Our love and thoughts go out to the school community of Pitt Town Public School, especially the family of Bridget Wright. Bridget was tragically killed last week when a branch from a tree in the school playgrounds fell on her while she was eating her lunch. Since this tragic accident there has been a call on the NSW Education Department to develop a policy around monitoring of trees, their condition and if necessary their removal.
As our school is situated in an area that has dense vegetation we have always been very aware of such a potential danger. Each year we set aside several thousand dollars for such an audit. Those families that have been with us for a few years may have noticed the removal of tress/branches throughout the school grounds.
To support transparent communication and collaboration with parents each year schools publish some of the department's main policies. This week I would like to draw your attention to both the Complaints Policy and the Anti-Racism Policy.
Complaints Handling Policy Guidelines: I extend a reminder to all that if at any time you ﬁnd that you have a concern about anything to do the with school, you are encouraged to contact us (phone, email or visit) so that your concern can be resolved. It is our aim to work with all of our school community to ensure that we do the very best we can to ensure an engaging, safe and enriching experience for
However, should you feel that you must raise a concern formally, the NSW Department of Education & Community has procedures to ensure that complaints are handled fairly. A brochure which provides information about how to lodge a complaint and a Complaint Form are available from the front office. Further information is also available in the Department’s Complaints Handling Guidelines which includes a guide to Lodging a Complaint. These documents can be accessed on the Department’s internet website: https://detwww.det.nsw.edu.au/policies
Anti-Racism Programs: Racism is not accepted at our school. In accord with Department Of Education & Community Policy our school welfare program ensures that students are taught positive behaviour strategies that support inclusion and acceptance of others: promoting acceptance of Australia's cultural,
linguistic and religious diversity, challenging prejudiced attitudes and ensuring that sanctions are applied against racist and discriminatory behaviours.
Our school has a trained Anti-Racism Contact Officer (ARCO) who is Mrs. Dunn. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Dunn if you have any concerns or questions. For more information see:
Change of Times for Clean Up Australia
Classes in the primary section of the school will be out and about during the last session of school (1:40pm - 2:40pm) not the middle session as previously advised.
Kindergarten, Year 1 & 2 will remain at the same time of 11:40am - 12:40pm. Gloves and bags will be greatly accepted.
Last week Mrs Morgan, Mrs Elliott and Mrs Mealy coordinated the PSSA District Swimming Carnival. Thanks for doing a fantastic job, not only for our school but all the schools in the district.
The Playground Committee have been looking at a number of options to increase the opportunities for our children to become more involved in imaginative and creative play. Unfortunately the play equipment that we would love to purchase is extremely expensive so we have decided to use our own creativity and see what we can come up with without spending such a huge amount of money.
We are going to start by asking if anyone has an old row boat, preferably wooden, that they no longer want. It certainly doesn't have to be waterproof, but the structure would have to be reasonably sound. We would look at repairing and painting it so children could play on it (similar to the one used by so many children at the Muffin Shop). Please let us know if we can help you clean up that part of the garage or yard. A special thanks to Jesse Rowan, one of our amazing parents who has been such a wonderful source of information and energy in this area!
Daisy Seath, Piper Hartigan, Kahlei Hopkins, Macy Griffiths, Lucy Coe, Ella Fraser-Fitzgerald, Riley Campbell (2), Harry Smith, Justina Austin, Marlee Bennett, Tane Simons, Lara Elliott, Charlie Tomkins, Flynn Cox, Brendon Wallace, Matilda Bell, Charley Taylor, Leah Rigby, Savannah Adams & Stella Andrews
Welcome to our 2014 School Captains
It is with great pleasure that I would like to introduce our new School Captains for the year, Soma Faraday-Kogler, Erin White, Austin Reid and Max Cooper. Our leaders were nominated at the end of last year by their peers and school staff. The year will be one of opportunities and leadership development for them and I know that they will do a wonderful job. Congratulations!
Late last year we asked for Expressions of Interest in delivering ethics classes at our school. We had a great response and we are aiming to commence classes on Thursday 13 March for students whose parent's have registered them. A registration note will be sent home in the near future.
All classes are taught by vetted and trained volunteers.
Topics for Term 1 include:
Early Stage 1 - not available yet, we hope to introduce it later this year.
Stage 1 - Pride: Vice or Virtue?, Examples and Counter-examples and Are You The Same Person You Used To Be?
Stage 2 - Being Selfish, Staring, Excuses and Reasons and Disagreeing Respectfully
Stage 3 - A Fair Society, Human Rights and Do Other Animals Have Them?
While the Ethics course aligns closely to our school curriculum and to the philosophy of the school it is not compulsory for children to attend. Parents have the following choice:
Ethics classes or
Scripture classes or
Neither Scripture nor Ethics but to remain with a class teacher doing other activities.
To find out more about Primary Ethics and becoming an Ethics Teacher, please go to www.primaryethics.com.au or contact our school’s Ethics Coordinator, Anita Macartney on 0407 959 602 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Clean Up Australia Day
On Friday 28 February we will be helping our community by participating in Clean Up Australia Day.
The concept that we all have a duty and can help to look after our environment is an important concept and one that is not restricted to the playgrounds inside the school fence. We teach our children that we belong to a local environment/community as well as a global one and it is our responsibility to value and look after it.
Students are asked to bring in gloves and bags and will be covering the following areas.
Kindergarten and Year 1: school playground
Years 2, 3 & 4: local streets around the school
Years 5 & 6: Candalagan/Broulee Beach
Parents are very welcome to come help us - we will be starting at 11:40am - 1:10pm
Many thanks to the families who have so promptly paid their school voluntary contributions (fees). For those who have lost the information for direct deposit into the school bank account here are the details again.
Account No: 148193
Payment reference - please include eldest child's full name so we can correctly receipt payments.
Don't forget the earlybird draw, if you make your payment before the 11 March your name will be entered into the draw to win a $100 petrol voucher.
1 child = $50
Family = $90
Technology Levy per family $25 or $50 or $100