We enjoyed morning tea with our new Foundation and Transition parents in the library this morning, continuing our commitment to building strong connections within our school community. It was well attended, with parents able to meet our Principal, David Baker and our new chaplain, Reverend Jackie Belot. This was followed by Fellowship, where our Foundation and their Year 6 buddies received their school badges. Mrs Lisa Burgess, our ELC director, spoke about the buddies program, the smooth transition between ELC and Junior school, and the strong culture at Gippsland Grammar.
Buddies, Matilda Charlie and Freya Czosnek
As I walked around our classrooms yesterday and today, our students were happily settling into their new routines and expectations. I want to acknowledge our teachers and parents for helping our students to prepare for the change between year levels. We believe our transition program, that began late last year, has ably assisted the process.
Welcome Picnic – Friday, 8 February at 3:45 pm (Change in time)
We will hold our annual St Anne’s Welcome Picnic from 3:45 pm. This is a change from the original time, after feedback from numerous families. 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 is an event being held on school grounds, with children present, it will be an alcohol free event. I look forward to seeing as many people there as possible.
Parent Information Evening – Wednesday, 6 February
Next Wednesday is our St Anne’s Parent Information Evening. These meetings are an opportunity to hear from your child’s teacher about some of the year group’s plans for the year, relevant information about routines and expectations, as well as some suggestions on how to support your child during the coming school year.
Supper will be available in the foyer of the Lorna Sparrow Hall throughout the evening. The program for the Information Evening is as follows;
6:30pm – 7:00pm
Year 1 (McCubbin classroom)
Year 3 (Tasman classroom)
Year 5 (Cuthbert classroom
7:30pm – 8:00pm
Foundation (Bass classroom)
Year 2 (Tasman classroom)
Year 4 (Kingsford Smith classroom)
Year 6 (Goolagong classroom)
Our Specialist teachers will be available from 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm in their classrooms.
Rubbish Free at St Anne’s
St Anne’s will become rubbish free in 2019 in a bid to reduce our impact on the environment. Rubbish free means all students and teachers will aim to bring rubbish free food all the time. All families must continue to provide lunches and snacks in a ‘nude food’ format – that is, in recyclable containers only. Please eliminate all cling wraps and packets from lunches.
Parents and students are encouraged to include as many items as possible that can be eaten, reused, recycled, or composted and as few items as possible that must be thrown away. For example, instead of putting a pre-packaged cheese and crackers in your lunch, why not slice up a few pieces of cheese along with some crackers? Better for the environment, the wallet and our bodies (no processed foods involved). With this type of lunch, lunch food items can be bought in larger quantities. The packaging can be left at home for reuse or recycling. Rubbish free lunches are not only a wise environmental choice but can be less expensive as well.
You can help your child pack his/her rubbish free lunch by including only what your child can eat and using reusable containers or bags. In planning your child’s rubbish free lunch, remember if you pack any items that need refrigeration make sure you include a reusable ice pack to keep the items fresh.
We look forward to your support of this initiative.
Learning officially starts at 8:50 am each morning, although we provide supervision on our school grounds from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm each day. It is particularly important that your child does not arrive late to school, which can affect your child settling in ready to learn, and also disrupts the class.
If your child is absent from school, please communicate this prior through your child’s communication book, or ring the front office, email firstname.lastname@example.org , or log the absence via our school website. If your child is planning on spending an extended time away from school, such as on a two-week holiday, parents are asked to put this in writing addressed to Head of Campus, Mr Jie Van Berkel.
We take pride in our uniform. It is essential that students wear their blazer to and from school each day and adhere to our uniform policy. If parents are unsure of this policy, Mrs Young and Mrs Davies at our office can provide you with our expectations.
Jie Van Berkel