Debbie Starpins Heidi Fitzpatrick

Principal: Debbie Starpins
School Council President: Heidi Fitzpatrick
Strathmore Primary School Values:
Commitment to lifelong learning
Sense of Community and Belonging, Respect, Tolerance,
Resilience, Responsibility, Perseverance, Integrity
Wednesday, 19th November 2014
From the Principal’s Desk
School Vision Statement
Together, the Strathmore Primary School community will promote a commitment to lifelong learning. Through a stimulating and challenging environment, we will empower our students to reach their potential and to become
caring and productive members of an ever-changing world.
Bike Ed.
The Bike Ed. Program is halfway through and students are having fun developing skills to ensure
their safety.
Reports
Teachers are in the process of compiling student reports to go home on Monday, 15th December,
2014.
Transition Day — 9th December
Gr.6 students will be attending their chosen state secondary college on this day for orientation
(private schools excluded).
Cricket Nets
The workers were here bright and early this morning to begin work on installing our new cricket nets
on the York Street side of the oval. Our budding cricketers are anxiously awaiting their completion
so they can hone their skills ready for the summer season.
Lunch Orders
We are experiencing an increasing number of students coming to school with no lunch. Please ensure that your children are provided with a healthy lunch and snack each day to avoid the necessity
of unwanted phone calls to home or work. Please also remind your children of the importance of
taking responsibility for placing their shop lunch orders in their grade lunch order tubs when entering their classrooms in the morning.
Lost Property
As we only have just over four weeks of this term to go please check the over flowing lost property
tubs outside the hall to claim any items that might belong to you. All unclaimed items will be discarded at the end of the year.
Movie Night—28th November
Don’t forget to support Parent’s Club by purchasing your tickets for this community event. Home
Alone is the movie and all funds raised go to directly benefit your child/ren. Refer to Parent’s Club
flyer on pg.6 of this newsletter for further details.
Casual Clothes Day—28th November
Wouldn’t it be fun to come to school in some CRAZY clothes! Bring an item of pre-loved clothing to
donate to the 2015 Festival of Fun which is happening on Sunday, 15th March, 2015. No gold coin
donation required, just the clothing donation. This is a great opportunity to give your wardrobe a
much needed clean out. We can only accept donated clothes that are clean and undamaged.
What’s happening at
Strathmore PS
NOVEMBER
Friday 21st
Bike Ed Gr5/6
Prep Imax / Museum excursion
Monday 24th
School Council Meeting @ 7:00pm
Thursday 27th
School Nurse visit—Prep only
Friday 28th
Bike Ed Gr5/6
Crazy Clothes Day
Movie Night & Shoe sale
DECEMBER
Thursday 4th
Yr. 7 Parent Information evening @
Strathmore SC
Friday 5th
Bike Ed Gr5/6 concludes
Tuesday 9th
Gr. 6 Secondary School Transition
Day
Wednesday 10th
Gr. 6 Graduation
Mango deliveries—school hall
Friday 12th
Gr Prep-2 Sports Day
Monday 15th
Reports go home
Wednesday 17th
Class parties
Parent Teacher Interviews
Thursday 18th
STRATHMORE 5000
Friday 19th
SCHOOL CONCLUDES FOR 2014 @
1:30PM
We often struggle with the concept of fairness. Fairness is about equity, and for some equity
means all being treated the same. However, we know that treating every child in the same way is
not equitable. All children have different needs, and treating them all the same actually ignores
the needs of many.
In Australia we all have the right to attend school. But is it fair that some schools have swimming
pools & some don’t?
Kids need help in different ways. Some need lots of help in the classroom, some need very little –
is that fair? Should we all get the same help regardless of need?
We have to plan learning experiences for children that help them develop the understanding
needed to demonstrate fairness and equity in their interactions with others. Given that many of us
struggle with the concept of fairness and equity.
We need to help children recognise that we are all different, and that difference is exciting. Often
we are nervous about this because we feel that it draws attention to difference. We are scared
that if we recognise difference, we are teaching prejudice. It is, in fact, the opposite.
Is it fair that the least successful team gets the best draft picks?
Andy Patch (Assistant Principal)
Year 6 Transition to Secondary School
As an additional opportunity to help students with the transition into high school the school
is offering transition sessions with our Student Wellbeing Worker, Leasa Eldridge. The
sessions will be on a Thursday and will enable students to discuss any concerns they may
have in a safe environment. Some of the topics covered will be:
 Finding your way around a large high school
 Coping with lots of lessons and teachers
 Planning for homework
 Organising all the stationary
 Meeting new friends
A letter will be sent out to families. Please sign up for the sessions.
RUNNING CLUB
Over the past 10 weeks, many students have participated running laps and
raising money for our new running track.
The time has now come for Donation Booklets together with monies raised
to be sent to school.
