We officially inducted our Campus and House Captains for 2018 at this morning’s Fellowship. Principal, Mr David Baker, Deputy Principal, Ms Jan Henry and House Captains from Garnsey Campus added to the sense of occasion. The key messages to our School Leaders is to lead with respect and to remember that actions speak louder than words. I am excited about working with our Campus and House Captains this year to help them be the best leaders they can be.
Campus Captains: Nicholas Missen and Zara Tacey
Blundell Bogong: Reggie Cannon and Arki Vardy
Cranswick Dargo: Debbie Husodo and Charlie New
Tisdall Hotham: Harry Lancaster and Maggie Westman
Wellington Binks: Georgia Anderson and Jayde Hall
We are still in the selection stage for the remainder of our Student Leadership Team. This process will be finalised over the next couple of days and these students will be celebrated with a Badge Presentation on Friday 23 February at 9.00am.
Our recent Parent Information Night, although very warm, was a great night for our new and existing families to find out key information for the year. The light supper in the hall also provided the setting for informal conversations between parents and teachers. This newsletter aims to provide important ‘housekeeping’ information so we can all start the year in a positive fashion.
Continuing with our theme to build strong connections within our school community, we will be holding our annual St Anne’s Welcome Picnic starting at 5:30pm this evening. Families are welcome to use the large grassed area near the Year 1 classroom and Hall. This event will be informal, with games and plenty of opportunities to meet our teachers, parents and students. As this event is held on school grounds with children present, it is an alcohol free event. I look forward to seeing as many people there as possible.
Learning officially starts at 8:50am each morning, although we provide supervision on our school grounds from 8:30am until 3:30pm each day. It is particularly important that your child is not late to school. Lateness has the potential to affect your child’s learning and disrupts the class as a whole.
If your child is away from school for any reason, there are a number of ways to notify the School of your child’s absence:
- Writing their absence in their Communication Book
- Ring Reception on 5143 7155
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Log the absence via our school website (www.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au)
If you intend to spend an extended time away from school, such as on a two-week holiday, please put this in writing addressed to Head of Campus.
We have many students who travel to and from school each day on the bus. It is very important that your child inform their teacher each morning whether they are, or are not, on the bus that day.
When plans change, please contact the front office as soon as possible. This allows us to change our bus lists and to let your child know.
Child Safety Standards
We encourage and welcome parents to help at school. This could be assisting with reading groups, carnivals or excursions. All parent helpers need to have a current ‘Working with Children’ check.
Direct Contact Volunteers are those volunteers that are involved in providing support, guidance and supervision directly to students and could potentially have direct unsupervised contact with students during the normal course of providing the volunteer service.
Examples of Direct Contact Volunteer activities may include volunteers involved in School Camps and excursions, coaching sporting teams or assisting in learning activities.
All Direct Contact Volunteers are required to be familiar with the content of our Child Protection and Safety Policy, our Child Safety Code of Conduct and their legal obligations with respect to the reporting of child abuse. This is achieved through completion of the Eight Child Safety Training modules.
Indirect Contact Volunteers (or 'indirect volunteers') are those volunteers who are involved in providing support and services, but are not directly assisting a specific group of students. Indirect contact volunteers are not responsible for supervising students and do not have unsupervised contact with students.
All indirect volunteers are responsible for contributing to the safety and protection of children in the School environment.
All indirect volunteers are required by the School to be familiar with our Child Protection and Safety Policy and our Child Protection Program.
Examples of Indirect Contact Volunteer activities may include assisting with School functions or the School canteen and fundraising barbeques. Attending School excursions without taking responsibility for the supervision of students.
On Thursday 22 February, we will conduct a Volunteer Registration Session from 9.00am in the St Anne’s Computer Lab. If you are not already registered as a Volunteer, this is a great opportunity to do so. Our Compliance Officer, Leanne Heywood, will be on site to assist with this process.
For our students’ safety, we lock our back and side entry gates at approximately 9:00am and unlock at approximately 3:00pm. All entry between these times is through our Raymond Street entrance.
Visitor Signing In and Out
All visitors to the school should sign in and out via the register at Reception. Visitor’s badges must be worn whilst on the school grounds.
Signing In and Out of Students
It is important that all students are signed in and out if they leave the school during normal school hours. This is done at our front office with Ann Young and our Admin team available to assist.
Our Tuckshop will be closed next Tuesday, 13 February. Normal Tuckshop hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
During Terms 1 and 4, all students need to wear their green, wide brimmed hat. Only our Year 6 students are able to choose between the green wide brimmed or special Year 6 black Bucket Hat.
STAGGFAIR Amusements Coordinator
We are looking for two parents to coordinate the Amusement Rides at our upcoming STAGGFAIR, which will be held on Sunday 18 March at Garnsey Campus. As the rides have already been booked, the Amusement Ride Coordinator's duties will organising the selling of the Amusement Ride Wristbands across the three campuses as well as coordinating a roster for the day. They will also need to be available on the weekend of STAGGFAIR.
If you are interested, know of someone who is, or would like more information; please contact Ann Young via email at email@example.com or telephone on 5143 7155.
Enjoy the warm weather over the weekend.
Jie Van Berkel