Term 4, 2019 Wed 9th Oct- Student Led Conference Day Students attend with parents/ guardians for their allocated times only. Please make arrangements for the care of your child / children on this day
OTHER KEY DATES FFF= Fresh Fruit Friday RED = 'changed date' Term 3, 2019 Fri 23rd Aug - FFF Unit 5 - Book Week Parade 9:00am Wed 28th Aug - MVIMP Soiree - 6:30-8:00pm Fri 30th Aug - Father's Day Breakfast from 8:00am & FFF - Unit 6 Fri 6th Sep - FFF Unit 1, 2nd Hand Uniform Sales 8:45-9:15am & Year 3/4 Melbourne Museum Excursion Mon 9th Sep - Years P-2 Scienceworks Excursion Mon 9th Sep - Wed 11th Sep - Year 5/6 Camp - Lorne Wed 11th Sep - Fri 13th Sep - Year 3/4 Camp - Lorne Fri 13th Sep - FFF - Unit 2 Mon 16th Sep - Unit 4 assembly - 3:00pm Hall Mon 16th Sep - Mike Larkin / Channel 10 Weather being filmed at AVPS 4:00pm - 6:00pm Fri 20th Sep - 2nd Hand Uniform Sales 8:45-9:15am Fri 20th Sep - School Tour #7 9.30-10.30am Fri 20th Sep - Special Lunch Day 'Pies etc' + footy Colours Day Fri 20th Sep - No FFF + Early finish 2:30pm Save the Date - Term 4, 2019 Wed 9th Oct- Student Led Conference Day- Students attend with parents/ guardians for their allocated times only. Please make arrangements for the care of your child / children on this day Sat 19th Oct- AVPS School Fete 1-6pm
Book Week Dress Up Parade TOMORROW 9:00am
FROM THE PRINCIPAL TEAM
CHANGED DATES Please be aware of the following date changes:
Year 5/6 Camp - Lorne - Mon 9th Sep - Wed 11th Sep Year 3/4 Camp - Lorne - Wed 11th Sep - Fri 13th Sep Student Led Conference Day - Wed 9th Oct
The Year 3-6 Camp, originally booked in December, became unavailable due to routine maintenance scheduled by the Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club of Victoria (not by the camp operator).
School Council approved the camp date change over the option of cancellation. This resulted in a clash with our original 'September' Student Led Conference day, leading to another date change to 9th October (first week of term 4).
We are aware that some families missed the compass alerts explaining the above changes and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused you or your family.
Despite the hasty (but efficient) planning process, the year 3-6 team are looking forward to a fabulous week in Lorne, coming up in 'two and a bit' weeks.
COMMUNITY VISION & VALUES EVENT THANK YOU to community members who attended our AVPS Vision & Values workshop after school yesterday, Wednesday 21st August.
The input from community members collected at three separate, recent events appears in the file below. This feedback will be used to draft a new vision and values statement for our next School Strategic Plan 2019-2022.
Please read the file below to gain an overview of feedback from all three events and enjoy the responses to task three from yesterday's workshop: What have you gained / learnt from being part of today’s activities, pasted just below: UNIT 1 & 6
Joy of working together and getting to know each other
Feeling of being valued (parents and students)
School giving us a voice
Collaboration and kindness
Kindness and relationships are the most important
Idea to focus on the “soft skills” (e.g. expression, kindness) in the primary years
Process is very optimistic - a feeling of being valued
UNIT 2 & 3
New values chosen
Impressed by the level of inclusion with children in this process
Cooperation and working together as a team to guide our school forward
Values really matter and it’s one thing to say it, another to put it into action
UNIT 4 & 5
Parents and students had very similar responses and values to what was discussed last week by staff.
MVIMP Camp - Congratulations to the children who participated in the recent MVIMP camp at Lady Northcote in Bacchus Marsh. We were treated to an excellent mini combined schools concert on the Thursday night, which nicely demonstrated the benefits of the intense music workshops that children participated in during the week. Thank you to Amanda, Jason and Katherine for their co-ordination (A&J), tuition (K) and supervision (J&K) roles on the music camp. Thanks also to the families (and Amanda) for traveling to Bacchus Marsh for the Thursday night concert on a very cold, wet winter’s evening; this is much appreciated.
Soiree - The camp was a precursor for our 'September' Soiree taking place in 'August' this year !!!- next Wednesday, 28th... yes that's crept up on us quickly. We look forward to seeing our MVIMP families at this event next Wednesday 28th August from 6:15pm in the hall for a 6:30pm start.
FATHERS DAY We also look forward to seeing as many dads / grand-dads / carers as possible next Friday 30th August 8:00am at our Father's Day Breakfast in and around the hall.
Many thanks to Sue Macaulay for co-ordinating this event and to Sonia Thompson for her efforts in organising the lovely 'surprise' gift. Shhh! ....... don't tell.
