Barwon Heads Primary School ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ 1574 A Word from Our Principal Newsletter No 2 Thursday 13th February 2014 Important Term Dates Term 1: 28th January – 4th April Term 2: 22nd April – 27th June Term 3: 14th July – 19th September Term 4: 6th October – 19th December Calender Dates 17/2/14: Surf Awareness Program commences 28/3/14: Boardies Day 12/8/14 – 19/8/14: Life Education 14/8/14: BHPS Athletics Day 18/8/14: Book Week 27/11/14 – 28/11/14: Grade 2 Sleepover 2/12/14: P- 2 Swimming program commences 11/12/14: P – 2 Swimming program finishes We are currently preparing a full annual calendar which we will publish for families in the near future. *Please note that applications for EMA close on Friday, Feb 24th - Late applications cannot be accepted. If you qualify for EMA and haven’t yet filled out an application form please do so at the office. Wednesday is School banking day Attendance – Every Day Counts The Victorian Government is introducing new measures to ensure students attend school every day and get the most out of their schooling. Daily school attendance is important for all children and for young people so they experience success in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally. In previous years BHPS has significantly promoted and acknowledged attendance. In 2013 we decreased the focus on attendance and coincidentally our absence figures increased considerably. Included in this newsletter is an article the Victorian Government has produced. From a school perspective we just want to ensure that children attend school when they are healthy and there is no good reason for them to be absent. We do not want nor encourage children to attend school when they are unwell. We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day. Missing school can have a major impact on a child’s future – a student missing one day a fortnight will miss four full weeks by the end of the year. By Year 10 they’ll have missed more than a year of school. There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes. Coming to school every day is vital, but if for any reason your child must miss school, there are things we can do together to ensure they don’t fall behind: Speak with your classroom teacher and find out what work your child needs to do to keep up. Develop an absence learning plan with your teacher and ensure your child completes the plan. Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your classroom teacher early as early as possible. From 1 March 2014, new laws will mean that parents can be fined for not sending students to school without an acceptable reason. If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your classroom teacher know so we can work together to get your child to school every day. Attendance – Facts and Figures If a student has an attendance of 90% it means that they have missed 20 days or 4 weeks in the year. Over the period of a student’s primary education this equates to nearly 3 terms missed! Please note the following: 95-100% (0-10 Days) Congratulations. This rate of attendance allows for maximum learning potential and opens up a wide range of future life choices. 90-94% (10-20 Days) Attention. This rate of attendance allows for a satisfactory level of learning in the classroom. Any more absences will make it more difficult for full potential to be achieved. 85-89%(20-30 days) Caution. This rate of attendance indicates that too much instruction and valuable learning time is being missed. This may impact on the amount of curriculum that can be covered at this year level. Less than 85% (30+ days) Warning. This rate of attendance indicates that the risk of not achieving the minimum learning expectations is high. There is a risk of losing connectedness with peers. Let’s look for reasons to be at school rather than be absent. It’s not OK to be away. At Barwon Heads Primary School We will be once again maintaining a focus on attendance for 2014 in line with DEECD requirements. We will again set our annual target at “less than 10 days per student”. Whilst it is understood that there are those unavoidable circumstances that arise preventing children from attending school, it is still believed that improvement in this area is possible. In 2013 our average last year was over 13 days absence per student. New Captain Initiative – The Golden Bell At last week’s assembly the school captains spoke about their desire to begin a new school initiative, ‘The Golden Bell.” We already have the historic ‘Golden Brush’ which the house captains award to the grade they believe has the tidiest room. We are now seeking suggestions from our school community as to what we can use ‘The Golden Bell’ to acknowledge. Each week’s winner will get to ring it at assembly. Please email the school with any suggestions you may have. You never know, your suggestion may just become part of the school history as well. Pedestrian Safety I have been informed that there will be a local public meeting to discuss pedestrian safety for Barwon Heads. If you have any concerns regarding pedestrian safety in BH can you please contact the school and I will pass on the information. The meeting will be in the BH hall. Full details are in the community news at the end of