Greenvale Primary School Newsletter

13 June 2019
Term 2 Issue 4
Principal's Update Angelika Ireland
Assistant Principal Meredith Clegg
Assistant Principal Rosemary Agnew
Science Sujata Symons
Year 3 & 4 Adrianna Kassevetis
Library News Loretta Kelly
ThinkUKnow for Parents Cyber Safety
Upcoming Events
Community and Advertising
Term 2 Calendar
Finance News
General Information
TheirCare Before and After Care Program
2020 Foundation Enrolments
Greenvale Primary School
(03) 9333 2500
12-24 Bradford Avenue
Greenvale, Victoria, 3059
AU

Principal's Update
Angelika Ireland

Thank You

It was affirming to get such a warm welcome back to Greenvale Primary School by students and staff when I returned last week after nearly 4 weeks in the acting role of a Senior Education Improvement Leader (SEIL) with the North Western Victoria Region (NWVR). The role was to work with other leaders right across the NWV Region which starts here in Melbourne and stretches right up to Mildura. A SEIL also has the responsibility for working closely with the Principals in 20+ schools in improving student outcomes. I was fortunate enough to be involved in a School Review. I also took the time to visit many of the schools and have discussions with the Principals about how their school was progressing and their vision for their school.

A big thank you to Meredith Clegg who was in the Acting Principal role in my absence and to Gabby Tigafua (Acting Assistant Principal) and Rosemary Agnew (Assistant Principal) who all did an amazing job keeping things running smoothly in my absence.

 

Also a big thank you to all the staff for staying focused on our core business – improving learning and outcomes for our students.

 

Student Mid Year Reports

Our teachers are currently finalising the mid year reports for their students. Prior to beginning report writing, teachers completed student assessments and compared evidence of learning via moderation and linked this evidence to the Victorian Curriculum. Evidence of learning consists of things that students say, make, write or do that communicate their understanding of concepts and mastery of skills. Teachers use this evidence to make judgments about each student’s achievement. As well as students receiving progression points for designated learning areas, students will also be evaluated against specific learning outcomes. Student Reports will be available online via Compass on Monday 24th June, in readiness for the Student/Parent/Teacher interviews which will take place on Wednesday 26th June beginning at 11:00am and finishing at 7:00pm.

Parents in Partnership - Getting the Most from the Student/Parent/Teacher Interview

Just a reminder that all families are requested to log on to Compass to book in a time for their student/ parent/ teacher/ interview. Bookings opened last Thursday 6th June, and the site will remain open until 9:00am on Monday 24th June. Information was sent home to all families with details on how to log on and book in your times.

 

All children are required to attend with their parents and will be involved in the interview. Students, parents and teachers working together is an important part of our reporting process. Regular classes will not take place on that day. We ask that you make every effort to be on time.

 

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your student/parent/teacher conference.

Before the interview:

Look over your child’s report and determine what information you’d like to know more about. Ask your child if there are any areas they would like to include in the interview (for example, where they feel they need extra help or have concerns) and share this information with your child's teacher during the interview.

 

Write a list of specific questions you wish to ask your child's teacher. If you need a translator, arrange this with the school before the interview.

 

Some things you might explore include your child’s progress in reading, writing and mathematics; how you can support any specific actions for improvement through the learning your child does at home; discuss your child’s developing interests and how they are doing with their social skills.

 

During the interview:

If you want to know about a specific area of your child's progress (for example, how well they are reading) let your child's teacher know this at the start.

 

Your child will be involved in this interview and is able to respond to questions about their learning. Discuss how your child is participating in classroom activities and whether, for example, there are any general issues with behaviour or discipline that needs discussing.

 

Ask your child's teacher to clarify any extra support or extension activities that may have been mentioned in your child’s report. Ask for suggestions or more details about how you can help your child at home.

 

After the interview:

Keep in regular contact with your child’s teacher and follow up on any mutually-agreed plan. Continue to support your child with their learning at home - provide a space for them to work, and develop a routine for them after school with a regular time to do their home learning.

 

Focus on the suggestions in your child’s report outlining what you can do at home to assist them with their learning. Talk with your child about what was discussed at the interview. You can also request a further meeting with your child’s teacher at an agreed time if you are concerned about your child's progress.

 

School Crossings - Walking into School

Keep our students AND YOUR CHILD safe!

