Dear Parents and Carers,
In the last fortnight the Year 3 and 5 students have participated in NAPLAN testing along with their peers around Australia. I am pleased to say that this process has gone off without issue and that the children appeared to have been calm and relaxed about it, which is great to see.
Parents and carers will receive a NAPLAN report later in the year once the information is received by the school.
School Development Day
A reminder that the students will not be at school on Friday 4 June as this is a school development day where the staff participate in training. This term the staff are focusing on furthering their understanding in the new social skills programme that was introduced this year, as well as mathematics and reviewing how well we are meeting the targets set in the school’s Business Plan.
Positive Behaviour Reward Winners – 12 May 2012
|ECE||Kindy/Rm 19||Sophie B||10 minutes on the IPad|
|Kindy/Rm 19||Celeste M||Has not span yet|
|PP/Rm 18||Lachlan D||Sit on the teacher’s chair for the day|
|PP/Rm 17||Ruby M||Sit on the teacher’s chair for the day|
|Junior||Yr 1/Rm 5||Liam M||20 minutes of games for the class|
|Yr 2/Rm 4||Max L||20 minutes of games for the class|
|Yr 2/Rm 3||Charlize S||Make pancakes with the Chaplain|
|Middle||Yr 4/Rm 14||Deklan S||Free dress with a friend|
|Yr 3/Rm 16||Ryan S||20 minutes of games for the class|
|Yr 2/Rm 16||Aiden S||Canteen voucher|
|Upper||Yr 6/Rm 10||Luke D||Choose where he sits for a day|
|Yr 5/Rm 10||Jessica S||Make pancakes with the Chaplain|
|Yr 5/Rm 10||Kayla A||Free dress with a friend|
Once a fortnight at the Positive Behaviour Assembly we reminded students of the school’s guiding rules and do the draw for the positive behaviour rewards. At last week’s assembly Mr Johnson’s Year 2 class reminded all the students about the guiding school rule to always wear a hat in the playground. They did a great job by performing the following song written by Mr Johnson:
Wear a hat when its sunny. It doesn’t really matter if you look a bit funny.
Wear a hat every term, or you might get really bad sun burn.
Wear a hat over your ears. It’s been a school rule for years and years.
Wear a hat to stop UV rays. You should always wear one when you go out to play
Wear a hat in the sun, or else when you’re 40 you’ll look 61.
Wear a hat even if its cloudy. If you don’t the duty teacher might get rowdy.
Wear a hat don’t be bad. If you don’t you might get Mrs Fiebig mad.
Our school rule is no hat no play, so make sure you wear your hat every day.
You should wear a hat, so should your sister or you might get a really bad sun blister.
Wear a hat big and round. If you can’t find it look in lost and found.
Love our school, please don’t spoil it. You don’t have to wear your hat in the toilet.
A big thank you to everyone who has supported the school by purchasing items at the Book Fair in the Library this week. Sales of all the books and merchandise has been available before and after school with Lynn Annandale, the Library Officer. At the time of writing this, the Book Fair sales have reached approximately $4,000 worth of books which has exceeded all of our expectations, with commission going to the school in credits for new books. I feel the final figure will be over this as there are further sales after school today.
Another big thank you to everyone who helped their child dress up on Wednesday for the Book Parade as a character from their favourite book. It was a fantastic day with the staff joining in on the fun with many creative costumes and a great celebration of reading.
If your child is not reading pleasure, don’t worry about their age, still read a story to them or with them to help them get hooked on reading.
I am pleased to say that I have two parents attending the next School Board meeting on 14 June with an intention to join the Board. Once they have formally joined I will announce who they are. I also have the Music Teacher, Matt Sharp joining the Board as a staff representative.
Thank you to Hamersley Choir Committee
On Tuesday 11 May, Jason and Galal as representatives of the Combined Churches in the Hamersley area, presented a donation to me and Rumbi, the School Chaplain, for $400 to support our Chaplaincy programme. All the churches in this area come together every year to celebrate Christmas with a Carols evening at Aintree Oval in the first week or two of December with fun activities for the whole family. We appreciate this ongoing support and thank them very much.
Highway Heroes Parenting tip
Highway Heroes is the social skills programme being taught across the school to assist children to be resilient throughout their lives. The first lesson for all children is on self-talk. They are being taught to identify when they are using ‘Supa Thinkin’ or ‘Stinkin thinkin’ when faced with issues.
How does your self-talk affect your life? As adults, the internal dialogue can set us up for social, academic and vocational success, or it can severely impact our effectiveness and productivity. Have you spoken to your child about what you say to yourself when things are tough – when you’re getting ready for a big event and ‘steeling yourself’ to get through it? It is very useful to talk about the helpful things you say to yourself – and how they affect your emotions and behaviour – as well as the unhelpful things you say to yourself – and the emotional and behavioural outcomes of those.
Great Start Awards, Warwick Senior High School
In the last fortnight I attended a Great Start Award ceremony at Warwick Senior High School to reward our past students for the high standards they are setting academically, behaviourally and in sporting endeavours. I was very proud to see how well the twelve student in the photo are doing.
I would like to congratulate Arabella Nelson on being selected for the state girls Under 12 AFL team. I understand that she will now be a part of a team that will travel around the state playing in various regions.