‘Today for Tomorrow’ March 14, 2012 #IV Principal’s Report There was a significant political announcement this week in education. 14-16/03 - Leonie away The Local Schools Local Decision Making program appears to give more 16/03 - Ned’s Excursion opportunity for schools to dictate their own policy and practices in the 20/03 - K/2T Clam Visit future. If you would like to read more about this, have a look at the 21/03 - Harmony Day fact sheet at http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/news/lsld/index.php 21-23/03 - Julian Away 21/3 -No post-school sport 22-23/03 - Matt Away In addition to whatever differences that the new state government’s 23/03 - Ride 2 School Day changes make, the school with the total support of staff, the P&C and 27-30/03 - School of Rock School Council, has also applied for participation in the federal 28/03 - After School Sport 30/03 - Assembly #2 government’s National Partnerships - Empowering Local Schools 4-5/04 - School Camp Program. This would provide the school with additional funds to try ********************* some innovative strategies within our school. I will advise you of the Canteen Roster March 21 application’s outcome when it is announced. Amy Hickey Mrs Higgins is away this week in Ballina for an administrative managers March 28 leadership conference. She will be back next week in time for myself to Fiona Roberts attend the North Coast Principal’s Conference on Wednesday and then Historical Movies be joined by Mr Nulty for the North Coast Quality Teaching Roster Conference in Coffs Harbour on the Thursday and Friday. We will both March 21 be back at school on Monday, March 26. Mrs Tilbrook will ably handle Amy Hickey Charlotte Tofaeono, any on-site issues that may arise in my absence. Gina Krick I have been made aware that there have been some semi-consistent March 28 cases of Impetigo, or school sores, in our community. If you notice any Ian Kerr Monique Thompson, sores that look like they are festering, please see the doctor Ruby Charlton Shick immediately as they are highly infectious. Thanks, Julian Sea Week: “Marine Debris” was this year’s Sea Week theme. Class activities were topped off by a hands on science activity with Ian Hutton where we collected some great data on micro-plastics. This fit with the completion of the sensational piece of art by Margaret Murray and the school which will soon be hanging with our class work in the museum. the majority of the 3-6 class being matched up with someone who had actually gone to school here and hearing some first hand stories about what life was like back then. National Ride 2 School Day: Friday, March 23 is National Ride 2 School Day. Whilst there are no formal activities on at school this day, all students are encourage to ride their bikes Clean Up Australia Day: Students to school that day and support this concept! participated in National Clean Up Schools Day on Friday, March 2. They cleaned up in and LHICS Movie: Mrs Tilbrook has commenced around the school grounds, island oval and work on our new school movie. We will be immediate foreshore area. As you can see displaying it on the school website so others from the attached photo, there was an can see what a sensational school that we have. amazing amount of rubbish collected in the We’ll be showing it off at the Small Islands fifteen minutes that students spent out there. Forum before submitting it to the department It was also pleasing to note how many students for the “Great Schools” competition that they (over half the school population) showed up to run. Entry into this requires parents to sign the Aquatic Club to officially participate in the the accompanying permission note and return wider Clean Up Australia Day. Well done kids! it to Mrs Tilbrook as soon as possible. 3-6N Anemone & McCulloch’s Fish Survey & LHI Rockfest: The island will be rocking for K-2T Clam Excursion: All students will be the last week of March as David Berkman from participating in an upcoming marine excursion Big Music is sponsoring three bands to come to later this week or next week. These the island to entertain us all. Music teachers excursions continue the great work that we are a strong component of his talent and we have done with Marine Parks over the years have worked out an opportunity for our and will allow us to collect further data to compare the abundance of specific marine species in set locations around the island. Senior Citizens Morning Tea & Assembly: As you would have noticed from the great photos on the front page of the newsletter, the Senior Citizen’s Moring Tea was a terrific success. It was fantastic to have so many special people at our school. The highlight was students to really benefit. The musicians will John Dee Visit: John Dee (co-founder of be running school music tuition on Tuesday Planet Ark) who was on the island for the 27/03, Wednesday 28/03 and Friday 30/03 on Plastic Action Group came to the school and the ukulele, singing and rock and roll addressed our students. He gave practical appreciation. Students will also be preparing to ways that they could help our environment and participate in the gala concert at the golf club save money. Ask your child how… on Friday night, where they will perform. Assembly #1: K-2T bedazzled the audience After School Sport - The “Full On Fitness” with their first assembly item of the year, After School Sport program went to the “The Octopuses Garden”. 3-6N were equally beach last week. It was another great session impressive with their demonstration of but we head back under the COLA for today’s Australian poetry. They studied Dorothea shenanigans. With Mr Mostert and Mr Nulty McKellar’s “My Country” before creating their away next week, there will be NO After own masterpiece titled, “Our Island”. Enjoy!!! School Sport next Wednesday, March 21. Our Island We love our real freedom, School Council: Attached to this newsletter is A paradise forged from peace. a nomination form for you to nominate people The colours of our sunset, for positions on this year’s School Council. That mark the end of day. There are two parent representative positions We love her pris ne waters, vacant on the council are one community A plen ful coral reef. representative space. Please have a think Where children play in safety, about who may be able to add value to our No harm to them shall be. From mist does rise the mountains, school by serving on council and then nominate On which the cloud forest rest. them by returning the attached form to the Her ﬂora and her fauna, box near Ms Higgin’s office door. Are hidden from us less. We love her southern skies, SRC Harmony Day: The SRC is coordinating Filled with soaring wings. Harmony Day on March 21. The day involves a The heritage of our island, multi-cultural recess and games. Students will Is held above all things. be wear orange and bring in spare coins to help Our home is close to heart, raise funds for the Petra School in Zimbabwe. As always it shall be. Please find a note attached for more details. Our love for Lord Howe Island, No other place shall see. Assembly #2: It will be a busy end to the term with all the activities planned. One of Have a great fortnight! Cheers, these things will be the second school Leanne, Matt & Julian assembly on Friday, March 30.
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