RWPS eNewsletter Term 1 Week 8

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Principal's Report

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

I was informed that yesterday some parents and students were concerned about a neighbour’s dog that was loose in the morning before school and outside the property on Carrington Road. In situations like this, please call the Darebin Council and have them deal with it.

If it happens again, I will be contacting the neighbour and the Council to find a solution to the problem.

VOLUNTARY FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

Schools provide students with free instruction to fulfil the standard Victorian curriculum and we want to assure you that all contributions are voluntary. Nevertheless, the ongoing support of our families ensures that our school can offer the best possible education and support for our students. We want to thank you for all you support, whether that’s through fundraising or volunteering your time. This has made a huge difference to our school and the programs we can offer.

Within our school this support has allowed us to maintain our technology infrastructure, build our bank of school devices, subscribe to online learning and assessment sources, provide a wide range of curriculum experiences, provide classroom and specialist consumables and subsidise printing costs.

We urge parents to give strong consideration to paying the voluntary financial contributions because, without a strong response, what the school can do to enhance your child’s education will be restricted. 

Unfortunately the Department no longer allows for payment plan arrangements but if you wish to make a contribution throughout the year you may do so by calling the office.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Joyce Janakievski in the office via email or phone.

The table below shows the percentage of families that have paid the voluntary contribution for 2023 as of 7th March compared with the 2023 overall payment. Please consider the payment of the contribution as you will be helping the school provide a better environment in which your child/ren can flourish.

 

2024 (7 MAR 23)

2023 Overall

Foundation

50.55%

61.37%

Year 1

42.68%

56.05%

Year 2

37.50%

61.62%

Year 3

39.30%

62.03%

Year 4

38.10%

36.25%

Year 5

25.00%

50.00%

Year 6

28.71%

40.80%

Average

37.4%

52.58%

END OF TERM ARRANGEMENTS

Thursday 28th March             Last day term 1

                                           Lunch 12.30 pm

                                           2.30 pm dismissal

Friday 28th March                 Good Friday public holiday

Monday 15th April                 First day Term 3

FETE NEWS

BECOME A VOLUNTEER ON THE DAY OF THE FETE  
Without volunteers on the day the Fete would not be possible. Please check out the following link and find a stall and time that suits you. https://signup.zone/rwps-pfa-events 

PURCHASE YOUR RIDE WRISTBANDS 
The unlimited wristbands are NOW AVAILABLE to purchase for your child/children. The cost of the wristband if purchased before 14th April is $35 per child. If purchased after this date or on the day of the fete the cost is $40 per child. 

 

Ticket sales begin:               Friday 1st March – 9am
Ticket Sales End:                 Sunday 14th April – 11.45pm
Distribution of Wristbands:   Week beginning 15th April (There is no pick-up of pre-sold wristbands on the day of the fete) 

No refunds unless the event is cancelled

 

The rides include:
Meltdown                             Suitable for 7 year plus 
Maze runner                         Suitable for 3 years plus 
Chair O Plane                       Suitable for 3 to 12 years 
Mini Ferris Wheel                  Suitable for 4 to 12 years 
Ninja Wall                            All ages 
Native Animal Petting           All ages 

Wristbands can be purchased via this link https://www.trybooking.com/CPPCR 

ENTERTAINMENT

The following is the schedule for the entertainment occurring on the stage during the fete:

12.15   Smoking Ceremony

12.30   School Groups

Piano  Guitar  Choirs  Rock Band

1.45     MW2K

Semi-acoustic group consisting of Emily Wellington (current teacher), Peter Merrick (former teacher), Marcus Kurban (former parent) and Bruce Kearney (who’s he?) playing their own versions of classic songs

2.30     The Earthquakes

A three-piece instrumental surf rock / garage band, inspired by the sounds of the early-mid 60s and made up of guitar (Andrew Hunt - parent), drums and bass guitar, playing twangy original tunes to get punters twisting, shaking, grooving, doing the bird or reaching for the nearest longboard and hitting the waves.

