As we wrap up the term it is worth noting that there have been many highlights and opportunities to celebrate student learning. From a successful start to the school year for our transitioning prep students to the student hosted Kiva stalls from our students at the other end of the school term 1 has brought us multiple opportunities to engage in school and reconnect as learners. Most exciting has been the capacity to hold a full term of learning. Let us all hope that this continues into the year.
Now in its 78th year, Education Week celebrates the strengths and achievements of Victoria’s government education sector. This year’s theme is 150 Years of Public Education, to coincide with this milestone anniversary for Victoria.
Education Week 2022 is an opportunity for all primary and secondary schools, higher education providers, and early childhood education and care services to commemorate the past, celebrate the present and imagine the future of education in Victoria, it will run from 22-28 May. We aim to run a few celebratory activities during the week to showcase our learning for the community.
Keep your eye on the newsletter as we will advertise the various activities as we get closer to the date.
RATs in Term 2
The Victorian Government has announced it is extending the RAT screening program for the first 4 weeks of Term 2. Thank you to all students and families who have played their role in regularly testing – we know that hasn’t been easy.
Your work has seen COVID-19 cases being picked up at the earliest opportunity, meaning less cases in our school and more time in the classroom for our students.
The testing recommendations will remain the same next Term for students and staff with:
- – Mainstream schools – recommended to test at home twice a week
- – Specialist schools – recommended to test 5 days a week at home due to the higher risk of severe illness for medically vulnerable children
As you know we have already distributed RATs this week. If for any reason you have missed out on the new RATs, please contact the office or alternative send your child to the office to pick up another batch.
As we approach winter and flu season, the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 and booster shots for students 16+ remains the best way to ensure protection for students and staff. The Easter break is a good opportunity to get your child vaccinated ahead of this, with many options across GPs, pharmacies and the state run vaccination clinics.
If you have any concerns or worries about getting your child vaccinated, please get in contact with your GP or another health professional who can answer your concerns.
Thank you again for all your support over Term 1, we couldn’t have done it without you.
Professional Practice Day Term 2
The Department of Education has advised the recommendation that all Victorian Schools hold the first professional practice day of 2022 on the same day for all Teachers. This means that there will be 1 curriculum day that is pupil free and 1 additional day in term 2 that student attendance will not be required. The school council and consultative committee has deemed that we will hold the professional practice day on the 26th of May. Please make alternative arrangements for student supervision on this day. We will engage with TheirCare and attempt to arrange care for the 26th.
STUDENT OF THE WEEK
STUDENTS OF THE TERM
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT
End Of Term 1
We would like to thank everyone for a fantastic Term. Coming back to school in 2022 was always going to be a bit challenging for our students. With two years of COVID interrupted schooling and a high level of uncertainty, everyone has done a great job providing a consistent and stable environment.
Our students and teachers have enjoyed the activities and curriculum provided and it was amazing to see our senior school students celebrating the KIVA unit last week culminating in a school market.
We’d like to wish you all a safe break filled with lots of exciting activities and also some time to relax. We hope the Easter Bunny visits you with lots of delicious surprises.
Wow! What a Busy Term it has Been!
Students have participated in 5 weeks of dance lessons, the Year 5s & 6s have had several Life Education lessons and organised the Kiva stalls of course, raising more than $4000! Our senior school student leaders attended the GRIP Student Leadership Conference in the city and we celebrated the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence and International Women’s Day. Luckily for the Labour Day long weekend we managed to get through the reminder of the term.
REMINDER: ANZAC Day Ceremony Term Two
Rosanna Golf Links Primary School will be holding an A.N.Z.A.C. Day memorial service to acknowledge all the servicemen and women who have represented our country in times of conflict. The service will involve all students from Grades Prep to 6.
The Junior School Council invites all students to bring a flower to school on Tuesday 26th April. These flowers will help to make class bouquets. Student representatives from each grade will have an opportunity to present their floral contributions throughout the service.
