Moreland Mail

31 January 2020
Issue One
Upcoming Events
Latest news
Learning Areas
Privacy Policy
Community News
Moreland Primary School
(03) 9386 2510
Cnr De Carle St and Blair St
Coburg, Victoria, 3058
AU

Upcoming Events

TERM 1

Monday 3 February

School Assembly

 

Monday 3 February - 10.30am

Courtyard opening

 

Friday 7 February 

Footsteps program

 

Wednesday 12 February 

Parent / Teacher - Meet and Greet
(Book on Compass)

 

Friday 14 February 

Footsteps program

 

Friday 21 February 

Footsteps program

 

Friday 28 February 

Footsteps program

 

Wednesday 4 March

Twilight Sports - 6pm to 7.15pm approx

 

Thursday 5 March

Footsteps program

 

Friday 6 March

Curriculum day - No students at school

 

Monday 9 March

Public holiday - No students at school

 

Friday 13 March

Footsteps program

 

Friday 20 March

Footsteps program

 

Friday 27 March

Footsteps program

 

Friday 27 March

Last day of Term 1 - 2.30pm finish

 

TERM 2

Tuesday 14 April

First day of Term 2

 

Friday 26 June 

Last day of Term 2 - 2.30pm finish

 

TERM 3

Monday 13 July 

First day of Term 3

 

Friday 18 September 

Last day of Term 3 - 2.30pm finish

 

TERM 4

Monday 5 October

First day of Term 4

 

Friday 18 December

Last day of Term 4 - 1.30pm finish

 

 

Latest news

Latest news

 

Welcome Back.

I am so glad to see everyone back at school this week and welcome to our new Prep students and their families. Our school is continuing to grow and we start this year with 371 students including 70 preps which is our largest cohort in at least the last 13 years. We have grown by another grade which gives us 18 specialist classes. Our specialists will be Physical Education, Japanese/Art and Japanese/Science and we are lucky enough that our largest class group will be about 22 students. 

 

Towards the end of last year we had some refurbishment completed which included the replacement of many windows in both Block A and Block B and of course our courtyard redevelopment which is now complete. You are invited to the Grand Opening of our Courtyard next Monday, February 3rd from 10.30 till 11.15. The official ‘cutting of the ribbon’ will take place at 10.45 followed by a morning tea for all guests and the opportunity to explore the playground and then observe the students using it.

 

Our building works continue this term with the student toilets in Block B and the staff toilets in Block A being renovated and we hope this will incur only minor interruptions to our programs.

 

I want to thank families for their contributions to our Building Fund over the past few years as it enabled us to contribute $85,000 to the playground redevelopment. We are hoping that contributions this year will enable us to complete some external painting, carpet replacement and other modifications.

 

All of our teaching and learning programs have begun this week and we are fortunate enough to begin our movement and dance program, ‘Footsteps’ today. Footsteps is a ten lesson program that supports our Health and Physical Education curriculum. Movement is a powerful medium for learning, through which students can acquire, practise and refine personal, behavioural, social and cognitive skills. The Health and Physical Education curriculum addresses how contextual factors influence the health, safety, wellbeing, and physical activity patterns of individuals, groups and communities. It provides opportunities for students to develop skills, self-efficacy and dispositions to advocate for, and positively influence, their own and others’ health and wellbeing.

 

2020 promises to be yet another exciting year here at MPS.

 

John Williams

Principal

 

Mobile Phones

As of the first day of Term 1, 2020, the DET has a policy that recognises the dangers of mobile phones to students. They have asked us to remind you that children should not bring mobile phones to school unless there are special circumstances. Students who choose to bring mobile phones to school must have them switched off and securely stored during school hours. At Moreland Primary School our secure storage is in the front office. No responsibility will be taken by the school for any mobile phones or devices that are brought to school. Please refer to our updated school policy on Mobile Phones and Other Devices on our school website.

 

I recommend that you view this short video by Simon Sinek

https://youtu.be/lpoShCYSL_U

 

Coronavirus

The Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer have recommended a stronger precautionary approach to managing coronavirus for travellers returned from Hubei province.

 

This recommendation is that parents/guardians/carers of students should ensure that any returning student is isolated at home and should not attend school for 14 days:

  • following exposure to any confirmed novel coronavirus case; or
  • after leaving Hubei Province.

The Chief Health Officer’s current advice is that students do not need to be isolated at home if they have recently travelled in other parts of China or other countries and are not showing any symptoms of the virus.

 

If you think a student is showing relevant symptoms, please ask the student’s parents/guardians/carers or the staff member to call the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to discuss further actions on 1300 651 160.

