Juniors Beginning of Year Newsletter by jennyyingdi


									                                                Juniors Kunyung Primary School Beginning Year Newsletter 2012

               Welcome to the Junior Unit at
                            Kunyung PS in 2012

Address:                             Kunyung Road, Mount Eliza, 3930
Telephone:                           (03) 9787 6102
Fax:                                 (03) 9787 8308
Email:                               kunyung.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au
Principal:                           Elaine Vitale
School Council President:            Trevor Parker

            Kunyung Primary School’s Mission Statement

Kunyung Primary School offers an exceptional, balanced education that builds on
the diverse gifts and talents students bring to our learning community.

We educate our students through challenging, coherent programs, using exemplary
learning and teaching practice.

We aim to develop inquiring, life-long learners who appreciate the richness of the
world, view life through confident eyes and act to promote a peaceful, sustainable

Kunyung Primary School is an authorised International
   Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) World School
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                                         Welcome from the Principal
Welcome to Kunyung Primary School — thank you again for choosing our school. We know that you and your
family will continue to enjoy many exciting and challenging years participating in our school community. We
hope this beginning of the year newsletter will be a useful resource.
Kunyung PS is an authorised International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years
Programme. We are committed to assisting every individual at Kunyung to be a responsible citizen and
achieve his or her ‘personal best’ within a supportive, caring environment. To do this, close links between
home and school are essential. Research has clearly shown that school achievement is strongly related to
parental involvement and support.
How can you help? Encourage your child to ‘have a go’ at all aspects of school life. Be realistic in your
expectations and support your child’s teacher. Take advantage of the many opportunities to be involved in
school life. We welcome your ideas, suggestions and active participation.
Elaine Vitale (Principal)

                                  Introducing ‘The Junior Unit at Kunyung’
A warm welcome to the students and families of the Junior Unit at Kunyung Primary School. We work
together collaboratively to plan, teach and assess curriculum. As a team we work towards maximising
student outcomes by planning what we want students to learn, working out how students best learn and
how we will know what they have learned. We operate an open door policy, please come down and see us
or telephone if you have any questions or wonderings. Education is a partnership between home and school,
it is important that we maintain close links in this very important process:-

Our names            Our room numbers           Our grade title     Our roles
Emma White           Room 10                    Grade JW            Classroom Teacher
Christi Hare &       Room 11                    Grade JHE           Classroom Teacher & Curriculum Leader
Janet Evison
Sarah Mahoney        Room 12                    Grade JMA           Classroom Teacher
Pam Munro-Smith      Room 13                    Grade JMU           Classroom Teacher & shared Level Leader
Jenni Byass          Room 14                    Grade JB            Classroom Teacher & Maths Leader
Tammy Kraus          Room 15                    Grade JK            Classroom Teacher
Renee Dawes          Room 17 (New building)     Grade JD            Classroom Teacher
Khris Carre          Room 18 (New building)     Grade JC            Classroom Teacher & shared Level Leader
Sally Hendy          Reading Recovery Office                        Reading Recovery Teacher and Student Support
Our friendly Office staff Eleanor Nuttall, Natalie Riddle and Sally Moore are always available to assist with
administration issues. Please ensure you ask a staff member if you are wondering about anything at all.

We value your feedback and thoughts. If you wish to raise a concern or complaint or provide positive
feedback you should telephone, visit or write to:
     The student’s teacher about learning issues and incidents that happened in their class or group
     The Assistant Principal if students from several classes are involved
     The Assistant Principal about issues relating to staff members or complex student issues
     The Principal about issues relating to school policy, school management, staff members or very
        complex student issues
                                       Primary Years Programme (PYP)
IB Learner Profile:
The attributes and descriptors of the learner profile define the type of learner we are hoping to develop
through our programmes. We hope students at Kunyung develop intercultural understanding and become

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internationally minded citizens who help to sustain the planet and its people. It is helpful to develop the
same language at home and school. Please consider using this language.

