St Nicholas Primary School, Tamworth

12 September 2019
Term 3 - Week 8

“Relationships are based on four principles:

respect, understanding, acceptance and appreciation.” 

Mahatma Gandhi

DATES FOR THE DIARY
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL
OUR FAITH
GENERAL NEWS
LIBRARY
SPORT
CANTEEN
REGISTER NOW FOR THE COLOUR RUN!
Sherpa Kids After School Care
HEALTH ALERTS
CLOTHING POOL
St Nicholas Primary School, Tamworth
(02) 6766 1500
143-149 Carthage Street
Tamworth, New South Wales, 2340
AU

DATES FOR THE DIARY

SEPTEMBER 2019

Friday 13 September

- PT&F Colour Fun Run 5p.m - 8p.m

 

Friday 20 September

- Confirmation Retreat

 

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September

- Confirmation Mass Weekend

 

Thursday 26 September

- Whole School Disco Night  6.00pm to 7.30pm

 

Friday 27 September

TERM 3 CONCLUDES

 

OCTOBER 2019

Monday 7 October

- Labour Day (Public Holiday)

 

Monday 14 October

TERM 4 COMMENCES

 

Wednesday 23 October

- Kindergarten 2020 Parent Information Evening (The Hub) - 6pm

 

Tuesday 29 to Friday 1 November

- Year 6 Sydney Excursion

 

Wednesday 30 to Friday 1 November

- Year 5 Morriset Excursion

 

NOVEMBER 2019

Monday 4 November

- Kindergarten 2020 Orientation Day 1 - 9am to 11am

- Kindergarten 2019&2020 Morning Tea (Auditorium) - 9am to 11am

 

Monday 11 November

- Kindergarten 2020 Orientation Day 2 - 9am to 11am

 

Monday 18 November

- Kindergarten 2020 Orientation Day 3 - 9am to 11am

 

DECEMBER 2019

Monday 2 December

- MCC Year 7 2020 Orientation Day - 9.30am to 2.30pm

- MCC Year 7 2020 Parent Information Night - 6.00pm to 6.45pm - MCC Hall

 

Thursday 5 December

- End of Year Whole School Mass 9.30am

 

Thursday 12 December

- Presentation Night TRECC 6.30pm

 

Wednesday 18 December

TERM 4 CONCLUDES FOR STUDENTS

 

Thursday 19 December

- Pupil Free Day

 

Friday 20 December

- Pupil Free Day

 

JANUARY 2020

Monday 27 January

- Australia Day Public Holiday

 

Tuesday 28 January

- Pupil Free Day

 

Wednesday 29 January

- Term 1 Commences for Year 1 to Year 6 students

- Kindergarten 2020 students commence Best Start Interviews

 

FEBRUARY 2020

Wednesday 5 February

- Term 1 Commences for Kindergarten students

 

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

TERM 3 - WEEK 8

 

 

To the St Nicholas School Community

 

 

 

COLOUR RUN

It is with great anticipation that we look towards this Friday’s Colour Run. What an amazing community event where we promote an active and healthy lifestyle. I sincerely thank the PT&F for their tireless coordination of what promises to be a wonderful event. I also acknowledge and thank all parents and families for supporting this event.

 

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow afternoon from 5.00pm.

 

NAPLAN 2019

This week NAPLAN results for 2019 went live for schools. At St Nicholas School we can be proud of aspects of the results, however they also indicate why the 2019 Annual Improvement Plan has placed such a major emphasis on implementing a quality literacy block. The demand for improvement in the implementation of our English pedagogy will continue in 2020.

 

In coming weeks I will share with you a deeper analysis of our results.

 

SCHOOL BORE

After considerable planning and paperwork, on Saturday Tamworth Drilling were on site to drill a bore for the school. It is with a heavy heart I announce the drilling was not successful. After 200 feet, the drill was abandoned due to no Peel Valley Rock being discovered. To access water, the drilling must bore through the Peel Valley Rock. We now, like so many of our farmers, are at the mercy of the heavens.

 

ENGAGING INITIATIVES

Initiatives keep coming at St Nicholas School. Playing a simple role to support the environment, next week (Week 9) is No Wrapper Week. We ask all families to help support this simple way of controlling waste which fails to decompose.  Just a reminder that No Wrapper Week is next week - Week 9. 