 

 

Changes to Coburg and Moreland stations

Metro Trains have informed us that works are underway to remove the level crossings at Bell Street, Munro Street, and Reynard Street in Coburg, and Moreland Road in Brunswick as part of the Level Crossing Removal Project. As we prepare to raise the rail line and build the new Coburg and Moreland stations, works will take place around the station precincts in January and February to establish the project site. Access around the stations will change for the duration of the project to create safe working zones and allow for construction activities.

If these changes affect you, please see below for further details.

 

 

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Learning Areas

News from the learning areas

 

PREPS

We hope everyone had a nice break and we welcome all our new families and children in Prep. 

 

We are very happy to have Joe join our team this year! Joe has spent some time in the 5/6 area at Moreland Primary School last year and is excited to start the year with us. Our 2020 team is as follows:

Prep A (Kookaburras) – Abbie

Prep B (Koalas) – Luciana 

Prep C (Wombats) – Hannah

Prep D (Kangaroos) – Joe

Education Support - Mary 

 

 

The Preps have had a wonderful first day getting to know their teachers and meeting new friends. They have also met their 5/6 buddies to do an activity and have spent time eating lunch together as well.  

 

We won’t be attending the School Assembly on Monday  the 3rd February but we will be coming to the playground opening! 

 

Best Start to School

  • Beginning school is a very exhausting time for the Preps so it is especially important to ensure your child brings enough healthy food and water to eat and drink throughout the day. 
  • Please pack fruit and/or vegetables to eat during our Brain Food break time. 
  • It’s also really important to make sure your child is going to bed at a reasonable hour so that they are well rested for big school days.
  • Please check that all of their belongings are clearly labelled and reinforce the expectation that we do not allow sharing of food as we have children with allergies. 

 

Prep Testing

Prep testing will start next week on Wednesday 5th February. Testing should take between 30 to 45 minutes. Your child will spend this time with their homegroup teacher. During testing, the parent/family member can go and get a coffee or have a walk. They are not required to attend the test. After the testing there will be time for a brief 10-minute chat with the homegroup teacher. Please be prompt to your interviews so that we can keep them on time.

 

Prep Finishing Times 

Starting next week, the Preps will be finishing school at 3:30pm instead of 1pm. 

 

Other Friendly Reminders

We are still collecting bread clips from families in Prep. If you have any bread clips at home, you can donate them to our collection box in our area. 

 

1/2 LEARNING AREA

In the Grade 1-2 Learning Area, the students will be focussing on the six C’s through our Play Based Curriculum:

 

Collaboration - we work together to build, share toys and pack up.

 

Communication - we share our ideas so we can work together. 

 

Creativity- we use our imagination while drawing, dressing up and constructing our own designs.

 

Citizenship - we look after each other and our things.

 

Critical thinking  - we use critical thinking to solve puzzles and play thinking games.

 

Character building - we use our learning from Respectful Relationships to make sure everyone is included.

 

 

5/6 LEARNING AREA

Inter school sport dates for 5/6 students to note. 

 

RD 1 v COBURG NORTH (HOME) 14TH FEB

RD 2 v COBURG WEST (HOME) 21ST FEB

RD 3 v ST OLIVERS (AWAY) 28TH FEB

RD 4 v PASCOE VALE (HOME) 6TH MARCH (PUPIL FREE DAY - TO BE RESCHEDULED)

RD 5 v PASCOE VALE NORTH (AWAY) 13TH MARCH

 

5/6 Bridge Building

 

This week all the 5/6 students participated in a STEAM activity. The brief expectation was constructing a bridge that would hold as much weight as possible. Each group of students were given the same amount of materials to create the bridge.

 

Hard hat wearing supervising ‘engineers’, Julie and Natalie were tasked with the job of judging the best design, the most successful bridge and the group which demonstrated excellent collaboration skills. 

 

Much fun was had all round and fortunately no tears were shed when bridges collapsed or materials were damaged.  

 

FOOTSTEPS PROGRAM

 

 

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Community News

Community News

 

You're invited to become part of your local brass band community!

 

The Darebin City Brass Youth Program would like to invite your school community to be part of your local brass band - Jack's Juniors.  A group of qualified and expert teachers provided our students with weekly tuition, the use of an instrument and required resources for a minimal cost.

We are holding an information and tryout session Monday 3 February

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Darebin City Brass band room

Corner Mary and Cramer St, Preston (opp. Preston Market)

 

We would love to welcome any new and aspiring brass players to join us to learn how to play a brass instrument but mostly to join the family and have fun.

Please contact us on:

DCBYouthBand@gmail.com

or visit our website

www.darebincitybrass.com/youth-group 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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