This week with our Relieving Principal - Joanna Henderson

Term 1 Week 3

Dear Parent/Caregiver

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

Our student leadership group who were inducted at this week’s school assembly. All students who participated in the school swimming carnival organised by Mrs Gill last week and best wishes to our representatives at the district carnival at Banora Pool next Wednesday 15th February.

STUDENT AFTERNOON DEPARTURES

There have been growing concerns regarding the safety of our students in the afternoon as they leave the school grounds. We have included this information in this week’s newsletter so families can familiarise themselves with the safe practices we have in place to minimise congestion and disruption and ensure the safety for all our families. Students being picked up by car are required to use the Drop Off Zone to ensure safety of all students. Please do not use Durigan Place to collect children as this makes it unsafe for students walking home and using the footpath area.

P&C EXECUTIVE POSITIONS

We would like to welcome new and familiar faces at our P&C meeting this Thursday night. Only parents and community members who attend this Thursday and pay their $1 membership are eligible to vote for their representatives at the AGM in March. If you are interested in discussing the roles of President, Treasurer or Secretary please contact the Principal for information. Nomination forms will be available from the office closer to the AGM.

PERFORMING ARTS

Some of our performing arts group activities will resume this week – this includes band lessons with Mrs Seckold (Wed and Thur) and drumming (Wed) with Rob Walsh. The senior band (Wed 8.00am) and junior band (Thur 8.00am) rehearsals as well as Flamenco (Wed) and Boys’ Hip Hop (Thur) dance groups begin next week.

SCHOOL PHOTOS

School Photos will be held Tuesday 21 February and Thursday 23 February in our school hall. Envelopes with ordering information will be distributed this week. All students will have their photo taken regardless of whether they return their photo envelope. The photos will include a portrait and a traditional class photo. Please not that late orders attract a $20 surcharge. Sibling Photo Envelopes will be available from the school office. Appointments for Sibling Photos should be finalised prior to photo day by calling MSP (please see sibling envelope for more information). All students should be in day uniform. This includes black school shoes. Girls should be wearing green, white or black hair accessories. Students return their photo envelope on this day and hand it to their teacher.

Joanna Henderson

Relieving Principal

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This week with our Relieving Principal - Joanna Henderson

Term 1 Week 1

Dear Parents/Carers,

WELCOME BACK

Welcome back to all students and welcome to our new families who this year will be joining our wonderful school. We begin the 2017 school year with 630 students and 25 classes including several new teaching staff Miss Emily Darragh and Ms Theresa Davern. We also have 100 new students – 80 of them Kindergarten. We enjoyed a very smooth beginning to our school year, thanks to the great efforts of our staff at the end of last year and the days leading up to today. We expect that 2017 will be another productive and prosperous year for all. We plan to build upon the excellent reputation our school holds within the wider community – including launching and sustaining several new initiatives and programs. The involvement of our parents in our school remains a key aspect of our school and we will be seeking advice from families in the near future to identify areas where you may be interested in assisting. Our first P&C meeting of the year will also be held on Thursday 9 th February at 6.30pm. Included in today’s newsletter is important information for all families in respect of routines and procedures at our school. Next week you will receive General Consent Note and Information update to be returned as soon as possible to the school office. Thanks to all families for ensuring the students arrived in full uniform and ready for lessons this week – it was wonderful to see them all. The Class Resource & IT Levy contribution of $100 per student incorporates “book pack” levy, technology levy and the previous voluntary levy. It would be greatly appreciated if this contribution could be paid as soon as possible.This week we formed classes for 2017. Our staff has spent a significant amount of time in placing students in particular classes and have done so with great consideration and thought. We are confident this is the best make - up for our school organisation. Making up classes is a complex and difficult task when taking into account academic levels, student specific needs, behaviour considerations and student relationships. We are hoping to maintain this class structure; however should there be an increase in enrolments throughout the term, the class arrangement may have to be adjusted. Current class arrangements for 2017 are as follows.

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