The Grange P-12 College Newsletter Callistemon Campus Thursday 18 April 2013
Callistemon Drive, Hoppers Crossing 3029 Telephone: 9748 6555
Email: the.gr[email protected]
College Principal Angelique den Brinker Callistemon Campus Principal Peter Knight Assistant Principals Darryl Spiteri Tony Goodwin Suzanne Trease Laban Toose
The Grange P-12 College, Werribee, Victoria Be sure to look for the ORIGINAL School Link above for all the latest news
Due now Tuesday 23rd April Grade 6 Grades 3 - 6 Whole School Thursday 25th April Wednesday 26th June Whole School Grade 6 Interschool Sport Permissions & Payment due. Cross Country Please note the change of date. Anzac Day Assembly 2.40pm. Parents are welcome to attend. Anzac Day Public Holiday. School will be closed on this day. Canberra Camp full payment due. Camp is full with 50 students attending.
2013 Pupil Free Days
Monday 15 July Monday 4 November
2014 Prep Enrolments
We are now accepting 2014 Prep Enrolments. Please contact the office to receive a Prep Enrolment Pack.
From the Campus Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to Term 2! It is fantastic to see our students all back at school and ready for a big term of learning. Term two is a busy time of the year. Our teaching teams met on Monday during the Curriculum Day and have organised an action-packed term for our students in literacy, numeracy and inquiry learning. There are also a number of key events coming up, including cross country for our year 5-8 students, athletics and our choir performance at the new Coles shopping centre in the next few weeks. Next week there will be a public holiday on ANZAC Day (Thursday). The school will be holding an ANZAC Day assembly on Wednesday afternoon at 2:40pm and our community is most welcome to attend. Don’t forget that breakfast club will also continue to run from the canteen each morning. This week our Kinda Kinder program began, with a number of families attending with their preschool children. The program has been running here at Callistemon for two years now and has proven to be really successful. It is a terrific opportunity for parents to bring in their pre-school aged children in to school each Tuesday morning to participate in some fun activities, just like a play group would run. We are supported by Victoria University, who provide a number of undergraduate students to organise weekly activities. If you require further information, please contact Margherita Milotti, our leading teacher who is overseeing the program. During week two, all students across the campus will participate in activities linked to our College values in multi-aged groups. The activity afternoon will take place every second Wednesday during this term and is designed to reinforce the values in a fun way during a variety of activities that our staff organise. We have been really impressed with how well our students have adopted the values, as evidenced by our weekly awards at assembly. Also pleasing has been the response for designs of our new postcards. You can vote for the student-designed postcard of your choice by visiting the College website (http://www.thegrange.vic.edu.au/ ). Don’t forget to keep visiting the website for weekly updates of events and upcoming dates to remember. Also this week, we welcomed our 2014 prospective Prep families to the school with a Prep evening on Tuesday. Parents were able to visit classrooms, talk to staff and ask questions about the year ahead. If you know of a prospective Prep student, please ask their parents to contact the school for an information pack. Throughout the term, we will be hosting a number of student teachers in various classrooms across the campus. We have regularly supported the growth of practising teachers here at The Grange in partnership with many universities. Students are usually here in teaching blocks of a few weeks under the supervision of our experienced classroom teachers and your child may mention a new teacher assistant in their classroom during this time.
Peter Knight | Campus Principal
Woolworths Earn & Learn
We have registered once again for the Woolworths Earn and Learn Program. Last year we collected over 57000 tokens and as a result we received over $2000 of wonderful resources, including board games, maths equipment and construction equipment. We want to try and make it to 65000 points this year to get more great resources for our school. You can start collecting stickers and placing
them on reward sheets available at Woolworths from Monday 8th April. You can then place your completed sticker sheets (and encourage your friends to do the same) in the special box in the foyer of the school or in ‘The Grange’ box at Woolworths. You will receive 1 sticker for every $10 spent in store. Thankyou once again for your participation and let’s see if we can work together to achieve our goal. Darryl Spiteri | Assistant Principal - Curriculum
Celebrating Cultural Diversity Schools’ Art Competition
March 2013 – Many students in Victorian schools were given the opportunity to submit Art-work that visually interpreted themes of multiculturalism, citizenship and cultural diversity. Out of hundreds of entries Dhimant Awasthi one of our Grade One students’ work was selected in the final 24 entries eligible for the final prize. All finalists’ work was displayed at Federation Square in the Atrium section and winners were announced March 24th with certificates and first place winners being announced and presented by the Victoria Minister for Multiculturalism - The Hon. Nicholas Kotsiras, MP. While Dhimant was not the outright winner we were very proud of his contribution in being selected in the final 24 entries. He looked so smart in his Grange School Uniform when he accepted his certificate and while he stood with all the other nominees. Well done Dhimant!!!!! This event was attended by Carol Graham, Jane Motley and a very proud Awasthi family!
