Mount Hutton Public School
12 Dunkley Parade
Mount Hutton NSW 2290
Phone: 02 4948 8085
Fax: 02 4947 1135
Email: email@example.com School Security No.: 1300 880 021
Our public schools help teach Australians to live together in harmony and to strive for success
Term 1 Week 6 Wednesday 2 March 2011
Principal’s Report Clean Up Australia Clean Up campaigns are one of
the simplest yet most effective means of tackling the
Parents and Citizens Annual General Meeting
issues of rubbish and pollution and at the same time
Don’t forget that the Annual General Meeting of the
helping to raise awareness of the value of the natural
P&C will be held next Wednesday 9 March in the
school library at 7pm. Office bearers will be elected for
Our Clean Up day this year will be held this Friday.
all positions of the P&C and its two committees, the
All classes will complete a safety lesson
Canteen Committee and Uniform Committee. I would
immediately prior to the event.
like to thank our current office bearers for their valuable
contribution over the past twelve months. All participating children must wear gloves (please
bring gloves and a plastic bag – a supermarket bag
Inclosed Lands Act Overwhelmingly, visitors to our is fine - from home).
school are courteous and considerate of the needs of Children who do not wish to take part will
students and other families. However, entry onto this undertake a different activity.
site is a privilege, not a right. If there is conduct not in Each class is allocated an area within the school
keeping with the expected standard of behaviour, the grounds.
principal has authority under the provisions of the
Inclosed Lands Protection Act 1901 to control access. Dogs at School Dogs are not permitted on school
This authority includes the capacity to impose grounds at any time, including dogs on leads. We have
conditions and/or prohibit entry to the Mount Hutton children at school who have had unpleasant
Public School site. experiences with dogs in the past and can become
distressed when a dog approaches them.
School and Community Survey Thank you to
everyone who has so far returned the survey sent Students in the School Canteen Generally,
home with last week’s newsletter. It is important that students should not be in the school canteen, including
we have input from as many people as possible. when Mum and /or Dad is volunteering in the canteen
Please find some time over the next few days to read it for the day. The only exception is on those occasions
through and send it back to school. If you choose to not when a canteen volunteer asks the school if a senior
comment it may only take you a few minutes to student can assist during the recess or lunch break.
complete, or you can choose to add comments and If you are happy for your Year 6 child to assist in the
suggestions if you wish. Every completed survey helps. canteen please write a note to me giving your consent.
Zone Swimming Congratulations to our swimmers Transition to High School This week families of
who took part in the Zone Swimming Carnival on students in Year 6 will receive an Expression of Interest
Monday and Tuesday this week. No one this year form for enrolment at high school. The Expression of
managed to make it to the next level, but the closest Interest allows you to indicate which high school you
was Jack G in Year 4 who easily won his heat but would like your child to attend in 2012. It is not an
missed out on times. Well done everyone, and thank application to enrol.
you to Miss Meek for coordinating the school’s entries.
The form is due back here by Wednesday 16 March.
The name of your designated local high school will
Brainbox Literacy Workshop Yesterday five of our
already be entered on the form.
senior students took part in a writing extension activity
at Hunter Sports High School, as part of a Gifted and Families can make an application to non-local
Talented program across our local group of schools. It enrolment at other high schools if they wish. Contact
was a very useful experience for these very capable me if you would like to talk through any issues
students. regarding the transition to high school.
A special thank you to Mrs Foote for her assistance
Jim Findlay (Principal)
Term 1 Week 6 Wednesday 2 March 2011
Head Lice Library and Information Centre News
It’s time to check heads again This year all students in the school will be encouraged
as there have been a number to register for the Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC).
