Welcome to Term 2 – Ms Louise McGuire
Welcome to Term 2. It is wonderful to be back after six weeks long service leave in the second half of Term 1. I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday and the students are ready for another hard-working term. A very warm welcome to our new girls and families. I have no doubt that our new students will be well looked after by their classmates and teachers, and that their parents will be made feel equally welcomed by our parent body.
I hope you have used some of your time over the break to take stock of all school belongings – books stationery and uniforms. As we move into the cooler months, jumpers, and track suits will be worn more regularly. These items are taken on and off during the day and are notoriously lost. If items are named, they will be returned to the owner. Unnamed items just pile up in Lost Property. Check that names can be clearly read and have not faded in the wash. Please ensure too, that your daughter has all necessary stationery items replenished and named.
Student Protection Officers
This week, Junior School students will be reminded of the St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers. Student Protection Officers are persons designated as liaison people to whom students may refer if they are not feeling safe; or to whom they make complaints of harm, inappropriate behaviour or physical/sexual abuse. The St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers are:
• Head of Junior School (Louise McGuire)
• Dean of Students and Academic Welfare (7-9) – (Holly O’Sullivan Williams)
• School Guidance Counsellor (Jennie Robinson)
Our school website has the policy and procedures document (and many other resources) available for all members of the community.
Safety in the Junior School
We strive in every way to make the Junior School a safe environment for children.
There are several students in the Junior School who suffer from life-threatening allergies to nuts. These students will suffer an anaphylactic reaction if they come into contact with even the smallest trace of certain types of nuts. Passing contact with another student who has been eating nuts or products containing nuts can trigger a reaction.
We ask that parents and children avoid any products containing nuts when preparing lunches or snacks for school. This will assist in reducing the risk for these students.
We also have students who are highly allergic to eggs.
Girls may bring eggs to school in their lunchbox; however, we ask that you remind them (as will the teachers) to wash their hands after eating (as this reduces the risk of cross-contact). It is extremely important that we are vigilant in order to keep our students safe.
Thank you for your support.
Junior Engineers Holiday Program – Mrs Jackie Child
The first two days of the holidays saw the students from St Aidan’s and local schools participate in a holiday program learning how to code Micro:Bits. Students enjoyed learning how to program the Micro:Bit to become games of ‘Paper, Scissors, Rock’, ‘Snap the Dot’, Flip the Coin’ and ‘Tug of War’. They also created light level meters, compasses and temperature gauges. Students then demonstrated their creations to the group. There was plenty of learning, skills mastered and fun throughout the two days.
Video of activities
NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) 14, 15, 16 May
Preparation for NAPLAN has been ongoing, including informal exposure to a variety of opportunities to assist students in becoming familiar with the test format and question types. In the next few weeks, the girls will continue to engage in preparation activities to assist in developing their ability to undertake the tests in a confident and relaxed manner.
Please re-organise any private music lessons until after lunch on these days.
How much is too much screen time? – Mrs Cathy Grant
There is no magic figure. The right amount of screen time can depend on a range of factors like your child’s age and maturity, the kind of content they are consuming, their learning needs and your family routine.
It can be easy to focus only on the clock, but the quality and nature of what they are doing online, and your involvement, are just as important.
Consider your child’s screen use in the context of their overall health and wellbeing. For example, is online time getting in the way of their sleep and exercise? Is it impacting on their face-to-face connections with family and friends? The answers to these questions will guide you and help strike the right balance of online and offline activities for your child.
Signs that your child’s online activity may be having a negative impact on them or on your family include:
• less interest in social activities like meeting friends or playing sport
• not doing so well at school
• tiredness, sleep disturbance, headaches, eye strain
• changes in eating patterns
• reduced personal hygiene
• obsession with particular websites or games
• extreme anger when being asked to take a break from online activity
• appearing anxious or irritable when away from the computer
• becoming withdrawn from friends and family
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Absentees/Late Arrivals/Early Departures
If your child (K-6) is unable to attend school for any reason, please inform Wilhelmina Morrison at the Junior School Reception (3373 5944 - email@example.com) or call the Absentee line (3373 5978) by 9:00am.
If we are not notified, you will receive a text message asking you to confirm the reason for the absence.
