In this issue
2nd – Ardtornish Children’s Centre
AGM, FACE Meeting 3.15pm
4th – Room 18 & 24 Excursion –
Wingfield Waste & Recycling
Finance Meeting 3.15pm
9th – Public Holiday
10th – 12th Rm 9 & 10 Aquatic
12th – Volunteer Ran Training
Incursion – National Motor
Museum 19, 21, 22
13th – Sports Day
16th – Harmony Week
20th – Assembly
23rd – Onwards Parent / Teacher /
Wed 26th Feb – Tue 3rd Mar
Rylen H, Matthew G & Hayden P
Wed 4th Mar – Tue 10th Mar
Minela S, Cooper T, Sonia D
Wed 11th Mar – Tue 17th Mar
Kobe G, Riley B, Tate R
Please arrive by 8.25am
The SRC Executive - Our Student leaders
The 14 students who form the SRC Executive are important leaders in our school. They bring skills, talents, commitment and ideas to the task of promoting the voice of all students across the school.
This week they undertook training to learn more about Leadership skills, improvement processes and team work. During this training the students reflected on what they wanted to achieve over the year. They focussed on how they could improve the physical, social, interpersonal and learning environment at Ardtornish. Watching these students interact and discuss their role was inspiring as they are so committed to identifying how to make our school a better place to be.
To become a member of the executive group, students in years 6/7 write an application for the position. In their submission they must present evidence to show that they have the qualities necessary to be effective representatives. The selected executive members are responsible for running SRC meetings three times a times a term, and planning and managing the SRC’s work.
Classroom representatives are elected to attend the SRC meetings by their classmates because they display positive leadership qualities and a willingness to make a difference in school and greater community. They share their class views and present ideas and strategies to improve life and learning at Ardtornish. Student voice is important in ensuring that students have input into our school’s processes and procedures and can also choose to raise funds to support charities.
Parent / Teacher / Student Interviews
Each year, “Three-way” conferences are held in Term 1.
These meetings give parents an opportunity to meet formally with their teacher and child at the same time. Students are present at these conferences to increase their involvement in their learning and become more aware of how parents and the school can work together to support them, as all parties jointly review their progress and set goals for their learning.
Notes will go home soon. Interviews will be held from Monday 23rd March.
Tuesday 3rd Michele S
Wednesday 4th Mary-Anne R
Thursday 5th Evelyn C, Natassya H
Friday 6th Stacey C, Rhonda P, Jenni F
Tuesday 10th Michele S
Wednesday 11th Clare T
Thursday 12th Ling C, Saijai K
Friday 13th SPORTS DAY
Help needed for Sports Day Pop up Canteen and BBQ
We are looking for some help from parent/grandparent volunteers who could help cook or serve at the BBQ on sports day. Friday 13th March. If you could spare 1 hour that would be greatly appreciated.
Complete a form at the front office. For more information or any questions please email Mary-Anne email@example.com.
Tracey’s Care Column
Many families argue at times and this is normal part of family life. Disagreeing with someone and feeling angry is normal. It can be one of the ways people work out their problems, but domestic violence or family violence is more than just arguing. It is actions or words that hurt, scare, control, degrade or bully others.
When abuse happens, victims may blame themselves or ‘play down’ the effect on them. Abusers may also ‘play down’ what they do, or pretend it isn’t happening or blame the victim for their actions.
Everyone in the family is harmed by family violence. Children are harmed even if they don’t directly see or hear the violence. The stress of violence can lead to problems with children’s emotions, behaviour, brain development and learning. The impact can last a lifetime. Violence makes home life unpredictable for children. It can make them anxious and affect how they think and learn, and how they relate to others. It can increase their aggression and make it harder for them to learn how to control their own feelings and actions. They are also harmed by the stress and worry of people they love being hurt or upset.
It would be wrong to think that someone who uses violence in the family can’t control their anger. However, they are not usually violent to others outside the home. They restrain themselves with others but use violence to control family members.
Family violence rarely goes away without help. It often gets worse unless the person using violence changes their thinking and how they behave. Help is available.
Please use the following link to find out more information about the cycles of violence, their effects on families and how you can help yourself and help your children.
Information taken from Parenting SA Website
Pastoral Care Worker
See our Facebook page, drop in anytime or give us a call if you would like to find out more about our activities & sessions. We are always interested to hear thoughts about how we might support and work with you, your young children and family.
Community Development Coordinator
82649828, 0409984495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pedal Prix - Cake Stall
Pedal Prix is running a cake stall in the gym on Sports Day – Friday 13th March and we would love your help. Can you donate any baked goods for us to sell at our stall?
Are you able to spare an hour to help us run our stall? Please bring any donations, cupcakes, slices, biscuits to our stall in the gym on Thursday 12th March from 3.00pm or on Sports day from 8.30am. Please label containers and include brief ingredient list. Please contact us at email@example.com if you can help!
Thankyou for your support!