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TAKARI PRIMARY SCHOOL RICKMAN ST BALCATTA WA 6021
PH 9349 5607 FAX 9345 1660 www.takarips.wa.edu.au
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE: Welcome back to a new and exciting year. The school commences the year with an enrolment of 162 students, which is approximately twenty students down on last year. The school receives funding based on the number of students enrolled at the start of each new school year. This year, the school will be able to fund a six and a half class structure. The Kindergarten and Pre Primary groups are ‘straight’ classes. With six year groups from Yr 1 to Yr 6 and only five classrooms and teachers available; the school’s only option is to run ‘composite’ classes. Teachers have spent considerable time developing classes that best meet the educational needs of all students. All students, no matter what class they are in, are provided a curriculum that best meets their needs. Composite classes can provide greater flexibility when allocating resources and accessing specific learning programs. We have a very dedicated and highly effective staff and I have every confidence that all students, regardless of which class they have been allocated, will have a fantastic year at Takari. And please don’t hesitate to come and see me if you
have any queries or concerns regarding class placements. David Tennant NEW STAFF: The Takari school community welcomes the following new staff members: Mrs Colleen Campione (Music) and Mr Paolo Sabattini (LOTE) SCHOOL TIMETABLE: Parents need to be aware of the school timetable. It is very important students have a substantial breakfast and recess. Parents are asked to ensure students come to school with recess food. Staff will be reinforcing the need for students to eat their recess before going to play. AT SCHOOL BEFORE 8.30am?: The school has adopted a new before school policy to alleviate some of the problems with unsupervised students entering buildings before school. Classrooms officially open at 8.30am, when the bell will be rung. No students are permitted to enter school buildings before 8.30am unless they are participating in a before school program or with the direct instruction from a staff member. If students arrive at school early, they are directed to sit quietly with their bags in the old undercover area where they will be supervised by Mr Tennant or Mrs Carpenter. PURPLE HAZE DAY: On Friday 10 February, Takari Primary School will be proudly supporting the Starlight Foundation, and invite all students to wear purple for our Purple Haze Day. We are asking for a $2 donation, which will be donated to the Starlight Children's Foundation. KINDY PARENT MORNING TEA: Welcome to our new parents with children starting Kindy this year. As Thursday is their first day, we would like to invite you to a morning tea to meet other parents and the administration staff. Please join us in the staffroom on Thursday 3 February, after drop off. SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAYS: Last year, we trialled School Development Days on a Tuesday. This seems to have been quite successful, and we are going with Tuesdays again this year, when connected to a public holiday. School Development days are for the staff to plan and participate in professional development. The development day in Term 4, however, is on a Monday. This year’s School Development days are: Term 1 Week 6 Tuesday 7 March (following Labor Day long weekend) Term 2 Week 1 Monday 24 April (preceding ANZAC Day) Term 2 Week 7 Tuesday 6 June (following WA Day long weekend) Term 4 Week 3 Monday 23 October SCHOOL COUNCIL PARENT REPRESENTATIVE REQUIRED: All public schools are required to have a School Council, with parent and/or community members being the majority. The School Council is involved in the school’s planning and policy development. Last year, the School Council worked towards preparing the school for possible inclusion in the Independent Public Schools program. Meetings are held twice per term, commencing at 3.15pm. Staff and parent representatives of the School Council are voted in for three year terms. The current School Council is: Principal David Tennant Staff Representatives Kim Williams (2 years of service), Liz Hill (2 years) and Amy Carpenter (1 year) Parent Representatives Brad Butler (2 years of service), Trisha Burgess (1 year) and Les Lewis (1 year) P&C Representative Katja Sterbucl (2 years of service) Last year, Cat McGee completed her third year of service as a parent representative and Anne Parker took on the position of community representative. Both these positions are now vacant. The school is now seeking nominations for the vacant Parent Representative position. Nominations for this position must be in writing and delivered to Mr Tennant by 3.00pm next Wednesday 8 February. If more than one nomination is received, a vote within the parent body will be conducted. Please see Mr Tennant or one of the current School Council representatives if you would like to know more about the School Council.