Wishing all the dads (or dads at heart) a lovely day on September 1st.
iPAD PROGRAM 2020 On Monday 19th August 2019, School Council approved a recommendation for our "Bring your own device" (BYOD) iPad program only to be for year 5/6 students next year. The main reasons for the change are: * Parent feedback around children having a device needed at school that comes home - i.e. reducing screen time for 9-10 year olds * For consistency - Year 4 students having a device means only half a year 3/4 class has a BYOD device
Therefore, in planning for 2020 and beyond, please note that: * Current year 3 students are not required to bring their own device (additional school provided laptops will be available in 2020 for classrooms) * Current year 4 and 5 students (2020 year 5/6 students) will continue with the iPad program * Over the next 12 months, School Council will: * comprehensively review our current BYOD program, including feedback from all key stakeholders * draft and develop a Digital Technologies Policy that will include our BYOD program for 2021 and beyond, and will include any changes introduced to government schools (including the banning of mobile phones at school)
NAPLAN 2019 NAPLAN results will be provided to schools from mid-August to mid-September, depending on the state or territory test administration authority. They are yet to arrive at AVPS. The same report format is used for every student in Australia. We will notify parents/guardians when the reports are being sent home via COMPASS. Individual student results are strictly confidential. They will be sent home with students in an envelope. For more information, see Student reports.
COMPASS IMPROVEMENTS and FEEDBACK At School Council this week, we discussed some issues that some parents are having with Compass. We are listening and are open to making improvements to the systems in place, where possible. We are also in communication with the company to suggest improvements. That said, Compass is here to stay and we are eager to support parents and carers to get the most out of the management system. In the first instance, if you are not sure or frustrated about anything, please don't hesitate to come to the office and speak to us. We would be happy to provide assistance. Increasing parent/guardian engagement with Events Compass has recently informed us they have introduced some enhancements, including advanced app functionality that will allow parents to make payments from their phones.The introduction of brand new functionality will allow parents/guardians to fulfill a range of tasks, streamlining your events and excursions processes, providing parents with the opportunity to get more involved, and further ensuring student safety:
Provide consent for events/excursions from their phone, including multiple events/excursions at once
Process payments from the mobile app, including the option to save credit card details
Set up a Payment Plan to pay for events or excursions over a series of installments*
Confirm Medical Action Plans are up-to-date in case of an emergency during an event or excursion
FENCE INSTALLATIONS Please be aware AVPS will undergo fence removal / installation works on the west side of the school next week. This will involve:
Removing old and installing a new paling and wire mesh fence on the Moonee St west boundary fence (behind oval)
Removing/installing a higher paling fence on a section of the Bank St west boundary fence (near Unit 6)
Removing/ installing new window fences / protectors on exterior of Unit 1
Installing a cage over a recently discovered sewer pit on the Bank St boundary.
We anticipate the North West / Bank Street gate will still be available for pedestrian access before and after school but please be prepared for some disruption in this area next week.
STAFF CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to staff members Sarah and Ben who both recently became engaged - but NOT TO EACH OTHER!!! as the image below suggests;) Wishing much love and happiness to Sarah and Sam & Ben and Elle.
Kind regards Sue Osborne & Michael Downing, AVPS Principal Team
IMPORTANT REMINDERS Please click on the heading above to access important reminders for AVPS parents and /or guardians, which are updated fortnightly.
FETE NEWS There is only 8 week until our FETE on the 19th of October.
Thank you to all those who have already popped their names down for a shift or to be a coordinator or if you have donated items you are amazing!
We still need coordinators for
Silent auction - this is one of the biggest money makers st the fete (last FETE was a bout $7000) We desperately need 1 or 2 people to help coordinate with Amanda Douglas who is doing an amazing job gathering the donations at the moment.
Mystery jar/ bottle (another big money maker - we desperately need someone to run this ... or it will not happen)
Henna Art/ Tattoos or Hair and nails
Fairy Floss & Lolly stand
Rubbish and Waist collection & toilets
Money collectors (you need to have current police check / supply evidence to me/ the school)
Signage - this involves helping put signage up on marquees on the day of the FETE
It is easy to sign up: 1. Register an account ....new user 2. Click on the tab that has your area/ job 3. Choose your shift ( I would like the coordinator to be in the set up time slot if possible) (once you select it you do not need to save... it's done!)