3.20     Indisposed

Five piece band that first started playing together in 1988 – it’s a shame that they haven’t improved much! Featuring your favourite Principal and a group of his friends (all former teachers) whose last two gigs were at the Reservoir West Primary School fetes – sad isn’t it?

4.10     Dumb and Dumber

Our very own Tash Vargas and her guitarist, Brendan Nellisen have played in rock bands together for ten years. As an acoustic duo, they bring an eclectic taste to a pub rock mix.

5.00     Hugh McGinlay

Hugh, (former parent) has been playing and performing for twenty-seven years. He’s played all round the world and shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, the Proclaimers, Kate Rusby and Courtney Barnett. This flagrant name dropping should give you an idea of how he sounds. 

5.50     La Descarga and Special Guests

La Descarga band is an iconic Latin-Australian music band where Colombian tropical roots music mixes with contemporary Aussie stamps. Born in 2010 in Melbourne, Australia, as a tribute to the folkloric rhythms of the coasts of Colombia and as a preserver of its cultural heritage, it has evolved for over a decade through diverse musical and cultural collaborations, into a forerunner of Latin-Aussie-tropical music. While blending the traditions with electric and electronic sounds, it brings original tunes as well as old time retakes of the golden tropical days of Colombian music.  

6.40     Close

NEXT OPEN SESSION – WEDNESDAY 27th MARCH 9.00 – 10.00 am

Please take advantage of this session to come to school and sit in on your child’s classroom or specialist lessons. This will provide you with an excellent opportunity to see what happens at school, to get to know your child’s classroom teacher and you might even be asked to help out with particular activities! Your children would love to see you at school. No bookings are required – just turn up! You don’t have to sign in at the office.

A school tour will also be conducted for any prospective parents who may be thinking of enrolling their children at Reservoir West for Foundation in 2024. All prospective parents should have registered for the tour via the school website.

SCHOOL PHOTO DAY TOMORROW THURSDAY, 21st MARCH
School photos will be taken tomorrow, Thursday, 21st March. Information on how to order photos will be sent a few weeks ago. Orders are to be placed online. Please ensure your child is wearing their Summer full school uniform on the day.

STUDENT OF THE WEEK AND FIVE MINUTES OF FAME

Our weekly SOTW awards are given to students for displaying the RWPS values of Respect/Responsibility, Wisdom, Persistence and Success. Please see The Student of the Week item for this week’s recipients and the photo of last week’s winners.

Because we are holding a whole-school assembly this week (3.00 pm), the students who receive the SOTW awards will be presented with their certificates in their classrooms at 2.50 pm this week, apart from the Foundation students who will be presented with theirs near their dots at the same time. Parents are invited to come along to 5MoF.

The following classes have specialist lessons during the last hour this Friday, so here is where you will find them:

  • 4H Art Room
  • 3M Spanish/Music Room

After assembly this week all SOTW recipients and Good Behaviour draw winners to stay behind for a photo for the next week’s Newsletter.

STUDENT LEADERS

The following student leaders will be presented with their badges at this Friday’s whole-school assembly:

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL         

LA1                              Kip Thomson

LA2                              Matilda (Tilda) Muir 

LA3                              Hussain Qureshi

LA4                              Evelyn Jackson-Hugill

LA5                              Evie Cooke

LA6                              Kyan Ellis

LA8                              Ali El Khafir

21                                Billie Williamson

22                                Alexander Grammatos

23                                Emilia Stockwell

24                                Maya Wollin

29                                Luna Leiva- Escobar

30                                Asya Al-Saadi

YEAR SIX LEADERS

Environmental Leaders:

Ilya Al-Saadi                    Zoe Videan                Olivia Dodds

The Arts Leaders:

Blythe Tonkin                    Ava Mantello            Akira O’Brien

Sport Leaders:

Zhane Abbas                  Emily Gelsumini

Wellbeing Leaders:

Serena Nair                     Lola Ford                    Audrey Miller

Digital Technologies Leaders:

Nasseh Jilani                    Harvey Waters

FOUNDATION SOFT STARTS

These will be commencing next term. The expectation will be that students put their bags away and will follow teacher's instruction of what they can do. Parents need to say goodbye and not enter classroom. 