Hot Noodles: Students are not to bring cups or bowls of noodles to be made up at school. These are a danger as children can be burned by the hot water. Asthma Information: Viv has displayed some asthma information in the Sick Bay window. Parents are welcome to visit this display.
Regards Kylie, Merilyn, Maureen, Di, Karen and Viv.
On Wednesday the 6th of March, 17 students from our school went to the Wyndham Leisure centre to represent the Grange in the district swimming carnival, and participate in their selected events. All of our students did exceptionally well and tried their absolute best. On behalf of everyone, we would like to give a special mention to Imogen Brown, who qualified for the regionals in 50m butterfly, and to Jasmine Tran for 50m breaststroke. This event was held on Thursday the 14th of March. Imogen and Jasmine both did extremely well just to make it this far. I heard many comments from parents and staff working the event that thought all of our students behaved well and showed great consideration and value for all of the other schools that were participating in the event. Well done and congratulations if you were one of those students who was representing the school. Written by Emma De Piazza and Sarah Nash.
From the Wellbeing Team
This is a system where selected students are assigned a teacher
mentor. The aim is for these students to feel more supported and engaged with their schooling. This is a proven method for improving behavioural and learning outcomes for students who require a little more support.
This is a simple system whereby yard duty teachers award a “You’re a Star”
sticker (there will be a set in each yard duty pack) to students they see doing the right thing in the yard. Examples of positive behaviours that will be instantly rewarded include; sharing equipment, playing fairly, looking after others, picking up rubbish, and including others.
All Callistemon students have been placed in house
based groups that will participate in fortnightly lessons focusing on personal and group development, whilst learning the college values and expected behaviours. These lessons are designed to be a fun and engaging educational opportunity within small, supportive learning communities.
Julia McCahon - On behalf of the Callistemon SWPB Team (Bryar, Jodie, Rebecca and Sarah)
Parenting Information Sessions In Wyndham
Suzanne Trease | Assistant Principal Julia McCahon | Leading Teacher Evonne Kurpiewski | School Counsellor Student Wellbeing | Callistemon Campus
Tuesday 23rd April 2013
PERFORMING ARTS UPDATE
COORDINATOR: MRS TERESA DAMJANIC
TERM 2 GRANGE IDOL DATES Week 4 Grade 5/6 Heats Week 5 Grade 1/2 Heats Week 6 Grade 3/4 Heats Week 7 FINALS week!
Do you enjoy singing?
Then join this year’s Choir! When? Every Wednesday at lunchtime! Where? DAP Centre Who? Open to all students! Come and join in the fun!
Kinda Kinder will commence at The Grange P-12 College Callistemon campus as of Tuesday the 16th of April, and will be running for 19 weeks. Research has shown that when children transition to school into a familiar environment, their initial experiences in the prep year is more positive and the children are more ready to engage in learning upon entrance into the school. The Kinda Kinder program is a great opportunity to begin your child’s transition to school, not only in the year prior to school entry but from as early as possible. The longer the child spends in the school environment the more familiar it will be.
Kinda Kinder Calendar 2013
All sessions are Tuesday morning 8.50am – 9.50am in Rainbow room W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9 W10 16th April 23rd April 30th April 7th May 14th May 21st May 28th May 4th June 11th June 18th June MID YEAR BREAK W11 23rd July W12 30th July W13 6th August W14 13th August W15 20th August W16 27th August rd W17 3 September W18 10th September W19 17th September
Kinda Kinder (KK) is a free, play-based program for preschool aged children and their families. It is run by pre service teachers from the Bachelor of Education and TAFE children’s services courses at Victoria University, in conjunction with university staff and mentor teachers from the school. The purpose of Kinda Kinder is to provide the opportunity for children to develop some of the skills they will need to have on entering school. These include: Emergent literacy skills Emergent numeracy skills Fine motor skills – cutting, tearing Social skills – turn-taking, listening, sharing Oral language Imaginative play Engaging with stories, poems and music All these experiences will be offered in a play based program So if you have a preschool aged child please come along and enjoys the fun.