 

In week 10 we look forward to our annual Spelling Bee. This is another way of engaging our children in the skill of spelling in a fun way. It is also an opportunity to celebrate and congratulate our students who have worked diligently on their spelling.

Thank you to Mrs Dickie and our student voice (the SRC) for being the driving force behind these initiatives.

 

Have a wonderful week.

 

John Clery

PRINCIPAL

SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

 

2019 SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • Fr Chris Onuekwusi (Parish Priest)
  • Mr John Clery (Principal)
  • Lisa McSweeney (Assistant Principal)
  • Kirrilee Ringland (Secretary)
  • Mitch Williams (Elected Member)
  • Brendan George (Elected Member)
  • Fletcher Davies (Elected Member)
  • Michael Mulligan (Elected Member)
  • Margo Taggart (PT&F Rep)
  • Amanda Doyle (Teacher Rep)

Our next council meeting will be held on:

  • Term 4: Tuesday 5th November at 6:30pm (AGM)

OUR FAITH

PRAYER

Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful.

In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

We pray ...

for all candidates preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, for all who mourn the loss of a loved one, for all who are sick and unwell in our school community, for those experiencing loss and devastation as a result of fire and drought and we pray for desperately needed rain.

 

LITURGY NEWS

This week Fr Chris visited Kindergarten and Year 6. We thank Fr Chris for his continued support and spiritual guidance. 

 

Cath Family

Cath Family is a great online resource for families. It assists families by providing them with contemporary and simple home-based rituals for practical faith experiences with children. You can also subscribe to a monthly magazine. A very easy read. Well worth a look. http://cathfamily.org/

 

FAMILY MASS

What a beautiful spring day we were blessed with for our Family Mass last Sunday. We thank Fr Chris for presiding over mass and making it such a special time for our families. Thank you to the Yr 1 and Yr 5 students, families and teachers for providing and serving a delicious array of morning tea. A big congratulations to all our readers too. Job well done, it is not easy standing up out the front of a large crowd and reading. Thanks, Ethan and Halley for your continued commitment to altar serving! It doesn't go unnoticed. 

 

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred by Bishop Kennedy in our St Nicholas Parish on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September. Please keep our Confirmation Candidates in your prayers.

 

INFANTS LITURGY (Kindergarten - Yr 2)

On Wednesday 25th September there will be an Infants Liturgy at St Nicholas Church beginning at 9.30am. We invite all of our parents, families and friends to attend.

 

GENERAL NEWS

NO WRAPPER WEEK
next week ..... Week 9

7 Facts About Plastic Bags that Will Change How You Use Them

(Sourced from National Geographic)

 

Every second, 160,000 plastic bags are used around the world.

All together, it adds up to a trillion plastic bags being used every year.  The amount of petroleum it takes to produce one plastic bag could drive a car 11 metres.  The amount of petroleum it takes to produce ten plastic bags could drive a car the length of a football field.  

 

A plastic bag is used for an average of 12 minutes.

After its 12 minutes of use, it’s generally discarded. In fact, less than 3% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide. Once discarded, plastic bags will remain in the environment for 1,000 years before they decompose!

 

267 different species of animals have been affected by marine debris.

We know this isn’t specifically about plastic bags, but 90% of marine debris is one kind of plastic or another. 

 

Plastic bags are among the 12 items of debris most found in coastal clean-ups.

Plastic bags are so commonly found during coastal clean-ups that they are among the 12 most found items of debris. All the more reason to reduce our use of them.

 

If we joined all the plastic bags in the world together, they would circumnavigate the globe 4,200 times.

 

If just one person used recycled plastic bags over their lifetime, they would be removing 22,000 plastic bags from the environment.

 

With these facts in mind, let us all at St Nicholas School

try to do our bit by reducing our plastic wrappers next week. 

If we can do it for one week ...... we can make a lifelong change to our plastic wrapper habit.