We are also happy if children just want to put their bag away and continue to play outside until the first bell.

Regards,

Bruce

Principal



Teaching and Learning

NAPLAN                                                                            
We are thrilled to share with you the exciting news that our Year 3 and 5 students have successfully completed their NAPLAN assessments this week! It's been a significant milestone for them, showcasing their hard work and dedication.

Results will be provided later in the year.

When looking at NAPLAN results and other ongoing school assessment, we analyse individual, cohort and school data with a growth mindset. Careful analysis is of great importance, as there can be many factors influencing an individual’s performance in NAPLAN tests. It needs to be remembered that the NAPLAN tests provide a snapshot of each student’s achievement at a point-in-time on particular days of the year. It is one piece of evidence that is used to determine progress of students in Literacy and Numeracy. By carefully analysing NAPLAN results along with other ongoing information from teacher judgements and school assessment tasks throughout the year, schools can make teaching and learning adjustments to provide appropriate support to improve learning.

Catch-up assessments for any students who were absent or arrived really late on the designated assessment days will occur this week.

We are immensely proud of all our Year 3 and 5 students for trying their best.

Thank you to our amazing teachers and parents who supported our students through the process.

TERM 1 EFFORT AND BEHAVIOUR PROGRESS REPORTS EXPLAINED
On Thursday, 28th March, Term 1 Effort and Behaviour Progress Reports will be released on Compass. The report will display Effort and Behaviour on a grid and graphs for subjects taught during Term 1.

Teachers will use school-created matrices to make judgements about each student’s level of behaviour and effort in each subject area taught for the term. These matrices will be sent as a Newsfeed on Thursday, 28th of March with instructions of how to access these reports.

Teachers will decide if a child’s effort and behaviour is:

10        Excellent
8          Very Good
6          Good
4          Satisfactory
2          Unsatisfactory
0          Not Applicable

Scores 1,3,5,7 and 9 do not have a category. This is due to limitations with setting up reports using Compass.

Please note:

  • Foundation students will not be receiving a Term 1 Effort and Behaviour Progress Report.
  • Progress reports do not indicate levels of academic achievement.
  • School Yard Behaviour is only scored for behaviour and will appear as NA - 0 (Not Applicable) for Effort

Please keep an eye out for related Newsfeeds on Thursday, 28th March.

JOHN FLEMING TERM 2 VISIT
MONDAY, APRIL 29TH

PARENT/CARER ENGAGEMENT SESSION
On Monday, April 29th our school will have the pleasure of hosting John Fleming, our educational consultant, for his second visit this year. John will be presenting a parent/carer information evening where he will provide some background information about himself, his work, details relating to all the components of the John Fleming Effective Teaching Model that our school utilises and also how he feels our school is tracking compared to the large number of schools he has worked with in the past and currently. Save the date and more information will come.

Mrs Barb Balliro, Assistant Principal – Teaching & Learning
barbara.balliro@education.vic.gov.au 



SOTW

Congratulations to all of the students that are receiving a Student of the Week award!

