Principal's Message

Parents who use our OOSHC service or even if you are thinking of using our service please note:

Please remember to register for the New Child Care Package before July 2nd, in case you haven’t already done so. From 2 July 2018, there will be a New Child Care Package. The Package will help parents with children aged 0 – 13 work, train, study and volunteer. The package includes a new Child Care Subsidy, which replaces the current Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. It will be paid directly to services.
Transitioning to the new Child Care Subsidy is not an automatic roll over from the two current payments. Families must provide some new information and confirm their current details using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

More information about individual subsidy rates and annual cap changes is available in the New Child Care Package brochure
or by visiting the following website
https://www.education.gov.au/ChildCarePackage

As term two draws to a close, I thought I would take this opportunity to remind our community of our school values that are also inherent in our policies and protocols.

My staff and I work incredibly hard to embed our school values of respect, kindness, learning, honesty and excellence into our school culture on a daily basis. We always place the child at the centre of our curriculum. We enact and design the Victorian Curriculum to ensure each child flourishes and experiences optimum growth in their time at Armadale Primary - that is our goal. When we bring in curriculum change, it is due to changes from the Department of Education that has directed us to do so. We ensure our well researched data from Harvard University and other highly regarded educational institutions such as the Grattan Institute complement and always ensure these changes are in the best interest of the child. We also know that the purpose of school is to teach those skills, capabilities and dispositions that will enable children to be agile and flexible secondary school students thus preparing them to be employees in a narrowing employment landscape. However, I also recognise that not every parent will agree with these approaches and changes, it is a very different environment to the schooling we all experienced. 

Our intent and commitment at Armadale Primary School is to always work in partnership and communicate regularly with our parents though our newsletter and specific level bulletins, parent workshops and information evenings,  what we are doing and why.

We also have a very committed School Council made up of parents and teachers who work tirelessly in their sub-committees and council meetings reviewing our school policies and assisting in decisions that will have the very best intentions in the outcomes of our Armadale Primary students and community.

Due to new government guidelines we are reviewing and updating all school policies. We have a very comprehensive and accessible Raising Concerns and Complaints policy. This is the avenue for protocol and procedures regarding concerns. If you have any questions regarding the school curriculum or your child’s learning we request you follow our Raising Concerns and Complaints policy. There is a specific table listing the person/s of contact depending on your concern. 

I urge you to follow these procedures in a respectful and appropriate manner in the same way we work to ensure our students adhere to their school values each and every day.

I value and look forward to fostering the open and transparent partnerships that we have built over time at Armadale Primary School.

Farewell Lucy Gorman

We will be saying farewell to Lucy on behalf of the whole school on Friday at our assembly as she goes on leave to prepare for the arrival of her baby. We are all very excited for her and wish her well and can’t wait to meet Lucy’s bub in person.

We have appointed Carrington Speed to replace Lucy and teach 1G for the remainder of the year. Carrington is known to the children as she has already taught them several times and is co-teaching with Lucy today and undertaking a handover in readiness for the start of Term 3.

Parent Teacher Conferences and Reporting to parents  - WOW Scaffold

Thank you to all the parents who completed this pre-conference scaffold and it certainly enabled our conferences to be more targeted and purposeful. I apologise for the short notice parents had to complete the scaffold and the positive feedback has certainly confirmed that this initiative was worthwhile.  However, we will ensure that you receive this in a timely manner next time and that it is attached to the reports, rather than before reports are released. We will continue to analyse your feedback and wonderings and use this to inform our communication and workshops with you.  We hope that you all enjoyed reading about the growth of your child and look forward to the next two terms where we will see further evidence of your child’s learning and growth.

Kiss and Go Zones Car parking

I was quite upset to hear of several parents having difficulties with a parking officer last week and I emailed Stonnington Council for both an explanation and clarification.  I am pleased to announce that my advice to you regarding the parking by-laws published previously in the newsletter, remains consistent.

The restrictions at the frontage of Armadale Primary in the KISS and GO zones  are “No Parking, 8:30-9:30am, 3-4pm”.

A “No Parking” restriction allows a driver to pick-up or set-down goods or passengers provided the driver doesn’t move more than 3m from the vehicle for a period of 2 minutes (or longer time limit if stated on the sign). The time limit is doubled if a valid disabled permit is displayed.

There are “Kiss & Go ” advisory signage to explain the purpose and the 2 minute  time limit.

A useful explanation is provided in the Victorian Law Foundation document “Parking, the Law and You” and the excerpt on “No Parking” is below.

Netball and basketball winners in our community!

Congratulations to the following groups in our community who recently won their Grand Finals!

Congratulations to these amazing Armadale mums who won their GF by 1 point. Their netball team is called the SENSEIS, which means old and wise. Well, they aren’t old but they are very talented and wise and well done to these fabulous ladies!!

Congratulations secondly to the Grade 2 girls basketball team – the Armadale Lightning Aces – who won their grand final at MSAC last Friday night.

These girls only started playing competitively at the beginning of Term 4 last year and ended up at the bottom of the ladder at the end of the year.

Since then they have all worked so hard building on their fitness and their skills to win the last 5 games of the season and make the grand final against a strong team – the Middle Park Sapphires. It was a very tense and hard fought game with both teams drawn at 4 all with only 13 seconds to go when Lily ran down the court and shot the winning basket. I think all of Albert Park could hear the celebration when the siren blew. I am not sure whether the girls or their families were more excited.

The Premiership team for 2018 includes Lily, Coco, Lucie, Rose, Eliza, Issy , Kira, Rose (Malvern Primary student) and their  dedicated coach Renee (Eliza’s Mum). I believe there are many Armadale teams who play a variety of sports and I would love to acknowledge them and celebrate them in our newsletter.

An interesting read

https://au.educationhq.com/news/49138/the-lack-of-change-in-education-is-frustrating/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EducationWeek%20Australia%20June%2027&utm_content=EducationWeek%20Australia%20June%2027+CID_fd372b2d78ea5e91ddead22101482fdb&utm_source=EducationHQ%20Campaigns&utm_term=The%20lack%20of%20change%20in%20education%20is%20frustrating#

End of term

Our final assembly for Term 2 will be held this  Friday at  2.15 pm and the children dismissed at 2.30pm when the bell goes. Connie and I have already held two very long 1 hour assemblies with the children this week to enable the PT conferences to start at 3pm. Therefore this Fridays assembly will be deliberately short, sharp and sweet offering the opportunity to say farewell and celebrate all the learning and achievements this term.

Finally enjoy a well-earned rest and break and we look forward to seeing all the children back on Monday July 16th  at 8.55am for the start of Term 3, ready to learn.

Regards

Rochelle Cukier

Principal

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 


 

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