THEODORE STATE SCHOOL P-10 “Learn with a Will” That were The Boulevard Phone: (07) 4990 3333 PO Box 168 Fax : (07) 4990 3300 THEODORE 4719 email@example.com Principal: Mr Ken Treasure Respect, Safety, Property, Communication and Attitude to Learning No: 7 – Week 8 Date: 17 March 2010 VALUE OF THE WEEK Respect: I respect myself, others and my community. PRINCIPAL’S PIECE REVIEW OF LUNCH PASS SYSTEM The P&C is calling a meeting of all interested community members to review the current lunch pass system. The P&C and the school staff are very keen to see changes so that the current risks to students are removed. It is also hoped that issues such as unacceptable student behaviour and the consumption of unhealthy food will be addressed by the changes. As you will see later in the newsletter, this meeting has been called for tonight, Wed 17th March. No further changes will be made to the current lunch pass system until after that meeting. I urge all of you who have an interest in this issue to attend that meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting and would like to have your thoughts heard, please contact one of the P&C executive and ask them to relay your ideas. SANDFLIES FORCE POSTPONEMENT OF SWIMMING LESSONS AND CARNIVALS The staff have made the decision to suspend all swimming classes for the remainder of this term because of the sandflies. The sand flies are so bad at the pool that the students are suffering unbearably and they are not able to learn properly in these classes. So this decision was made yesterday in the best interests of the children and is effective immediately. We also decided to postpone the swimming carnivals until 4th Term because of the sandflies. To hold the carnivals next week, when they were planned for, would have been a nightmare for students, staff and spectators. The Secondary Carnival will now be held on Thursday 14th October and the Primary Swimming Carnival will be held on Friday 15th October. Hopefully, the sandflies will have eased off by then!! We have also started getting the students to eat in the classrooms to keep them away from the sandflies a bit more. The students spend the first 15 minutes of each break eating in their classrooms and then they play outside for the remainder of each break, weather permitting. This will continue for as long as the sandflies are a problem. THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL BIKE WEEK National Ride to School Day and the Scody Ride to Work Day is on today Wednesday the 17th of March, 2010. Cycling is good for your health, the environment and the family budget, so we would like to encourage those students and staff members that have bikes to ride to school on this day and into the future, if possible. SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS Thank you to all those people who tendered for the items the school had for tender. The successful tenderers were: David Jewell – John Deere Ride-On mower Bill Murray – Trailers 2000 trailer Bradley Price – Painted canoe Peter Bradden – Unpainted canoe ABSENCES MUST BE NOTIFIED TO SCHOOL A reminder that any absences must be explained to the school. Please either send a note to the school or ring the office. The school is obligated to investigate any period of unexplained absence of three days or more and protracted numbers of unexplained absences will result in parents or carers being formally reminded that they have a legal obligation to ensure that their children attend school on a regular basis. We do not want to get to this point, so please make sure you explain any absence to the school as soon as you can. We will be monitoring student absences carefully and following through on patterns of unexplained absence. PARENTAL CONSENT NEEDED TO APPLY INSECT REPELLENT If you would like staff to be able to apply insect repellent to your child, please complete the consent form that was sent home with the last newsletter. Staff will only be applying repellent to students who have left their own repellent at home. Parents and carers must provide their children with repellent. If you need a form, they are available from the school office. