Our new Kindergarten playground is due to be finished by the end of this week. The space has seen an enormous transformation and I just can’t wait to see our students enjoying their new outdoor area. Work on the storage shed for the bikes and outdoor equipment has also begun today.
Our next Sharing Assembly is coming up at 2:00pm on Monday 10th May. Please contact the school office if you are intending to attend so that we can ensure we have adequate physically distanced seating put out. Anybody wishing to attend must sign in at the office prior to the assembly. A hand sanitisation station will also be set up at the entrance to the Assembly Hall.
Our Grade 3 and 5 students will be undertaking NAPLAN testing beginning on Tuesday 11th May. Students have had the opportunity to undertake a practice test which demonstrated the format and types of questions contained in the test.
These tests provide us with useful data about some of the areas we are teaching well or areas we may need to put further focus on. However, I would like to remind all our students that these tests can only tell us so much. They cannot tell us if you are a good friend, a creative artist, a passionate sportsperson or an encourager of others. So whilst we ask you to do your best, it is also important to remember that there is of course so much more to who you are than what these tests can tell us.
A reminder that our next School Association Meeting will be held this Wednesday 5th May at 6pm in the staffroom. Everyone is most welcome to attend and we ask that physical distancing is maintained at the meeting.
We are very lucky to have an incredibly active and committed Parents and Friends group who are supporting our school in all sorts of ways this year. A HUGE thank you to everyone who came along to help with the BBQ here on polling day. Thank you also for your running of our breakfast program, conducting the Easter Raffle, running the canteen every Thursday and organising the upcoming Mother’s Day stall. All of this helps our school immensely and from what I can see, it is also a great way for our families to get to know each other and build friendships and connections. If anyone is interested in joining the team (as many hands make light work), please contact the school and we will put you in touch with the relevant people.
Cross Country Carnival
Our School Cross Country Carnival is coming up on Thursday 13th May.
More information regarding this will be coming home soon.
Department of Education COVID UPDATE
Coming into the cold and flu season, it’s important that we all continue to keep healthy and safe. To ensure we can keep on top of COVID and also cold and flu, make sure you:
- Be alert to any symptoms of cold or flu that you or your child may exhibit
- Get tested for COVID if you or your child have symptoms
- Practise good hygiene, such as covering coughs and sneezes and washing hands
- If you or your child do get sick, stay at home until symptoms has passed, even if a COVID test is negative
Remember, symptoms include fever, tiredness, cough, headache, sore throat, sniffling and sneezing.
To keep our school safe, we are still:
- continuing with increased cleaning
- making sure there is plenty of soap, sanitiser and tissues available
- applying restrictions to large gatherings of adults and encouraging physical distancing
- requiring visitors to check-in on our sites.
The Preps have set up a Publishing House! We have voted on a name and a logo and are busy writing our first book. We have been inspired by the Black Book of Colours by Menena Cottin to make our own book of colours. Each week there is a new colour provocation set up and the children eagerly await Mondays to see what has appeared in the classroom over the weekend! We have been brainstorming words associated with each colour and using these for a spelling inquiry. Together we use these words as inspiration for the next page of our book. For example the children have written the following together for our Blue page …
Blue looks like blueberries and blue jelly
Blue sounds like the waves
Blue smells like blueberries and water at the beach
Blue feels like cold ice in the Winter
Blue tastes like blue drinks, blueberries, blue ice cream, blue lollipops
This week we are working on our orange page and I can’t wait to see what the children come up with!
The Parents and Friends Association would like to say a huge thank you to all that helped make the Sausage Sizzle happen on Saturday: Richard Hill, Abbie Doyle, Donna Watson, Ro Jungmann, Jen Furneaux, Donna Kowaluk and Scott Corbett.
Special mention to Cade Watson who brought in a BBQ at 7.30am when we couldn’t find the one that had been left out for us to use. Also to Megan Perkins who helped organise things at the last minute and offered to cover, set up and pack up should I go into labour.
It made the school feel really welcoming and we had quite a few new parents come through to have a look for future enrolments. Having the event created a great atmosphere with kids playing in the sandpits and parents laughing.
Thank you to all involved. We greatly appreciate your time and energy. If you want to get involved with the Parents & Friends or stay up to date with events, please join our FaceBook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/837604833240697/
Or if you would prefer email updates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our email list.
Our school receives 20% of every membership sold - which is a great fundraiser!
There are loads of discounts available with the membership - including 4% off Woolworths gift cards (so you can save on everyday grocery shopping!), Big W, JB-Hi Fi, Wish Cards, Rebel Sports, Supercheap Auto. There are also heaps of discounts on activities and dining/take away places including Village Cinemas, Banjos Bakery and lots more!
You can see offers available on this link https://www.entertainment.com.au/offers#offers.
Mother's Day Special Bonus eGift Card - limited offer. Check website for further information.
Memberships can also be purchased for interstate areas - so why not buy one for your family or friends, or send them the link to support our school :)
To order your membership just click this link; https://au.entdigital.net/orderbooks/24u0290 which will take you to the Glen Huon School membership page. Contact Michelle on 0408 896 996 if you have any questions - Thankyou!