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Issue 9 Friday 14th June
Dear Ardeer South families,
It has been another great two weeks at Ardeer South Primary School.
Grade 5/6 Camp to Echuca
On Wednesday 29th May I had the opportunity to attend camp with the Grade 5/6 students in Echuca. This was a great opportunity to get to know the children better. I want to commend the students on their behaviour throughout the camp, they represented the school proudly. I also want to thank staff for their commitment to the camp and their willingness to provide this extra curricula opportunity.
NEW Bell times in Term 3
The school consultative committee has recently discussed the school timetable and how we can optimise learning opportunities for students. After consulting numerous structures, the below session times have been endorsed by staff.
8:30am – 8:45am Staff on Yard Duty (15 mins)
8:45am – 9:45am Session 1
9:45am – 10:45am Session 2
10:45am - 11:15am Recess Staff on Yard Duty (2x15 mins)
11:15am – 12:15pm Session 3
12:15pm – 1:15pm Session 4
1:15pm – 1:25pm Student Eating Time - Lunch
1:25pm – 2:15pm Lunch Recess
Yard duty - 1x 20mins
Yard Duty - 1x 30mins
2:15pm – 3:15pm Session 5
3:15pm – 3:30pm Yard Duty (15 mins)
Whilst students adjust to adjusted session times, teachers will provide opportunities for children to eat as they transition between session 1 and 2 (9:45am), as well as session 3 and 4 (12:15pm). This will be known as ‘Brain Breaks’. Children will be able to eat fruits and vegetables provided by parents. They will be pre-prepared bite sized portions of food that will allow students to eat and listen to teacher instruction at the same time. Acceptable Brain Foods include:
• Fresh peeled & sliced fruit and vegetables e.g. cut up apple, carrots, celery
• Dried fruit (eg apricots, prunes, raisins and sultanas)
• Plain unsalted pop corn
It is preferred that students do not eat whole fruits or juicy fruits as students can possibly make a mess of their workspace.
Reminder – Friday 28th June, 2019
End of Term 2
Students dismissed at 2.30pm
Energy Food provides children with healthy food options to eat at Brain Food time. The food provided for this snack needs to be separate from what is provided for recess and lunch and should be appropriately stored (eg in a separate container with lid and container labelled with their name). It is also important that children have a water bottle filled with water, for use in the classroom, every day.
Appropriate Brain Foods are generally unprocessed and ensure a slow release of glucose rather than a quick fix provided by high sugar/fat filled foods.
• Provides students with a mid-morning energy burst.
• Brain Food time is not a play-break. It is a time when students are encouraged to eat small amounts of brain-healthy food that helps maintain the glucose supply to the brain.
• Students access to water bottles enable them to have regular sips of water throughout the day and stops students exiting the room during learning time.
• Develops higher level brain function
• Gives student more energy to learn
• Experience more success with learning
• Provides students with lifelong skills around healthy eating
This new timetable will be introduced as of the beginning of Term 3.
Every morning we are recording a large number of students arriving late to school. This places a significant impact on their ability to develop good morning routines, as well as impacts on learning time. Can I please ask that parents place a higher importance on their children being at school by 8:45am every day? Your cooperation on this matter would be much appreciated.
On Friday7th June, staff participated in a Curriculum Day. The focus of the day was on curriculum for the classroom Integrated Topics. The staff had a very productive day and achieved a lot!
2020 Prep Enrolments
Prep enrolments for next year are now being taken. Children must celebrate their fifth birthday by 30th April 2020 to be eligible for school. Parents are required to supply the following information when enrolling:
• Proof of residence
• Proof of age (birth certificate or passport)
• Immunisation certificate
Our School values are important to us. Remember to Respect, Be Responsible and always put in Effort.
We are proud and excited to have some of our students participating in the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Made of Stars.
The Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria. Fittingly, this year’s theme, Made of Stars, will feature a galaxy of out-of-this-world performances showing that these students are made of star stuff.
The three-hour live show – involving music, dance, skateboarding and circus arts – will be performed to an audience of around 12,000 people at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14th September over two shows at 1pm and 6.30pm.
For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets when they go on sale at 9am Wednesday 12th June via www.ticketek.com.au/spectacular
Child under 15: $20
Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.
Ardeer South Primary School is in Quadrant 1, therefore families should try to purchase tickets in the following sections:
19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 46, 47
‘On Wednesday the 12th of June, the whole school went to the John Evans room to watch the performance called ‘STAMP out bullying’. At the start of the show, Stephanie spoke about how everything was possible to stop bullying.’
‘During the show Stephanie spoke about what to do if you have been bullied. She used the acronym STAMP, which meant:
• Stay away from the bully
• Tell someone
• Ask for help
• Make friends
• Play nicely’
‘After showing us some magic tricks, Stephanie brought out a puppet named Croc. Croc was being a bully himself, so she taught him about using the acronym STAMP and how to be a better person. My favourite part was the magic tricks.’