In this issue
4th -Governing Council 7.00pm,
Yr 4-6 Choir to City
7th - Kindy Transition,
Yr 6 Transition to GGHS,
8th - Kindy Transition,
Yr 6 Transition to GGHS,
MHS, BPIHS, Christmas
11th- Wizbang Rm’s 17, 18, 19
14th- Waterworld Rm’s 4, 6, 8,
Wizbang Rm’s 9 & 10
15th- Subway Meal Deal
Wed 29th Nov – Tue 5th Dec
Jamie H, Brody S, Izayah W
Wed 6th Dec – Tue 12th Dec
Harry M, Oscar S, Reilley J
Wed 13th Dec – Fri 15th Dec
Elih V, Isaac P, Josh A
Please arrive by 8.25am
Acknowledging Our ‘Terrific Kids’
Ashton G, Yar B, Arnav C, Olivia B, Lachlan C, Jamieson R & Ava
Every year Kiwanis, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time, sponsors the presentation of ‘Terrific Kids’ awards in our school.
Terrific Kids is a student recognition program that promotes character development, self esteem and perseverance. "Terrific" is an acronym for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Caring".
A Terrific Kid is also a student who embodies our school values of Kindness, Respect, Aiming High, and Bouncing Back. The award is not linked to academic achievement but instead it reflects the student’s ability to make our school a happy and friendly place to be.
Only one student is selected for an award at each year level. The process of selecting a year level recipient occurs in a staff meeting where staff discuss the values and qualities that each child displays. This is a difficult process as many students are potentially worthy of this honour. Hence being a recipient of one of these awards is a great achievement. A ‘Terrific Kid’ award is therefore an acknowledgement of the positive contribution that a student is making to our school. Invariably Terrific kids are students who are respected by their peers and teachers alike as they always get along well with others and work in a cooperative manner in the classroom.
At our week 6 assembly the following seven students received a ‘Terrific Kids’ award which was formally presented to them by Michael, a representative from Kiwanis.
Understanding the End of Year Reports
The end-of-year report summarises a student’s achievement across the whole year with a grade from A to E. At an A level students are demonstrating their learning to: a high, deep or outstanding level while at level E students’ are showing a: beginning, initial or limited level of understanding.
Teachers assign one overarching grade level to an achievement standard that consists of a number of very different elements. The challenge for parents is to understand why a particular grade level was assigned.
Because the final grade level must reflect the student’s overall learning against the complete Achievement Standard some parents might possibly be surprised by the grade their children receive based on their own, more limited, personal assessment of their child’s competency. For example a parent might question why their child, who knows all their timetables and who regularly gets all their ‘sums’ right might still be assigned a D in maths. This scenario can occur because maths encompasses many more elements than just numbers & although numbers might be a child’s strength they may be struggling to understand other elements of the maths curriculum such as geometry, measurement, or problem solving.
If your child does receive a grade level lower than you might have expected, you can discuss with their teacher what elements of the year level standard they are yet to master. The standards can be viewed online at http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/ Reports come home on Wednesday in the last week of term
Credits on Accounts
Reminder to parents who have a credit on their account. This can be used towards any excursions, incursions or camps etc. To use your credit or if you have any queries please contact Cathy in the finance office by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 82648099.
Tuesday 5th Jenni F
Wednesday 6th Jenni F
Thursday 7th Kristen V, Ling C
Friday 8th Lisa M, Victoria S
Tuesday 12th Jenni F
Wednesday 13th Deborah B
Thursday 14th Deneice P, Tui M
Friday 15th Anthea B
On Friday 8th December we will be having a Christmas Gift Stall in the hall, for all students to purchase gifts for their families. Students will be allocated a timeslot to visit.
Gifts will range in price from $1.00, with a maximum $15 spend per child. Could parents please supply a plastic bag for their child’s purchase. Cash or Qkr! Payments on QKR! available until 3pm Thursday 7th December . (Please note with Qkr! payments there will be no change given.)
MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please send a text to the school mobile if you are able to help on the day, even if you only have 1 hour to spare, it would be greatly appreciated!
Instrumental Music 2024
Many current Year 3/4 and 5 students watched a mini concert on Monday afternoon put on by the current brass/woodwind and percussion students.
Below is an Online form for continuing and new students. Please complete before the end of the school year. There are no vacancies in Piano/Keyboard and already a waiting list.
Students in Yr 3 can start guitar. All other instruments are for Yrs. 4-6 only.
All families will be charged an annual administration fee during term 1 ($15 for 1 student, $25 for more than 1/family)
Lessons taught by Private providers are charged by the teacher.
If you have any questions, please email Anne O'Dea.
for Year’s 4-6
Purchasing of Chromebooks for 2024 is now only available through a portal on JB Hi-Fi Education. Ardtornish will not be selling chromebooks. You can also purchase a chromebook from Harvey Norman, Officeworks or any other store.
The chromebooks purchased thorugh JB Education Portal includes a 3 year warranty.
Click on the link below and enter the school code. Add-ons and payment terms are available. Afterpay and Zip payment options available.
Once purchased please pass the device on to Scott to be registered ready for use at school. Please note high demand may impact availability, please allow a few weeks or more when ordering.
The code is APSBYOD2024
School Uniform Orders 2024
Please place school uniform orders for next year by Friday 15th December. Any orders placed after this date may not arrive before school returns January 2024.
Starting School 2024 – Mid Year Intake
Registrations of interest are now open to start school in the 2024 mid-year intake. If you have a child starting in the mid-year intake, please come in and fill in an Expression of Interest form (if you have not already done so). Please do so as soon as possible, as our mid-year intake numbers are very high.
Please come and check in the front office if your child has lost a jumper or drink bottle or any other lost item. We have lots of unnamed items.