Welcome to the 2019 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 Apollo Bay and Robe and camping with friends. I also spent time in Phillip Island, watched movies and Netflix and caught up with lots of family and friends.
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 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
5/6J - Sarah Jang & Yukiko Shoya
3/4P - Maria Perrella & Eiji Nishikubo
3/4G - Erin Green & Eiji Nishikubo
3/4H - Brett Herskope & Eiji Nishikubo
3/4B - Anita Buccieri & Eiji Nishikubo
2W - Alyson Wakely & Moe Osugi
2O - Amelia Olsson & Moe Osugi
2M - Maria Mathews & Moe Osugi
1S - Annika Matchan & Tomoko Smith
1M - Annika Matchan & Tomoko Smith
1JK - Keiko Harada & Jo Ewart
FJK - Keiko Harada & Jo Ewart
FH - Hisae Hatigan & Dan Thomas
FT - Dan Thomas & Hisae Hatigan
5/6 Music, Taiko & Junior PE - Tadashi Hanazono
Arts - Mariko Hioki-Walker, Akiko Collins and Ryoko Yamaoka
Student Support - Nick Tolliday
The teaching staff will be supported by ES staff Wakana Karchnak, Mayumi Cake, Honami Ando, Mayu Harada, Francesca Smith and Jenny Celle. Gill Penfold will continue as Office Manager, Rosella Dossi as Business Manager and Brendan Ariens as DET ICT support.
We warmly welcome our new staff - Sarah Jang, Erin Green, Anita Buccieri, Amelia Olsson, Moe Osugi, Akiko Collins, Mayu Harada and Ryoko Yamaoka. Please introduce yourself if you see them in the school.
After consultation, our current Dress Code Policy was endorsed in November 2016. Our school uniform top colour changed from sky blue to teal blue as outlined in this policy. School Council decided to give parents a three- year window to be able to change to the new colour top. By the end of 2019 all students are expected to be in the new teal blue colour top. The exemption, of course, is the Year 6’s who choose their own colour shirt in consultation with the Principal as a memento of their final year at school. Many parents purchase uniform at the start of the school year and it is an excellent opportunity to change to the teal blue top.
2019 School Captains
Our 2019 Captains at Huntingdale are:
They will provide some newsletter updates to keep you informed about what is happening in each of their roles.
Watashi Mo is Huntingdale Primary School’s Parents Association. Watashi Mo plan and implement school activities and fundraising in the school. They usually meet once a month. We encourage all our school community to consider joining - even if you can only help out here and there, every bit counts!
On Monday 11th February at 9.00am we are having our Annual General Meeting for our Parents’ Association ‘Watashi Mo’. We will be electing new office bearers for the roles of:
We would like to see as many members there on this day. It only costs $1 to join.
Communication and Key Dates 2019
Have you connected to our school communication tool ‘Flexibuzz’?
This assists you with organisation and information about the school. 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 2019.
Parents in Years 1-6 need to make sure they connect to their child’s new class as it has been updated for 2019.
Parents of Foundation or new students to the school should download the app and register.
If you have any difficulties please see Gill or Rosella at the office.
We have also updated our flow chart of communication between home and school, so you know and understand who to go for different questions.
We have placed a copy of this in each child’s diary and they are also around the school.
2019 Curriculum Days
School Council have met this month and endorsed the following days:
Tuesday 29th January
Wednesday 30 January
Friday 24th May
Friday 26th July
OHSC Club have been informed of the dates and 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 avoid packing nuts or nut related products in their child’s lunch. This 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:
Once you have the card, please bring it to Gill in the office so she can take a copy of it for our records. If you have any questions, please see Gill.
Education Tip of the Week
Each week we will send out a tip to help parents support their child’s learning and connect with the school.
As school is back it is important to set a good routine so children and the family are organised. You can do this by:
- Helping your child to organise their uniform, hat and shoes the night before.
- Ensuring your child packs their school bag with their lunchbox with a fruit snack, lunch and a refillable drink bottle (so they can top it up with water at school), their hat and diary.
- Ensure you alert them if there is something in their bag that they need to hand to the office or teacher e.g. excursion money, a note in their diary
- Put sunscreen on your child in the morning if it's needed.
- Making sure your child knows who will pick them up from school (and where) or if they are required to go to OHS Club.
- It is also advisable that you place a spare pair of underpants and a change of clothes in a plastic bag. Let your child know these clothes are in their bag in case of any accidents at school.
Don’t forget the school bell rings at 8.50am. Students can go into class, unpack their bags and get ready for learning to start at 9.00am.
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 2019 school year.