The winter term is always a tough one. Lots of children and teachers get sick, it rains a lot and children often have inside lunchtimes. On the bright side though, lots of learning, fun and schoolwide events happen.
The highlight for the staff and board was the outstanding ERO report we received following the review late in term 2.
Another highlight of the term was the years 5, 6 production ‘Ratbags’. So many children uncovered skills they didn’t know they had, and all of them experienced the nerves and excitement of acting on stage.
The PTS readathon was another great success. We always encourage our children to read at home, so the readathon was great, with the highlight being the book character parade.
Rachael Wilcock organised another very successful cross country event. Many of the senior children also participated in the winter field day.
The Quiz night held last Friday was so much fun! Superbly organised as usual, and all of us there really enjoyed ourselves. We have such generous parents! The auction items were all sought after which pushed up the bidding. Mr Des Forges’ 5 robotics sessions was particularly popular and our two bell ringers are loving the responsibility of ringing the bell this week. Thanks to all the parents who worked hard to put on such a quality event, and thank you to all the parents who generously supported the school with either supplying the auction items, or buying the auction items.
Following on from my request for accommodation for one of our teachers, all of us have been blown away by the support from the community. She received a number of offers of places as well as one parent offering her the use of their holiday place for a few days in the holidays because she had been under such stress. I am always humbled by the sheer generosity of our school community.
Have a lovely slow, relaxing holiday with your children. Resist the urge to rush them here and there, just let them chill out at home. Everybody needs to recharge their batteries, especially all the parents who do the mad morning rush to get children ready for and to school.
Just a reminder that all children need to wear a school hat during term 4, so good luck digging them out from wherever they have been hiding during winter! A reminder about the colour of socks (navy, black or white) if you are stocking up. It might also be a good idea to check the labels of your child’s uniform to see if each item is clearly named.
Maths Information Evening
Once again, Lucy Cheesman, the facilitator we use for maths professional development, ran an informative session for parents last Monday. A couple of parents who attended commented that it has demystified the way we teach maths at school. They were also pleased that we still teach basic facts and times tables and were intrigued by the method Lucy showed, to get children to work out times tables. The teachers all had stations around the hall where they demonstrated a learning activity relevant to a particular stage in maths.
Just a reminder that we are all very happy to talk to parents about the teaching and learning programmes. Feel free to chat to your child’s teacher if you would like more information about a specific learning area. Please remember though, that emails from a parent constantly asking for information about their child’s learning will be difficult for a teacher to always be able to answer given the scale of their job. But they will always make time to talk to you face to face.
We are sad to farewell Cara Bridgland in year 5 but we understand that her vocation is working with underprivileged children and support her desire to do so. She is heading to a small town in the Northern Territories (nearest town is Katherine, a six hour drive away) to teach in an aborigine school. We know how lucky they are to have employed her as she is a wonderful teacher as well as being a wonderful person. We wish her all the best.
PRE-ENROLMENT FOR 2017
URGENT ~ PRE-ENROLMENT FOR THOSE STARTING SCHOOL AT VICTORIA AVENUE SCHOOL IN 2017!
FOR IN ZONE AND OUT OF ZONE OPTIONS
For more information please go to our website or email Linley as soon as possible.
THOSE WHO ARE OUT OF ZONE
WITH CHILDREN WHO ARE DUE TO START SCHOOL IN 2017
MUST APPLY FOR THE BALLOT BY WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER 2016!!
IF YOU DON’T APPLY YOUR CHILD WILL MISS OUT!!
Uniform Shop CLOSED on FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER (Last day of term).
The shop will be opened on 10 October from 8:15 to 8:45am. and then as usual.
Everyone will need a hat for next term. No hat no play!!!
Please note that we have FOUR events coming up:
- Tuesday 18 October: Brainwave Trust talk at 7pm – cost is $12:00 Tickets on sale soon in our online shop.
- Wednesday 12 October: Closing date for Out of Zone Ballot applications.
- Wednesday 19 October: Out of Zone Ballot is drawn.
- 31st October Halloween