Beau and his dad, Hamish, had a close shave last Friday as they participated in the ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ for 2017. Their family was personally affected by Leukaemia recently, and decided to shed theirs locks in memory of their grandmother and mother. Taking this action was a very admirable and brave undertaking and we hope that Beau will meet his fundraising target. A large group of students and staff attended the event and showed appreciation for Beau in cheering loudly and chanting his name. So far this year the event has raised more than 10 Million dollars across Australia, and this money will be used to research treatments for this form of blood cancer. Currently 60,000 Australians are living with this illness which is the 3rd most prevalent type of cancer. Anyone who wants to donate can bring a gold coin to school by Friday 24th March, 2017. Beau will be collecting from classrooms all this week!
Over the past few days we have played host to the Link Dental Van, offering another new service to our school community. Parents/guardians of more than 100 students have taken up this great opportunity to organise a free dental check-up for their children. Getting onto issues of oral hygiene early can make a substantial difference for children and reduce the need for dental work later on. When needed, referrals can be made for low-cost dental work for any students who need it, so it’s a very convenient and timely service for our families. The dental Van is a purpose-built vehicle and has an impressive set up. We look forward to hosting the ‘Link Dental Van’ on an annual basis, which also complements the annual visit by our school nurse. Healthy kids learn best, so it’s just another way we are supporting our students to live up to our school motto, ‘Our Best Always.’
Our Grade 4-6 classes have had a fantastic time visiting the Immigration Museum this week. This excursion provides our students with a great opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of Australian immigration over the past 200 years and in particular the 20th Century. The visit also forms a major stimulus for this term’s Inquiry Learning focus; Responsibility and Impact. As part of the visit our students and staff were fortunate to spend some time on the banks of the Yarra river, enjoying a beautiful Melbourne day.
Amsleigh Park Primary School Grade 2 students in action! This week the Grade 1s and 2s have been learning about place value and increasing their familiarity with a larger group of numbers. Here is a picture of 2A working on an open ended Mathematics task which required students to find and cut out numbers, and order them from smallest to largest. Some students worked comfortably with numbers they knew, but it was also great to see some students take the challenge to work with larger and more difficult numbers.
In 2016 the Victorian Government approved new legislation regarding the safety of children in response to the ‘Abuse of Trust’ inquiry into child abuse.
Known as the Child Safe Standards, this legislation emphasizes the importance of protecting all children from harm and clear outlines the responsibilities of all workers who are involved with children.
As a State Primary School we take this responsibility very seriously and have created new school policies related to the Child Safe Standards. Our new Child Safety Policy and Child Safety – Code of Conduct have been approved by School Council and added to our website for the information of our community. Updates have also been made to our Mandatory Reporting Policy, Duty of Care Policy and the Statement of School Philosophy so they also reflect the Child Safe Standards.
These policies outline the expectations for our whole school community and makes it known that we do not and will not accept child abuse in any form.
We encourage all members of the Amsleigh Park Community to familiarise themselves with our school policies related to the Child Safe Standards.
Work on designing our new Prep – Grade 2 learning spaces and modernising our main building has continued in earnest all throughout 2016. We are now awaiting a start date for the tender process to select a builder who will commence construction in 2017. This exciting project will see our school transformed into a contemporary learning environment that will serve the Amsleigh Park PS community well for many years to come. Anyone interested in learning more can click on the link from our homepage ‘Building Project Update’. A PDF has been uploaded with some images and layouts of our new learning spaces. It will truly be something very special!
Amsleigh Park Primary School has a special association with the Kiwanis Club, who sponsor two very special Terrific Kids awards each term. Through their work in the community Kiwanis also raise money for various charities and organisations that help to support others in need. This week we had a visit from Chris and Marian, from Kiwanis club of Brighton, who presented our school with a cheque for $200. The money is intended to be used to help our students and it was gratefully received by Principal, Mr Michael Cormick and School Council President, Mr Greg Dellas. Thanks to Kiwanis for their ongoing generosity and support of Amsleigh Park Primary School.
Wow, what an exciting ‘Education Week’ we are having at Amsleigh Park Primary School. It all started on Monday with a bumper assembly, showcasing performances by our choir ‘Leigh Club,’ aerobics teams and a gymnastics solo. On Tuesday we had ‘grandparents’ day and it was great to see so many families taking the opportunity to visit. As I walked around our classrooms it was obvious how much our grandparents love to visit, sometimes taking them back to their own school days. On Wednesday we had our annual ‘Open Night’ with great attendance from existing and prospective families. Open night was capped off with a reprise of the performances from Monday assembly. Highlights included fantastic performances of both solo and massed singing from our Leigh Club students. On Thursday we came dressed up as our favourite book characters, which is always a fun event. Students and their teachers got into the spirit and the array of costumes and originality was just terrific. The week will be completed on Friday with a special incursion ‘Witches, Giants, Peaches and Twits, based on the works by famous children’s author Roald Dahl. Our Education Week celebrations have been bigger than ever, and special thanks to organisers Miss Den Elzen and Miss Hayes, and all our teachers and support staff. Thanks also to our wonderful students for their performances and participation, and to all of our families who came along to celebrate with us. We are very proud of everything that Amsleigh Park offers for our students, and also acknowledge that we are part of a fantastic government school system. There’s certainly a lot to celebrate, we hope you enjoyed it.
Last Friday we had almost the perfect day for our house cross country event. The sun was shining and the temperature warm but not too hot. Our students participated brilliantly, with everyone doing their best, even if middle distance was not their preferred event. On behalf of the school I would like to thank Miss Hayes for her terrific organisation; our staff who took on lots of different roles on the day and all the mums and dads who helped with marshalling.
Our swimming intensive program, conducted at the Doug Ellis Pool at Monash University, was a fantastic success. Over 300 students participated in 2016, enjoying the daily sessions and the chance to further develop their aquatic skills. Learning to swim is a vital life skill and enables students to participate in a range of water sports as their competence grows. Our Physical Education and Sport Specialist teacher, Miss Hayes, once again did a marvellous job to organise and manage the program on our behalf, which is greatly appreciated. I hope that many of our students are also undertaking some swimming instruction outside of school hours, as it takes lots of practise and perseverance to develop the skills that can keep you safe in water.
Term Dates 2017
31 January (Grades 1-6) – 31 March
1 February (Preps) – 31 March
18 March (Tuesday as 17 March is Easter Monday public holiday) to 30 June
17 July – 22 September
9 October – 22 December (Friday)