Welcome Back Again!
It’s great to have everyone back from remote learning. It is probably reasonable to start thinking about remote learning coming and going. If we think this way, it might make it easier to work through each time. The remote learning plans and practices went very well and the planning done by staff was excellent. A number of events are unfortunately on hold at the moment and we will make notifications through Compass when we can organise to go ahead.
Thank you to everyone who has gotten their enrolment forms in. Enrolments will be confirmed by the 13th August. If you are not sure about your personal situation, please call me to discuss your needs. We are working very hard to organise our arrangements for 2022 so you need to get enrolments in so that we are able to offer as many places as we can. If you know of someone who is considering enrolling please prompt them with a reminder.
House Athletics was held at school last Friday. Students had a wonderful time and it was great to get outside together.
Ferntree Gully North PS Olympics
Our Olympics Day will be going ahead tomorrow on Friday 6th August. All students will be involved during the day. All the staff have been loving the Olympic events and we are looking forward to this special day. The day has been modified to make sure we operate within our bubbles. A huge thank you to Lara Atkinson for her flexibility and wonderful planning of both the modified house aths and Olympics event.
Assembly will continue on line at the moment. We will be using the same link each time but will load on Compass each week.
We have a number of students at school who have medical conditions including asthma. Each year we manage these conditions at school. We do need families to make sure they update their information each year to ensure we can care for your child appropriately. Families need to make sure they follow up. Kim manages these plans in the office. If you have any questions she is at school on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please contact her if you need some assistance or have any questions.
Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences will go ahead on Wednesday 11th August. Students do not attend school on this day. Their only attendance is for their interview on MS Teams. Bookings opened last Friday and close on the 9th. Each child needs to attend with an adult. Book a time. It is essential that parents share these opportunities with their child/children and teachers. If for some reason you can’t attend on that day you must contact your class teacher to organise a time.
Year 3/4 Bike Education
Our year 3/4 students will be completing their Bike Education Training the week of Monday 9th August until the 13th. This is a great program providing our kids with instruction around bike riding. Natalie Blenheim and Daniel Fielding are specially trained in this area and will be supported by our other staff. The program includes practical instruction and road safety theory. The following week, August 16th the students will be attending the Bike Education Camp at Maldon. Camps are an important experience for all students. We know students will have a wonderful time.
We want our Parents/Caregivers/ Guardians to tell us what they think! Parent Opinion Survey
Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents/caregivers/guardians think of our school. The Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents/caregivers/guardians (previously known as the Parent Opinion Survey). It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of families’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour, student engagement and experiences of remote and flexible learning. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.
A random 30% selection of parents will be computer generated from our system to be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year, the Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 9th August to Friday 3rd September.
The survey will be conducted online, only takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. Each parent/carer selected will receive an individual pin via email to complete the survey. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.
Last year we used the survey results to plan future areas of focus. Results are tabled at School Council and a summary of information will be in the newsletter. We know that all families have been challenged during COVID. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. Please complete if you would like to. Please speak to the office if you would like more information.
Illness at School
Attached below is the current guidelines regarding children who may be unwell at school. We encourage you to ring the office if you are not sure of what to do.
Managing unwell students covid 19 fact sheet.pdf
Thursday 9th December- 3/4 Special Lunch
Monday 13th December- Grade 6 Graduation
Ceremony: 4.15pm-5.45pm at School
Dinner and Disco: Knox Club 6:15pm-9:15pm
Tuesday 14th December- Class Parties
Wednesday 15th December- Colour Run
Thursday 16th December - Last day of Term 4 2:30pm finish
Friday 17th December- Curriculum day No students at school
Friday 28th January- Curriculum day
Monday 31st January-Term 1 Students Start at 9:00am-Don't forget your hats.
Saturday 19th Feb 9.30am -11.00pm Save the date- Open Morning for Prep 2023
The School Office is staffed between the hours of 8:15am-4:30pm Monday to Friday. For all enquiries please contact us on 9758 1662 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
If your child has come home in spare clothing supplied by the School, please wash and return these items as soon as possible. As you might imagine in these wetter days we can go through our limited supply very quickly! A spare set of clothing in school bags would be greatly appreciated ‘just in case’. It’s not just the younger students that might need a change after the breaks.
A reminder to all parents that if your child arrives late to school, parents/guardians must come into the office so that students can be signed in to school by the office staff. We need to record the correct data for the absence.
If students arrive unattended there will be an unexplained absence entered in Compass and parents will be required to update with an explanation.
Just a reminder to ensure all items are clearly named so that if lost can be reunited with students. If you have received a pre loved item please make sure the name is updated.We also ask please that you check your child’s uniform from time to time to ensure they haven’t brought home someone else’s clothing by mistake in the excitement of the day.
A brand new jumper was found in the street by a very considerate community member. The jumper had the child’s name and contact mobile number on the underside of the label so the parent could be contacted and the child reunited with their brand new jumper!