Students can participate as part of DEAR time at
of head lice cases school and for Home Reading. Participation in the
reported at the school. Challenge exposes the students to a wide variety of
Because of the nature and prevalence of head lice, it is quality literature broadening their experience and
one of the most common health concerns raised by enjoyment of reading.
parents. There are some myths around about head
lice, but the NSW Department of Health informs us t
Registration commenced on 1 March and after
that: registration, students and parents can enter reading
Head lice are transmitted usually through hair to details online, listing the books read. Access will be
hair or head to head contact. through the student’s DET portal using their DET
They cannot infest furniture, bedding or pets username and password - they will not be able to view
They do not differentiate between clean and any other student’s records. For any parents who do
unclean hair. not wish to do this the school will enter the details on
They may be transferred through the sharing of return of the reading log. The address is
combs, brushes, ribbons, and ‘scrunchies’. www.schools.nsw.edu.au/premiersreadingchallenge
As far as treatment goes:
Resistance to head lice treatments appears to be The rules will be on display in the library and students
increasing. reminded of these throughout the year. As students
Some students may undergo treatment with head complete the Challenge - 30 books for K-2 (25 from
lice anti-lice lotions or shampoo and still have lice. the Book List and 5 personal choices) and 20 books
The use of white hair conditioner and combing is a for 3-6 (15 from the Book List and 5 personal choices)
recommended strategy if other treatments have please return their Reading Log to school so Mrs
proved to be ineffective. Barbour can note their completion and publish their
More information on last page. names in the newsletter.
Important Dates to Remember Reading Logs will be returned so the students can
continue reading until the last week of August at
Thur 3 Mar School Cross Country which time all reading logs will be collected.
Wed 9 Mar P&C Annual General Meeting All the Premier’s Reading Challenge books are clearly
Fri 8 Apr Last Day Term 1 marked in the Library. Red for K-2, Green for 3 / 4,
Thur 28 Apr Students Return for Term 2 Purple for 5 /6. Capable students can read the next
Thur 28 Apr Athletics Carnival level up but if they read the level below they are
counted as choice books. Only two books from any
series can be read and counted as ‘sticker’ books, any
Cross Country others in the series then count as choice books.
Cross Country will be held on Thursday 3 March at Students received their cards last week. If you have
school commencing at approximately 9.15am for all any questions with regard to the Premier’s Reading
students in Years 2 to 6. Parents are welcome to Challenge please do not hesitate to contact me to
attend as spectators. arrange a time for discussion.
Assembly Reminder of borrowing days for 2011:
The regular school assembly will take place on Friday
at 11.30am. This week the Cross Country Ribbons will Wednesday Thursday
be presented. 5/6 2/3
Clean Up Australia Day 1S Kindergarten
On Friday 4 March, Mount Hutton Students will
participate in a school based Clean Up Australia Day. Remember to send along a book bag, pillow case or
Children will assemble under the COLA at 12.50pm strong plastic bag for all students in classes K-2.
before being allocated an area to tidy within the school
grounds. Children are asked to bring along either Mrs Barbour.
gardening gloves or disposable gloves for this activity. (Teacher Librarian)
It is important that closed in shoes are also worn.
Student Representative Council
Term 1 Week 6 Wednesday 2 March 2011
Creative Writing Workshop what exciting projects we could undertake over the next
On Tuesday 1 March, five of our Year 5 and Year 6 For those of you who may be considering taking on a
students participated in a writing workshop at Hunter more active role in the P&C, I an outline of the roles
Sports High. We used alliteration e.g. Creative Caitlin, and responsibilities of each of the positions held on the
we wrote short stories using a picture as stimulus and P&C was sent home last week, of which ALL will
we shared our creative writing ideas. It was a fantastic become available and up for nomination at the AGM!
experience that provided us with some useful writing Hope to see some new faces; it is a relaxed and
skills. friendly evening benefiting everyone who comes along,
Travis M, Georgia S, Caitlin M. most importantly - our children!
Year 6 Farewell Meeting Uniform Shop
We are at present finalizing the costs for the new winter
The first meeting to organise the Year 6 Farewell will jackets. We are hoping to have them for sale for $25-
take place on Friday 4 March at 8.30 am in the Year $28 for the zip up sloppy joe and $45-$50 for the new
5/6 classroom. All parents of Year 6 students are taslon style. We hope to have the order form in next
encouraged to attend. week’s newsletter.
We need all money for the summer orders to be paid
before we can do the winter order.
Canteen News Anyone interested in helping in the uniform shop
please leave your details in the office and we will
Please note that the canteen is organise a roster.
closed on Wednesdays.
