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May 3rd, 2018 Also available on our website @ www.narnargoonps.vic.edu.au Issue No 12
27 Spencer St, Nar Nar Goon 3812 Phone: 5942 5311 [email protected] www.narnargoonps.vic.edu.au
From The Principal
Dear Parents and Friends, KESO (KOORIE EDUCATION SUPPORT OFFICERS) VISIT AND PRESENTATION: It was wonderful to welcome back Terry Marks and Rex Solomon, our two allocated KESO workers, to speak to each of the grades on Tuesday morning. Terry and Rex gave a presentation to all classes about aboriginal culture and customs with a particular focus on the local Nar Nar Goon / Gippsland area. As a follow up to Terry and Rex’s presentation the children will be engaging in some aboriginal art activities in the Art Room with Sally, Rod and a guest artist Marie Evans. These sessions are a prelude to the whole school aboriginal mural to be completed later in the year. St James PS and the NNG Kindergarten are engaging in a joint project with us to create murals at each site depicting Koorie culture. I will provide you with further updates as the project takes shape incorporating the children’s ideas and designs. We are hoping to have your input as the wider Nar Nar Goon school community included. ANNUAL REPORT TO THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY: Our 2017 Annual Report to the School Community has been endorsed by School Council and the Department of Education. As such, I have placed multiple copies of the report in the foyer for anyone who is interested in taking a copy for themselves. A public meeting to explain the Annual Report is scheduled to be held on 9th May at 9:00 am in the staffroom. Please RSVP the office ladies if you are attending. Alternatively, the report is also available on the website for you to access. If you have any questions in regards to the document please do not hesitate to speak to myself or Jacqui Cutler at any time that is convenient for you. SMILES ON SITE: We were expecting the “Smiles on Site” team to attend our school this week, but we were informed on Monday that they will now be coming in week 6 (week commencing 21st May). This is because they have been running behind schedule at the other schools they are attending. Although Week 6 is the same week as the Grade Six camp, any Grade Six students who have an appointment will be scheduled for the Thursday and Friday after they return from camp. The good news is therefore that there is still time to book an appointment – if you have not already done so, please go online via the following link: https://form.jotform.co/72532714786867 Please note: If you have any further questions about this program or your eligibility, contact Smiles Onsite directly on 1800 276 453.
Kind Regards, Mrs Fran Van Lambaart
In Spencer Street
At All Times
PREP ENROLMENTS FOR 2019
If you have a sibling of a child already attending here who is starting their Prep year, or likewise, if you know of anyone who lives in the area (within our school
boundary) and are thinking about enrolling their child for next year, enrolment packs are now available from the office.
School Council News:
What age are your children? Their names and grade level? Aleesha is in grade 5 with Miss Hope & Jai is in grade 3 with Mr Mason
As a family, what do you like doing together and where do you like to spend
your holidays? We love to go camping & water skiing up on the Murray river for holidays. Over winter we spend every weekend watching our Mighty Tigers play AFL and enjoy watching our kids play for the local netball & football clubs.
What is it about Nar Nar Goon Primary School that you and your family
enjoy the most? We love the small tight knit community of the school and how being a small school, all
the teachers know all the children and their families. The students know each other too no matter what year level they are in.
How long have you been on School Council and why did you elect to go on School Council? This is my 6th year on school council. I joined when Aleesha was in prep & we had only lived in Nar Nar Goon for 6 months.
I thought joining would be a great place to meet new people from the school community, be involved in decisions that are important to our children’s schooling and to also develop strong parent – teacher relationships with the teachers of our school.
To date, what do you believe has been the most valuable actions of School Council since you have been a
councillor? I think the most valuable actions of school council would be voting on important issues affecting the school community (being minor or major issues) & being able to address general business each month, whether it’s your own feedback or from other members of the school community. The school council gives you the opportunity to do this as an honest & open discussion as well as being able to hear other parent’s opinions, ideas and thoughts. Also, being on one of the sub committees “POLICY” has so many benefits of really giving my input on very important updates and changes of our policies each month. Working alongside the teachers you really get an understanding of how much work they put in to educating our children
What advice would you give to someone considering electing for School Council in the future? I stepped out of my comfort zone to join school council thinking it would be a very “old school” board room type of meeting each month. School council reps are mums and dads just like you and me all wanting to be more involved in our children’s school life. School council address real issues in the school, and you will able to help the school make decisions to make our school a better school, and you’ll make some new friends and even have a few laughs along the way, so join up, it’s a very rewarding experience.
Do you have any other comments to make? I also believe students of the school have a real sense of belonging and seem to enjoy seeing mum or dad helping out school whether that is on a sub - committee, school council or PAFA so help out when you can because it benefits not only the school but your child as well.
School Council Report from our President Justin Seddon.
School council members recently attended a training session to assist us in better understanding our roles within the school council. The training was also an opportunity to network with other schools within our area. One of the important items I have taken
away from the training is the need to provide more feedback to the greater school community on what is happening at school council and to provide a summary of what was discussed. I will therefore be providing a summary report of each meeting in the
newsletter, the first of which follows:
School Council Meeting – 30th April:
On Monday night we held our third school council meeting for the year. Some of the items for discussion were:
1. Adding additional PA speakers around the school as some parents and students have raised concerns about not hearing the recess and lunch time music and bells.
2. We discussed the Fortune Garden area- Mrs Cutler recently visited a school with a sensory garden and we were able to view photos and a video that she took on her visit. We spoke about the features of that garden and how we could adapt their ideas in our garden to benefit students. This will be discussed further as we progress with the
installation of our own sensory garden with in that area. 3. Mrs Cutler and Mr Miller gave an overview on the SEE-SAW App currently used by years 3,4,5 & 6. We were able to
view the benefits gained by using this app and how teachers interact with students. Both teachers discussed how this App is assisting and progressing students that may sometimes struggle with handwriting tasks.
Overall it was a very productive meeting. If you would like to know more about the role of school council please feel free to come and have a chat with myself or Fran.
SPOTLIGHT ON OUR 2018 SCHOOL COUNCIL MEMBERS Our first featured School Councillor for 2018 is Kerry Hall. Mother of Jai and Aleesha:
Year 6 Camp Balance Tues 8th May
LATE ARRIVALS 31
Cooper C Jayke M
Max T Ciara S
Friday 4th District Cross Country Tuesday 8th Prep 2019 Open Morning & School Tour 11.30am-12.30pm Thursday 10th Mother’s Day Afternoon Friday 11th 5/6 Interschool Sport @ Home V BUPS Friday 18th 5/6 Interschool Sport BYE Monday 21st—Wednesday 23rd Y6 Camp Monday 21st—Friday 25th Dental Clinic ****NEW DATE***** Thursday 24th May Grandparents Day 10.00am—11.30am Friday 25th 5/6 Interschool Sport @ Home V Bridgewood PS Monday 28th School Council 4.45pm
Friday 1st 5/6 Interschool Sport @ Chairo Pak Monday 4th Division Ctross Country (squad) - info to follow Monday 11th Queen’s Birthday Holiday Friday 15th District Lightning Prem - info to follow Friday 22nd Girls Footy –info to follow Friday 29th LAST D