We hope you managed to have a really relaxing break with your family and that you are as excited to begin the new school year as we are!
The staff have been very busy in the last couple of weeks preparing their classrooms and programs for the term ahead. They are feeling refreshed, excited and enthusiastic about working together as a team again and, of course, their focus will be getting to know your child and supporting their learning throughout the year.
As this is the first newsletter of the year, it is timely to remind our Primary community of the following important requests: -
- Please make sure your children arrive at school on time.
- Please send children to school in the correct uniform, with appropriate hair-styles.
- Please read emails and newsletters.
- Please let us know if any of your contact details have changed.
- Please inform us of your child’s absence from school.
Schools are obligated to contact parents of children who have not arrived at school by the start of the school day and for whom we have no explanation of absence. This as you can imagine is a labour intensive exercise. Parents can assist us by making sure we are informed of all absences by 8.30am. Primary Absentees may be reported by emailing [email protected] All emails will be forwarded to the classroom teacher. Feel free to leave a message if calling outside office hours by leaving a message on the Primary Reception Phone on 9383 0401.
We understand that at times your child may be late for school for a variety of reasons. Parents need to bring their children to the office if they arrive after 9 am. Latecomers cannot go directly to the classroom after the bell – they must visit the office first. These latecomers will be marked absent unless the school is notified.
Students requiring to leave the school grounds to attend appointments must be signed out at Administration by a Parent/Guardian and obtain a green slip (not returning for the day) or pink slip (returning to school) which is to be handed to the teacher. Teachers will not be able to release students to a Parent/Guardian unless they have been given a slip.
Please observe Car Park signs and be respectful to others at all times. The car park near Pre Primary (entry off John XXIII Avenue) is designated for Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Pre Primary families.
Primary students should be at school 10 minutes prior to the commencement of the school day. Outside supervision is available from 8.15 am. No supervision is provided before 8.15 am and after 3.30pm. Primary students are not permitted to play on any play equipment before or after school. All gates will be locked at the end of the school day. Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.
It is also important to note the all Pre-Kindy, Kindy and Pre-Primary children must be collected by an adult at the end of their session.
Students from Year One to Year Three are encouraged to use the Loop on Mooro Drive for drop off and pick up. Families are issued with a FAMILY NAME sign, which is to be attached to the visor and be clearly visible. This assists with traffic flow and enables staff to efficiently identify family cars. Please email Tracey McGann in Administration [email protected] to obtain additional cards.
Students from Year Four and above are required to use the Main Car Park (entry off John XXIII Avenue) for drop off and pick up (unless they have a sibling in Years 1-3).
For any parents who may be feeling a little anxious for themselves and/or their children, please trust us. Your children are in very good and experienced hands and we are here to support all families. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or come into the front office if you have a question or concern.
Thanks for a great start to the year. The staff and I are looking forward to a productive and fun year with your delightful children.
Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary
Term Dates & Closure Dates
Term 1 31 January – 13 April
4 April Pupil Free Day
Term 2 1 May – 29 June
Term 3 18 July – 21 September
Term 4 9 October – 18 October
- 23 October (Year 12
- 30 November (Year 10)
- 7 December (PP-Year 9)
Pupil Free Day (Catholic Day) 20 August
Wanju Voices is an auditioned choir which has the privilege of performing at the College’s premier music showcases – the Autumn and Spring Soirees – as well as Presentation Evening and numerous smaller engagements throughout the year. The choir sings a variety of repertoire in harmony, and is open to all boys and girls in Years 4 – 6. Auditions for Wanju Voices will be held next Monday, February 5 in the Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre, from 3:15 -4:00pm (no signups necessary). Singers are asked to prepare a verse or chorus from a song of their choice.
Rehearsal Times: Mondays, 3:15 – 4:00pm, GBLT, commencing Week 3.
Parent Information Meetings
All Parent Information Meetings will take place in the classrooms.
Monday 12 February
Year 1 – 6pm
Year 2 – 6pm
Year 3 – 7pm
Tuesday 13 February
Year 4 – 6pm
Year 5 – 6pm
Year 6 – 6pm
Please note the 6pm starting time to enable Year 4 and 5 parents to attend the iPad session.
Tuesday 13 February
Year 4 & 5 Parent iPad Workshop
7:00pm in the MacKillop Room
Keeping Safe Education
As of January 1, 2017, the new registration standards and other requirements for Non-Government Schools Subsection (12.1e) requires the “delivery to all students of a developmentally appropriate protective behaviours curriculum, developed by experts in child abuse prevention, and covering what the boundaries are between appropriate and inappropriate interactions and when, how and who to tell when a boundary is crossed…”
At the end of last year all Primary staff were trained in the delivery of the Keeping Safe : Child Protection Curriculum and all children in the Primary school will be learning the program through out the year. The KS:CPC is an evidence based, best practice curriculum developed collaboratively with child protection experts, teachers, educational leaders and other professionals.
The KS:CPC is predicated on two main themes which are presented through topics and activities of increasing complexity. The two KS:CPC Themes are:
- Theme 1: We all have the right to be safe
- Theme 2: We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.
The two KS:CPC Themes are explored through four Focus Areas, which are examined in growing complexity in accordance with the age of the students. The four KS:CPC Focus Areas are:
- Focus Area 1: The right to be safe
- Focus Area 2: Relationships
- Focus Area 3: Recognising and reporting abuse
- Focus Area 4: Protective strategies
A focus area will be covered each term – this term we are focusing on ‘The right to be safe’. Further information will be provided in the newsletter. If you have any queries or concerns about the program please contact the Primary Counsellor Anne Murphy on 93830469 or by email [email protected]
This term we are offering swimming training for children in Years 3 - 6. The lessons will be run by two UniSwim instructors and they will commence from Tuesday 6 February. The training sessions will then occur every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon until Thursday 15 March at the College pool. It is essential that children are picked up at the College pool by parents at 4:30pm sharp.
This swimming training is offered to our competent swimmers that would like specific instruction for extra speed, improved technique and endurance. The College pool is fairly deep and your child will need to be able to train in the deep water. Please ensure your child has sunscreen, goggles and suitable swimming attire (no board shorts).
Year 4 - 6 Swimming Trials
Next Friday (9 February), the Years 4 to 6 swimming trials will take place at Claremont Pool. All children are required to attend these trials.
A special thank you, in anticipation, to the parent volunteers who will be timing the children on Friday. Your efforts are truly valued and much appreciated.
Dates to Remember
Monday 5 February Pre Kindy begins
Wanju Voices Auditions
Yrs 4-6 Young Engineers begin
(MacKillop Room) 3:30pm
Tuesday 6 February Yrs 3-6 Swimming training begins
Wednesday 7 February Yrs 2-3 Young Engineers begin
(MacKillop Room) 3:30pm
Thursday 8 February Yrs 4-6 Swimming lessons end
Yrs 3-6 Swimming training
Friday 9 February Yrs 4-6 Swimming Trials