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Newsletter 146 - Burgmann Anglican School


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No. 146 : 27 February, 2003
Assemblies Our weekly Friday assemblies will recommence TOMORROW in the library as follows: Years 2-5: 1.40-2.10pm 4G/H will present an item Kinder and Year 1: 2.40-3.10pm – Some Year 1 children will present an item Our Middle School assemblies are to be combined with the weekly chapel services, i.e. Wednesdays, 8.40am. Parents are warmly invited to attend all of our assemblies. Years 6 and 7 Parent Information Nights will be held TONIGHT in the new Library at 7.00pm. Class Parents Each teacher has appointed a person to be the Class Parent. The role of the Class Parent is to provide assistance to the teacher and families where necessary and appropriate (e.g. excursion rosters, class afternoon teas, collecting homework for a child absent for extended illness, etc.). The Class Parents this year are: 3-year-old Preschool – Maree Hatton 4-year-old Preschool – Wendy Preller Kinder Mills – Tina Goodisson Kinder Manton – Catherine Bowyer Year 1 Marando – Liesl Mitchell Year 1 Gordon – Michelle Treloar Year 2 Symms – Chris Lindsay-Clarke Year 2 Miller – Donna Holland Year 3 Yates – Fiona Bell Year 3 Goodisson – Audrey Wilson Year 4 Stead – Mimi Rohmursanto Year 4 Galloway/Hinchcliffe – Joy Lemon Year 5 Ward – Margaret Eastman Year 6 Grove – Carol Nash Slattery Year 6 Caldwell – Eileen Dallwitz Year 7 Easey – Jacquie George Year 7 Harris – Carmel Collins Thank you to these people who have agreed to take on these roles. Parents, please make yourselves known to them – they are sure to need your help at some stage during the year and your support for these volunteers is greatly appreciated. National Sunnies for Sight Day TOMORROW we will be participating in the inaugural National Sunnies for Sight Day. Students will be asked to donate a gold coin and participate by wearing sunglasses to school that day or by creating their own designer pair of glasses. All monies raised will go directly to support ICEE’s East Timor Eye Project and projects in the Western Pacific. Student Health Our new Student Health Policy has been implemented covering such issues as first aid, infectious diseases, student immunisation, sun protection and head lice. While school staff have a duty of care to students to provide first aid assistance when required, parents will be aware that schools cannot be responsible for the general management of medical conditions. Part of the policy confirms the need to keep accurate records for all medical conditions of our students. In special circumstances, staff may be able to assist with the administration of medication. In these cases, it is necessary to have a comprehensive written authority from the student's parents and to also seek from them a written statement from the student's medical practitioner authorising a member of staff to administer the prescribed medication. This means that where children are taking any form of prescribed medication which requires school staff to re-administer during the day, a letter of authority needs to be held. Please ensure that school records are kept up to date, otherwise the medicine will not be given. Head Lice Head lice are usually a source of inconvenience and frustration, rather than a serious public health threat. Unfortunately, outbreaks of head lice are a normal part of everyday school life and this year is already no exception. Head lice are tiny insects that live on the human scalp. Female lice lay eggs (or 'nits') which look like small, whitish specks about the size of a pinhead and are glued to the hair close to the scalp. To find live lice, dampen the hair, apply conditioner and comb the hair with a fine-toothed comb. Wipe the conditioner from the comb on to a tissue and look for lice. Also, examine the comb for lice and eggs. If you find lice, the child should be treated. Other signs are dry black powder, grey casts or skins on the pillow in the morning or an itchy scalp. If a member of staff identifies a child with head lice, parents will be contacted immediately and requested to collect the child from school and commence treatment. The following day, the child may not return to the school unless the parent sends in a signed statement verifying that treatment commenced at least the previous day. This is because the ACT Public Health (Infectious and Notifiable Diseases) Regulations require students with head lice to be excluded as soon as possible from school until the day after treatment has commenced. We have prepared an information sheet about identification, treatment and prevention of head lice. This information is available from the school office or may be obtained by email from barbara.coe@burgmann.act.edu.au