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LATEST AWARD WINNERS Well done to all those students who received awards for the great things they did last week. Your names are listed in the tables below. Keep up the good work. Thanks for taking the time to read our newsletter, Ken Treasure Principal WEEK 7 AWARD WINNERS Bronze Awards – Week 7 – Term 1 2010 Award Recipient Date Award Year Given Given level Emma-Lee May 15/03/10 Bronze 6 Ilish Edwards 15/03/10 Bronze 6 Annabel Edwards 15/03/10 Bronze 6 Dashawn Egan-Smith 15/03/10 Bronze 6 Sarah Bock 15/03/10 Bronze 6 Jack Williams 15/03/10 Bronze 2 Shamiya Sauer 15/03/10 Bronze 2 Nicole Kucks 15/03/10 Bronze 2 Jenna Atfield 15/03/10 Bronze 2 Brian Ogden 15/03/10 Bronze 2 Connor Clark 15/03/10 Bronze 3 Dale Hughes 15/03/10 Bronze 4 George Spalding 15/03/10 Bronze 4 Paige Carseldine 15/03/10 Bronze 5 Hannah Edwards 15/03/10 Bronze 5 Elizabeth Hills 15/03/10 Bronze 5 Kate Isler 15/03/10 Bronze 5 Helena Long 15/03/10 Bronze 5 Olivia O’Donnell 15/03/10 Bronze 5 Tegan Skinner 15/03/10 Bronze 5 Billy Smoothy 15/03/10 Bronze 5 Principal Commendations – Week 7 – Term 1 2010 Year Name Reason for Award Level For: Prep Hayden Ree For the enthusiastic way he contributes to class discussions. Year1 Piper Christensen For showing fabulous reading and writing skills. Brophy Burke For a great speaking skills during his show and tell. Year 2 For always trying her best and lending a kind and helping hand to her Zoe Norris classmates. For thinking outside the square when creating his MAB tower for the Brent Deighton class design challenge. Year 3/4 Dale Hughes For working well with others during class. Connor Clark For persevering to complete set tasks and trying hard to improve his handwriting. Year 5 Jennifer Spalding For participating well in all set activities. Paige Carseldine For a great effort in maths activities this week. Year 6 Eric Atfield For showing fantastic behaviour in class and always completing his work at a high standard. Ben Pressey For always trying his best and showing great behaviour. Secondary GOTCHA Awards – Week 7 – Term 1 2010 Year Level Name Evidence for Award Year 7 Rebecca Donald For always being a helpful class member. Kayla Durkin For being enthusiastic and dedicated in all KLAs. Year 8 Chelsee Wheaton For creating an awesome word search in her own time and for completing all of her English homework. Chloe Kington For creating an awesome word search in her own time and for completing all of her English homework. Caleb Kucks For staying focused and completing all of his English homework Jacob Bock For completing all of his English homework. Shaye Carpenter For completing all of her English homework. Sharnee Edwards For completing all of her English homework. Tiarnie Johnston For completing all of her English homework. Lachlan Norris For completing all of his English homework. Bradley Price For completing all of his English homework. Jessica Russell For completing all of her English homework. Blade Sparrow For completing all of his English homework. Year 9 Samantha Russell For consistent participation in classroom activities. Lesley Becker For creating awesome word searches and positive behaviour in class. Shekaylah For creating awesome word searches and volunteering to help in Dodd class. Year 10 Ben O’Shannessy For completing his homework tasks in a timely manner. Jacob Wheaton For completing his homework tasks in a timely manner. Lauren McMillan For applying herself to her work in class. Evie Daniel For a good effort this week Sabrina Gray For a good effort this week Tylah Ball For a good effort this week SANDFLIES The following information is supplied by the school nurse, Derek McCabe The blackfly or sandfly does not carry human disease in Australia. Bites can cause different levels of allergic reactions in humans; and may become infected, especially if they are scratched. The blackfly lays its eggs into fresh running water, upon which they sink to the bottom of the waterway. They can remain there for long periods of time - up to decades under the right conditions. The eggs hatch with flooding because of increased oxygen, and physical abrasion of the egg. The larvae drift until they attach themselves to leaves and twigs. Once matured, the adults can be biting throughout the day. However males tend to form mating swarms early in the morning; the females enter the swarms to mate. The males do not bite animals or humans. After mating, the female will require blood meals, before laying their eggs. They can live up to about 3 weeks. In a flood situation the options for use of fogging machines are somewhat limited