Just as things were slowly returning to a more normal footing we have a 3-day COVID lockdown and have a very quiet long weekend!
Unfortunately, the resulting changes to the health advice and operational guidelines for schools will mean for a second year that we were not able to have parents attend our ANZAC assembly. School staff and students proceeded with our commemoration assembly in a modified format that complied with the updated health guidance.
Students in Year 3 and Year 5 will be completing the annual NAPLAN testing in coming weeks. This is our second year completing NAPLAN online 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.
Pending any further updates to the guidelines for schools I am happy to advise parents there are no current restrictions preventing parents or carers to come on to school sites for drop off and pick up purposes, however,
physical distancing of 1 adult per 2 square metres applies. Where the event is on school grounds, use the 2 square metre rule, after the students are accommodated, to determine available space for adults.
Maintain 1.5 metre separation between people who are not from the same household, with the exception of students on school grounds.
good hygiene practices should be promoted and maintained.
visitors, parents and students should be encouraged not to attend school if they are unwell.
Once the health advice allows, we look forward to parents attending assemblies and the reintroduction of class items.
Families are reminded that the front gates are not opened at the end of the day due to the danger posed to the children from parents not following road rules and parking signage.
In the afternoon school gates will not be opened until 15 minutes before the end of the school day. We request that only those families with students in Pre Primary and Kindergarten use the Pre Primary gates.
Again this term the staff are preparing to offer a range of clubs and other activities. I would urge all students and parents to keep an eye out for the flyers. I am sure, like me, all parents are so appreciative of the staff for giving up their own time to organise and run these activities.
There is always a lot of good things happening at Arbor Grove Primary School and I remind parents that it is important to keep an eye on the newsletter, Connect and the school web page to ensure you are up to date with all the many exciting activities.
I look forward to working with the P&C again this year. The P&C contribute in a range of ways to the school, the community and to the provision of services to the students. I would encourage all families (new and existing) to consider getting involved in the P&C and attending the upcoming Annual General Meeting.
In coming weeks parents, students in the upper years, and staff will be given the opportunity to provide feedback on the performance of the school. Our biennial surveys are very important in helping the school reflect and identifying areas for change and improvement.
NAPLAN Online – Information For Parents And Carers
Your child will do the NAPLAN tests online in 2021 . One of the main benefits of NAPLAN Online is tailored (or adaptive) testing, in which the test presents questions of higher or lower complexity depending on a student’s performance. Tailored (or adaptive) testing is designed to assess a wider range of student abilities and to measure student achievement more precisely.
Why do students do NAPLAN? The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. NAPLAN also provides schools, education authorities and governments with information about how education programs are working and whether young Australians are achieving important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy.
What does NAPLAN assess? NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are learning through their regular school curriculum. All government and non-government education authorities have contributed to the development of NAPLAN materials. As students are assessed on the same literacy and numeracy curriculum content, regardless of whether they complete the test online or on paper, results for both formats can be reported on the same NAPLAN assessment scale.
How can I help my child prepare? Help your child prepare by reassuring them that NAPLAN is just one part of their school program, and by reminding them on the day to simply do their best. Teachers have ensured students are familiar with the types of questions in the tests and been provided appropriate support and guidance in preparation.
Last term, Room 24 were exploring ideas and practices used by artists to represent their different views, beliefs and opinions. They were encouraged to develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artwork. Here is some examples of our Portraits ‘Split Face Self Portraits’ and our ‘Succulent Garden Still Life’.
So far this year in Literacy, we have been working on our narrative writing, looking at various genres and all the characteristics that make a good narrative story. We have used all our knowledge to create our own narrative story.
Our AGM is just next week and we are always on the lookout for new faces to come and join our great team of volunteers.
All positions are vacated and will be voted on at the AGM
Roles and Responsibilities
Vital link between parents and the school administration
Observes legal formalities
Chairperson for the P&C Association’s meetings
Ensures all office bearers fulfil their duties
The public face of the P&C handling media enquiries and all external enquiries
Signatory to accounts
Ex officio member of all sub-committees
Effectively manage any P&C paid employees
Acts as a ‘understudy’ to the President or mentors new President
Use the role as an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and P&C knowledge
Chairs P&C meetings in Presidents absence
Can be signatory on accounts
Can be a representative on sub-committees
Additional role – Vice president is the WACSSO Liaison, acting as a link between the P&C and WACSSO
Is responsible for all monies received and expended on behalf of the Association, including any committees
It involves clerical work, financial management and accounting (We currently use Xero)
Receives and banks money
Keeps Records of Receipts and Payments
Presents a written report at each meeting
Takes Financial Records to Auditor
Posting notice of meetings in writing
Assisting the chairperson to draw up the agenda
Recording minutes of the meeting
Dealing with correspondence
Maintaining membership records
Being a signatory to accounts
Observing legal formalities
Coordinates all fundraising activities;
Delegates tasks to volunteers;
Liaises & Oversees what volunteers are doing;
Ensures delegated tasks are completed;
Presents written reports to the P&C outlining activities and results;
Chairs Fundraising Committee (if there is one)
Student School Banking Coordinator
Looks after the Commonwealth Bank Student Banking Program;
Collects, processes and banks funds for students each week;
Liaises with the Commonwealth Bank School Banking Representative;
Promotes school banking and any special promotions;
Presents written reports to the P&C outlining activities and results.
