Author Archives: Drew Judith

MCG Excursion 2016

MCG Excursion 2016

Students in year 3-6 culminated their studies in relation to the Olympic Games, with a visit to the MCG. This visit included a tour of the grounds and facilities, including a meeting with athlete Sean Roe.

Read some of the recounts attached to share the students’ excitement:

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Advice for Parents addressing children and young peoples’ responses in relation to traumatic events

Advice for Parents addressing children and young peoples’ responses in relation to traumatic events

 


Advice from the Department of Education and Training Following Events on Friday 13th November in France.

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Children and young people will have seen and heard about the terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris on Friday 13 November 2015.

The authorities in France and countries around the world will help to support the people who have been impacted by this event.

Children often worry and know more than we realise. Adults may assume that children are doing okay if they don’t talk or ask questions about what has happened. Sometimes they have questions they may not ask unless we provide the opportunity. ​​

It is wise for you to monitor your child’s exposure to television coverage, print media and social media. ​​Some children and young people will want to talk about the tragic events and try to make sense of what they have both seen and heard. Other children will avoid any discussion around the events and will be reassured by routine and normality. ​​

Remember the importance of routine, sleep, exercise and healthy eating.

There is a range of things you can do to assist your child during events such as this, including:

  • Acknowledge that the event was distressing
  • Reassure children that they are safe
  • Look for signs of distress (e.g. some children/young people might be scared)
  • Normalise responses – typical response will range from anger to general upset or sadness
  • Maintain a normal routine – keeping the structure at home or at school in place
  • Allow children to express feelings as they arise
  • Telling stories about how people manage during difficult times can be helpful.
  • Separate fact from fiction e.g. children may express fears about unrelated events.
  • Plan relaxing activities before bed – talk your child through a gentle relaxation, this might include using soothing music and talking them through relaxing tension in their body or simply reading something to them that induces relaxation (i.e. a favourite book).
  • Speak in hopeful terms – children and young people will often take their cues from their parents’ reactions; if you are honest, calm, compassionate and open they will be much more able to trust that they will be okay.
  • Always remember the value of doing something with children that they like to do such as playing, exercising, being outdoors – have a time during your day to share time with your child.

If you have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing, please contact your class teacher or the school on 9547 1146

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2016 Foundation Transition- Understanding Curriculum Session 5th October 2015

2016 Foundation Transition- Understanding Curriculum Session 5th October 2015

Parents of 2016 Foundation (Prep) students participated in a session together today focusing on the Curriculum and what children learn in their first year of school.

Here is the link to two of the resources we discussed:

201 Literacy and Maths Tips to Help your Child

The Victorian Curriculum

There were some great questions asked, about curriculum and a range of other aspects of beginning school processes.

Thank you to the large group of parents who attended for you input and sharing.

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Wonderful Walk-a-thon

Wonderful Walk-a-thon

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Congratulations to all the participants and helpers in our 2015 Whole School Walk-a-thon. All of the children enjoyed dressing up for the day and stretching our legs to help raise funds for special projects around the school. A huge thankyou to the many parents who attended and helped during the walk and after with icypoles and the sausage sizzle.

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Compass Parent Portal Access

Compass Parent Portal Access

Albany Rise Primary School is using Compass School Manager for its parent portal.

Using our parent portal you will be able to:
• Access your child’s Student Semester Reports 
• View up-to-date class and school attendance information 
• Approve or enter upcoming or past absences for your son/daughter 
• Update your registered email and mobile number (used for SMS alerts) details 
• Access information regarding upcoming events and news

In the future you will be able to:
• Book your Parent/Student/Teacher conferences
• Email your child’s teacher
• View homework tasks and upcoming class tasks
• View student portfolios for Year 3-6 students
• View whole school events in the Parent Calendar

The Compass Parent portal will be available to parents during Term 4. Individual User names and passwords will be sent out to each parent in a letter soon.

To access the site, visit: https://albanyrise-ps.vic.jdlf.com.au

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Camp Quality Incursion- all classes 17th August

Camp Quality Incursion- all classes 17th August

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Camp Quality Primary School Education Program has been invited to perform at Albany Rise Primary School on:

Monday 17th August 

12:30   Grade 3 -6 (45min)

2:30      Prep – 2 (45 min) 

Parents/Carers are most welcome to attend.

Camp Quality is a children’s family cancer charity. Our purpose is to making a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia.

For over 25 years our Education Program, the Camp Quality Puppets, have transformed thousands of schools by helping children and teachers learn how to create a supportive school community for children affected by cancer, whether they are living with cancer themselves or have a family member living with cancer.

The program consists of a live, educational performance focusing on cancer education, optimism, friendship and tolerance.

There is no charge to the school or the students.

Following the performance, students are encouraged to ask questions and share their concerns. While we are able to answer most of their questions and concerns, we provide teachers with resources to supplement the performance and aid classroom discussion.

Over 4 million children have seen our puppets since the program began. We trust that your child will benefit from the positive messages promoted in our performance.

If you’d like more information about the program, please visit our website or contact Elleni Karagiannidis on 03 9329 8660.

 

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Camping Program- Parent Survey

Camping Program- Parent Survey

We encourage all parents of Albany Rise Primary School to take part in this VERY SHORT 5 question survey about our camping program. Your reponses will help inform future planning.

LINK to Camping Survey for Parents

Thank you

Judy Drew

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Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

‘Collection Notice’

All schools in Australia, including Independent and Catholic schools, will participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability this year.

The Data Collection is an annual count of the number of students with disability receiving educational adjustments to support their participation in education on the same basis as students without disability. All education agencies are now required under the Australian Education Regulation 2013 to provide information on a student’s level of education, disability and level of adjustment to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.* Data will continue to be de-identified prior to its transfer and no student’s identity will be provided to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

The collection of this information from states and territories will inform future policy and program planning in relation to students with disability.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Belinda Jones or Judy Drew on 9547 1146 or the Victorian Department of Education and Training Data Collection Hotline on (03) 9651 3621. For questions after 7 August 2015, please call the Australian Government Department of Education and Training on 1300 566 046.

*For more information on Schedule 3—Amendments for the collection of data on students who are persons with a disability Australian Education Regulation 2013 see:

http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2014L01723/Html/Text#_Toc404934419

 

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Young Leaders Conference 2015

Young Leaders Conference 2015

Albany Rise Primary School was proud to send twelve of our Year 6 student Leaders to the ‘National Young Leaders Day’ at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre on 13th March.

The National Young Leaders Day is an annual event founded in 1997 to develop strong leadership values amongst young Australians. The Program consists of keynote talks, multimedia presentations and interactive learning that seeks a range of specific outcomes for young people who aspire to lead themselves & others well.

The students listened to keynote speakers and participated in forums with other young leaders from schools across the country. Congratulations to the group of students who demonstrated an excellent understanding of what high quality leadership means.

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Friends of the Fence

Friends of the Fence

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We are very excited about our new fencing along Zita Street and in the school grounds. The new gates and fencing look fantastic.

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