LA1

5/6L

Noah Chahine

Persistence

LA2

5/6M

Grace Shepard

Respect

LA3

5/6K

Savannah Jovanovski

Success

LA4

5/6V

Harry Chekwube

Success

LA5

5/6P

Nasseh Jilani 

Success

LA6

5/6H

Otis Roberts

Success

LA8

4W

Daniyal Talebi

Responsibility and Respect

LA9

Prep B

Ella Remec 

Success and Respect 

LA10

Prep D

Mila Rawlinson

Success

LA11

Prep V

Marcus Adkins

Success

LA12

Prep H

Leah Carrig

Respect

LA17

1C

Winnie Miller

Success

LA18

1M

Myra Nikolaidis

Success

LA19

1P

Delilah McDiarmid

Success

LA20

1R

Oliver Foggin

Respect

LA21

3W

Billie Williamson

Success

LA22

3J

Chelsea Cleary

Success

LA23

3M

Scarlett Cockayne

Wisdom

LA24

3S

Aria Tumai

Responsibility & Success

LA25

2C

Darcy Irwin

Success

LA26

2G

Lola Tyrell

Persistence & Success

LA27

2B

Heidi Clayton

Success

LA28

2M

Maxwell Timothy

Respect

LA29

4T

Isaac Simmons 

Success

LA30

4H

Anton Naughton-Smith 

Success

ART        

Luna Leiva-Escobar

Success & Responsibility

DIGITECH      

Oliver Scarcebrook

Success

LIBRARY 

June Villella

Success

MUSIC   

Isaac Simmons

Milli Orellana

Wisdom

Persistence & Success

SPANISH

Hudafa Aden

Manu Harrison 

Wisdom

Wisdom

SCIENCE

Ashford Aumann Connell

Respect

PE

Belle Biden

Persistence 

PRINCIPAL

Isla Shaw

Wisdom 

TURBO/SUPPORT

Scarlett Deisis

Success


Group photo of last week's SOTW recipients!



Week 7 Golden Ticket winners!



Wellbeing

REMINDER – THE WELLBEING HUB
On Friday 22nd March, Kane and I are facilitating Student Support Group Meetings. This means the Hub is closed, as we will be unavailable and running the meetings in a different space. These meetings are held at the end of every term. During this time, students who regularly use the Hub must make other arrangements for morning drop offs, and recess/lunch play with the support of their parents and teacher. This includes the students who use the space for praying. Please remind your child/students about these dates.

GROWTH MINDSET
We have had a few requests recently for Growth Mindset resources for both students  and families. The Big Life Journal is a great website with many resources for children and adults. Here are a list of resources and PDFs from the Big Life Journal:

There is also a great book for teens that I recommend called Growth Mindset Workbook For Teens.


Growth Mindset Game
What Happens when someone has a growth mindset


18 March – 24 March
This week os Neurodiversity week. You may have seen posters around the school of welll-known people who are neurodivergents. Neurodiveristy is an umbrella term used to describe alternative thinking styles such as Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia.

At Reservoir West, we value all kinds of brains and diversity in all forms. By supporting all students and staff to better understand and celebrate differences, we create a positive learning environment in which all students can feel safe, supported and respected.  This week we will are celebrating Neurodiversity week in our classrooms with some fun activities to celebrate differences in the ways our brains operate and to dispel the myth that there is a “right” way for a brain to be. 

Here is good little animation video about what is ADHD and how it presents differently!

Animations | NCMH

The following resources may be helpful in learning about ADHD:


A reminder that in recognition and celebration of our diverse community, we will be celebrating Harmony week across the school in Weeks 8 and 9.

We invite students to wear a touch of ORANGE on Monday, 25th March to show their support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia. A newsfeed reminder will be sent Sunday.

The following is an example of a school activity that generates great discussions.

TRAVEL PASS PROGRAM 2024
The Department of Transport & Planning Travel Pass program provides free 30-day Travel Passes to Victorian students who are experiencing crisis to ensure they can continue to attend school by using public transport.

The program was recently expanded to include caregivers of eligible students, ensuring that they can accompany a student on their journey.

Students’ eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis by the school and the passes can be used across Victoria’s public transport network.

Travel Passes
Primary, secondary and specialist schools can receive 30-day Travel Passes free of charge to give to students in crisis.

Travel Passes can be used on:

  • bus, train and tram trips in metropolitan Melbourne (Zone 1 and 2)
  • all regional town buses
  • PTV inter-town buses
  • V/Line coaches
  • V/Line trains.

