What a great time the students had with the F-2 Book Week Parade! Our teachers enjoyed moving into another character for the day too! See later reports and photos.
As always, our students enjoy this fun evening which couldn’t happen without our wonderful parents and teachers who supervised the night. We say a huge thank you to Mrs Foster, and husband Cory, who again provided the music for students to boogie to. Mrs Smith and Mrs Fennel were the gatekeepers and locked up on the night which was much appreciated.
I have some staffing news which I relay with mixed feelings ….. congratulations and happiness for Helen Dalzotto who has been appointed to Wattle Park Primary School, and selfishly, sadness that our wonderful partnership will be no longer at SEPS. Helen has decided that it’s time for a change and to explore another community. For 12 years Helen has been a stalwart with the financial aspects of a Business Manager – she is outstanding in this role as well as her amazing organisation, leadership and commitment to the Sandy East school community. There are always comments from visitors to the school about what a friendly office we have at SEPS, which Helen has led for such a long time. Personally I will miss my ‘right hand’ support – helping solve problems, investigating policy and processes, supporting staff, students and parents, communicating with DET, working out budgets, balancing the books (which she does always with positive audits) ….… the list goes on. As a colleague and friend, Helen is one of the greatest and I will miss her amazing work ethic and wise counsel.
I, along with our school community, wish Helen the very best in her new school. We have big shoes to fill as we advertise for the next Business Manager at SEPS.
Farewell also to Stephanie Pontifix who for personal reasons will be leaving SEPS on September 1st. She is a passionate teacher and will be missed by the Level 3’s, parents and colleagues. We hope Stephanie will return to SEPS next year. We welcome Carmen Leal who is another amazing teacher and will continue working with Level 3B.
School Community Partnerships
Research shows that when schools and families work together they can improve the learning and development outcomes for children. The purpose of the School Council subcommittee, School Community Partnerships, led by Kellie Haddrick, is to strengthen family and community involvement to enhance outcomes for our students and the school. By clicking on the link below, the subcommittee invite you to complete a short survey. This is your chance to have a say about what the School Community Partnerships subcommittee can do over the next two years to assist you with enhancing your child’s educational outcomes and improve the participation and involvement of parents within our school community. As a result of this survey, the committee will develop an Action Plan for 2017. We want to ensure that our objectives reflect YOUR priorities and feedback. We encourage all parents and carers to complete the survey. They survey will close on September 16th.
Survey – www.surveymonkey.com/r/8R3TL7W
Again, thank you to the new donations which have been added to the Honour Board this week. Donations are welcomed until the project is completed. The builders have done as much as they can and are waiting on the rope constructions to be finished by the supplier. The lawn will be planted on the hill early in the holidays.
More good news … the walking/running track will be remade in the school holidays which will complement the whole playground project. We are also looking forward to the sandpit being completed – if you can help please let Joly Good know, or contact the school office.
The Playground Opening
We intend to officially open the playground on Monday October 3rd at 8:45am, during the first assembly in Term 4.
Lisa and Colin McInnes-Smith (past SEPS parents, with Colin as SC President for several years), Geoff McRobinson (current SC President), Belinda Wilson (SC Facilities), Ally Wavish (SC Fundraising) and our designer/builder Richard Bellemo, will all support us on this opening day.
All of our school Community are invited to attend. Please put this date in your diaries.
Students will be familiar with the playground prior as they will have a taster play with their class teacher.
Thank you to our Level 6 students who had fun planting last week and are looking forward to having some special time on the playground, as they only have one more term at school before they venture to secondary school next year.
Congratulations from the Fred Hollows Foundation
Fred Hollows believed having compassion was the true essence of being human, and this is something The Foundation still values deeply today. The Fred Hollows Humanity Award recognises Level 6 students in Australia who reflect the values Fred lived by in their own lives.
The Award hopes to inspire and challenge students to show care and compassion for others, and make a positive impact in their school or community. This can be in anything: the aim is to inspire and challenge kids to be generous, kind and caring.
Two SEPS students, Vigga and Sunny, have been nominated for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award and are invited to the Victorian presentation ceremony on Wednesday September 7th at Parliament House, Melbourne.
