In this issue:


Welcome to 2017

Welcome back to school. I hope everyone has had a great holiday. Teachers are looking forward to an exciting and interesting year with your children. This newsletter contains a lot of important information about school procedures. It is a reminder for “old timers” and new information for our new families. Please take the time to read it carefully.

A warm welcome to our new students: Amy, Finn, Indya-Rose, Jack, James, Jensen, Max, Mila, Millie, Nathan, Ryder and Samuel. We welcome our new families and hope they have a long and successful association with our school.


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Staffing Changes for 2017

Hayley has decided to be a full-time mum this year so she will not be teaching in our school in a full-time capacity. We have enjoyed having Hayley in our school and we thank her for her great work in 2016. You will still see Hayley around as she will be working with us for the first few weeks of term.

Matthew Barwick has accepted the position as a permanent full-time teacher at our school. As Matthew taught in our school as a casual teacher during 2016, the children are already familiar with him. He is an experienced teacher and has had a wide range of roles over his 8 years experience in schools. He has worked as a classroom teacher, a gifted and talented co-ordinator and a learning support teacher. He is very interested in using technology in his classroom. Matthew understands and supports the school philosophy and it is with pleasure that we welcome Matthew into our school community. If you have the opportunity introduce yourself to Matthew.


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Class Arrangements for 2017

From first term, the children have been organised into 3 classes for the morning sessions of English and Mathematics. Rebecca will be teaching Kindy and Year 1; Matthew will be teaching Years 2, 3 and 4 and Natalie will be teaching Years 5 and 6. As I will not be allocated to a particular class, this arrangement will allow me to be teaching across the school supporting all the teachers and the children. I am looking forward to working in the classrooms with all of your children at different times.

There will be no changes to the afternoon sessions. Children will share different teachers for History, Science, Geography, Art, Music, Library and Sport as they have in the past.


What to bring to school

  • Children need a school bag to keep all their belongings in one place.
  • Good quality coloured pencils, for example, Derwent Artist pencils. Each pencil should be labelled so that they can be returned to their owner when found. Twelve coloured pencils are plenty.
  • Lunch and recess (please note that the school does not have a Tuck Shop service). We encourage children to bring healthy fresh food (sandwich and fruit etc)
  • Crunch and Sip (Fresh fruit or vegetables and water) It needs to be non-messy, (e.g. banana, apple, carrot, celery etc), because we eat it in the classroom during lesson time.
  • SUNSAFE HAT (a broad brimmed hat, as specified by the NSW Cancer Council) – if children do not have a sunsafe hat they will be expected to play under the awning in the shade

School Diary

This is used as one way of communicating between home and school. The diary is intended to accompany your child to and from school each day. If the teachers need to know something, whether there is a change in arrangements for your child being picked up from school for the day or something that is worrying your child, you can let us know via the diary (if you are unable to get to school). If teachers want to communicate something to you about your child they will put a note in your child’s diary. Teachers will look in each child’s diary each day and initial the diary. It would be great if parents could initial the diary at the end of each day as well. This will confirm that this line of communication is working.


Important Safety Measures

If you drive your child to school and are coming from Bells Line of Road, it is safer to go beyond the school and turn around in the bus turning circle. But please do not park in the turning circle. Drop off and pick up children from the school side of Comleroy Road.

Please watch for drivers who will overtake you in front of the school, as it can be very dangerous. Indicate early to give other drivers plenty of notice that you are turning right into the turning circle.


Parent Helpers in the Classroom

If you are interested in helping out in the classroom during the year, could you please fill out the Parent Helper Form which is stapled into your child’s diary? Once classroom routines have been established parental assistance would be appreciated especially during the morning basic skills sessions. There are other times during the school year that parents can help with craft/art, cooking, excursions, Library stocktake etc.


School Invoice for Term 1 2017

Term 1 invoice will be emailed to parents on Friday this week. The invoice will include fees for tuition, stationery, access to computer programs and some incursions. If you are paying by direct deposit, please include your child’s name in the description field.


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School Bank Details

If you wish to pay your fees as a Direct Debit, following are the school bank details:
Commonwealth Bank

BSB: 062-595
Account Number: 10106545

Please include your child’s name in the description field.


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Cleaning Roster Term 4

Dates Mid week (Tuesday) Weekend
Mon 30 Jan-Sun 5 Feb Sally & Daniel** Helen & Brian
Mon 6 Feb-Sun 12 Feb Cathy & Dieter Matt & Katrina
Mon 13 Feb-Sun 19 Feb Sarah & Derrin Bronwyn & Grant
Mon 20 Feb-Sun 26 Feb Robbie & Doug ** Loretto & Greg
Mon 27 Feb-Sun 5 Mar Bronwyn & Ben ** Alannah & Glenn
Mon 6 Mar-Sun 12 Mar Sharlene & Cameron Naz & Vincent
Mon 13 Mar-Sun 19 Mar Kayleen & Dean Sheona & James
Mon 20 Mar-Sun 26 Mar Autumn & Jonathon** Sharon & Steve
Mon 27 Mar-Sun 2 Apr Michelle & Peter Tanya & George
Mon 3 Apr-Sun 9 Apr Carly & Wayne Blais & Daniel**

It is expected that parents who are rostered to clean mid-week will do the cleaning on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.

You need to provide your own cleaning gear as well.

Cleaning involves:

  • Cleaning both bathrooms (one at the end of Pat’s classroom and the other one downstairs)
  • Sweeping the verandahs & under the awning
  • Washing down the aluminium lunch tables

**Note: Your name will be on the cleaning roster even if you have offered to pay the cleaning fee. You will receive an invoice for the cleaning fee and the school will organise someone else to do the cleaning on your behalf.


Dates to Remember 2017

Date Event
Mon 30 Jan Term 1 begins Yrs1-6
Tues 31 Jan Kindy begins
Mon 13 Feb Committee Meeting 7pm
Fri 24 Feb Family Picnic Day
Thur 9 Mar Selective High Tests
Mon 13 Mar Japanese Visitors
Mon 27 Mar Life Education Program
Tues 28 Mar Life Education Program
Fri 31 Mar World of Maths
Fri 7 Apr Last Day of Term 1
Mon 24 Apr Term 2 begins

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Pat