Principal’s Report

Welcome back to Term 3! I hope that all students had a wonderful break and it was great to see everyone back yesterday and ready to complete some exciting learning this term. Hopefully we start to see a bit more sunshine as the weeks continue, especially as we have another Colour Fun Run planned for this term! More details to follow! There are a number of incursions and excursions planned for some grade levels this term, so please keep in touch via Class Dojo and Compass to check in with what is coming up. Don’t forget also to check in with your student’s Learning tasks throughout the semester – teachers will flag when they are available for parents and carers to access on Compass.

The Academic Awards Assembly will be held this Friday 14th July – we look forward to acknowledging those students who have worked hard to achieve their personal bests in their school work.

During coming weeks and throughout Term 3, we have Monash Health workers at school delivering the ‘Feeling Safe Together Program’ to all students in Grades Prep to Grade 5. The Grade 6 Students undertook the program in Term 1, however, there was then a staffing shortage for the program and it was unable to proceed at that time. The team are now able to conduct the remainder of the program for the whole school. The focus of the program is protective behaviours and the sessions take a proactive approach.

This program has been designed following research into protective behaviour education programs from both Australia and abroad. Schools are in unique positions to be able to reach children to raise awareness on a range of issues that can impact on a child’s learning and development. The program is aimed at raising awareness of safety, our personal safety and the environment around us. The sessions are tailored to be age-appropriate. An outline of the program and some information tips for parents and carers is attached.

Research clearly states that children who understand prevention techniques are not only at less risk of being abused or bullied, they are also more self-confident and better able to judge the safety of situations they meet in daily life. However, we must remember, it is ultimately the responsibility of the adults caring for the child to seek support or report if they are concerned about a child’s wellbeing.

When we talk to children about staying safe in a calm and caring way, we are indicating to the children that if they are confused about something that is happening, they should never feel that something is SO bad that they can’t tell anyone. We all have the right to feel safe!

Please contact myself, Carice D’Rozario (Assistant Principal) or Bianca Appleby (Student Wellbeing & Inclusion Leader) at school if you have any queries.

When we talk to children about staying safe in a calm and caring way, we are indicating to the children that if they are confused about something that is happening, they should never feel that something is SO

A reminder to any families with Prep students starting in 2024 that Enrolment Forms are due by Friday 28th July. Please contact the Office on 5968 4311 or by email : emerald.ps@education.vic.gov.au) to ask for a form. Please also contact us if you have any queries. It would be great if you could pass this information on to any families you know of who may wish to enrol their Prep child for next year. Families will be advised by Friday 11th August regarding confirmation of their placement at EPS

Every Day Counts

Primary School Attendance

Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things at school every day – missing school puts them behind.

School is better when your child is there

Why it’s important

We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.

If students miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school.

There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.

Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading.

Getting in early

Attendance patterns are established early – a child regularly missing days in kindergarten or in the early years of school will often continue to miss classes in the later years, and receive lower test scores than their classmates.

It’s vital that students go to school every day – even in the early years of primary school.

In Victoria school is compulsory for children and young people aged 6 -17 years

Student Absences

The main reasons for absence are:

Sickness – There are always times when students need to miss school, such as when they’re ill. It’s vital that they’re only away on the days they are genuinely sick, and developing good sleep patterns, eating well and exercising regularly can make a big difference.

Family holidays – It’s vital that holidays are planned during school holidays where possible, and not during the term. If you are planning to go on holiday during term time, make sure that you talk to your child’s school in advance, and work with them to develop an absence learning plan.

“Day off” – Think twice before letting your child have a “day off” as they could fall behind their classmates – every day counts.

Truancy – This is when students choose not to go to school without their parent’s permission. There can be many reasons for truancy. The best way to address this is for schools and parents to work together.