 

Year 6 Debating Final

Next Monday 16th September the following teams will go head to head in the final of Year 6 Debating, arguing the topic "That social media is beneficial."  We thank Mrs Kirrilee Ringland for accepting the challenge to adjudicate this final for us! Congratulations and good luck to these students:

Affirmative: Mia Shvili, Ella Dowden, Cooper Holzigal, Amelia Traill

Negative: Cooper Darlington, Mia Wallace, Hannah Wakely and Hugh Burnett.

 

END OF TERM 3 SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

We are nearing the end of Term 3 with only two weeks to go.  If you are in need of care for your children through school holidays, you may like to consider our onsite SHERPA KIDS holiday care.  The children have the use of our fantastic field facilities, visits to Forum 6 cinemas, arts and craft and much more. 

 

Please call William Wong on 0410 841628 to reserve a place.

 

KINDERGARTEN 2020

Our Kindergarten classes are now full for 2020.  If you have a child starting Kindergarten in 2020, please mark your diary with these upcoming Term 4 dates.  Any queries, please contact our office staff.

             

PARENT INFORMATION EVENING

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - 6.00pm

St Nicholas School - The Hub

The Parent Information Evening is important for parents to attend once their child is enrolled.  Points for discussion will include:  what we do at St Nicholas School, school readiness, orientation days, Best Start Program, After School Care, Additional Needs, first days, Religious Education at St Nicholas School and more …

 

Orientation Day 1

Monday, 4 November 2019 - 9.00am to 11.00am

There will be three orientation sessions for Kindergarten 2020 children.  The Orientation Days for children are significant in helping children familiarise themselves with the school environment and helping to make the transition to ‘big school’ so much easier.  These days are also used by teachers to make observations which may help us to cater for your child’s needs.  Children should be dressed in appropriate casual clothing with a hat and closed in shoes.  Your child should bring a water bottle and cut fruit for morning tea each morning.

 

Morning Tea for Kindergarten 2020 parents (hosted by 2019 Kindergarten parents)

Monday, 4 November 2019 - 9.00am to 11.00am

St Nicholas School Auditorium

On Monday, 4th November (first of the orientation days) parents are invited to morning tea in the school auditorium.  This morning tea is hosted by our current Kindergarten parents and will give Kindergarten 2020 parents the opportunity to meet each other while having the opportunity to receive valuable information regarding uniforms and bus travel.  New and second hand uniforms will be for sale as well as the school bag, hat and book bag. 

 

Orientation Day 2 - 9.00am to 11.00am - Monday, 11 November 2019

 

Orientation Day 3 - 9.00am to 11.00am - Monday, 18 November 2019

 

Kindergarten Best Start Interviews - Wednesday, 29 January to Tuesday, 4 February 2020

 

Kindergarten 2020 students start 2020 school year (full school days) - Wednesday, 5 February 2020

 

STUDENT ABSENCE

Please notify the school if your child is absent.  Due to government legislation, notification of your child's absence must be received no later than 7 days after your child's last day of absence. 

 

You can do this in the following three ways ....

1.  Telephone our office staff (office hours 8am to 4pm).

2.  Email our office staff (admin@stnicholastamworth.catholic.edu.au).

3.  Use the school website home page to send through a student absentee.

 

Many parents are surprised by their child's absence details when receiving the end of Semester reports.  Please do not panic.  Notifying the school can be easily forgotten, especially when caring for an ill member of the family.  If you are in doubt as to whether you have notified the school, please contact our office staff and they are more than welcome to print you a list of your child's absences and rectify.  

 

STUDENT SICKNESS - SICKBAY

We are experiencing a large increase in students coming to sick bay.  It's that time of the year and with the winds and dust, our asthmatic children are also experiencing difficulty.  High temperatures, coughing, headaches, vomiting and gastro is making it's way through the classrooms. 

 

Remind your children to keep their fluids up, wash their hands and cover their mouths when coughing.  Please keep your child at home if they have an illness that can spread.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM CHANGE OVER

Due to the unseasonable weather we have decided to permit our students to wear either full summer uniform or full winter uniform. This is totally optional but we ask that both uniforms be worn neat and tidy until the end of the term. Our official changeover is Week 1, Term 4.

 

OUR SCHOOL UNIFORM - IT MATTERS

Here at St Nicholas School we have high expectations and one particular area we expect students to show this is in the way they present each day in their school uniform.