Yay for kind strangers! Thank you!
Last Friday 30th July, we held our first ever on site 3-6 House Athletics. We were blessed with a sunny day for the occasion. It was lovely to see all of our students dressed in their house colours and enjoying a sporting celebration.
The final placings:
1st Gold House
2nd Red House
3rd Blue House
4th Green House
Abigail M, Violet D, Indi P, Sonya P.
Congratulations to the following students who received Student of the Week:
|PREP C||Tootii I||Excellence||For showing excellence in her attitude towards her learning this weel. Keep it up!|
|PREP A||Clare C||Excellence||For striving for excellence in her writing by independently sounding out challenging words! Fantastic job.|
|1 /2 B||William J||Excellence||For demonstrating excellence in all areas of his learning this week. Keep it up!|
|1 /2 C||Stirling W||Excellence||For showing excellence in all learning tasks this week! Keep up the great work Stirling.|
|1 /2 D||Lewis T||Excellence||For showing Excellence whilst typing letters to his friend, Jo.|
|1 /2 N||Phoenix A||Excellence||For Striving for Excellence in all work tasks this week. Well Done!|
|3 /4D||Scarlette L||Excellence||For working to the best of her ability in the class and online this week. Well done!|
|3 /4B||Isabella S||Excellence|
The way you completed your maths time and money activities this week. You are working with outstanding confidence.
|3 /4E||Amelia McM||Resilience||During math money activities this week. Keep up the great work.|
|3 /4K||Jayden S||Excellence||For taking such pride in his work during remote learning.|
|3 /4F||Jacob P||Excellence||For demonstrating excellence during maths when solving vertical multiplication problems.|
|5 /6 O||Jackson D||Resilience||For being persistent during house atheltics and completing activities to the best of his ability.|
|5 /6 A||Khloe A||Excellence||For selecting a reading goal that will extend her reading skills and knowledge.|
|5 /6G||Abby T||Excellence||For demonstrating excellence during house athletics and consistently trying her best.|
|5/6I||Molly L||Resilience||For continuing to work through decimal problems, even though they were challenging.|
|5 /6S||Henry W||Respect||For showing respect to his peers by prioristing their wellbeing during house atheltics.|
|MUSIC||Hope S-W||Respect||For listening and being enthusiastic and welcoming me at my new school.|
|LOTE||Brody N||Respect||By working independently and with focus to finish his work in LOTE.|
|ART||Cooper B||Integrity||For showing great integrity when thinking of others in the classroom. Well done!|
|PHYSICAL EDUCATION||Amelia C||Integrity||For showing integrity in helping score house athletics.|
|PHYSICAL EDUCATION||Cameron K||Integrity||For showing integrity in helping set up house athletics.|
There are a couple of factors in helping our kids in the early years at school. One is a warm connected relationship with the teacher or education assistant. The other is having at least one friend they can rely on at school.
Since boys often talk later (and less) than girls, little boys can struggle with friendships. I am astounded at the capacity of most little girls to have real conversations that explore things friends have in common, help them play games and negotiate, and experience mutually bonding moments. Girls also tend to have a better grasp on the non-verbal cues of building rapport such as smiling, waving, and hugging.
One of the world’s leading boy experts, Dr William Pollack, author of Real Boys, believes that while girls communicate more, boys seek connection more indirectly through activities or play. So, for boys to bond they need significant amounts of time spent playing with other boys.
‘Play dates’ are a reasonably recent happening. Years ago, children tended to play for hours either in each other’s backyards or at sporting events. Now, less recess and lunch time at school, remote learning, and more emphasis on technology than real play is impacting this key window of building emotional and social skills.
We need to create opportunities outside of school. Finding families in your neighbourhood with kids of similar ages and older is still an excellent way of creating friendships. Yes, it involves some scheduling, but many families still make time to gather maybe one afternoon a week in the same playground with the same grownups and kids to create cohesion.
Play has many benefits other than the obvious one of helping our boys discharge excess energy and stress. Unstructured play helps to create feel-good neurochemicals, especially when it allows kids to follow the often-unspoken randomness of boy play which frequently includes adventures, hunts, and targets. It teaches them to lose, to wait, to take turns and much more.
I often share the story of the little boy who at the end of the day at school ran up to his best little mate and punched him in the head. In no way did this little boy mean to hurt his friend however at that moment his actions, which looked confusing to everybody, were an attempt to express how much he liked his friend and how much he was going to miss him.
Helping boys to create (and practice!) welcoming and farewell strategies can help alleviate some of these awkward moments. Giving a high five, having a secret handshake, teaching them to smile and calling out ‘hello’ using their friend’s name are all great strategies to coach and teach.
Having a friend at school can make a huge difference to our boys, but sometimes they need a little help from parents to find their way.
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