because of the extent of the problem. Therefore the majority of the efforts is in preventing bites. This can be achieved through: • Staying indoors particularly at dusk and dawn; use of screens, fans, air-conditioning. • Wearing long sleeved loose clothing • Applying insecticides. • Use of anti-allergy medications or lotions. • Rubbing vinegar on bites and welts can bring some relief. The following site contains useful information. It also mentions that the blackfly doesn't like dark places. http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2010/02/blackflysandfly-out-in-force-out-west.html YEAR 7 CANBERRA CAMP FUNDRAISING: Please find attached raffle tickets for fundraising for Year 7 Canberra Camp - $200 BP fuel voucher kindly donated by Grant & Sue Wheaton supported by the P & C - $2 a ticket. Please return all tickets + money to the school Office by the end of March, 2010. Drawn Thursday 1 April at school Office (last day of term). LUNCH PASSES. The P&C will be discussing Lunch Passes and making changes as required at the next P&C meeting, which will be held on 17th March at 7.00pm in the school library. Come along and have your say. COMMUNITY NEWS 17.03.10 SCHOOL UNIFORMS FOR SALE: Red Trackpants – 1 size 10, 3 size 14, all in good condition $5 each; Red Jumpers (Pullovers) 1 size 12 & 4 size 14, all in good condition $5 each; Cotton Red school shorts – 1 size 12, $5 in good condition; Theodore State School shirts – 2 size 10, $10 each in good condition; Moura State School shirts – 3 size Small in very good condition (only worn for 12 months) – contact phone 4993 1940. FOR SALE: 500 split posts and 40 strainers. Phone 4627 9280 after 7pm. PIGS FOR SALE: 1 3 yr Boar $200; 1 3 yr Sow $200; 1 Sow in pig $150; 3 Weaners $50 each – phone Ian 0429979304 or Katrina 0428931504. FOR SALE: 2003 TOYOTA AVALON CONQUEST SEDAN. ROO BAR, good condition $5,200 – phone 0419 776 296. Computer sales, upgrades and repairs. TV tuning, home theatre and internet installation. Printer cartridges. NEW TO THEODORE at the Harmony Centre, 60 The Boulevard. 0418 410 377. Theodore Show FUNDAY is CANCELLED!!! The Theodore Show Funday which was on the 20th March 2010 has been cancelled. Any questions please call the secretary (Jess) on 0408 710 442. THEODORE JUNIOR ROOSTER Training will commence next Wednesday 23/3/10 Football grounds at 3.15 If you wish to play and have not signed up please come along to training EASTER CHURCH SERVICES – THEODORE. CATHOLIC: Wed.31st March – Mass – Fr. Noel Milner – 5p.m. Good Friday – Lay led service – 3p.m. Easter Sunday – Mass – Fr. Noel Milner – 8a.m. LUTHERAN: 1st April – Maundy Thursday – Pastor Robert D’Antoni – 7.30p.m. Easter Sunday – Sunrise Service – 6a.m. at Michael/Nadine Kucks property – Sausage Sizzle Breakfast. UNITING: Good Friday – Rev. Peter Taubner – 8.30a.m. No service on Easter Sunday. ANGLICAN: Easter Saturday – Eucharist service – Fr. Des. Potter – 8.30a.m. No service on Easter Sunday. MOURA: Ecumenical service EASTER SUNDAY NIGHT 5.30P.M. Anglican Church. FRONT END LOADER HIRE Taroom and surrounding Districts * Earthworks * Dam Desilting * Stickraking Phone: McDonald Plant Hire 0746273591 0428446544 Gene THEODORE TENNIS ASSOC INC SIGN ON DAY Date change Come along and join Theodore Tennis!!!! We look forward to welcoming new and returning Members Sunday 21st March Start: 12 pm BBQ AND SOCIAL TENNIS MEMBERSHIP FEES Adults: $45 Children: $25 (under 16) Please note that a Special Meeting will be held at 11am followed by lunch and sign on. General Meeting at 3 pm – all welcome Please call Jim 49931761, Kate 0248 735 955 & 49931961 or David 49931864 for further information. If you wish to register but are unable to attend please call a committee to arrange. PANDEMIC (H1N1) SWINE FLU VACCINATION CLINIC Theodore Medical is running a swine flu clinic on Saturday 20 March from 9.00 to 12 midday at the surgery 04 Hamilton Street, Theodore, to ensure that everyone has access to the swine flu vaccine. Consultations will be bulk billed for this specific clinic. Protect yourself, your family and your community by getting the free swine flu vaccine and ensuring we are confidently protected as individuals and as a community. No appointment necessary. There will be a form to complete before vaccination. Note: • It takes 2 weeks for immunity to develop following vaccination • The vaccination for swine flu does