3

  • Welcome
  • Regional Athletics
  • Swiss Italian Festa
  • 2016 Prep Transition
  • Dry conditions & KG
  • Parent Requests for 2016 class lists

Welcome to two new students, Leir 4/5B & Taylor 3/4K and welcome back Mila 4/5B. Our students who competed in the Regional Athletics last Friday did a great job. James jumped well in the TJ placing 3rd a Bronze medal. Three students placed in the top two and advance through to the State Finals in Melbourne next week. Congratulations to Mackenzie 2nd 800m, Charlotte 1st 800m and Sebastian 1st in 100m and 2nd in 200m.We are very proud of your achievements. Good luck next week.

We are looking forward to the Swiss Italian Festa activities this weekend. Some amazing masks were completed during Family groups and preparations for the Parade on Saturday have been completed. Look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning at the Parade.

2016 Prep transition letters were posted this week, with a letter of welcome from our grade 5 students. We are looking forward to meeting our new Preps starting Wednesday 11th November.

Very dry conditions throughout Spring, combined with the predicted hot summer has lead us to make a decision about our garden planting. It has been decided that no new planting will take place throughout Spring or Summer to avoid the challenge that this coming summer will present. Planting will resume in Autumn. We will however still need our KG volunteers supporting the program as there is still much to be done in the garden such as mulching, planting of the Indigenous garden bed, looking after our current crops etc.

Finally, parents wishing to have some input into the make-up of next year’s class lists are invited to put in writing their requests. This offer is open for the next few weeks. The closing date is Friday 13th November. A reminder that Wednesday 18th November is a Pupil Free day to allow staff to put planning in place for 2016.

Peter Burke

Term 4 - week 2

  • Positive start to term 4
  • Swiss Italian Festa
  • Storm Damage
  • Regional Athletics
  • JRFH Prizes
  • ICAS Exams
  • Persistence

What an excellent start to term 4. It has been another very positive week, with the children settling into work and engaging in their learning. In the lead up to the Swiss Italian Festa the children have been involved in lantern workshops last week and mask making this week and next. I am so impressed with the way our Family Groups have supported each other during the mask making activity.

The Bell Tower has sustained some storm damage. We have repairs scheduled for this week. Sorry about the inconvenience of no access through our front door. This will be rectified asap.

Nine athletes are representing our region at the Regional Athletics event this Friday in Ballarat. Good luck to Demi, James, Charlotte, Josiah, Griffin, Ani, McKenzie, Sean and Sebastian. Jump Rope for Heart prizes were handed out this week. Well done to all the students involved and thank you to Mr K for your entire organisation.

A record number of ICAS Exam certificates were handed out at assembly this week. The increase in number of students prepared to undertake the ICAS Exams is very pleasing. Well done to all the students for participating in these exams.

Finally, I spoke to the students in assembly this week about our focus of the fortnight ‘Persistence’. I encouraged them to persist with their goals that they set at the beginning of term 3. Can I encourage you to check in with your child/ren and talk to them about their learning and social goals, reinforcing how persistence is often required to achieve things. Striving for personal excellence can be very rewarding and gives us a purpose and a reason for remaining focused over a long period of time. I was thrilled when one of our students shared with me that he had reached his end of year reading goal already. He therefore set a new goal for himself, a short term, achievable goal, which he will work towards throughout the remainder of this year. What a terrific example of Persistence.

Peter Burke

Term 4 - week 1

  • Welcome back
  • Welcome to our new families
  • JRFH
  • Lantern workshops
  • Hats

Welcome back to term 4 everyone. I was excited to see all the children this week and to hear of their holiday adventures.

A warm welcome to our new families, I know Daylesford will embrace our new arrivals and make them feel very welcome. Ahlia starts in 5/6P, Tom starts in 56C, Mathew starts 2ST and Jimmy and Elvie have returned.

Last term was a highly successful term with many highlights. You would remember that we conducted a ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ event in our family groups in the last week. Money raised totaled $1413 which has been passed onto the National Heart Foundation. This is a terrific effort by the children and families.

In the lead up to the Swiss Italian Festa, we are yet again conducting a number of activities to promote and encourage participation in this wonderful community event. The lantern workshops this week were highly successful and engaging. Can I refer you to the front page of the newsletter where all the dates and events are listed. I look forward to seeing you at Festa Parade on Saturday the 24th October.

Well done and thank you to all the families who adjusted quickly to daylight saving and presented the children on time and in uniform. As the weather has warmed quickly we have reminded the children about our broad brim hat policy. ‘No hat no play’ was put in place this week.

Finally, I would like to wish the seven students who are competing in the Regional Athletics next Friday at Llanberris in Ballarat good luck. Do your best and well done reaching this level.

Peter Burke
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