NEWSLETTER #1 Week 1 Term 1 Wednesday 1 February 2017
8.30am Classrooms open 8.50am Official school start 11.00am - 11.20am Recess 12.50pm to 1.30pm Lunch 3.00pm Home time
Yr 4, 5 & 6 SWIMMING PROGRAM: All students in Yr 4, 5 & 6 will be participating in swimming lessons in weeks three and four of this term. The cost is just $65.00 per student, which represents fantastic value for ten lessons. Information is accompanying this Newsletter - all forms and money need to be returned to school by Wednesday 8 February. Mrs Carpenter is coordinating the swimming program. Please contact her if you have any queries. NB The faction swimming carnival has been scheduled for week 5. Students must have participated in t swimming lessons to be eligible for the carnival. ASSEMBLIES: Make sure you keep the term planner (on the back of every newsletter) handy so you don’t miss out on assemblies. The potential Student Councillors will be delivering their nomination speeches in week 3 - Friday 17 February. The first official assembly will be held in week five - Thursday 2 March at 8.55am. This assembly will be presented by the Student Council and Yr 6 and will incorporate School Clean Up Day. We hope to see you then. P&C MEET & GREET: Make sure you keep Friday 24 February clear for the important P&C Meet and Greet afternoon. This is a great chance to meet staff and other parents in a relaxing and fun environment. Amusements for children (and adults who are young at heart) and a Sausage Sizzle will be provided - all free of charge. There is a rumour going around that some staff will be getting very wet with one of the amusements………… More details soon. STUDENT COUNCIL SPEECHES: All Yr 6 students are busy writing speeches for selection as one of this year’s Student Councillors. Students not wanting to nominate will deliver their speeches to the class. Those actually nominating will deliver their speeches at a special assembly in week 3, Friday 17 February. WEEK SEVEN PROGRESS INTERVIEWS: The school will be offering parents a Progress Interview in week 7, Tuesday 14 March. The school will suspend the normal school timetable at 11.45am which is when students need to go home, and interviews will commence at 12.30pm. Parents will be able to book a time to meet with teachers for 15 minutes to discuss their child’s academic, social and emotional progress. 2017 VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS: A voluntary contribution is an amount sought by an individual school to extend and enrich programs, services and facilities offered by the school. At Takari, your voluntary contributions go towards the cost of general teaching resources and ICT, sport and playground equipment. Voluntary Contributions for 2017 are: $60.00 per child (Statements will be issued soon) If you haven’t already paid your voluntary contributions through Staples (booklist) you can pay: by direct debit into the Takari Primary School bank account 066 040 1990 0241
(using child name as reference)
or by cash or cheque to the front office For families with 2 or more students at Takari, they pay a maximum of $120. Remember if you pay the voluntary contributions before the end of term 1, you will receive $10 off a future excursion or incursion fee.
Thank you for supporting our school via this voluntary contribution.
YEARBOOKS: The school has a very limited number of 2016 Yearbooks from last year. Yearbooks ($20.00 each) can be purchased from the front office. They are selling fast so you’ll have to be quick. SCHOOL BANKING: School Banking is back every Tuesday morning before school, starting next week. Haven’t banked before but wish to start? Talk to Mrs Burgess next Tuesday morning. SCHOOL BANDS: Eddie Parise will continue to run the two school bands this year. Interested students from years five and six will soon receive information about this year’s band program. Rock on!
CRUNCH AND SIP is a good opportunity for children to stay hydrated as they lose fluid when being active, especially over the summer months. Over the warmer months, a cold drink bottle is ideal for hydration but also keeps lunchbox food items cool. For the crunch
All fresh vegetables are permitted (e.g. celery, carrot sticks, broccoli bits etc.)
All fresh fruit (e.g. whole fruits, chopped melon etc.)
STAFF CAR PARK: A number of parents are using the staff car park to drop off or collect children. This is a very dangerous practice. The school has had serious accidents in the past involving parents reversing their cars in the staff car park. Please do not use the staff car park to drop off or collect students. There is ample parking available in the car parks across Jones Street. Why not park there and walk across with the assistance of our crossing warden? If you have a reason why you need to use the staff car park please make an enquiry at the front office. The disabled bays under the shelter are for ACROD parking permit holders only. KISS AND DRIVE: The ‘Kiss and Drive’ bays at the front of the school have been amended for 2017. The bays have been moved from the west end of Rickman Street to the eastern end of the parking bays outside the library. This is so your children can wait in the shade, on benches outside of the library. Please ensure these bays are used correctly. The last four bays on Rickman Street should only be used to drop off and pick up children while you are still in the car. There is also a one minute limit with these bays. Parents parking and leaving their cars for more than one minute risk a fine. The other bays along Rickman Street, have a 15 minute time limit between the hours of 7.30 - 9.00am and 2.30 and 4.15pm Again, there is ample parking available in the car parks across Jones Street. USING THE CROSSING WARDEN: The school is fortunate to have the services of a crossing warden. Unfortunately, it has been reported many children (and parents) are not utilising this service and crossing at the roundabout or near the oval, both less than 40 metres from the official crossing. Please use the safe option and cross with the assistance of the crossing warden. We welcome our newly appointed cross walk warden, George, to the Takari team. I’m sure you will all make him very welcome.
Thank you for helping keep our children safe.
