As mentioned in previous newsletters there are several policy and process documents that are required due to the update of the Education Act 2016. One of these documents is the Glen Huon Primary Dress Code and Uniform Policy. The full document can be accessed at our front office however the excerpts are included in this newsletter for your information. These policies have been ratified by the Glen Huon Primary School Association.
The Everyday Uniform consists of the following items available from the school store:
Long black pants/trousers
Black tights (not sold at school)
Teal polo tee shirt short sleeve with logo
Teal polo tee shirt long sleeve with logo
Long sleeve maroon and teal bi-coloured polo
Short sleeve maroon and teal bi-coloured polo
Maroon windcheater with logo
Maroon fleece jacket
Maroon fleece vest
Green bucket hats
The full uniform must be worn including the warm outer layer before adding the weather layer of coats and jackets.
The footwear to accompany the Everyday Uniform must be sensible enclosed shoes suitable for physical activity.
I wish you all a lovely refreshing and restful Term 3 break. I look forward to hearing your holiday stories when school resumes Monday 15th October.
There has been a case of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in your child’s school and your child may have been exposed. If your child has not had Pertussis before it is quite likely that he/she could catch it.
What is Pertussis?
Pertussis is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the germ Bordetella Pertussis. Whooping Cough spreads easily and can affect everyone but can be very serious in babies, the elderly, pregnant women (especially in the third trimester) and immuno compromised people. It is important to keep people with coughing symptoms away from babies so that they do not infect the baby with Pertussis or other germs.
Pertussis usually starts with a runny nose, mild fever and cough.
The coughing can get worse causing vomiting, choking and gasping for air, creating a ‘whooping sound’.
Babies can get sick quickly. They may go blue or stop breathing during coughing episodes and may require a hospital visit.
Why should I be concerned about Pertussis?
Pertussis can spread rapidly through an infected person coughing or sneezing. It is very easy to give to others at the start of the illness.
Without treatment a person can pass Pertussis on for up to three weeks. With the correct treatment of antibiotics the infectious period can be cut to five days.
Babies are at greatest risk of harm from Pertussis as they have soft airways that are vulnerable to damage from the severe coughing bouts.
Older children and adults can still get Pertussis. While not as dangerous as it is in small babies, it is still a distressing condition, with the cough lasting up to 3 months.
What should I do now?
If you or your child are experiencing any of the symptoms or feel unwell please see your GP immediately. Try to limit your contact with other people especially babies.
Symptoms usually develop 7 to 10 days after exposure, but can be up to 21 days. The infected person can spread infection for up to 3 weeks or after antibiotics 5 days.
For more information, please contact your child’s GP or public health and let them know that your child may have been exposed.
What should I do if I think my child has Pertussis?
Watch for symptoms of Pertussis over the next 3 weeks. If you suspect Pertussis, contact your doctor to book an appointment as soon as possible, tell the surgery that you suspect Pertussis as there has been contact with a confirmed case.
The doctor will take a nose and throat swab. Sometimes a blood test is also taken. The doctor may start antibiotics before test results are confirmed.
Immunisation against Pertussis can reduce the severity of the illness.
Immunisation is provided by your local doctor and some local councils.
Can my child stay in school?
Many children with Pertussis are not feeling well enough to attend school and are more comfortable at home. Children can spread the
Infection to others through coughing, sneezing and poor hand hygiene. Children with Pertussis should be excluded from school for five days after starting antibiotic treatment.
I am pregnant and have been exposed to a child with Pertussis. What should I do?
If you have had recent contact with Pertussis you should contact your GP, who may wish to do a blood test to check if you are immune.
A booster immunisation in the third trimester is safe and gives protection by passing the protection from mother to baby. This will protect the baby until up to six weeks of age.
Thank you for giving this your attention. Your GP or Public Health will be able to answer any further questions that you might have about Pertussis.
Thursday 27th September is Orangutan Day. The day is to raise funds to adopt (send money) some young orang-utans at a sanctuary in Borneo. The monies raised will go towards food, vet care, toys and to send them to forest school where they learn survival skills for the wild.
Orang-utans are endangered due to illegal logging of their forest to put in palm oil plantations. On the day there will be games in the hall ($2 entry), canteen (nothing over $2) and you can come in free dress for a gold coin donation). We would appreciate any donations of homemade baked goods etc. but we ask taht you include a list of the ingredients (due to any allergies). Donations need to be dropped off at the canteen by 26th September.
Thank you to those families who ordered pies through the recent pie drive fundraiser. There was only a small number of orders but we managed to raise $194.00! We are hoping to run this again next year and look forward to it being bigger and better!
Huonville Parmacy are organising some free Meningococcal ACWY vaccination clinics to hopefully tie in nicely with the school holidays. As pharmacist immunisers will be administering the shots, these clinics are only suitable for kiddies aged between 10 and 21. Parental consent forms will need to be filled in for young people under 16. This can be done at the time of the immunisation within the Pharmacy . All vaccinations will be recorded on the national Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) . Tuesday 2nd October 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday 3rd October 9am – 1pm Tuesday 9th October 10am to 4pm We will advertise these times on our facebook page . If you could promote these clinics with your newsletters from your end that would be great. Parents can ring on 62641196 option 2 to make an enquiry or booking.
The Glen Huon Hall will have a community garage sale on Saturday 20th October as part of the Tasmanian Garage Sale Trail. People can apply to have tables to sell their wares at $10 a table. The hours will be from 9am till 1pm. Lots of people will be around that day as there will be garage sales all over the state. Please contact Laura Watson on 0438451167 if you would like to book a table.