How to apply
Students can apply directly to their school. Government schools can apply on behalf of students via their State Schools’ Relief online portal

In late 2023, DTP updated the Travel Passes for Students in Crisis program to include eligible caregivers. A caregiver may now also be eligible to access the program ensuring that where needed they can accompany an eligible student on their journey.

Key Messages

  • The Victorian Government has now made 30-day Travel Passes available to primary and secondary schools at no cost.
  • Schools can then provide a Travel Pass to primary and secondary students who are experiencing a crisis such as family violence or sudden financial hardship to ensure they can continue to travel by public transport.
  • This ensures Victorian students, no matter where they live, can use public transport to access education and local support services.
  • Where the eligible student requires an adult to accompany them on public transport to school (for example, due to young age, disability or mental health), the student is eligible for an additional Travel Pass for their caregiver to travel with them.
  • The program is available to government and low-fee catholic and independent primary, secondary and specialist schools ensuring no students are left behind.
  • Students can access the program by speaking directly with their school. Eligibility for a Travel pass will be determined on a case-by-case basis by schools.
  • Government schools are able to apply for Travel passes through State Schools Relief (SSR) online portal.
  • For further information, visit vic.gov.au/travel-pass


FAQ
What is this program?

Travel Passes are available for purchase by community organisations and education providers at a heavily reduced price, they are then able to issue to clients for free to help them get to vital appointments. 

The Travel Pass program was expanded in late 2022 so that 30-Day Travel Passes can now be provided by schools to students in crisis at no cost.  

Travel Passes are available for both primary and secondary school students, experiencing a crisis such as family violence or sudden financial hardship. This ensures that they can continue to attend school, receive an education, participate in school activities, and access support services.

The program was further expanded in late 2023 to include caregivers of eligible students ensuring they can accompany a student on their journey.

Will staff on the network know what this product is?
The Travel Pass as a product has been in existence for over a decade and is widely recognised by authorised officers and station staff across the network. DTP regularly updates operators and frontline staff about this program.

Why is this needed?
Access to free public transport could make the difference between a student either not attending school or having to fare evade. The travel pass for school students in crisis program ensures that students who are experiencing crisis and are at risk of disengaging from education can use public transport to continue to access school and necessary support services in times of turmoil.

What are the features and benefits of the program?
Key benefits sought through this Early Intervention Investment Framework initiative are improved school attendance and greater connection with schools and the support service referrals available through school.

Staying in school is key to a positive future for children who are facing hurdles due to their circumstances. High school attendance is attributed to lower incarceration rates, better health and employment opportunities throughout an individual’s life. That is why keeping children engaged in education is a priority for the Victorian Government.

Who can access the program?
All schools (including those who provide VCAL and night school to adults completing a secondary school education) are able to access the program. In some instances, caregivers may also be eligible to access the program ensuring that where needed they can accompany an eligible student on their journey.

The distribution of Travel Passes to Government schools is managed by State Schools Relief through the online portal.

How long are the tickets valid?
Students will be provided with a 30-day Travel Pass enabling them to continue accessing education and support services. Students can receive another ticket at the end of the 30-days if they still require assistance.

What do schools need to do?
Schools assess students based on the eligibility criteria to qualify to receive a 30-Day Travel Pass. Schools must validate the Travel Pass at time of issue by hole punching the ticket with the issuing date, month and year.

If the ticket is not validated, it cannot be accepted by transport staff as a valid ticket. Single hole punches are available for purchase from office supplies’ and craft stores – DTP does not provide these. Schools must keep records that Travel Passes are issued to eligible students.

Where are you able to travel using a pre-paid ticket?
Travel Passes can be used on:

  • bus, train and tram trips in metropolitan Melbourne (Zone 1 and 2);
  • all regional town buses;
  • PTV inter-town buses;
  • V/Line coaches; and
  • V/Line trains.

How will students be able to apply?
Students can apply directly to their school and eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case based by schools.