Learner Profile     Descriptor
Balanced            someone who demonstrates intellectual, physical, and emotional well-being to benefit
                    themselves and others
Caring              someone who demonstrates empathy, compassion, and respect when considering
                    people’s needs, feelings, and takes care of the world around them
Communicator        someone who understands and expresses information confidently and creatively in more
                    than one language with a variety of ways to express themselves
Inquirer            someone who shows curiosity, enjoyment of learning, demonstrates the skills of
                    independence necessary to conduct inquiry
Knowledgeable       someone who works to learn about local and global concepts, ideas, and issues
Open-minded         someone who is accepting of multiple perspectives
Principled          someone who is honest, fair, and respects others
Reflective          someone who can assess their strengths and areas to work on in order to learn and grow
Risk-taker          someone who approaches unfamiliar situations and uncertainties with courage and is
                    brave and articulate in defending their beliefs
Thinker             someone who uses thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach
                    complex problems and makes reasonable and ethical decisions

If you witness your child displaying these qualities you could write and let your child’s teacher know or take a
picture of your child engaged in an experience where they are demonstrating one or some of the learner
profiles and encourage your child to tell their classmates about their experience.

We are also working on the development of personal attitudes towards people, the environment and
learning, to ensure the wellbeing of individual students and groups. The attitudes are displayed on sea stars
around the school. Our programme over the year is designed to develop students who show appreciation,
commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity,
respect and tolerance.

Essential Agreements
Essential Agreements are collaboratively made in each learning space to define the expected behaviours to
maximise learning. The programme aims to develop a sense of self worth and confidence in each student
and promote harmony between students. Ask your child about their Essential Agreement in their classroom
/ specialist areas.

Code of Conduct
Rights and Responsibilities -“With every right comes a responsibility”
At Kunyung Primary School we believe that every member of the school community has a right to fully
participate in an educational environment that is safe, supportive and inclusive. Everyone deserves to be
treated with respect and dignity.
The Learner Profile and Attitudes are an integral part of the Essential Agreements established throughout the
school and support our philosophy and vision.

In any organisation, there will be conflict. Members of the Kunyung Primary School community use
mediation and conflict resolution strategies to resolve these issues.
We ensure that anti-bullying and anti-harassment strategies are fully implemented.
Please see our ‘Student Engagement Policy’, available at the Office, or on our website for detailed

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      We have planned a balanced Programme of Inquiry on a 2 year cycle that uses a transdisciplinary approach
      to curriculum design.
      Essential knowledge, concepts and skills are planned for within the programme of inquiry to develop
      students’ understanding of the world in which we live. Explicit teaching and time for skill practice is planned
      daily for core literacy and numeracy skills. A developmental learning approach recognizes children’s
      individual differences and that children progress at varying rates. We aim to develop the intellectual, social,
      emotional, spiritual, aesthetic, cultural and physical needs of our students.

