I would like to extend a very warm welcome back to all members of the Syndal South community for the 2019 school year. I hope all families had an enjoyable and restful break, whether it was away or at home with family and friends. I do enjoy the break but I am always ready to return to work. The fun, joy, and satisfaction of working in a school are like no other and it is the children who make it this way.
A special welcome to all new students and their families into our school community, including our 36 Foundation students who commenced their first day of school last Thursday. As I walked between the classes after the initial goodbyes on Thursday I could not believe the way the new Foundations were so engaged, working together in small groups, listening well, working with care and being just GORGEOUS! Parents you should be very proud of your child’s start to school. They have exceeded expectations.
Congratulations to everyone for a smooth start to the 2019 school year. All students have settled in well and the 2018 Transition Program has enabled students to move to their new classrooms feeling very positive and supported.
Change to Daily Timetable
Just a reminder that this year we have made a change to the recess and lunchtime breaks to accommodate our 50-minute specialist timetable.
8.50 am Students come into their classrooms and unpack and prepare for the day.
9.00 am Classes begin
10.40 - 11.10 am Recess
12.50 – 1.50 pm Lunch
3.30 pm End of the school day.
It’s been wonderful to see the students decked out in the school uniform, especially our new Foundations. Just to clarify a couple of points, last year we decided to add a couple of new options to the uniform list - polar fleece vest, box pleat tunic, girls tights. We also asked for black shoes or runners to be the preferred shoe. We do understand that this may not be possible immediately but we are hoping that when parents purchase their child's next pair of school shoes, that you consider black shoes. Recently, after discussions with staff and parents, it was decided that the sport's top be available as an option to all students to wear on their sports day/s. There is a copy of the latest Uniform List attached.
It still continues to astound me the amount of unlabelled clothing, drink bottles, lunch boxes etc that accumulates over the week. Can you please make sure that you label all items that come to school with labels that are permanent and easily visible. Thank you for your support with this.
After a long and popular tradition of receiving a cupcake on a student’s birthday, supplied by our Parent’s Association, we are needing to change this due to the growing number of students identified as having food allergies. All students will receive a card to replace the cupcake, and of course will be individually acknowledged at Assembly where we sing Happy Birthday. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents over the years who have supplied cupcakes, a fantastic effort and hugely appreciated.
This year weather permitting we are having a welcome gathering for the whole school on Friday 15 February at the Oval starting at 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner with a picnic rug, chairs etc. Sausages in bread and drinks will be available for purchase. The staff are organising some fun activities that will commence at 6.30 pm. I am looking forward to catching up with you all.
School Council Membership 2019
Becoming a School Council member is an excellent way to become involved in our school. Much of the work of school council is achieved through the subcommittees of Facilities and Fundraising. School Council currently meets twice per term on a Tuesdays at 7.00 pm.
School Council Elections
The Notice of Election and call for nominations for School Council is attached to this newsletter and is also displayed in the Office. Interested members of the Syndal South PS community are asked to consider nominating for vacancies on school council for the next two-year period.
Self-nomination forms are available from the Office. These must be lodged and placed in the nomination box by 4.00 pm on Thursday 14 February. In nominating for school council elections, this may be via self-nomination or approaching someone in your category of nomination to nominate you. In the event an election is required it will be conducted from Thursday 21 February with the ballot closing 4.00 pm Thursday 28 February2019.
The current term of School Council ends for the following members: Mark Bahr, Sandy Delaney, Lisa Macdermott, Dyson Baker (parents) Rebecca Stonehouse-Melke, Alana Aiello (DET).
Continuing members who still have one year to serve on school council are: Maulik Shah, Raja Ravi, Aaron Sudholz (parents) Kate Simpson, Helen Freeman (DET).
There will be two casual vacancies created by the resignation of Peter Roach (parent) due to increased work commitments and Kayleigh Atkinson (DET) due to change of workplace.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 2018 School Council members for their commitment to SSPS. Your time and valuable contributions have been very much appreciated.
If you are interested in becoming a School Councillor but are not sure of the commitment or what is required, please speak to a current member of School Council listed above or to me personally. Retiring members may also renominate for election.
Finally, exciting news over the holidays, we were able to have the toilets, the breezeways, the Music Shack, First Aid Room and two classrooms painted and four classrooms re carpeted, plus we purchased new tables and chairs for all classrooms from Foundation to Year 4. These improvements were only made possible from locally raised funds by our wonderful school community.