Welcome to the 10 new students who have commenced with us this term and to your families. We look forward to working closely with you all over the time of your child’s primary schooling.
PUPIL FREE DAY IN WEEK 4 ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 4th for teachers to work together with other teachers in like year levels to moderate learning in preparation for reporting. OSHC will be available that day for childcare. Please contact Lissy and Sally to book in.
JAPANESE CELEBRATION/OPEN DAY
What a fabulous day we had this week on Tuesday for our Japanese celebration, perfect weather and an amazing day of activities and community involvement! Our Yr 5-7 students also led a range of stalls, spoke at the assembly and provided some demonstrations. The Tea making ceremony facilitated by one of our regular TRTs Fe Gilbey, the Manga drawing facilitated by Mitch Hearn and a performance by the Hawthorndene PS Taiko Drumming group were also excellent. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend during the morning and stay on for a picnic lunch. We also celebrated the 20th birthday of our Japanese Garden which had undergone a refurbishment for the occasion.
Special thanks to Kirsten Wallis, Kirsty Gray, Jenny McFadyen and Tony Shepherd along with many teachers, SSOs and our IT contractor who also gave a lot of support before and on the day. I am sure those of you who attended will agree it was a fabulous day.
If you were unable to attend, you may not be aware that Henny Smith has announced that she is retiring in December. We thank the OSHC which has planted a weeping cherry blossom tree in the refurbished Japanese Garden in Henny's name as an acknowledgement of 25 years service to our school.
WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY
Today is (Australian) World Teachers’ Day. This day is a wonderful opportunity to draw public attention to the important role of teachers in our local communities. While International World Teachers’ Day is actually celebrated on the first Friday in October this is usually in the Australian school holidays, so Australia celebrates it on the last Friday.
Celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide, World Teachers’ Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. It is a day when we hope that students, parents and communities can show their appreciation for the contributions teachers have made to the lives of children and their communities. Please join me in thanking your children’s teachers for their hard work, professionalism and commitment to your children’s learning. I would also like to thank the Governing Council parents and Canteen staff who provided a wonderful morning tea and lunch for staff today.
2020 CLASS PLACEMENT PROCESS
We will shortly begin the process of developing class groupings for 2020. If you would like to provide information relevant to your child’s 2020 placement, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the “2020 CLASS PLACEMENT PARENT INPUT FORM”. Please download and complete the proforma and return to me in an envelope marked ATTENTION: Anne Rathjen, Class Placement Process, by no later than Friday November 8th. Letters received after this date will not be able to be considered as our placement process will begin shortly afterwards. Please note that for many reasons, while every request is considered closely, none are able to be guaranteed. Requests about specific teachers are not considered.
If you have a child who will be transferring to another school I ask that you please complete the relevant section of the proforma and return to me as soon as possible. Accurate numbers are required to ensure our correct staffing levels.
I need to acknowledge and sincerely thank one of our parents who wishes to remain anonymous, for participating in a program in which she won a wonderful prize; the the school has received $25 000 worth of outdoor learning equipment including benches and raised garden beds. Fabulous, thank you!
2019 ANNUAL SCHOOL OPINION SURVEYS PROCESS
We have just commenced the Annual School Parent Opinion data gathering process and hopefully you have received the survey that was distributed via Skoolbag last Tuesday. Parents are invited to participate anonymously. I would encourage you to please take the time to participate as the feedback provides us with valuable information to help inform our planning.
Just a reminder to Yrs 3, 5 and 7 parents that there are still NAPLAN results awaiting collection from the front office.
PUPIL FREE DAY TERM 4 - MONDAY 4th NOVEMBER
END OF YEAR CONCERT - WEDNESDAY 4th DECEMBER
GRADUATION - THURSDAY 12th DECEMBER