Errol Street News #18

09 November 2015

Message from Sally

On Friday 30th October  I attended an awards ceremony as one of the four finalists in the Outstanding Primary School Principals category selected from across the state. The Victorian Education Excellence Awards celebrate educational excellence by recognising the outstanding achievements and practice of education professionals.

The Outstanding Primary School Principal award was presented to Leanne Edwards from Bass Valley PS. While I was disappointed momentarily, I realised what incredible professional company I was with. The entire process has given me cause to reflect on my achievements as Principal of North Melbourne Primary School since 2007.
Again, I would like to recognise the staff at our school who have been so encouraging in the led up to this award. Their commitment to provide extraordinary learning opportunities and to support students to become positive contributors to their local, national and global communities is now well acknowledged with tin the Department of Education and Training.
Thanks also to the parents, carers and North Melbourne Community who make this school a truly multi-cultural and diverse place to learn together, to achieve great results.
Victorian State Government states:
Recognising great work is not enough. We want these awards to show the wider community what excellence in public education really looks like. We want the community to understand what you do every day to make a difference to young lives.

A few of this year's extraordinary experiences for NMPS students:

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Reno Day on Friday 20 November

This weekend I will be organising my work boots & overalls in preparation for the Block Busters Super School Restoration Reno Day. I look forward to seeing you roll your sleeves up  and pop in for what ever time frame you can manage.

 

 


Important Dates to Remember

November  
12 Foundation Year Information Night in Gymnasium 6-7pm
13 2016 Foundation Students orientation 9.30 -11am #2 of 2
13 Junior Assembly
13 Uniform Take-Home Day 11am - midday in the office
16-19 Swimming Program  Week One for Foundation, Year 1 Year 2 (not Fridays)
16-18 Year 6 High School Practice Week #1/2
20 Super School Restoration Renovation Day - all day all welcome
20 Year 6 Interschool Sports
20 Whole School Assembly
23-26 Swimming Program Week Two for Foundation, Year 1 Year 2 (not Fridays)
23-25 Year 6 High School Practice Week #2/2
25-27
 Year 3 Forest Edge Camp
27 Year 6 Interschool Sports
27  Junior Assembly
   
December  
30 Nov-3 Dec Swimming Program Week One for Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 (not Fridays)
4 Senior Assembly
4 Year 6 Race Around Melbourne
7-10 Swimming Program Week Two for Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 (not Fridays)
10 Year 6 Farewell Dinner
11 Uniform Take-Home Day 8.45am - 9.15am and 3.15pm - 3.45pm
11 School Disco Evening
14 Uniform Take-Home Day 8.45am - 9.15am and 3.15pm - 3.45pm
18 Whole School Assembly 1.15pm
18 Last Day School Year (1.30 dismissal)
   
   

Our Reno Rumble - Next week

Reno Zones

The Block Buster Super School Restoration Reno Day

Friday 20 November 9am - 3.30pm

What's going on?:

Each Year Level has been planning a way to makeover their garden zone. This has been guided by teachers and volunteer parents.

Pop in for an hour, half day or whole day. No expertise required just a pair of hands to help your child 'renovate'!

Healthy lunch to share with all volunteers.

Project Goals

Foundation Year

  • Rubbish clean up, weeding and sweeping
  • Finish soil around pipes with tiger turf top
  • Sand in sand pit with toys
  • Planting
  • Cementing posts and constructing of ‘shops’, etc (Deloitte’s Team)
  • Painting bricks

Year 1

  • Rubbish clean up, weeding and sweeping
  • Moving soil into garden beds
  • Planting and watering
  • Cementing posts for ‘fencing’ (Deloitte’s Team)
  • Working on pickets
  • Painting tyres
  • Hoisting flag

Year 2

  • Rubbish clean up, weeding and sweeping
  • Paint cubby
  • Build second cubby (Deloitte’s Team) and adjust fencing (cementing and wiring)
  • Paint/draw rocks for board games
  • Create mini-beast fact sheets
  • Arrange and plant out painted caterpillar/frog tyres
  • Move soil and dig in logs
  • Create path
  • Build and install Nesting Boxes
  • Build, install and decorate archways

