Michael Portaro - School Principal
Welcome to the new format for our School Newsletter.
We hope you enjoy the beautiful pictures of our school and community, new segments and interesting articles. The format is easy to read and refer back to for upcoming events and important dates.
You will find the link to each newsletter saved on the school website.
Thank you to the parents, carers and community members who attended the presentation of our Annual Report meeting on Monday night.
With an overview of the report and directions for 2018 and beyond being discussed it was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the great work that was undertaken in 2017.
Mother’s Day Stall
We hope that all Mums, Grandmas and the other special women in our school community enjoyed their Mother’s Day and that they were pleased with the gifts that the children bought them at our Mother’s Day stall. If the looks on the children’s faces can be taken as an indication, they certainly enjoyed shopping for the gifts and trying to choose something ‘just right’ for the special women in their lives.
Thank you to Karyn Redpath who organised our gifts and the parent volunteers and assisted in selling them to the children.
Congratulations to all of our Year 3 and 5 students and the families that supported them, who participated in NAPLAN last week. Later in the year, parents will receive a detailed report describing their own child’s particular skills in the areas that have been tested by NAPLAN. The report will also illustrate how each child has performed in relation to national benchmark standards. Year 5 parents will have the benefit of seeing how much progress their child has made since he/she completed the Year 3 NAPLAN tests. Whilst we value the results, which when collated as a whole, provide the school with a picture of how we are going and where we need to focus our attention in the future, these do not define or determine an outcome for individual students. All teachers use a range of assessment tools, including observations, and adjust the learning plans to meet the individual needs, on a daily basis. We are very happy with how the tests were run, and the enthusiasm the students showed in trying their best.
Communication with Teachers
Schools are very busy places and teachers have a lot of preparation and planning to do to get ready for the day. If you need to speak to your child’s teacher about your child, please make a request to them via email. Often parents think they only need a quick chat, but this can last longer than anticipated and may be compounded if a few other parents also just want a ‘quick’ chat. Please note, teachers have meetings after school on Mondays and Tuesdays, which they may need to prepare for after school on these days. By making an appointment, you can be assured that they are able to give you their full attention.
Prospective Parents Night and 2019 Enrolments
We had a number of interested Prep parents/carers attend an information evening a few weeks ago in Brickwood Hall. Thank you to all of our community members who assisted in making the night a great success and a particular thanks to the school captains and vice captains who engaged the audience with a presentation on our specialist program. The night was well received with 2019 enrolments continuing to be taken by our office staff each day.
Emergency Contact Numbers
From time to time we need to contact parents for a myriad of reasons including sick children, to pass on important information or to arrange a meeting. Very often we are unable to contact the parents as the numbers listed are disconnected and the office has not been updated. Please ensure that when you change your contact details or the emergency contact’s details the office is informed immediately.
Child Safety Standards
At Elsternwick Primary School we are committed to creating a child safe environment – this means a zero tolerance approach to child abuse.
At Elsternwick Primary School, we recognise that positive relationships are foundational for learning. Our purpose is to build caring and respectful relationships between school, students and families so that young people develop resilience and independence and feel safe, and are confident to take risks in order to achieve personal excellence.
Our ongoing commitment is that our children feel safe, and that they are safe – this means they can learn!
We believe that everyone has a right to be their best, we work hard to ensure that all our young people, including those who are culturally and linguistically diverse, are Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander young people and those with diverse needs, including with disabilities, are able to be their best.
The student engagement and inclusion policy outlines our approach to diversity, this includes our bullying policy to ensure that no child should feel unsafe to learn and grow.
This is our school’s approach to implementing the child safe standards. Our school aims to ‘walk the talk’ and will continuously strive to better the way we do things.
Our Child Safety Policy can be found here: http://elsternwickps.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/EPS-Child-Safety-Policy.pdf
Nominations Open for Education Awards
Each year, the Department celebrate the achievements of students, apprentices and trainees — and the teachers, institutes and organisations who guide them.
Nominations are now open for a number of upcoming education awards.
Wednesday past marked the midpoint of term two!
Have a great weekend,