From the Principal – 1 April 2021

Here we are with the first term over already.  The school results for term 1 for Reading and Maths has been very positive and indicates that most children are achieving above what is expected when compared to Australian norm referenced groups.  This indicates that the whole school coordinated approach to teaching is achieving excellent results while still allowing children to play, explore and create.

Easter Hat Parade and P&C Raffle Draw  

Congratulations to everyone today on their fantastic recycled bespoke Easter Hats.  The Easter Hat parade was a grand occasion with lots of parents and friends attending to watch every child from Pre-primary to Year 6 come up onto the stage to show off their headwear.  We were very lucky to have the Easter Bunny come along and present every class with a bag of Easter eggs and stay for the assembly.  The two Kindy classes got to show off their hats, receive their prizes and meet the Easter Bunny in their classroom.

The P&C Easter Raffle was hugely supported by the community with enough donated eggs for 4 prizes per class, 3 grand prizes, 4 staff prizes and 4 volunteer prizes.

A big thank you to the following businesses who supported the P&C by donating items for the raffle:

IGA, Carine

Coles Warwick

Best Price Variety Store, Warwick

Warwick News

ANZAC Wreaths

Mrs Reeve is asking for donations on Tuesday 20 April of flowers or foliage to the art room, to be used for ANZAC Day wreaths.  She is also seeking community volunteers to assist in making the wreaths after school on the Tuesday. 

These wreaths will be used in the whole school ANZAC service to be held on Wednesday 21 April at 9 am in the assembly undercover area.

Changes

  • The new teacher for Mr Yiannakis’ class has accepted the position, however I cannot release their name until Thursday, 8 April when the official breach period is up. I will send out a Connect notice next week advising who the new teacher is, so that students in that class know who they will be meeting on the first day of term.
  • Changes to the School Board. Thank you very much to Stephen Ralph for serving on the School Board for the past three years.  His input into decisions has been greatly valued.
  • Welcome to Peter Madden as a parent representative who joined the school board this week.
  • The new gardener is Garry Bransby who works Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

NAPLAN 2021

NAPLAN testing will take place between the Tuesday 11 May and Friday 14 May. Catch up testing for absent children will be done between 17 and 20 May. After Thursday 20 May the portal closes and testing finishes. The year 3 children still do their writing task on paper but all other tests are done online. Year 3 students are using the iPads and year 5 students the Chromebooks. Students need ear phones or buds for the testing and due to health and safety reasons it is preferable for the students to have their own. The school does have a few spare sets that are sanitised after each use. The tests will start at 9am so please ensure students completing NAPLAN are at school on time to avoid any stress before the testing.

School Photos

School photos are being taken by Kapture Photography on Tuesday 27 April and Friday 30 April. Kindy 1, Rooms 18, 17, 5,  4,  3, 16, 15, 14, 8, 10 and 12 are having their photos taken on Tuesday with Kindy 2 and the graduation photos to be taken on Friday 30 April. All orders are online this year and no ordering is available through the school office. The information for online ordering has been sent home in a flyer and also through a Connect notice. Sibling photos are organised by Kapture and are taken before school on each day. Please refer any enquiries to Kapture Photography.

Sport Event Schedule 2021 – Term 2

Below is an outline of events that are planned for 2021. These are tentative dates and times based on current planning and may be subject to change.  Information regarding specific events will be sent out closer to the events.

Events for Term 2, 2021 Date Week Time Location
Glendale Cross Country – Junior (P-Y3) 22/4/2021 Week 1 9.00am Glendale PS
Glendale Cross Country – Senior (Yrs 4-6) 22/4/2021 Week 1 9.30am Glendale PS
Interschool Cross Country (24 students, Yrs 1-6) 7/5/2021 Week 3 9.00am Hawker Park PS
AFL/Soccer/Netball – Friendly Match 1 (Yrs 5 & 6) 21/5/2021 Week 5 1.30pm Glendale PS
AFL/Soccer/Netball – Friendly Match 2 (Yrs 5 & 6)  28/5/2021 Week 6 1.30pm Dalmain PS
AFL/Soccer/Netball – Friendly Match 3 (Yrs 5 & 6)  11/6/2021 Week 8 1.30pm Glendale PS
AFL/Soccer/Netball – Friendly Match 4 (Yrs 5 & 6) 18/6/2021 Week 9 1.30pm Goollelal PS
Lightning Carnival (Yrs 5 & 6) 25/6/2021 Week 10 9.00am Halidon PS

