Easter Fun on Last Day of Term

The children in 512 are organising this year’s Easter Raffle.  In order for our children to hold an Easter Raffle, we ask families to donate Easter eggs, chocolates, Easter giftware and so on, together with any baskets or wrappings that you no longer require. Class 512 will make up prizes for the raffle. We are hoping to be able to offer lots of prizes!

Your donations may be sent to your child’s classroom anytime next week to enable us time to make up the baskets and work out how many prizes there will be to win. All donations will be used as prizes so we can’t have too many. Class 512 children will be selling tickets in classrooms at school for 50c per ticket. Tickets will also be available for purchase from the School Office next week. Thank you for your anticipated support in helping our children organise a successful raffle!

The last day of Term One is Friday 31 March. There will be a special whole school assembly in the gymnsium, commencing at 9.15am. There will be an Easter hat parade and the raffle will be drawn. Families are welcome to come along and join in the fun!

Parents are reminded that school finishes at 2.30pm on Friday 31 March. Term Two begins for children on Wednesday 19 April.

 

Harmony Day 2017

Harmony Day will be celebrated at Cranbourne Carlisle on Monday 20 March. Children are very excited, with many of them practising cultural dances that will be performed at a special whole school assembly in the gymnasium at 9.15am. Families are most welcome to attend! Please enter via the rear gate adjacent to the bike shed.

The children will then participate in a range of multi-age activities that promote respect, fairness and a sense of belonging for everyone.

The day will end with a very special Chinese dancing lion perfomance. In Chinese culture, the lion symbolises power, wisdom and good fortune. It is said to chase away evil spirits and bring happiness, longevity and good luck. This performance will begin at approximately 2.20pm on the basketball court, weather permitting.

 

Important Dates to Remember

Here are a few dates that you will want to put in your calendar.

Friday 10 March – Child Free Day
Children are not required at school

Tuesday 14 March – School Photo Day
All children must be in full school uniform
Please order your photos online with SchoolPix

Tuesday18 April – Child Free Day
Children are not required at school

The first day of Term 2 is Wednesday 19 April, all children will return on this day.

Book Club has started!

The first issue of Scholastic Book Club has been sent home with children this afternoon. If you wish to order, the details can be found on the back of the brochure.

Orders must be in by Wednesday 22 February.

Happy reading!!

 

School Council – Information for parents

What is a school council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within statewide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the school council?

For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected Parent category – more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.
  • A mandated elected DET employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional Community member category – members are coopted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.

Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.

Why is Parent membership so important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.

Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

How can you become involved?

The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term i each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.

In view of this, you might seriously consider

  • standing for election as a member of the school council
  • encouraging another person to stand for election.

Do I need special experience to be on school council?

No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.

What do you need to do to stand for election?

The principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March unless the usual time line has been varied by the Minister.

If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.

DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not engaged in work are eligible to nominate for parent membership of the school council at that school.

Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the Notice of Election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination.

Generally, if there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.

Remember

  • Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do
  • Consider standing for election to council this year  
  • Be sure to vote in the elections.