National Simultaneous Storytime

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National Simultaneous Storytime is celebrated on Wednesday 27th May at 11:00am. The story this year is ‘The Brothers Quibble’ by Aaron Blabey. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

National Simultaneous Storytime aims to; promote the value of reading and literacy; promote the value and fun of books; promote an Australian writer and publisher; promote storytime activities in public libraries and communities around the country; provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.

Due to the running of the Cross Country on Wednesday 27th May we will celebrate this event on Tuesday 26th May at 11:00am in the Library. All welcome to come along and listen to the story.

There will also be some lunchtime activities to participate in.

 

House Cross Country

On Wednesday 27th May we will be running our annual House Cross Country. By now all families should have received a letter which outlines the details of the day.

The distance run varies according to the Year Level/Age Group:

Year Prep/1/2 – 1km

Age 9&U/10 – 2km

Age 11/12/13 – 3km

On Wednesday the first race will begin at 9.30 am. The order of races will be as follows:

9.30am Race 1 – Age 12/13 11.45am Race 5 – Year 2

10.05am Race 2 – Age 11 12.00pm Race 6 – Year 1

10.45am Race 3 – Age 9&U & 10 girls 12.15pm Race 7 – Year Prep

11.15am Race 4 – Age 9&U & 10 boys 12.30pm – PRESENTATIONS

These times are approximate only. Please ensure you arrive early so you are not disappointed!

Parent Victoria On-line Conference

Parents Victoria is running an on-line conference for parents of school age children. The format of the conference which runs from 18 – 21 May sees guest speakers and inter-active sessions for parents to take part, relevant to their child’s education and schooling. Interested parents can find out more information at straighttothepoint.co/pv/register.

Education Week

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Don’t forget that Education Week begins on Monday 18th May and goes through till Friday 22nd May. This year our main day of focus will be Friday 22nd May when we have a big day planned:

Friday 22nd May: Walk to School Morning and Healthy Breakfast. This year we are inviting all school community members to join the walking school buses and afterwards join us all for a healthy breakfast.

After breakfast, join us for our special Education Week Assembly where some of our Year 6 students will share their thoughts on education.

Open Classrooms: Visit the classrooms from 9:30 – 11:00.

More information regarding our big Friday and other Education Week activities will be provided to all staff early next week

KidsMatter Primary

KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children.

KidsMatter Primary provides the proven methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids.

Korumburra Primary School is currently working through the four components of this initiative: Positive School Community, Social and Emotion-al Learning For Students, Working With Parents And Carers and Helping Children With Mental Health Difficulties.

Korumburra Primary School staff members have been provided with initial Professional Development to assist their understanding of mental health and wellbeing, which is then transferred to classroom practices and behaviours. Professional Development sessions will continue for all staff and information sessions will be provided to parents and the wider school community. Kids Matter is an integral part of the school’s Strategic Plan (2014-2017).

Korumburra Primary School has developed Wellbeing Action Teams for the implementation of Kids Matter. An expected school-wide behaviours matrix has been created which is clearly displayed around the school and a reference point for staff, students and parents.

Student’s social and emotional learning is given equal value to their academic, physical and cultural curriculum. Korumburra Primary School is working hard to develop an emphasis on “Every Face has a Place” and “Knowing Me, Knowing You and Getting Along Too”.

 

Sporting Schools (Replacing Active After School)

Korumburra Primary School will be running Sporting Schools, previously know as Active After School during Term 2.

We will be running Basketball on Tuesday nights from 3.30 to 4.30 p.m., with Hugh Suckling leading the activity.

We will also be running an activity during Monday lunchtime which will be Netball from 1.40 to 2.30 p.m. with Sharon Jones.

There are limited spaces available so if you are interested, can you please put your name down at the office with Betty.

Basketball will start on Tuesday the 12th May and Netball on Monday the 11th May. Both activities will finish in the last week of Term 2.

Sharon Jones

Sporting School’s Coordinator

 

Music News

It was an eerily warm April morning this Anzac Day in 2015. We gathered in the wee hours to pay our respects to those who allowed us to live the lives in which we live today.

Twenty four Choir students from Korumburra Primary School gathered to represent our school and our community at this year’s Dawn and Morning Anzac Day Services, celebrating the Centenary of our troops landing in Gallipoli.

The Choir were outstanding in many ways, showing off their hard work in rehearsals in the weeks prior to our celebrations and commemorative services. The staff and I were extremely proud of the way in which our students conducted themselves at both events. They did not only sing to the best of their ability with control and understanding, but they demonstrated to the wider community a humble understanding of what Anzac Day represents for them and their fellow Australians. They are, and were all model citizens for their generation and the generations of KPS students to follow.