Bible Verse for the Week Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care - not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be. 1 Peter 5:2, 3

New Computer Software Tomorrow, a leaflet advertising Back to School 2003 will go home with your eldest child. The four “Back to School” titles are already being used in our school and are entitled, Down Under Collection (Clip Art), Aussie Maths Invaders, Spellforce and Aussie School Fonts. These may be bought individually or in bundles. Closing date for orders is 14 March. Please note that cash is not accepted with orders – credit cards or cheques only please, payable to New Horizons. Please give order forms to Mrs Hinchcliffe. Hockey Registration A reminder to all those interested in playing minkey and hockey, that registration forms are due to Ms Mills by Wednesday 5 March. Please see her with any queries. Missing Imogen Allen's clearly-named blue art smock went missing from the Kindergarten Mills room at the end of last year. Would everyone please check to see if they have accidentally taken it home. Music News  Instrumental lessons are starting next week for all instrumental and vocal tuition. Percussion students will be notified of their starting date at a later time. Thank you for your patience!  The String Ensemble will not be starting just yet – you will be advised of the date.  Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Practical Examinations - enrolments close for all AMEB practical exams on Friday 7 March. If your child is interested in sitting for these exams, please speak with your tutor before this date. The exam dates are between 14 June and 5 July this year. Year 3 Afternoon Tea Welcome to all our new Year 3 families! You are all invited to an afternoon tea next Wednesday 5 March, 3.00-4.00pm, outside the Year 3 Classrooms. Please bring a small plate of food to share – tea/coffee and cold drinks will be provided. Make the most of this opportunity to meet your child’s friends’ parents!

Swim Team 2003 Those students who have qualified to represent Burgmann Anglican School at the relevant district or zone swimming carnivals have been given permission notes with details regarding the excursions. If you have questions or concerns please contact Victoria D’Alton. Students from Years 2 to 6 will participate in the Gungahlin District Swimming Carnival on 11 March. The Year 7 representative students will participate in the Association of Southern Colleges’ Carnival on 4 April 2003. If students are successful at these carnivals they will go on to represent Burgmann at the ACT Carnivals, for Years 2 to 6 on 26 March, and for Year 7 students on 2 May 2003. Requests for PE Resources In a previous newsletter a request was made for someone to help make a Maypole, and to donate old, long socks and empty potato sacks. So far I have not had any volunteers to build a maypole, nor has anyone provided me with old, long socks (for three-legged races) but I am still interested if you had previously given it a thought! However, thank you to those people who have supplied some sacks. Unfortunately they will not last long for the intended sack races with some of the rougher Kindergarten jumpers. If anyone has any hessian (or heavy duty) sacks they would like to donate please contact Victoria D’Alton. Racecourse Parking Attendants Volunteers are still needed for our next commitment on Saturday 22 March from 10.30am to 2.30pm. We need 8 people so if you are able to help for all or part of this time, please contact Jenney Rolfe on 6241-3363. School Family Picnic A family picnic is being organised for Sunday 23 March at Hall Showground from 11.00am until approx 3.00pm. All Burgmann families are welcome. Mark the date in your diaries - more details to follow in future newsletters. Friends at Burgmann (FAB) is the parent body for the school. The FAB Committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting held in the first term of the school year. There are two subcommittees of FAB – a Social Events Committee and a Fundraising Committee. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the FAB meetings. Meeting times are decided at the AGM. FAB meets on the second Tuesday of each month (school holidays excepted) at 7.30pm in the Library.

