As part of the process of developing a new School Plan 2018-20, I’d like to revise the vision for the school to ensure it reflects the students, teachers, parents and community. The current vision statement is in the existing School Plan 2015-17 published on the school’s website.
We would like to know what you believe our school should be by completing the sentence: We BELIEVE in a school ….. (finish the sentence by using the link)
A reminder, there is a P&C meeting on Wednesday 18th October from 7.30pm. All members of the school community are welcome to attend.
This is the final week of the Tell Them from Me survey. It’s your chance to have a say in making school improvements. The survey closes at 5 pm on Friday 20 October. https://nsw.tellthemfromme.com/eps2017
National Bandanna Day
This October, Eastwood Public School will be taking part in National Bandanna Day to make a difference to the lives of young Aussies impacted by cancer.
Every day, 63 young Aussies are faced with a cancer diagnosis- either themselves or of an immediate family member. The impact of a cancer diagnosis has long-term emotional, mental and financial implications for young people, who are at considerable risk of isolation and psychological distress.
CanTeen is the game changer. They help young people cope with cancer in their family, which is why, on Friday 20th October we will be selling bandannas for $5 each raise money for CanTeen- a charity that supports young people when cancer comes crashing into their world.
Please remember to send $5 to school with your child/ren on Friday 20th October so that they can take part and help support this great cause!
Because we’re stronger when we #BandTogether
School Captains and School Sports Captains Elections
Elections for school captains, prefects and sports captains will be held over the next few weeks. For role descriptions and criteria for these positions, please click here.
There will be workshops on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 am in Week 2 and 3 this term for those who would like to learn some public speaking tips for speeches.
School Parking Zones
Parents are requested to use the Kiss and Ride parking Zones according to NSW government and local council rules. Kiss and Ride Zones are designed for your convenience and for your child’s safety. Designed for quick entry and exit, these zones minimise congestion and risk when used properly by all parents and carers. These zones operate under the same conditions as no parking zones, which means you may stop to drop off or pick up children for a maximum of 2 minutes. You’re required to remain in, or within 3 metres of, your vehicle.
This week the last issue of Book Club for the year will be distributed. Orders are due by Monday 23rd of October 2017. Orders can be made online by visiting scholastic.com.au/LOOP or by downloading the ‘Scholastic Bookclub Loop for parents’ app. Please note that no cash payments will be accepted.
A special thank you also to all the parents who have helped run Book Club this year – Shirley, Josh, Lydia, Winnie, Maria and Jeanie.
Book Club Parent Volunteer
Congratulations to the following students who have achieved their Gold Awards. They were presented with their certificates at today’s assembly.
Anchal M. 2G
Elise P. 2L
Katrina K. 3A
Amaaya C. 5G
ICAS Science and Digital Technology
Congratulations to the following students for receiving a High Distinction or Distinction in the ICAS Science and Digital Technology tests this year:
High Distinction – Rain
Distinction – Mijie and Dakun
High Distinction – Frank, Daniel, Wentao and Leon
Distinction – Liyang, Koby, Thomas, Bill, Ern Tung, Lucas, Katherine, Ting Ting, Harrison, Winnie, Jeff and Dominic
High Distinction – Christen and Matthew
Distinction – Brendan, Sizhe, Elaine, Elijah, Aarav, Godfrey, Milni and Leslie
Distinction – Andy, Fred, Micah, Daniel and Betty
Distinction – Jiayi, Mingwei, Aaron and Ian
Distinction – Leon, Luyan, Lawrence, Ern Tung, Lena, Alex, Bill, Matthew, Thomas, Jade and Liyang
Distinction – Chloe, Matthew, Megan and Leo
Distinction – Christie, Fred and Andy
Good Personal Hygiene Matters!
Moving into Years 5 and 6 is often when children’s bodies start to change and that means that their personal hygiene care will need to change too.
Everyday personal hygiene is basically about washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough and keeping clean. But there is also a social side to dealing with personal things like body odour, smelly feet and bad breath.
Being clean and tidy is an important part of feeling confident. If your body and breath smell okay, your clothes are clean, and you follow basic personal hygiene routines, it can help you fit in with other people.
When children reach puberty, a sweat gland in their armpit and genital area develops. Skin bacteria feed on the sweat this gland produces, which is why teenagers – and adults! – sometimes smell ‘sweaty’. Bacteria feed on sweat in other parts of the body too, which can lead to body odour (BO).
Showering and changing clothes regularly will help to reduce the build-up of bacteria and avoid BO. Changing underwear and other clothes worn next to the skin is especially important. These clothes collect stuff that bacteria love to eat, including dead skin cells, sweat and body fluids. That’s why they get smelly.
The beginning of puberty is also the time to start using antiperspirant deodorant. Letting your child choose their own deodorant may encourage them to use it.
Smelly feet and shoes can also be a problem, whether your child is sporty or not. Give feet extra attention in the shower and make sure they are completely dry before putting shoes on. Wear cotton socks instead of ones made of synthetic fibres.
