What an amazing school community we have – it was all hands on deck for our dual celebration of 85 years of Sandy East, as well as Artsfest celebrating our student’s artwork. The rain could not change the wonderful vibe that was evident on Friday evening and the wet weather plan worked beautifully thanks to our flexible staff and community.
Special guests were welcomed including:
- Murray Thompson, MLA Sandringham, a great supporter to our school
- Sarah Burns, our School Education Improvement Leader (SEIL)
- Darren Stevenson and Urna Tuladhar-Kansakar from Extend, one of our Platinum Playground Sponsors
- Ronda Henderson and Frank Park, past Teachers
- Pam Anderson, past Assistant Principal
- Rana Wilson, past PFA President for many years
- Ben Solly, past School Council President
- Amy Porter and Russell Watson, Principals of Sandringham College
- Apologies from many others including Matt Molloy (original 1931 student)
85 years ago on July 31st our school was officially opened. As our history will show, the school community was vibrant and supportive 85 years ago and nothing has changed, we still value an amazing school community! Our recent playground is an example of that – what a great story this will be in our history.
We had a wonderful team of supporters for all the activities on Friday. Thank you so much to everyone who helped, led by Art teacher Mrs Van Etten and the Fundraising committee led by Ally Wavish. We appreciate all of the organisation and hard work by staff and parents that made this dual celebration such a success.
Thank you to our amazing SEPS students who entertained with song and dance and to the Sandringham College Junior Band.
Artsfest celebrates our student’s artwork – Mrs Van Etten is very proud of the marvelous work from our creative and clever students, and what a fantastic art teacher is Mrs Van Etten, pictured below receiving flowers from Assistant Principal Genevieve Casonato, with Principal Laureen Walton.
The Fundraising committee, led by Ally Wavish and Staff Rep Michelle Smith, did a remarkable job with their team of helpers. What a buzz there was as the community pulled together to go to wet weather Plan B – we can do anything – “where there is a will there is a way”! Thank you to the whole team. Ally pictured above receiving flowers from Genevieve Casonato.
An updated history book of our school (to the current 85 years) has been compiled. Thank you to Cath Campion from the school office and parent Sandra Dickson, who have done an amazing job to gather and update all the information.
It is available to purchase digitally or hardcopy. Please complete the attached order form and return it to the school office within the next 2 weeks, so they can be delivered before the end of term.
The Sandy East community was well represented in the Melbourne Marathon Festival, which not only gives entrants the opportunity to push their limits, but to raise money for very deserving charities. A handful of SEPS students, parents and teachers all braved the early morning windy weather, including OA student Isobel and her family, Mrs Fennell and Mr Mac, who completed the 3km, 10km and Half-Marathon events respectively. A special congratulations to parent Toni Read, for her spectacular effort in completing the full Marathon – an enormous 42.2km!
Cyber Safety Information Evening
Thank you to the parents who attended our Information evening last Monday. You couldn’t hear a pin drop as Susan McLean captivated the parent audience. Thank you also to the teachers who supervised the Movie night to allow parents to attend. This is an important issue for our SEPS Community with large percentages of students in Levels 3-6 using sites that are only available to age 13 plus. Parents are advised to check that the sites your children are using are age appropriate.
Susan McLean from CyberSafetySolutions, is regularly sought to provide advice and assistance to a wide range of diverse organisations including State Education Departments, different education sectors, elite sporting bodies, adolescent psychologists, child protection agencies and medical practitioners (GP’s). Susan has appeared on a range of national television shows including Insight, Four Corners, Sunrise, State Focus and Today Tonight and has spoken on a variety of National Radio stations including 3AW and its affiliate stations throughout Australia. Susan regularly provides expert comment in print and online media. Susan has a special ability to connect with an audience. Children from as young as 8 years of age, through to students in their final year of school, together with adults from all walks of life have been thoroughly engrossed by her vibrant and easy to understand presentations. She has a lifetime of ‘real’ experiences to share with her audience, and it is this ability, to draw on actual cases and examples, together with Susan’s exceptional presentation skills that make her messages so unique.
At Sandy East we appreciated the insights that Susan gave our Level 3-6 students, staff and parents.
“Teach children that information on the web is not always reliable.” With the explosion of cyber technology, the issues of cyber bullying and ‘sexting’ are emerging as the number one issue confronting the safety and wellbeing of our young people and the wider community. Together with associated technology including mobile phones, instant messaging, online games and the popularity of social networking sites such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter, today’s youth have access to and are accessible by many millions of people worldwide.
Previously schools did not become involved in things that occurred ‘out of hours.’ It was not their business or concern, however with cyber bullying, harassment and sexting, where the parties involved are often from within the same school or neighbouring schools, the problem is firmly thrust into the hands of the school accompanied by the often unrealistic expectations from parents, that they ‘solve’ the problem.