 

We ask parents to support us in the following:

**No coloured scrunchies or hair accessories - The only colour to be worn is  green please.

**No other earrings apart from simple studs or sleeper. Save other decorative earrings for the weekends and holidays.

**No excessive jewellery - only a watch is to be worn. Other jewellery can be worn on weekends.

 

PARENTING IDEAS 
by Michael Grose

Why Self-sufficiency is Paramount

Recently, a mother of two primary school children thanked me for the impact one of my presentations had on her parenting style.

 

When I asked what was it that made the difference, she said that one particular question I posed in the presentation had the most impact. The question was “What are you regularly doing for your children now that they can do themselves?”  My message of developing self-sufficiency in children from the earliest possible age stayed with her.

 

Why is self-sufficiency important?

Self-sufficiency, of the ‘I can do it myself’ kind, is the basis of self-esteem and resilience. One of the main developmental tasks is for children and teenagers to gain a sense of control and mastery over their environment. This mastery begins by gaining basic competencies such as being able to feed and dress yourself as a toddler and then gradually adding new competencies as physical and mental capacities allow. The development of children’s independence can be frustrating and time-consuming, particularly if you are time-poor or have a strong perfectionist streak. But that is the price of independence-building.

 

Step back to allow kids to step up

Respected US parenting and child development expert Dr. Debora Gilboa (aka Dr. G) believes parents need to step back to allow children to step up. It’s a smart phrase that infers that parents need to take on the role of their child’s teacher rather than be the person who is always solving their problems and doing routine tasks for them.  Gilboa says, “It’s crucial that you take a step back and let your kids make mistakes and learn from their experiences. You aren’t going to be there in adulthood to clear the obstacles they face or solve their struggles.” It is through dealing with their own frustrations and learning from their mistakes that kids develop the resilience needed to stand on their own two feet.

 

Self-sufficiency tips

Gilboa gives the following three tips to develop self-sufficiency in children at any age:

  1. Problem-solving. When your child or adolescent comes to you with a problem, resist the urge to fix it. Invite them to resolve the problem themselves.
  2. Welcome failure. This is hard in our perfectionistic world but expect them to struggle and talk about what they can do to get back on their feet.
  3. Expect them to help. Give them tasks that help the whole family, not just themselves and make sure they do them well. Be patient, but firm.

Self-sufficiency has many forms and many faces, including the ability to problem-solve, emotional self-regulation and taking responsibility for your actions. It’s easiest to develop in children when they are young. This is also because not every child in a family will take to independence as willingly as others.

 

If developing independence is something that you haven’t focused on before, don’t despair. It’s not too late to start. Begin where you feel comfortable, rather than make huge changes straightaway. Persist rather than give in when you have resisters; the notion of independence is too important for children’s future success.

 

MCCARTHY CATHOLIC COLLEGE
Year 7 2020 Orientation & Information Night

ORIENTATION DAY

Monday 2 December 2019 - 9.30am to 2.30pm

McCarthy Catholic College Hall

Students from St Nicholas School will be transported to MCC at 9.00am and returned at 2.30pm with Hannafords Coaches.  Students are to wear their full primary school uniform and bring their own morning tea, lunch and a drink bottle.  All students will be met by senior student buddies on their arrival at the College.

 

PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT

Monday 2 December 2019 - 6.00pm to 6.45pm

McCarthy Catholic College Hall

Following the Year 7 2020 Orientation Day we will be holding a Parent Information Night to discuss important information for the transition of your child to high school at MCC. 

 

If you have any questions in regards to Orientation Day or the Parent Information Night please contact: Mrs Belinda Gleeson-Barker

Enrolments Officer

Telephone:  02-67610802

Email:  bgleeson@arm.catholic.edu.au.

 

LOST PROPERY

We have the following items in the office.  If you recognise any of the items, please contact the office to claim.

 

 

SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS

All parents need to be aware our supervision of students does not begin until 8.15am each day. We are becoming increasingly concerned that children are being dropped off and left on their own, unsupervised by parents before this time - often up to half an hour earlier. This is not a safe or acceptable practice. Currently students are expected to come in and sit in the Holy Family Courtyard unsupervised and wait. We cannot be responsible for any accident or potentially harmful incidents occurring. Please organise alternative care for your child if your child requires supervision before 8.15am.

