CNPS SCHOOL VISION: To build a community of curious, creative and engaged learners who are empowered to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world. Collectively we will work with our students to become responsible global citizens who have the skills, knowledge and personal attributes they need for their future.
Wominjeka everyone. It's been one big term! We have finished or first semester for 2021, accomplishing many great feats! I am very proud of all our staff and students for riding through a challenging semester. With 2 lockdowns and a school review, everyone has championed through. I'd like to thank everyone for their support through it all.
Through challenging times, people often ask... how do you do it? Well, I guess for most of us here at CNPS, it is simple... it's the kids and the staff around us that make it such a great place to work and keep on going. Through our review, a comment that was frequently made was 'it's the vibe' of the place. This is so very true. The vibe at CNPS is one that is not found in many places. It sure does feel good to be here.
This term the vibe has kept us all going marvelling in all the great things that primary schools offer. One to mention that brings a smile to my face (with some memory flashbacks) are school fads and crazes. I'm sure that most of you at your dining tables have heard about the comeback of Pokemon cards! Our students have been experiencing many life lessons this term, that is for sure.
This made me think about all the Fads that I have seen over time as well as those that I also experienced as a child myself. Not to show my age.... but do you remember when the Coke yoyo's came out? Yoyo's became a thing with everyone trying to do all those tricks. What about the rubber pop ups, or those hyper colour shirts! Do you remember putting those plastic chip packets in the oven to shrink them so you could put them on a keyring on your school bag? Well, if those things brought a smile to your face remembering them (or just to those around my age), you can imagine the smiles (sometimes disappointment) when new fads/crazes come out at school. I'm still upset that I never ended up getting a swatch off my parents!
Speaking of toys, it was so great to see all the toys being donated for the Year 5 'Rethink Day'. This was a great success with students getting involved in recycling toys and clothes. This was not the only amazing challenge that took place this term. Across the school, our students rose to the challenge to make a difference for our environment. Below are some of the actions student's led this term:
- Foundation - Creating birdhouses, baths and feeders to encourage bird life to come to the school.
- Year One - Creating worm farms at the school to reduce food waste going to landfill.
- Year 2 - Educational information to spread the word on helping our environment (info graphs, stop motion pro, puppet shows, videos, chalk signs).
- Year 3 - Supporting charity websites for bushfires, animal box shelters.
- Year 4 - Drain art encouraging not to litter, websites, animations, booklets, music videos, board games.
- Year 5 - Rethink day, educational workshops for students, toy and fashion drive.
- Year 6 - Improving the school's environment: planting across the school, designing chicken coop for Coburg Crop.
It has been a great term. Thank you again to everyone. We all look forward to seeing you all back in two weeks time. We will have another great Semester ahead filled with lots of great learning and events. Scroll down to the end of this newsletter to see what's ahead for next term. Also remember to check your Compass calendar for events.
SCHOOL WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOURS
An element of the School Wide Positive Behaviours is the recognition and acknowledgement of demonstrated values and/or expected behaviours. The positive feedback system takes a tiered approach in respect to the frequency of acknowledgment and the type of recognition.
This term we have been refining our acknowledgment and recognition system. Margaret Corzo coordinated an art competition for images that represent our values, to be used on postcards. Students were invited to draw an action which they saw as demonstrating one of our school values; Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. We have also printed some stickers with our value icons, which we will trial during term 3.
Currently our system comprises of:
- STICKERS: High frequency, at time of observation of value and/ or expected behaviour demonstration
- POSTCARD: Intermediate frequency. Acknowledgement of short term sustained demonstration of expected behaviours
- CERTIFICATES: Acknowledgement of long term sustained demonstration of expected behaviours
Staff are currently finalising the details on the presentation of the postcards and certificates.
This year, we have been very fortunate to secure funding from MerriHealth; Student Focus Support Services (SFSS), to engage the organisation ‘Canine Comprehension.’ to provide the program ‘Friendship and Responsibility.’
The organisation utilises dogs to work with a small group of students to explore topics such as:
- Motivation - e.g., what motivates us; what is internal vs. external motivation; what motivates the dogs; how can we use motivation and incentives to promote positive thinking and behaviour.
