Ride to School (with Mr Forrest) Day
Last Friday I had a fantastic morning on Ride To School day. I rode in early from Woodend and saw a number of kangaroos, plenty of birds and two deer hanging out in the misty pines between Woodend and Macedon, it’s a pretty special place that we live in. I met approximately 30 students and 10 parents for the ride back to school and we made our way up Cable Street, through the pines and into school. Overall on the day we had 150 of our 256 students make their way to school in a sustainable and healthy way. It was a great celebration of getting outside and being active. I hope you and your children feel inspired to jump on your bike to school when you can.
School Review Field Work Day
Today is the second of our three day school review. Today was the field work day where our review panel gathered evidence of the extent to which we have achieved our strategic goals. The day consisted of classroom observations, student forums, staff interviews and a school council parent forum. I anticipate that the evidence collected today will support us to develop strong goals that will support us to strive for continuous improvement.
House Cross Country
I want to wish all of our students all the very best for the House Cross Country event this Friday at Tony Clarke Reserve. David Oxworth has been busy organising the event and we have our fingers crossed for some nice weather. Students can wear their house colours and please remember to pack a hat and a drink bottle.
Late last year I wrote about the prospect of a private councillor working in the school to support children who may need guidance to help them deal with anxiety, friendship issues, behaviour issues, grief or many other reasons. On our website, there is now a link to the information about the councillor, Heidi Winchester, who we have engaged. The information pack contains some background on Heidi and the steps that you need to take to start your child with the service. Please read the information in this pack and then see me if you have any questions, or need help to fill in any of the forms. It would be beneficial to meet with me so that we can complete the ‘Counselling Intake Form’ together.
If you are interested, the first step is to read the information and complete the intake and consent forms in this pack. Please see me if you have any questions, or need help with the forms.
The next step is to take your child to their GP, paediatrician or psychiatrist to discuss the problem. The doctor can then develop a mental health treatment plan which may involve visits to a mental health professional. The doctor also needs to provide a referral letter to this professional. The mental health treatment plan allows for your child to have up to 10 sessions with the mental health professional each calendar year, with the costs covered by Medicare.
Please find the link to more information here. Printed forms are also available at the front office.