 

LIBRARY

READING IS MY SECRET POWER

Book Week may be over but exercising  our secret power is a life-long activity. 

Let's keep it going everyone.

Some Book Fair re-orders have arrived, others are on their way.

Thankyou for your patience parents and students

 

BOOK WEEK DISCO 

Date:          Thursday 26th September  (Thursday, last week of term)

Where:      Primary Students (Years 3-6)  in the St Nicholas School Library.  On arrival, the Primary                                 students enter through the school gate in the middle of the school.  

 

                     Infant Students (Kinders, Year 1, Year 2) in the St Nicholas School Auditorium.

                      K, Yr 1 , Yr 2 students enter through the auditorium doors.

                     

                     A teacher will be at each entrance to greet and direct students.

 

Time:         ALL STUDENTS  6.oopm - 7.30pm

 

Cost:           Gold Coin entry.

                      Chips $2 and water $2 

                     

Theme:     Your favourite book character or super hero.  Start talking to your child/children about their                           dress up. Remember creativity over cost.

 

 

AUSTRALIAN READING HOUR

On Thursday September 19 2019, stop what you’re doing for one hour and pick up a book. We want Australians to either rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading. Take the time to learn, escape and relax.

In children, reading has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them up for success in the future. In adults, reading has been shown to reduce stress by 68% more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea.

At school we will be buddying up and reading together.

PREMIER'S READING CHALLENGE
CONGRATULATIONS 
to 
464 students. 


100% Participation = 100% Completion

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS on exercising your SECRET POWER!

 

LIBRARY BAGS MATTER
Not just some of the time ... but all of the time.

A huge thank you to all of the students who remember to bring their library bag.  Without a bag, books cannot be borrowed. 

 

ACCESS ST NICHOLAS SCHOOL LIBRARY AT HOME

This is a how-to guide to access the St Nicholas School Library site - OLIVER at home.

This site offers information regarding the resources in the library and the products St Nicholas School Library subscribes to.

St Nicholas School Website link:

https://stnicholastamworth.catholic.edu.au/

1.Open Curriculum → drop down menu to LIBRARY → scroll down to click on OLIVER.

What can I do?

Borrow an ebook or audio book from the Armidale Library.

*Read it on your computer browser OR download the SORA app from the App Store and remember to click on the Catholic Schools Office Armidale Diocese.

2. Open the WorldBook online link, research, open an ebook and     

       read it in your computer browser or download the WorldBook   

       Ebook app online.  If you are interested in home access ask your child to come into the library for a bookmark with login information.

 3. Read from PK mag, browse previous editions and the latest edition.

 4. Play games.

 5. Check out books to borrow next term.

 

SPORT

POLDING ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

Congratulations to the following children who have made it through to compete at the Polding Athletics Carnival on Friday 18th October in Sydney - Hugh Burnett, Bailey Langford, Isabella Wall, Isabella Tonkin, Hugh Mitchell, Jack Mitchell, Myles Manning, Alice Fahey, Dashiel Urquhart, Isaac Wilson and Toby Robinson. 

Absent - Isabella Wall and Bailey Langford

 

LITTLE ATHLETICS

Two weeks ago Adam Joliffe from Little Athletics came and spoke to the children about their program.

Little Athletics are having some 'Come and Try' days. Please see the flyer below for more details.

 

NETBALL

The netball season is coming to an end with the last round of games to be played on Saturday. The 11/12 years competition will have finals, so after Saturday, if your team is in the top 4, you will have to play semi-finals. Good luck to our teams!

 

The 10-year-old competition (Year 4) do not play finals, but they do keep a note of the ladder. Your last game is on Saturday. For Years 3, 2 and skills players, your last game/skills session is also on Saturday. 

Please ensure that you thank your coaches as they give up so much of their time. Thank you to all of the supportive parents who always encourage their players. 

 

 St Nicholas Netball Club 2019 AGM will be held at the Southgate Inn on 18th September 2019 @6pm. 

An item to be discussed will be our presentation afternoon. 