How will the Travel Passes be distributed to schools?
DTP distributes Travel Passes to government schools via State Schools Relief.

Can the Travel Pass be converted to a myki or put onto a myki?
The 30-Day Travel Pass is a paper ticket that cannot currently be integrated into a myki card. The 30-Day Travel Pass is a standalone product which can also be used on non-myki services and it is recognised across the network.

If the student is too young to travel alone, will a parent or caregiver be issued a Travel Pass?
The program was expanded in late 2023 to include caregivers of eligible students. Travel Passes can now be issued to a caregiver if it is determined that an eligible student needs to be accompanied on their journey. 

Attached is an updated fact sheet. If you think you may be eligible, or have any questions, please contact the Student Wellbeing Team.

TRAVEL PASS

 

MENTAL HEALTH / EVENTS CALENDAR 2024

Event Date

Event

13 February

National Apology to the Stolen Generation Anniversary

20 February

World Day of Social Justice

1st March

Zero Discrimination Day

8th March

International Women's Day

18-24th March

Neurodiversity Week

21 March

National Close the Gap Day

20 March

International Day of Happiness

20th – 26th March

Harmony Week

30th March

World Bipolar Day

31st March

Trans Day of Visibility

7th April

World Health Day



Learning in Year 1!

Grade 1 students have been working hard in Literacy, learning about many different reading strategies. They have used these reading strategies during whole class reading, as well as when enjoying paired reading with their peers. The reading strategies we have been using are solving words, searching for information, re-reading and self-correcting.

Term 1 School Events


EASTER HAT PARADE
Foundation – Year 2

Our Easter Hat Parade will be held on Thursday, 28th March at 1.45 – 2.15 p.m.
To join in the fun - DECORATE A HAT - PUT IT ON – SHOW IT OFF!

Children will need to get creative and make their hat at home.
Let’s see what your imagination can create!

Robyn Griffin
Junior School Co-ordinator


Easter Raffle Tickets - Friday 21 March 
We will have Easter Raffle tickets on sale on Friday 21 March at the stage area between 3:30-4pm. We are selling 5 tickets for $5. The hampers are still being built however we assure you there will be some wonderful prizes to win. The raffle winners will be drawn on the last day of term.  
If you would like to donate to the Easter Raffle, please email Zayna at pfarwps@gmail.com . We are accepting chocolate or voucher donations for local businesses. 

The Easter Raffle will be drawn over the PA on the last day of term - 28th March @2.00pm





NATIONAL RIDE2SCHOOL DAY
Reservoir West Primary
is taking part in the National Ride2School Day which is on Friday March 22nd 2024. Let’s see if we can make a huge effort and ride our bikes, scooters or skateboards to school on that day. 

Always remember the safety rules when riding:

  • Always wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet to protect your head – every time you ride.
  • Use a bicycle that is the appropriate size for you, not one that is too big
  • Before you ride make sure you don’t have any loose clothing, drawstrings, or shoelaces; they can get caught in your chain and make you fall
  • Have an adult check the air in your tyres and that your brakes are working before you ride
  • Have fun!

Kind Regards,
Flora Kossivas



GLOBAL STUDIES EXPOS HAPPENING THIS TERM! 
Come and see what we have been learning about this term - information in posters below.



PFA News






TheirCare

BOOKINGS
A friendly reminder that if you are no longer requiring care for your child on any day to please cancel you booking. This allows for another family who may need it to take the spot. It also supports staff to know who should be in attendance each session.
If you have any questions, or need support to update your booking, please contact our support team 1300 072 410.

APPLICATION FOR EXPANSION
We have submitted all the required paperwork for the increase and we are now just waiting for approval. The approval process for changes like these can take sometime, but I would hope we will have the updated capacity in place for the beginning of Term 2.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM


School Holiday Program Flyer



Community





Calendar

Please take a look at what is happening this year at RWPS.

2024 Calendar

Follow our live updates on our Compass calendar.