BERWICK LODGE PRIMARY SCHOOL Phone: 9707 1766 Fax: 9796 2198 E-mail: email@example.com Visit our Websites : http:// www.berwicklodgeps.vic.edu.au, Camp Australia/Out of School Hours Care: 9769 8251
28TH APRIL 2011
NEWSLETTER N0.11 DIARY DATES Tuesday 3rd May Wednesday 4th May
2nd Hand Uniform Shop St Margaret’s Interschool Netball Competition Friday 13th May Interschool Winter Sport Monday 6th-Wednesday 8th June 5/6 Camp1 (5T, 5C, 6K, 6N) Wednesday 8th-Friday 10th June 5/6 Camp 2 (5H, 5W, 6P, 6N)
NOTICES DUE BACK BY Monday 2nd May Friday 5th May Friday 20th May Friday 27th May
St Margaret’s Interschool Netball Competition Singapore Trip 2nd instalment 5/6 Camp Coolamtong Forms 5/6 Camp Coolamatong Final Payment
CANTEEN IS NOT OPEN ON TUESDAYS
Welcome back! As usual holidays and Easter have scooted by – hoping yours, if you were fortunate enough to have had some time off, were relaxing and enjoyable. Over the holiday break work was undertaken on our BER building, with the frame now in place. This followed a visit by David Chandler, Deputy Chairman, Orgill Taskforce, who was quite scathing in his criticism of the lack of progress on our building to date. The anticipated completion date is now mid August. I will be contacting Julie Alliston, DEECD BER Manager this week seeking clarification of the funds available to us for our companion project. These funds should be in the order of $1 million. In early March I first made contact with Julie Alliston on this issue and since then she has twice contacted me seeking an extension of time. It is now almost two months since we began discussions and I hope to have further information for you in next week’s newsletter.
GROUNDS MAINTENANCE You may have noticed that during the holidays several gum trees located near our main staff car park area were removed. Unfortunately they dropped a lot of nectar and eucalyptus oil on cars parked nearby. We will replace them with trees that are ‘more car-friendly’ shortly. Fortunately we suffered very little vandalism during the holidays – minimal graffiti and one portable building window broken. Our CCTV camera system has certainly paid its way in recent times!
Education Week schools conduct Open Days for prospective families and I recommend that you avail yourself of this opportunity too. Sometimes choices are limited because of zoning in the case of government schools or costs with respect to private schools. Notwithstanding these factors, at the end of the day, you and your child have to be comfortable with the school that you select. Ask a lot of questions and gauge the culture and climate of possible schools.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’s) Q. Which are best secondary schools in our district? A. it’s a difficult question to QUOTABLE QUOTE answer, substantially because ‘The best gauge of a great holiday is each school has its unique how quickly it seems to have passed.’ features that may better suit some children. My advice to parents is that they should HENRY GROSSEK make an appointment to visit possible secondary schools for their child and see firsthand. Word of mouth also helps. During May in
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT Welcome back to all families following the extended Term break! We hope that everyone has had a restful and refreshing break and is looking forward to a busy Term 2.
families who have not yet made their final decision regarding school enrolment. So that we can accommodate all interested families we request that bookings are made by calling the school on 9707 1766.
PREP ENROLMENTS FOR 2012 We have commenced our prep enrolments for 2012 and we request that existing families with preps for next year contact the office for an enrolment form. For effective planning purposes it is beneficial for us to know projected prep enrolments well in advance. We also need to be aware of students with special needs who may require extra support on their entry to school. Families with queries regarding this matter are encouraged to make contact with us to discuss the options available to provide support. If you know of any families with children starting school in 2012 who wish to enrol at Berwick Lodge Primary School we would appreciate it if you could ask them to contact the school administration in order to organise a tour of the school. Tours for prospective families have commenced this week.