If a member of your family has been/is involved with the Australian Armed or Peace keeping services could you please record some details on the ‘Memory Tag’. You should have received a tag on Wednesday however, if you didn’t you’re more than welcome to help your child create one over the school holidays. Here is a sample of what you may wish to write.
Unfortunately due to Department of Education School Operations Guidelines, we are still not able to have parents attend whole school assemblies.
RGLPS Production Date Reminders
Save the Date!!!
School production will be on Monday 23rd (A-L) and Tuesday 24th May (M-Z).
Darebin Arts Centre
Luke Franklin & Denisse Lobos
TEACHING AND LEARNING
NEWSFLASH!!! Entire Term of Learning Onsite!
How fantastic to make it through an entire term of onsite learning during Term One! RGLPS teachers are so pleased to have been able to provide a more normal school experience this term, with comprehensive teaching in all areas of the curriculum again and special events back! Be rest assured; we have lots more exciting events planned for the rest of the 2022 school year!
A reminder that holiday reading is a great way to relax and for children to maintain their reading skills over the break. I personally have a pile of books I am eagerly eying off and looking forward to starting next week. To supplement reading materials in the home, I also recommend a trip to your local library. Many libraries also have events during school holidays which are worth investigating.
High Ability Learner Program (HALP) - Term One 2022
High Ability Learner Programs in English and Mathematics recently had their final session for the Term One intake. Here is some feedback from participating Year 5/6 students this term:
‘I really liked the High Ability Learner Program. It was really fun and I learned a lot of new maths techniques and the teacher was really good!’ – Lincoln T (Mathematics HALP)
‘I liked how the sessions really focused on the specific areas of writing. I especially liked the comedy session and the one about the hero’s journey. I thought it was a really great experience.’ – Laila K (English HALP)
‘I thought it was really cool program and I learnt lots!’ – Jack B (English HALP)
‘It (HALP) was really amazing and a great experience!’ – Veronica K (English HALP)
Sixteen Year 5/6 students are participating in HALP programs in Term Two. (seven students – HALP Mathematics, nine students – HALP English) The Mathematics program will commence on Thursday 28th April and the English program on Monday 2nd May. We wish all participating students’ good luck and hope that they enjoy this enrichment opportunity.
2022 Term Two Team Newsletters
We aim to release Term Two Team Newsletters at the end of the first week of next term. A reminder that these newsletters provide an overview of information for parents and carers, including important dates, events and the curriculum foci for the upcoming term. Teachers and team leaders invest quite a bit of time putting these newsletters together, so we ask parents and carers to take the time to read them. Parents/carers will receive a Compass alert when these become available early next term.
Maths Olympiad #2 will be held on Wednesday 4th May. The first Maths Olympiad session on April 27th will just be a practise session for the team.
I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing break and I look forward to seeing rested, happy faces around the school for a big term Two!
SCHOOL CROSSING NEWS
A message from your School Crossing Supervisors
We would like to say a BIG WELCOME to our preps and new families.
Thank you to all students and parents for listening to instructions and keeping safe each day on the busy crossings.
Enjoy your school holidays – stay safe, have fun and see you next Term!
Thank you from – Bronwyn (Brassey Avenue) and Liz (Finlayson Street)
A huge THANK YOU to all RGLPS community for making this an amazing success!!
Mother's Day Stall
Well that crept up on us quickly!! Mother’s Day is on the Sunday 8th May (2nd week back of Term 2). So our Mother’s Day Stall will be held on Thursday 5th May. We will need volunteers to assist with the stall on that day, so if you have an hour or two to spare, please keep an eye out for the request for volunteers in week one.
The Mother’s Day Stall is run as a minor fundraiser at RGLPS. It is primarily run to provide students with an opportunity to learn about purchasing, handling money and thinking about doing something for someone else in a safe and familiar environment.
WORK AT THE ELECTIONS
Please follow the link for further information and how to register.
- – Elections casuals can work before, on and after election day.
- – Work in election offices, early voting centres and mobile voting centres.
- – Paid an hourly rate.
Volunteers will be welcomed back to the canteen for Term 2. Please see Compass note regarding volunteers.
Wishing you all a safe and happy Easter.
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