THANKS FOR THE EASTER RAFFLE
Welcome back to school for a busy term 2. We trust many children and families had a lovely holiday break. I would like to say thank you once again to the PFA for a wonderful Easter Raffle on the last day of school last term. I would also like to give a special shout out to LIZZY’S CHOCOLATES for their generous donation of the giant Easter egg first prize. The 5kg egg was nearly larger than Dinsey, the lucky winner from our Prep class.
REFLECTING ON TERM ONE
During the last week of term one, I asked the year 2 to 6 students to reflect on term one and provide me and their teachers with some valuable feedback. We endeavour to provide opportunities for promotion of ‘student voice’ in formal and informal situations and this is one opportunity that students are able to give us feedback about their term. I would like to take the opportunity to share a few of their thoughts. At CPS we are committed to seeking feedback, celebrating our successes as well as focusing on learning and growing together.
What aspects of our school were you most proud of this term?
What would you like to focus on in term 2?
JUNIOR SCHOOL COUNCIL MEMBERS & ENVIROSTARS
Congratulations to those students who applied and were successful in gaining one of these roles during term1. Badges were presented to both Envirostars and Junior School Councilors during our first assembly of term 2. The actions both groups undertake throughout the year are driven by students. We look forward to seeing the changes these students drive during 2019.
COFFEE & CHAT INVITE
We promote an ‘Open Door’ approach at CPS and as term 2 commences, Karen and I thought it might be nice to once again offer a ‘Coffee and Chat’ opportunity to parents on Monday 6th May after our morning assembly. At this time, we will be available to answer general questions, further discuss our school programs and practices, our goals and priorities and our hopes for the future. If you would like to participate, please join us in the staffroom on the 6th.
SCHOOL EXPO/OPEN MORNING - Saturday 11th May
Parents who are aware of friends, neighbours or relatives who have a child ready to start school in 2020, please let them know that we are holding a School Expo on Saturday 11th May, from 10.30 until 12pm.
We encourage prospective families to join us on this occasion so we can share many of the fine aspects of our school.
Enrolments for 2020 are now being taken.
UPDATED ZONE FOR OUR SCHOOL
At the end of term one, I was contacted by the Department of Education to inform me that our school zone has been updated and will take effect from the commencement of the 2020 school year. The new guidelines are:-
- Access to our school for families living within our school zone are guaranteed enrolments if their parents request it.
- All children currently attending can still attend.
- Parents with children living outside our zone still have a choice to request enrolment, but their enrolment will depend on capacity.
- Enrolments will be managed using the Department’s Placement Policy.
Details will be placed on our website and shared at our Open Morning. If you have any questions, please ask at the office.
As part of accountability requirements, a report is provided to the school community each year for the previous year. This Annual Report was submitted to the Department of Education and was presented to School Council at our March meeting. This report is available on request from the office and has also been uploaded to our school website.
CURRICULUM DAYS 2019 - NO SCHOOL
The next Curriculum Day elected and approved by School Council is Wednesday 29th May, 2019. This date is a few weeks away but please pop it into your diaries. There will be no school for children on this day. Youth Leadership will offer a Before and After Care program on this day.
Please also jot down that our final Curriculum Day for 2019 will be on Friday 30th August.
FIRST AID PROCEDURES AT SCHOOL
Children who are sick during the day are sent to the First Aid room. If children need to go home, parents or careers are informed and children are collected from school. Please ensure you update contact details whenever details change, so we are able to contact you if your child is unwell.
If children are very sick or more seriously injured and parents or their emergency contact person cannot be contacted by phone, we are obliged to ring an ambulance to take the child to the doctor or hospital. DEECD does not provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are generally responsible for paying the costs of medical treatment for injured students including medical transport. Teachers cannot take children to the doctor or hospital in private cars. The cost of the ambulance will be the responsibility of the parents. This can be very expensive unless parents have ambulance subscription. It is very important parents consider taking out ambulance cover. Health Care Card holders receive free ambulance service (children’s names must be on the card).
PAYMENT AND PERMISSION FORMS FOR EXCURSIONS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
School sporting activities, excursions and incursions form a pivotal part of our curriculum and are much anticipated by the students. I remind parents of the importance of providing permission diligently, which in some cases may be returning signed paper copies of permission notices or via Compass online. All excursions and incursions will now be published on Compass, however camps and some sporting events may be via paper notices, sent home with students. Permission deadlines are stated on the information page and will not be accepted on the day of the event. It is extremely disappointing, for all concerned, if children miss out on these special activities because permission has not been given.
WORK AROUND OUR SCHOOL
Throughout the last weeks of term 1, we enjoyed the seeing our capital works project conclude and we have thoroughly enjoyed using our new oval, teaching and learning in the refurbished prep building and moving into our wonderful new staffroom. School and PFA monies have been spent on some finishing touches including:-
- Concreting on the Truganini Road side of our prep building to optimise this area as well as, an area near our new gym
- Installation of internal blinds in the prep rooms and staffroom
- Organisation of window tinting for some external windows in our gym and staffroom
- Turf laid around sections of our oval, two flowering gum trees have been planted and some external seating purchased to complete this area
- Organised for “Hall of Champions” signage and a plaque for our gym. This will be installed shortly
- Purchased a number of chairs to use in the gym
Over recent months, we have been liaising with the Victorian School Building Authority in relation to undertaking a significant upgrade of the electricity supply to our school. We are anticipating these works will be completed shortly. There will be a new sub-station installed on the Truganini Road side of our school. I will keep the community informed as this may cause some traffic disruptions.
WORDS OF WISDOM – Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient and the best things come to those who don’t give up. 😊
Linda Jones & Karen Bentata-Grimm