- NEWS | From The Principal
- NEWS | From The Office
- NEWS | Wellbeing
- STUDENTS OF THE WEEK
- NEWS | Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
- NEWS | From School Council
- EVENT | Welcome BBQ
- NOTICE | Middle Years Forum
- NEWS | School Crossing
- EVENT | Information evening and open classrooms
- EVENT | P-3 Parent Teacher Interviews
- COMMUNITY | Events
WORKING BEE AND JANUARY WATERING ROSTER THANKS
Back on Friday 24th January a small but hard-working group of parents came to the working bee back to school spruce up. Sincere thanks to Bronwyn Tracey with Sam and Ava, Tony Taylor and Blair Venn with Luca, for getting the grounds looking terrific in time for the start of school. We’d also like to thank the watering team who kept plants and chooks alive during the summer break: Julie Roberts, Terry Willis, Catrina Weiss, Fiona Johnston, Chris Hooper, Helen Kaptein, Leentje Dunne, Julie Roberts, Helen Weir, Jason Newton, Shera Blaise, Lisa Kearns, Paz Parry, Blair Venn, Bianca Alvarez Harris and Bronwyn Tracey.
SAUSAGE SIZZLE THANKS – WHAT A GREAT EVENING!
It was lovely seeing so many families attend our welcome back event last week. The Gaga pit had a great work out and food was all eaten – always a bonus! Thanks to everyone who came and supported this event as well as staff who were on hand cooking and organising games, and parents who brought salads to share. The delicious sausages and veggie burgers were from Cliffords, and Bakers Delight generously donated loaves of bread. Check out the photos on Facebook and Instagram.
INFORMATION EVENING AND OPEN CLASSROOMS TOMORROW
Tomorrow is our information evening and open classrooms. We will begin on the deck at 5.00pm with some announcements before families go to their children’s classrooms to meet this year’s teacher.
PREP – YEAR 3 MEET AND GREET INTERVIEWS NEXT WEEK
On Thursday 27th February you will have the opportunity to meet with teachers to talk about the individual needs of your child. We have sent home a questionnaire to guide the conversation, with the expectation that this is an opportunity for parents and carers to meet the 2020 teacher or re-connect if they are continuing from 2019. Bookings to be made on XUNO, our communication platform.
YEAR 4 – YEAR 6 MEET AND GREET INTERVIEWS 5TH MARCH
Once again on Thursday 5th March you will have the opportunity to meet with teachers from Years 4-6 to talk about the individual needs of your child. Again this is an opportunity for parents and carers in the Senior Learning Community to meet the 2020 teacher and re-connect if they are continuing from 2019. A questionnaire was sent home with students in Week 1. Bookings to be made on XUNO, our communication platform.
SCHOOL COUNCIL NOMINATIONS
Nomination forms are available here or from the office for the 2020 Winters Flat School Council. There are 5 parent positions available and one DET position. This is a great way to get more involved in our school. We meet at 7:00pm on the third Monday of the month during school terms. We’d love you to join us this year.
Message from the Department
We understand that there may be some anxiety in the community around students attending school camps and excursions in regional areas. As Victoria recovers from the bushfires, it is important that we help our regional communities to get back on their feet by continuing to visit and to travel to Victorian camps.
Our upcoming camps and excursions include a Kryal Castle chess excursion on 20th March and a 2/3 Camp to Campaspe Downs on 24th and 25th March.
We will continue to work closely with the Department to ensure student safety and remain vigilant in monitoring local conditions.
Your continued support of our regional communities is greatly appreciated.
Sushi Fridays is now up and running. All orders made online through www.schoollunchonline.com.au. Orders need to be in by 5pm on the Thursday. Any enquiries, contact us in the office.
This month's School Council meeting has been postponed until next Monday, 24th February.
2/3 Camp- Campaspe Downs
Please return the form handed out for 2/3 Camp by Friday 28th Feb with deposit enclosed.
Absences notes and requests for medical plans, birth certificates and immunisation records were distributed last week. Statements for accounts were also distributed. Please return all documentation to the office/settle your accounts at your earliest possible convenience.
If you have received a letter regarding your CSEF eligibility for 2020, please contact us to confirm your Health Care Card status. If you have a current Health Care Card and have not yet applied for CSEF, please also contact the office.