not replace your yearly seasonal flu needle. This still needs to be given at a later date. • The free vaccine is available for everyone, including children from six months of age • The swine flu vaccine is safe in pregnancy and it is recommended for pregnant women to be vaccinated. Tuna’s Swim Club First and foremost, I would like to thank each and every parent for their patience & understanding over the past weeks. On account of the weather, we have not had a good run. However I have been doing my absolute best to accommodate all of you and will continue to do so. Make up lessons, as well as any additional lessons, have been scheduled for the first week of school holidays. The lessons will be running from Mon 5th April – Friday 9th April. I will not be working during this week, therefore I can solely commit to lessons in this time and they will be running throughout the day, rather than of an afternoon only. If you’re child has missed any lessons and we have not already spoken regarding make‐up lessons, please call me on the number provided. If you would like any additional lessons for your child before the term ends, please call me as this can certainly be arranged. There are still a number of parents who have not yet paid the Coaches Fee. Please note that there are two separate fees to be paid. 1. There is a fee of $44.00 that is to be paid to the school / P & C. This is then paid directly to Swim Australia to cover membership and insurance. This fee does not relate to me in any way. If you have any questions regarding this fee, please contact Vanessa Fowles, P & C Treasurer, on 4993 2150 2. In addition to the $44 fee, there is a fee of $54 per child that is to be paid directly to myself, the coach. The $54.00 covers a 9 week term, working out to $6.00 per lesson. There are a number of parents who have paid the $44.00 fee to the school, but have not paid the $54 coaches fee. If you have not paid the coaches fee, please do so by Friday 16th March. You can pay via cheque or direct deposit using the following details: Kate Ward ANZ Bank BSB: 014 705 ACCOUNT NUMBER: 524 743 278 Please use your surname or phone number as a reference. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me. Kate Ward P: 0488 757 037 P O Box 153, Theodore Qld 4719 firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com www.theodoreshow.com.au ABN: 60 260 831 008 Secretary: Jess Stevens 0408 710 442 CATERING TENDER Tenders are invited from businesses or organisations interested in providing the catering for the Theodore Show on the 10th & 11th May 2010. Catering will include all day café style catering for the general public on Monday and Tuesday (excluding Monday & Tuesday evening BBQ) and provision of hot lunches (main & sweets) for the public in the luncheon pavilion on Tuesday. Tender documents including profit sharing offer with the Show Society to be received by Monday 28th April 2010 via post to: Secretary, Theodore Show Society, PO Box 153, Theodore Qld 4719, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Administration Officer Theodore Casual 20-25 hours per week. Re-numeration will be commensurate with skills. The successful applicant will have; • Proficient written and verbal communication skills. With highly developed problem solving skills and proven record of taking initiative within work situations; • The ability to work autonomously and as part of a diverse team; • A sound knowledge of Quick Books or similar accounting program, Microsoft Word, Excel, the internet, and outlook programs. The capacity to perform a wide range of administration tasks including: data entry, customer service, report writing, BAS preparation, payroll and staff support; • A sound knowledge of preparation of minutes and meeting processes. For a copy of the position description or to submit written applications addressing required skills listed above contact: Kellie Nilsson PO Box 165 Theodore QLD 4719, 49931004 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by COB 1st April 2010. ICY CUPS ON SALE 50c EACH Icy cups will be sold every Thursday till the end of this term. All proceeds will go towards the Yr 7 Canberra Camp. School Garden Tuesday 23rd March 5.30pm to 6.30 pm E block, Theodore School If you are interested in supporting the school in creating a school veggie garden please come to this meeting. We need YOU to get this idea off the ground!