It was lovely to see so many parents at our ‘Parents as Partners’ Night. I spoke to many families who enjoyed catching up with their child’s teacher, seeing the classroom and finding out about the learning program. I hope all families have had a chance to read the pack given by their teacher, which contains lots of valuable information about school. Thank you to Team Kids for attending the night and talking to families about taking over the before and after school care service.
2019 School Council
I am pleased to confirm our School Council for 2019:
Parent Representatives: Chris Leffler, Anna-Maria Kendrick, Helen Cadzow, Brad Shannon, Wesley Kwok, Nafisa Zabeen Ovi, Stephen Pirrie, Georgy Artemov
Community Representatives: Sai Fan
Staff Representatives: Ruth Biddle, Nozomi Koyama, Naomi Mori-Hanazono, Keiko Harada
A special welcome to our new councillors Wesley, Anna-Maria and Nozomi. School Council meets once a month, with the following dates confirmed for this year:
26 March (including AGM)
Councillors also will be a member of a School Council Sub-Committee, which meet once between meetings. Our current Sub-Committees are- Sustainability and Grounds, Education and Future Directions and Community Links. If you are interested in joining any of these, please see me.
Our 2019 priorities as a School Council are:
- Oversee the redevelopment of the oval
- Secure funding from the State Government to build the next stages of our masterplan
- Redevelop the area behind the hall so it is an attractive and useful learning space for our students
- Work with the City of Monash to improve access to the car park
- Continue to strengthen our Community Links in partnership with Watashi Mo
The final round of leadership positions awarded at assembly- our Student Representative Council. Congratulations to the following students:
|56M||Lara & Amelie|
|56K||Lucas, Daisy &|
|56W||Mia & Nathaniel|
|56J||Dhatrin & Zach|
|34P||Noemi & Audrey|
|34B||Kietaro & Noa|
|34G||Mei & Mika|
|34H||Selina & Harry|
|2W||Matthiew & Tulasi|
|2M||Ruby & Evie|
|2O||Zac & Isabella|
They will work under the guidance of Rebecca Wood to plan and organise some whole school events and fundraising
Year 6 Tops
Our Year 6 students have a ‘special’ polo shirt and jacket, which serves as a memory of their final year of primary schooling. The students choose the colour of the shirt and design. They recently arrived and 5/6J were happy to show them off!
Foundation and Year 1 Parent Japanese Classes
Foundation and Year 1 teachers Hisae Hatigan and Keiko Harada implemented a successful parent education session about our bilingual program and learning basic Japanese phrases. Our parents got to experience some of the activities, game and phrases our students use. It was a well attended session and parents are looking forward to the next session on Monday 18 March. Thank you Hatigan sensei and Harada sensei for running these sessions.
We had our yearly visit from Jissen University. The girls bright smiling faces and enthusiasm were warmly welcomed at Huntingdale. They worked well with our students in a variety of classes and also tried their English on some of the staff. We hope the girls enjoyed their time at school and the wonderful city that we live in. Thank you to Wakana Karchnak for coordinating the girl’s time at the school.
At Huntingdale, we aim to give you an overview of the year in many ways so you can plan ahead of time. We realise expenses at the start and end of each year are high and we have provided an overview to help you budget accordingly.
**Please note these expenses are an approximate and more details and exact costings will be available closer to the time.
The Student Leadership Council usually organise a fundraiser per term, which is optional.
Our Parents Association ‘Watashi Mo’ also organise a range of activities and fundraisers, which will be advertised as they are organised.
Collecting Students Early from School
If you need to collect your child early from school, please ensure that you come to the office first to sign them out and pick up a blue slip. Please do not go to the classroom first or go looking for them in the yard. Thank you for your cooperation.
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.
Healthy Eating Tip
From time to time I will put in a healthy eating tip for parents.
We all know how difficult it is to make lunchboxes healthy for children. At our Foundation Information evening we had a great presentation to help parents with ideas for school lunches. One of my favourite websites is Kids Spot which has some great ideas for lunchbox snack for kids (and adults!)
There are lots of simple snacks as well- carrot sticks, fruit, cheese, popcorn, yoghurt…….
Another difficult one is birthday treats for school. There are some great websites around such as the one below to give you inspiration.
Have a great fortnight!
Ruth Biddle, Principal