Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Welcome back to Term 3 and especially to students and families new to our school.
We look forward to a long and happy association working with you all.
HATS ON IN TERM 3
This is a friendly reminder that as HCEPS is a SunSmart school, students and staff are expected to wear hats this term. Please ensure that your child’s hat is at school. (My apologies that I omitted to remind families in the newsletter at the end of Term 2.)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM OSHC
We are very lucky to have such a caring and successful OSHC service at HCEPS and this is very evident with the high number of students attending OSHC sessions. Unfortunately it also means that our capacity is now very close to being reached on a regular basis. This means anyone wanting to book in on the day of required care provision particularly, is possibly going to miss out on care. (As an education service, it also needs to be noted that the school itself is unable to provide childcare due to personnel involvement in school specific tasks before 8:30am and after 3:20pm.) So I would strongly encourage anyone needing childcare outside school hours to please book in with OSHC as soon as you know, and preferably before the day required, to avoid disappointment and to ensure you have enough time to make other childcare arrangements if they are already at capacity.
As a school we are also very lucky to have close partnership links with our OSHC and most of you will know that over the last few years the OSHC has provided garden and playground upgrades in the school. You will notice that next to the OSHC building there is another new fantasy garden that should be available for everyone to enjoy very soon. It has a grassed area to sit on and a concrete roadway where children can play with cars, trains and other fantasy play ideas. There is a table and logs for the children to sit at and a large shadeport sheltering the area. The Fantasy Garden will be opened once the grassed area has fully established. On behalf of all students I would like to thank the OSHC community for this wonderful contribution to our school.
PROGRAMS DEVELOPING IN-SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY LINKS
It is a pleasure to work with a very dedicated staff who all work hard to create and implement very engaging programs, many of which also have real-life and community connection.
We currently have a number of programs being developed that you have either already heard about or there is further information coming.
Some of these programs include those with a sustainability focus such as nude food cooking ideas and beeswax wrapper making for parents, students then classes, (and I know some of you are already booked into learning how to make the wrappers), Lids4Kids collection of specific plastic lids that will be used to create 3D filament material to produce prosthetic limbs for children, class composting bins for food waste and sustainability programs between students and the canteen.
Key staff are also busily planning for Book Week with many fun activities for students planned including Splash Theatre, a parade/assembly and also a Great Book Swap fundraiser with donations going to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to develop books for indigenous students from remote areas. These books will be written in their own language. SSOs also worked together on our pupil free day to reinvigorate the Resource Centre with a specific focus on Book Week. Thank you to our SSOs, it’s looking great!
Rehearsals for Wakakirri are in full swing with students busily preparing for their competition performance on Tuesday Wednesday 20th.
Then of course, there is Sports Day, a very big community event that everyone enjoys and a dedicated team has already been at work planning the activities and program which will be available in due course.
Our Year 7 Student Leaders have also been working very hard on various activities. Charity Champions and Garden Gurus (see separate reports below), have been busy working on our fundraising activities. Waste Warriors have been planning film clips for students to highlight the importance of recycling and caring for our world in relation to waste. All these groups are working closely with staff mentors and each other, in the programs listed above.
Digital Citizenship, Fun’n’Fitness and Friendship/Peer Mediator leaders continue to offer lunchtime programs for students in IT, play and yard fun and support for simple issues while Communication leaders work with students from other schools in our partnership Student Voice in Learning program. These programs are also supported by staff mentors. All Year 7 leaders have now also been allocated as House leaders for Sports Day. Well done leaders you are all doing a fantastic job!
This is just a snapshot of the extra things that are happening, please talk to your child about all the good work s/he is also involved in within her/his classroom!
CHANGES IN THE STAFF CARPARK
As you would already know , we ask that parents please do not park in the staff carpark on the school side of the line. This is to ensure our staff have enough spaces in which to park. There are now clearly identified carparks for both leaders, 2 for OSHC staff, a Canteen park and 3 parks designated for those with disability. I respectfully request that parents do not park in these particular parks at any time. Thank you for your cooperation.
WAKAKIRRI PERFORMANCE – TUESDAY 20th AUGUST
SCHOOL PHOTOS – MONDAY 26th AUGUST
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY – FRIDAY 30th AUGUST
If you need child care, the OSHC will be open that day. Please contact Lissy Oppert or Sally Mitchell on 8381 7577 to book in.
SPORTS DAY – FRIDAY 20th SEPTEMBER