Errol Street News #34

12 September 2016

Contents

Important Dates

 

Message from Sally

2017 Enrolment

 

2017 Class Structure

 

Are You Leaving NMPS?

What's Coming Up

Year 6 Fundraiser

 

More About tiqibz

 

2016 Super School Restoration Reno Day (SSRR)

What's Been Going On

Foundation Year Excursion to Scienceworks

 

Year 4 Poems

 

Year 2 Scienceworks Camp

 

Library News

 

Foundation Year Write About the Mini-Olympics

Sports 

Year 5's Report on Interesting Sports 

 

Division Athletics Report

 

Foundation Year Ka-Boom Sports Images

School Council 

Update on SC meeting attendance

 

Communications Survey

 

Next Meeting

SRC

No Report

Parents & Friends

Bring a Bloke To Breakfast Report

 

Father's Day Raffle Results

 

Spring Fling Fundraiser Stall

Biz-E-Kidz 

Biz – E – Kidz BPay payments not appearing on invoices

Things To Do Youlden Parkville Cricket Club
  Essendon Little Athletics Club
  Kensington Community Recreation Club
  North Melbourne Swimming Pool

Important Events

September    
13 Parents & Friends Committee 7pm
14 Year 1 Dinner at School Camp 3.30-7.30pm
16 Reports Home  
  Last Day Term 3 1.30pm
October    
3 Pupil Free Day  
4 1st day Term 4  
11 Newsletter  
16 Spring Fling - Errol Street all day

Message from Sally

2017 Enrolment

At this time of year, schools are calculating their potential enrolment numbers for 2017. The major reason for assessing and analysing these numbers is to set a budget, establish the number of year level classes and to manage staffing. Our government funding is based on the number of students we have. The knock-on effect of just twelve students not committing to their 2017 enrolment is the equivalent to the cost of a classroom teacher.

Whilst not wanting to discuss the politics of education funding, it is important that all families, current and future, understand that our funding is based on the number of students attending as of the last school day of February 2017. If you are intending on leaving the school, it is necessary for you to inform us in writing of this decision as soon as possible. A no-show in 2017 will disadvantage the school by decreasing the budget supplied by the Government.

Reported in The Age newspaper on 6 September 2016, was a paragraph that received little attention but deserved more.  I have copied it below.

“Public education advocate Trevor Cobbold, a former Productivity Commission economist, recently wrote a paper accusing the government of using highly selective data to misrepresent the real state of school funding.  He said that when adjusted for inflation, funding per public school student fell by 1.9 per cent between 2009 and 2013 but increased for Catholic and independent schools by 8 percent.  The figures used in the commission’s report refer to funding for all schools.”

2017 Class Structures

Next year we plan to have six Foundation home-groups and six Year 1 home-groups. The four Year 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 home-groups will all work in Flexible Learning Spaces that foster student led programs and collaborative teaching & learning.  On December 19th and 20th  all year 1 – 6 students will be in their 2017 learning spaces with their new teachers.

Are You Leaving NMPS

If you are not intending on returning (and are not in Year 6), we will assume you will be moving on. 

Please upload and complete this exit form School-Exit-2016.docx

Once complete please send to the school office on this email north.melbourne.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

Sally Portrait 2016 

Sally Karlovic, Principal


Year 6 Fundraising

two sausage sizzles1

Year 6 will be having a fundraiser this Thursday 15 September at both 1st and 2nd lunch.

Bring your gold coins for:

  • BBQ sausages,
  • baked goods 
  • coloured hair spraying

Funds raised go to their graduation celebration.


More about tiqbiz

From Robyn, Communications Coordinator

NMPS subscribed to tiqbiz in February 2015. tiqbiz is a messaging application designed and managed in Melbourne.

tiqbiz filled a gap in the school's communication options and is but one of the ways we communicate with our school community. Prior to tiqbiz, immediate or urgent contact to parents and carers was limited to email as a whole school or to individuals or by phone.

We chose tiqbiz because it enables us to :

  • send school newsletters, general updates, reminders, events on a whole range of devises such as iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android Phone, Android Tablet and Windows phone devices, both Mac and PC computers.
  • when parents have opted into this application, you receive all the information with a push notification (message directly to your device). We have about 700 users who receive last minute changes or reminders and group specific information eg. Biz-E-Kidz or year level.
  • There is a multi-lingual function
  • parents can email directly to their classroom teacher

2016 Upgrade

In the Errol Street News #32, tiqbiz apologised for the poor technical performance with the rebuilding of the new system which began early this year. Some parents still remain frustrated at the time delays and the 'different' format now being used.

Some tips to help:

When you open tiqbiz, hit on 'newsfeed' (yes, there is one more button to hit). This will led you to the latest news items in detail and the buttons for 'absence' and 'contact' facilities.

The 'Notifications' tab is a topic list of all messages. If you don't open this occasionally the red number alerts will mount up.
Future improvements

NMPS administration and management are currently working through the process of upgrading to a whole school management system called Compass. Those of you with secondary students may be aware of this system. In the interim, I encourage your patience with tiqbiz's changes and our school has been assured by the tiqbiz company that there should be no further issues with their communication device.




