West Melton Drive, At Melton West Primary School our purpose is to
West Melton 3337 develop the academic, social and emotional growth
Phone: 9743 5818 of all students so that they can reach their full
Email: email@example.com potential and become responsible community
Website: www.meltonwestps.vic.edu.au members.
NEWSLETTER NO. 5 22nd March, 2012
MARCH Friday 23 Grade 5/6 Canberra Trip returns approximately 5.00pm
Wednesday 21st Grades 3/4 Snake Busters Incursion CANCELLED
Friday 23rd Final Return Day – Vic. Premiers’ Reading Challenge Consent Form
Lightning Premiership Grades 5/6
Twilight Movie Night CANCELLED
Friday 30th Assembly to be held 9.00am (whole school)
Final Day Term 1 – students dismissed 2.10pm
APRIL Monday 16 Start of Term 2
Friday 20th Final Payment Day – Gr.3/4 Camp Deposit $50
Thursday 26th School Photo Day
2013 Prep Information Session, 5.00pm
MAY Thursday 10th Family Maths Night – more information to come
AUGUST Saturday 11th Mattel Toy Shop – shopping opportunity for parents – more info. to come
Mon.27th-Wed.29th Grade 3/4 Camp to Phillip Island Adventure Resort
Dear Parents and Guardians of Melton West Primary School,
What another fantastic fortnight we have had. The sometimes we forget to acknowledge that they are
Curriculum Day on Tuesday 13th March was a fabulous actually on deck for 24 hours, the whole time they are
opportunity for staff to work with Jenni Wilson, a away. If your child attended this camp, and you see one
renowned Inquiry Learning educator. Jenni has of these staff members, please don’t forget to thank
authored books about Inquiry Learning and is very them for their work this week. A small thanks will go a
knowledgeable in this area. She spoke about the long way in letting the teachers know that you and your
benefits to children and their learning using an Inquiry child appreciate their efforts in ensuring we can offer
approach. Teachers then had the opportunity to work such a wonderful experience.
with Jenni in their teams to plan out their next terms
It is with great regret that we have decided to postpone
Inquiry Units. Don’t be surprised if the children come
the much anticipated Twilight Movie Night scheduled
home asking lots of questions about a subject that
for Friday 23rd March. The weather forecast for Friday
interests them, as they use you and other resources as
has been bleak all week. One report says to expect
primary sources of information.
snow in the nearby ranges. I have rescheduled this
Some children have also had the opportunity to work event for Friday 19th October, which is the second week
with a Maths guru – Michael Ymer, while the teachers in Term 4. More information will follow closer to the
observed him working with the students to develop event.
their numeracy skills. Michael was quickly able to
This week saw me taking on a new role as the “Lollypop
engage the children and demonstrate great maths
Lady” or the technical term - crossing supervisor. I
teaching to the teachers. Both Michael and Jenni will
enjoyed chatting to children and their parents as they
return next week to continue their work and meet with
made their way into school on Monday morning after
other teachers and children who have not had the
our usual person, Pam, was not replaced. However, it
opportunity to work with them.
was very disappointing watching a number of parents
Some of the Grade 5/6 children have taken the chance and children crossing not too far up the street. Some
to attend a camp in Canberra this week. From all parents dropped their children off on one side of the
accounts they are having a ball, but I am sure they are road and children ran across the road without support
all looking forward to a good sleep in their own bed on from their parent. The roads around the school are very
Friday night. I would like to thank the staff, Miss busy before and after school in particular and it is very
Dearing, Miss Zemunic, Mr Cook, Ms Soulas and Mrs important for parents and children to use the
Adams, who have all taken time away from their own appropriate crossing points. Please set an example to
families in order for this great event to go ahead. It is a your children and help teach them good road safety
big commitment for teachers to take children away, and skills.