School refusal – School refusing children will experience significant emotional distress not only when going to school but also at the thought of going to school; they may be absent from school for weeks or even months at a time. School refusal differs from truancy as children generally stay home with the knowledge of the parents and despite their best efforts to encourage their child to go to school. See: My child or teenager has anxiety

Being away from school for one day a fortnight equals missing 1.5 years over 13 years of school

If your child is away

If for any reason your child must miss school, there are things you can do with your school to ensure they don’t fall behind:

Inform the school

Speak with your child’s classroom teacher and find out what work they need to do to keep up.

Develop an absence learning plan with your teacher and ensure your child completes the plan.

Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your classroom teacher as early as possible.

Openly communicating with your child’s school about all absences is a good way to prevent attendance issues being escalated to a School Attendance Officer. A School Attendance Officer is a Department of Education and Training Regional Director who has authority to follow up attendance issues. Chronic or ongoing attendance issues that are escalated can lead to an Infringement Notice being issued to parent/s.

If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your classroom teacher know so we can work together to get your child to school every day.

Top attendance tips for parents

Schools want to work in partnership with parents – act early if you have any concerns by contacting your child’s school and asking for advice and support

Remember that every day counts

There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes and their social connectedness

Talk positively about school and the importance of attending every day

Open and prompt communication with your child’s school about all absences is a good idea

Avoid making routine medical and dental appointments during the school day or planning family holidays during the term

Seek help from your school if you are concerned about your child’s attendance and wellbeing. Schools want to work in partnership with parents to support student attendance and wellbeing.

Further information

For more information and resources to help address attendance issues, visit:

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/studentmanagement/attendance/Pages/improve-attendance.aspx

Emma Clark
Principal

Star of the week!

For her positive approach to all learning tasks and her sensational reading. What a super star!

For showing kindness and support to your peers during class time. You are a star!

For being a valued member of our class this year. All the best for your next adventure. We will miss you!

For his wonderful, positive attitude, and for always having a go – jumping into the learning pit and succeeding!

For consistently working well throughout the term. Well done Abby!

For her well-written and cleverly argued persuasive writing on the need for more equality for women.  Alyssa – you are a STAR!

For approaching every day with enthusiasm, cheerfulness and a willingness to do her best!

For his persistence and determination to master his understanding of Chance, and achieve excellent results.

For working really hard on his Grade 6 Memory Book.

For her commitment to school and her sensational reading. What a STAR!

For her AMAZING independent work on her project about Jupiter! You are a superstar!

For drafting, revising, editing and publishing an excellent recount this week!

For always putting lots of thought and effort into all he does and for being a fabulous Secret Stories investigator!

 For ALWAYS trying your hardest, being SO polite and being a great friend to everyone.  What a STAR!

For his enthusiasm  and passion for learning, particularly in the area of Maths. William – we love how eager you are to challenge yourself and learn new things! You’re a STAR!

 For her attention to detail when comparing and contrasting the book and movie of Wonder. What a STAR!

For showing tremendous resilience in a tough time. You are a champion!

For always working hard and completing his work on time!

For actively participating in all activities and showing kindness and consideration to others.

For taking on feedback and knowing that sometimes we need to do more than one draft to make perfection!

For blitzing his extension Maths work this week!

For the excellent progress she has made in her reading, and for the outstanding effort she puts into everything she does.

For the amazing detail that he included in his Inquiry writing about the First Fleet.

  For unrelenting positivity coupled with Curiosity. We love the way you ask deep questions, think laterally and work creatively. What a STAR!

 For her terrific understanding of homophones and contractions! You’re a spelling STAR!

For the all  round brilliant effort you have shown this term. Keep up the amazing work.

For her kindness, hard work and awesome can-do attitude. You are a STAR!

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It’s time for the canteen to break up with single use straws, these will not be available in 2023

More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the world’s ocean every year and over 90% is single use plastic.

So let’s say bye bye to straws and hello to BYO.  We highly recommend reusable options over all disposables.  Students can purchase a reusable silicone straw in its own case with the school Emblem for $4 from the canteen (over the counter or via online) or uniform shop.

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