This week with our Principal Mr Files

Term 3 Week 1

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

Welcome back to all families for what we hope will be a wonderful term full of successes for all students. Highlights from a whole school perspective will include NAIDOC celebrations next week, Education Week celebrations, Stage 3 excursion, Gold Coast Eisteddfod, district athletics carnival, Kindy Frolic, P&C Carnivale, annual bookfair and various other events.

KINDY 2017 PARENT INFORMATION EVENING

Families are reminded that the first of our 2017 Kindergarten events takes place next Wednesday 27th July in the hall at 6.00pm. This will be in the form of a parent information session outlining the procedures for coming months – including orientation, out-of-zone interviews and the final parent session for enrolled Kindy 2017 students.

STAFFING CHANGES

We begin the term with several staffing changes:

  • We welcome back Miss McGoldrick following relieving teaching principal role in Murwillumbah in 2015 and the first half of 2016 – she will be filling various roles beginning with class 3/4J until Mrs Jenkins returns in week 3.
  • Mrs Hardy who returns to her role as KH teacher.
  • Mrs Nix who returns to teach class 2N on a 3 day / 2 day per week basis with Mrs Sue Rawlings
  • We welcome a new school counsellor – Ms Janene Skaines who replaces Mrs Sandra Parker who will continue working in local high schools
  • Mrs Germany is on leave for the first two weeks and will be replaced by Mrs Jessica Thompson.
  • Mr McRae is on leave for the first week replaced by Mr Matthew Butler
  • Sandy Oswald will run the canteen on a tender basis as from the beginning of this term 5 days per week. Thanks to Cathy Barrington-Smith for her efforts as canteen coordinator over the last 7 years
  • Amanda Jarrett (Saunders) is on maternity leave and Mrs Rawlings will replace her each Friday
  • Our Friday General Assistant will be Peter Hastrich replacing Ryan Stoddart for the rest of this year.
  • Congratulations to Mr Chalmers and his wife Jess on the arrival of their (first) baby son last night – a very exciting time for the Chalmers family.

SCHOOL ASSEMBLY CHANGE

Due to the celebration of NAIDOC Day and Education Week in week 2 and 3 our next “normal” whole school assembly and Principal Awards will not be until Monday week 4 (8th August).

NEW BUS APPLICATION PROCEDURES

The Department of Transport has implemented an on-line process for all new bus pass applications, all notifications of change of address details and all Year 2 & Year 6 students the year before they transition to Year 3 and Year 6 respectively. Please see the department’s published document within the newsletter for more information.

Dean Files

Principal

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Term 2 Week 9

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

  • Lilika (touch), Evie , Amariah and Indiana (cross country) for being selected in NC teams to participate at upcoming state carnivals.
  • Our school debating teams who participated in the district debate at our school on Monday. Banora Sparks won all three of their debates and won the day with Banora Eagles close behind. The teams extend their thanks to their debating teachers Mrs Dunn and Mrs Granger.
  • Class 3 / 4 S who received a Highly Commended at the Murwillumbah Eisteddfod verse speaking section on Monday – thanks to Mrs Stewart and Ms Trew.
  • Our AFL , netball and boy’s soccer teams who participated in their recent PSSA gala days. All three teams have now been eliminated from the state knockout but should be very proud of their achievements, efforts and sportship. Our boy’s Rugby League and softball teams remain “alive” in their respective competitions.

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Term 2 Week 5

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

NEW BUS APPLICATION PROCEDURES

We have been advised by the Department of Transport that paper applications and address changes will cease from the end of this term and be replaced by an on-line process. This impacts on: All future new applicants All change of address advice All Year 2 & Year 6 students the year before they transition to Year 3 and Year 6 respectively. NB Current Year 2 and Year 6 students will be sent an information flier this week.

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Term 2 Week 7

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

  • Our boy’s and girl’s softball teams who participated in the recent softball PSSA gala day. The boys won their two games so will proceed on to the next round of the state knockout. Thanks to Ms McGrady and Mrs Granger for coaching the teams.
  • Our representatives at the regional cross country last week – including Evie C, (1st ) Indiana B (3rd), Amariah P (1st) and Elsi R (7th) in their respective age groups.
  • Amber B who has been selected to represent North Coast in the state netball carnival in Albury – a fantastic achievement.

This is a continuation of the outstanding achievements of our students in sport so far this year with 11 students participating in state carnivals – swimming (3), girls soccer (1), AFL (3), Rugby League (3). GOOD LUCK to our school AFL and netball teams who will participate in the PSSA gala days in the next week.

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Term 2 Week 3

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

MRS JARDINE’S FAREWELL

As previously advised our School Admin Manager Jennifer Jardine had her last day at our school last Friday 6 th May after 8 years at our school and 23 with the NSW Education Department. We farewelled her with several events last week including performances by the choir and band ensembles, assembly awards, a staff morning tea and culminating with the traditional walk - out - the - gate. We welcome Melissa Cowin who will relieve in this role for the rest of this year.

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