Message from Sally
The second Super School Restoration Reno Day (SSRRD) was another huge success. Nearly 50 parents, grandparents and carers signed up to assist and the event was strategically and successfully managed by Kimalee, Year 2 teacher and Tanja, parent. We were also supported by over 20 wonderful Deloitte Impact day volunteers, and of course all staff and students worked tirelessly all day.
For those who were unable to attend or support the day your ongoing support with litter collection on a daily basis at pick-up or drop off would be greatly appreciated.
The school looks fantastic and this Thursday we will be ‘showing it all off’ to the Melbourne and Maribyrnong Principal Network meeting attendees. We will also be sharing the SAKGP culinary skills led by our ‘Amazing Sam’ to ensure they are well fed.
Swimming began positively yesterday, thanks to the 'controller of the weather'.
This program is a longstanding and important part of NMPS' curriculum and we use the North Melbourne Pool because it is a local facility and the City of Melbourne give us a small grant to reduce costs. We also value the extra exercise provided by walking to the pool due to the close proximity to school. The swimming program is planned for the end of the year because:
- The Foundation students would find it more difficult to manage swimming earlier in the year, getting changed etc.,
- The swimming program causes significant disruption to other lessons and this disruption is minimised when held at the end of the year due to curriculum planning,
- The start of the school year is too late to teach water safety; many children drown over summer, we believe it is important to give them training at the end of each year,
- The weather in Melbourne is unpredictable however November/December is possibly less likely to be extreme.
Parent volunteers are invited to assist with the task of getting changed and keeping track of clothing, towels and bags.
Remember, to help your child pack a swimming bag that is appropriate for the weather, drink bottle, hat and sunscreen for hot days, warm clothing for after swimming for cooler forecasts.
Changes to Locked Gates & School Access
As previously announced, the school policy on gate locking is that as many gates as practicable will be locked during the day, while still keeping certain designated gates open, for the purposes of possible emergency evacuation, and in order to facilitate the day-to-day running of the school.
Recent observation has proven that the Murphy Street gate is becoming a dangerous bottleneck on some mornings and afternoons. Given the heavy traffic on that side of the school, it has been decided that the large gate will also be open, during morning and afternoon rush hours. This gate will be locked after the busy period ends.
Statement from School Council
Sally Karlovic, Principal