Newsletter 21 October 2022

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to Term 4. We have been busily preparing for swimming and the P&C is in full organisation mode for the Halloween Disco. We are so very fortunate that we have a school community that is prepared to organise such events – I’ve always believed that school P&Cs play such an important role in helping to create memories for our children, with events such as this.

As always though, we do end up with too few taking on too much. Sadly, we have been unable to get a P&C President for the whole of this year. Nicole Holt, our P&C Vice President, has fulfilled both roles all year. Our current P&C executive are largely parents of Year 5 students (and won’t be around for much longer) so I urge all parents to consider volunteering for a P&C role or membership next year. The P&C have a great handover and support model in place to train new people and you will always have experts to draw upon.

Volunteering your time to support a cause you are passionate about (your child/children!) is something you will never regret. It will enrich your life, familiarise you with your school community, and connect you to people and ideas that will positively impact your perspective for the rest of your life. Our P&C are a friendly and welcoming group and I love being part of the group – it is such a great opportunity for Mrs Brewer, Miss Cox and I me to get to know parents on as more social level. Our formal meetings are well run, there is always a bit of a laugh and of course there is the opportunity to develop friendships with people you may otherwise never have met.

What are some of the benefits of volunteering?

Donating your time to support those around you is extremely beneficial, both for you and your community. It is statistically proven that people who volunteer regularly are healthier both physically and mentally. Individuals who have volunteered throughout their lifetime typically live longer and have better psychological well-being. In addition to the health benefits, volunteering gives people a sense of purpose. The fulfilling feeling of giving back and contributing to society is unparalleled.

Giving back is also a great way to get to know your community and its citizens. When you volunteer, you have the opportunity to meet lots of new people. Working alongside individuals who also care about improving their surroundings will allow you to broaden your network of friends. Additionally, it will help you to better understand the circumstances of other members of your community. Having a broad, open-minded perspective of the different walks of life around you will help you to be an effective and empathetic citizen.

If you would like to know a little more about being part of the P&C I am happy to take aq phone call from you or come in to the office and see me.

Source: Education First

Speaking of giving back to the community, it was wonderful to see students and staff support Loud Shirt Day today.

Why do we get loud?

For kids with hearing loss, getting the support they need as early as possible will give them the best chance of minimising the long-term effects of their diagnoses and will help them reach their full potential. We have five students in our school community with hearing loss so it is a cause that every close to our hearts. We are still counting but we are very grateful for everyone’s donation.

Assembly Award Winners

Rm9Xavier & Fenne
MultiLitSophia C
MedallionsTyler H

Thank you to Teacher Star and Room 9 for their awesome assembly this morning. They taught us about two writing strategies that they having been learning in their writing lessons – Sizzling Starts and tightening Tension. I look forward to seeing how they apply these strategies to their writing in the coming weeks.

Have a great weekend

Kim Knowles


Flourish Update

Over the last few terms, Rooms 5 and 6 have been working with our students in groups in both Literacy and Mathematics. These groups allow for differentiation so students are constantly working at their level, including activities that are engaging for above developmental students.  We change these groups depending on the student’s understanding of the focus content. The activities are varied for high engagement to give students different ways to show understanding.

Miss Moody and Mr Hadland

Year 3 Teachers