EDUCATION WEEK OPEN NIGHT – WEDNESDAY 18TH MAY The school will be conducting their annual Open Night during Education Week on Wednesday 18th May between 6:00PM and 8:00PM. All current families and families considering enrolling their children at Berwick Lodge Primary School in the future are welcome to attend. The evening will include the showcasing of student work in classrooms and specialist program. This event has always been a great opportunity for the whole school community to get together and celebrate the wonderful work of our students and staff. Further details will be provided in the coming weeks but please keep this date in mind!
BABY NEWS On the last day of Term 1 we received some happy ST STEP INTO PREP – WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE news from Amy and Andy Carlile about the safe This year we will be conducting a special information arrival of their son William Robert evening for families of students Carlile. On behalf of the school commencing school in 2012. community we would like to This evening will incorporate a congratulate the Carlile family and guest speaker, Dot Deviny, we look forward to a visit from who will address the issue of Amy and William in the weeks how parents can best support ahead. their child’s transition into primary school. The Prep Classrooms will be open so that families can see the classroom environment and our Prep staff will also LYNNE BRENNER & DEBBIE be present to talk about the early days of school and answer parent queries. The evening will commence CUSACK at 6:00PM on Wednesday 1st June and all families are welcome. This is an excellent opportunity for
WHAT IS GETTING ALONG? Definition of “Getting Along” Getting along means working cooperatively with others, solving problems with others without getting too angry, following important rules of the classroom and home, making friends, accepting others who are different, helping correct injustices in society, and making our community a safer and healthier place to live and learn.
Dear Parents/Guardians, This year all Grades 3 to 6 children will be participating in the Fantastic Fridays Program in Term 2. This program will run on Friday afternoons (2:30pm to 3:30pm) starting from Week 2 and will run for approximately 8 weeks. It is an elective program where students will be mixed with their peers to learn a variety of different subjects outside the normal curriculum areas of Literacy and Numeracy. The elective programs on offer are:
Gymnastics J-Rock Lego Cooking Art / Craft Construction Billycarts County Fair Fashion / Jewellery Making Science and Technology We have a number of teachers allocated to the various programs but are asking our school community for some support. If you have any expertise in any of the following areas and would like to participate in the program we would greatly appreciate your time and experience. These activities require different materials and resources and we would greatly appreciate any donations to support our Fantastic Fridays Program. These could include- construction materials such as wood, screws, wheels, art supplies, foam cups etc. Please see Traceye Rapinett for information or details about the program.
EMA 1st INSTALLMENT ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE BETWEEN 8:30AM - 4:00PM
HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER? Please ensure you let the school office know if you have changed address or updated mobile phones with new numbers. This information alleviates stressful situations on students when they are ill and we cannot contact parents
Parents & Friends Association NEXT MEETING: Thursday 5th May 2011 at 1.30pm in Room 16. Everyone is welcome, including toddlers. The PFA welcomes anyone wanting to join the fun and help make a difference. 2ND HAND UNIFORM SHOP: Our next 2nd hand uniform shop will be open in the school canteen on Tuesday 3rd May 2011 from 2.30pm until 3.15pm. We would like to thank all those families who have donated as they have assisted other families in our community.
NEXT THURSDAY MOTHERS DAY STALL: Our stall is being held on Thursday 5th May, 2011. All forms need to be returned by Tuesday 3rd May 2011. We have a huge selection of wonderful quality presents for that special Mum or Grandmother in your life. You can purchase up to 4 presents per child at $5..00 per present. If you missed out on your form, spare copies are available at the office.
Current Events SUNSCREEN: We have roll-on sunscreen available for purchase at the front office for $6.00 per stick. They are a great compact size and are very useful for all children to have in their bags now with our lovely sunny weather!
MOBILE PHONE RECYCLING: Please remember to bring in your old mobile phones and support our Junior School Council. Don’t forget, the more phones we collect, the more Sony products we get as a reward.
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COMMUNITY NEWS Timbarra P-9 College School Tours School Tours for interested parents of Year 7 students for 2012 are now available on the following date. Tuesday 3rd May 2011 at 10.00am Year 7 Information Evening Tuesday 10th May 2011 7.00pm - 8.00pm in School Gym
Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the school office on 9704 2744
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