They are off and running!
The year has started well with Maths groups starting yesterday and the boys are beginning to settle in to their new surroundings. It is imperative that you are positive with your son about the school and don’t demonstrate any anxiety issues you may feel. Boys do pick up on their parents anxiety. In a few weeks the boys will be in the swing of things and they will know what day of the cycle it is and if they have PE etc. Some boys are better at this than others, so some vigilance each night is wise, to ensure they have all their equipment.
You should have received a hard copy and an emailed copy of the Junior School Newsletter. If your son didn’t give you the hard copy look in his bag, it is probably under the mashed banana! If you didn’t receive the email could you please update your contact details on our website. Open the SPX home page, click on the drop-down menu – Enrolment Information and then click on Update Family Contact Details - Submit. In this way we should avoid any typographical errors or mistakes in interpreting poor handwriting. This is the last printed newsletter for the year.
The newsletter and notes are also on the portal. I understand there have been some issues with the portal and many new parents have not received an email with their access details. If you haven’t received this email, I understand that we are working on resolving the problem.
Until Friday 3rd February, the Junior School teachers will be walking all the boys to their respective bus stops or the train station. In week 2, from the 6th to the 10th February the boys will walk to their transport stops and the teachers will go up and supervise. In Week 2 we want the boys to become accustomed to walking themselves but still have a teacher presence. The boys will be shown a specific way to walk to and from school and they are not to deviate from this path. This also includes the use of shops. Boys must go directly to and from school. If you wish for your son to buy something or meet you at the shops on a special occasion, please write a note to myself (Mr Long) and I will supply your son with an exit pass. Otherwise any teacher at the shops will question why your son is there and a detention could ensue.
The route for the boys to the train and interchange involves walking up the mall. The reason for this route is there are no driveways or crossings without lights. It is deemed the safest way.
STUDENT OPAL CARDS
Applications for 2017 school travel should have been done by now unless you are a late enrolment. It can be done at www.transportnsw.info/school-students.
A new application is required when:
- Applying for a school opal card or travel pass for the first time or
- Requesting an additional entitlement as a result of a shared parental responsibility situation
You will need to do an update if the student has a current travel pass and:
- is progressing from Year 6 to Year 7, or
- changes address, or
- changes school .
If you already have a school Opal card that does not need updating, or you’ve successfully reapplied, the opal card will automatically be updated for travel next year. Do not throw it out as you’ll be able to use it when the school year starts in 2017.
Important information about travelling with Opal
- The School Opal card is only for travel to and from school on approved modes of public transport.
- The School Opal card doesn’t cover travel to activities away from school, such as, after school care, sport and school excursions.
- Remember: a grace period applies at the start of each new school year, where school students who have been approved for SSTS travel can travel without a valid pass while new passes are being issued. Students must be in school uniform or be able to provide evidence (such as a school ID or school books) that they are travelling to or from school during this time.
- Students should use a Child/Youth Opal card for travel after hours, on weekends, during school holidays or activities away from school.
- Boys do require their own child/youth card for some school activities. Sometimes boys go by train for debating or an excursion in the city. We can’t buy a bulk ticket anymore and the opal card for going to and from school is solely for that purpose.
PERFORMING ARTS INFORMATION EVENING - TONIGHT
The Performing Arts information evening will be held on Wednesday 1st February. If you are interested please attend to have all you questions answered.
- Performing Arts Orientation: 6.00 – 7.00pm (New Parents)
- PAPA Meeting: 7.00 – 8.30pm (New and Old Parents)
Location: Band Room (drive into playground and it is near Junior School playground)
REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRST THREE THURSDAYS OF THE TERM
For the first three Thursdays of Term 1 the boys will spend the whole day at Oxford Falls. This means that they need to bring their morning tea and lunch plus a water bottle. Please ensure they have a school hat. The boys meet at school and are bussed to Oxford Falls and in the afternoon they are bussed back to school unless you choose to collect your son from Oxford Falls at 2.15 pm.
Please note that if you are late we must take your son back to school on the bus. If you wish for somebody else to take your son home we require a note stating these details. If it is an arrangement that will continue regularly, please state that in the note and then one note will suffice.
SPORTS TRIAL DAY - THURSDAY 2nd FEBRUARY - PARENT AFTERNOON TEA
We are having an afternoon tea for parents - please feel free to come up, from 1.30 pm onwards, to the Falls Room, the one with all the windows in the older building between the top and bottom ovals, and have a cup of tea and see the facilities. The boys will be lined up at 2.20pm for the buses. After roll call, you may take your son. If you are going to regularly collect your son from Oxford Falls the normal procedure is to wait in the car park at 2.15 pm and we will walk all the boys being collected to the car park before the boys catching buses back to Chatswood.
PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT FOR YEARS 5 & 6: MONDAY 6th FEBRUARY
Next Monday evening, 6th February, there will be an Information Night that will commence at 6.00pm sharp. We are making a change this year and the meeting will commence in two separate venues. Year 5 parents will go upstairs to the classrooms and Year 6 parents will go to the Sarto Centre, (The Sarto Centre is north of the school entrance on Anderson Street at the corner of Daisy Street - previously a church) where your son’s class teacher will explain how the classroom operates, homework, expectations, etc.
Due to limited space in the classrooms, boys are not to attend this information night. Some parking will be available in the playground. However, please be aware that Year 7 parents have a meeting commencing at 7pm so there will be limited parking space available, and there have been times where somebody has been parked in.
On the night we will ask for a volunteers to be Year Representatives for the P&F. It usually involves organising social events, supporting the P&F to disseminate information by email.
BLAZER FITTING TUESDAY 7th FEBRUARY
The boys require a blazer for Terms 2 and 3. The boys will have the opportunity to be measured up for a College blazer. It is done in school time and parents aren’t required. However, your son needs to know if he needs to be measured for a new blazer. The norm is that most new boys are measured up. There is no commitment to buy unless you confirm the order with the uniform shop. Another option is to purchase a second hand blazer from the uniform shop.
SWIMMING CARNIVAL - WEDNESDAY 8th FEBRUARY
Our swimming carnival will be held at Macquarie University Pool (Outdoors). You are all welcome to attend and offer support with your cheering and comments. On the full days at Oxford Falls and the swimming carnival the boys will need to bring their recess, lunch, drinks and wear their colour house sporting uniform. (If they don’t have a house colour shirt-or it is being washed after the swimming carnival, they can wear the blue sports shirt) On Wednesday 8th February swimming gear will be required and it is an outdoor pool.
The boys wear their sports uniform - the coloured school sports polo shirt (the Rice house have a different shade of blue) to and from the swimming carnival. We do supply sun cream but if you can put ample on before school and if your son requires a particular brand please pack it in his bag. Rash vests at the swimming especially for novelty events are a good idea. Please remember a plastic bag for wet clothes etc on Wednesday.
Please pack plenty of water and lunch and recess. Leaving the Carnival early is discouraged as we promote the value of belonging to a team and supporting your team mates even if your events have concluded. If they wear their swimmers to school under their shorts, please ensure they have dry underwear.
If you are taking another person’s son home, the teacher needs a written letter of permission from that boy’s parent. I’m sure you can appreciate that this is a basic legal requirement because if a parent is expecting the boy to be driven in a bus by a professional driver and another parent takes them without written permission and has an accident, we have a problem.
YEAR 5 CAMP - MEDICAL/CONSENT LETTER
Yesterday all Year 5 Parents and Guardians were sent out a letter containing information and a link to the Sport and Recreation website where you need to submit medical, dietary information and other special needs information.
All Medical and consent forms need to be submitted by Wednesday, 8th March, 2017.
If your son gets sick after you have submitted the form and you wish to inform us, please write a letter to me. I will send out more information about requirements and what to bring when we are closer to the time.
(Please also see the P&F section of this newsletter)
P&F Commencement Mass - Saturday 18th February
Everyone is invited to the P&F Welcome Mass at Our Lady of Dolours Church at 5.30pm on Saturday 18th February, followed by a light supper in the college grounds.
For catering purposes please RVSP by clicking on this link!
Call for Year Group Parent Reps!
The role of Year Group Rep is an easy one at SPX - Distribute the contact list to your class/year group and organise a couple of gatherings throughout the year! What could be simpler! Cassie coordinates the contact lists and reps, and will give you all the information and help you require for this important, but simple and fun task!
Thank you to those who are continuing on as Class Reps in 2017 and those who have put up their hand for the first time, however we still need some more!
Junior School – Reps are required for Year 5 and 6 Classes. We already have 6 Green, 6 Red , 5 Gold and 5 Red covered, but if you can assist with any other class, please submit your name & boy’s class to Tim Long [email protected]
Thank you to the following parents who have volunteered to be class reps.
Gold: Cathryn Berecry (son's surname is Leo)
Red: Dominique D'Alessandro
Red: Annelise Pearce
Green: Daphne Bewley, Deb Reed, Simon Gillard and Prab Raic.
As you can see we require reps for 5 Blue, 6 Blue and 6 Gold. Thankyou to Mrs Cassie Buono for organising the reps and the morning tea on Day 1.
Mr T Long - Head of Junior School