Organises and publishes newsletters (send information to the school every second week per term) for the school community
Acts as the main Administrator on Facebook page (up to three administrators required)
Helping produce posters and put up and take down posters around the school.
Additional Facebook Administrators (2 required)
The Facebook administrator’s responsibilities include:
Posting information, news, questions and other material to the account with approval from the President in circumstances where it is needed.
Responding to queries raised through the account or referring these to a relevant person for response.
Deletion of comments that breach the Code of Conduct.
Removal and/or banning of any user who breaches the Code of Conduct continuously.
Reporting back at general meetings any enquiries, queries or matters raised on the page.
Grounds and Amenity Committee
Mandatory sub-committee requirements are:
Members of a sub-committee elected at the AGM or when initially formed at a general meeting must be financial members of the P&C Association.
There must be a member of the P&C Executive Committee on each sub-committee. Canteen employees are encouraged to participate in an advisory capacity in sub-committee meetings but due to the conflict of interest are not able to vote.
The P&C can disband any sub-committee by a formal resolution of the P&C.
The Honorary Treasurer of the P&C has overall responsibility for all funds received by any sub-committee
Cheques drawn against sub-committee bank accounts must be signed by only those people authorised to do so under the approved P&C Constitution (Rule 12.5).
Where an employee is directed to attend sub-committee meetings in an advisory capacity then they are considered to be on paid time and there should be sufficient inclusion in their employment contract to cover these events.
The sub-committee must provide accurate management reports on the activities of the business operation at every P&C General or Executive Committee meeting.
Please remember you do not need to take on a job on the P&C to be a member. General committee members are always needed.
If you would like to nominate for a position on the P&C, please fill in a nomination form. You can print this from the newsletter or copies can be found in the front office or at the canteen. Completed forms can be placed in the P&C box or handed to Rachael Jones (Secretary) or Hayley Hennessy (President). Please try and have your forms in by Monday 3 May 2021, by 3pm. Nominations will also be accepted on the night of the AGM (please hand them in as soon as you arrive for the meeting).
P&C Membership Form
Every P&C member will need to fill in the new P&C Membership Form at the AGM. Please remember to bring your Annual fee of $1.00. You can print out the following form or you can find copies in the Canteen. Membership forms will also be at the AGM for people to fill in.
Would you like to have a say about what is on the menu? Why not join the P&C and join the Canteen Committee. We are always looking for new people to come on board and bring new ideas with them.
New Menu for Term 2
Mother’s Day Stall and Raffle
Extra order forms can be found at the canteen or in the school admin.
Flexischools ordering is encouraged and the preferred option for payment.
Please ensure you have your order in by Friday 30 April.
If you cannot make the deadline, please get in contact with Amy or Hayley, we would hate for anyone to miss out.
Keep an eye out for more info later in the term about a special order and delivery towards the end of term 2…. Ready for school photos and sports carnival in term 3.
While you are visiting the site, you will also be able to see how much we have raised.
Feel free to spread the word to your family and friends.
If 12 bottles are too much (which is never really the case) get together and share a case, you can pick any combination of wines and gin to make up the 12 bottles!
Will gifts from our Mother Day stall items not be enough for Mum on Mother’s Day?
Give mum, gran or your special person the VIP treatment with Entertainment. Packed with thousands of valuable offers across dining, retail, attractions and travel, an Entertainment Membership is the gift she can enjoy all year round.
She will also receive a $20 eGift Card Bonus.
Buy today & she will have three months to activate her membership.
We think Mum will love it even more for supporting Arbor Grove Primary School P&C Association knowing it helps a good cause, as 20% of your Entertainment Membership purchase comes directly to us and you unlock a year of savings.
Our school uses the Flexischools online ordering system for our Canteen as well as P&C Events and Fundraising.
Flexischools allows you to place all these orders online in a matter of seconds, at any time of the day.
Download the Flexischools App
Note: for iPhone and iPad please select ‘Allow’ notifications.
Add your School and Group
Click on the search icon, enter Arbor Grove Primary School, and select your school and year group.
Login/Register Click the ‘Order now’ button located in the bottom right-hand corner of the app, this will open a login screen.
Already a Flexischools user - Enter your details and login. To save your login details select ‘remember me’.
New Flexischools user - Click ‘Register’, enter your email address, and follow the instructions in the email to set up your account. Once your account is set up, add new student; search for our school, enter student details and select their class.
Once registered, you can start placing orders immediately. If you have any questions, please see Jenni in the canteen for more information or you can contact the Flexischools Customer Service Team via their website.
The Flexischools system is now available and ready to use, so we look forward to seeing your next order online.
The Dental Therapy Staff will be visiting for Dental Screening in the upcoming weeks. Dental Screening is a growth and development check for all enrolled students in Pre Primary, Year 3 and 6 (and anyone who has missed their screening). This is not a thorough check-up, so parents will not need to be present. If a follow-up appointment is required parents will be contacted.
Parents of Pre Primary children will receive appointments for initial check-ups in the upcoming months. Please ensure all outstanding enrolment forms are returned promptly as only enrolled students will be seen. For any further information or if your contact details have changed, please contact the clinic.