W = WEEK NUMBER
For any enquires please contact
Margherita Milotti On 9748 - 6555
If you have family or friends who have a preschool aged child please let them know so they can join the fun too! *Please note that a parent/carer is required in attendance for full session and also participate in the experience.
To be part of this program, you can put your child’s name on the Kinda kinder list in the Callistemon Campus office.
Student Injuries At School
The Grange P-12 College has a range of first aid protocols in place to deal with student injuries. These protocols include giving first aid, contacting a parent or other emergency contacts and if necessary, calling an ambulance. For this reason, it is important that parents and guardians ensure that the school always has up to date emergency contact details. DEECD wants parents to be aware of the following information: Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs. The department of Education & Early Childhood Development does not hold accident insurance for school students, however reasonably low cost accident insurance policies are available from commercial insurers.
The canteen does not offer credit. Please do not ask as you may be offended when refused. If the canteen has supplied your child with a lunch due to your child forgetting their lunch please ensure that you pay the amount owing. If your child continues to come to school without lunch, the school will contact families and ask you to bring lunch in.
reminder to families
The canteen is often unable to change large notes. Could families please send small denominations to the canteen.
We would also like all families to update their children’s classrooms in their Munch Monitor accounts. Thank you.
Munch Monitor Discount!!!
Beginning Friday 1st March 2013, there will be a 5% discount for all Munch Monitor orders.
The Grange P-12 College iPhone Application
I am very proud to announce the release of the Grange P-12 College iPhone application. The application was created to assist parents with contact information for the college, including quick links to SMS your child absent, upcoming calendar of events, information about the college school wide positive behaviours and direct links to call and email the college directly. Further improvements are planned such as push notifications for college announcements, better calendar of events, a latest news section and more information about the college. Feel free to download the application from the Apple App Store – Search for “The Grange P-12 College” or visit us at www.thegrange.vic.edu.au and click on the Available on the App Store Link. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact me via [email protected]
Thanks Mr Luke Bilston ICT Manager
Swap Shop– Deloraine Campus
2nd Hand Uniforms.
Every Monday 8.30am – 11.30am. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Mercieca on 0400 409 379 or [email protected]
We would like to extend an invitation to all parents and extended family members to join our friendly Coffee and Chat group. The group meets each Monday morning after assembly in the gyms foyer to share a coffee and biscuits, while discussing and planning for school events and to think of new ideas for future events. The coffee and Chat group is a unique opportunity to involve parents/families in the school community and to gather information and support from an important member of the school community; the parents and families. The group has already shown great support for the school with initiatives such as the Mothers and Fathers day stalls and raffles but we would like to look at ways of extending
this relationship between the school, current families and future families and we are looking for more family members to become involve to share their ideas, skills and knowledge. So if there are any Mums, Dads, Grandparents or Carers who would to become involved in the group please come along to our next coffee and Chat group.
When: Every Monday morning after assembly. Where: School Gym’s foyer.
Groups run for approximately 1 hour but you are welcome to attend for the time that suits you.
Centrepay is available to help families pay for Material charges and Netbooks to The Grange. You can nominate an amount to be deducted from your Centrelink payments each fortnight to be paid directly to the school. The child/ren will receive their Book Pack and/or Notebook as soon as possible after the completed Centrepay form is returned to the school office. For any queries, please speak to Kylie in the office or phone her on 9748 6555.
The Fortnightly newsletter is currently available on The Grange P-12 College website- www.thegrange.vic.edu.au or you can complete the attached slip to have newsletter emailed directly to you. For families who do not have access to the internet, copies will be available at the office. ———————————————————————————————————— The Grange P-12 College Newsletter—Callistemon Campus Email Request Please PRINT details. Parents/ Guardian Name:__________________________________________ Child/ren Name:_________________________________________________ Year Level:___________________ Email Address:___________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature:_________________________________________
Occasional Care provides short periods of care when parent need to attend appointments, shop or study. Monday 9am-2pm for children 6mths to 5yrs. Child Care Benefit & Child Care Rebate offered for this program The Grange Community Centre, 260-280 Hogans Road, Hoppers Crossing ph 8742 8000 or [email protected]
ZEENAT FAMILY DAY CARE If you need before and after school hours care (which includes taking children to school and picking them up) Please contact Zeenat on 0421 839 316. FAMILY LAW NETWORK AUSTRALIA Family Law Network Australia - Where you find information on separation and divorce, parenting arrangements, property settlement and child support. The website is a free information resource and referral service for family law matters. www.familylawmattersaustralia.com.au