We hope that all of our Mothers had a great day last Sunday. Mother’s Day started at Huntingdale on Friday, with Team Kids hosting a breakfast for our mothers. There was a delicious spread of food, including scones baked by the children and it was lovely to see so many of our mothers being able to drop in before work or school drop off. I sincerely thank Ciara our Director of Service and her team for arranging such a fantastic event. It was a great opportunity for parents to see how Team Kids have improved the learning space in the hall and providing great activities for kids to enjoy before and after school.
We are receiving lots of interest in parents enrolling their children in the Foundation for 2020. We encourage any of our current parents with siblings starting foundation next year to enrol as soon as possible. Please see Gill at the office and she can help you.
Do you know of families or friends who need to enrol their child? Please encourage them to contact the office for advice on enrolment and to book a school tour. We are also accepting enrolments for years 1-6.
Japan Updates - A New Emperor
The 30th of April was the official end of the Heisei era in Japan. On the 1st May a new era, the Reiwa era, began.
Heisei translates roughly as achieving peace; Reiwa means beautiful harmony. Eras follow emperors in Japan.
The 85-year-old Akihito will step down from what is known as the Chrysanthemum Throne. The last time an emperor abdicated was in 1817. His 59-year-old son, Naruhito, becomes the 126th head of the world's oldest continuous ruling dynasty, which has a chrysanthemum as its imperial standard.
Rather than having to mourn an emperor's death, the nation will instead be able to celebrate the change of head of state. The nation had a record 10-day holiday called Golden Week from April 27 to May 6, which included a new national day off in honour of Naruhito's ascension.
Pies for Japan
Australian icon Four’ N Twenty pies have announced they will be selling pies in Japan. They will be sold at the Rugby World Cup later this year and at the Olympics next year. The pies will also start appearing on supermarket shelves in Japan. April 20 this year was pie day in Japan.
Our attendance data at Huntingdale is generally very good. We showed great improvement in our data last year which is fantastic. Most of our absences are for illness and overseas travel. We congratulate parents on being proactive and informing the office when their child is not attending school. FlexiBuzz is the preferred method for letting the school know about your child’s absence, as in the morning the office is always busy and we would prefer to keep phone calls to a minimum if possible at all.
In Term 2 so far Foundation students have the best attendance rate at 93%.
One area we need to improve is late arrivals. In the month of April (which also had school holidays) we had 111 late arrivals. This can be improved!
We will keep you updated on our attendance data as the year progresses.
Reminder: Curriculum Day
Just a reminder that we have a Curriculum Day on Friday 24 May. Teachers will focus on assessment and moderation as well as student reporting. Team Kids will run a whole day care service on the day for families who need it. Places are still available.
Think You Know- Cyber safety Information
Recently, we had a parent information session about cyber safety. Think You Know aims at educating parents about their children’s safety when online. They have an excellent resource book. Over the next few newsletters I will share a page with the school community. This fortnight the focus is on gaming.
Have a great fortnight.