Welcome to our first newsletter for the year – Now a completely “on-line” version to complement our fantastic new website. I just wanted to start by saying a big thank you to all of the staff, students and families of East Victoria Park Primary for their brilliant start to the year. I would also like to welcome new staff member, Martha Walters, who will be taking on the Science Specialist Teacher role (Mon & Wed) as well as RM 10 on a Tuesday.
Welcome BBQ & Classroom Information Night
Thank you to all families who made it to our Welcome BBQ last Wednesday evening. It was a great night and provided an opportunity for the teaching staff and myself to meet families and touch base on the year ahead. I also wish to thank all staff involved in organising the event and for giving up their time to cook and serve the Sausage Sizzle.
Classroom P&C Representatives
I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of the parents who have put their details down to offer their support to the school P&C throughout the year. It is great to see so many new parents show a keen interest in our P&C. If any parents would like more information or to add your name to the list, please see your child’s teacher.
SmartLink – School App
East Victoria Park PS will not be using the ‘SmartLink’ App from 2020 onwards.
All communications and information will be shared through the new school website, the school Facebook page, or through your child’s teacher via SeeSaw. This move has been made in order to streamline communications between the school and home.
Room 8 Assembly
Congratulations to Miss Matthews as well as all of the students from Room 8 for putting on a very informative and entertaining assembly, highlighting our new “YOUR MOVE” program which promotes riding, walking or scootering to school instead of coming in a car every day. They entertained us with their ‘TV News’ style reporting and finished with a catchy song to engage the audience.
I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Febrilianita Wulan for running the School Student Banking over the last few years. Your time has been extremely valuable and very much appreciated. Unfortunately, Mrs Wulan is moving to a new suburb and will be unable to continue as the School Banking co-ordinator. If there are any parents interested in taking on this role, please contact the school.
Yr 6 Camp & Student Leaders
In week 5, our lucky Yr 6 students will be attending camp at Point Peron Camp School. During camp, staff will be on the lookout for students displaying excellent leadership skills and this will assist in the selection of our student leaders for 2020. Leadership roles include Student Councillors, Faction Captains & Vices, ICT Leaders, Music Leaders and Sustainability Leaders. I know that they will do a great job and work hard to lead their area of responsibility throughout the year.
Have a great week ahead,
Tony Matheson – Principal
MERIT AWARD RECIPIENTS
Congratulations to all our worthy recipients!
Mia – Maria G
Room 8 Assembly – What will YOUR MOVE be?
This morning at assembly, students from Room 8 educated EVPPS students, staff and parents about Your Move; a community-focused program from the Department of Transport. Your Move helps people to reduce their car use and instead try more active modes of transport like walking, cycling or public transport. Your Move helps to promote healthy habits, sustainable practices while reducing the amount of traffic congestion that occurs around our school. To encourage students to cycle to school, an obstacle course will be set up on Tuesdays during lunch time for them to complete. This initiative, ‘Track Tuesdays’, will commence in Week 7 and only involve students who ride to school on a bicycle. More information will be released next week. So EVPPS, will it be cycling to school? Or will it be skating? Perhaps simply walking so that you can enjoy the fresh air with friends is best. It’s time to decide EVPPS…what will YOUR MOVE be?
Ride2School Day – Friday 13th March
To kickstart our engagement with the Your Move program, we’ll be participating in Ride2School Day on Friday the 13th of March. We encourage all students and families to leave the car at home and give riding, scooting, walking or skating to school a go. Given this event will be held on Friday the 13th, students are also encouraged to dress up their bicycle in a spooooky way! The spookiest bike will win a prize at assembly. More details will be released next week.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT (PBS)
PBS Values Token Winners
This year, our school has implemented a new behaviour policy based on Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). PBS aims to promote a positive learning environment for our students to succeed academically, behaviourally and socially.
This term we have introduced a whole school ‘Reward System’. This ‘Reward System’ requires students to collect Values tokens which are earnt by displaying exemplary behaviours. The Values tokens are then placed in a raffle barrel and drawn out each assembly. The winning students will then spin the prize wheel. Congratulations to Gyan G, Alisa K, Alicia C, Ollie H. Fenne B. who are the prize winners this week. A huge thank you to all the parents and community members who gave donations for prizes. Donations can be made at the front office.
Our core values are:
CARE | ORGANISE | RESPECT | ENGAGE
Morning Swimming Squad
The East Victoria Park Swimming Squad started in week 2, with 18 keen swimmers from years 4-6 attending.
The swimming squad swims at Aqualife East Victoria Park every Friday morning at 7am in the lead up to the interschool swimming carnival on the 27 March.
If your child is interested in joining the swimming squad, they must be above level 6 and have returned their swimming permission forms.
The Winter season is fast approaching with sport such as Basketball, soccer, football, netball and hockey all starting to take registration in the coming weeks. Did you know KidSports can provide up to $150 toward club registration to eligible children. To receive this funding your child must be aged 5 to 18 and be listed on a valid Health Care or Pensioner Concession card. If you would like any assistance or require any further information, please see Mr Ranford.
Skipping for Fitness
Skipping has taken off at EVPPS. Our students are absolutely loving learning new tricks and getting active for morning fitness.
We have also started an EVPPS Skipping team that gets together in the morning to start working on a routine. Watch this space!
- Senior Choir: 8.30am every Friday morning in the Music Room. All year 4-6 students are welcome to attend.
- Junior Choir: 9.15am every non-assembly Friday in the Music Room. All year 2-3 students are welcome to attend. Students will be collected from class by year 6 choir organisers.
- Senior Concert Band: 8.30am every Wednesday morning in the Music Room. All year 6 instrumental (IMSS) students are required to attend. Year 5 IMSS students will join the band in term 2. Year 4-6 students who learn a band instrument outside of school are welcome to audition to join the band. Please see Mrs Motherwell.
- Ukulele Club: 10.50 am Wednesday (recess, after eating time), in the Music Room. All year 3-6 students and all EVPPS staff are welcome to attend.
Come join the P&C – We’re always looking for more parents to join the P & C, it is a great way to be actively involved in our school community, whilst helping to make a difference and raise funds to create an even better school environment for your children. You can find more information regarding the P&C, as well as membership forms at the front office.
Our next meeting will be held on Monday 23 March 2020 at 7pm, we look forward to seeing some new faces there.
New members are always welcome; $1 membership fee.