New Receptions We welcome the following new reception students to our school: Baeleigh-Anna Luciano, Blake Walkley, Bohdie Edwards, Bradley Tuckwell, Brodie Barnard, Daisy Leach, Emily Waters, Ethan Osborn, Hamish Wiltshire, Hudson White, Hunter Johns, India Rowntree, Isaac Pursche, Jack Christian, Jack Wurst, Jude Mills, Lachlan Gray, Lachlan Jones, Liam McKay, Liam Weatherley, Madeline Peters, Miley Knibbs, Nate Andersen, Piper Bowden, Reef Mackereth, Samuel Freund, Tayla Oxspring, Thaine Zecchini, Tilly Dyke, Toby Braley, Wilbur Ferguson and Zakk Clarke. Students and families new to Moonta Area School this year include: Blake Bowden, Cecil and Tyrique Weetra, Charles and Jack Kirk, Jaiden Wardle, Jazz Warner, Jordana and Zoe Furniss, Jordy Taylour, Lila Weidenbach, Maxwell Llewellyn, Nathan and Katie Quinn, Vaun and Zane Gummow, Zeek Sansbury, and Zeke Stock. We welcome all these students and their families to Moonta Area School. Welcome to 2015 Welcome to all of our new families and students for 2015 and welcome back to those families and students continuing with us this year. We have had a fabulous start to the year, where students have focussed on our values of “Learning, Caring, Sharing: The Future is in our Hands” and what these values mean in a school setting; that is, how they will improve learning outcomes for all students. Upcoming Events: Time is being invested in each and every class discussing the new behaviour procedures, as ratified by Governing Council, after much consultation with Welcome Night our wider community in 2014. This investment of time is aimed at creating Tuesday 17th February, learning areas and environments where all students are switched on to learn. Week 4 It is aimed at emphasising those things that are important to our school Term 1 Home Planner and the community and it is aimed at creating an environment where consistency is Canteen Menu will be sent home the key. early next week. Student learning is maximised when teacher, students and families all work together with a common goal and a positive view of education. We invite all families to attend our Welcome Evening, Tuesday of Week 4 where there will be an opportunity to gather important information, talk with teachers and meet key people for the year. I am looking forward to seeing you there. More information about the format and times will be sent home soon. New Staff We welcome the following staff to Moonta Area School. Rosina Ottens – joins us from Kadina as our Student Services Officer, level 2. Stephenie Murray – joins us from Adelaide as a trainee. Stephenie will be working in classrooms and in the Office. Mailyn Thomas – joins us from Adelaide in the Middle School, with much experience in Science, Technology and Creative Arts. Ali Mulvihill – joins us from Adelaide in the Middle School, with much experience in English, Humanities and travel. Tracy Quinn – joins us from Canada as a Reception, Year 1 teacher. Tracy has been in a Year 5 class back in Canada but has also had years of experience teaching in the Early Years. Jane Swan – joins us from Adelaide as our Music/ Performing Arts teacher. Jane has already led our Choir through the Christmas Carols last year. Welcome back to Kris Strauss-Scott as Primary Counsellor who returns to us after working across the region. Adele Keleher as Deputy Principal who returns to us after working across the region. Robyn Paterson who returns to us after the school was successful in securing funding for this extra position in our school. I wish these people all the best as they commence the year with us. Look out for their new staff profiles, featuring in this newsletter. Lesson Times Siren Home Group 8:45 – 8:55 am 8:45 am Lesson 1 Lesson 2 8:55 – 9:45 am 9:45 – 10:35 am Recess 10:35 – 11:00 am Lesson 3 Lesson 4 11:00 – 11:50 am 11:50 – 12:40 pm 12:40 pm 12:40 – 12:50 pm 12:50 pm Lunch 12:50 – 1:20 pm 1:20 pm Lesson 5 Lesson 6 1:20 – 2:10 pm 2:10 – 3:00 pm Home Group 3:00 – 3:05 pm Supervised Eating 10:35 am 10:55 am 11:00 am 3:05 pm Parking for parents