From the Principal's Desk
As most of you are aware, our teachers are incredibly busy people. If your child hands in their homework late or at a time other than the due date, your teacher will register the work as completed, but will not mark individual work. Homework marking and planning takes a significant amount of teacher’s time, time that could be spent planning and preparing lessons, or face to face teaching. Our teachers try hard to be accommodating and flexible, but they simply do not have time to mark individual homework that has been handed in late.
Parent - Teacher Meetings
Next Monday is the start of our Parent - Teacher meetings. They will go for two weeks in a bid to accommodate all parents. I want to thank our teachers in advance for committing to this extra time, beyond their regular duties. Appointments can be made through the Sentral Parent Portal. If you are having difficulty logging in, please contact Ms Grant in the office for support. Bookings close on SATURDAY night and if you wish to change or alter a booking after that date, you will need to contact Ms Grant.
Please be aware there will be a strict 10-minute limit to your meeting, I would encourage you to have any questions or points written down so that this time is used purposefully.
It is not mandatory for parents to attend these meetings. It is more of a ‘getting to know you’ meeting, where you will have the opportunity to have a general discussion about your child with their teacher.
Tell Them From Me Student Survey
We will be completing the survey in Week 9 (next week)
The Tell Them From Me student survey asks students about a range of school experiences, including their engagement and wellbeing at school and beyond. It also asks students about teaching practices and the learning environment. It is anonymous and conducted twice a year. All children in Years 4-6 will participate unless you parents provide a non-consent form.
More information and a non-consent form can be found here:
New Report Format
We are currently working on a new report format. It will be very similar to the old one but will look brighter and more modern. Hopefully parents will like it and find it easy to understand.
Assembly Awards and Parents
COVID restrictions have eased (at last!), however, social distancing requirements are still in place for parents and adults on school grounds. We cannot accommodate all parents in our hall under these guidelines, so the staff have decided if your child is getting a ‘Y’ (You’re Succeeding) award, one adult from each family can attend the Friday assemblies.
Friday 26th March will be our GOLD ARPY Assembly. Parents of children receiving their GOLD ARPY will be notified prior to the day and invited to attend.
At the moment we will continue to ZOOM our assemblies each week for those who can’t attend.
This week we started a new initiative that we have called ‘Learning LOCKDOWN’. Basically, it is ensuring that prime learning time in the morning is focused and uninterrupted. Students need to be ready for learning and have everything they need when they come into class. The entire school does fitness at the same time, ensuring there is no excessive noise or unnecessary interruptions and students maintain their focus and learning stamina during learning lockdown. We are also ensuring students are ready to learn promptly at the end of each break. In education EVERY MINUTE COUNTS.
After attending a recent course, I received some interesting information about primary aged children, screen time and sleep. Some information is below.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me on Ph: 6379 1404 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep up to date with COVID information by accessing the latest news from the Department of Education at the link above.
Recent activities ..
We are so proud of our learning in the Southern Ocean class. We are having a great time discovering our sounds and sight words. It’s fun finding them in the books we read. We’ve begun making our own sentences and also perfecting our letter formation by writing them in pencil, crayon and even baby powder. In Maths we used playdough to discover what half a shape looks like. We have been learning rhymes to help us to write our numbers correctly as well as lots of counting with songs and dances. In History, everyone presented a great poster about themselves, their family and how they got their names. Each child presented their work confidently and we all agreed that It was interesting learning about each other.
We have been learning about artefacts and other tell-tale signs of events from history that are still around today. Today, we are the luckiest class at RPS because we did something VERY special. We went to The Globe Hotel with Paul (who runs The Globe) and Mr Craig Chung (who used to own the hotel many years ago). Mr Chung showed us the Lady Bushranger’s hideout which is actually UNDER the floor of the hotel. He told us that the locals used to hide Jessie Hickman (The Lady Bushranger) there whenever the police came to town, so she didn’t get caught! They made sure she had food and water and was safe from capture. How cool is that?
Thanks Paul and thanks Mr Chung. We LOVE that we live in Rylstone where history is still part of our current day events.
Students in 5-6 have been hard at work writing narratives. They have been dedicated to planning, drafting and editing their writing to present their best work. Everyone is looking forward to publishing their narrative and sharing the final product!
In History, 5-6 have been looking into the reasons for colonisation in Australia. Each student researched a big ideas around this topic and presented them to their group. There was a lot of interesting discussion around which idea was the most important and had the biggest impact.