On the day, Vigga and Sunny will be presented with a certificate by Premier Daniel Andrews and Gabi Hollows to recognise their achievements. At the ceremony a Victorian Junior Ambassador will also be announced. We wish the girls all the best and have our fingers crossed!
Victorian Primary Principal’s Conference
Genevieve and I attended this conference which had so many great speakers which I will share with you over the coming weeks. The Minister for Education, James Merlino, opened the conference. He talked about the Education State and Infrastructure funding of $1.1 billion this year and was very proud of the vertical school to open in 2018 consisting of 5 storeys and the 42 new schools in the pipeline to cater for the 90,000 additional students in the next 4 years.
He said that we must deliver better learning in our schools and the Principal’s job is one of the hardest going around …. but also one of the most rewarding!
Regarding Naplan, Victoria was one of highest performing states with primary levels in particular above ALL other states. He commented upon the need for early years focus but also for the middle year’s engagement problem for students of secondary school.
Minister Merlino is also focussing on the quality of teaching and learning with measures to be put in place to boost teaching quality – significant changes are to be made by 2018 for universities with higher academic entry as well as personal attributes.
He concluded that looking to the future we need to develop skills, knowledge and experience to keep pace with change.
Mrs Van Etten is working very hard to ensure that all students have fantastic work to share with the school community at Artsfest. She would love some help from our parent helpers in the classroom. You don’t have to be arty – just prepared to support the students and teacher. Please see Julie in the art room if you can help at a time that suits you.
We hope that our dads enjoy a hectic week with the Father’s Day breakfast on Thursday, followed by the Dads footy Match on Saturday and then Father’s Day on Sunday. I wish all our dads a Happy Father’s Day and hope that they enjoy a wonderful day.
A father’s love is just as important to a child’s development as a mother’s, and sometimes more so, suggests a new review of about 100 studies published between 1949 and 2001.
Researchers found that, overall, the love or rejection of mothers and fathers equally affects kids’ behaviour, self-esteem, emotional stability, and mental health. “But in some cases, the withdrawal of a father’s love seems to play a bigger role in kids’ problems with personality and psychological adjustment, delinquency, and substance abuse,” says study coauthor Ronald P. Rohner, Ph.D., director of the Center for the Study of Parental Acceptance and Rejection at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. And for others, the presence of a father’s love may do more to boost children’s sense of well-being and improve their emotional and physical health.
More research is needed to explain these connections. The issue is not who’s more important, says Dr. Rohner, but recognizing that dads are key in all the ways moms are. “We hope findings like these will encourage men to become more involved in their children’s care,” he says. “Then the whole family benefits.”
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
Our students have enjoyed studying the Olympics over the last weeks as seen by the reports below by Level 6 students.
SEPS OCTATHLON By Julia
On Friday the 26th of August, Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in the S.E.P.S. Octathlon which contains 8 events. It is similar to a triathlon, only instead of 3 events it has 8 events. The 8 events in the S.E.P.S. Octathlon were Chair on the Wall, Pass the Lifesaver, Three-Legged Race, Egg (Jelly Bean) and Spoon Race, Tap Tap (a Play is the Way game), Pass the Balloon, Tunnel Ball, and Lima Bean Relay Race. Students went around in their houses and gender groups and competed in each of the 8 events. This event was entirely organised and led by the House Captains and Vice Captains.
In Term 3, Year 6 students have had a focus on the Olympic Games as the Rio Olympic Games were occurring. One of the many activities Year 6 students did involving the Olympic Games were researching and writing a biography on an Olympian. We began by looking on the Olympic Games website and choosing a specific Olympic Games. Next we looked through all the Australian’s competing Olympians at that past Olympic Games, then we were able to choose one and read a biography on them and collect important information. Afterwards, we wrote our information into a biography plan, and finally wrote our biographies on them.
As a matter of safety and privacy for student documentation and work, please note that families (parents, students, toddlers) are not to be in classrooms unless there is a teacher present. This applies to all classes, and particularly the JLC.
