CURRICULUM DAY - FRIDAY 6TH MARCH - NO STUDENTS TO ATTEND SCHOOL
In early April, Moreland Council will change the parking restrictions around the ‘activity centre’ of Sydney Road. All car parking spaces within 200 metres will be restricted to two hours. This will impact significantly on Moreland Primary School. Already it is difficult to find a car park on some days as commuters by tram or train park in the area to walk to the station or tram stop. These people will be pushed to the area just beyond 200 metres which is just past the children’s crossing in Blair Street. We will lose all all-day parking in DeCarle Street (19 spaces) which is mostly used by commuters and staff. Council have informed me that I can purchase as many annual car parking passes as we need, which some staff may decide to take up but the main issue is for visitors for the school. If parents, contractors, presenters or Casual Replacement Teachers attend our school their parking is likely to be restricted to two hours. We could buy annual or daily passes, but at whose expense? And how many do we need? I am concerned that an offshoot of this may be that CRTs won’t come to our school because, given a choice any day, they wouldn’t choose the school where they have to pay for parking! I have mentioned to the Council Officers who visited to inform me last week that a likely solution to the issue is that we may need to convert a large portion of the playground into a carpark to accommodate our needs. This is clearly not a desirable option. Whilst I acknowledge the rationale behind this decision, I am concerned that the council has not engaged in a thorough consultation effort over this matter and has not considered the consequences for many rate payers and workers in Moreland.
Fresh Fruit Program
As you will be aware for the past couple of years we have had a fresh fruit program providing plenty of fruit to our classrooms each week free of charge.
Until now the fruit has been picked up each week by Prue Satchwell on her way to work, but with a change of meeting times this year Prue is required at school at 8.00am on Tuesday and is therefore unable to pick it up. We need someone in our school community to volunteer to call over to Preston each Tuesday between 8 – 10am and bring the fruit boxes back to school to be distributed by lunchtime (11am).
If you are able to assist us with this please call the office to let Tansy or Libby know.
MPS now has it’s very own professional coffee machine which will be used throughout the year at breakfasts, BBQ’s, school fete and other events. Only people that are authorised will be able to operate the machine.
So we are looking for 10 parents who are willing to be our group of authorised baristas. You will receive training on how to operate the machine and make fabulous coffee. We are seeking parents ideally in the younger years of the school e.g. Prep – Grade 4.
To be an authorised MPS Barista you need to be available at times when we are likely to use the machine e.g. Friday mornings 8am - 9am.
Please advise Alex if you would like this opportunity: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is wonderful to see so many students using our courtyard during the school day but also joining with family before and after school. The overwhelming response from all has been positive and I am always very proud to show it off to visitors. The children are to be commended on the care they are taking with the plants, the vast majority of which are thriving at this time of year where they are getting plenty of sun and water. Congratulations also to the children on the variety of play they are bringing to the space. They are not only being creative but it is great to see them interacting with water, the rocks and the different surfaces. We have had some concern over the installation of artificial turf on the mounds and whilst I can tell you that it was a misunderstanding that it would be installed as I was expecting a rubber surface, I have been assured by the installer that the product will maintain its integrity and it is great to see the children rolling or sitting on it which they may not have chosen to do had it been rubber. We have been approached by other schools who are in the early planning stages of playground development, to come and visit which is very rewarding.
Can I remind everyone that if you should be planning an extended family holiday, we would like you to complete a form at the office informing us of the intended dates and your destination. Should it not be convenient to do so at the office could you please send a letter or email to Donna or myself with all the details.
Just a reminder to regularly check your child's hair for head lice. If your child should have head lice, ensure that it is treated before returning to school.
Maths News – Free Online Problem Solving from the
Australian Maths Trust
Students and families in the 3-6
Sandpit is a great platform for students to test their skills in mathematics and informatics. The online platform is designed for students to have fun with new problems and techniques. Students can easily choose their level, category and difficulty (chilli rating shows how mentally spicy the problem is) and useful tips and tricks are provided if needed. This platform is perfect for students to engage in problem solving and offers a great variety of topics. Check it out at www/amt.edu.au/sandpit
Prue Satchwell and Roxanne Levett
International Women's Day
International Women's Day this year will be celebrated at MPS next Thursday 5th March after school in the hall.
Our focus is in line with this years theme: An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.
We will be celebrating the amazing achievements of women, including a visit from Veronica Sherman, creator of Happily Made, a social enterprise focussed on providing meaningful employment to marginalised women in Cambodia.
There will be light refreshments and a chance to be creative with some art projects, as well as opportunity to meet people from our amazing and inclusive MPS community.
Any questions, please contact Emily (5/6E)
Emailing Teachers in Compass
A reminder that you can email teachers directly from Compass. If the teacher you are wanting to email does not appear initially, you can add them via the green +.
Twilight Sports - Wednesday 4 March
Moreland Primary School's annual Twilight Event will be held on Wednesday 4 March, from 6pm to 7pm and it is a fantastic opportunity for the students to connect with other children in their house team as well as the event being a social gathering for families whereby new connections at the school can be made.
At Moreland Primary School our students are assigned to a House Team. The teams are red, green, blue and yellow. New students to the school will find out from their home group teacher which team they have been assigned.
The Twilight Event will be run by Kaboom Kidz Sports. We have used this company for a number of years and the event is full of fun and activity.
We encourage you to join in the fun and celebrate with the wonderful community that is Moreland Primary School.
**Please note families are welcome to arrive at school at 5pm with a picnic to enjoy before the event commences at 6pm.
You will also be able to purchase the following at the event:-
- Sausages / hamburgers (Halal)
- Sausages (Vegan)
- Sweet treats
Available until sold out.
This is definitely an alcohol free event. We appreciate your understanding and co-operation.
Students are to be supervised at the event by a family member over the age of 18 years who remains at the school for the duration of the event.
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