      The Programme of Inquiry for Junior students this year:-
                                         Yearly Planner- Level 2 Junior Unit
                    Term 1          Term 1 – Term 2            Term 2               Term 3             Term 3 – Term 4            Term 4
                2 February – 23    26 March – 18 May       21 May – 29 June   16 July – 24 August       27 August – 19        22 October -14
                    March                                                                                  October              December
                   HOW WE          WHERE WE ARE IN             HOW WE            WHO WE ARE              HOW THE              SHARING THE
                   EXPRESS         PLACE AND TIME             ORGANIZE                                 WORLD WORKS              PLANET
                  OURSELVES                                   OURSELVES
               People recognise    Life is different for   The products we    Making balanced         Matter can be
                                                                                                                            People interact
Central Idea   important events    children around the     use go through     choices about daily     changed to
                                                                                                                            with the natural
               through             world.                  many processes     routines enables us     address our daily
                                                                                                                            environment in
               celebrations and                                               to have a healthy       needs
                                                                                                                            different ways
               traditions                                                     lifestyle
   Key         Form                perspective             Change             Responsibility          Causation             Connection
 Concepts                                                                     reflection              change                responsibility
               perspective                                 function
  Lines of                                                                    Daily habits and        The properties of
               What traditions     Beliefs                 Origins of                                                       Local natural
  Inquiry                                                                     routines (hygiene,      matter
               are                                         products                                                         environment
                                   Differences and                            sleep, play, eating,
                                                           (bananas, sugar,
               How and why         similarities of                            work / school,          Processes that        Human use of the
                                                           silk, rubber,
               people celebrate    children’s lives                           leisure)                cause matter to       local natural
                                                           cotton, glass,
                                                                                                      change                environment
               Similarities and    How children’s lives    metal, plastic,
                                                                              Balanced choices
               differences         are influenced by       chocolate)
                                                                                                      How we change
               between various     culture and                                Consequences of         matter to make        Actions that
               celebrations        environment                                choices                 our lives easier      benefit or harm
                                                                                                                            the local
    How        Collect artefacts   Collect images /        Select things      Keep a diary of time    Find out what the     Take pictures in
parents may    associated with     stories of about        around the home    asleep, food eaten,     clothes you wear      the local
  prepare      traiditons and      children around the     and find out the   exercise taken etc      are made from,        environment of
students for   celebrations,       world and bring to      origin of the                              discuss the           things that harm
                                                                              for one week.
  learning     discuss and bring   school                  product.                                   properties of         or nurture the
               to school                                                      Find out about the      different             environment,
                                                                              lifestyle of elite      materials             discuss and bring
                                                                              Olympic athletes.                             to school

      Library - Children are encouraged to use the library for personal reading and research. It is open for
      borrowing before and after school and each lunch time. Students require a named library book bag to
      ensure our collection is cared for. Each grade is rostered into the library for one session each week.
      Please help your child develop regular borrowing habits.

      Day                                        Library                                 Computer Lab
      Tuesday                                    JW                                      JHE
      Thursday                                   JC, JMU, JK, JB, JD                     JMU, JC, JB, JK
      Friday                                     JMA, JHE                                JD, JMA, JW

      Students will be involved in reading a variety of texts for different purposes. They will be encouraged to
      develop their comprehension skills by thinking about the texts, within the texts and beyond the texts.
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Sequencing will be the specifically the focus in reading. Students will write for different purposes in a variety
of genres. A specific focus on recount will include explicit teaching of capital letters and full stops. Verbs
including past tense, adverbs and personal pronouns will be the grammar focus in term 1. THRASS is a tool
used for the teaching of literacy skills also. A focus on vocabulary associated with time – days, months,
seasons and the commonly most used words will occur, teaching students at their point of need.
Students will be involved in speaking and listening engagements that describe personal experiences,
including feelings. Experiences will place the child in situations where they will engage in thinking about the
way others feel in an attempt to develop empathy.

Visually representing data for ease of interpretation will be studied as part of the maths curriculum in the
context of the unit of inquiries. Students will also inquire into 2D shapes, symmetry and transformations
using real life contexts. The concepts of time will be studied - hours, weeks, months, seasons and
calendars. Counting, numeration and number patterns and place value will be explicitly taught as part of
the maths curriculum and used in real life contexts this term. Addition using concrete models and mental
strategies will be taught at the level appropriate for each child.

Specialist subjects
Where possible our specialists endeavour to link curriculum content with the programme of inquiry.
Visual Arts
Welcome from Caroline Chilianis. This year our focus will be: ‘Visual Arts can inform our thinking and provide
inspiration to ourselves and others’.
To inquire into this we will be:-
     Creating artworks that communicate ideas and express feelings
       Using imagination, experiences and knowledge of materials and processes as starting points for
        creative exploration
       Engaging in a personal artistic journey
     Responding to a variety of art works.
Please make sure your child has a named art smock at school for their art sessions.
Monday                              Tuesday                                Wednesday
JMA, JHE                            JD, JK, JB                             JMU, JC, JW

Performing Arts
Welcome from Lynne Clements (affectionately known as ‘Groovy’). Hello everyone, this term students will
be singing a variety of songs, reading and playing music (focussing on keyboard). They are going to be
learning group social dances as well as partner rock and roll dancing. The students will continue to learn in
sequence the five steps of the African Tribal Groove body percussion. In drama the students will portray
various characters exploring voice, clothing and body language.