Please forward by Friday 21st November.
Thank you to all students, families and friends for participating.
Ben Lepore
P.E. Teacher
For those who ordered and paid or expressed interest in Converse/Vans shoes they will
be available for collection/payment on Thursday 20th November in Room 7 from 8:30
am– 9:00am and 3:00pm and also Thursday 27th between 3:00pm -5:00pm.
Movie Night on 28th November there will be a pop up shop for families who missed the
opportunity to pre order shoes.
YMCA Children’s Services
Strathmore Primary School
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
For all Bookings and Cancellations
please call us directly on 9379 4347 or
email us: [email protected]
For any Account Information
please call our office on: 8371 0500
www.childrensservices.ymca.org.au
DATE: TERM 4 WEEK 7 Nov 17TH- Nov 21ST
DAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
BREAKFAST
ACTIVITY
AFTERNOON TEA
WHOLEMEAL OR
RAISIN TOAST,
ENGLISH MUFFINS,
CRUMPETS, EGGS,
PANCAKES, CEREAL,
JUICE, MILK & MORE
AASC-ATHLETICS
AASC-CALLISTHENICS
MAKE FUNNY FACED BISCUITS
OSHC ASSEMBLY WITH WILL &
HAMA BEADS
GROUP GAME
FAIRY BREAD
RICE CAKES WITH CHEESE & SALAD
PASTA
A SELECTION OF TOASTS WITH
SPREADS
PINWHEELS
FRIDAY
DATE: TERM 4 WEEK 8 Nov 24TH-Nov 28TH
DAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
BREAKFAST
WHOLEMEAL OR
RAISIN TOAST,
ENGLISH MUFFINS,
CRUMPETS, EGGS,
PANCAKES, CEREAL,
JUICE, MILK & MORE
ACTIVITY
AFTERNOON TEA
OVAL AND PLAYGROUND
ACTIVITIES
AASC-CALLISTHENICS
HOT DOGS
GROUP GAME OF SKITTLES
TOASTED SANDWICHES
PASTA
OSHC ASSEMBLY WITH WILL
FRUIT SALAD WITH YOGURT
SALADA BISCUITS WITH CHEESE &
FREE PLAY
TOMATO
For afternoon tea, a large fruit platter is served in addition to the items listed above.
Afternoon Tea and the Daily activities may change due to circumstances on any given day.
Our program is designed for children of different ages & differences. Outside play is encouraged when the weather is fine. Children
have a choice to participate in inside or outside activities.
STRATHMORE NEWS Term 4
FUNDRAISER COMING UP
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Look out for our Christmas raffle in December. Tickets will be on sale from November 10 at $2.00 each or
3 for $5.00. There will be several prizes included in the raffle. All money raised will go towards purchasing
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new equipment for your children. We will draw the raffle on Monday 15 December.
GOOD BYE TO OUR GRADE 6 STUDENTS.
There will be presentations to the grade 6 students during December at before and after school care.
ENROLMENTS FOR 2015 ARE OPEN. Enrol now at www.childrensservice.ymca.org.au. Jump online at
www.childrensservice.ymca.org.au and enrol your child today. Remember there may be an occasion when
you can’t arrive on time to pick your child up from school. With a current enrolment form, they can attend the
OSHC program anytime during the year; it’s just a phone call away. Please remember that you must book
your children into care as we work in a ratio of 1 staff member per 15 children…
SUMMER HOLIDAY PROGRAM
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Holiday Program booking are available from 18 November. Please collect a brochure from the Strathmore
OSHC staff or from the school office. It’s fun to play at the YMCA so get your bookings in early to avoid
missing out on a place for your child. Some of the excursion days include a visit to the Geelong Adventure
Park, The Melbourne Zoo, Oak Park Pools, The YMCA skate park, Clip and Climb and Dizzy’s castle. We
will also be entertained by performers from Afobeat and get messy doing Art activities and water activities.
Just a reminder that Strathmore OSHC follows the Sun Smart Policy therefore hats must be
worn at aftercare everyday starting the first day of September until the end of April 2015.
Janice Sutherland & Team
Strathmore P.S OSHC Coordinator
CANCELLATION POLICY REMINDER
Cancellations must be made in writing or online with one week's notice. Normal fees apply if these requirements are
not met. You’re assistance with this enables us to remain compliant within the boundaries of our licence, child to staff
ratios and to provide the best possible care to the children attending.
The annual Christmas Carols and Street Party in Napier Park
will be held on Saturday 13th December at 7.30 pm.
Everybody is welcome to come along and celebrate the festive
season, with friends, family and neighbours. Come early, bring a
torch, chair, food and drink and meet on the Noble Avenue side of
Napier Park. The street will be closed to traffic from 5 pm.
Inquiries: Mark Roberts 9379 7164
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