Call out for : LUCY JARS & BOTTLES: (minimum value of $10) hand into the office please CHOCOLATE TOSS: we need flat family blocks of chocolate for this game to work. CLOTHING: clean good quality clothing, pop into the donation boxes or to the POD after school every day form 3:30pm or contact Cazz Green email@example.com SPINNING WHEEL: We need items to make up hampers (unwanted gifts, yummy non perishable items for a gorgeous food hamper) CRAFT STALL: seeking donations..... can you sew, knit, paint, draw,, crochet, sculpt, woodwork, make or create in any way other way we would love to have your items to sell at the stall. Contact Emma Iacobaccio (U5) or Sonya Thomson (U4) with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org@bigpond.com
FETE MEETINGS: Monday 16th September- Unit 2 - 6:00 pm Tuesday 8th October - Staff Room - 6:00 pm
Any questions please do not hesitate to ask Thanks for your continued support
NEWS FROM THE SPORTING FIELD! District Athletics Congratulations to all of the students who were selected to represent AVPS at the District Athletics Carnival! It was a beautiful sunny day for a few hours, then the rain came! Even through the pouring rain our students competed at a high level, with smiles on their faces, though there were a few blue lips. A huge thank you to all of the parents who came and supported us in the sun and rain! We had a few students progress to the next level of competition and will be competing at Divisions on Tuesday the 3rd of September. Congratulations to the following students for progressing to the next level!
Amy (U6) Isobel (U6) Lauren (U4) Bianca (U4) Isla (U4) Ela (U4) Molly (U4) Jordy(U4) More information will be coming to the students in the next few days.
PE lessons These past two weeks in PE we have explored Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer. We have had coaches from Western Volleyball Association, SEDA Basketball and Melbourne Victory, the students have been having a lot of fun learning the different sports. Please keep in mind that the coaches can only come on certain days, so not every student will be able to participate in every sport. I have moved the timetable around so that every student is able to have at least one exciting experience in PE this term.
Year 6 District Basketball Competition On the 6th of September twenty Year 6 students will be heading the Keilor park Stadium to compete in a round robin competition between other schools in the district. The team that has been selected in posted outside of Unit 4 and all information is on Compass.
Purple and white school sport t-shirts Parents can you please remind students to return the purple and white sports t-shirts that they have used either during Interschool Sports or District Events.
Cheers, Britt Stephenson
MIKE LARKIN VISITING AVPS - a message from Ben In 2018, Year 2 students in Unit 3 studied weather as part of a science unit. Also during that time, the writing topic was letter writing, so the two were integrated and the children wrote letters to Mike Larkin (Channel 10 News Weather Presenter) to convince him to visit our school. He said 'YES'! but was booked up in 2018, so he will be attending this year on Monday 16th September from 3:30pm until 6:00pm.
Our students will be promoting the opening of our capital works project, our school fete and the school’s waste wise program. Community members are welcome to come along to watch this event but please be reminded that if your children are attending, they will need to be supervised by an adult. Ben will be touching base with 2018 Unit 3B students and the EPA team in the coming weeks to organise this event and to identify the students who will be filmed. These students will require a special permission form to be signed by parents. Thank you -we are all looking forward to promoting our amazing school community. Ben Kline – Learning Specialist
STUDENT ENVIRONMENTAL TEAM- NEWS Bee Sustainability Theme – School Fete
For our upcoming School Fete (19th October 2019) we are putting a call out to our community for items which can be upcycled by students and then sold on unit stalls. We are having a bee sustainability theme this year across the school. The items we need are as follows:
Acrylic paint – black and yellow
Acrylic paint – any other colour
Tape – black and yellow
Buttons - oversized
Bottle tops – metal e.g. from beer bottles
Nails – for wood
Logs – hollow and/or small - NO CHEMICAL TREATMENT
Bamboo off cuts - NO CHEMICAL TREATMENT
Cane garden fencing - NO CHEMICAL TREATMENT
Timber off cuts - NO CHEMICAL TREATMENT
Drink Bottles – soft plastic
Milk bottles – soft plastic
Soil – clay based
Tin cans – small and/or giant e.g. for tomato sauce and Milo
Pots – garden
Cups – mugs etc
Shoes – old / mismatched
Old plant pots
Please bring any items you have to Fiona Unit 5.
Additionally, if anyone has hammers, screwdrivers, saws etc they can loan to the school we can put our EPA team straight to work.
Also, we might need someone handy to build a few simple wooden items to help us along the way. Please let Fiona Unit 5 know if you or someone you know could donate some of their time.
Thanks in advance for any way you can help. Fiona – Student Environmental Team Leader Unit 5
PLEASE HELP ISAAC SUPPORT A WORTHY CAUSE Dear students, My name is Isaac and I’m in year 6 unit 4, and I’m on a mission to collect plastic bottle tops. For my term challenge I decided to research about helping hands supported by Envision. They turn plastic bottle caps into filament/string that they run through there 3D printer to create prosthetic hands. So I need all of you to tell your parents don’t throw out the plastic bottle tops because I need you to bring them in and put them in this box. I am going to set boxes up in every classroom to collect them and at the end of each week I will come around and collect them from your box. But the bottle caps have to have a 2 or a 4 on them other wise the people who make them can’t recycle the other bottle caps. And before putting it into the box please make sure they are cleaned.
Thank you Isaac
OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS CARE (OSHC)
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