Recent Water Damage
As most of you would be aware we experienced some minor flooding and water damage last week with the excess rain. Some of our drainage systems were not up to the task. We have since liaised with DoE facility services and relevant trades people to ensure our drainage system is revised and developed further so no issues arise again.
Thank you to those parent/carer and community members who attended our AGM last Tuesday evening including AFPS staff members. During this meeting we finalised our committee for the coming School Association year. I would like to thank our outgoing treasurer Aaron Wooldridge for his expertise over the past few years balancing our books and ensuring the association is in a strong financial position moving forward. Below are our committee members for the 2020-2021 school association year.
Chair – Krystal Grundy
Secretary – Rachel Lodge
Deputy Chairperson – James Ayres
Treasurer – Geoff Lucas
General committee members - Dan Meehan, Teresa Bailey, Deb Westerhof, Nikki Mann, Rhonda Turner and Tim Nicholas.
This Thursday and Friday will see our values voucher shop open for the first time this year, unfortunately COVID-19 forced the closure at the end of Term 1 so students have plenty of vouchers saved and ready to spend. The values vouchers are a part of our positive behaviour structure and highlight students demonstrating our values throughout school life. Many students will come home later in the week with goodies they have purchased from the shop, we are even providing experiences this term.
Premiers Reading Challenge
The Premiers Reading Challenge finishes up this Friday 3 July. Could we please ask that students bring back their reading log’s to class teachers as soon as possible after this date.
Our hot house is complete, which is fantastic news for our community! We can’t wait to start planting fruit and vegetables and have produce ready to share in the winter months. Students have supported the building process over the past month or two helping out where they can with various tasks. We hope to share our fresh fruit and vegetables during Term 3.
Term 3 Restrictions
COVID-19 has impacted our daily lives significantly in 2020 however schools remain safe and all students should now be at school learning on site unless they have medical advice for a medical condition. It is also very important to keep your child at home if they are unwell. Please refer to the letter that was sent home yesterday with students for further information on Term 3 updates.
Term 2 Reporting
A big thanks to parents and carers who supported phone conversations over the past 2 weeks. We had 96% of families engage in conversations and receive updates on their children’s progress in the first half of 2020. Summaries of these conversations were recorded by teachers in order to support A-E grades at the end of the year. I would also like to acknowledge teachers who supported these conversations and were very flexible with their time over the fortnight.
Professional Learning Day – Term 3
A reminder to our families that the 1st Monday back of Term 3 – July 20 is a student free day. Teachers will use this day for professional learning and be on site undertaking relevant courses to build on teaching and learning practices.
Let’s just say this term had a rocky start! We’ve all had some unusual experiences thanks to COVID-19 with some students working from home and some staying at school. Assemblies have changed, everyone’s now sitting around the smartboard presenting and listening instead of crowding around the hall. I’m looking forward to sports to start back again, book week and for the SVT team to start planning the disco.
Just a reminder that free dress day is on Friday, the last day of term and we will be selling dino-nuggets and potato gems. Free Dress day will be raising money to give back to the Smith Family for them helping students in our school. Make sure to take time out with friends and family over the holidays and to come back refreshed for term 3. Have a good holiday!
Ella Willmott, SVT President.
The Student Voice Team have planned a free dress day to be held on the last day of term, Friday 3 July. Students who choose to wear non-school uniform clothing will need to bring a gold-coin donation.
The SVT will also be selling Potato Gems and Chicken Nuggets at lunchtime from outside the kitchen garden. The cost is $1 per serve. There is no need to pre-order.
All proceeds will be donated to The Smith Family. This charity was nominated by the SVT as they support students at our school to get the most out of their education and build positive futures for themselves.
5/6 Lewinski and 5/6 Slater
National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. National Reconciliation Week runs between 27 May to 3 June every year. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. Every year there is a theme for Reconciliation Week. This year the theme was In This Together. Across the grade 5/6 street in Blue Pod we have been unpacking what this theme means and what reconciliation means. We have designed posters in the shape of footprints to create our reflective pieces of art.
During Term 3 & 4 we will be running a program where parents come in to support students by listening to them read. It can be any day of the week but preferably between 9:00am and 10:00am. If you have a spare morning, a working with vulnerable people card and are interested please contact Kerrie Riewoldt.