Newsletter 4/03/2015

Dates To Remember – Term 1

March
Mon 9 LABOUR DAY HOLIDAY
Fri 13 Full Assembly / Spanish Fiesta
Mon 16 Weekly Information Assembly / Little Learners
Fri 20 Full Assembly / School Photos
Mon 23 Weekly Information Assembly / Little Learners
Fri 27 TERM 1 – LAST DAY
Last Updated: 3/03/2015

Class Performances – Terms 1 & 2
Fri 6/3 Year 3/4
Fri 13/3 Year 5/6
Fri 20/3 No Performance School Photos
Fri 24/4 Year 3/4
Fri 15/5 Year 1/2
Fri 29/5 Year 5/6
Fri 12/6 Year 3/4
Fri 19/6 Foundation
Last Updated: 3/03/2015

NO SCHOOL
MONDAY 9/03/2015
PUBLIC HOLIDAY

From the Principal
School Council Election
We have completed our 2015 school council election. The new members are; Michael Henning, Phillip Edwards (returning) & Kristalo Hrysicos (returning). Fiona Villella became ineligible due to her employment with the Department of Education (DET). While parents who are employed by the department are eligible to be Councillors, there is a limit on how many we can have at one time. I do apologise to Fiona and the school community for my oversight in not recognising this prior to issuing the ballot. The new School Council will review the current narrow schedule of membership with a view to avoiding this situation in the future.
Retired school councillor – Sonia Mussawir
On behalf of the school council and community we would like to acknowledge the work of our retiring councillor – Sonia Mussawir (Tristan’s mum). Sonia committed her time to the school for the past two years and was actively involved in the area of policy development. We acknowledge your commitment to making Newlands PS a better school.
Library
Elsewhere in this newsletter you will find an update from the Newlands Library Support Group. This is a group of grandparents and friends of the school with considerable expertise in the field of children’s literacy that they are very generously sharing. The library is looking fantastic – the effort and time these three volunteers have put into our library has been marvellous. We expect to have the library fully operational by the end of term 1.
TIQBIZ
We have restarted our e-messaging service TIQBIZ this term. It is mobile smartphone device that sends reminder messages to parents who have subscribed to the FREE service. It is one way we keep parents updated about events or activities that may be happening at the school. We also strongly encourage parents to sign up, as this will form part of our notification plan in the event of an emergency.
Ross Dudgeon – Principal

From the President
Our School Council for 2015 has been elected, and when we have our first meeting all together in the next couple of weeks we will elect a new President. It has been my honour to fulfill this role for the past three years. They were years of change, consolidation and challenge and I’m very proud of what we, as a school community, have achieved in that time.
The last three years (and the previous two under the leadership of Andy Higgins) have seen the establishment of the Parents & Friends Association, the development of our fundraising strategy and achievement of our first fundraising targets, a 40% increase in our enrolments, and the introduction of a range of fabulous programs – all while maintaining the highest standards of education and care for our kids.
We have been so fortunate in the leadership we have experienced – the value of a cohesive and constructive School Council cannot be underestimated, especially during times of great change. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed their time, effort, and ideas to the school in this forum.
I also feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work closely with Ross during this time. It is rare to meet someone of such professionalism and principle (pun!), and his passion for public education is unrivalled. I have no doubt that his rock-steady hand at the tiller has contributed greatly to getting us to the exciting, forward-looking position we are in today.
We have done so much, and there is still so much more we can do. I can’t wait to see what comes next!
Melanie McGrath

UPDATES & NOTICES
Newlands Library Support Group
Work is underway in the library and significant progress has been made in the massive task of rejuvenating the collection. As a first step, the shelves needed to be reviewed and reordered. Books have been individually cleaned and assessed.
Damaged and out of date titles and books that are not suitable for a primary school readership were weeded and sorted into boxes for the school fete (the majority) or for recycling.
Some parents may have noticed a number of books in the paper recycling skip at the school and may have retrieved them for their own use.  These books were earmarked for disposal because they either had missing pages, severely damaged spines, disintegrating glue in the binding, or because the books were badly foxed. Foxing is caused by fungus and oxidation of paper. Foxed books give off a musty odour and can trigger allergic reactions in some children and adults.
Books deemed salvageable have been set aside for repair. Lists have been made of well-loved classics that were too damaged to keep and new editions of these will eventually be purchased.
Our aim is to make the library a clean, attractive, friendly place stocked with desirable books. Damaged books and titles with inaccurate, out-of-date information or inaccessible text are not suitable for a vibrant primary school library.
The next stage in the library renewal will consist of cataloguing donations, reviewing the catalogue, purchasing new books and working out a roster for opening the library during lunch times and after school in second term.
Sian Smith, Ken Harper & Kirsty Murray

After School Care Report
Please see the attached After School Care report.