Good dental hygiene is important. Keep regular dental check-ups. Brush teeth twice a day. Flossing and going to the dentist regularly are vital to avoiding bad breath, gum problems and tooth decay.
Adapted from: http://raisingchildren.net.au/ Australian parenting website
Boys T-ball won 9 – 0. Player of the Match: Brendan
Girls T-ball won 11 – 5. Player of the match: Shreeya
Boys Softball lost 9 – 0. Player of the match: James C.
Girls Softball won 9 – 0. Player of the Match: Samantha
Junior Cricket won 130 – 94. Player of the match: Thomas
Senior Cricket won 1/64 – 7/57. Player of the match: Arav
Junior Newcombe ball lost 2 – 1. Player of the Match: Audrey
Senior Newcombe ball won 3 – 0. Player of the Match: Leo
Volleyball won 2 – 0. Player of the Match: Edward
There will be no PSSA this week due to the Ryde Spectacular rehearsal.
Our annual school swimming program will be run in Weeks 3 and 4 (23rd October to 3rd November). As costs have been worked out and paid in advance based on all children paying for the 10 day program, no refunds can be given for partial attendance over the two weeks.
Children in Years 2-6 should come to school dressed in their swimmers under their uniform. 5G, 5B, 4A, 2A and 2G need to be at school at 8:35am as their bus leaves at 8:40am. Children should bring their towel, hairbrush and underwear in a plastic bag, so they can change out of their swimmers after the lesson. Children are permitted to wear sandals to and from the pool for the next two weeks only. Whilst at school they should wear school shoes. Please LABEL all your child’s belongings.
All students attending the swimming program at Ryde Aquatic Centre need to wear a swimming cap. Buying a cap in the colour of your child’s house colour would be useful for the school swimming carnival in 2018. Please make sure your child is able to put one on by themselves before the swimming program commences.
Click here to see the menu for Week 3. Please order before Friday 20th October.
School Disco 2017
Our School Disco will be held on Saturday, 11th November in the School Hall. Session 1 (Yrs K-3) will be held from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm and Session 2 (Yrs 4-6) will be held from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. For more information please see the attached form.
Uniform Shop will be open for fittings every Tuesday in November to accommodate new families for 2018. Please note that we are only open from 9-10 am.
For families who have emailed us regarding second hand items, whatever has been donated are the only items and sizes we sell, and only on fitting days.
Returns and Exchanges
Returns and/or exchanges will only be accepted with receipts and if items are in the same condition as at purchase – with tags. Email the Uniform Shop if you need to exchange an item. You can also leave items at the school office with a note and your child’s name and class.
If you have ordered through QKR please do not come to the uniform shop to pick up your orders. We can only process your orders after we have received the QKR transaction report. Any QKR orders will be delivered to your child’s class.
The Uniform Shop is run by parent volunteers. If you are interested in helping please send us an email.
Maria and Sarah
The introductory groups will be starting next week. Thank you for all your patience whilst everything is being organised. I have arranged groups based on the feedback you provided me with regarding days that you were not available. If you haven’t heard from me, please send me an e-mail ASAP as it means I do not have the correct address for you.
The Music Committee Meeting is happening tomorrow at 2 pm. We’ll meet up at the front office
.• Granny Smith Festival 21 October
o Concert Band: meet at 11:50 am at the school hall. We need to tune and carry music stands and instruments over to the stage area in Trelawney Street. Parents, we need you to help please with the taking of the stands to the stage and back to school
o Senior Strings: meet at 2:00 pm at the school hall. We need to tune and carry music stands and instruments over to the stage area in Trelawney Street. Parents we need you to help please with the taking of the stands to the stage and back to school
o Attire for all students is black pants, black school shoes and concert music shirt. Girls, if wearing a skirt, then black leggings with black socks or black stockings. All hair must be off the face.• Piano Plus Festival 23 November everyone is encouraged to find a pianist and put together a small ensemble and take part at this event.
• End of year concert Thursday 30 November. Everyone in the music program is involved
• KU Visits 30th November Junior Strings
• Carols Breakfast 8th December
• Southern Cross Visit TBC Senior Strings
Remember, encourage, volunteer and read the newsletter .
Music Program Coordinator – Lina Diaz (firstname.lastname@example.org), 0407 191 592Instrument Hire – Malo Bhale (email@example.com)
Have a wonderful week,Lina Diaz
EPS Music Program Coordinator
Sydney Academy of Chess – School Chess Championship
Sydney Academy of Chess is running a tournament for students in Years 2 to 6, and will be run as a Swiss, with approximately 7 games. This means that all children play in all the rounds and no one is knocked out. There will be trophies awarded for the highest 3 scorers, and medals presented as age prizes. Each child playing will also receive a participation certificate. For details on how to enter, please click here.
Ryde Library – Curious Kids Club
In October and November Ryde Library will have a TravelBugs Mobile Mini-beast workshop for 5 to 12 year olds. This workshop lets kids get up close and personal in a hands-on mini-beast experience. There will be live mini-beasts featuring large and colourful stick insects, centipedes, spiders, scorpions, beetles and many more. For more information, please see their flyer.