Contact Details: 91 Bladin Street Laverton Vic 3028 Phone: 9369 1833 Fax: 9369 4104 [email protected] www.lavertonp12college.vic.edu.au College Newsletter 19th August, 2014 Issue No: 13 Important Dates To Remember Friday 29th August Friday 29th August Monday 1st September Thursday 4th September Thursday 4th September Monday 8th – Thursday 18th September Tuesday 9th September Wednesday 17th September Wednesday 17th September Prep - 4 Maths Day. Book Club Orders Due. Last Day to pay for Swimming. Father’s Day Stall. VET Hospitality & VET Music Supper Club 7.00 pm Performing Arts Centre. Prep – 4 Swimming Program. First Aid Training for staff: School finishes at 1.30 pm. Students dismissed at 1.00 pm. Parent Teacher Interviews 2.00 pm – 7.00 pm. PRINCIPAL’S REPORT: REVIEW WEEK AT LAVERTON P – 12 COLLEGE: This week our College is undergoing a special ‘Review’ of its curriculum and operations. The Review is being conducted by Mr Peter Gannon and Mr Chris Wardlaw. Both reviewers are highly experienced educators. During their time at our College they will be meeting with school leaders, teaching staff, student leaders, support staff and School Councillors. At the conclusion of their visit the reviewers will prepare a report which will go to the Education Department. Their report will form the basis of the College’s new Strategic Plan for the next four years. NEW GYM UP AND GOING: Our new gym will be in full operation for the first time this week. Physical Education classes will be timetabled to use the new gym each week. In addition the new gym has two classrooms which will also be scheduled for classes each week. Now that the gym and change-rooms are ready for use all students in Years 7 to 12 are required to bring along their sports uniform to change into for P.E. lessons. Whilst the new gym was being built it was not compulsory for students to wear their sports uniform for P.E. classes. This now changes with the new gym and new change-rooms. In a couple of weeks’ time we will have our first College Assembly for almost two years. Families will be most welcome to attend. BUS TRAVEL EXPECTATIONS: Over the past couple of weeks the operators of the bus which takes students, from Altona and Tarneit areas, to and from school, have complained about the behaviour of some students whilst travelling on the bus. This includes arguing with the driver when being directed to use their Myki, not remaining in a seat whilst travelling and not treating other travellers with respect. Our College has a very clear expectation that all bus travellers must show respect and behave responsibly at all times whilst travelling to and from school. All students must travel on the bus with a valid Myki and must touch on and off each journey. If a student is in breach of College expectation and the rules of the bus company they may find they are not permitted to travel on the bus. They will also face College consequences for inappropriate behaviour and possibly a fine from Public Transport of Victoria. All families are requested to remind their children that it is important to behave responsibly at all times both at school and whilst travelling to and from school. TEMPORARY WELS CAMPUS FOR LAVERTON P – 12 COLLEGE: The Western English Language School campus is now in operation at our College. The campus is set up in the College Language Centre (CLC) and is run by Nick, a teacher from WELS. Nick is teaching intensive English to the new arrival / refugee students. PARENT OPINION SURVEY: EXCHANGE STUDENT: Thank you to those families who completed this year’s Parent Opinion Survey and returned it to the College. The surveys have been sent off to the company who processes them on behalf of the Education Department. The results of the survey will be given to the College in a couple of months’ time. We currently have an Exchange Student from Italy attending Laverton P – 12 College Year 11. Unfortunately, the accommodation he was staying in is not continuing. His name is Francesco and he is looking for a new host family. He will be requiring accommodation until the end of November 2014. He will also be going on a holiday to Queensland during the September School Holidays. YEAR 5/6 –THANK YOU: It was great to hear that the Year 5/6 camp to Echuca last week was a great success. For many of the students the camp provided a range of new experiences and adventures. A very big thank you to all staff who attended the camp. A special thank you to Sarah Capri, who put many hours into organising the itinerary, the accommodation and the camp activities. If anyone is interested in hosting the exchange student, or for more information, please phone the Exchange Program Coordinator Sid on 0425 864 391. PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS: To ensure that all passengers pay their fair share, we've increased the number of Authorised Officers, installed new Myki barrier gates at stations and introduced new On-the-spot Penalty Fares to enable more ticket checks, more often. From Sunday, 10 August 2014, passengers without a valid Myki may be given the option of paying an On-the-spot Penalty Fare of $75. The best option for passengers is to ensure they always travel with a valid Myki. Parent Teacher interviews will once again be held this term. They are scheduled for the last Wednesday of the term, Wednesday 17th September. In line with our College processes families will have the opportunity to book their interviews on the internet themselves or to fill in the form and send it back to school for our office staff to book the interview times. Have a great week Neil Sproal College Principal Reminders: 1. No dogs are permitted in the school grounds at any time. 2. Laverton P – 12 College car parks are designated for staff parking only. 3. Parents and visitors to the school are requested to avoid smoking in the vicinity of the school. Smoking is not permitted in the school grounds. 