Teachers already invite students in 10 minutes prior to bell time in order to get ready for the day when they can bring in laptops, diaries, notices, home reading books etc. Note teachers at this time are busy preparing for the day’s learning.
Parents are reminded to use the communication diaries unless there is an urgent discussion which will need an appointed time.
We appreciate your cooperation.
I hope that you all enjoy another week of fun and learning at Sandy East.
Some IMPORTANT reminders for coming weeks….
- Monday August 29th – Foundation, Level 1&2 Swimming Continues
- Tuesday August 30th – Father’s Day Stall
- Thursday September 1st – Father’s Day Brekkie
- Friday September 2nd – Foundation, Level 1&2 Swimming Concludes
- Friday September 2nd – 1B Hunger Buster
- Saturday September 3rd – SEPS Dads v Sacred Heart Dads Footy Match, 2pm at Peterson Reserve, Highett
- Tuesday September 6th – District Athletics Carnival at Duncan McKinnon Reserve (select students)
- Wednesday September 7th – Whole School Cyber Safety Session
- Thursday September 8th – Family Life Sexual Education Program, Level 1-6, from 5:45pm
- Friday September 9th – Curriculum Day (NO STUDENTS AT SCHOOL)
- Friday September 9th – Xtreme Air Trampoline Park Fundraiser, 11:00am – 1:00pm
MESSAGE FROM YOUR SCHOOL COUNCIL PRESIDENT
Dear Sandy East parents, students and friends,
Winter is nearly done! The days are getting longer and the weather slightly warmer. In a few weeks the Term 3 break will be upon us and I’ll take the opportunity now to wish you all a family friendly and rewarding rest from school.
Our work on the adventure playground is drawing to an end and we will have an official ‘opening’ at the start of Term 4 on Monday October 3rd at 8.45am. Under the kind guidance of Mrs Cullen and teachers, some of our students have assisted in planting some melaleuca trees and native grasses and as I walked past recently I see the last of the construction jobs being finalised. The build has gone largely to plan with a couple of inevitable delays and tweaks due to rope suppliers. It’s not too late to make a donation to our playground; any family or any business you know can assist in funding this project – we can accept contributions until the project is completed. NOTE the Honour Board goes to print on September 16th (last day of term). It has been great to learn of new donations (and hence entries to our honour board) recently and School Council appreciates the generosity of those able to do so. This will be another great asset for our children.
We currently plan to asphalt the Miller Street laneway on the forthcoming curriculum day, so hopefully we can avoid further inconvenience to families who use that entrance.
We now have an architect appointed to develop the School’s master plan. As we did extensive consultation last year and redoing this would slow down our progress, we are inviting any feedback or thoughts as we are always keen to hear your ideas. Feedback given last year has been incorporated into the revised information for this master plan. School Council representatives (including Mrs Walton and myself) will be meeting again with Minister Philip Dalidakis on 16th September to ensure we complete every step correctly, to ensure there are no ‘gotcha’ issues with funding for the build progressing next year and we’ve done all we can to ensure the government has no wiggle room regarding funding us in next year’s budget.
This week we celebrated the ‘behind the scenes’ powerhouse that is our Education Support staff. They individually and collectively do an amazing job in keeping the business operation side of the school functioning so that our teachers can bring out the best in our children. We are truly fortunate to have such a great team working with us. I’d simply like to take a moment to acknowledge the friendly professionalism and dedication of all the great people in our front office; Helen, Von, Leanne and Cath. In addition, we are also lucky to have the students supported in a multitude of additional programs and opportunities by Julie, Sonia, Kathy, Viv, Tanya and Marco. It is with the commitment and skills of all these people in conjunction with our teachers and management team that creates and maintains the great environment we all enjoy at SEPS. Thank you all for what we know you do and especially thank you for all the things we don’t know you do.
Once again, our annual disco was enjoyed by all the children and turned a cold night into a very busy, brightly coloured night at SEPS. Thank you to all who assisted in this activity.
As always, if you have any queries about any of the above topics, or want to become more involved in our school community don’t hesitate to ask any member of School Council. We are always more than happy to discuss any topic.
Yours in giving our best to help our children be their best.
Geoff McRobinson, School Council President.