LATENESS TO SCHOOL AND LEGAL
As a staff we are concerned about the number of
students/families who, it seems, are becoming habitual late
comers. (We are not, of course, referring to children who
are occasionally late for personal or medical reasons but
those who are late 2, 3 or even more times every week.) This
can occur for a number of reasons, some the fault of
students and some the fault of the adults.
As you can imagine, this can have a significant effect on
these particular students as well as their classmates and
There is a legal requirement that parents/caregivers
provide, to the school, a valid reason and an explanation
for lateness and absenteeism.
As a school we are then required to submit this information
to the Education Department.
Within the school there is the added consequence that,
children who are late and do not have a written explanation
with them, from a parent/caregiver (or for whom we have not
received a verbal explanation) are required to make up the
late time during the lunch playtime.
If this is an issue in your family please contact the school
At our Junior Primary assembly this week, we presented
awards to a number of children who have been demonstrating
one of our Program Achieve "Keys For Success" -- Confidence,
Organisation, Getting Along, Persistence and Resilience. A
special congratulations to Jack H., Vanessa O., Connor P.,
Aisha H., Wellington Z, Casey N., Kellie M., Latisha K. and
At our Monday assemblies, a number of students have received
awards for demonstrating one of our school values - Respect,
Responsibility and Integrity. Congratulations to the
following students who were presented with awards.
Respect: Jamie R. and Jacob A.
Responsibility: - Sarah F., Kasey C., Jason S., Joshua D.,
Brooke S., Brittany C., Tyler S., Bryn W., Lachlan F.,
Georgia B., Isabella S., Jayden P., Holly P., Olivia W.,
William B., Josh M. and Ronan W.
is celebrated during week 6 this term, 23 - 27th
August. The theme for this year is
'Across the Story Bridge'.
We have been discussing this theme in Literature and the
year 5/7 students are building bridges. The library has
been taken over by these amazing constructions.
Rec - yr 4 students are listening to the
short listed books and doing accompanying craft activities.
On Friday Aug 20th we will have a visit
from the world renowned writer and illustrator Craig Smith.
You may know his latest work The Wonky Donkey and the
popular Too Cool series. We will have visits from the
Aberfoyle Hub Library working with the yr3 - 4 classes on
Tues 24th and the whole school will be entertained by a
Musical called; "Jump To It" on Tues 31st.
Mrs Higgins' and Mrs Kerr's classes are
putting on a Musical Performance called 'The Musical World
of Book Week'. There will be two performances, Tuesday 24th
August at 12noon and Wednesday 25th August at 7pm. The
children are really looking forward to sharing their singing
and dancing skills.
Wow! What a wonderful
and exciting time ahead!
ICAS -- UNSW MATHS TESTING
A reminder to parents and children, who have registered,
that this test will be held next Tuesday 17th
August in the School's Long Room at 9.15 am.
In preparation, a "practice" test has been given out today
for them to complete over the weekend. Contact the front
office if your child is registered but has not brought home
a test (but please check in their bag first!!).
STUDENTS STARTING IN 2011
In our last newsletter, we asked for your assistance in
letting us know if you have younger children starting school
in 2011. We have had a large number of parents coming in to
add their child's name to the list. Many thanks to all who
have helped us by giving us this information. This will
really help us with determining numbers for staffing.
We will be holding our Fun Run on Thursday September 2nd.
Classes will be running/ walking with buddy classes. Fliers
will be sent home next week with information about the event
and prizes. It will also explain how we will collect money
this year. As well as a range of prizes for individual
students, there will also be an incentive prize for the
class who raises the most money. Watch for further
information next week.
Each year schools celebrate SSO week, when we acknowledge
the work done by our fantastic SSO team, without whom we
just would not be able to survive. This year the theme is
"Equal Partners in Education." We will be celebrating in
Week 6, from August 23rd to August 27th.
During the week we will be doing a number of special things
to say "Thank You" to our wonderful group of SSO colleagues.