Next Tuesday 12th February at 7pm, is the Meet the Teachers evening. Bob Weston from the board of trustees will give a brief overview of board plans for the year. The parents leading the Forest initiative will give you an overview of the plans then I will then talk about what a learner at VAS looks like, give a brief overview of our achievement levels in 2018 as well as outline all the exciting initiatives we have planned for this year. My speech will be shorter than last year, I promise! Following that, you will go along to your child’s classroom where their teacher will have a chat about expectations (note, this won’t be an opportunity for you to chat to your child’s teacher about specifics, make a time for later in the week).
We are implementing SeeSaw as our parent portal into their child’s learning this year. All the teachers have had the training and it is all ready to take off! More about SeeSaw when the teachers meet with you next Tuesday.
Our school fair is on Sunday 7 April and it looks very exciting already. The parents on the Easter Fair Team and their areas of responsibility are:
Rozy Williamson, Kristen Williams and Susan Barrett Boyes – Stalls
Charlotte Houghton – Food
Craig Hill – Games & Entertainment
Margot Kynoch and Julia Donald – Sponsorship and Donations
Shelley Cunningham – Operations
Claire Ellis – Finance
Sarah Reid – Communications and Marketing
All of us will make it a success through volunteering our help. Look out for notices throughout the term – you will enjoy being part of the buzz.
Please have a look at the calendar on the website for information about upcoming events.
Don’t forget that we are all here to work with you to ensure that every child in the school is happy, likes coming to school, but above all is challenged to learn at their level. We like chatting with parents, but please remember that before school is an important prep time for teachers, so it is far better to catch them after school. Jane Cameron, Anne Bridgman and I are very happy to chat with you as well so feel free to contact any of us.
Emails are such a great way to communicate. All of us at VAS check and answer our emails between 8am and 5pm week days. We all appreciate getting emails that have a positive tone, even when you might be raising an issue. We love hearing about these, sooner rather than later, so we can work through anything you might have raised. We are all here to work together with you for the good of our children.
I look forward to catching up with lots of you around the grounds and at the Meet the Teachers evening.
All children and parents must wait on the courts prior to the 8.30 bell. As mentioned above, the time before school is important prep time for teachers and none of us available to keep an eye on the children. Please don’t take your child to play on the junior playground before 8.30am. We appreciate your co operation with this.
Letting Your Child Take Responsibility
One of the most important things that children need to learn at school, aside from the obvious academic, sporting and cultural things, is how to take responsibility for themselves. They NEED to learn this from an early age, if they are to grow up as independent, resilient adults. It might seem like a long time away until your child becomes an adult, but personal responsibility cannot start early enough.
Ways to help your child become independent through taking responsibility for themselves:
- Carry their own bag to and from school
- Take their bookbags out of their bags themselves
- Walk into school (not be carried by you)
- Meet you at the gate, or a designated place sometimes, rather than you always collect them from their room
- If they usually put their lunch in their bag before coming to school and they have forgotten, don’t rush up to school with it, but let us give them a couple of crackers and cheese. Guaranteed that they won’t forget their lunch again.
Letting them be independent right from a young age, doesn’t mean they will love you less, or need you less. It actually means they will have more respect for you as they grow up and turn into those awful teenagers you hear about!
Parking / Drop Off
We are now back to chaos at the school gate. Please don’t park on yellow lines or across our neighbours’ driveways. You may think that it’s ok because it’s just for a few minutes, or on the yellow line because you won’t be long, but just imagine if someone was blocking your driveway, even for just a few minutes; I know you would be irate as well! Please, please be considerate of our neighbours, and safe around all our children.
We are a Sunsmart school. We need to ensure the following happens across the school:
Behaviour – use of wide brimmed hats, wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen
Environment – providing shade
Curriculum – including Sunsmart in the curriculum every year
Small tubes of sunscreen are available from the office, $5 a tube. Teachers also have sunblock in their classrooms but it is important for parents to put sunblock on their children before they come to school.