before and after school is available along Verran Tce and in front of the Kindergarten. PLEASE support us by NOT parking in the library car park AT ALL. To ensure student safety, there should be NO PARENTS entering the car park from Blanche Terrace in the mornings or afternoons to drop off or pick up students. Similarly there is no access past the big “Dunes shed” off Verran Terrace. This entry is for staff, student buses and taxis only. These rules exist to make these areas SAFE for ALL students. If you have any questions regarding this, please see me at the school. Samantha Schultz Welcome to Term 1 2015 As our Principal, Kirsty, explained we have outlined to our students behaviour and learning expectations for 2015. We will be speaking with parents about our processes at Welcome Night. However if you would like some clarification prior to Tuesday 17th February. Please feel free to ring me on 88 252 088. Robyn Paterson Family Name AMOS ANDERSON APPLETON BENNETT BETTESS BRUSNAHAN BUTLER CAMPOREALE CHAMBERLAIN CLARKE CLOW COUCH CROSBY CUTTING DADDOW DADDOW DADDOW DEARLOVE DRECHSLER DROGEMULLER DYSON EARLES ELLIS GASKIN GOLDING GORDON GREEN HACKETT HACKETT HALL HARRIS HARVIE HETTNER HUTCHINS INGHAM JOHNSTONE KELEHER LINNETT McCAULEY McDONALD McINEREY McNAMARA MUIR MULVIHILL MURRAY NORTHEY OSBORN OTTENS PARTINGTON PATERSON PENNA PERKINS PETERS QUINN RICHARDSON RYAN SAVAGE SCHULTZ SEALEY SLATTERY STEELE STRAUSS-SCOTT STRINGER SUTTON SWAN THOMAS THORPE van GALEN WALKLEY WESTBROOK WHITEHEAD WILLIAMS Given Name KIRSTY FIONA MICHELE JANINE LYN WENDY ANNETTE LAURA PENNY PAM JENNY ANNELEISE KERRY TRACY LISA DI KRIS ASHLEY BARB RACHAEL KEVIN VICKI MELINDA FIONA STACEY AL KIM NEIL SALLY RICHARD KELLY JEN LINDA CAROLINE BRYCE JANET ADELE DEB JANE JULIE CARLY KATE WENDY ALISON STEPHENIE MICHELLE RACHAEL ROSINA FELICITY ROBYN NINA SONIA TRACEY TRACY DANIEL FIONA JOHN SAM MALCOLM WAYNE DAVID KRIS TAMRA JANE JANE MAILYN MICHAEL JUDY JANE MEREDITH DEAHNN WENDY Title Principal Teacher ACEO SSO Grounds person Teacher SSO Teacher SSO Canteen Assistant SSO Teacher Teacher Canteen Supervisor SSO Teacher Teacher Coordinator Teacher SSO SSO Teacher Coordinator Teacher Teacher Grounds person SSO Teacher Teacher Teacher Teacher SSO Teacher Teacher Teacher SSO Deputy Principal SSO Teacher SSO Trainee Teacher SSO Teacher Trainee SSO SSO SSO Teacher Assistant Principal SSO Coordinator Teacher Teacher-Exchange Coordinator Teacher Teacher Assistant Principal SSO Teacher Teacher/Librarian Counsellor SSO SSO Teacher Teacher Teacher Coordinator SSO Teacher OSHC Director Coordinator Main Role Principal Secondary - Home Ec ACEO Classroom Grounds Secondary Finance Officer Class JvG - Yr 2 (.4) Classroom Canteen Science Lab/Classroom Class - Yr 3/4 Class - Yr 3/4 Canteen Classroom Secondary (.4) Secondary Senior School Class - 1/2 (.8) Receptionist Classroom, FLO Secondary - Art (.7) Class - Yr 5/6 (.6), Primary Coor. (.4) Secondary Japanese Grounds ICT Support / PR Secondary - Tech Studies Middle School Class - Yr 5/6 Class - Yr 3/4 Classroom Class - Yr R Class - Yr 1/2 Primary HPE Library Primary Classroom Student Voice, AET (.7) Business Manager Trainee (T1 wks 1-3) Class - Yr 1 Classroom Middle School Trainee Classroom Classroom Student Services Middle School Behaviour IT Manager Coordinator - Additional Needs Secondary (.6) Reception/1 Secondary Councillor Special Class-Yrs 3-7 Class BD - Yr Rec/1 (.2) Assistant Principal Classroom Middle School Library Primary Classroom/Library Library Drama/Music Middle School Class - Yr 5/6 Class - Yr 2 (.6) EY Coordinator (.4) Classroom Senior School OSHC Middle School Tracy Quinn Role this year: Reception/Year 1 Teacher Last Schools: Greely ES, Cudgegong Valley ES, Metealfe PS – in Canada. Years Teaching: 21 Special Interests: Spending time with family, travel, reading and special education What you are looking forward to this year in regard to teaching: Spending time teaching reception and grade 1. Learning about and travelling around Australia. Jane Swan Role this year: I will be