principal’s message diary dates · 2019-10-10 · diary dates week 4 wed 20 feb parent info...
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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 Term 1 - Week 4
Wed 20 Feb Parent Info Evening
Thurs 21 Feb Swimming Carnival @ Epping Aquatic Centre
Wed 6 March School Photo day
Fri 8 March Zone Swimming Carnival
Dear Parents & Community,
This morning, for a short time, we had some special guests join us at Epping North. You may be familiar with the series Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery in which the host and interviewer, Julia Zemiro takes well known Australians back to where they grew up to interview them about their early life and childhood.
Today they were filming an episode for the program’s new series with former Olympic swimmer Shane Gould and, as Shane is a former student of our school, came to film some parts of their episode at our school.
Whilst our students were all very excited at the prospect, they were not involved in the filming at all with the majority occurring in one of our vacant classrooms and our library.
It was a great opportunity for our school, with Shane sharing many lovely anecdotes of her time with us and the positive impact our teachers and our school as a whole had on her early years.
We look forward to viewing the episode when it is released later this year.
Premiers Reading Challenge
Our new librarian, Mr Stone is keenly promoting the Premier’s Reading Challenge to our students and we hope you may hear about it at home. The PRC actively promotes reading for pleasure and it encourages students to selects from a wide range of age appropriate, especially selected texts.
Mr Stone will send home more information
regarding this program in the coming days. I encourage all students to participate, as it is a wonderful initiative. Parent Information Evening Our Parent Information Evening will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, 20
th February between 5 and
7pm. The evening is intended to provide an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teacher and be informed about the year ahead, the class organisation, the class program and expectations for the year. We will meet under the COLA at 5pm for a general school discussion and introductions before heading to individual classes for specific class presentations starting at 5.15pm. For parents who have children in two classes, these presentations will be repeated at 6.05pm, ensuring that you have the opportunity to attend both should you wish. Should you have three children at the school, I suggest both parents attending different presentations to ensure you catch the information. Should you be unable to attend, please contact your child’s teacher for a brief overview. New awards system Thank you for your support and positive feedback regarding the changes to our awards system for students. The students are very excited about the changes and it has been wonderful to see our community getting behind it and really encouraging them with lots of positive talk about the new awards. Lunchboxes It has come to my attention that there has been some discussion within the community and on social media regarding students’ lunches and lunchboxes. As a result, I wish to take this opportunity to explain how, as a school, we manage students’ lunches. Each morning, students are to remove their lunchboxes from their bags and place them into lunch tubs that are kept in the classroom, whilst bags remain outside. These tubs are then taken out by the students for recess and lunch. Once students have finished eating, their lunchboxes are returned to the tubs, which are in turn taken back to classrooms at the end of the break. I do wish to stress that it is the responsibility of individual students to place their lunch in the appropriate tub each morning. Teachers will not open the bags of individual students to ensure they have completed this simple task. Doing this is an important part of developing students’ individual responsibility within our school and is very much in line with our Positive Behaviour for Engaging Learners program. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office for further information. Swimming Carnival We are very much looking forward to this Thursday’s Swimming Carnival for students in Years 3-6 and some 8 year old students in Year 2. Given the weather has been so warm lately, please ensure your child/ren are well prepared and we ask that you reinforce the Slip, Slop, Slap message at home. Obviously, we expect all students to wear an appropriate hat, but we also encourage all families to ensure they apply sunscreen to their children in the morning before they leave home. We will be reminding students throughout the day to reapply their sunscreen, but this is not a task we can complete for them, so a good baseline protection first thing in the morning is advised. Anthony Moran Principal
SCHOOL NEWS SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHS
In 2019, school photographs are being held on Wednesday 6 March (Week 6). An information note and a prepaid photograph envelope will be available soon. Please return these pre-paid envelopes ON THE DAY of school photos as the school cannot hold sums of money on the premises. Sibling portrait envelopes will also be available from the office. Students should arrive at school in their clean and tidy summer uniforms. Terence Lai School Photo Day Co-ordinator 2019
SRC STEWART HOUSE SCHOOL CLOTHING APPEAL 2019
Stewart House bags were here before our SRC was even formed for the year!
Bags were put into class pigeon holes on Monday 18 February and will be collected from the uniform shop on 12 March. Please help us support the children who visit Stewart House for respite each year by putting any discarded clothing into the bags and leaving them in the uniform shop. If you need more bags ask Mrs Mahieu or Mrs Diver.
