Dandenong Market Excursion

On Tuesday the 26th of July, the year 5 and 6 students visited the Dandenong Market in preparation for their own market days happening later in the term. We took a tour of the different areas of the market such as the meat, fish and deli section, fruit and vegetables section, pantry section, bazaar section and cafe. We observed the way they set up their stalls, the products they were selling and the way they interacted with their customers. We also had time to be in the role of the customer. We had so much fun and learnt a lot from the excursion.

Excursions

Excursions:
I’m sure that every family has been inundated with excursion notices! Normally, the children attend one or two excursions each term, but through our association with the Woodleigh School and Ardoch, we have been offered some free excursions, so this has enabled the teachers to complement what they have been studying in class, with some free experiences. Every time we venture away from the classroom, this offers our students a valuable avenue to extend their vocabulary and oral language. They also have a ‘real life’ experience to write about back in the classroom. Thank you for your support in supporting our students to attend these excursions.
Don’t forget that CSEF can be used and if you are having difficulty with payment, please approach the Office with your request.

School Photos Update

Apologies for the delay in getting the school photos home to families. Mrs Simpson has been in constant contact
with the company, but they have had staffing issues due to COVID and the flu. They’ve been quite short staffed and have struggled to get them out on time. However, the good news is that they should be arriving at our school in the next week or so. As soon as they’ve been delivered, they’ll be sent home with your child.

STOMP / Concert

This dance program started last Monday, and from the look on the children’s faces, it is a hit! Concert notices will be coming home soon. Tickets will be $5.00 each for each family member, excluding Spring Parks students. Our concert is held at the Springvale Town Hall and it is on Wednesday, September 14th. We spend the day on Wednesday at the hall, having a full rehearsal for the night. I hope to see as many families there as possible, as we’ve had to postpone it for the past two years.

100 Days of School

100 days of school:
What a fantastic day we had at Valley Campus on Friday, July 22nd. West Campus walked over to Valley Campus to enjoy some great maths activities with their teachers. The children spent some time outside (as we were blessed with amazing weather) and other times inside with a variety of teachers. The costumes that the children wore were terrific and showed quite a lot of thought and inspiration. As a school, we were really pleased that we could come together for the first time in a couple of years. There are some photos later in the newsletter. Mrs Lazaridis provided 100 donuts for the staff to enjoy during the first break. They were delicious!

Primary Wellbeing Support

Our new Primary Wellbeing Support staff member – Angela Rousseau started at our school on July 25th. She is working on Monday and Thursday to support the wellbeing needs of our students. Every fortnight, she will meet with the wellbeing team to prioritise the needs of our students. She is also available for family members to make contact with
her. She comes to our school with over 25 years experience in this role.

I must thank Mrs Farmer who has been in the role since the start of the year. We needed someone to take Ashley’s place, as she had decided to stay in China. Mrs Farmer has done a great job supporting our students over the past 6 months, and we’re very grateful for all that she has achieved this year.

Australian Maths Competition

Australian Maths Competition:
This is scheduled to take place at school on Wednesday August 3rd – 5th. This is fully supervised by our teaching staff and applications have closed. Results will be available later in the term.

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