Year 3

  • Rubbish clean up, weeding, sweeping and pruning
  • Attaching gutter guard to fencing
  • Planting  bottle planters
  • Moving mulch pile to garden beds
  • Build and install Nesting Boxes

Year 4

  • Rubbish clean up, weeding, sweeping and pruning
  • Attaching gutter guard to fencing
  • Planting  bottle planters
  • Moving mulch pile to garden beds
  • Build and install Nesting Boxes

Year 5

  • Rubbish clean up, weeding and sweeping
  • Painting wooden planters red
  • Painting truck tyres
  • Attaching wooden pallet creations/people to fence
  • Stencil stormwater drain

Year 6

  • Rubbish clean up, weeding, sweeping and pruning
  • Design ideas for mural (to be painted in final week)

Specialists

  • Rubbish clean up
  • Weeding and digging over soil
  • Moving soil
  • Putting up ‘acknowledgement’ and ‘welcome’ signs
  • Measuring out 0m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1km with trundle wheel and fixing distance signs.
  • *Grades 3/4 will be attaching gutter guard to the exterior part of this zone.

We need your help!

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Small jars for the Art Department

We are making snow domes!

 

School Disco Friday 11 December (evening)

Parents to help check in kids & set-up.

Contact Parents & Friend Committee: north.melbourne.ps.committee@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Day at Lake Appeared at NMPS

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Joe, ICT Teacher

On Thursday 5th November 2015 the school was battered by heavy and persistent rains.  During the afternoon, we witnessed waterfalls cascade from the Oval carrying soil and debris down to the Basketball Court.  Drains became blocked and the water levels began to rise, forming a lake.  Elsewhere in the school, several rooms flooded including the Staff Room!

Several school community members deserve special recognition for their efforts in the clean up process.

Mustafa was the true hero, single handedly unblocking the drains and clearing thousands of litres of water from the Basketball Court.

Craig leapt in to action, ensuring that all teachers and students were safe before organising for plumbers and electricians to repair the damage.

Huge thanks to Paul, Melissa D and Mandy worked for many hours clearing debris from the Basketball court.

A big thanks to the whole school community for your help!


Lunchtime Clubs

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Origami

  • Tuesdays
  • 2nd Lunch
  • Develop Your Skills
  • Old library classroom (now known as ‘The Hive’


Eco Warriers

  • Tuesdays
  • 2nd lunch
  • Room 15 (upstairs from office)

Science Club

  • Wednesday
  • 2nd lunch
  • BIZ E KIDS
  • iPad (if possible)

NMPS students are AMAZING writers

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Amanda, Literacy/Languages Teacher

Did you know that some of our students are already published?

Click on this link to see some of their writing that they did for 100 Story Building.

Upload the Pigeon Post here.


Uniform Recycling Program - A Tremendous Response

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James, Parents & Friends Committee

Extending a HUGE thank you to families who donated pre-loved uniforms to the recycling program. We have had a wonderful response, with an overflowing bin in the first week. 

We request summer dresses please! 


To Donate items, simply place them at any time in the marked GREEN wheelie-bin located in the school administration foyer. The bin will be cleared weekly and donated uniforms sorted and itemised for the Take-Home days. Uniforms to be donated should be laundered, and in a good state of repair with any zips, hems and buttons in tact.

To Take-Home items, please feel free to come along to the school administration foyer only on the designated Take-Home days/times where a temporary space will be set up for families to select garments.

Garments may be acquired for a gold coin donation to the school Parents and Friends Association fund raising program.

Take-Home days are:

Friday 13 November 11.00am - 12.00noon
Friday 11 December 8.45am - 9.15am and 3.15pm - 3.45pm
Monday 14 December 8.45am - 9.15am and 3.15pm - 3.45pm


Pick Up and Drop Off Safety

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A reminder that DOUBLE PARKING to pick up your child is a Vic Roads traffic offence and extremely dangerous for your child and others around you. Double Parking is Infringement 0729 and will incur a fine of $91 and .60 infringement points.


BIZ-E-KIDZ

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2016 Before and Aftercare Enrolments open this Friday 13th November
 
Bookings can be made by returning a completed enrolment form to Sharon (the coordinator) Leah or Eva (the assistant coordinators). New families to the school will receive an enrolment form as part of their information / enrolment packs. current enrolments have had a form mailed to them in the last couple of weeks. Forms are also available at Biz – E – Kidz.
 
