All of our staff and students have settled straight back into school this term. It has been wonderful to see all of the positive play scenarios in the yard and some wonderful learning in the classrooms. With opportunities to visit our learning spaces just around the corner we hope to see our community buzzing around the school in large numbers.
Now in its 79th year, Education Week celebrates the strengths and achievements of Victoria’s government education sector.
This year Victoria will celebrate Education Week from Sunday 14 May to Saturday 20 May.
This year’s theme is ‘Active Learners: Move, Make, Motivate’ which celebrates physical activity, hands-on-learning and student voice in education.
On Thursday the 18th of May we will have 2 opportunities for parents to come and join the learning fun. From 9:00am – 9:50am and then again between 2:40pm and 3:30pm families are invited to attend and celebrate learning in the classroom with their children. Students will be engaged in make it or move activities to match the theme of active learners. We look forward to seeing you as you help us to continue to spread a positive message about learning and collaboration between school and families.
On Thursday the 25th of May, we will be running our annual opening morning for the community. Student led tours will occur with the culmination event a Q and A in our school hall. This is an opportunity for prospective parents and 2024 prep parents to get to know the school.
2023 Student Attitudes to School Survey
We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of their school.
The AtoSS is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education to assist schools to gain an understanding of students’ perceptions and experience of school. Students will be asked about their thoughts and feelings in relation to their school, their learning, peer relationships, resilience, bullying, health and wellbeing, physical activity, and life in general.
This year, the AtoSS will be conducted at your school from the 22nd of May to the 5th of June. If your Child is in Year 4, 5 or 6 we will be sending further information regarding this survey. Do keep an eye on Compass as the information will be communicated through there on Monday.
Sensory Garden Progress
We are officially underway with the sensory garden. Whilst there is a little disruption this term, we are very pleased to know that we are finally in the process and should see the wonderful benefits of an inclusive play space soon. Thus far we have not had building taking place during the day, however, we anticipate that there will be some extra vehicles and movements starting from next week. We will be changing access to the Year 4 portables. Students will have to access the building from the back of the school as there will be no access from the front. Our Prep students will also have to access the building through entrances closer to the Year 1 building as access will be cut off from the 2 classrooms that back onto the Prep playground. A traffic management plan has been devised and agreed upon by the builders and all works are safely contained inside the building site. The project is estimated to be completed over the next 12 weeks. Exciting times ahead.
STUDENTS OF THE WEEK
TEACHING & LEARNING
ICAS assessments will be offered to students in Term 3, 2023. ICAS are $19.25 each, with the exception of ICAS Writing, which costs $23.65 per child. Participation is completely optional. All ICAS will be online this year and will be held in on the dates listed below:
ICAS registrations can be made through the Parent Payment Portal located at https://www.icasassessments.com/shop-parents/ Please use the RGLPS access code OTR015. ICAS registrations close on Monday 31st July 2023.
Please carefully check 2023 dates against external and family events as ICAS do not issue refunds under any circumstances. Also be aware that children will need to miss a classroom or specialist lesson to complete each ICAS.
2023 Term Two Team Newsletters
Team Newsletters for Term Two 2023 are now available. These can be accessed via the Compass announcement. Newsletters are also permanently stored on Compass for ongoing access. See Compass Community Icon -> School Documentation -> Year Level Newsletters -> 2023 -> Term Two
I encourage all parents to read the relevant newsletters for their child/ren as they contain useful information about upcoming events, dates and programs within the school.
National Similtaneous Storytime 2023
RGLPS will be participating in Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 24th May at 11am. This year, students from all around Australia and New Zealand will read and engage in activities about the book ‘The Speedy Sloth’ written by Rebecca Young and illustrated by Health McKenzie.
Now in its 23rd year, National Simultaneous Storytime celebrates reading with up to one million children enjoying the same Australian picture story book simultaneously. The event is run by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and aims to :
- promote the value of reading and literacy,
- promote the value and fun of books,
- promote an Australian writer and publisher,
- promote story-time activities in libraries and communities around the country,
- and provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.
I will share photos celebrating our participation in Simultaneous Storytime in an upcoming newsletter.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
SCIENCE TALENT SEARCH 2023
Does your child have a passion for science? If so, the Science Talent Search (STS) might be for them. The STS is a highly successful state-wide science competition. It is based around Victorian Curriculum principles, encouraging students to pursue creative, open-ended projects and hone their science inquiry skills.
This year’s theme is Innovations: Powering Future Industries. Students can work individually, or with a partner, to investigate an area of science that interests them. They need to be committed to completing the project in their own time and using their own resources. Projects must be student’s own ideas and work, but parent support at home will be essential for success.
Students can choose to demonstrate their science learning through the following categories:
- – Experimental Research
- – Picture Story Books (Creative Writing)*
- – Inventions
- – Working Models
- – Posters – Scientific Wallcharts*
- – Games
- – Computer Programs – Games and Simulations
- – Science Photography
- – Video Productions
* Must follow given topics relating to this year’s theme
All students who submit an entry into the competition will receive a certificate. There are also monetary prizes for students who perform well.
Friday 5 May – Applications to participate due to Sandy (STEM teacher)
Friday 12 May – Successful applicants notified*
Friday 14 July – Submissions due to Sandy (STEM teacher)
Saturday 5 August – Judging Day (students must be able to attend this day)
*There is a small entry fee of $9 for individual entries and $17 for partner entries
There will be an information session for any interested students during the last week of Term 1.
Please contact Sandy Brewerton (STEM teacher) if you would like any further information (firstname.lastname@example.org). –
AUSLAN SIGN OF THE WEEK
NEW PROCEDURE FOR PREP 2024 ENROLMENTS
Enrolments for Prep 2024 will work differently to previous years. The State Government has introduced a new state-wide enrolment timeline for all government primary schools. Their aim is to make the enrolment process clearer and more equitable for all families.
Here’s how the prep 2024 enrolments will work:
- Schools cannot accept any prep enrolments in term 1, 2023.
- School tours can commence and will continue during term 2.
- In late term 1, a ‘Prep Enrolment Information Pack for Schools for Parents/Carers for the 2024 school year’ will be distributed to all families by early childhood service providers (kindergartens and childcare centres). The pack will also be available from the school if required.
- Monday 24th April 2023: from this date enrolments can be submitted using the ‘Application to Enrol in a Victorian Government School Form’ from the information pack.
- Open days, information sessions and Education Week celebrations will be held.
- Friday 28th July 2023: enrolment applications are due.
- Friday 11th August: families will receive written notification of their enrolment outcome.
- Friday 25th August: due date for families to return their completed ‘School Enrolment Form’ to accept their prep offer. This form will be included with your letter of offer.
- Prep 2024 transition sessions will take place
Help Needed !!!
We need some extra help on a Friday. Even if you could be an emergency person it would be a great help.
If you can help out, give me a call on 0438 585 323. If I don’t answer you can leave a message.
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