Also, if girls are late for school (P-6) or need to leave early, they (or parents) must sign the Late/Departure books held in the Junior School Reception.
On the first day of Term 2, school photos were handed out to the students. If your daughter hasn’t received a photo pack and you ordered one, you will need to contact MSP Photography on 3848 3946 to enquire about its whereabouts. It is not too late to order your daughter’s class and individual photo if you had forgotten to do so. To place an order, you will need to contact MSP Photography directly.
Mother’s Day Stall/Raffle – Thursday 2 May
In conjunction with the Mother's Day Stall, we hold the now famous Mother's Day Raffle which raises money that is directly used by the Junior School to provide specialised learning materials for the students of the Junior School. To enable the raffle to proceed and to provide you with the opportunity to win some great prizes, we would love donations of some products so we can assemble gourmet hampers. For this to happen and to make it easy for you to pick something up when shopping, we have the following suggestions for each year group (of course if you have something else you would like to contribute as a prize, this would be very much appreciated):
Kindergarten Wine or chocolates/toffees
Prep Twinings Tea or Tea 2 Tea
Year 1 Shortbread or gourmet sweet biscuits/fudge
Year 2 Savoury crackers suitable for cheese, or gourmet jam
Year 3 Shortbread/ gourmet sweet biscuits/fudge
Year 4 Wine or chocolates or gourmet jam
Year 5 Wine or chocolates/toffees
Year 6 Twinings Tea or Tea 2 Tea
Thank you very much for your assistance in contributing to these prizes which give much enjoyment to the girls at the lunchtime draw. Any contributions to the raffle can be dropped into the Junior School Reception or Form Classrooms. You will receive your raffle tickets this week.
We will be having a ‘wrapping day’ on Wednesday 1 May (in the Junior School Library) to package the gifts to be sold at the stall. If you are able to assist for any length of time, your help would be greatly appreciated. We will be commencing at ‘drop off’ time and concluding as soon as all of the gifts are beautifully wrapped and ready to be scrutinised by many excited shoppers the following day!
Ice-blocks in the Junior School
We would like to continue to offer ice blocks for purchase by Junior School students (Monday-Thursday). To enable this to occur, we would love to have some volunteers who are happy to put their name down to volunteer once, or more, each month to sell ice blocks for around 20 minutes during the girls' lunch time.
The procedure involves collecting change for the ice blocks from the Senior School tuckshop at approximately 1:10pm, then collecting the key to the Charma Place kitchen from Wilhelmina Morrison at the Junior School Reception (sign in). Once the bell has sounded for the girls to be able to finish their lunch and start playing, the girls will form a queue at the door to the Charma Place kitchen and eagerly await their ice block purchase (1.30pm).
It is a lovely way to get to know more of the girls within the Junior School and for your daughters to see you at school being engaged with them.
If this sounds like something you would like to do, please email Wil Morrison (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your designated days and dates will then be confirmed with you.
In order to assist in a safe, fast drive-through please be reminded of the following –
• Enter the drive-through with a LEFT hand turn from Ruthven St.
• Join the queue from Watt Street, not Aidans Way
• Proceed to the playground end of the drive-through to enable as many cars into the drive-through as possible.
• Leave adequate room between vehicles.
• Do not ‘overtake’ stationary vehicles in the queue.
• Give pedestrians absolute right of way.
• “Do a lap” if your daughter is not there.
• Park in the street and walk to meet your daughter if you arrive early.
• Exit the drive-through with a LEFT turn only.
• Insist that your daughter is looking out for you and waiting on the paved area behind the yellow safety line.
• Discourage your daughter from walking through the line of cars to enter your vehicle further down the queue. This is extremely dangerous.
• Do not leave your vehicle unattended during peak drop off and pick up times.
Please click here for Important Dates Term 2, 2019.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disability
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students receiving an adjustment due to disability and the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students.
Every year, the school collects the following information for each student receiving an adjustment due to disability:
• the student’s year of schooling
• the student’s level of adjustment
• the student’s broad type of disability.
No student names or other details are provided as part of this collection. The aim of the national data collection is to collect quality information about Australian school students receiving adjustments due to disability.
For further information please see https://www.nccd.edu.au/tools/fact-sheet-parents-guardians-and-carers.