CRICKET

Registrations for Year 5/6, Master Blaster Cricket and Junior Blaster Cricket have now opened for those who are interested in playing. See the flyer below for details on how to register. 

Junior Blaster is for ages 5-7. Master Blaster is for ages 7-10.

Registrations for children aged 11-12 are open and notes came home on Monday to register. Please go to www.playcricket.com.au to register.

There is a free coaching course running on the 13th September from 5.30 to 9.30pm (Indoor Cricket centre). More details to follow. 

Remember you can claim your Active Kids vouchers for cricket. 

 

NORTHERN INLAND FOOTBALL HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAM TRIALS

This year Northern Inland Football will be holding trials for the 2020 High Performance program and the Northern Inland Football NewFM Northern League One Teams. Should you wish your child to be considered for this program please access the link below.

https://northerninlandfootball.com.au/high-performance/

 

FUTSAL

Notes for Term 4 Futsal were sent home this week. It is on a Monday afternoon starting on Monday 16th October out at the Dome. It is for children from Kinder to Year 6 and cost is $65 per player. Please return notes to Mrs Tyrrell so that teams can be registered.

 

SWIMMING REGISTRATION DAY

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

Those parents who have very kindly volunteered to coach a team are to be listened to and all instructions to be followed by players both at training and when competing. Should you have an issue with your child's coach please speak to them privately without your children being present. Show respect for your coaches and their decisions.

 

Parents should not interfere or enter the playing field during a game as the on field officials should be left to adjudicate. If parents have concerns they should approach the coach at a break and not the children. 

 

Should a player, coach or parent not respect this code of conduct while representing St Nicholas it may prevent their inclusion in teams in the future as this is not the image that we wish to portray in the wider community.

 

IMPORTANT SPORTING DATES FOR 2019

I am aware that many of you are keen to know when sporting events are on, so this is a list of some of the locked in dates for 2019. Please be aware that some of these dates (especially Diocesan ones) may change. 

 

TERM 4

Friday 18th October - Polding Athletics Carnival

Wednesday 6th / Thursday 7th - NSW PSSA Athletics Carnival - SOPAC

Friday 29th November - Diocesan Summer Trials - Gunnedah (Cricket, Tennis, Softball, Basketball)

2020

Thursday 6th February - St Nicholas Swimming Carnival - SCULLY PARK POOL

TENNIS CAMPS

 

CANTEEN

ROSTER
Term 3 - Week 9

Monday 16 September 2019

9.30am - 11.30am - Catrina Hutton

 

Tuesday 17 September 2019

9.30am - 11.30am - Lisa Vile

 

Wednesday 18 September 2019

9.30am - 11.30am - Sarah Cogle

 

Thursday 19 September 2019

9.30am - 11.30am - Josh Johnson & Stephanie Walmsley

 

Friday 20 September 2019

9.30am - 11.30am - Jacqui Graham and Kirsty O'Neile

 

SPRING MENU

I think we can all agree the warmer weather is a welcome change.  And with the warmer weather comes a change to our Spring Menu.  The new Spring Menu will be distributed tomorrow Friday, 13th September and will take effect Monday, 16th September 2019.

 

WARMER WEATHER .... DRINK MORE WATER!

 

REGISTER NOW FOR THE COLOUR RUN!

PT&F COLOUR FUN RUN
tomorrow .... Friday, 13 September 2019

Join in the fun and help raise funds for our school ....

tomorrow night - Friday, 13th September 2019 - 5.00pm - 8.00pm.

Last race of the night will be parents and siblings.

 

** BBQ

** Icecream Van

** Jumping Castles

 

Got an idea, thought or opinion
and can’t make it to the meeting?

Send us an email

stnicholasptf@gmail.com

 

Send us a message through

the St Nicholas School PT&F Facebook page

 

BAKERS DELIGHT TAMWORTH

Remember to mention St Nicholas School when purchasing from either Bakers Delight Stores in Tamworth.  At the end of the year they give back 5% from all purchases.  Money for jam!

 

Sherpa Kids After School Care

AFTER SCHOOL CARE & VACATION CARE

Interested in After School Care for your child/children?

