Welcome to the 2018 school year! I trust everyone had a fabulous holiday break and enjoyed some of this glorious summer weather!
I had a lovely break. I spent almost 2 weeks in Bermagui camping with friends, went to the movies (hot tip- The Greatest Showman was a great film), read books, went several times to the cricket and caught up with lots of family and friends.
It was the first holidays with our new Holiday Program from ‘Team Holiday’. From all reports this program was well received by Huntingdale families with many children attending. They will continue to provide Holiday Programs during the school holiday breaks during 2018. If you have any feedback about the program please email the school.
It is wonderful to be ‘back on board’. Our staff have come in over the holidays to prepare for the school year and ensure that things have been ready for students on their first day. We spent our first two curriculum days completing professional development on writing, which is one of our key areas to improve in our annual implementation plan. We also spent considerable time on team curriculum planning as well as Department of Education and Training (DET) updates and anaphylaxis and CPR training.
I visited each classroom over the last week and students were well settled and happy to be back at school. Thank you to all parents for preparing your child for the new school year and making it a smooth transition for all.
I am very pleased to confirm our staff the school year:
Principal - Ruth Biddle
Assistant Principal - Naomi Mori- Hanazono
5/6W - Rebecca Wood & Yukiko Shoya
5/6M - Pete Magart & Yukiko Shoya
5/6K - Nozomi Koyama & Yukiko Shoya
3/4S - Soo Lee Tan & Eiji Nishikubo
3/4N - Nick Tolliday & Eiji Nishikubo
3/4C - Linda Ooi-Chan & Eiji Nishikubo
3/4B - Brett Herskope & Eiji Nishikubo
2W - Alyson Wakely & Tomomi Wakiya
2P - Kim Philpott & Tomomi Wakiya
2M - Maria Mathews & Tomomi Wakiya
1W - Caitlin Webb & Tomoko Smith
1P - Maria Perrella & Tomoko Smith
1M - Annika Matchan & Tomoko Smith
FT - Dan Thomas & Hisae Hattigan
FH - Hisae Hatigan & Dan Thomas
FHE - Keiko Harada & Jo Ewart
5/6 Music, Taiko & Junior PE - Tadashi Hanazono
Arts - Naoko Inuzuka
Teaching Assistants and Support Staff - Honami Ando, Rachel Biddle, Mayumi Cake, Jenny Celle, Wakana Karchnak & Francesca Smith
Business Manager - Dr Rosella Dossi
Office Manager - Mrs Gill Penfold
I’d like to welcome Annika Matchan and Tomomi Wakiya to our staff. Annika is first year graduate, who not only studied Japanese herself at school and university, but spent 2 years in Japan teaching English and using her Japanese Language. Tomomi has taught Japanese in the past year in schools over the other side of Melbourne and has recently moved locally to take up this position.
We wish all of our staff a wonderful year!
Communication and Key Dates 2018
To assist with organisation and information dissemination we use an App called FlexiBuzz. This tool aids with home school communication particularly for those families who are unable to make drop off or pick up on a regular basis which limits face to face networking opportunities. A major benefit of FlexiBuzz is that it links directly to our website, so when calendar dates are updated on the website or the newsletter is posted you will receive a push notification. Please refer to our website or FlexiBuzz for key dates for 2018. Dates for the whole year will be published shortly as we are in the process of confirming the draft calendar which was created at the end of 2017. If you are unsure of how to access or use FlexiBuzz please pop into the office and Rosella will be more than happy to help you.
We have also update our flow chart of communication between home and school, so you know and understand who to go for different questions.
2018 School Captains
Our 2018 Captains at Huntingdale are:
School Captains - Kai B & Hajin
Multimedia Captains - Haruka, Madeline & Hana
Environment Captains - Elektra, Shion & Monique
Community Captains - Sayuri & Rei
Honshu - Taro & Mio
Hokkaido - Renji & Lucien
Kyushu - Adele & Jay
Shikoku - Eti & Jabu
They will provide some newsletter updates to keep you informed about what is happening in each of their roles.
I am excited to say that Watashi Mo is up and running! We the following office bearers:
Co-Presidents- Vi Vu and Yasuko Nishi
Treasurer- Rika Domizu
Secretary- Lisa Gleeson
A survey about Watashi Mo has been created and we would love your input! Please click on the link below:
English version https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NT7J6FZ
Japanese version https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NNLKCJF
We look forward to hearing from you and will let you know of our first meeting time.
Communication Between Home and school for Parents
Classroom teacher offer parents a range of opportunity to communicate with them (please see attached PDF file). We have placed a copy of this diagram in each child's diary and they are also around the school.
2018 Curriculum Days
Schools can have 4 Curriculum Days per year, with the first day being set in Term 1. The following dates have been approved by School Council for the 2018 school year:
- Term 1- 29 & 30 January
- Term 2- Friday 18 May (Week 5)
- Term 3- Friday 27th July
OHSC Club have been informed of the dates and will are confident they will be able to provide a service for us on these dates.
Notification re: Measles and Chickenpox Reminder
Each term there is a reminder in the newsletter regarding Measles and Chickenpox. As you may or may not be aware, there are currently children in our school community who are receiving medical treatment. The children participate in the normal school program without any major limitations when they are well enough to be here. A major concern, however, is if these students develop measles or chickenpox, they can become seriously ill. I seek your cooperation in preventing this situation. If your son/daughter has or may have measles or chickenpox or is unwell, I request that you do not send them to school during this period and notify your class teacher and the office as soon as possible. Thank you for your support in keeping our school a safe place for all of our children.
Anaphylaxis and Allergies
We have a number of children in the school with anaphylaxis and allergies to a range of things. We ask that all parents to avoid packing nuts or nut related products in their child’s lunch. This is will assist us all in keeping our environment safe for all of our children.
Medical Plans and Update contact details
At school we often need to contact parents for a variety of reasons. Over the break many families’ telephone numbers, home address and email addresses have changed. If you do change telephone numbers, email, and/or home address or there is an update on personal/medical/family situation, it is most important that you contact Gill in the school office to let us know so we can update the school records. An early reminder that we must have your correct email address as school reports will be emailed this year to parents. We thank you for your cooperation with this.
Working With Children Checks
Just a reminder to all parents that you must have a valid Working With Children Check when working with students in classrooms, on excursions, working bees, camps and sporting events. You can apply for one online at:
You will be required to bring your WWC with you each time you participate in an excursions or activity in the classroom. When you are signing in at the office you will be asked to put your WWC number in. Unfortunately if you don’t have your WWC number, you will not be able to sign in or enter the classroom.
Suleman Mahmood (1M) was selected to represent the Clayton District
Cricket Club at the MCG on day 1 of the Boxing Day test match. Being a passionate cricket fan, Suleman has been an active part of Milo Cricket Club. He was super excited to play cricket on the MCG field and also seeing David Warner make a century (from so close)!
A reminder that we ask that any parents who have a child who has achieved something special at any time to please take a photograph and write a short sentence or two about what the child did, when it happened and what it means to the child and send this through to the school account at [email protected]
Achievements could be getting an award from the local footy team or ballet performance or library book club or gaining their Grey Wolf Award at Scouts or any other hobby your child pursues we’re here to celebrate Personal Best in whatever form that takes.
We look forward to a fabulous 2018 school year.