Monday                                Wednesday                                   Friday
JMU, JC                               JMA, JW, JHE, JD, JK, JB                    JMU

Welcome from Khris Carre. This term The French programme will focus on expanding students’ French
knowledge about themselves and introducing their friends in French. The students will be involved in
speaking, listening, reading and writing in French.

Tuesday                                                   Wednesday
JMU                                                       JW, JHE, JMA, JK, JB, JD

Physical Education
Welcome from Arlene Drummond (affectionately known as Sporty). Please help your child have appropriate
footwear for physical education; they have one 40 minute session of PE with Arlene Drummond (PE
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specialist) and also junior sports on Monday afternoon. This term students are learning the skills of over arm
throw, catching and kicking. These skills will be used in a minor game of kick ball.

Monday                                Wednesday                                   Friday
Junior Sport                          JHE, JMA, JW, JB, JD, JK                    JC

Caring for our students
School hours are 9:00am - 3:30pm. A staff member is on duty from 8:45am - 9:00am and 3:30 - 3:45pm to
ensure students are safe before and after school. For security purposes, all parents sign in / out at the office
when their child leaves or arrives at school outside the regular hours.
Contact details for all students are kept in the office and must be kept up to date in case of emergency.
Please notify the office of any changes as soon as possible.
Sensible approaches to hot or other inclement weather are required. Sunsmart school hats are compulsory
for all children in terms 1 & 4. Children are also encouraged to apply sunscreen.

           Just a reminder about our PHOTO POLICY - Parents are only permitted to take
           photos of children if their own child is the focus of attention.

Cash payments
Please can we request that all cash is given to classroom teachers not taken to the office to assist classroom
teachers to maintain an up to date record for events. We really appreciate your cooperation in this.

Community Relations
We offer an open invitation to assemblies each Friday. This year we are introducing level assemblies to give
students more opportunities to talk about their learning. Our door is always open. Parent–teacher ‘Get to
Know You Interviews’ are scheduled for February 13 & 15 to ensure teachers have all the relevant
information about students. Always contact your child’s teacher if you have any concerns or questions.
‘Community Relations’ is a sub-committee of School Council, its scope is fundraising, developing a sense of
community and working towards school improvement. If you have an interest or any ideas e.g. how we can
better liaise with our community about what we are doing at school and ensure we meet your needs and
expectations join this group by contacting Lois Weldon (Assistant Principal) or the office.
We are currently seeking Contact parents and will be seeking classroom helpers for each grade shortly.

The canteen operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11.00 – 11.30 am and from 1.30 – 2.00
pm. It depends on parent volunteers; hope you can place your name on a roster that will be sent home
when it is your child’s grade’s turn.

Phone Directory
The phone directory will again be prepared this year to assist families to make community links. It contains
the phone numbers, addresses and names of parents and children as well as their grade. Any family not
wanting this information to be included in the directory should inform the office in writing.

Students are encouraged to bring a drink bottle with water to have in their classroom to ensure they keep
hydrated and maximise learning. Likewise we encourage students to have a small snack to eat at ‘healthy
snack time’. Appropriate foods are fruit or vegetables, nothing processed.
Suzy Honisett, manager of the ‘Kids – Go For Your Life’ Program, advises that there are 6 key items to include
in a lunchbox – vegetables, fresh fruit, dairy food, protein, starchy foods and water (Herald Sun, February 1st,
2009). We take a fresh fruit break at 10.00am, stop work at 10.45am for play lunch and 1.15pm for lunch.
The children are encouraged to drink water throughout the school day.

