Dear Parents and Guardians,
It was disappointing that we had to cancel our beginning of the year BBQ last week however, l thank the parents and students who braved the cold night to attend mass. Students enjoyed the sausages yesterday and l thank our hard working P&F group for cooking and distributing them to our eager and hungry students.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a reminder of the importance of sacrifice, prayer and looking after those in need. Lent is a new beginning, a pathway to the Easter event that is at the centre of our Christian faith. We can use this time to consider how our actions are defining our relationship with God, with others and with ourselves. Lent is a time of renewing those relationships based on compassion, truth and justice.
As a matter of child safety, parents are reminded that the school’s duty of care regarding supervision of students begins at 8.30am and concludes at 3.30pm. No child should ever be left unattended outside the school outside of these times. If parents need to drop their children at school early, they will need to book their child into our before care program. Theircare provides before and after care now and parents can access this by registering online at theircare.com.au. The gates open at 8.30am and students walk straight into class to get ready for their day. When the bell goes at 3.15pm, teachers walk outside with the students to meet their parents, guardians and grandparents. Any student arriving late must be signed in at the school office by an adult. Then the student will collect a late pass to hand to their class teacher when they arrive in class. All messages and items to be given to students must be done through the school office. Parents visiting the school must also sign in at the office.
Thank you to our prep parents who gathered in our library last Tuesday to share their reflections on enrolling their child at our school last year. I greatly value the insights and discussion we shared regarding how to improve school tours and orientation for prospective families and students.
School Closure Day
On Wednesday, 11th March we have a school closure day where there will be no school for students. Staff will be continuing their professional learning on the Berry Street model.
Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things at school every day and missing school puts them behind. We all want our students to get a great education and the building blocks for a great education begins with students coming to school each and every day. If your child is going to be away from school, please contact the office before 9.00 a.m and if intending to take extended leave from school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
It is important that l remind parents that we have students in our school who are at risk of having an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is essentially life threatening. The most common allergens in school aged children are peanuts, eggs, tree nuts (e.g. cashews), cow’s milk, fish and shell fish, wheat, soy, sesame, latex, certain animal stings and medication. The key to prevention of anaphylaxis in schools is knowledge of those students who have been diagnosed at risk, awareness of triggers (allergens) and prevention of exposure to these triggers. Partnership between schools and parents is important in ensuring that certain foods or items are kept away from the students while at school. In the spirit of working together we ask families to be considerate of the foods they pack for their children.
Asthma attacks involve the narrowing of airways making it difficult to breathe. Symptoms commonly include difficulty breathing, wheezing, dry and irritating cough, tightness in the chest and difficulty speaking. All students with asthma must provide to the school a fully completed, up to date (annual) Asthma Foundation Victoria’s School Asthma Action Plan developed by their GP. Asthma plans will be provided to classroom teachers and stored in the office for reference. Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring their children have an adequate supply of appropriate asthma medication at school. We require parents to provide two reliever puffers, one to be kept in the office and one for the classroom. Parents of students who are at risk of having an asthmatic reaction will be contacted this week to ensure that their plan is current and updated. Please read our Asthma Policy on the website for further information.
Communicating with teachers
Effective home school partnerships rely on positive relationships being established. One way that this happens if through good communication between teachers and parents. The teacher’s main job is to teach the children so they may not always be available to speak with parents. For minor concerns, parents can ‘catch’ a teacher after school. However for important issues, it may be necessary to set aside a time to meet. I encourage parents to communicate with teachers via email or preferably to make an appointment with the teacher so that concerns can be addressed appropriately. Parents should note that if you are sending an email, teachers may not be able to respond immediately as they will be busy with their teaching responsibilities. Parents should expect an answer to their email within a 24 hour timeframe and only within business hours. Teachers will not respond to emails before 8.30am and after 5.30pm.
Protocols for addressing concerns
Here are St Joseph the Worker Primary School we enjoy positive relationships with our parent community. If parents have a concern regarding their child can they please catch up to discuss this with the classroom teacher as the classroom teacher has the most knowledge of the issue and knows the child best. If the issue continues to be a concern, then the Principal may need to be involved and an appointment made to meet. At no point should parents ever approach another child regarding an issue. This is not appropriate and breaches the Child Safety Code of Conduct which outlines expectations of all in our community.
We ask St Joseph the Worker to bless us as we work together in our school and parish.
Introducing our School Captains and Vice Captains for 2020
Hi, my name is Alessia and I am your new school captain. My hobbies are playing soccer and going on trips with my family. My favourite subjects at school are LOTE and Sport. I was inspired to apply for School Captain this year because I would like to support our school in any way possible, as well as support my friends. I am looking forward to working with the teachers and students this year.
Hi, my name is Michael and I am your new school captain. My hobbies are playing tennis, wake and knee boarding and going camping with my family. My favourite subjects at school are Maths and Sport. I was inspired to apply for School Captain this year because I would like to help make our school a better place for everyone. I am looking forward to supporting our school this year.
School Vice Captains
Hi, my name is Sharla and I am your new school vice-captain. My hobbies are dancing and going to our farm with my family. My favourite subjects at school are English and Sport. I was inspired to apply for School Captain this year because I would like to learn new responsibilities as a leader in our school. I am looking forward to having a adventurous year with you all.
Hi, my name is Sam and I am your new school vice-captain. My favourite subject at school is Maths. I like to organise events and enjoy learning new things. I was inspired to apply for School Captain this year because I would like to represent the school and its values.