A few housekeeping items: A few reminders from last newsletter:
End Term 1 Arrangements: Letting your children know the afterschool
School finishes for the school holidays next Friday 30th arrangements
March at 2.10pm, with children returning Monday 16th Can I please encourage parents to help develop
April 2012. We will have an assembly on the last day independence in their children by ensuring they know
from 9.00am. Please feel free to stay behind after you exactly who they are to meet up with after school or
have dropped off your children and celebrate the how they are to get home. We have a small number of
terrific term. parents who ring the office on a daily basis to pass a
All lost property items will be put out on display the message onto their children about these arrangements.
morning of the assembly so that parents as well as We understand that at times people find themselves in
students can check for any missing items. a situation that is beyond their control and may be held
up at an appointment or in traffic. During these
Term 2 Assemblies: infrequent times, we are happy to pass on messages to
I have included below a timetable for classes children, however when it becomes a more frequent
performing at Friday Assembly during Term 2. Each event, we feel parents should be able to organise
class will get a turn throughout the year. If your child’s themselves and their children better by letting them
class is due to perform and assembly is cancelled due to know the arrangements before the children leave in the
inclement weather, they will perform in Term 4. I will morning.
advertise each fortnight in the newsletter which class is
due to perform in the upcoming weeks. Dropping off Lunches
Term 2 Week 1 20/4/12 Prep G Another concern of ours is
Term 2 Week 2 27/4/12 1/2C the families who drop their
Term 2 Week 3 4/5/12 3/4B children’s lunches off at the
Term 2 Week 4 11/5/12 5/6C office, often without names
Term 2 Week 5 18/5/12 Prep H and without speaking to the
Term 2 Week 6 25/5/12 1/2E staff about who they belong
(Education Week) to. I’m sure it would help the
Term 2 Week 7 1/6/12 3/4C children, who often miss out on school work when they
Term 2 Week 8 8/6/12 5/6D come to collect it from the office, as well as saving
Term 2 Week 9 15/6/12 Prep P families a lot of time, if the lunches were made before
Term 2 Week 10 22/6/12 1/2H the children leave for school (even make it the night
Term 2 Week 11 29/6/12 3/4F before) and sent along with them in the morning. If you
do need to drop off anything for your child, please
Clubs Program: name the items and make contact with our office staff
The very successful Clubs Program will be offered again so they are aware of who it is for.
next term. The following Clubs will be available:
Gardening – Wednesday lunchtime; Yoga – Thursday Early Arrivals and Late Pick-Ups
lunchtime; Singing for Years 1-4 – Wednesday One more grumble before I finish up. Our school offers
lunchtime; Dance Club – before school; and a Computer a very friendly and well-serviced after school hours care
Club Tuesday lunchtime. More information will follow program operated by OSHClub, for children who need
very soon. If your child is interested, please return the to get to school early, or can’t get picked up by the
form before the due date to ensure he/she has a place. correct time afterschool. With the government subsidy
Most Clubs can only take a limited number of children. available, the cost of this care may be quite minimal.
Please consider this for your children if you are finding
you need to drop them off early or are coming late to
In the last newsletter I included a survey about the
collect them after school. Children should not arrive at
Camping Program. In order to plan for these
school before 8.30am at the earliest. Staff are not on
experiences, I need as many surveys returned as
duty until 8.40am in the mornings and therefore the
possible. As yet I have not had very many come back,
children are in the yard unsupervised. Similarly, staff
with the majority returned indicating they would be
are on duty after school until 3.20pm and children need
happy to pay $300-$400 per year for a camp. If this
to be collected before then.
does not suit you please return the survey, found at the
end of the newsletter, so that we can cater for the
Thank-you to our wonderful families who always do the
majority of families. When we organise a camp, we
right thing by the school and their children. You
would like the most number of children to attend to
certainly make our job that much easier.
ensure it is a great experience for all and any follow-up
work can be relevant to the children.
School Notices WEEKLY AWARDS
Just a reminder that all school notices are uploaded Week ending 9th March: Rebecca Wheeler, Nomita
onto the school website, www.meltonwestps.vic.edu.au Choudhury, Maddison harper, Elle Bailey, Katelin
the day they are handed out to children or before. If McCabe, Jarrod Bibby, Sebastian 1/2E, Hayley Olson,
you misplace your note and need another one, please Luca Impey, Milton Carranza, Jackson Layton, Trent
check out this valuable resource and print a new one off Smeaton, Solomon Erjok, Tyson Knell, Daniel Dimech,
for yourself. Please encourage your children to be Trisha Kilsby, Tayllia Quarry-Simmons, Prisila Faletais,
responsible for bringing home these important pieces Kadin Maslak, Dean Jeffrey and Mikayla Falzon.
of communication and praise them when you see them Week ending 16th March: Hannah Woods, Helena
doing this regularly. Connor, Brock Carbone, Jack Jarrott, Jackson Caiafa, Izel
Ziya, Drazo Ostojic, Vincent Kalonhea, Rachel Bonnano,
Learning and Growing Together
Zoe Caiafa, Jessica Hodge, Ashley Connell, Santanna
Kaio-Galuega, Lucas Sanza, Zane Brown, Claire Maslak,
Haini Magele, Leslie Pitts, Josh Cooper, Brayden
Howard, Jade Vogele, Rhys Lee and Stefania Sanza.