- Feelings - e.g., what they are; what we call them; how we express them; the benefits of sharing with others; strategies for managing strong ones.
- Thoughts - e.g., what is positive vs. negative thinking; how does our thinking affect the way we feel and behave; what control we have over our thinking.
- Communication - e.g., how we respect others when they are talking; effective ways of getting the attention of others; strategies for boosting confidence when speaking; actively practicing through teaching commands and tricks to the dog.
- Mindfulness - e.g., following a guided meditation; colouring; journaling or writing; drawing.
The small group consists of 10 students from Grade 5 and 6 and is a mixture of girls and boys. The program is one hour per week, for 8 weeks.
Ed Connect is a volunteer organisation that provides people to work in schools by providing support to groups or individual students by as directed by the classroom teacher. We currently have two volunteers in Grade 4 and Grade 6 respectively.
News From The Art Room
Our Values Postcards have arrived!
Please keep your eyes out for our new Values Postcards that form a part of our new rewards system. Students will be given a postcard when they demonstrate certain Coburg North Primary School values during the school day, with a variety of cards representing each of our three values: Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.
Building and Grounds Report
We have had another busy month around the grounds at Coburg North...
Our Inclusive Playground is almost complete!
Work has been progressing steadily throughout June. Play equipment has been installed and the final elements of rubber paths, shade sail, slide and bridge will all be ready for the first week of term three.
Work has now commenced on the Coburg Crop – our new garden space. Preliminary plumbing and electrical work have already finished and the space is ready for landscaping.
Keep an eye out for the shipping containers, concrete benches, chicken coop, garden beds and propagation house that will all be enclosed within the Crop! Work is expected to take ten weeks.
Our grade six students have completed the first stage of planting for their inquiry projects.
Along with the grade six teaching staff, they have worked very hard to prepare several gardens for their native planting. They have created spaces for medicinal plants, native ground coverage, climbing gardens, vegetables, and new trees to make our school look great and continue the rejuvenation and development of our grounds and buildings. The change has been amazing, and everyone is looking forward to seeing the westringias, brachycomes, grevilleas, casuarinas, silver wattles and vegies grow!
As part of our on-going maintenance of the school, we will be checking and cleaning gutters during June and arranging for much-needed painting of some of the classrooms, both inside and out.
We are also continuing the process of maintaining the Essential Safety Measures of the school. This process ensures that all building and emergency services (fire protection, means of egress and all other hazard protection measures) are maintained and performing as required.
The holiday break will allow for some major work to be completed at school:
- Our arborist is coming to ensure our trees are safe and well maintained.
- Construction of the dividing walls in the grade three and four portable classrooms will begin.
- The new STEM benches will be installed.
- The final patching and rectification of the defects on the outside basketball / netball courts will be completed and there will no longer be water pooling on the surface after rain.
- The granitic sand path that boarders the oval and the STEM building will be graded, creating a safer and more easily maintained surface.
I look forward to the next newsletter and reporting everything that is happening at Coburg North.
Jump Off Day Celebration!
On Tuesday 22nd June we had our Jump Off Day, where we celebrated all our hard work over the past six weeks. As a school we have been raising money for the Heart Foundation and learning lots of new skipping skills.
I am very proud to announce that as a school we have raised:
This is such an AMAZING effort and a big thank you to everyone who participated and joined in the program. It has been so wonderful seeing everyone skipping and improving their skills.
I am so proud of everyone and remember every little donation counted towards our total! This money will go straight to the Heart Foundation and help people suffering from heart disease. Here are some photos from our Jump Off Day, which was a huge success!
Hello, we are Abi and Camille, two of the school captains. We agree it has been a pretty great term! Even though we had a sudden lockdown, everyone handled it really well.
Over this term many exiting things have happened. This included; the beginning of the construction of our playground, the grade fives hosting Rethink Day, and many sustainable changes to the school by the grade 6’s inquiry projects. But there’s so much more to come over the year, hopefully next term the kitchen garden will begin construction and the playground will be ready!
We hope next term is even better and runs smoothly. We have had a great first semester, we hope you have too! We hope you have a fun, COVID safe break!