This week with our Relieving Principal - Joanna Henderson

Term 1 Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

GREAT WORK

This week, Beau and Walt from 2M came and shared their outstanding work with me in the office. They shared their stories based on one of my favourite Mem Fox books, The Magic Hat . I was so blown away with their work, I awarded them with a very special Principal’s Award Pencil. Keep up the great work, boys - well done!

SAFE ON SOCIAL

Thank you to the P&C for hosting the Safe on Social evening for parents. We had approximately 30 parents that were in attendance. Kirra, the presenter shared the importance of being safe online. The most important thing for parents to do is to ensure they monitor their children’s internet usage, manage the use and access to wifi and ensure there is close communication between parent and child. I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students about the recommended ages for using Social Media apps:

EVACUATION DRILL

This week, we will be conducting our evacuation drill for the term. This is to ensure that should an emergency arise, all students and staff are aware of the procedures to follow. We do this calmly and without fuss. Our evacuation assembly point is inside the school grounds. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

THE TELL THEM FROM ME STUDENT FEEDBACK SURVEY

All Stage 2 and Stage 3 students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a survey later this term to seek their feedback on aspects of their school life experience. This survey is commissioned by the Department of Education and more details are available via the link below. All Stage 2 & 3 students will participate unless parents request to exclude them. http://surveys.cese.nsw.gov.au/information - for - parents

GOT IT! - GETTING ON TRACK IN TIME

Got It! is a new program supported by the NSW Ministry of Health, and the NSW Department of Education. Banora Point Primary School has been selected to participate in this exciting new program in Terms 2 & 3 in 2017. Got It! aims to provide support and assistance to children and their families, while working alongside the school community to help children get the most out of the opportunities available to them. Challenging and disruptive behaviour often causes difficulties in many areas of a child’s life and can be stressful for them, their family, friends and community. All K - 2 children will be offered social and emotional learning activities delivered by their class teacher. Some children will also be invited to participate in an additional small group component of Got It! facilitated by local NSW Health professionals. An information ‘pop up stall’ will be held in the first week of term 2, with date to be confirmed.

TERM 1 DISCO

Mrs Wilson and the SRC have been busily preparing for our term 1 disco which will take place on Tues 28th March Please note the times for each age group ie 4.00 - 5.15pm (Kinder - Year 2) and 5.30 - 7.00pm (Year 3 - 6).

P&C AGM : 6.30PM THURSDAY 9TH MARCH

Nominations have been received for all executive and committee positions – thanks to those who have accepted nominations. Elections will be required for some positions including President so it would be great if all financial members are able to attend this meeting to elect the new committee. 

ICAS COMPETITIONS

ICAS Competitions are closing soon. Please ensure that you have returned your entry form and money to the office by Monday 27 March.

NAPLAN ADMINISTRATION DATES

The NAPLAN assessment dates for 2017 are Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 May, with Friday 12 May being the catch - up day if a student is absent for one or more of the sitting dates.

UNIFORM SHOP OPERATING HOURS

New opening hours start from Monday 6 March; Monday 8.30 - 9.15 am, Tuesday 2.30 - 3.10 pm and Friday 8.30 - 9.15 am.

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY

Thank you to Mrs Dance - Wilson for coordinating our school’s involvement in Friday’s Clean Up Australia Day last week. Students were surprised with how much rubbish was collected and have committed to keeping our school clean and beautiful.

Joanna Henderson

Acting Principal

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