Primary News 2 April 2015

Term 2 Changes

For many years we have always encouraged a “sense of community” where families meet of a morning and chat together as the children play. It creates a lovely environment for both children and parents and builds relationships.

However, for some time there have been some concerns with students playing on the junior playground before school without parent supervision. As the school grows bigger we sometimes need to refine some of the procedures which have worked well for many years but need to be reconsidered because of the increase in numbers.

The Undercover Area near the Secondary College is supervised every morning and there is a staff member on the oval also. (Oval play is for Years 3 – 12 only).

However from Week 1 Term 2, the Prep – Year 2 students will have an area of their own where they can play safely and be supervised before school. The Outdoor Learning Area (OLA) near the new Year 1 classrooms will be an excellent area where the lower primary students can play before school.

In essence this means that all Prep – Year 2 students who come on buses etc before school starts or who are dropped at school after 8.15am may play in the OLA.

Please note that students in P – 2 will need to take their bags to this area rather than the verandahs from Term 2 as they can be left there safely while they play.

Teachers have told students about the new arrangements during the last week of term and will walk them through the procedure on the first day of Term 2 when we have had the handover of the new buildings.

The small group of Prep students who come by bus and stay with Mrs Moore in M block until Mrs Bos collects them before school will continue with this arrangement in Term 2. We will review this after a few weeks.

The junior playground will continue to be available for parents who supervise their own P – 2 children.

Any Year 3 – 6 siblings must continue to move to the Undercover Area or oval where there will be staff on duty.

Please note that the College does not accept supervision responsibility for any student who arrives at school before 8.15am and it is not enrolled in the out of school hours program. There will be no playground supervision before this time.

Room Changes from Term 2 

As you know, from Monday 20 April, Prep Maroon will be in their new room and all the Year 1 classes will be in N block on the new primary campus. Mrs Hay will be in N1, (next to the Staffroom) Miss Pollard in N2 and Mrs West in N3. In addition to this, Mrs McLaren in Year 2 will move to C2 which is Mrs West’s old classroom and C1 (Mrs Hay’s old room) will become the workroom for our teaching assistants who have been without a place to call home for Term 1.

All these staff members will be working through their holidays preparing their rooms for the new school term but it will be an exciting start for everyone.

ANZAC Day Assembly 24 April

We are having a whole school Anzac Assembly on Friday 24 April. Details will be emailed this week with opportunities to purchase items to commemorate the 100th anniversary of ANZAC Day.

 

Have a Wonderful Safe Holiday

Today begins the Easter holidays and it is an important time of the year for those of us who love God and are eternally grateful that Christ’s death on Calvary and His resurrection has given us access to a relationship with the Father and the power to live life to the fullest by obeying His Word.  It was not only our Saviour’s death – but His resurrection that turned the world upside down from the first century AD right up until today, broken lives are being restored and renewed by the power of the gospel message.

1 Corinthians 1:18 says “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing

                                 but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”

I am always thrilled to read and watch video clips of how God’s Spirit is moving throughout the world today in countries which have been closed to God’s word for hundreds of years and see how the power of God is changing millions and millions of lives  – even when the people are under persecution. It’s happening in first world countries like Australia also.

So to all our College families… our prayer is for you to have a blessed and safe Easter and holiday period. Life is so busy isn’t it, and it is good to slow down for a while and reflect on what is really important in life.

For most of my life I pondered over the question “What’s life all about?” I had no answer, but after I became a christian at 36 years of age, I actually found what I believe is the answer (for me anyway).

“Life is all about RELATIONSHIP – first with GOD, then with EACH OTHER”

 God bless

Cheryl Bryers, Head of Primary