Term 1 Week 3
We had a great first week of school last week and it was terrific to have our students here for a full week to start the year off. All of our Prep students and new students across various grade levels have made a great job of settling in and quickly becoming members of Bunyip Primary School learning community.
As part of of our School Wide Positive Behaviour System, all grades start the year by teaching what Respect in all settings looks like. The key expectations being taught at the moment are:
- We say please and thankyou
- We listen when spoken to
- We answer questions
- We use kind words
- We apologise when we make mistakes
- We follow instructions straight away
- We stop and listen to announcements
- We respond appropriately to adults
These behaviours are what we refer to as being 'Respectful Rabbits'.
Just a reminder to send your reply slip in to let us know that you will be attending the BBQ. At this stage, I will be the cook which I am happy to do, but I would be more than happy to have some help on the day.
High 5 Strategy
One of the strategies we teach all of our students to help resolve minor issues in the playground is the High 5 strategy. This strategy is explicitly taught in the classroom and will also be taught to younger students by our Grade 6 PBS leaders. This strategy teaches our students to be proactive in solving problems and helps to build resilience.
If you would like to help teach the steps to your child, they are listed below. Students are encouraged to go through the 5 steps to make their feelings known to their peers. If they try the 5 steps and their peer continues with a behaviour that is bothering them, a yard duty adult will help them to sort it out.
- 1. Talk Friendly
- 2. Talk Firmly
- 3. Ignore
- 4. Walk Away
- 5. Report to an Adult
Learning Community 1
Prep Guy Student Of The Week
Congratulations to Luke this week who has been chosen as our Student of the week. Here are some lovely things Prep Guy said about Luke:
- Luke always works hard.
- He is very kind to everyone.
- Luke shows a lot of responsibility for his learning- he works so fast!
- He follows all the school values.
- Congratulations Luke on being our first individual Student Of The Week. We are very proud of you because you are such a great role model for your peers. Keep up the amazing work and kind nature.
Prep Guy have been busy this week learning about AUSLAN; the language of the deaf. We are learning how to make the letters of the alphabet to speak to those people who may be deaf. We learnt about responsibility at school and how we can be responsible learners at school. In Maths this week we learnt about the days of the week, what happens on each day and how long different activities take. In Literacy we continued learning about the alphabet and some of the sounds each letter makes. We also learnt how to write some of these letters. We love to share items from home or news to our friends during lunch eating time. This week we loved PMP, listening very carefully to Mrs Guy's instructions and using our whole body to complete the rotational tasks.
Grade 1/2 Kent & Stark
The 1/2 grades have settled into their new classrooms in the BER building. We have been focussing on getting to know our grades and teachers and making new friends. We have been learning how to be respectful and responsible in all settings of the school. The take home readers and diaries have started to come home so please look out for these in your children’s bags and please write in the take home book your child reads each night. Thank you
Christopher Kent and Nicole Stark
Grade 3 Beilby…
The students in Grade 3 have been looking at Australia’s indigenous culture and our own ancestry. We are investigating our heritage and how settlement in Australia shaped who we are today. We have used an Atlas to locate places of familiarity to us and we have been able to track the journey from the characters in the story “Are We There Yet” from last week.
In Maths our grade has been looking at place value, learning how to identify odd and even numbers and write number sentences. We are also running a classroom challenge with times tables so the students are keen to practise them each day.
Its great to see everyone bring their diaries in on a Friday. Students in Grade 3 who read 5 times a week and mark this in their diaries will be awarded 30 minutes of free time on a Friday!
Gardening/ Cooking Club
Welcome to another school year and a special welcome to our new families. For those of you who are new to our wonderful school I run a Gardening and Cooking Club during Thursday lunch times. In our school vegie garden we grow a number of different foods, herbs and Indigenous foods in our kitchen garden. We also have chooks which give us delicious eggs. We plant and weed, cook with the produce we grow and also complete a permanent art -work which is displayed in the school, during the cold wet months. If you like gardening, cooking and art we run these sessions every Thursday lunch time from 1.45pm-2.30pm. Everyone is welcome. If you are a parent/ grandparent who would like to join in, we ask that you have a current Working With Children's Check and be double vaccinated. This program started on Thursday 10th February. We hope to see a lot of new faces next Thursday.😃Jane Guy
School Council Elections
School Council 2022:
All Government Schools in Victoria have a School Council. The School Council is a group of people who are given the power to set the key directions of the school. This means the School Council plays a very important role in your child’s education as they work to enhance the educational opportunities for all students. They form a key partnership with the staff.