Teach them how to use the supervised school crossing before and after school, even if it means you have further to walk. It never ceases to shock me to see a parent with their child/ren in tow weaving between the incredibly busy traffic in the morning on Bradford Avenue or Langton Way to get to the school yard. What sort of a role model are they? What are they teaching their child/ren about crossing a road safely? What do you think their child/ren might do next time when they are on their own and need to cross the road before or after school? 

 

Foundation Tours for 2020 Enrolments

So far this term, we have had two enrolment tours for families wishing to send their Foundation child to Greenvale Primary Sschool in 2020. The next school tour and enrolment session is on Tuesday 18th June commencing at 5:30pm. If you already have children here at the school, you do not need to go on the tour if you choose not to, however please ensure you complete your child’s enrolment as soon as possible. We already have over 80 Foundation students enrolled for 2020.

 

This year, the Department has put in place enrolment zones for all schools in Victoria. In Victoria, children are entitled to and have the right to be enrolled at their designated neighbourhood school. The designated neighbourhood school is usually the nearest public school in a straight line from a child’s permanent residential address. Families can, however, enrol their child in an alternate public school of their choosing and if the school has the capacity to cater for this child in regard to space, the alternate school may accept the enrolment.

 

The process the department has used to identify designated schools and allocate zones has excluded some pockets of Greenvale from being in our enrolment zone. The process did not take into consideration the nearest school by road, rather ‘as the crow flies’. That means some of the Greenvale families designated neighbourhood schools are Bethal Primary School, Meadow Heights Primary School, Westmeadows Primary School and Roxburgh Homestead Primary School even though they are much further in distance to travel.

 

This has created a difficult situation for our school, however, our intent is not to exclude any families who live in Greenvale from enrolling their child at Greenvale Primary School.

 

Where there are insufficient places at a school for all students who seek entry, students are enrolled according to the department’s Placement Policy priority order of placement.

 

For further information about school zones and designated neighbourhood schools, go to

https://www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au/

 

Food For Thought: 

 

 

 

Regards

Angelika Ireland

Assistant Principal
Meredith Clegg

Term 1 and 2 Attendance Data

 

From Outside to Outside Evacuation Drill

Pictured are our 800+ students and staff on the Bradford Oval during our practice evacuation drill this week.  In just eleven minutes the school yard and buildings were cleared and we assembled on the oval.  All children and adults were then accounted for and everyone returned to school.  This was a good test of our ability to respond quickly to an emergency.

Assistant Principal
Rosemary Agnew

Helping Your Child Learn

Last Friday 31st May, our staff participated in an inspiring professional learning day. The morning session was led by Ann Angelopoulos - a writing consultant who has worked with us previously. This session was a great opportunity to refresh teacher’s knowledge and understanding about the writing process and to inspire them to structure and present writing lessons which will engage and motivate students to want to write. We learnt that if we provide students with the opportunity to write daily, support them to use familiar structures, encourage them to explore with rich vocabulary and teach them to incorporate various literary devices, their writing will improve dramatically in quality as will their desire to write. We also explored the concept that some students require more scaffolding and support than others, but all children can write and experience success given a safe and stimulating environment.

 

As parents, you are able to support your child’s writing development in many ways at home.  It is very important for children to see that writing is not something that just happens at school, but rather an essential skill that allows us to record ideas, notes, reminders, facts and stories.  Writing is a special way to use words to express our thoughts and communicate with others.

 

The following ideas are taken from the Victorian Education Department publication for parents called Shine at Home - 201 ways Literacy and Maths tips to help your child. https://greenvaleps.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ShineAtHomeBooklet.pdf

 

Provide opportunities to write every day at home by trying some of these ideas at home:

 

  1. Write a shopping list or add items to the list and tick off the items as you buy or unpack them.
  2. Keep a board to write and read family messages.
  3. Give your child a pad of sticky notes to write reminders for themselves.
  4. Plan and write your weekly menu together.
  5. Read, collect, experiment with and write recipes to create a cookbook.
  6. Write captions for photographs in your family photo albums.
  7. Make words using magnetic letters and stick them on the fridge.
  8. Make and write greeting cards, birthday cards, and thank you notes.
  9. Keep a family calendar on display and write down family events. Talk about upcoming events with your child, for example, where, when, and who will be there.
  10. Use instant messaging to communicate with family and friends together.
  11. Keep a diary where your child can record events, feelings etc. 
  12. Join a blog to read and to make contributions together.
  13. Email friends or family members.
  14. Write plays and perform them for family and friends.