Please contact William Wong (Director)  Ph:  0410 841 628

HEALTH ALERTS

CHICKEN POX

Time for Exposure to Illness

10 to 21 days (usually 14 to 16 days)

Symptons

Slight fever, runny nose and a rash that begins as raised pink spots that blister and scab.

SLAPPED CHEEK DISEASE OR FIFTH DISEASE (Parvovirus)

Slapped cheek disease is a viral disease.  It gets this name because, early in the infection, the child's cheeks may be bright red, as if they have been slapped.  The virus is transmitted in droplets coughed out by infected children and mainly affects school and pre-school aged children.  Most adults are immune, having already had the infection when they were children.

 

In Fifth disease, children may get a runny nose, fever, aches and pains, and rash.  At first the rash may be on the cheeks and after a few days a rash may be found on the arms, legs or trunk.  It is pink, has a lacy appearance and may be itchy.  It may fade easily, but re-appear after a bath or exercise.  Older children and adults may sometimes get swollen joints which get better after a few days.  

 

Can the illness be serious?

Most people get Fifth disease when they are children and cannot get it again.  In most children, Fifth disease is a mild, flu-like illness which gets better on its own in a few days.  

 

If a pregnant woman becomes infected, the unborn baby can be severely affected.  Pregnant women in contact with a child with Fifth disease should see their doctor for blood tests and monitoring of their pregnancy.

 

What is the treatment?

Paracetamol is useful to relieve your child's aches and pains.  Your child should see a doctor if they have any swollen joints or pain not relieved by paracetamol.

 

Infectious Period

The incubation period for this illness is approximately 1-2 weeks.  Fifth disease is no longer infectious once a rash appears.

IMPETIGO (School Sores)

Symptoms
Small red spots change into blisters that fill up with pus and become crusted; usually on the face, hands or scalp.
School or home?
Keep home from school until antibiotic treatment starts. Sores should be covered with watertight dressings.
How can I help prevent spread?
Parents of children who may have had contact with impetigo should look for signs of infection and seek treatment if symptoms develop.  Careful hand washing especially after changing dressings. Avoid sharing toilet articles, towels, clothing or bed linen. Consider using anti-bacterial soap for bathing for two to three weeks. Avoid scratching or touching the lesions to prevent spread to other parts of the body.  Completing the recommended antibiotic course is very important.

SCARLET FEVER

Time from exposure to illness

1 to 3 days.

 

Symptoms

Sudden onset sore throat, high fever and vomiting, followed by a rash in 12 to 36 hours.

 

Do I need to keep my child home?

Yes, until at least 24 hours of treatment has begun and the child is feeling better.

 

How can I prevent spread?

Careful hand washing. Sick contacts should see their doctor.

HEAD LICE

There are constant outbreaks of head lice at our school and there is always the possibility of your child contracting the condition.  We are asking that all parents examine their child’s hair for signs of lice infestation on a regular basis.  The lice themselves are often hard to find because they move around on the head.  Therefore, you should be looking for the eggs or nits.  These appear as tiny silvery white specks attached to the hair shaft near the scalp.  Dandruff and hairspray may look similar but these are easily brushed away, the eggs are not.  Other signs of lice infestation may be a red rash and scratch marks on the scalp, nape of the neck or behind the ears.

 

If your child has contracted head lice do not be alarmed.  Although the condition is unpleasant, it is easily treated with a specialised treatment from your local chemist.  After using the treatment, use a fine tooth comb to remove the dead lice and eggs.  Any articles which may harbor lice such as clothes, towels and bed linen should be washed in hot water and detergent.  Combs and brushes should also be washed in hot soapy water.

 

As head lice are contagious it is suggested that you examine and treat all members of the family at the same time.

CLOTHING POOL

SECOND HAND CLOTHING POOL

Our second hand clothing pool is open from 8.30am to 3.00pm each school weekday.  Most second hand items are $5.00 each.  Please see the office staff for further details.

 

THE UNIFORM SHOP

School Hat                       $28.00

School Bag                       $32.00

School Book Bag            $10.00

School Library Bag        $8.00

School Sports Shirt       $30.00

School Sports Shorts    $15.00

School Track Tops          $38.00

School Track Pants         $25.00

 

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