This week sees our students in year 3 and year 5 completing the annual NAPLAN testing. This is our first year completing NAPLAN on-line and we have done extensive testing of our IT systems to ensure everything runs smoothly on this front.
The NAPLAN tests provide the school with valuable data on student progress and the performance of various teaching programs. All we ask the students to do is to turn up and try their best.
I am currently on camp in Dwellingup with the year 6 students. Camp is a significant event in a primary student’s journey and will provide them with lifelong memories. I am sure all students will have some stories to tell when they return from camp. I would like to thank the year 6 teachers, Mrs Quinn and Mrs McCabe for assisting with camp and for giving up their time (and their comfortable beds at home) to attend camp and provide our students with this amazing experience.
Names On Clothing
Now we are entering the colder months it is timely to remind all families to ensure that all student jumpers have names recorded on them. This will increase the chance of them being returned should they be lost or misplaced around the school.
Parents can now submit absent notes through Connect. Please have a look at the video to see this process. Absent Notes Video
Update Your Email
Please contact the office to update your email on 9297 9300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. First semester reports will be emailed out at the end of this term.
Cold and Flu Season
With the change of season and cooling weather we have had a significant increase in children feeling unwell. To stop the spread of colds and flu, please keep your child home until the symptoms of sneezing and coughing have subsided and they feel well. Remember to wash your hands regularly to assist in staying well.
For a gold coin donation, you can come to school in your warmest Pyjamas or Onesie.
(Please ensure your outfit is sensible and warm. Enclosed sneakers should still be worn for safety reasons)
Money raised goes towards supporting underprivileged children and families.
By Professor Matt Sanders, founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.
It’s tough being a parent but it’s easy to fall into one of the common parenting traps.
The criticism trap is when there are frequent power struggles with your child. The situations escalate from criticising to threatening and yelling. This type of discipline often backfires. The parent’s anger makes the child and parent resentful and hostile. If these kinds of battles take place frequently, its time to try a new way of handling the situation.
The “leave them alone” trap involves the parent simply not acknowledging their child when they are behaving well. If good behaviour is taken for granted it may be replaced with the misbehaviour that receives more attention. A basic principle of positive parenting is to praise behaviours you would like to see more often.
The “for the sake of the children” trap occurs when parents in unhappy marriages stick doggedly to the same marriage routines, for the sake of the children, rather than addressing the problems constructively.
The perfect parent trap. There is no such thing as a perfect parent and trying to be one will only lead to disappointment, resentment, guilt, and feelings of inadequacy.
The martyr trap is one where parents become so over-involved in the task of parenting they neglect their own needs. The parents’ relationship suffers and may end in feelings of dissatisfaction and resentment. Quality parenting can only happen when adults have their own lives in balance.
All parents are invited to attend Triple P seminars at Arbor Grove Primary School in Term 2. Facilitated by school psychologist Krista Bingham, the seminars will include a presentation and time for discussion and questions. Parents may attend one, two or all three sessions.
Congratulations to all our Mother’s Day prize winners, we hope that you all enjoy the gifts and had a lovely day with your families.
A special thank you to Rebecca from Step into Life and Melinda Greenwood from Glitz Gifts for their generous donations towards our raffle.
The Federal Election is this weekend, Saturday May 18. Don’t forget to come down and support your school while you vote.
With so many community members coming through the school, this day is a great opportunity for the P&C to run a BBQ, Coffee Station and Cake Stall and raise some serious funds to help with funding upcoming projects around our school.
We are looking for Volunteers to help us run the stalls between 7.30am and 4pm, and we would appreciate as much or as little time as you can offer.
We are also looking for all forms of cakes, muffins, slices and cupcakes. You name it, we will accept it.
All baked goods to be delivered on Friday May 17 from 2pm to the canteen. Or if this is not possible please contact Amy or Hayley. A list of ingredients is also required so that this is available on the day if requested.
If you can help out in any way large or small, please contact our Fundraising Coordinator Amy or Hayley at email@example.com or fill in the volunteer form which can be found in the office and drop it in the P&C box.
Book Club Issue 3 is out, and a copy should have been in your childs bag last week. If you ever need another copy there are some in the front office and the library OR you can go online.
Ordering through the LOOP App is the easiest way to order and parents get some awesome rewards for the kids
Ellie Weston – Book Club Coordinator
P&C Busy Bee
The P&C Grounds Committee would like to invite you all to our AGPS Busy Bee.
This will be held on June 8 2019, where we will be getting our hands dirty planting the Junior Nature Play Area.
We hope you can join us putting the finishing touches on this great space.
Zoe Pearce – Grounds Committee Coordinator
School Swimming Lessons are coming up. All students can still order from the regular lunch menu, and lunches will go out to each class at their specific lunch time slots.
Canteen Prices - There has been a slight price increase with some of our current menu items when ordering your children's lunches. Please ensure that you read over the menu carefully. For example, the Dino Snack Meal has increased to $5.50 and all pizzas are now $2.50 each.
Volunteers - If you have a spare half an hour, hour, or two each week and are looking for a volunteer opportunity, come and see Jenni at the canteen. We appreciate and welcome any help we can get.