Welcome back from the term holidays. I have had an extra week travelling with my husband Ian Barr into the South Australian outback. We are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful country although the drought is very evident impacting on the landscape and the animal life trying to survive.
Thank you to Kate McLeod as acting principal and Marika Ferguson as assistant principal for filling in during my absence for the first week of this term.
Disco Bingo this Saturday
Congratulations to the Parents and Friends team for the organisation of this up-coming event. An entertaining evening is planned. It is almost at a full house but if you can’t get a ticket, go onto the silent auction with superb prizes to win. Our fundraising goes directly into programs and improved learning and play spaces. The new STEM room, cooling for our hall and improved play spaces are a few of the projects for 2019.
Earn and Learn Points- 45,157 points
Wow the points earned through the Woolworths’ Earn and Learn promotion have been used to purchase fun furniture for the STEM room. Thank you to all the families who collected the points. The Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) room will replace the existing computer lab and resource room. This should be completed in term 4 in readiness for 2020.
Save Our Crossings
Whitehorse City Council have been communicating the future audit of our crossings. We have been assured that no decision will be made without consultation with our school. Our school council will be in contact with Whitehorse City Council to ensure that we have the best chance to be successful in maintaining our present crossings and valued crossing supervisors. Many thanks to the families using our crossings and walking to school- a great way to start the day.
From Whitehorse City Council:
COLLECTION OF TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIAN COUNTS AT SCHOOL CROSSINGS –TERM 3
Dear Mrs Barr
Over the next few months, Council will be conducting a review of the School Crossing
Supervisor Program which will include the collection of traffic and pedestrian counts from
existing school crossing locations including pedestrian signals and intersection signals.
VicRoads has criteria for providing funding to Council’s to assist with providing school crossing
supervision. Council collects traffic and pedestrian data every 3 years to determine if the
VicRoads criteria is met.
Council has engaged external traffic surveyors to collect this traffic and pedestrian data during
Term 3, 2019. Term 4 is not considered appropriate to survey due to secondary schools
finishing earlier while Term 1 also has a shorter school term.
As you can appreciate, there are many school crossing locations to survey during the morning
and afternoon peak periods. To ensure the data collected is representative for a “typical”
school day, the traffic surveyors will be contacting you shortly (via email) to determine if there
are any programmed special days off, camps, sporting days or curriculum days proposed for
Term 3 that may affect the survey results. It would be appreciated if you could provide this
information (via return email) directly to the traffic surveyor as soon as possible so there are
no delays to carrying out the surveys.
Council understands the importance of providing a safe environment for our children and
families. No decision will be made on the status of any school crossing without consultation
with your school and a complete review of the School Crossing Supervisor Program has been
Should you wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact the Transport
Team on 9262 6187.
TRANSPORT COORDINATOR - ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
2019 Parent Opinion Survey
WE WANT OUR PARENTS TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK!
Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.
Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 22nd July to Sunday 11th August.
The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.
The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September. Rangeview Primary will present the survey results to school council we will then work through how we can use the feedback to continue improving our school.