We are having a Red Day on the 17 March, please
complete your order form and return to the canteen by
14 March. (Spare order forms are available at the Kinda Kapers
office). Position Available – Cook (Mon to Fri 9.30-1.30)
No formal qualifications needed, for further information
Canteen Roster – Term 1 Week 7
Monday Tuesday Wed Thursday Friday
7 Mar 8 Mar 10 Mar 11 Mar
Karin E Justine T Closed Deb S Donna K
Rodney E Rayna A Closed Melissa S Margaret B
The P&C will be holding a fundraiser BBQ at the school
to coincide with voting in the state election. If you can
help on this day (Saturday 26 March 2011) please put
your name on the roster at the office. Thank you.
Recipes for our Cookbook – We need these to start
coming in thick and fast as we will be publishing our
cookbook in time for MOTHERS DAY!!!!!
I know we have a lot of budding master chefs out there,
so let’s get busy!
Your contribution could be any of the following;
Entrees, nibbles, dips
Salads & salad dressings
Main meals – fish, chicken, meat or vegetarian
Baking, jams, pickles
Cooking tips – how to do it better or quicker!
P&C AGM - Wednesday 9 March at 7pm
Our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held next
week on the 9 March.
Please come along and meet your P&C members,
meet the staff from the OOSH and have a chat about
Term 1 Week 6 Wednesday 2 March 2011
Nitbusting at home
Nitbusting can be a time-consuming task. If Nitbusting
at home with your child, do the following:
Try sitting the child between your legs on a low stool
and putting on a video for an hour while you work.
Wrap a towel or kitchen paper around the child's
shoulders to catch conditioner spill.
Remove any scrunchies, ribbons clasps, etc. from the
child's head and comb out plaits and braids.
Apply liberal amounts of conditioner to the scalp and
massage it through all the hair shafts. You will use a Part long hair once from forehead to scalp, and use
lot of conditioner. Every hair has to be coated to hair clips to keep the part in place.
ensure it reaches the lice. Apply conditioner along the part line and massage
Lice live close to the scalp, so make sure that you in with the comb. This is to stop lice from crossing
cover the hair shaft close to the scalp. You don't have from one side of the head to the other.
to work the conditioner onto the whole length of the Part the hair in a straight line from ear around scalp
hair. Combing will spread it well enough. The idea of to centre part and clip or pin top section to crown of
the application is to restrict the movement of the head scalp.
lice long enough for you to catch them with a comb. Apply conditioner again to the part and massage
Apply more conditioner to loose hair down to nape
Use the head lice comb to comb out the
conditioner. Start at the base of the hair shaft and
comb down the length of the hair in one stroke.
Wipe the comb on a paper towel and check for lice.
Lice are easily identified on the paper towel.
Continue combing this section until you are certain
you have covered the area several times.
Repeat the sectioning on the other side of the part
After you've applied the conditioner, use a large comb towards the other ear.
to part small sections of the hair starting from the After you've done these two sections, continue
nape and working upwards toward the crown. Eggs parting horizontally from the centre part sections of
are often found behind the ears and toward the back hair and apply conditioner and comb out as before.
of the head. By using this method, you are more likely
to find the head lice on top of and toward the front of
When the hair is detangled and manageable, use a
fine lice comb to comb out each section several times.
After each comb out, wipe the conditioner on the
paper towel. If the child has head lice, you will see
them on the towel.
Other things you should know
Head lice often congregate on the crown of the head,
so that it is not until you reach these last sections of
hair that you find adult lice. However, heads that are
severely infected will have adult lice everywhere.
Keep combing each section of hair until no further A good head lice comb should also remove nymphs,
lice, nymphs or eggs appear on the paper towel. the stage between egg and adult louse—teenagers
Often you will see lots of old egg casings that may really. These can be difficult to identify with the naked
take awhile to remove. eye, but appear as small insects on the paper towel.
Once you have combed and recombed each
section of hair, either re-plait or tie it back. If it is
very short, suggest to the child some interesting
styling! Young boys often like their hair spiked up
Treating long hair
Depending on the hair length and type, it is often easier
to neatly section long and thick hair before applying
conditioner to avoid getting the hair into a terrible