Our School Council currently has 4 vacancies for parent members.
Do I have what it takes to be on School Council?
- You need to be keen, but you don’t need to be an expert.
- You need to like people and be able to work in a team.
- You do need to be prepared to commit the time needed to ensure the work of council gets done.
- We meet twice a term, on a Monday night at 6pm.
- Meetings run for about 2 hours.
- Each councillor may also be on a Sub Committee that meets once per term.
- School Councils work best when they have people from a variety of backgrounds and who have different experiences.
School Council Elections:
We are now calling for nominations for School Council. We have 4 parent vacancies. Closing date for nominations is Friday 18th February at 4pm.
Please see the office if you would like a nomination form. Nomination forms and information are on display in the main corridor outside Room 3. Forms will also be made available on SZapp. It is not necessary to print on coloured paper if printing from home.
Nomination forms are green. (These are the forms for another parent nominating you.)
Self-nomination forms are orange.
Please come and speak to me if you would like to know more about being on School Council.
I would like to thank retiring School Council members Chloe Smethhurst, Ash McComb, Brendan Stacey and Allanah Ockwell for their willingness to be members of School Council. Retiring members are welcome to renominate if they are still eligible to be a parent member. We will also have a number of casual vacanies which will be advertised at a later date.
Welcome back to our lovely Library for 2022!
* Students in Grade Prep – are able to borrow 1 book.
* Students in Grades 1 – 2 are able to borrow 2 books
* Students in Grades 3 – 4 are able to borrow up to 3 books.
* Students in Grades 5 – 6 are able to borrow up to 4 books.
* Students in Grades Prep – 2 usually select books to be read with a parent. These books are not required to be matched to their reading level.
* Students in Grades 3 – 6 are required to borrow some books that match their reading level. These are used in their classroom reading programs. Students select their books using a recommended procedure. Please note that it does take some students time to select their books with accuracy. Students are also able to borrow books to be read with a parent. All students at this level are expected to borrow books from the Library on a regular basis.
* All students in Grades Prep – 6 should read at home every night.
* Books may be borrowed for 2 weeks.
* After 2 weeks, students can re-borrow their books or return them to the Library.
Each classroom has a special box where books needing to be returned to the Library are placed. Students can also return their books directly to the Library.
* Students in Grades Prep – 4 are required to use the Bunyip Primary School navy blue book bag when they are transporting books to and from school. This helps to protect books from food and drinks.
* If books are damaged, the Library needs to be notified. If books need to be replaced a donation of $10 towards the new book is required.
* If books are lost, a donation of $10 is required. Please note this policy is endorsed by School Council. As a government school we always operate on a tight budget so these $10 donations are necessary.
Please contact me if you have any queries or concerns about our Library. procedures.
Bunyip Scout Group
School Choir Expression Of Interest
DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE TO SING?
IS YOUR CHILD/CHILDREN INTERESTED IN JOINING A CHOIR AT SCHOOL LUNCHTIME MONDAYS FROM 1.45pm UNTIL 2.15pm?
THIS IS FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST ONLY. NUMBERS PERMITTING.
THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN SOMETHING FUN WITH NO COSTS INVOLVED.
Learning Community 2
We have had another fantastic week in Learning Community 2. This week we had students apply for House Captain by presenting speeches in front of their houses. Leadership opportunities like these are a fantastic way to build confidence and develop new skills. Our Grade 6 students did a wonderful job of running our first PBS Friday Fun Group activity this week. They ran a fun get to know you game before revising the High 5 Strategy.
In the classroom this week we have continued to establish our expectations and routines to create a safe and welcoming learning environment. Students were very excited to start Library and Art lessons with Mrs Gatti and Mrs Black. So far students have started strong with their nightly reading. We encourage all students to read for 20 minutes each night and record it in their home reading diaries.
Colton: For the amazing start he's made to life in the Senior School. Keep up the wonderful effort, Colton.
Lacey: For a fantastic first week in Grade 4 demonstrating Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. Well done, Lacey.
Milla Price. This achievement award is for having fantastic start to 2022. Keep up the great work, Milla.
Blaize Koesemans: For showing kindness and compassion for classmates and helping out in a time of need.
Jess Lynch: For showing kindness and compassion for classmates and helping out in a time of need.