Positive Behaviour School Raffle Winners

ECE Kindy/ Rm 19 Maisie R 10 minutes extra play for the whole class
  Kindy 2/ Rm 19 Liam E Principal for an afternoon
  Pre/Rm 18 Jack H 20 minutes of games for the whole class
  Pre/Rm 19 Badriya M Canteen Voucher
Junior Yr 2/Rm 3 Amira A 20 minutes of games for the class
  Yr 1/Rm 5 Indi G Choose where she sits for the day
Middle Yr 2/Rm 16 Heath C 10 minutes free time in class
  Yr 4/Rm 14 Michael W Cook pancakes with the Chaplain
  Yr 4/Rm 14 Isabelle P Choose where she sits for the day
Upper Yr 6/Rm 12 Claire C 10 minutes on the iPad
  Yr 6/Rm 12 Josh W 10 minutes free time
  Yr 6/Rm 12 Tim W Canteen voucher

Merit Certificates

Pre-Primary Alice R Emma V Cody C Madeleine H
Year 1 Emma S Esme G Phoebe R Tyson H
Year 2 Isla P Thomas D Lily C Lily R
Year 3 Harriet S Liam C    
Year 4 Holly W Isla S Bailey T  
Year 5 Christopher W Samuel L    
Year 6 Ali C Ruby D Stephan L  

Aussie of The Month

At the last assembly the two Aussies of the Month were:

Junior – Tayla H, Year 1, for displaying the VOICE values.  She always looks out for her classmates by including and assisting them when possible, is kind, confident and reliable.

Senior – Lelo D, Year 4, for demonstrating the VOICE values by always following instructions, showing kindness to her peers, working collaboratively and invincible grit.

P&C AGM

The P&C held their AGM on the 22 March with a new Executive team voted in.  I wish to pass on the thanks from the whole school to the outgoing members who have served so selflessly. 

I want to acknowledge the leadership of Time Ewers who had done a wonderful job as P&C President last year and before that as Vice President.  I also wish to thank Justin Grey who was the Vice President last year and before that the President.  Their leadership has seen the P&C establish new protocols and attract a large band of volunteers.  They both leave their positions knowing that the P&C is in a very healthy financial position while maintaining the many traditional events.  

I would like to welcome Sarah Cusack as the new P&C President and Aimee Jorgenson as the Vice President.  Both of these ladies have been on the P&C for some time and have worked together with the members for the fantastic outcomes that have been achieved. 

Wildlife Incursion

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the kindy and pre-primary children were able to learn about and hold some native wildlife from West Oz Wildlife. 

Highway Heroes Tips for Parents and Carers

Resilience Tip – Being learning confident – means asking questions, saying “I don’t know,” asking for help and speaking up when you do and don’t know the answer.  Praise confidence when you see your child showing it in their learning tasks at home. 

Emotional Resilience Tip – Managing moods – feelings can hang around and grow into moods.  Time of day, certain people, hungry, tired – there are lots of mood drivers, what are yours?  What are your child’s?  How can you avoid or manage those mood triggers?

Family Wellbeing Tip – Children thrive when they know the boundaries.  Consistent and predictable expectations in homes, that don’t change by the day, at all.  Know your boundaries and stick to them.

Healthy Food Guide

Recommendation for healthy eating from the crunch and sip website inform us:

Use per 100g Best Choice OK sometimes Avoid
Total fat Less than 3g 3g – 10g More than 10g
Saturated fat Less than 1.5g 1.5g-3g More than 3g
Sugar Less than 5g 5g – 15g More than 15g
Sodium Less than 120mg 12mg-400mg More than 400mg
Fibre More than 3g per serve    

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing everyone back happy and healthy for Term 2 on Monday 19 April.

Helen Fiebig

Principal