teaching Performing Arts to students from Reception to Year 8, as well as taking Festival of Music Choir. Last Schools: Relief teaching at various schools in Adelaide and Darlington Primary School. Years Teaching: 9 years Instrumental (Voice and Oboe), 1 year of classroom. Special Interests: Choir singing, travel, history, Japan/Japanese, Cooking and, Arts and Crafts. What you are looking forward to this year in regard to teaching: I am very much looking forward to being part of such a thriving school community. We have a great space to work with and I’m excited to see the creative potential of my students. Alison Mulvihill Role this year: Teacher of 7A Last Schools: Heathfield High School, Christies Beach High School, and Vocational Collage Years Teaching: This is my 4th year. Special Interests: Travelling, art and spending time in nature with my new dog. What you are looking forward to this year in regard to teaching: Creating a positive class culture based on the school values, and having fun learning and experiencing life in Moonta. Mailyn Thomas Role this year: Year 7 Home Group Teacher, Year 7-10 Science Teacher. Last Schools: Teaching practicum was at this school. Years Teaching: 0.3 years. Special Interests: Going on lots of worldwide adventures. Exploring not only what Australia has, but that the rest of the world has to offer. What you are looking forward to this year in regard to teaching: Teaching students to respect the environment and make Science a fun topic to learn. Breakfast Club: Open daily, 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. - next to the Music Room. Cereal, toast, milo, juice available. Cost: 20c or two empty cans/bottles. Clothing: Second-hand clothing is available. Located in the Breakfast Club area. Wanted: Donations of clean uniforms in reasonable condition. Please leave at the front office. Road Crossing Monitors Term 1, Week 2: Casey Johnson, Khloe-Mae Graham, Tayissa White Term 1, Week 3: Abby Prout, Emma Prout, Stephanie Sonntag If your child/ren are away to any reason, please contact the school by phoning or sending a SMS. This year we do have a new SMS Number 0427861937 Public Notices Milo in2 Cricket – begins on Wednesday 11th February, on the Moonta Area School oval. 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. 5 – 10 year olds. Runs for 3 weeks, then continues in Term 4. Please bring hats and drink bottles. Megs Book Shop – The Vivienne System of English – Thursday 12th February. For more information or to secure your place please contact Meg’s Bookshop Kadina 88 252 436. Julie McDonald Role this year: Business Manager for 6 months while Jan Ritchie is on leave. Last Schools: Port Broughton Area School, Kadina Memorial School. Years working in schools: I have never left school. I’ve worked as an SSO since finishing year 11 at Unley High School. Special Interests: Camping, planting trees, planning new house. What you are looking forward to this year: Working with the SSO team to consolidate and fine-tune processes. Getting to know students, staff and community of MAS. Rosina Ottens Role this year: Student Services Last Schools: Kadina Memorial School, Wallaroo Mines Primary School, Highgate School Years working in schools: 35 years Special Interests: Sport, fishing and the beach. What you are looking forward to this year: Getting to know the MAS community. Stephenie Murray Role this year: Education Support Trainee Last Schools: Work experience and voluntary work at Modbury Special School Special Interests: Art, automotive, travel, Australia What you are looking forward to this year: Working with different age groups of students. Learning how the school runs. Working with other teachers/staff. The following proposals will be discussed at the meeting to be held on Monday 2nd of February: Proposal One: Casual Day Proposal: MAS to hold a Casual Day to support Harmony Day and National Say No To Bullying Day by wearing orange and/or blue. Students to bring along a gold coin donation. Money to go to student voice to help support