Cyber Safety Parent Information Session

On Wednesday 19th June from 6:00 to 7:15pm we are conducting a Cyber Safety Parent Information session called ‘ThinkUKnow.’ All parents are invited to this very important session on how to protect your child and keep them safe online. Information about this session can be obtained from Compass or our website. You can also register for this free event by clicking on this link.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thinkuknow-cyber-safety-information-session-tickets-62452602415

There is further information on the ThinkUKnow for Parents page in this newsletter.

 

Science
Sujata Symons

Year 3/4 Living and Non Living Things

The students in Years 3 and 4 have continued to work on defining living and non-living things. They have been exploring the life stages of humans and life cycles of plants and animals. They have worked on the life cycles of tomato plants, frogs and butterflies with an emphasis on how particular animals undergo metamorphosis (the transformation or change an organism undergoes). The students also had the opportunity to independently investigate the life cycle of a chicken, kangaroo, shark or sunflower.

 

The Life Cycle of a Frog (Dumini 4MM)

 

Year 5/6 Mission to Mars

After taking off from Earth in our rockets, the students investigated some of the challenges humans would face if they were to colonise Mars. They also undertook a design challenge in small groups to make a Lander using limited materials. They tested their landers from a height of one metre to see if their ‘astronauts’ landed safely or not. With their astronauts now on Mars, the students used Ozobots to simulate Rovers on the surface of Mars. They used visual coding to create a travel plan which incorporated sequencing, branching and looping. They had to include various challenges, each represented by a code on their plan. The students were highly engaged and worked collaboratively to complete this task. The final task for the term was for each student to create an organism capable of adapting and surviving the conditions on Mars. The students had to use their knowledge of factors that make a planet habitable and compare these to Mars in order for an organism to survive.

5/6H Designing and Making Mars Landers

Kayla, Bianca, Jemima and Eda

Canyon, Neth, Srimijun and Oscar

5/6H Completed Mars Landers

5AS and their Mars Landers (Ethan, Cody, Fadel and Daniel)

Using Ozobots to simulate Rovers on the surface of Mars

Mischa 5LD, Lily 5JWm, Ben and Nicholas 6VK, Rayanne 6JS

Year 3 & 4
Adrianna Kassevetis

Year 3 and 4 Incursion

On the 29th May, students in Year 3 and 4 attended an exciting hands-on incursion provided by the Hume Council on composting and worm farms. Students participated enthusiastically, enhancing the knowledge they have gained this term about worms and the advantages they bring to composting. Students are eager to now construct their own compost systems, as part of their learning in Curiosity.

 

Library News
Loretta Kelly

Pre-School Storytime

This weeks storytime had an Australian Animals theme.  We read “Possum Magic” and “Fuzzy Wuzzy Wombat”.  We did an Australian animal action dance and then read and made “Wombat Stew”.

We climbed like a goanna.......        jumped like a rock wallaby.......        and flew like a cockatoo

 

Then we read Wombat Stew together and took turns to add all the ingredients to our stew – mud, emu feathers (tree fern fronds), flies and creepy crawlies (plastic) and gumnuts.  We all took turns to stir it all together and then Miss Kelly pretended to be the Dingo tasting it and was “poisoned”.

Reading and stirring                     Adding more bugs                          The finished stew

 

Next week (18th June) is our last Preschool Storytime for this term.  We will be “going on a Bear Hunt” and having a Teddy Bears’ Picnic.  Preschool Storytime is held on Tuesday mornings from after school drop off (approximately 9:05am) to approximately 9:40am.  We would love to see more parents and children join us.  For next weeks Storytime feel free to bring along your favourite teddy bear to join in the fun.

 

Book Club

Some Book Club orders have been distributed to classrooms but most orders won’t be in until next week so don’t worry if your child has not received theirs yet.

 

Happy Reading!

ThinkUKnow for Parents
Cyber Safety

Cyber Safety Education Program

 

Upcoming Events

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Year 1 Coffee and Chat

 

Year 2 Coffee and Chat

 

Community and Advertising

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Personal Training
 

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Foster Care Information Night

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Term 2 Calendar

Term 2 Calendar

 

Finance News

Tip of the Week!

 

General Information

Uniform Shop

 

Compass

 

Office Hours and School Times

 

Medication

 

Contact Details

 

TheirCare
Before and After Care Program

TheirCare Before and After Care Program

 

Holiday Program

 

2020 Foundation Enrolments

2020 Foundation Enrolments

 

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