PLEASE NOTE: bookings WILL NOT be accepted if forms are returned early, left at the school office, with teachers or other staff. Families with current enrolments are reminded that Before and aftercare bookings do not carry over from year to year, and need to be resubmitted for each school year.
 
IMPORTANT DATES
·          Friday 13th November: 2016 Before and after school care bookings open Bookings can only be made by returning a completed enrolment form to Sharon (the coordinator) Leah or Eva (the assistant coordinators). PLEASE NOTE: bookings WILL NOT be accepted if forms are returned early, left at the school office, with teachers or other staff
·          Friday 20th November: 2016 Bookings close. Applications for bookings can still be made after this date, but will be ineligible to be considered in the initial ‘priority of Access to childcare’ allocation. For more information see: https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/families-and-children/programmes-services/early-childhood-child-care/priority-for-allocating-places
·          First week December: Confirmations of 2016 Before and aftercare places Confirmations of bookings and waitlist allocations will be made to families via mail.
·          Friday 11th December: All before and aftercare fees are due To secure 2016 bookings all before, after care and holiday program fees and deposits are due by Friday 11th December

January 2016 Holiday Program Important dates: Bookings open 23rd November.
 
Biz – E – Kidz will be running a Summer Holiday program from Monday 11th January to Wednesday 27th January, and will commence before and After school care on the first day of school, Thursday 28th January. Please note: 2016 Foundation (prep) students cannot attend the Summer 2016 holiday program
 
IMPORTANT DATES
·          Tuesday 10th November: Holiday program release The holiday program will be available at Biz – E – Kidz and via the school newsletter
·          Monday 23rd November: Holiday Program bookings open. Bookings can be made by returning your booking form to Sharon (the coordinator ) or Leah / Eva (assistant coordinators). Please DO NOT leave your booking form with the school or other staff
·          Friday 27th November: Holiday program bookings close. bookings can still be made after this date, but will be ineligible to be considered in the initial ‘priority of Access to childcare’ allocation. For more information see: https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/families-and-children/programmes-services/early-childhood-child-care/priority-for-allocating-places
·          First week December: Confirmations of holiday program places Confirmations of bookings and waitlist allocations and deposits owing will be made to families via mail.
·          Friday 11th December: Deposit and before and aftercare fees due To secure summer holiday program places all before, after care and holiday program fees and deposits are due by Friday 11th December
·          Friday 18th December: Last day of school. Biz – E – Kidz will be closed after Friday 18th December until the holiday program commences on, Monday 11th January.
·          Monday 11th January: Holiday Program commences and runs until Wednesday 27th January excluding Public holiday on Tuesday 26th January
·          Thursday 28th January: First day of School  for grades 1 – 6 children

Please remember…
·          It is important to inform Biz - E - Kidz if your child will be absent. Please phone 9329 5529 and leave a message or speak to a staff member.
·          Biz – E – Kidz closes at 6pm, so if you are running late please call on 9329 5529 and let us know an estimated arrival time. Biz – E – Kidz has a late pick up fee of $1.00 per minute after 6.00pm.

 


If you have any questions about the above or anything else Biz – E – Kidz related, please get in touch via the contact details below.
210 Errol Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051  ph.(03)9329 5529  mob.0400 838 448  e.ohsc@netspace.net.au
 
Sharon’s office hours are Monday – Wednesday, 10am – 1pm. (except on school holidays) If your email is urgent or regarding a booking or cancellation for the same day, please call 9329 5529 to speak to a staff member or leave a message. Thank you.

Opportunities

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North Melbourne Recreation Centre aquatic education program

Get in quick as enrolments open on Thursday 1 October!

North Melbourne Recreation Centre aquatic education program caters to all abilities, from the complete beginner with no water experience to the competent swimmer looking to refine their technique in a squad environment. Children aged three and over participate in a fun and engaging aquatic learning environment where they will develop personal survival and water safety skills.

Classes are run on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings of the school term (commencing in November).

For further information please contact a Leisure Service Officer on 9658 9444.