TOURNAMENT OF THE MINDS(TOM)
A few weeks ago a few students from Year 5 & 6 participated in Tournament of the Minds (TOMS) competition with a number of other primary schools. TOMS aims to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a competitive environment. The students did an amazing job giving their best and performing beyond expectations on the Day. Thank you to the students for all the effort that they have put in over the past few weeks and to the parents for their assistance. A special thank you to Mrs Goode for all her hard work and dedication with preparing the children.
Pre Primary - Year 6 LEARNING JOURNEYS
A reminder that next Wednesday 13th September is Learning Journeys for Pre Primary to Year 6. This is a great opportunity for parents to engage with their child and the great work they have been completing in class.
NAPLAN results have been sent to parents in Year 3 and 5. As many parents have mentioned the overall school results have been outstanding demonstrating the great work students have put into their academic education. The results are also a wonderful reflection of the amazing staff we have and the dedication they have put in over the past few years ensuring that we provide the best possible education for each individual child. I would personally like to thank them for all the extra effort they put into the many programs we offer our students, without their dedication none of this would be possible.
A great time was had by all at the OLGC Quiz night. With over 100 parents in attendance the atmosphere was a buzz with laughter and delight. The evening started off with some challenging questions followed by lots of games and an abundance of prizes. A big thank you to all the kind donations from parents and the community. Well done to the P&F for organizing such a great community event. A special thank you to Glenn for running the night and keeping all entertained.
A big thank you to Mrs O'Callaghan and Mrs Northcott for organising Book Week. It was wonderful to see staff and students dressing up as their favourite book character. over the past few weeks I have visited a number of schools and while there, have seen their library. Our library certainly stands out as a very well resourced library. We are so lucky to have such a great librarian and a supportive P&F who over the past 10 years have donated over $20,000 towards resources for the library.
ALLERGY AWARE SCHOOL
There are a number of students in our school who experience anaphylactic reactions if exposed to nuts or products containing nuts eg. nutella, peanut butter. For some of these students the anaphylactic reaction can be life threatening. For this reason we ask families to refrain from sending nuts, nut spreads or products containing nuts to school. We would like to emphasise the seriousness of this issue as we have students that can become seriously ill in a matter of minutes. Even if food items contain traces of nuts please try and avoid giving them to your child in their lunch boxes and save these treats for home.
What an amazing carnival. We were certainly lucky to have such a beautiful day. It was wonderful to witness the children being very supportive of each other and everyone giving their best. A big thankyou to all our parent helpers who assisted with setting up, packing away and helping throughout the day. We are very fortunate to have such a giving and supportive parent community. Athletics carnivals don’t just happen without lots of preparation and hard work. Thankyou to staff and especially to Julie Goode for ensuring that the children were well prepared and that the day ran so smoothly.
CODE OF CONDUCT
As I mentioned in my last newsletter, each fortnight we will focus on another conduct statement. This week I have included Conduct statement 2.
You give priority to students’ safety and well-being in all your behaviour and decision making.
You accept that you and all adults have individual and joint responsibility for the safety and well-being of students.
You ensure the safety and well-being of students are the primary focus of your actions and decisions and take precedence over any other considerations including the reputation of the school and your own needs.
You support the safety, health and well-being of each student, promoting and supporting decisions and behaviour that contribute to the student’s self-confidence, safety and well-being.
You do not behave in any way that risks creating ambiguity about whether you are acting in the best interests of a student.
You respectfully communicate in plain language and in a way the student and those supporting their education can understand so they may fully participate in that education.
You support informed decision making by advising the student as appropriate and those supporting their education about education options, and assist the student and their supporters to make informed decisions about that education.
You endeavour to ensure the voice of the student is heard as appropriate, taking into account age and circumstances.
You seek out, welcome, and learn from information relevant to the safety and well-being of students in any form, including advice, disclosures, complaints, criticisms, feedback and performance reviews. You look for opportunities to engage in formal and informal group and self-reflection and professional development about your own and others’ decisions so that you and the school can learn and continuously improve.
You recognise that all information about students collected by school staff is done so on behalf of the Principal and for the benefit of the student. Therefore, all information is disclosed to and accessible by all who have a need to know it in order to support the education, safety and well-being of the student.
You respectfully advocate for the safety and well-being of students above all other considerations.
11.You recognise the importance that students’ education continues without interruption or disturbance.
You disclose to the Principal any information that a reasonable person would recognise may be relevant to the safety and well-being of students so that the Principal may make appropriate decisions to manage any risk to them. This includes any relationship with any person who may have been accused of harming children or acting unsafely towards them.
You recognise that students and their parents are entitled to assume that the sole focus of your engagements with students is to educate them within a safe environment that puts their well-being above all else. You understand that this trust by parents and students puts the onus on you to use your relationship with students solely for their education. You use all engagements with students and their parents, whether in person, through a third party, or via digital media for the purpose of teaching the curriculum.
You do not accept gifts or benefits that could be viewed as a means of influencing your objective decision making.