One of the areas that we consider essential within our total school management is the communication processes that we have with our parents and community. We need to constantly monitor these processes and change them if needed as we value the key role parents play and appreciate the support you provide to the school.
At the moment we rely on our school website, including our school calendar, digital newsletter, front notice board and paper notes as our main key communication processes with parents.
We have found that paper notes are the least effective as many students forget to give the notes to their parents or they get lost on the way home. The school e-newsletter and website appear to be the most effective. Some parents, however are still not receiving some essential information from the school so the P&C and the school executive are looking at ways that we can improve this area.
Some schools are now starting to use different forms of social media to communicate and liaise more effectively with their community and this is an option that we could consider. We would therefore appreciate it if you could take five minutes to fill in the attached survey.
The survey is confidential and very short. There will also be paper copies available in the front office if people would prefer this method.
Many thanks for your time and feedback.
Due to the extreme hot weather conditions forecast for this coming Friday we have decided to postpone our walkathon until Thursday 20 November. I hope this does not cause any inconvenience but walking in 35 degree temperatures is not fun for anyone.
Today our school held a very moving service to commemorate Remembrance Day. All student's decorated and wrote special "peace" messages on a paper hand. These messages were based on the concepts of: peace, kindness, charity, love, caring, tolerance, friendship, sharing, courage, bravery etc. The classes then collated their class "hands" and placed them on a class "Remembrance Board". When all the class boards were put together a wheel of "Peace, Friendship and Remembrance" was created. Each class also had two representatives who briefly addressed our school assembly.
Congratulations to our student body and staff for such a meaningful way to reflect on and understand the meaning of Remembrance Day.
Our school captains also participated in the Batemans Bay Remembrance Day service and laid a wreath at the town cenotaph.
Special Thanks to Marty Jones
Our old school memorial has been replaced by a new version. During recent years the old one became very weathered and was prone to crumbling and breaking. Last week the top of it actually broke off and was not able to be safely fixed. Marty Jones created a beautiful new version that he has erected in time for our Remembrance Day service this morning. A special feature of the new one is the imprint of the Rising Sun that Marty took from the old memorial. By doing this he has successfully linked traditions and memories within our school. Thank You Marty!
Harvest Day Festival
Fantastic work from 3/4M and 4H whose work was exhibited at the Harvest Festival on Saturday. We had some wonderful comments about the work produced by the students as well as the lovely variety of seedlings, vegetables and herbs that were for sale. A magnificent effort from Mrs Morgan and Mrs Hounsell for their time and effort manning the stall and to Ms Hanks who spent the morning helping children plant seeds to take home. A special thanks to Steve Morgan for the beautiful bromeliads that he donated as raffle prizes.
Pizza Oven Design Winners
Congratulations to A.J.Vandam 6R, Alice Burgun-Boucher 6R and Maya Patrizi 3/4M who were our successful winners for the mosaic designs for our school pizza oven. Mrs Dunn, Mrs Wade (P&C) and Ms Tracey King (community artist) were the judges and were very impressed both by the number of entries and the quality of the designs. The final design will incorporate sections from the three winning designs as well as using inspiration from the other entries for smaller parts within the overall total design.
Each student who entered the competition will also be awarded a $1:50 voucher for the canteen. This has been very kindly donated by Mrs Dunn.
Mr Rutter's class are now working out the surface area of the pizza dome and will calculate the various materials and amounts that will be needed to complete the final mosaic.