Burgmann Sport in 2003 Due to the complexities with the construction sites, the development of the oval and limited equipment and resources, it has been decided that in 2003 Burgmann Anglican School students will only represent in the three main sports of Swimming, Cross Country running Annual General Meeting - FAB and Athletics. In 2004 it is anticipated that Burgmann The AGM will be held on 11 March 2003 at 7.30pm in students will be given opportunities to trial and the Library. Nomination forms have already been hopefully represent the Gungahlin district teams in the distributed, but may also be found at Primary School Sports Association competitions. In http://www.burgmann.act.edu.au/parents/fabannualgen 2004 students in years 7 and 8 will also be able to eralmeeting.html Please complete the form and place compete in the relevant high school sporting it in the FAB box in the office addressed to the opportunities. As a result, no publications or Secretary. Nominations are to be received by midday advertisements will be made to students or parents this 10 March 2003. If you have any questions – please year regarding representative district trials for sports contact the Secretary, Mary Welch on 0419 441 533. teams. Bible Verse for the Week Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care - not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be. 1 Peter 5:2, 3

Dessert and Coffee Evening The first combined Church/School Ladies’ Dessert and Coffee evening for the year will be held in the school Library on Friday 14 March at 7.30pm. Cost is $5 which may be given to Mrs Coe. Uniform Shop News Summer Uniforms Next week, 4, 5 and 6 March, will be your last opportunity to buy summer uniforms. Jumpers, tracksuits and socks are available all year around. Second-Hand Uniforms We run a second-hand section of the Uniform Shop, on a consignment basis. To maintain a high standard of uniform the following conditions apply: 1. All items must be in good repair and freshly laundered. Any item that the shop staff feel has not been adequately cleaned will be drycleaned and the cost taken from the selling price. 2. A card (as supplied by the shop) must be filled out with all the necessary information required, and pinned to each item. 3. Items will be priced by shop staff after they have been assessed for suitability. 4. Any item left for sale that does not meet these criteria will be disposed of at the discretion of the shop staff. This will include any stained, faded or excessively-worn items and those which are not correct uniform. For health reasons, sports briefs and socks cannot be accepted. Now is the time to bring in those winter items – pinafore dresses, parkas, jumpers, tracksuits and ties sell particularly well. Stock Arrivals Dhurrawang, Gurabung and Ngadyung house badges are now available at $4 each. Guraguma badges should be arriving soon.

Netta Netball Netta Netball is an indoor competition for boys and girls aged 8-10, developed by Netball Australia to provide children with a positive introduction to Netball. Equipment and rules have been modified to suit the age and skill level of the group. Netta enables children to play in a non-competitive environment. All children receive a participation award at the conclusion of the competition. We play on Wednesdays at 4pm or 5pm at ACT Netball Centre, Southwell Park, Lyneham and we already have a team half-filled. If your child is interested please contact Kathy Pollard (Cherice Y5) on 6242-0111 or Kim Roper (Lauren Y6) on 6242-4646. Gungahlin Eagles Junior Rugby Union Registrations are now being accepted for the 2003 season. A second registration day will be held at Nicholls enclosed Oval on Saturday 8 March from 10.00am to 12.30pm Cost is $50.00; $80 for 2 from the one family and $100.00 for 3 or more. This includes insurance, ground hire, playing equipment and a season pass to all Brumbies home games (excluding finals). Under 7s and 8s play Walla Rugby which is non-tackling form of Rugby. From Under 9s on-contact is introduced with the game progressing to full rugby in the U/12s. Our First game is a Round Robin on 5 April - Competition Proper starts 3 May (after the school holidays). For more information please contact Brett King on 0416 027797 or 6242 4463AH Diary Dates 27 February 28 February 28 February 2 March 3, 4, 5 March 3 March

Fundraising  Trailer Raffle – tickets are now due back on Wednesday 2 April. 59 families still have books outstanding and these need to be accounted for. The raffle will be drawn on Thursday 10 April. If anyone is willing to help sell the remainder of the tickets, please call Debbie Owers on 0421-043-193.  Teatowels – there are still a few left over from last year. $10 each.  Bulbs – catalogues are now being distributed to your eldest child. Please return your orders to the FAB Box with payment by Friday 7 March. Clean Up Australia Day - Sunday 2 March If you enjoy walking around Yerrabi Ponds, you might like to spare some time to help clean up the foreshore and surrounding area on Sunday 2 March, 9.0012noon. Register at the corner of Kettle Street and Strayleaf Crescent. More details from 6242-5169.

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Parent Information Night for Years 6 and 7 Sunnies for Sight Day Friday assemblies recommence for K-Year 5 Clean Up Australia Day Bishop Masimango at Chapel services Instrumental lessons commence this week Last day for registration for minkey and hockey Year 3 Afternoon tea Last day for Flower Bulb orders Last day for enrolments for AMEB music exams FAB AGM Closing date for Back to School 2003 software orders Ladies’ Dessert and Coffee evening Racecourse Parking School Family Picnic Trailer Raffle tickets due back Raffle Draw for Trailer Raffle Draw for Quilt Last Day of Term 1

Bible Verse for the Week Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care - not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be. 1 Peter 5:2, 3

Report on Schools Funding Released The report of the inquiry into education funding in the ACT was released on 14 February and may be viewed on the inquiry website, www.act.gov.au/educationfundinginquiry [a link to this site can be found on the Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT) website, www.ais.act.edu.au ]. A substantial section of the report and a number of the inquiry’s recommendations to the ACT Government refer to non-government schools in the ACT and independent schools in particular. Overall the report is not favourable to independent schools. The head of the inquiry, Lyndsay Connors, is now heading the new Public Education Council in NSW and there is an underlying inference in the report that the existence of nongovernment schools is detrimental to public education. There is a clear intention in the recommendations to limit the further expansion of non-government schools. However, the inquiry does acknowledge that Australia’s dual system of schooling – comprising government and non-government schools – is well-established and that there is wide community acceptance that non-government schools should receive some government funding. The report recognises the Federal government as a major partner in schools funding and notes that moves are now under way to develop a national agreement on schools funding through the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs. Given that the bulk of government funding for non-government schools comes from the Federal government, several of the report’s recommendations in relation to non-government schools are interim recommendations pending development of a national agreement. The report recommends that the ACT Government should only provide general recurrent funding to independent schools and recommends closure of the ACT Government’s interest subsidy scheme to new applications from 2003-04. This scheme has been of great benefit in supporting parents and school communities in their efforts to build or refurbish school infrastructure. It has helped offset the costs to school communities of interest payments on the loans raised to finance building projects. Loss of the subsidy could have the effect of delaying infrastructure development or increasing fee levels. Burgmann has been able to access the Interest Subsidy Scheme for all its building projects. It has enabled us to build quality facilities each year that adequately cater for the educational needs of the children within an accessible fee structure. A loss of the scheme will have an impact on the future capital program, causing us to rethink the master plan and the time at which particular facilities are built. The report recommends that the ACT Government not adopt the current Commonwealth recurrent funding model for non-government schools, which is based on a socio-economic measure of the capacity of a school’s community to support the school. The Commonwealth’s SES model was introduced in 2001 and represented a significant shift in focus in the funding of non-government schools from school resources (including income) to students. The focus of the Connors report in regard to the independent sector is squarely on schools, not the children who attend them, and the inquiry recommends that the ACT Government base its recurrent funding of non-government schools on school income, not the circumstances of the families whose children attend the school. The inquiry recommends that ACT government recurrent funding for non-government schools be linked to a proposed ACT Schools Standard Cost. Schools operating in excess of this standard would be eligible to receive only a small level of funding (the report suggests five per cent of the ACT Schools Standard Cost). Given that no detail was provided on what would determine the Standard Cost, it is not yet clear how many independent schools would be affected by this recommendation. Of particular concern are the report’s recommendations regarding students with disabilities. While the recommendations would protect the current level of ACT government funding for students already enrolled in independent schools, in future, families of children with disabilities could be substantially disadvantaged if they choose to enrol their children in schools not owned by the ACT Government. The overall message to parents from the report is – the more you are prepared to spend on your child’s education, the less you should be supported by government. This is contrary to the view of the independent schools sector, which argues that governments should encourage parental financial contribution to the education of their children. The Reference Group established by AISACT to respond to the inquiry is now analysing the Connors report for the full impact of its recommendations on independent schools and will prepare a detailed response to the report for the new ACT Education Minister, Katy Gallagher. A summary of this material will be made available to parents as soon as possible.

Bible Verse for the Week Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care - not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be. 1 Peter 5:2, 3

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