Here’s the latest news to keep our community up to date on the latest happenings at our school.
Hello everyone and welcome to another week in our fabulous school.
In a week where we celebrate International Women’s Day, I would like to acknowledge the outstanding women working within our organisation and across our community. Whether within the workplace, the community or at home, your leadership, commitment and contributions are valued greatly. I am personally grateful that our girls are growing into a community where equity and opportunity is at the forefront of our minds, more so than any generation before us. Whilst we still are growing and learning as a society, I know our commitment and endeavour is strong and I hope this is one of many ways our school will ‘lead the way’ now and into the future.
I would like to thank our staff for the outstanding start they have made to the year. In walking through our learning neighbourhoods, I see a consistent approach to teaching and learning and strong relationships being built. The investment in our teachers is a key element to the continued improvement of our approach.
We continue to be restricted regarding on-site assemblies and particularly with the addition of any guests to an on-site assembly. This is a challenge for our school and our community, as assemblies are a wonderful opportunity for us to come together as a broad group.
Our newly elected student leaders have already been presented within their learning neighbourhoods. This week they will be presented at the whole school assembly so that we can welcome them into the leadership role and showcase them to all of the students and teachers in our school.
We are looking forward to building their leadership skills and knowledge as the year progresses. Mr Mac and Ms Sharni will be leading the work with the Young Leaders and Mrs Stanford and myself will be offering our support to build a successful and effective program for these children.
I’d like to sincerely thank all of the parents who have paid their 2021 contribution. We appreciate the effort it takes for some of our families to make this contribution in supporting the school support their children.
We still have some family invoices outstanding. If you require a payment plan, please contact Jen or Lindy in the Office and they will help you get this organised. This contribution supports the school in providing resources for our students, we would like to encourage you to make this contribution.
STUDENT LEARNING AND ACHEIVEMENTS
Thank you to all of the families that have downloaded the SeeSaw app. I know that all of the families in LN1 have done so and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
This app is the vehicle we are using to share and showcase your child’s learning. The teachers of our school are committed to sharing this information with you and you will receive regular updates and posts about your children. The children will also contribute to this communication with you as it enables you all to discuss their learning when you get together at the end of the day.
I invite all of our families to download the app and become regular viewers of your child’s learning. If you require any support with this task, please come and see your Learning Neighbourhood team, they are only too happy and ready to assist you.
The beginning of another school year is a good time to remind parents/carers of the need to educate their child on keeping safe, particularly when they are in public without an adult supervising or online.
Some of our students walk themselves to school and home again and many of our students have or use devices connected to the online environment and it is important for them to have strategies in place for when they feel unsure, uncomfortable or unsafe.
Teachers cover these conversations several times throughout the year, as part of our cybersafe curriculum, during social skills curriculum (including anti bullying) and other child safety curriculums also when we are alerted to potential or possible situations in the local area.
Some of the strategies we will talk to the students about include:
Parents/carers can also support their child by having regular discussions around personal safety, including online.
There are several websites that provide support material for teachers and parents, please find some of them listed below.
If parents have any questions, please speak to your child’s classroom teacher.
We appreciate the support that parents provide their children to be ready for learning. We encourage you to send your children to school every day and on time. This ensures they are involved from the very beginning of the day and every day. It makes a HUGE difference to their achievement and connection with their peers and teachers.
When schools and parents partner together to provide the best supports for their children, THE CHILDREN ARE THE WINNERS!!
What is a School Council and what does it do?
All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
Who is on the School Council?
There are three possible categories of membership:
The term of office for all members is two years. Half the members must retire each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.
Why is parent membership so important?
Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.
Do I need special experience to be on school council?
No. What you do need is an interest in the school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.
Please come and speak with Carmela if you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else for School Council. Don’t be shy, we will support you to be a member of this very important group in our school.
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities. If you have a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families. Payment amounts this year are $125 for eligible primary school students. Payments are made direct to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions and sporting activities for the benefit of your child. If you applied for CSEF through our school last year, you do not need to complete an application form this year, unless there has been a change in your family circumstances. If you would like to apply for the first time, please contact the school office on 9309 4066 and ask for an application form. You can also download the form, and find out more about the program and eligibility, on the Department of Education and Training’s Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund web page. Check with the school office if you are unsure, and please return completed forms to the school office as soon as possible.
Please take time to remind yourself of the school’s collection statement, found on our website https://www.bvps.vic.edu.au .