This week we have had a Maths Consultant, Michael
4 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN
Ymer, working with many grades. He will be back next
APPLICATIONS FOR 2013
week to work with other teachers. He has shared many
Application forms, available after 25th March from:
innovative ideas and assisted with our planning. He was
Melon Civic Centre / Caroline Springs Civic Centre &
impressed with many of our resources and approaches
Library / Kindergartens / Maternal & Child Health
to teaching and learning.
Centres / Occasional Care & toy Library / Early
Next term there will be regular maths activities added
Childhood Intervention Centre /online at
to the newsletter for families to complete at home and
our Maths Take Home Bags will begin for each grade.
Completed application forms, accompanied by all
Some great maths websites will also be mentioned to
supporting documentation should be lodged as soon as
offer a range of learning activities. Please also
possible to ensure your child secures a place in the
remember all students have access to Mathletics kindergarten of your choice.
and Spelladrome. Most students know their login
details but please see your child’s teacher if you need WOOLWORTHS – EARN AND LEARN PROGRAM 2011
them again. The site address is www.mathletics.com.au It was great to receive the items ordered through the
or www.spellodrome.com.au 2011 Earn and Learn Program last week.
There will also be a Family Maths Night held on Items are: Junior Jumper Trampoline / Moving and
Thursday 10th May…more details will follow next term. Fitting Bead Frame / Sheet Magnifiers / Swivel Globes /
Wall Maps / Number Puzzle / Counting Tray.
CONGRATULATIONS These items have been placed in the appropriate areas
We would like to, once again, congratulate JAMES of the school and are being used by the children.
ROBERTS on his wonderful achievements in the water. Thank you to Woolworths for this great program, we
James won first place in Breaststroke and Butterfly at are hoping that they will run it again this year.
the recent Regional Championships and will now
advance to the State Championships to be held 29th SCHOOL BANKING COMPETITION FOR THE CBA
March. Well done James!!! The CBA will be running a competition for schools
registered with the School Banking Program. The
SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN A PRIORITY competition is aimed at encouraging children to bank at
We have been notified that the Melton Shire Parking school on a regular basis. There will be great prizes in
Inspectors will be patrolling our area booking illegally categories such as:
parked cars. Westmelton Drive opposite the school is The latest classroom technology
sign posted NO STANDING during the hours 8.00- Funding for school excursions
9.30am and 3.00-4.00pm. Gift vouchers, annual movie tickets and more …
Parking fines are $122 and you will be booked, even if So if you already have a CBA Dollarmite or Youth Saver
you park and do not leave the car. Parking within 10 account please send it in regularly. If you would like
metres of any intersection (approx. 2 car lengths) is also information about opening an account for your child
illegal and this will also incur a fine. please ask at the school office or simply go to the CBA
There is plenty of parking available at the Melton and simply open an account.
Waves Car Park. Your child can safely use the manned School Banking day at MWPS is TUESDAY.
crossings at Coburns Road and meet you there or you
could make the short walk across and pick up your child
SCHOOL PHOTO DAY – THURSDAY 26TH APRIL
Ordering envelopes with the information
shown here will be sent home the first
day of Term 2 2012. We have displayed
this information now so that you are
aware early of the cost of your child’s
school photos. Sibling order envelopes,
with prices ranging from $18 - $25 will
also be available next term at the office.
More information may be available at
Future Camp Survey
Please tick all boxes that apply to you and return to the school office by Friday 16th March 2012
I would be prepared to pay for my child/children to attend camp on a yearly basis from Grades
3-6 at the approximate cost of $300-$400 per camp.
I would prefer my child/children to attend camp every second year at the approximate cost of $300 - $400 per camp.
I would prefer camps that cost less than $300 and understand this may mean the experiences the children receive
may be different to previous camps.
I am happy to pay for my child/children to attend a camp that costs up to $_________________ every year/second
year (cross out the inapplicable)
My child/children are in grade Prep 1/2 3/4 5/6 in 2012