Newsletter - Term 2, Week 2


BVPS Valley View Monday 26th March 2021

Here’s the latest news to keep our community up to date on the latest happenings at our school.

 

Principals Message

Hello everyone and welcome to another week in our great school.

 

This week will be our second week into Term 2 so our routines are well and truly in place for a term of learning and being at school 100% of the time.

 

I cannot emphasise enough how important it is for all our students to be at school every day unless they are sick. It is also vitally important that they remain at school for the entire day. It is disappointing to see the number of families who come to collect their children halfway through the day, half an hour before the end of the day, some even 5 - 10 minutes before the bell at the end of the day. I am requesting that you stop to consider your children’s learning and what happens to it when you pick them up early from school. I hear several of our students responding in an unhappy manner to their families for taking them out of the learning early. Appointments should be made after school if possible. If you value your child’s education, please support us with this request.

 

STUDENT SUPERVISION 

BVPS grounds are supervised by school staff from 8.50am until 3.30pm. Outside of these hours, school staff will not be available to supervise students. Parents and carers should not allow their children to attend outside of these hours. You will be aware that we offer an excellent Breakfast Club that all students are welcome to attend. If students are early to school and do not want breakfast, they are still to present to the Breakfast Club where they will be supervised and kept warm until it is time to enter the Learning Neighbourhoods.

 

Learning Neighbourhoods will continue to be open from 8.45am for a ‘soft start’. The purpose of this is:

  1. To provide students with a structured entry into school each day.
  2. To ensure learning begins at exactly 9.00am each day.
  3. To provide students with an opportunity to informally engage with their peers and teachers.

 

How can you as a parent or carer support this?

  1. Ensure your child/ren arrive only between 8:45am and 8:55pm.
  2. Ensure they go straight to their learning neighbourhoods.
  3. Ensure they have had had everything they need to begin the day positively.

Your children are independent learners, do not feel any obligation to escort them into the learning neighbourhood. It’s a lovely thing to do, but we know that our children, from Prep upwards, can enter their classroom independently, unpack their bags and start their learning on their own. 

We see it regularly; we expect to see it and we know how beneficial it is for them to do so.  

Thank you for supporting your children to independently get ready for learning.

 

PARENTS AS PARTNERS

Research tells us that, in families where at least one parent or significant adult is engaged with the school in some way, children are more likely to be motivated to learn, to see the school in a positive light and to enjoy productive relationships with their teachers. However, many parents do not realise this. 

Parents need to know that they can make a big difference when they:

  • hold high expectations for their children.
  • show interest in the things their children are interested in.
  • value learning and model the behaviours of successful learners.
  • give specific, rather than general, praise; and
  • establish routines that promote health, well-being, and regular home learning activities

VOLUNTEERING AT YOUR SCHOOL

 

All family members are welcome to be Learning Neighbourhood Helpers. 

 

Working with Children Check

To comply with Government regulations when working with children, you must have an updated Working with Children Check. Forms can be picked up from any post office.

 

How can you help?

Here are some ways yourself or family members can assist the school.

  • Fundraising Events
  • Father's Day Breakfast
  • Mother's Day Morning Tea
  • Hearing children read and changing readers
  • Hearing Spelling Words
  • Gardening
  • School Community Events
  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Year 6 Graduation

SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES

Due to the further easing of coronavirus restrictions, school assemblies will be able to resume this term. Initially, due to density limits, they will be attended ONLY by staff and students.

We look forward to being able to invite all our parents back to our whole school assemblies.

 

ANZAC DAY

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand when both nations commemorate Australians and New Zealanders who have served in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. Originally a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, ANZAC Day has grown to become one of the most important national days in Australia.

Our students helped honour the defence force members that have served our nation in wars and in peace keeping operations during the past week by buying badges and learning about our great country and the people who helped keep us at peace.

 

Take care and we know that we are better when we work together!

 

Kind regards,

Carmela

 

School Council

 

School councils play an important role in Victorian government schools and we would like to formally introduce the following parents, Community Members and staff that will make up our School Council for the 2021 year.

 

PARENTS

Adeela Kamran

Amanda Saunders

Ashlee Murphy

Marcelle Jackson

COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Michelle Gujer

Nicole Pilsworth

 

 

STAFF

Carmela Bianco

Lisa Stanford

Jennifer Petrone

 

 

 Our School Council is made up of 9 members in total, 4 parents, 2 Community Members and 3 DET members.

 

We thank all these volunteers for giving of their time to help support the school be the best it can be.

 

Upcoming Excursions


All three of our Learning Neighbourhood have excursions coming up in the first half of this term.

Please remember to return your child's permission form and payment envelope by the due date.

 

NAPLAN

 

NAPLAN runs this term in Week 4. A note with more information will be going home with Grade 3 and 5 students this week.

 

Annual Privacy Reminder

 

Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy.

Please take time to remind yourself of the school’s collection statement, found on our website https://www.bvps.vic.edu.au .

For more information about privacy, refer to: Schools’ Privacy Policy — information for parents. This information is also available in nine community languages:

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Dari
  • Mandarin
  • Somali
  • Sudanese
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese.