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EPSOM PALM PRESS This is a “YOU CAN DO IT” school EPSOM PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER NO 25– 11/08/10 Phone Number: 03 5448 4318 Email: epsom.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

School Fax Number: 03 5448 3334 Website: www.epsomps.vic.edu.au

DATES TO REMEMBER: Whole School Gym Program Better Schools Presentation & Lunch 1.15pm School Council Meeting iPad information evening —7pm Book Club due back Epsom Primary Variety Show—7.30pm End of Term 3

Thurs. 12th and 19th August Friday 13th August Monday 16th August Wednesday 18th August Friday 27th August Thursday 9th September Friday 17th September

FINAL GYM SESSION Parents are invited to attend our final gym session on Thursday 19th August – Grades Prep-3:- 10am-11am. Grades 4-6:- 11:00am-12:00pm No pre-schoolers are allowed to attend this session.

School Council Meeting: Monday 16th August at 6.00pm

Grounds Roster: This weeks gardening keys are being sent home to the Kamil and Keene families. Next weeks gardening families are the Killen and King families. Thankyou to our gardening families so far this term. The grounds and paths have been looking very tidy on a Monday morning.

Look out for the award winners in next week’s newsletter.

Blogs Please check the school website and class blogs for extra news. Lots to read about!! www.epsomps.vic.edu.au


Dear Parents/Carers, During the curriculum day on Monday the staff spent a productive day learning more about the Ultranet. Sincere thanks to Jenny Ashby who facilitated the day for Epsom and Goornong staff. Her hard work ensured that the day was a worthwhile learning experience for all participants. As you are aware, all Principals and Assistant Principals went to Melbourne for the day to participate in the “Big Day Out” . We were privileged to hear several international speakers. The knowledge gained from the day will assist our school in implementing the Ultranet. Next week is the last week of gymnastics. All parents are invited along to the session to see what the children have been doing during the gym lessons. We look forward to seeing many of you there. (No preschoolers please) Next Wednesday will be very exciting for the students in the Grade 5/6 class as the children will be opening their iPads for the first time. We are hoping to have some special visitors for this session. A note went home yesterday regarding an information session for parents on Wednesday evening. Please pencil this session into your diary if you have a child in Year 5/6. The children and staff are working hard on items for the Epsom Primary Variety Show. This is being held at the Connect Church on Thursday 9th September at 7pm. Please come along and support the children with their performances.

Office News 

Family Statements have been sent home. Please come and see me if you have any queries regarding payments that are due. The school asks that you have the correct money when you are making a payment at the office. The school does not have access to change and does not keep a float on school premises. Can someone from the following families come in and see me please: Bartel, Burge, Dwyer, Hampton, Hicks, Kent, Lefrevre, Manion and Whitmore. If you know of any families that are considering enrolling their child at Epsom PS next year, please ask them to visit us to fill in an enrolment form. Book Club orders are being sent home today. They are due back before Friday 27th August. Student banking is done on Tuesdays. Please come and see me for more information. If you have changed your address or phone number/s PLEASE notify the Office.

Enjoy the rest of your week. Kerry McGuffie

Proposed Timetable Change The staff and School Council having been discussing trialling a change to the daily school timetable Parking during Term 4. The main aim of the proposed Please keep looking for changes to the parking and pick up at the front of the school. change is to make the teaching and learning time more productive by being in hourly blocks and to Currently the school does not have any up- alleviate some traffic at the end of the day. The dated information from the Greater City of model is currently followed by many schools and is Bendigo as to the status of the work. Parents as follows: will be notified as soon as we know when the Session 1: 9.00-11.00am work will be completed. Recess: 11.00– 11.30am Session 2: 11.30—1.30pm (Children would eat lunch inside at 1.20pm) Lunch break: 1.30-2.15pm Session 3. 2.15-3.15pm School Council would like to consider any parent feedback so please feel free to put suggestions in writing and drop them in at the office by Friday afternoon. Thank you Thank you Marijke Harrison


Epsom Variety Show – September 9th The School Concert will take place on Thursday, 9th September at the Connect Church Hall in Solomon St, East Bendigo, off Murphy Street. It will commence at 7:30pm sharp, and all children are involved. The children do not need to buy a ticket, but parents, family and friends will need to purchase tickets from the office. Tickets are on sale now. If your child is unable to participate, please see his or her teacher as soon as possible.