Easter Hat Parade
SRC have sent home raffle tickets for our Easter raffle. Thank you to those people who have donated eggs to make it even more eggciting! Well done to Luke and Charlotte who have produced the first frog posters. Remember they are due next week. Tuesday was our first lunchtime Chess meeting. It was a very fierce, but fun, competition and everyone is looking forward to round 2 next week. Thanks to Elisabeth and Michy for organising it. We have been discussing our recipe book. SRC have decided that each family who wishes to be part of this, can contribute 3 recipes for our recipe book. The categories are mains, desert, cakes and biscuits or miscellaneous such as jams etc. You could think about your favourites and maybe taste test over the holidays and then send them in via school email. It would be fun to include a photo of your family creating their deliciousness! Recipes need to be in by week 5 next term so we can begin organising them ready for sale next term.
Just a reminder to parents who paid for the cancelled Mini Muddies activity that they have $28 available to put towards any other school activity requiring payment. To use these funds please write FIA (Fees in Advance) in the amount tendered section of the note. A Statement was sent to all families in credit last week. Currently, we are only able to accept cash and cheques for payments but are looking into providing parents with an online payment portal, hopefully by the end of Term 2.
An envelope should come home today for Voluntary Contributions. They remain unchanged at $45 for 1, $80 for 2 or $100 for 3 students. Thank you to parents who have already paid or made enquiries.
Sentral for Parents App
We are making progress on getting everyone registered and with access to Sentral. It is great to see parents discovering the functionality that the app provides. If you get stuck we are only a phone call away or you can call by the office for help.
Dates for your calendar
- 19th: Year 7 2022 EOI due back
- 22-23: Life Ed Van
- 23rd P&C AGM @ 3:30pm in the hall
- 1st: Easter Hat Parade
- 1st: Last day of Term 1
- 19th: Staff Development Day
- 20th: Students return
- Guitar on Thursdays
- Change of home time routines to be notified by written note or phone call if last minute. Staff must have this information from parents & carers, not the students
- Any change to your contact / address details please inform admin. staff asap
- Absences require an explanation via a note to the teacher, the green Absence Note or Sentral's Parent Portal messaging platform. Please keep on top of this task to avoid a referral to the Home School Liaison Officer.
- School Drive Subsidy: Please submit your application at www.transportnsw.info/school-students
Thank you to those people who have returned their forms to volunteer at the Mudgee Classic being held in May. A roster will be sent out to those families who are volunteering before the end of term.
Don’t forget that our next meeting is our AGM, followed by our general meeting. All positions will be declared open and it would be fantastic to have some new members join as general members or take on a position on the Committee. Note that our meeting day will now be the fourth TUESDAY of every month. See below for time and venue.
As many of you may know, the Jolly Joker fundraiser that is run in conjunction with The Globe Hotel and Rylstone Kandos Preschool, was suspended last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. As restrictions are now starting to ease, we would like to look at the possibility of starting this up again and are asking for expressions of interest from people who may be available to help. The draw is held every Friday evening at The Globe and a roster of volunteers is compiled with groups of 2-3 volunteers made of parents, staff and friends.
If you think you will be available to join a group this year, please leave a comment on our Facebook Post by the end of this week. Please note that this is not a commitment to take part but just an expression of interest so that we can give The Globe and the Preschool an idea of how many volunteers we have available.
The Uniform Shop is open every Friday from 9am – 9.30am. Uniform purchases can also be made online at https://rylstone-public-school-parents-and-citizens-association.square.site/ and these orders are sent home with your child on Fridays. Due to Good Friday online orders will be sent home on Thursday 1st April.
*** Uniform Shop will be closed during the holidays and will reopen on Friday 23rd April***
Any Uniform Shop enquiries please contact Sandra Stroud 0419 149 478.
Students participating in the program need to bring their deposit slips and cash in a ziplock bag to the Uniform Shop on Friday mornings before 9.20am. If you would like your child to commence banking this year please visit the Commonwealth Bank website at https://www.commbank.com.au/banking/school-banking.html?ei=teach_SchoolBanking for more information.
Next Meeting is our AGM
- Date: Tuesday 23rd March 2021.
- Time: 3.30pm.
- Venue: School Hall
- All welcome!
Sandra Stroud, President
Students were given a clove of garlic to plant (or eat) yesterday that is from a crop grown in our school veggie garden. Thank you to our green-thumbed parents, Mrs Lus and Mrs Morris for organising this. Happy planting!