school/student needs. Date: 20th March 2015 (Friday, week 8) Proposer: J McCauley Proposal Two: School involvement in Kernewek Lowender Proposal: Whole school involvement on the Friday. Includes old fashioned games in the street, chalk drawing, pasty competition (for some), primary class and middle school participation in the procession, market stalls by senior school, May Pole and positive community involvement. Requirements from home: Maybe costume – class float / activity. Date: 22nd May 2015 (Term 2, Week 4) Proposer: F Anderson / S Schultz Proposal Three: MAS Enterprise – Kernewek Market Proposal: Run the first of our proposed markets at the Kernewek Lowender, Queen’s Square. Up to 10 uniform stalls, variety of products (up to each group), school flags. Date: 22nd May 2015 (Term 2, Week 4) Proposer: F Anderson / S Schultz Proposal Four: Year 12 Hospitality / Tourism Excursion Proposal: Interested Year 12 Hospitality/Tourism students to the ‘Market Shed’ and Travel Expo to experience the markets and see types of products sold. Travel Expo will be valuable experience for Tourism students for future assignments. Requirements from home: Money for lunch. Date: 8th February 2015 (Week 2) Proposer: F Anderson / S Schultz Proposal Five: Change dates for camps, Business Week and Wellbeing Week 2015 Event/Date: Year 7 & 9 Camp – Term 2, Week 10 Year 8s Alternative program – Term 2, Week 10 Year 8 Aquatics Camp to remain Term 4, Week 8 (unable to change) Market Day to be incorporated into Wellbeing Week in Term 3, Week 10. Proposer: W Williams / K Amos Trades people and MAS staff have been busy getting ready for 2015 over the Christmas break. (Located next to IT East) (Located next to the Music/Drama Room) Moonta Area School has partnered with CompNow, in Adelaide to provide an online portal for purchasing computers (notebooks, MacBook, iPads) for the BYOD program. CompNow has been able to offer our school community good prices for quality products. To order a device through this company, go to www.compnow.com.au/moonta-area-school where you will find a selection of devices that can be ordered. Shipment: All orders will be shipped to the school for collection and an email will be sent to you and the school once it has been sent. Accessories will be shipped separately but should arrive to be picked up at the same time. If you have any questions or queries regarding your order, please do not hesitate to contact Vicki Rumsey at CompNow, 08 7130 0022 Addition information re BYOD at MAS is available from the Front Office. Like us on Facebook: Scan the QR code to go to Moonta Area School’s website. ALL PARENTS: In the event of a Catastrophic Forecast for Yorke Peninsula, our school will close. All families will receive a text message informing them of the closure. I need to remind you all that; The decision to close is NOT ours. We are told to close as we have been categorized as an R2 site in terms of potential danger. ALL R1 and R2 sites in SA MUST close when a catastrophic forecast is given. Other schools in a catastrophic area remain open BUT no buses can run. Please contact me at school if you need further information, 08 88 252 088. Samantha Schultz Assistant Principal 2015 BUSHFIRE SEASON INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES MOONTA AREA SCHOOL has a ‘high risk’ bushfire rating. This means on days of a forecast catastrophic fire danger rating, our school will be closed. School buses and taxis will not operate within the Fire Ban District. BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY CONTACTS School number: 08 88 252 088 Please note that this number may be engaged during an emergency situation and you may not be able to get through immediately. Regional Office, Bushfire Coordinator: Joann Weckert 08 88 412 002 FOR MORE INFORMATION DECD Emergency and Crisis Management Website Department for Education and Child Development www.crisis.sa.edu.au PLEASE NOTE: Keep an eye on the school website www.moontaas.sa.edu.au Watch your text messages SA Country Fire Service (CFS) Website www.cfs.org.au CFS Bushfire Information Line 1300 362 361 During days of forecast catastrophic fire danger ratings or an actual bushfire, the Parent Bushfire Information Hotline will be activated. PARENT BUSHFIRE INFORMATION HOTLINE Ph: 1800 000 279 Bushfire season can be an anxious time for children and families. Our schools and preschools in high risk bushfire areas have emergency plans, called Bushfire Action Plans, to keep everybody as safe as possible in the event of a bushfire. By being prepared, and acting now, you will help our schools and preschools to be bushfire ready and keep our children as safe as possible. Thank you for your support. BEFORE THE BUSHFIRE SEASON Bushfire Action Plans set out the actions our schools and preschools will take to, prepare for the bushfire season and, if necessary, protect your children in a bushfire situation. We work with emergency services authorities (Country Fire Service and SA Police) to ensure that we are well prepared and in the best possible position to protect your child’s safety during a bushfire. Our schools and preschools in high risk areas must: 1. Complete a Bushfire Safety Audit and checklist. 2. Prepare buildings and grounds including clearing gutters, and removing vegetation 3. Update their Bushfire Action Plan and inform families of changes. 4. Practice bushfire safety drills. 5. Ensure power-fail telephone handsets and battery powered radios are in working order. 6. Ask parents and carers to update their emergency contact details. HOW YOU CAN HELP We ask parents and carers to: 1. Read all bushfire information provided. 2. Talk to your children about what will happen if a bushfire occurs when they are at school or preschool. 3. Make sure your emergency contact details are up-todate with our school or preschool. FORECAST CATASTROPHIC FIRE DANGER RATING Catastrophic fire danger rating days are days when the weather conditions mean a fire is more likely to start and be more difficult to control. When a catastrophic fire danger rating is forecast for the following day by the Bureau of Meteorology, all ‘high risk’ schools and preschools in the declared Fire Ban District will be closed. School buses and taxis services will not operate within the Fire Ban District Parents and carers will need to make alternative arrangements for their children on these days. Schools and preschools will make every attempt to contact parents and carers to inform them that their school or preschool will be closed. Please make sure your emergency contact details are updated before the bushfire season starts. APPROACHING BUSHFIRE If our school or preschool is open and a bushfire is approaching, the safety of children is our highest priority. The South Australian Police (SAPOL) and the Country Fire Service (CFS) will take charge if a bushfire is approaching. They recommend that in such an event, everybody should remain at their school or preschool unless instructed to do otherwise. Principals and preschool directors must comply with SAPOL and CFS instructions. If the police have not advised the school or preschool to evacuate then everyone will remain inside a designated building (Bushfire refuge) and emergency procedures will be activated. These will include: 4. Moving everybody inside, closing windows, doors, and turning off the air-conditioning. 5. Filling available containers with water. 6. If it is safe to do so and time permits turning on all sprinklers and irrigation systems. 7. Remaining inside and activating fire drill procedures with the children until the main fire-front passes. 8. Listening to local ABC Radio Station for bushfire up dates and information. 9. If possible, communicating to parents that students are moving into the Bushfire refuge. We hope that we will never have to enact our fire drill procedures. However we are working with our school and preschool communities to be bushfire ready in the event of a bushfire emergency and trust that parents and carers will add their support.
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