STEINER DANCE REVIEW
The College is reviewing arrangements for programming and staffing for 2018. Expressions of interest are being called for prospective Dance teachers in 2018.
Collingwood College Principal
COLLINGWOOD COLLEGE IMPORTANT UPDATE
1ST AID INFORMATION - November 2017
New ASTHMA Action Plan Regulations
Our school works in partnership with parents and carers of our students with ongoing and/or occasional medical needs following the policies and resource guidelines from Department of Education and Training Victoria (www.education.vic.gov.au/).
Therefore we are notifying our school community of the development of new Victorian Asthma Plans, which will supersede your child’s previous Asthma plan. These are medication and/or spacer specific plans to correlate with each Asthma medication prescribed. Please read the following supplied information, as well as the resource links for resources in languages other than English and information regarding Thunderstorm Asthma.
All students with Asthma listed on their enrolment form should have a current Asthma Action Plan (in colour with students photograph) supplied to the office for processing. As our school Asthma policy requests, all students who have Asthma listed on their enrolment form should also have their in date- medication and spacer (if required) also at school at all times.
All medicines are to be labelled with the students name, in-date and in original packaging.
Please provide any new plans directly to the office staff for processing, including the medicines. Our Office staff can colour photocopy your plans if needed and print out a colour plan if required.
• In date colour printed Asthma Action plan for schools provided by your Doctor with current passport sized photo of the student.
• In date medication, such as Ventolin reliever medication (and spacer if required) labelled with students name.
• Primary students medication will be kept in an accessible/labelled medical box with their plan in the students’ classroom & taken to all specialists and excursions with the teacher. If you require your child to carry their medication on them, please speak to the classroom teacher for school documentation of your decision and its use-by date.
• High school students may carry their medication. However your teachers need to be shown the medication and where the student keeps it to take note of the use-by date.
The following Information has been copied from: The Asthma Foundation Victoria website
Victorian Asthma Action Plans
The Asthma Foundation of Victoria in consultation with the Department of Education, Catholic Schools and Independent Schools, have developed children's service and school specific Asthma Action Plans. This is to meet the needs of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 and the Schools Policy Advisory Guide.
These plans are designed to complement the child’s Asthma Management Plan, whether it be the National Asthma Council’s Asthma Action Plan, or Asthma Australia’s Asthma Care Plan in an Education and Care Setting.
The Victoria Asthma Action Plans have been developed to assist staff members identify the student’s asthma signs and symptoms including their severity and what action needs to be taken in regards to administering the child’s asthma reliever medication.
Please refer to important information at the bottom of this page for more information about these Action Plans.
Some fact sheets:
Different Types of Action Plans
It is important to note that these are all medical documents and therefore must be completed and signed by the treating Doctor or Nurse Practitioner where appropriate. To save Victoria Asthma Action Plans that have patient details typed into the text fields you need to "save as" and save to document with a new name (e,g including the patient name).
Asthma Action Plan - for Salbutamol when using a puffer and spacer
Asthma Action Plan - for Bricanyl Turbuhaler
Asthma Action Plan - for Symbicort Turbuhaler
(Health Professional to insert dose)
Asthma Action Plan - for Symbicort Rapihaler (Health Professional to insert dose)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Answers:
Q1: Why has another type of Action Plan been developed?
The Department of Education and Training approached The Asthma Foundation of Victoria to develop a unified Asthma Action Plan for Victorian Schools. Feedback they had been receiving from schools and parents was that there are many different types and formats of Action Plans being provided to schools, and staff members were becoming confused. A lengthy consultation process involving schools from all three-school sectors, Government, Catholic and Independent, was undertaken and the Victorian Asthma Action Plans were produced.
Q2: Can schools or parents complete an Asthma Action Plan for their students or children?
No. The Asthma Action Plan for Victoria Schools have been developed as medical documents and must be completed, signed and dated by the patient's medical doctor. If copies are required the original signed copy should be colour photocopied or scanned.
Q3: Is it possible to obtain an electronic copy of the Asthma Action Plan so that the child's information can be inserted by parents or school/childcare staff?
No. The Victorian Asthma Action Plans have been developed in a PDF format to ensure the documents are concise, consistent and easily understood. They now have fields that can be directly typed into by the treating doctor, but not by parents, or school, as they are medical documents.
Q4: How often does an Asthma Action Plan need to be updated?
Asthma Action Plans should be reviewed when patients are reassessed by their doctor, and approximately every 12 months.
If there are no changes in diagnosis or management the medical information on the Asthma Action Plan may not need to be updated. However, if the patient is a child, the photo should
be updated each time, so they can be easily identified. The Victorian Asthma Action Plan includes the date of next Action Plan review.
Q5: Do I have to complete an Action Plan, if the child only has seasonal asthma, or asthma symptoms when they have a cold?
Yes, any time asthma medication is prescribed and expected to be taken at school or the children's service, it must by-law be accompanied by a medical management plan. If the health professional is concerned about diagnosing the child with asthma, it is recommended that they put a shorter review date on the action plan, and write a covering letter to the school or children's service explaining the expected time frame the child will need reliever medication
Q6: When do we need to start using these Asthma Action Plans?
Schools can start to transition to these Asthma Action Plans now, as with the Action Plans released in 2016, there should only be a transition period of a year. It is hoped that no further changes will be made now, unless something major occurs.
Q7: What changes have been made to the Action Plans from 2016 version?