Karen Mahoney & Renae Wilson
I would like to welcome a new member to the Wellbeing team, Louise Wolff. Louise is a psychologist who will be working at the school on Thursdays, to support children, with a focus on;
- Anxiety and worries
- Behaviour management
- Emotion/mood regulation
- School refusal
- Grief and loss
If you would like to discuss getting support for your child please contact me on 0475 801 4241. I work on Tuesday and Wednesday so will be able to chat then.
JUNIOR LEARNING COMMUNITY
P/1 J | Ava G
For showing Care for Self by working hard to complete tasks and always participating in activities.
P/1 J | Annabelle B
For showing Care for Others by being kind to her class mates and always being helpful in the classroom.
1/2 A | Eisa P
For showing Care for Self by showing passion and enthusiasm during cooking last week. You were always the first to jump in and have a go. Great effort Eisa!
1/2A | Ash B
For showing Care for Self by showing amazing concentration and fantastic listening during your first kitchen and garden classes last week. Thanks for the yummy pasta Ash!
MIDDLE LEARNING COMMUNITY
2/3W | Freya B
For showing Care for Self by being positive, getting involved and doing your best. Well done Freya.
2/3W | Saskia C
For showing Care for Self by being positive, getting involved and doing your best. Well done Saskia.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP COMMUNITY
For showing Care for Self by starting the year in such a positive 'can do' manner. Thanks for being a great leader.
For showing Care for Self by always being organised and ready to learn, while doing it with a wonderful smile. Well done on a great start to 2020.
For showing Care for Self by being enthusiastic and always doing her best with all of her learning.
For showing Care for Others by helping and encouraging others to understand tricky maths concepts.
For showing Care for Self by having an exemplary, positive attitude towards your learning, always giving your best, and enthusiastically volunteering for any opportunity available to you. Congratulations Lucy on being a great role model to others.
For showing Care for Self with your enthusiastic willingness to be involved in your learning with a very positive, passionate, 'can do' attitude. Not only giving your very best for each and every work task, but also to those around you. Congratulations Lila on being a great role model to others.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOCUS
This week's positive behaviour focus is:
Showing care for self by following instructions straight away
The following students are recognised for their abilities to do so:
BEST CLASS ATTENDANCE (CUMALONG CUP)
The class with the best school attendance for the week ending 7th February is 4/5L.
The class with the best school attendance for the week ending 14th February is 4/5H.
THIS WEEK IN THE KITCHEN & GARDEN...
What we're cooking in the kitchen this week...
Andrew's Basic Sourdough Starter or 'levain'
Silverbeet, Leek and Feta slice
And what we're harvesting from the garden...
Jane & Terry
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
We are pleased to invite you to continue to explore the future of middle years in Mount Alexander Shire at the second Mount Alexander Middle Years Forum.
Mount Alexander Middle Years Forum
When: 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday 26 February
Where: Civic Centre, Lyttleton and Lloyd Streets, Castlemaine
The aim of the forum is to bring together families, middle years’ service providers and organisations to:
· explore ideas and opportunities to support children in the shire (8 – 12 years)
· review the themes of the first Middle Years Plan for the shire
· identify actions to sit under the themes
We hope that you are able to join us and help to provide a new and collaborative approach to improving the programs and services for families with children aged 8-12 years in Mount Alexander Shire.
Registration is free with dinner provided.
Children are welcome to attend. Supervision and activities will be provided.
To register your attendance visit: or call Council’s youth team on 5471 1700.
Registrations are essential. RSVP by 5.00pm on Monday 24 February.
Hello from the School Crossing Team!!
We are pleased to be back for another school year and thought it would be helpful to remind your School Community of some important points about the crossing.
· Johnstone Street crossing is manned between 8.15am to 9.00am AND 3.15pm to 3.55pm. Ray Street crossing is manned between 8.20am to 9.00am AND 3.15pm to 3.55pm.
· Pedestrians should always use the School Crossing when the flags are out and a Supervisor is present.
· Pedestrians must wait behind the white line for the Supervisor to go onto road and stop the traffic – you can cross when you hear 2 whistle blasts.
· Do not ride bikes, scooters etc across the crossing and do not bounce balls.
· Drivers must approach the school crossing at the designated speed limit and be alert for the Supervisor entering the road.
· Drivers must wait until everyone (including the Supervisor) is completely off the crossing before proceeding.
· Drivers should respect the parking signs around the school and never park within 20m before a school crossing or 10m after it.
20 Feb 2020
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Begins on the deck at 5.00pm with some announcements before families go to their children’s classrooms to meet this year’s teacher.