this newsletter. Road Safety We were contacted this week about a boy who unexpectedly cut in front of a car on his way to school. This was a very concerning and dangerous incident. Please take the time to discuss road safety with your child/ren. The BHPS Band Our new music instructors, David and Andrea Robertson, will be conducting auditions for students who may be interested in forming a school band. If your child can play an instrument proficiently then please encourage them to try out. This will be a an exciting new initiative for BHPS. David and Andrea are loving being part of our school and are thoroughly enjoying working with all our students. Literacy Coach to support School Improvement This year we will be utilising the expertise of a Literacy expert who will be working with our staff throughout the year. This is part of our commitment to continual school improvement as we regularly challenge ourselves as educators to reflect on our practice with the aim of improving and refining our knowledge and teaching skills. The primary focus for this year will be ‘Writing” Staff are excited about the opportunity to work with Julie Bennett in this area. Julie who has been greatly impressed with our school, students and staff is also looking forward to commencing her work with us on Monday. School Council Elections Each year the school is required to hold School Council elections. School Council provides an excellent opportunity for input into the decision making process of our school and in setting and monitoring the strategic direction of the school. School Council currently meets on the third Thursday of the month at 5.30pm and is generally a very relaxed meeting – swapping ideas and providing updates into new plans and projects. I now invite parents to nominate for selection. Please note you can self nominate. If you require any more information then please make contact with me at school or talk to any of our listed current school councillors. Nominations forms and further information regarding school council can be collected from the office. We have 4 Parent Vacancies and 2 DEECD employee vacancies for 2014. Each position has a 2 year tenure. ALL current school council members, whose term is ending, are able to renominate. Parent members whose terms conclude in 2014: Sally Ford Steve Copland Viva Portos Nominations forms for council are available from the general office Members whose terms conclude are able to renominate. Election Timeline: 7/2/14 Notification of election. Call for Nominations: 14/2/14 4.00pm Nominations close 21/2/14 Ballot Announced and prepared (if required) 28/2/14 Council election ballot closes Announcement of election results Current School Council President: Sally Ford Executive Officer: Darren Roskosch Vice President: Steve Copland Maureen Cross Adam Foord Warren Jackson Lauren McManus Teagan Wheeler Student Attendance AIM FOR TERM: 2.5 (max) days absence average per student Current Average Absence: 0.63 per student AIM FOR YEAR: 10 days (max) per student Perfect attendance total for 2014: 396 out of 409 children Mr. Darren Roskosch Principal Sharna Sutas Cathy Crane Matthew Brown Viva Portos Kate Suter Art Room News -Thank You Last year many of you diligently collected the Woolworths Earn and Learn stickers and sent them to school. Stacey Davis and Jack Brassington sorted and counted the stickers and then met with me to help select the items we would like for the art room. This program has allowed us to have some luxury items such as quality paintbrushes, printing rollers, glue guns, specialty cutters, lettering stamps and many other useful tools. Last week the art supplies arrived and the students are gradually being able to use them in the art program. Thanks for your great effort. Jill Petersen Visual Art Teacher Barwon Heads Primary School Superstars Byron Foord Grade 2 competed for Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club at a State Carnival in Jan Juc on the weekend. Byron came first in a team wade event and 3rd in the individual wade event in hot windy conditions. Good Luck to Byron and Remy Roberts who will compete on the 22nd February in their final state carnival for the season at Torquay. Remy is proving to be a very fast competitor and has already won or placed in many events over the 2 carnivals he has competed in for Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club. Scholastic Book Club 2014 During the year your child will bring home Book Club offers (2 issues per term.) If you wish to purchase any items fill in the order form (don’t forget your name and class) and hand in with your money to the office before the due date. Grades Prep, 1 & 2 will bring home Wombat, Lucky and Extra! Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6 will bring home Arrow Star and Extra! Scholastic generously give us commission on all your purchases and we are able to buy books for your Library. The first Book Club Issue for 2014 has been sent home. Any orders are due back by tomorrow Friday the 14th of February. No late orders please. Thanking you everyone, Happy reading! Ms. Chris Browne (Librarian) Mrs. Cheryl Benson (Book Club Organiser) Protecting 13th Beach With so many Families enjoying the beach this summer we thought it timely to remind Barwon Head’s students about how they can set an example to people visiting our beaches. The sand dunes are a delicate ecosystem which are home to many plants and animals. Playing in the sand dunes not only ruins the homes of fauna but also causes erosion. In past years students from our school have participated in sand dune revegetation which involves dragging native branches onto the fragile parts of the dunes to protect them. Please discourage others from playing in the sand dunes-we need to protect our local environment! Would $500 assist you with education costs? Join Saver Plus and match your savings dollar for dollar, up to $500, for education costs including school uniforms and text books, laptops, sports equipment and music tuition! To be eligible you must: have a Centrelink Health Care or a Pensioner Concession Card have a child at school or starting next year have some form of household income, for example, you or your partner may have casual, part-time, full-time or seasonal employment. “YOU CAN DO IT AWARDS” Prep A Prep B Prep 1C 1A 1B 2A 2B 2C 3A 3B 3C 4A 4B 4C 5A 5B 6A 6B No awards due to Assessments. No awards due to Assessments. Poppy Stevens Jahli Bennett ChelseaGillett Taj Daly Monique Guest Lily Carroll – Saunders Joseph Cincotta Jema Hely Charlotte Leibhardt Maeve Brewer Tilly Rutjens Jet Kneebone Giselle Webber – Taylor Darcie Bormeisters Molly Johnston Lara Grigg No awards due to Assessments. No awards due to Assessments. Ella Rutjens Miller Smith Nic Thyer Jemima Harris Saul High Isaiah Norling Kirra Young Logan Wood Murphy Moulton Mitchell McCahon Abby Blacket Lachy Dixon Stirling Shier Lachy Dixon Grace Hudson Jarah Green MENTORING GROUPS An opportunity to discuss and debrief issues, difficulties and successes when working with vulnerable children and families in a smaller informal setting. Representation is invited from Early Childhood & Education staff who are working with vulnerable children aged 0 – 6 years in the City of Greater Geelong. This month there is one group available to attend: Group 1: Monday 3rd March 2014. 3:30pm- 5:00pm Guest Attendee: Tracey Daniel, Community Based Child Protection. Venue: Ariston House Training Room 245-249 Pakington Street, Newtown Please feel free to pass this onto colleagues who may not have access to this email. Please note that there is no parking available on site at Ariston, so allow time to find on-street parking. Places are limited, bookings are essential RSVP Sandy Snell [email protected] Ph: 5272 4105 Barwon Heads Primary | 14th February 2013 Welcome Back Hi Everyone my name is Colleen Grace and I am the new Coordinator of the After School Care Service. Thank you to everyone for welcoming me. It's lovely to see some families that I know walking around! I live locally in the Ocean Grove community, have 2 children of Kinder and School age, I'm a member of the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club, I love paddle boarding and I love working with kids. Within the service I aim to provide a safe, fun and educational environment catered to your child's needs and interests. I am hoping to introduce a few ideas to the program that will encourage more participation and a lot more fun! I want families to see that the service I provide is not only just a service for working families, it's a service to offer children as an extra-curricular activity for the week. To get the ball rolling in the first week we did some old favourites as chosen by the kids. This included dodge-ball and poison ball, dress ups, arts and crafts and a tour of the school helped to familiarise myself with the grounds. This week we explored Countries around the world, recycled box construction (generally based around our mascot Fuzzy the Bear) working with natural resources in arts and crafts and more outside games. Next week we will introduce paper machete, sand painting and cooking. Looking forward to meeting you all over the course of the year! Community News Parent and toddler indoor group fitness Mondays 915-10am at the Barwon Heads Community Hall. $12 per family (1 adult & if you have a child/ren, you can bring them also) Stacey, M: 0407 622 304 BARWON HEADS ASSOCIATION Public Meeting on Pedestrian Safety for Barwon Heads Monday 17th February 2014 Barwon Heads Hall 7.30 pm Bellarine Community Farmers' Market This Saturday 15th February, 9am-1pm, Ocean Grove Park For the best of fresh local & regional produce + food-to-go, playground & buskers all enquiries: Sally Waites 0418141208 Mums Tennis program There will be a 5 week subsidised Mums Tennis Program beginning on Monday 24 February – Friday 28 March 2014. The program is designed to give Mums in the local area an opportunity to get active by playing tennis, meet and socialise with other mums in the local area. We also coordinate a Tiny Tots program for children between the ages of 3 - 5 which allows mothers to participate along with their children and not have to worry about the burden of childcare. The program is a Tennis Victoria initiative which is a non for profit organisation. Program Registration: To register for the Mums Program (and the Tiny Tots Program**), Please contact your nearest venue. Places are limited so please register early!
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