Student Leadership Team Fundraising
As they have in years past, our Student Leadership Team will be selling icy poles on Friday at lunchtime this term to raise money for programs they hope to run later in the year. The icy poles will cost 50 cents each.

Little Learners at Newlands!
Each Monday from 9.00 -10.30am
‘Little Learners at Newlands’ is a play based learning program for 0 – 5 year olds and their parents/ carers. Little Learners will be held on Monday mornings in the Aftercare Room from 9am – 10:30am during term time and will be facilitated by a teacher from our school. It includes stories, singing, music, art and craft activities and developmental play. This is a free program offered by our school to help support young families in our community so please spread the word!
Bianca Vecchio
– Visual Art Specialist
– Co-ordinator – “Little Learners at Newlands”

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COMMITTEES & GROUPS
Parents & Friends Association
First off, a big thank you to everyone, who, came along to our first meeting for 2015. It was great to see some new faces, and always good to see the familiar faces again too.  This is the fourth year of the PFA, and in that time we have achieved some great things for the school, including last year’s flag raising ceremony, new readers for the lower school, a couple of fun Grandparents Days, a new freezer to make those Friday afternoon icy poles happen, a small part in helping the amazing Gardening Team, and a whole lot more. Oh, and a lot of fundraising talk and co-ordination (which is what makes makes most of those other things possible).
If anyone is keen to lend a hand and help us make our great school even better, the PFA meets about once a month. Meetings usually take place on a weeknight evening between 7:15 and 8:30 in the multi-purpose building (in the aftercare room). We also try to organise a couple of meetings or morning teas after drop off throughout the year.
Our next meeting will be on Thursday March 26, at 7:15 pm in the aftercare room. The next meeting is also the PFA’s Annual General Meeting. This means all office bearer positions will be declared vacant, and anyone that wants to throw their hat in the ring can stand for either President, Treasurer, or Secretary. If you are interested in one of these positions, nomination forms will be sent out before the meeting and you can return those to the office. You can also nominate yourself on the night of the meeting. The basic role of these positions is, in a nut shell: the President chairs the meetings, the Secretary takes the minutes and distributes emails, and the Treasurer doesn’t do a whole lot except to make sure the numbers all add up.
Voting for PFA office bearers is open to any Financial Member of the PFA. Becoming a Financial Member of the PFA is easy. There should be a membership form attached to this newsletter, so if you’re keen, fill that in and return it to the office with $2.
Membership is open to all Parents & Friends of the school, so grandparents, aunts, uncles, or that guy you know down the street that likes to help out are all welcome.
If you don’t think you can make it to meetings, there are still plenty of ways you can help out and stay in touch with what the PFA is up to. We send out the minutes of each meeting and any other important information via email. If you want to receive these emails see the PFA secretary, Alex Catramados (mum to Adam in grade one).
I hope to see as many people as possible at the Annual General Meeting (there might be cake), and look forward to working with everyone on the PFA again this year.
Thanks,
Adam Palmer (dad to Declan in grade two) – Chairperson

Garden Group – Working Bee
Monday 8 March
With the Spanish Fiesta coming up the NPS garden group thought it best that we give the school a tidy up.
We will be having a small working bee on Monday March 9 from 10-12.
We have a short list of jobs to do and it should be a relaxed affair, come along if you can!
We hope to see you there.

FUNDRAISING
Easter Hamper Raffle Donations
Our first fundraising activity of 2015 will be a little Easter Hamper raffle, to be drawn on the last day of term. Tickets will go on sale at the end of next week or early the week after, but in the meantime we’re asking for donations to fill out the hampers.
If you can donate any:
* Easter goodies
* non-perishable food items
* knick-knacks
or anything else that might look good in a basket with ribbon please put them in the big white box in the school foyer before Wednesday 11 March.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me.
Thank you!
Melanie

THANK YOU!
Thank you to the School Councillors whose two year term expired with the recent election – Kristalo, Phill, and Sonia.
I’d like to give particular thanks to Sonia who will not be continuing on Council. Sonia is one of those remarkable people who came into the school and straight away looked for opportunities to contribute. She was elected to Council only a couple of months after Tristan started in Prep and brought an great degree of diligence and an unwavering commitment to the role – I think she only missed one meeting when Klara was born! Thank you, Sonia, for your sound input, your attention to detail and your time. We were very fortunate to have you on board.

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