Dear Parents and Carers
We had another fantastic celebration of cultural inclusion with our Harmony Day assembly which was well supported by our parents and community members. We had most students in cultural dress or wearing orange, our staff were looking amazing and I noticed some parents in the audience were joining in the festivities by wearing orange. The assembly was led by Mrs Tran who shared her own very poignant story about travelling to Australia from Vietnam as a child and how she feels truly blessed to be able to live in this wonderful country. Dr Tony Buti, MLA, was also in attendance and he spoke to the audience about being culturally inclusive and accepting especially in light of recent events in New Zealand.
The school has received another $5000 grant to continue the up-grade of the Science Room. The money is to be used for pin up board and blind replacement and magnetic white boards if required. The room already looks amazing after the up-grade last year so this will be the finishing touches. I know that the students and Mrs Richer are thoroughly enjoying the revamped room.
A reminder to families to let the school know if your child is absent from school. End of year rewards such as Water Fun Day and class parties are all linked to students having all their absences explained. To date we have had an increase in regular attendance, which is those students attending 90% or high- er; and a decrease in the percentage of unexplained absences. The new automated Message U system that has been introduced this year appears to be effective in prompting parents to respond with a rea- son for the absence.
Thank you to all the families who have booked in to speak with their child’s teacher today, we have the majority of families booked in. This is a great opportunity to touch base and address any concerns you may have. The reduced time allocations are due to only being able to close the school for a half day as per the Departments ‘Configuration of the School Day’ Policy.
Our school is being reviewed on May 28, 2019 as part of the requirements for Independent Public Schools. As yet, I do not have an agenda but if you would like to be part of a parent group speaking to the reviewers please give your name in to the front office and I can forward details to you once they be- come available.
The APS 2018 Annual Report has been published and can be found on Schools Online or our school website. It communicates how we are progressing in relation to our 2018 – 2020 Business Plan and other highlights throughout the year.
Have a Great Break
This is our last newsletter for the term and although we have just over a week to go I would like to wish all our families a safe and relaxing break. Easter is also in the school holidays so enjoy – however you celebrate. I look forward to your return for what we all know will be another very busy term. To all of our staff, first term is always hectic, but the time has just flown.