Principal’s News 27 August 2021

Wow! What a busy few weeks.

I am going to start with a few thanks.

A big thank you to the staff, parents and children who came along last weekend to the Busy Bee in the Kindy area. I am sure you will all agree that the cleanout of the ‘cage’ at the front of the school is a vast improvement. We are continuing to access funding through the Department to make further upgrades to the Early Childhood area – watch this space.

For next week only the Kindy program will run out of Room 11 and Room 11 will move to the Library. Starting this afternoon we are having a major upgrade to the kindergarten classroom which includes a new kitchen, upgraded storage and a new linoleum floor. Thanks to our Manager of Corporate Services, Lynda Fenton, who does all of the behind the scenes work that makes things like this possible.

I’d like to thank Miss Goodwin and her organising committee for an amazing Book Week. Thank you to the teachers who dressed up and got into the spirit of promoting the importance and joy of reading. I’d especially like to extend thanks to the parents and students for making this morning’s parade such a fun event.

Each year since 1945 the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children’s authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians create colourful displays, develop activities, run competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading. This year’s theme is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. Room 4 completed our week with a Book Week assembly. They did an awesome job and captured some of our feelings about Book Week so well. I especially loved the references to ‘the over enthusiastic teacher’ and the ‘recycled from last year’ costumes.

Congratulations to our Merit Award winners for this week.

Rm 1Yr 1Nickolas
Rm 2Yr 1Pedro
Rm 3Yr 1/2Zachary
Rm 4Yr 2Toby
Rm 5Yr 2Rachael
Rm 6Yr 3Georgina
Rm 7Yr 4Leilah
Rm 8Yr 5Fenne
Rm 9Yr 5/6Liam
Rm 10Yr 5/6Tayah
Rm 11Yr 3Mohamed
Rm 12Yr 3/4Fon

I’d also like to extend big thanks to the P&C who have been busy organising the Father’s Day Raffle and the Sausage Sizzle for next week’s Faction Athletics Carnival. The raffle has awesome prizes so would love everyone to get in and purchase some tickets. If you have some spare time, please see the board at the front of the school and put your name on the volunteer’s list. The P&C works much better when we spread the workload across lots of people, rather than relying on too few, who then burnout. We continue to raise funds towards the Year 1 and 2 Nature Playground – at present we are in the design phase and hope to have some plans to share with the school community over the coming weeks.

Faction Jumps and Throws are on Tuesday, 31 August and the Faction Athletics Carnival is on Friday, 3 September – please keep an eye on Seesaw for further information from Mr Ranford.

Finally, the Open School Board Meeting is on Monday, 30 August at 6pm in the school library. This is an open meeting to the whole school community – Lauren Garvey, School Board Chair, and I would love to see you there. We usually aim to keep our meeting to an hour in length.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Kind regards

Mrs Kim Knowles