Just a reminder to all parents to update their child’s flexi-schools 2019 class on-line to avoid issues with the Canteen and Uniform shop orders going to the wrong class. Summer PSSA On 15th February a group of boys and girls went out to Roslea PS to play our first ever game of Austag. The boys played first against Normanhurst West. Even though they played well and showed spectacular passing around the field, the boys unfortunately lost 5-1. Next were the girls, who played amazing for their first game. They finished with a 1-all draw. Aidan (6L) Last Friday, our school went to play softball PSSA. The girls were amazing winning 5-3. They versed Normanhurst West. Although it was our first game, we all played beautifully against each other. I have to say the game was tight but Epping North was smacking the balls and sprinting base to base. For a first game, it was fantastic. The boys softball team were also fantastic and although they didn’t take home the gold they drew 3-3. Just like the girls, the boys versed Normanhurst West. For the first game, it was wonderful to watch. Charlie and many others were smacking the balls in every direction hoping not to get caught out! It was a brilliant game. All the teams worked well together and I have to say ENPS and Normanhurst West were super well behaved and showed great sportsmanship. Elisabeth (5S)
Sick Bay Thank you to the Mums who have offered to wash our sick bay linen. I will send home the roster this week with your child. Margaret Mahieu
BAND NEWS It’s not too late for your child to join the Training Band this year. So if your child is interested, please send a registration of interest to [email protected] Band fees are now due; please pay as soon as possible. Key performance dates for your diary: Sunday 18 August (Term 3) – NSW School Band Festival (The Concourse, Chatswood) – all bands will perform The following families are rostered on for the few weeks of band: Training Band Wed 20 Feb – Rintoul family Wed 27 Feb – Kanazuka family Wed 06 Mar – Mudie family Concert Band Thu 21 Feb – Wang family Tue 26 Feb – Pathmatheva family Thu 28 Feb – Jiang/Bian family Tue 5 Mar – Pellicane/Li family Thu 7 Mar – Ishyama/Yoon family Tue 12 Mar – Sims family Senior Band Fri 22 Feb – Cox family Mon 25 Feb – Kenny family Fri 1 Mar – Avramenko family Mon 4 Mar – Hiendra family Fri 8 Mar – Wood family Mon 11 Mar – Stathers family Glenn Thomson, Band Convenor 0438 295 019 email: [email protected] web site: https://sites.google.com/site/eppingnorthpublicschoolband/
BOOK CLUB Bookclub Issue 1 is now closed. Books should arrive in classrooms within 2 weeks. Any queries please feel free to email me at larellegra[email protected] Happy Reading Larelle Ekers-Book Club Co-ordinator
CANTEEN NEWS A big thank you to the wonderful members of the school community who have joined the canteen team this term. If you haven’t already signed up, volunteering for canteen is a great way to meet new people, have a lot of fun, and have a sneak peek at what your kids really get up to at lunch time! The canteen team is led by Carolyn Booty, who occupies the paid position of Canteen Manager. Carolyn is responsible for not only the healthy and delicious menu on offer, but the day-to-day running of the canteen itself. Volunteers need only to follow Carolyn’s direction, and prior knowledge of food preparation/ serving is not required. School canteen is open Wednesday’s and Friday’s and requires a minimum time commitment, of only one two, three, or five-
hour shift per term. We currently have only one shift left to fill this term. If you are available to help out on Friday 28th March, from 9-2 (or can do either a split shift of 9-12, or 12-2), please email me on [email protected] , or call/ text 0427223065. Any hours you can give are so very much appreciated. A huge Thank You to next fortnights wonderful volunteers – who are; Wednesday 20th February 9:00-200 Christine Pringle Christina Matley
Friday 22nd February 8:30-9:30 9:00-2:00 Amanda Small Tanya Rintoul Libby Wilkes
Wednesday 27th February 9:00-2:00
Michelle Rawson Merideth Poole
Friday 1st March 8:30-9:30 9:00-2:00 Amanda Small Yolanda Chen
MODERN JAZZ & BOYS’ DANCE NEWS Dance Classes for 2019 have started this week. Thanks very much to the parents who have volunteered to coordinate each class group – your enthusiasm and support is much appreciated. A condition of enrolment in the dance program is the parents/ carers of every participant are required to cover adult supervision duty – at least twice each year. Classes cannot go ahead without a parent supervisor. WEEK 4 (Week Commencing Monday 18 February): Tuesday – Year 2 Girls – School library – Angela Pond Wednesday – Senior Boys (yr 4,5 &6) – School library – Sarah Marshall Wednesday – Year 5 Girls – All Saints Church – Emma Willmott Thursday – Year 3 Girls – School library – Kath Fahim Thursday – Year 6 Girls – All Saints Church – Louise Daley Friday – Junior Boys (yr 1, 2 &3) – School library - Kath Lawrenson Friday – Year 4 Girls – All Saints Church – Kate Collitts WEEK 5 (Week Commencing Monday 25 February): Monday – Year 1 Girls – School library - Sarah Tsoh Tuesday– Year 2 Girls – School library – Rebecca Addario Wednesday – Senior Boys (yr 4,5 &6) – School library – Ashley Broad Wednesday – Year 5 Girls – All Saints Church – Katie Da Luz Thursday – Year 3 Girls – School library – Kylie Arcan Thursday – Year 6 Girls – All Saints Church – Rebecca Addario Friday – Junior Boys (yr 1, 2 &3) – School library – Ronda Malek Friday – Year 4 Girls – All Saints Church – Katrina Barnett We understand that, at times, life happens and parents are not able to cover their rostered duty. It’s your responsibility to swap with another parent in your class group if you’re not available for your rostered duty.
In an emergency situation, please contact your class coordinator for assistance in covering supervision duty. Looking forward to a fabulously energetic year of dance and performance!! If you have any queries about the program, please contact [email protected]. Emma and Sara – Dance Convenors
UNIFORM SHOP Uniform Shop Term 1 2019 Trading Dates Mondays 8.30am to 9.30am First Saturday of the month 8.30am to 9.30am 2019 Swimming Carnival The ENPS swimming carnival is on Week 4 of Term 1 - for those students attending don’t forget to check you have not outgrown your house Sports Shirt from last year and good luck at the carnival! Volunteering - its super easy! We have a lovely group of parents who regularly help out in the many roles required to run this ENPS volunteer based P&C initiative. If you would like to find out how you can help please email us at [email protected]. For full details about the shop, the school uniform and how to lodge orders online through FlexiSchools, please visit our webpage https://sites.google.com/site/enpsuniformshop/home
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