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Homework helps students by complementing and reinforcing classroom learning, fostering good lifelong
learning and study habits, and providing an opportunity for students to be responsible for their own learning.
     o In years 1 and 2, up to15 minutes per week day:
             Daily reading by, with or to your child.
             Spelling words according to individual readiness - provided by the classroom teacher.
             Take responsibility for themselves and their belongings.
Homework should largely consist of daily reading. It could also include writing for different purposes, family
games or research linked to the school inquiry.
The Kunyung PS Homework Policy complies with Departmental guidelines and is available from the school
office or Kunyung website.

Parent Helpers
Please register your interest with your child’s teacher if you are able to assist in the classroom, we welcome
and appreciate you.

Please check in weekly school newsletter for further additions as events are planned

Term 1          February 2 – March 30
     13 or 15 Feb ‘Get to Know You’ Conferences – appointed times
7 Mar – Junior Information Sessions (Grades JMU, JHE, JMA, JW: Session 1 10 – 11, then joint morning tea 11
– 11.30 and Grades JB, JK, JD, JC go onto Information Session 2 11.30 – 12.30
     12 March – Labour Day (Public Holiday)
     13 & 14 March – Pupil free days – Staff Professional Development
     15 Mar – Preps start full-time
     19 March – School Photos
     21 March – Harmony Day
     22 March – Briars Excursion
     23 March – School Carnival
     30 Mar –early dismissal 2:30pm

Term 2           April 16 – June 29
        25 April – ANZAC Day (Public holiday)
        15-21 May - Education Week – student led tours
        11 June – Queens’ Birthday (Public holiday)
        27 June – Student free day: Three-way conferences -Reporting to parents
        28 June – Whole school incursion – theatrical performance by ‘Alpha show’
        29 June – early dismissal 2:30pm

Term 3      July 16 – September 21
    21 September – early dismissal 2:30pm

Term 4           October 8 – December 21
        6 Nov – Melbourne Cup Day (Public Holiday)
        24 & 31 October & 7 & 14 November – Whole School Transition Program
        17 December – Last day of transition program 12 – 1pm
        21 December – early dismissal 1:30pm

     Compulsory navy blue broad brimmed hat in terms 1 & 4
     Navy full length pants (no designs or colours)
     Navy shorts (not bike pants)
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       Navy skirts
       Summer school dress
       Winter school pinafore or skirt
       Navy bike shorts may be worn under the summer dress, pinafore dress or skirt but must be shorter
        than the dress of skirt and not be visible
       Light blue polo shirt with Kunyung logo
       Light blue skivvy
       Navy windcheater, jacket or hooded jumper with Kunyung logo
       Black shoes with black laces, black closed toed sandals, or predominantly white or black sports shoes
        with same coloured laces
      Senior students participating in interschool sport will usually be provided with a top in Kunyung
       colours and netball skirt where appropriate. All other sports clothing must be provided by the
    Otherwise school uniform is worn for PE and sport
    Sport shoes are to be predominantly white or black with same coloured laces
Other uniform items
    A navy blue backpack preferably with Kunyung logo (no designs or colours)
    An art smock
    A library bag
    Accessories e.g. socks, headbands, hair ties, scarves, coats etc. to be in Kunyung colours i.e. navy,
       light blue or white (headbands or hair ties may also be same colour as student’s natural hair)

Parents will be notified if students do not comply with the accepted uniform. Uniform Shop reminder: The
uniform shop is open each Tuesday from 3.00pm to 3.45pm.

Please would you send in your child’s message bags, THRASS charts and reading logs tomorrow if you haven’t
already done so, these are required urgently.

We hope you find this newsletter informative and hope your student and you as a family have a productive
and rewarding year at Kunyung. Please let us know if there is anything you need that we can help you with.
Kind Regards

The Junior Team


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