Year 4 Poems

Sun Before Moon By Sam Carlisle, 4B

Sun
Before
 moon
Shines
 above the sky
The
 blue
Is
 through
For
 the day
Clouds
 as soft as pillows
And
 rain
As
 thick as snow
Plants
 as colourful
As
 the northern lights
Moon
Before
 sun

 



My Father Told Me Once By Sophie Oliver, 4B

At school,
I learn,
And when I learn,
My father told me once,
When I learn,
My brain, grows big,
And that, that makes the rest, of my body want to grow,
At school,
I learn,
So much,
At school,
I learn,
That's, what my father told me once.

 

The Deep By Jayden Tran, 4B

In
 the pacific water,
Lay
 mysterious figures,
Too
 deep for the human eyes,
And
 this is no lie!
It's
 deep and dark down there,
And
 there's also no air!
But
 what lives in the deep,
Will
 make you creep,
So
 beware of the strangers,
Because
 there's great dangers!

 


Cat of Mist By Edie Corbett, 4A

It
 was a misty night,

a
 blanket of shadow.

all
 light was lost
apart
 from an
array
 of stars,
twinkling
 over the burnt black sky
then
 suddenly a timid cat
so
 small thin alone
it
 creeps over and I reach out to pat it
but
 suddenly there's a flash
the
 mist is gone but so is the cat

The Mist By Celia Chang, 4C

The
 soft clouds flew above the blue sea,
Shading
 it from the fiery sun,
Giving
 it shade from the blaze,
Down
 below,
In
 the city filled with shapes,
Crept
 the mist,
Coming
 in and out of corners,
The
 mist, reflected on the windows of the people that slept.


The Misty Sleeper By Charley Lin, 4C

The
 Misty Sleeper
The
 shiney soft clouds caught on fire
The
 blue deathly sea
Flew
 above the
Misty
 sleeper
Then
 the misty sleeper
Flew
 up into the clouds and disappeared
Into
 nothingness


A Rocky-road Ice Cream By Anne White, 4D

A
 rocky-road ice cream is something to be savoured.
As
 you lick,
You
 can taste chocolate,
nuts
 and
marshmallows
 dissolving on your tongue into a bubble of happiness!
Licking
 the ice cream pushes it down,
down,
down
into
 the beige wafer cone,
making
 it seem to last forever!
The
 ice cream melts in the heat of your mouth,
revealing
 marshmallows and nuts waiting to be devoured.
The
 sweet coolness of the ice cream makes you want to dance with joy!
This
 wonderful treat is waiting to be tasted,
savoured
 and will surely be ranked number 1 in your favourite ice cream flavours.



Library News

Foundation of Reading

From Kathy, Librarian

Premier's Reading Challenge has closed.
Students are all welcome to come along and add their favourite book title to our Library Dragon Display.


Also parents a reminder to help check their children's bookshelves etc. over the holidays for any books that belong to the school. This is a fun way to get them to tidy their bookshelves.

 

 




School Council News

Update on SC meeting attendance

The School Council acknowledges the recent interest from members of the community to attend NMPS Council meetings as observers.

Given this interest, the Council is in the process of revising the meeting attendance procedure and will share it with the wider community in the coming weeks. The purpose is to ensure that there is a common understanding of the notice period required to attend, when meetings are classified as closed confidential meetings or open meetings, the number of observers allowed per meeting and what observers can expect.

The Council looks forward to articulating this procedure soon, however if you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact one of your School Council representatives. Email contacts can be found on our website: School Council Contacts

NMPS Communications Survey results and recommendations, 30 August 2016

In May 2016 a survey was issued to the North Melbourne Primary School (NMPS) community. The intention of the survey was to gain an understanding of how the school was communicating with the school community and to identity areas for improvement. During the two month period in which the survey was open, 71 responses were received. This is a good result for a survey of this nature whereby there was no incentive for people to participate.

The survey was issued to the school community through notifications on the app tiqbiz and the school newsletter which is distributed via email.

Results noted that there have been improvements in NMPS' approach to communication over the last two years following the introduction of tiqbiz, in particular that:

  • tiqbiz is an effective way of engaging the school community and providing immediate information
  • the fortnightly newsletter is a useful mechanism of providing more detailed information, that doesn't require an immediate call to action.

The survey also noted that there is still scope for improvement, including:

  • timeliness of tiqbiz notifications and the quantity of updates issued in a day
  • increased number of opportunities for parent and teacher engagement and communication - written updates and prospects to meet one-on-one or within a wider forum
  • newsletter format and content - a layout that is easier to read, more strategic content and accuracy of information  
  • enhanced knowledge within the school community on the level of engagement the school offers, i.e. process for responding to enquiries, school's preference for student lead interviews, opportunities to book appointments with teachers
  • communication with parents as their child begins their schooling journey.

