2009 Term 1 Issue 2 Leadership Team DON’T FORGET Vicki Stravinski Lindon Alvey PUPIL FREE DAY This Friday 6th March Anne Flannery Diary Dates March 4th Early Closure 2.10pm 6th School Closure Day 9th I would like to thank parents and caregivers of students in Adelaide Cup public holiday Reception to Year 5 for their support during the first three weeks 18th as we waited to receive confirmation of eligibility of smaller Governing Council mtg 20th classes and then the process of appointing new staff and a Harmony Day reshuffle of classes for many students. 25th Early Closure 2.10pm We now have classes of no more than 25 and what a difference April it is already making to teaching and learning. It is wonderful to 3rd see how resilient our students are by showing how they have Sports Day 6th – 8th settled in their new classes and how well our new teachers have Yr 6/7 Aquatics settled into our school routines. 9th Last Day of Term 2.10pm finish We welcome Kate Schipper, Aaron Heritage, Jenny Hills and 10th Public Holiday Wendy Gibbs to our school. . Vicki has extended her sick leave. In the meantime I will continue in the position of principal. Anne Flannery Acquaintance Meetings Pupil Free Day Thank you to all the families who attended our Acquaintance Meetings. We have had such an overwhelming response. HAPPY PROJECT LAUNCH Healthy Active Panatalinga Parents and Youth This year March 6 – Pupil Free Day teachers for Happy Launch have On Friday March 6th, staff at Morphett Vale chosen different ways of getting to know East School will join with six other cluster their parents and communicating classroom schools and their Kindergartens to celebrate procedures, routines, expectations and the launch of the HAPPY Project. The Project presenting their learning programs. will be launched by our local member, Amanda Rishworth. Maggie Beer and author of ‘Bite Me’, Anne Johnson will then address the 250 staff about the importance of healthy active lifestyles. The staff will participate in a variety of workshops from composting and gardening to ideas for physical activity and cooking. After lunch, each school will meet together to plan whole school projects. This promises to be a great day of learning, We hope that networking and planning for all staff across the families that our cluster of schools. While we are working took advantage hard and learning lots, I wish all families a of this HAPPY extra long weekend. opportunity enjoyed it as Mary O’Hara (HAPPY Coordinator) much as the staff (from these photos it seems Governing Council News like they did!) Governing Council met for the first time in 2009 on Wednesday 18th February. The following items were discussed: The Rudd Primary School Funding School Counsellor introduction & role Site Learning Plan Governing Council meetings are held in Week 4 and Week 8 each term. All parents/caregivers are welcome to attend as a visitor – please speak to the office staff if you are interested in attending. Registration of Interest weeding, planting, water testing, soil testing A huge thank you to those parents that and other ongoing activities with the have registered their interest in helping ultimate goal of sharing all of our learning with other classes, and our community. around the school in one of the many ways possible. For those that ticked one of the boxes on the general consent form (library, Volunteer Movie Day canteen, fundraising, craft, grounds) please On Monday 11th May the City of know that you will be contacted shortly. Onkaparinga is hosting a Volunteer movie day at Wallis Noarlunga Cinema Centre. Bike and Road Safety As we have already had to indicate our Stop, Look, Listen, Think requirements for sessions we are now asking We are very concerned about the safety of that our school volunteers speak to Colleen some of our students who walk and ride to to advise if they would like to attend either school. Children have been seen regularly the 10.00am or 12.30pm sessions. Seats are being unsafe on their bikes; even riding on restricted to volunteers only (sorry no the wrong side of the road. We ask all partners, friends, children etc) parents to speak to their children about road safety. Ticket allocation will be on a first come/first served basis. Bushfire Appeal We would like to acknowledge the Free parenting seminar generosity of our community for the money Confident Parents, Remarkable Children that was donated to aid the bushfire Raising children you'll love to live with! appeal. The amazing amount of $798-00 was raised. Thank you everyone. Do you want parenting to be much easier? Do you want your child's cooperation and Sustainability Project respect? As part of our school’s sustainability focus Room 17 will be working on a part of the For parents and carers of children from surrounding creek bed area in Tarnnannga toddlers to teens. Come and hear Reserve. On a weekly basis, students have respected parenting educator from the USA: been cleaning up rubbish, weeding and Bonnie Harris MS Ed have begun identifying native plants and weeds. Jess, the site manager for the WHEN: 7:15 - 9:00 pm, Tarnnannga Reserve, has been out to pay us Monday 16th March, 2009 a visit and help us with some of our plant WHERE: Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, Nth Terrace and weed identification prior to beginning TO ATTEND: Please phone Parenting SA on our weeding. Mark from the National 8303 1660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Resource Board visited us to help us better understand the importance of native plants For information about parenting or caring for to each area and the effects that our children and teenagers go to everyday life can have on our local www.parenting.sa.gov.au or www.cyh.com or environment. This area around our school is phone Parent helpline on 1300 364 100 unique because our school is where the two arms of Christie Creek join into one. Christie Creek and its associated vegetation and landforms have a high degree of significance to Kaurna people, the indigenous traditional owners of the area. We will be studying and maintaining the area throughout the year with clean-ups, Cyber Safety workshops Swimming Students from Year 3 - 7 took part in a Cyber Year 5 student, Dylan Manuel, competed in Safety presentation from Bev Yardley from a recent swimming carnival held in Renmark. the Communications and Media section of A junior member of the Fleurieu Swimming the Commonwealth Government this week. Club, located at Sherriffs Road Swimming This program is designed to provide Centre, Dylan won gold medals in freestyle information to students about being safe on and backstroke, a silver medal in the internet, with their electronic learning breaststroke and a bronze medal in butterfly. and use of other technologies. We will be Congratulations and well done Dylan. sending out a pamphlet to help keep parents informed about strategies and things to do to keep your child safe on line. More generosity During week four we collected money on the 16th and 20th February. We waited for people to buy things from the canteen and then we asked them if they would like to donate their change. We collected the money because of the bushfires in Victoria in which animals have been injured. The students who helped collect the money we Corey C, Patrick W, Chris N, Caitlin S, Hayley H, Lauren E, Shannon L, Corey H and Seth W. We collected $108.30. Community Noticeboard School Uniforms For Sale – 3 brand new size Thank you to the people who gave their 10 school green & white check dresses. money. It has been send to Wildlife Victoria. Never worn, tickets still attached. All 3 for $20. Phone Dawn 0438 537 524 Patrick Webb Worlds Greatest Shave – Morphett Vale Important School Football Football Club 12th March @ 6pm. Head along and support your local community. Meeting Any parents or volunteers interested in Kids Taekwondo – Reynella Sth Primary helping with our school football teams are School – Thursdays from 6pm Enquiriers 0412 invited to a meeting in the staffroom on 909 500 or 0418 832 413 Tuesday 10th March at 4.00 pm. At this stage we are looking for a Year 4-5 coach but any Tabor Christian College – Principals Tour – parents interested in helping would be Wednesday 3rd June at 9.15am. greatly appreciated.
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