Congratulations on your stunning performances at the Dawn and Morning Anzac Day Services, and for your want to represent the school and your wider community at our very own Anzac Day Assembly on Friday the 24th of April. Thank-you all Choir members little and big. You were amazing.

Thank-you for all your hard work if you haven’t seen it yet, check out our kids doing us proud on the Win news Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WINNewsGippsland

Thank-you to Nathan Pirouet, Dave Gray, Ellyn Zizic, Rachel Warren, Jenny Mulqueeny, Shelley Snooks for your support and help in the lead up to the Anzac Day Services was greatly appreciated by all.

Gabi Mathews

Music Teacher

 

School Council President’s Report on 2014

For our school 2014 was a busy and productive year. The role of School Council in that busy-ness is not always a highly visible one. Mostly we work behind-the-scenes to create a school environment where our students can reach their full potential.

In 2014 that behind-the-scenes work included the development of our new three-year Strategic Plan. The plan’s development drew on input from staff, school council, parents and friends and the broader school community. It allowed us to identify and express our school values and to reconfirm our commitment to successful learning outcomes for all students. The Strategic Plan also reflects initiatives that were introduced in 2014, including a renewed focus on assessment for learning throughout the school and increased attention to staff professional development. The inclusion of a Learning Coach in the staff structure for 2014 proved to be a highly valued initiative, encouraging and supporting planning and professional learning for all staff. I congratulate Jacqui Rotthier on the positive contribution she has made to the school in her role of Learning Coach.

School Council members have been involved in the introduction of Kids Matter and School Wide Positive Behaviours at KPS – working with staff and other members of the school community to look at how we can support students’ mental health and wellbeing so they can develop as happy, balanced kids. This work will be ongoing as an integral part of our school’s culture.

Over the last year School Council has contributed to efforts to share positive images and stories about the school through local media. We have considered feedback gathered through the annual parent opinion survey and actively looked for ways to strengthen communication with parents and the broader school community. The community BBQ and bush dance that School Council hosted early this year aimed to build relationships between families and their children’s new class teacher. It was a hugely successful event and couldn’t have happened without the enthusiastic efforts of all School Council members.

In 2014 School Council introduced a number of initiatives aimed at supporting families with the financial costs of education. A hardship fund was established to be used at the Principal’s discretion to allow students in need to participate in school camps and excursions. Processes have also been put in place to help family budgeting by sending home advance notice of camp costs, and by providing access to Bpay. As School Council Treasurer, Jodie Olden has worked closely with our Business Manager, Annie Ammitzboll, to put these initiatives in place. Thank you to them both for their efforts.

The maintenance and improvement of our buildings and grounds is an important part of School Council’s role – ensuring that the learning environment is appropriate for the needs of our students and staff. In 2014 School Council projects included replacing the Music Room deck, constructing the commemorative brick steps in the quadrangle and repairing the roof of the Year 3/4 building. Before the start of the 2015 school year further work in the grounds included replacement of shade sails and basketball backboards, installation of mulch retention mats and tree safety work. Heating and cooling solutions have also been installed in the library, library office, staff room and business manager’s office. The school has been fortunate to have had willing support from the school community at a number of working bees over the last 12 months. Thanks to Assistant Principal David Gray and to members of the Buildings and Grounds sub-committee for their contribution to maintaining and improving our facilities.

Events hosted by Parents and Friends over the last 12 months have contributed enormously to community building at KPS. As well as performing a significant fund-raising role, Parents and Friends have brought the school community together at special events like the Trivia Night and Open Air Movie Night. Thank you to all of the P&F volunteers for embodying the friendly and caring spirit of our school community, and special thanks to outgoing P&F President Pee wee Lewis on the conclusion of her enormous contribution to KPS.

Lots of other activities have occurred throughout the year. There has been the regular recurrence of established school traditions, like the ANZAC service, sporting events and Annual Art Show, and newer events that are becoming an integral part of KPS, like HPV and the music soirees. They give all of our diverse students an opportunity to shine and are possible because of the enthusiasm and dedication of our teaching and support staff. Thank you to all of them, and to Nathan and Dave, for your commitment to making our school the fantastic place that it is.

I want to acknowledge the contributions of our retiring School Councillors, Michelle Axford and Georgie Kibble. Michelle has served on School Council for six years, four of those as Secretary, and has been especially active in publicity and marketing activities to develop and promote the school’s connection with the local community. Thank you for all of your work.

Our school community’s interest in School Council has been demonstrated this year with the number of parents nominating for vacant positions on the Council, and by the very large number of parents who voted in the election. It’s great to have so many parents and families who are interested and engaged in the operation and future direction of our school. Welcome to our new School Councillors – Gavin Furness, Sam Davies and Kim Fowles. Thank you for joining us to help create a bright future for all KPS students.

Anita Roberts

School Council President 2014