When bullying occurs online, regardless of where it actually took place, and the fallout is obvious to school staff, it does become a school issue. Schools must embrace technology for the wonderful tool that it is. Susan advises us to be proactive in all areas, educate our whole community, students, parents and staff and make sure that our policy documents are relevant, circulated to all members of the school community and are regularly updated. Students must be encouraged to come forward and report problems, and breaches of policy should be dealt with sensitively and efficiently.
Internet Safety Tips for our Primary Students
- Do not reply to rude or nasty comments.
- Immediately tell an adult if you feel uncomfortable or worried online.
- If someone is being mean or nasty on instant messages – block them.
- Have your computer in a common area of the house NOT IN THE BEDROOM!
- Do not have a ‘flirty’ or ‘nasty’ log on name.
- Help your parents to learn about the internet. Teach your parents the language of cyberspace.
- Let your parents know where you go online, just as you would in real life.
- Ask your parents to spend time online with you – learn and explore together.
- Make sure that there are filters and other monitoring/blocking software to minimise dangers.
- Together with mum or dad, set house rules about what information you can put onto websites or share with others.
- Never ever share PERSONAL INFORMATION such as your name, address, phone number or school!
- Social Networking profiles such as Instagram and Facebook (if age appropriate) MUST BE SET TO PRIVATE.
- Instant messaging contacts and social networking site friends should be people that you know in real life. This is one way to reduce possible risks.
- An ‘online friend’ that you don’t know in real life is a STRANGER.
- Passwords MUST NOT BE SHARED!!!!! Choose passwords that others can’t guess …. not your favourite food or pets name.
- Change passwords 4 times per year (last day of every term).
- Be aware that information on the internet is not always reliable.
- Your parents should check your email/messaging/social networking lists.
- If you are playing games online, YOUR parents should know how to play the game too in case of problems. Play online games together.
- Learn about search engines and how they work.
- The internet and the various applications are a lot of fun …… surf safely together with your parents!
What was covered in the sessions with students at Sandringham East
- What Cyberbullying is …”It uses information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to hurt others.” (Bill Belsy 2007)
- Examples of Cyberbullying
- What to do if Cyberbullied
- How to stay safe online
- Looking after yourself online
- How people feel if cyberbullied
- What are the privacy rules
- What private information should you include
The student workshops with Susan McLean are an example of how important Child safety is within our school and the community.
Our commitment to child safety
- Sandringham East Primary School is committed to child safety through the development of a Statement of Commitment which is displayed around the school, in newsletters and on the school’s website.
- We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers.
- We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children.
- We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures.
- We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.
- Sandringham East Primary School is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks.
- Sandringham East Primary School has robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers.
- Sandringham East Primary School is committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks.
- We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
- We have specific policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.
If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000.
Abbie Fennessy Trust
We ask our school community to support this trust set up for a passed ex-student, to aid the research and funding for cystic fibrosis. Please see the Christmas Chocolate fundraising initiative further in this newsletter, which will be delivered to SEPS for collection.
Thank you to a generous group of Sandy East ladies for attending the annual Pink Ribbon Brunch, who together raised a phenomenal $5,119 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Congratulations Alida, Michelle, Belinda and Kerry for organising another successful lovely morning.
Also, Erin, Mia C, Ivy (5A), Chelsea & Mitta (5B) with the extra support of others initiated, organised and very successfully completed a bake sale to raise over $400 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
What a great initiative girls, showing your empathy and community spirit – congratulations.
I hope that you all enjoy another week of fun and learning at Sandy East.
Some IMPORTANT reminders for the coming week…
- Monday October 24th – Parent Information Session ‘Raising Resilient Children’, 7 – 8.30pm
- Monday October 24th – Girls Kingston Division Basketball Finals (select Level 6 students)
- Monday October 24th – Level 6 Science Fair
- Tuesday October 25th – School Council Meeting, 7pm
- Wednesday October 26th – Level 5 Rickett’s Point Bike Ride
- Wednesday October 26th – Foundation 2017 Afternoon Tea Party, 4 – 5pm.
- Thursday October 27th – Level 3 & 4 Minecraft Incursion
- Friday October 28th – Level 3 & 4 Minecraft Incursion
- Friday October 28th – Hunger Buster 00B
Reminders for next week
- Monday October 31st – Level 3 Science with Wilko
- Tuesday November 1st – Melbourne Cup Public Holiday – NO SCHOOL
- Wednesday November 2nd – Life Ed Commences
- Thursday November 3rd – Level 5 Bully Stoppers Movie
- Sunday November 6th – Level 4 Working Bee