The school fees have been finalised by School Council and will be ready to receive payment on the 27th January 2021. As we have reduced the fees in 2021, we would like to kindly ask all parents to consider paying the full amount, as these fees support the school in providing engaging resources for our students.
In 2021, our fees will go towards items such as student learning materials, equipping the STEM building, supplementing our provision of a first aid officer and improving school facilities (note that Building and Library Funds donations are tax deductible). You will find the Coburg North Parent Payment Policy on the school website. Please do not hesitate to contact the Business Manager Sebastian Goder if you have any questions or wish to set up a payment plan.
RFL 2.0 School Community Feedback
There was a significant response to the survey asking for feedback on the RFL 2.0 program from the school community. We would like to thank you if you were able to complete the survey and help us to make improvements to the way we teach remotely.
The results showed that the majority of the school community would like to have more Webex sessions, more accessible tasks and to keep the specialist programs running during RFL.
Other aspects had conflicting results, such as the number of tasks and pre-recorded videos. For example, half liked them, half didn't.
We will be using the information from the survey to make improvements and help us create a plan for RFL 3.0 if it happens. Fingers crossed, we won't need to do it.
Our photographer will be back next week on Tuesday Nov 17th to take photos of any students that were absent for school photos this week.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is a fantastic online resource for parents and children to learn more about being cyber smart and cyber safe when it comes to the digital environment.
eSafety Parents is a place where as parents you can learn about the digital environment and how to help your child have safe and enjoyable online experiences.
There are six topics to work through (Social Media, Screen Time, Personal Information, Inappropriate Content, Cyberbullying and Contact with Strangers) and have discussions about.
Each topic has a 10 minute interactive tour, designed for parents of pre-teens and young teens (10 to 14 years). It has plenty of tips and practical steps along the way so you can help your child explore safely and manage online issues should they arise. This is especially important at this age as they strive for independence and peer acceptance.
Fact: On average, children aged 10 to 14 years have 2 active social media accounts
- Talk regularly with your child about privacy settings on social media. Updating your own privacy settings sets a great example and helps you understand potential safety issues. Be aware of any minimum age requirements.
- Keep your ears and eyes open. Other parents and the media can be a great source of information when it comes to the latest or most preferred app.
- Let your child know that you’re really interested in how they’re connecting with friends. They might be more inclined to talk openly about social media if you talk about what others (their friends and peers) are doing online.
Go to https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents for more.
Parents and Friends
After a year of virtual meetings, social distancing and almost no visits to the pub, the P&F is delighted to announce that we can finally come together in person for an end-of-year thank-you drink. This will take place at the Post Office Hotel on Sunday, December 6, from 3pm till 5pm. Due to current restrictions, no booking can be made, and so it's a first-in-best-dressed affair. But if this changes, P&F president Ruzi will make a booking and advise.
Despite all the disruption to the school year - and P&F fundraising activities - we have still been able to do the annual Artwork Calendar fundraiser. During the first few weeks back at school, children worked on a piece of art which can now be turned into calendars or a range of other keepsakes, perfect for Christmas presents. More details will be sent out via compass in the coming days.
NOTE: If you have more than one child, you will need to do a separate transaction for each child’s artwork.
Please note, due to the difficulties making this happen before the end of the year, the ordering deadline is very tight. Orders close strictly by Wednesday, November 18. If you have any questions regarding the artwork or ordering, please contact Meredith Dimsey on 0411 700 311 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Plants For Panels
A huge thank you to the growers, crafters, packers and hosts for October's Plants for Panels sale, particularly to chief propagator Vanessa Basilone who co-ordinated the whole event under the considerable complication of a COVID lockdown. Thanks to Jackie Hanson, Kalissa Alexeyeff, Ruzi Duric, Justin McManus, Annie Hanson Cohen, Steph Cath Garling, Emma Hopkins, Liz Pye, Charlotte Napper, Charlotte Clarke, Angela Pamic, Shirley Santacroce, Jo Harrison, Mike Bruce, Carolyn Deveney, Kim Mason, Jealan Eltantawy, Matt Pring, Nick Smith and Jane Holroyd.
Goblet Design Competition
One of the school parents (Ruth Allen of www.ruthallenglass.com.au) has generously offered to host a competition, to raise funds for the school and enable the winner the opportunity to watch their dream goblet being made at a local glassblowing studio. Students can enter as many times as they like. The entry form and fee of $2/entry should be submitted to their classroom teacher or the office by December 2, 2020. The entry form and further details attached, but students can also obtain the form from their teacher. Please find a letter below from Ruth.