2017 Staff Profile Administration Principal Mr David Tennant Deputy Principal Mrs Amy Carpenter Mgr Corp Services Mrs Catherine Van Delft School Officer Ms Ann Harper Tue (alternating), Wed ECE Hub Kindergarten Mrs Justine Andrews Tue, Thur & Fri Mrs Marie Russo-Battaglio (EA) Tues, Thur, Fri Pre Primary Miss Tarryn Coad Mrs Justine Andrews Wed Ms Georgina Downey (EA) Year 1 / 2 Room 10 Mrs Kim Williams Year 2 / 3 Room 8 Mrs Mandy Stark Mon Mrs Jenny Lodwick Tue, Wed, Thur & Fri Year 3 / 4 Room 2 Mrs Susan Reed Mon - Wed am Miss Taryn Jackson Wed, Thurs, Fri Year 4 / 5 Room 4 Mrs Heather Luckhurst Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri TBA Monday Year 5 / 6 Room 5 Mrs Rebecca Panzich Education Assistants Mrs Chris Donis Tue - Fri Mrs Liz Hill Mon – Thur Mrs Lisa Rogers Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri Specialists Physical Education Miss Taryn Jackson Mon - Wed am Music Mrs Colleen Campione Thursday LOTE Mr Paolo Sabattini Thursday Art Mrs Susan Reed Mon - Wed pm SAER support Mrs Heather Luckhurst Monday morning Class support Mrs Mandy Stark Wednesday Support Library Officer Miss Belinda Jarvis Tue, Wed & Thur School Psychologist Mrs Tracy Klonowski Monday morning School Chaplain Mrs Kelly Collins Mon, Tues
Cleaners Mr Ken Crotty
Ms Sally Vannasopa Gardener Mr Roger Corica Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri
Class Information Meetings
All classes from Yr 1 to Yr 6 will be holding Class Information Meetings in week three of this term. It is important parents attend these meetings as teachers will provide important information on classroom expectations, classroom management program, the academic program, homework and teacher/parent communication procedures. We hope you can make these important meetings:
Wednesday 15 February 5.30pm - 6.15pm Yr 1/2, 2/3, 3/4 classes Mrs Williams, Mrs Lodwick, Mrs Stark Miss Jackson and Mrs Reed, Thursday 16 February 5.30pm - 6.15pm Yr 4/5 and Yr 5/6 Mrs Luckhurst and Mrs Panzich
NB These meetings are for parents, students should not attend
THE AMAZING TAKARI P&C
The P&C is a group of dedicated parents who work together for the benefit of the school. Last year, money raised by the P&C helped fund the new outdoor furniture, the Mathletics program, Yr 6 camp and graduation, the school bands and computer equipment. They also assisted in numerous activities and committees in and around the school, as well as operating the uniform shop. They need your support. New faces and ideas are always welcome. If you would like to join this amazing group of parents, come along to the first meeting or contact one of the P&C members.
The P&C will be conducting its AGM at 7.00pm on Monday 20 February.
UNIFORM SHOP: Please note, The uniform shop is run by parent volunteers, and will now operate on a TUESDAY morning from 8.30 - 9.00am.
Help keep our school safe and secure If you see or hear suspicious behaviour immediately contact School Watch Security or the Police. Thank you for your support.
2017 Term Planner Term 1 Wk Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
30/1 School Development Day No students present
31/1 School Development Day No students present
1/2 Newsletter #1
2/2 Kindy Parent Morning Tea 8.50am
7/2 School Banking Uniform Shop
8/2 School Council Nominations due
10/2 Purple Haze Day $2 donation
13/2 Swimming Yrs 4-6
14/2 School Banking Uniform Shop
15/2 Newsletter #2 Class info meeting Yr 1/2, Yr 2/3, Yr 3/4
16/2 Class info meeting Yr 4/5, Yr 5/6
17/2 Student Council Speeches 9.00am
20/2 Swimming Yrs 4-6 P & C AGM 7pm
21/2 School Banking Uniform Shop
22/2 23/2 24/2 Meet and Greet
27/2 28/2 School Banking Uniform Shop
1/3 Newsletter #3
2/3 Assembly - Clean Up Day
3/3 Swimming Carnival - Yrs 4 - 6
6/3 Labour Day
7/3 School Development Day No students present
8/3 9/3 10/3
13/3 14/3 School Banking Uniform Shop Progress Interviews
15/3 Newsletter #4
16/3 Assembly -
17/3 Ride to School Day
20/3 21/3 School Banking Uniform Shop
22/3 23/3 24/3
27/3 28/3 School Banking Uniform Shop
29/3 Newsletter #5
Times Past Incursion
3/4 4/4 School Banking Uniform Shop
5/4 6/4 Assembly - ANZAC Day service
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