4. All visitors are asked to report to the main College office before proceeding to a Learning Community. 5. Students are not permitted to use mobile phones whilst at school. Phones will be confiscated. Families wishing to make contact with their son or daughter during the day should phone the college office for assistance. 6. Laverton P – 12 College expects all students to follow our ‘Respectful Behaviour / Respectful Language’ Policy every day whilst at school and going to and from school. TRAIN / BUS TRAVEL: Public Transport Victoria (PVT) has provided the following information. To avoid receiving a fine, it is a good idea to register your Myki Card. The benefits of registering the Myki are: Balance protection, Auto top up, Manage your account online or via the call centre, Travel and transaction history, You don’t have to carry cash. For further information visit www.mymyki.com.au FATHERS DAY STALL: A father’s day stall will be held for the Prep to Year 6 students on Thursday 4th September. A variety of gifts will be available for purchase. Prices range from $2 - $10. 9 – 12 NEWS: THE SUPPER CLUB ‘14: Music and Food will be provided by the VET Hospitality and VET Music students. When: Thursday 4th September from 7.00 pm Where: Laverton P – 12 College, Performing Arts Centre, Supper provided and live music year old brother. To survive, Darren and his brother resorted to selling drugs to make sure they had enough money to survive. RSVP by Monday 25 August by phone 93691833 or email [email protected] MARTIAL ARTS: Another was Rebecca, a teen that had to leave home because of domestic violence. Her Father would get into a lot of fights and arguments with people, and sometimes with her Mother. Her Mother wasn’t really bothered when the Father would get into fights, as long as it wasn’t herself being attacked. Rebecca had enough and decided it was best for her to run away from home. Once again this year, the Year 9 Martial Arts class were welcomed into the dining area for a healthy buffet breakfast. A big thank you to Joy for putting on the breakfast for us, we look forward to making more things in the coming semester. VCAL EXCURSION TO SALVOS: While only 6% of homeless people, ‘sleep rough’, the other 94% of homeless people would be, ‘couch surfing’ or stay with family and friends, etc. The Salvation Army also provide many other services such as age care, disaster relief, disability and asylum seeker support, court and prison services, mental health care and out of home care. Above is a photo of a location where man named, Dan, once ‘slept rough’. Report by Shane C On the 11th August 2014, VCAL classes visited a Salvation Army School Program as one of areas of study in Personal Development Units 2 & 4. On the excursion we were taken to three places that homeless people usually sleep, and told a story about people who once did sleep there. The three locations were an ally way, an old tram shelter (which is now fenced up), and a nearby park. We were given many statistics and facts regarding homelessness and the Salvation Army such as, The max MCG capacity being close to the amount of people who are homeless. Homelessness can quite often lead to mental health issues. Worldwide the Salvation Army needs 300 million dollars to run effectively. We were also shown the stories of some people who fell into homelessness. One was Darren, a kid who was abandoned at the age of eight along with his 14 This excursion was a very special and life changing experience, I learnt a lot about homeless people and how Salvation Army has helped a lot of people getting back on their feet from being homeless. Report by Mitchell Laaina. It was a great learning experience; I learnt about the different services the Salvos offers the homeless. I also learnt that they are a Christian Church founded in London in the 1800. Facts that we learnt were that there are around 105,000 homeless people living in Australia at the moment; 40% are under the age of 25 years. Report by Wairata 5 – 8 NEWS: YEAR 5/6 CAMP TO ECHUCA: Long sleeved skivvies cannot be worn under the short sleeved polo tops. The students should wear their school windcheater or jumper in this case. Uniforms are often dirty, torn or cut and in poor repair. Pride in their appearance reflects in pride in their work. Shoes must be plain black and the laces should also be plain black. NATIONAL LITERACY AND NUMERACY WEEK: As part of National Literacy and Numeracy week, there will be a Maths Day in the Prep - 4 Community on Friday 29th August. Children will take part in a fun filled day of open ended maths activities involving art and construction. The day will be finished with an assembly celebration. Parents are very welcome from 2.20 pm. Our 5/6 Echuca camp was a huge success! We had an amazing adventure with 40 of our students, who experienced life in the country and