The NPMS Communication sub-committee carefully reviewed the survey results, in particular the detailed commentary that was provided to key questions, to prepare six recommendations to the School Council for approval, and subsequent implementation.

These recommendations included:

1.    Newsletter

  • Review and refine the format of the newsletter to enhance understanding of content.
  • Implement mechanisms for a third party review of the newsletter to ensure accuracy of information, ensure views shared are professional and that there are no grammatical or spelling errors.
  • Establish a protocol for the sharing of information via tiqbiz, i.e. frequency of alerts, time prior to an event (2 days prior preferred)  and limiting the number of notifications per day.
  • Undertake an extensive communication campaign at the start of each year (for both new and existing parents) advising how to use tiqbiz, including the development of a Fact Sheet outlining the school's preferred communication methods, frequency in which information is shared and the measures parents need to take to be involved in receiving information.
  • Note: All recommendations relating to tiqbiz, may need to be on hold and modified as the school migrates to the Compass system.
  • Development of a clear protocol for communicating with the school leadership / teachers and parents - detailing who to contact if there is a concern, the timeframe a response can be expected, and where to go if additional information is required.
  • Establishment of an enquiries email (enquiries.nmps@edumail.vic.gov.au) where all school enquiries can be directed, and an establishment of a protocol of how these enquiries are addressed and timeframe responded to.
  • Establish a parent / teacher forum at the start of the new year for each grade, where teachers outline the approach to education for each grade for that year, what parents can expect and how parents can support their child and teacher during the course of the year.
  • Undertake a survey with culturally diverse members of the school community to understand how the school can improve communication within these communities.
  • Establish a buddy system for new families - both with those joining in prep and families new to the school . The system would involve holding morning tea mornings with a small group of parents so they can ask questions of existing parents on what they can expect when their child starts school and sharing contact details should the new parents have additional questions.

2.    tiqbiz

  • Establish a protocol for the sharing of information via tiqbiz, i.e. frequency of alerts, time prior to an event (2 days prior preferred)  and limiting the number of notifications per day.
  • Undertake an extensive communication campaign at the start of each year (for both new and existing parents) advising how to use tiqbiz, including the development of a Fact Sheet outlining the school's preferred communication methods, frequency in which information is shared and the measures parents need to take to be involved in receiving information.
  • Note: All recommendations relating to tiqbiz, may need to be on hold and modified as the school migrates to the Compass system

3.    General communication

  • Development of a clear protocol for communicating with the school leadership / teachers and parents - detailing who to contact if there is a concern, the timeframe a response can be expected, and where to go if additional information is required.
  • Establishment of an enquiries email (enquiries.nmps@edumail.vic.gov.au) where all school enquiries can be directed, and an establishment of a protocol of how these enquiries are addressed and timeframe responded to.

4.    Teacher communication

  • Establish a parent / teacher forum at the start of the new year for each grade, where teachers outline the approach to education for each grade for that year, what parents can expect and how parents can support their child and teacher during the course of the year.

5.    Engaging our culturally diverse community

  • Undertake a survey with culturally diverse members of the school community to understand how the school can improve communication within these communities.

6.    Engaging our with new families

  • Establish a buddy system for new families - both with those joining in prep and families new to the school . The system would involve holding morning tea mornings with a small group of parents so they can ask questions of existing parents on what they can expect when their child starts school and sharing contact details should the new parents have additional questions.

The School Council voted unanimously to support all of six of these recommendations. Discussions however need to be had with Sally and the teachers about the resources that would be required to make recommendations 3 & 4 possible. These are operational matters, not governance related. Sally and the teaching community will report back to the School Council at the next meeting on how these recommendations can be pursued and what resources they may require.

The Communications Sub-Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey, as your feedback will help shape the way in which the school communicates in the future. Thank you.

Next School Council Meeting

Wednesday 19 October 6pm

See our website for School Council Reporting



Biz-E-Kidz

Biz – E – Kidz BPay payments not appearing on invoices issued 10th September


Sincere apologies, due to an administrative error, BPay payments for Biz – E - Kidz did not appear on the invoices that were issued on 10/09/16. The payments were received and allocated and all invoices missing these payments will be reissued this week.
Thank you for your patience, please get in touch if you have any queries regarding this, the best way is to email ohsc@netspace.net.au
 
Thank you to all the Biz – E – Kidz families for another great term.

Have a safe and happy school holidays and I look forward to working with everyone in term 4.

 

Sharon Goodwin, Coordinator, Biz - E - Kidz
Errol Street North Melbourne Primary OSHC
210 Errol Street, North Melbourne. VIC 3051
ph (03)9329 5529
Mob 0400 838 448
ohsc@netspace.net.au

Things to Do

Make a splash at the spring re-opening of the North Melbourne Recreation Centre Swimming Pool.
 
Kids activities kick off at 11am with a handball competition, face painting, barbecue and more. Plus, stick around and the AFL Grand Final will be playing from 3pm.
 
See you poolside!
 
Marc Camilleri | Programs & Events Coordinator | North Melbourne Recreation Centre | Libraries and Recreation