Although feedback provided by schools during the initial consultation was they preferred the look of the ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis, after the roll out into schools, some staff were starting to get confused between the two. The layout has changed so that all the students details are on the top edge instead of the side, additional changes made due to feedback from schools and the inquest are;
• Information on what to do if the child has been diagnosed with allergy / anaphylaxis and asthma has been moved to the top of the Action Plan
• An additional tick box has been added for if a child also needs to use a facemask with their spacer
• An area for child specific signs and symptoms has been included
• The writable blue reliever puffer and pre-filled 4 x4 x 4 plans have been merged into one
Action Plan that the Doctor can adjust as needed
Resources for parents and carer’s.
Including new information regarding Thunderstorm Asthma
(PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE LINK BELOW TO YOUR WEB BROWSER)
Asthma resources in other languages than English:
(PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE LINK BELOW TO YOUR WEB BROWSER)
With thanks in anticipation of your support
For any further questions at our school level, please email Desley Insall (1st Aid officer)
Address any concerns or queries to our Leadership team
*** See also The Community Asthma Program (CAP) on the 'Community News' page
Sam Luck [email protected]
Craig Bradley [email protected]
Please take a moment to read about some news relating to the Primary School:
Primary School Sports Captain Report
In the 5-6 Learning Community, the current focus is Australian Football League (AFL) football. This includes how to kick a football; how to handball a football; the rules; the playing positions; and scoring, which is unique.
In Australia we currently have eighteen teams in the AFL. Teams can change because the AFL Association adds new teams from time to time.
The AFL game is only played professionally within Australia. This year the AFL introduced a professional women's league, known as the AFLW.
The Premiers for the men's 2017 competition was Richmond (who I support- YEAH!!). The inaugural Premiers for the women's 2017 competition was Adelaide.
Primary School Sport Captain
SRC from the perspective of two Year 6s
The SRC’s recent contribution to our school community has been slow coming with Liria being away in the first few weeks of term, but as soon as she returned and even before that the SRC has been continuing an ice-cream stall at the Thursday market.
The stall raises money for St Mary’s House of Welcome in Collingwood, which is a place where less fortunate people are fed three meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Not only is being an SRC rep a responsibility, but it’s also fun and enjoyable. You meet people from different age groups and make friends from other classes. If you’re considering putting your name down next year (and even if you’re not); we would definitely recommend it.
Nina and Leo
Prep 2018 Enrolments are currently engaged in the transition program. Please make sure if you have a child that is eligible for Prep in 2018 that you come to the front office and collect an enrolment form. Both Steiner and Reggio places are filling faster than expected. Enrolments are taken on a 'first in-first served' basis.
Please take a moment to read about some news relating to the Secondary School:
COLLINGWOOD COLLEGE HOMEWORK CLUB NEWS
Homework Club runs in the school library for secondary students from Monday - Thursday (3pm-5pm).
Primary students are welcome to attend homework club with approval from their parents, the Principal, or the Homework Club Supervisor.
(This applies to those primary students that have been coming up from Afterschool Care, from the beginning of Term 4)
SCHOOL CANTEEN - CATERING BY LISA
Please click on the link below to read the current menu on offer at the school canteen:
HOMESTAY FAMILIES REQUIRED FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Are you interested in Hosting an International Student?
Collingwood College is looking for caring families or individuals who can offer accommodation to our international students.
You may be eligible to become a host if you:
- Can provide a caring, supportive, safe environment to a young person.
- Can provide a clean, comfortable home with a private bedroom near the school.
- Are fluent in English or native speakers of English.
- Provide healthy food.
In return you will be rewarded with:
- Payment for full board accommodation.
- Cultural enrichment.
- A friend for your children.
- A lifetime relationship.
If you are interested and would like more information contact
Lucy Wang or Angie Pantelidis
Phone: 03 9412 7729 / 03 9417 6681/ 0431 055 123
Email: [email protected]
Click here to read the current edition of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation newsletter.
Chef of the Day
Grade 6 students are experiencing real world leadership opportunities within our kitchen classroom setting. Each week in Term 4, a Year 6 student from each stove group is the "Chef of the day", experiencing the associated responsibilities a Head Chef would have.
Click on the links below for reflections by our Chefs of the Day:
This week's Recipes:
Please click on the links below to read the current recipes being prepared in kitchen-garden classes:
Potato Gnocchi Pan-fried in Herbs & Garlic, Lemon Zest
Garden Salad Greens, Radishes, Herbs, Fennel and Vinaigrette
Chargrilled Pumpkin Slices, Legumes & Herbs
Rice Pilaf with Our Garden Greens, Celery, Corn & Herbs
Here are some photos of recent recipes and the excited chefs:
And our first garlic crop of the season:
PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) is an extensive and holistic program for encouraging social skills and emotional literacy in Primary and Secondary students. PATHS is designed to be used by educators and psychologists and effectively addresses behavioural problems.
PATHS was implemented in the Primary School at Collingwood College in 2014 and later adopted by the Lower Secondary School.
Lessons in the PATHS program are adapted to the disparate pedagogies within Collingwood College and include guidance in identifying and articulating emotions; appropriate emotional expression; interpreting social cues; controlling impulses; using strategies for problem solving; developing a positive sense of self and learning to value the perspective of others.
PATHS lessons often form the basis for rich class discussion and assist students of all ages to develop emotional intelligence.
The PATHS focus in the Upper Primary School this term has included conflict resolution; learning de-escalation strategies; stress management; and developing awareness and respect for divergent views and beliefs.
Please speak to your child's teacher about current PATHS lessons in their classroom.
Year 3-6 Leading Teacher
THURSDAY MARKET ROSTERS
See below for Thursday Market Rosters for Term 4