School Concert Tickets – Available Next Week Please buy your tickets from our school office prior to the concert, as there will be no tickets sold at the door on the night. There is no reserved seating. (Price of tickets to be confirmed….these funds help us cover venue hire and sound and lighting charges.) All current students at the school are in the concert, therefore they do not have to pay. If you can’t get into the office, send the money in an envelope with your requirements and the tickets will be forwarded home to you.

Concert Venue This year’s school concert will again be held at the Connect Church Hall in Solomon St, East Bendigo. How do you get there? If travelling into Bendigo from Epsom, turn left at the traffic lights opposite Weeroona College into Murphy St. Follow Murphy St through the industrial area, go straight through the roundabout at the Strickland Rd intersection, continue along Murphy St and turn left into Solomon St. The church hall is the first building on your left. There is parking available in front of and behind the hall. The concert commences at 7:30pm sharp and children should be assembled at the hall by 7:10pm.

White Hills Cricket Club White Hills Cricket Club is holding its junior registration day on Monday 23rd August,

2010 between 4-00 and 5-30 pm at the clubrooms Scott Street White Hills. The club will be fielding teams in the following grades of the B.D.C.A. competition. Under 11A and B, Under 13A and B and Under 15. For further information contact Gill Davey Ph 54483336 or 0488010369


HOW IS PARENT ACCESS TO THE ULTRANET CONTROLLED?

Access to the Ultranet for parents is controlled at the school level. Schools will manage parent access to the Ultranet in the same way that they do for access to other student information, such as school reports. Schools currently maintain personal files about families regarding who can and can’t access information about students. Where there is a court order denying a parent access to their child (and the school has been made aware of this), the school will not allow the parent access through the Ultranet. Basic information on CASES21 flags families in distress/difficult circumstances and alerts school administrators to follow a manual access process for the Ultranet, to ensure that only the appropriate parent/s are granted access. WHAT PARENT INFORMATION WILL BE STORED IN THE ULTRANET

The only personal information that is generated by the Ultranet is the parent’s full name. A parent’s name can be viewed in the Ultranet by their child, the teachers at their child’s school, and members of Community spaces that they choose to join. Parent contact details are not available in the Ultranet. Parents manage their own information and participation in the Ultranet. They choose whether or not to participate in Community spaces with other parents and teachers in the Ultranet. Separate logins are created for each parent. Parents cannot see each other’s profiles or households. CAN PARENTS REFUSE TO USE THE ULTRANET? All parents/legal guardians have the choice about whether or not to register for the Ultranet and activate their profile. Parents will receive a ‘welcome letter’ for the Ultranet providing them with instructions to set up their profile on the Ultranet. If a parent doesn’t follow this process, they will not have an active/viewable profile within the Ultranet. Parent contact details (i.e. address or phone number) are not stored on the Ultranet. CAN PARENTS BE REMOVED OR SUSPENDED FROM THE ULTRANET? Yes. There are two circumstances where parents/legal guardians will be removed or suspended from access to the Ultranet: A parent has breached the Terms of Service for the Ultranet or demonstrated unsafe or irresponsible use of the system. In this case, the parent’s access can be suspended at the discretion of the school principal for any period determined to be reasonable. A family flags with the school that an intervention order has been put in place. In this case, all parent access to the Ultranet will be suspended until court orders are presented to the school. The court orders determine the future access to student information for the parents. Suspending and reactivating parent access to the Ultranet is a manual process for a school and should be managed under the direction of the principal. WHERE TO RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT PARENT OR STUDENT ACCESS TO THE ULTRANET Parents with concerns about parental or student access to the Ultranet should discuss this with their school Principal. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ULTRANET Parents should contact their child’s school for further information or visit the Ultranet information website: www.education.vic.gov.au/ultranet


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