developed their skills in teamwork and independence. Each student’s positive attitude, participation and behaviour was outstanding. We had comments from camp staff, locals and even public transport commuters about how considerate and polite our students were on our trip! Well done to all, we will have more information about our camp in the next newsletter. PREP – 4 NEWS: There will be prizes and competitions! The aim of the day is to see maths in a variety of real life fun activities. (See attached note) PREP – 4 ASSEMBLIES: As we have expanded the teaching areas in the Years 3 and 4 Area, the Prep - 4 assembly will now be held in the red room (In the Grade 1 and 2 areas). Assemblies will commence once the new Hall is available. SWIMMING PROGRAM: WINTER UNIFORM: The Prep - 4 Community will be running a swimming program for interested students in the last nine days of term – 8th September until 18th September. A plain navy blue beanie may be worn this term. Windcheaters must not have a hood on them. Plain black runners are recommended for everyday wear but if wearing black leather school shoes please bring a pair of runners to change into for sport. Permission notes have been sent home and the last day for payment is 1st September. NO late payments will be accepted. UNIFORMS: It has been noticed that students in the Prep – 4 Learning Community are not coming dressed in the correct uniform combinations. In Winter the girls may wear tunics OR track suit pants and windcheaters or jumpers for the cold weather. They should be coming with school windcheaters or jumpers in cold weather. Some children are arriving in just the polo top. No leggings should be worn under dresses. If the student is cold they should wear track suit pants. MEDICAL ALERT AND SPORT ALERTS: If your child cannot participate in sport or has a medical reason (i.e broken arm etc.) we need a note advising the reason and the length of time the student will not be able to participate (sport/running around etc.). The student will then be issued with a “Sport Alert” or “Medical Alert” badge which they will wear while at school. They must collect it before school and at the end of the day return it to the Prep - 4 office. If your child suffers from asthma they must have an updated Asthma plan and their medication/puffer/spacer handed into the Prep - 4 office for use at school. BREAKFAST CLUB: Breakfast club is held between 8.15 am - 8.45 am. Children will be able to get extra toast or raisin bread before school each morning. maths costume! There will also be prizes for the creative solutions to the problems posed during the day. Parents are invited to come at this time so they can see what was created during the Maths Lessons as well. Please note that this is not an out of uniform day. Students who do not wear a maths costume will need to come in school uniform. SPORT: It is important that students wear the correct shoes for participating in sport (i.e. runners) so that they do not injure themselves. Runners can be brought along in their bag and changed into before the sport class. At the end of sport the students can put their school shoes back on. PREP-4 ATTENDANCE TROPHY: Every Tuesday morning the Attendance Trophy will be awarded to the class with the best attendance for the previous week. Winner of Week 3 – Grade 4CG Winner of week 4 – Grade P/1AR. PARENT DETAILS: If you have changed your phone number or address please notify the office of the changes. We need to have correct phone numbers in case of emergencies. Jan Scott Principal Prep - 4 Community MATHS DAY! FRIDAY 29TH AUGUST: We look forward to seeing all Prep - 4 students and teachers dressed to the nines!!! Chris Gauci Community Notices: VICTORIA UNIVERSITY SPORTS CAMPS IN A MILD SPRING 29th September - 2nd October 2014. VU Sports Camps are for children 6 to 15 years of age and conducted at the Footscray Park campus of Victoria University. Our week long camps offer the following sports camps: Multi-Sport Junior Multi-Sport Intermediate Multi-Sport Senior To register is easy! Download our brochure and registration form and return it to us by post or email with registration form scanned to an attachment.http://www.staff.vu.edu.au/sportscamps/ HIP HOP DANCE: As part of the National Literacy and Numeracy Week celebrations, the Prep-4 Community will be having a Fun Maths Day on Friday August 29th. There will be 4 lessons of Maths that day where students are challenged with maths concepts to encourage their problem solving and cooperative group work skills. To help celebrate this day we are asking that students in the Prep – 4 come dressed in a maths costume. Students can dress as their favourite number, pattern, maths symbol etc. Be creative! There will be prizes given at the special Maths Day assembly (2.20 pm) for the most creative and best Hip hop and Freestyle class for 10 - 18 year olds. Instructor: Sarah Fry Where: Woods Street Art Space When: Wednesday afternoons from 4 – 6pm August 20th & 27th. September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th October 1st. Cost: FREE Sarah has most recently run the Poly Hip Hop Dance group at the Wyndham Resource Centre. Her dance and choreography experience is extensive. Sarah has been an independent dance contractor since 2008 and has worked with schools and studios including ‘You Can dance Studio’ and the ‘West End Performing Arts School.