# From the Principal's Office

Dear Parents,

This is the last newsletter for Term 1, and I know we probably say this every term but the weeks have certainly flown by! I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the Glen Iris families a great holiday break and an enjoyable Easter. 

TERM 1 HIGHLIGHTS
It has been a busy start to the year with many events and achievements this term:

Prep Welcome Barbeque; Welcome to Country - Smoking Ceremony; Lunar New Year – Lion Dance; Year Level Information Nights; Parent-Teacher meetings; Assemblies on the coloured squares; Parent information sessions – Restorative Practice & Parenting in the Digital World; swimming carnivals for Years 4 to 6; Year 5/6 summer interschool sport; Evening on the Green; Working Bee; Harmony Week; Ride2School day; and classroom incursions & excursions at each Year level.

EVENING ON THE GREEN
We had an amazing turn out for our annual Evening on the Green. The weather was perfect and it was a fantastic opportunity to get together as a community. A huge thank you to Kelly Greaves and her band of helpers for organising the event, including the taco van, ice-cream truck, inflatable dart wall and face painting. We are also so fortunate to have the talented Bernard Curry provide live music which added so much to the convivial atmosphere.  It was great to see all the families joining in the community spirit and every student who I spoke to had a memorable evening and is already looking forward to next year.


More photos of the evening can be seen on Zenfolio. The password to view the galleries is available on Compass in the News Feed, or call the office on Tel 9885 3624.
 
SCHOOL COUNCIL
Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to be a part of our School Council this year. As I have mentioned many times we are fortunate at GIPS to have an involved and supportive parent community. Our first meeting of the new School Council occurs tonight (24 March). In that meeting we will elect office bearers and subcommittees will be formed.

This year’s School Council members are:
  • Flip Connell
  • Oded Van Ham
  • Tristan Schmidt
  • Amber Kelaart
  • Kirsty Watts
  • Tariq Meethal
  • Tom Strong
  • Narani Smyth
  • Amy Hunter
  • Tim McLennnan
2022 PREP ENROLMENTS
We are now accepting enrolments for 2022, and particularly ask current families with a student due to begin school next year to complete an enrolment form and email it or drop it into the office as soon as possible. Thank you for your help with this matter. If you have friends or neighbours who have a 2022 Prep student, they should telephone the office and book into a school tour. 

SCHOOL TOURS
School tours for prospective Prep parents have commenced and are held on alternating Tuesdays and Fridays during Terms 1 & 2. The tours begin at 9.30am in the school office and usually take approximately 45 minutes. Tour dates can be found on the website at School Tours. It is essential that bookings are made so that tour groups are not too large.
Dates for our Prep 2022 Open Day and Parent Information Sessions will be published soon.

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL (SRC)
At assembly on Friday, our SRC members were presented with their badges. The SRC meets during a lunchtime throughout the year. It is a great example of student voice and agency at our school. The SRC takes on suggestions from the students, organises whole school activities, initiates school improvements and raises money to help members of our wider community. Teachers Emma Black and Rachael McGrath will facilitate the SRC this year. The following students are members of the 2021 SRC:


2HTilly FEthan C
2SPZoe FDavey J
3BMila PCharlie S
3CSophie VThomas C
3JAviana CElliott M
3TJAlyssa BBen P
4PArielle RCharlies
4TTessa FMax L
5/6CMercedes ACharlie J
5/6HKate RHugo S
5/6K Erica SWill W
5/6MSophie SJosh C
5/6PLisa AOscar H


HARMONY WEEK

We celebrated Harmony Week last week across the school. The week celebrates Australia’s multiculturalism and is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians. All classes were involved in making a Harmony Week banner and at lunchtimes students contributed to posters with the sentence starter: Everyone belongs at our school because…

Here are some examples:
   “We know everyone has something unique to contribute to our school”
   “We listen to each other”
   “We make everyone feel welcome”


TEAPOT MORNING TEA
Students who display our school values: Gratitude, Empathy, Respect, Resilience and Honesty are recognised by being awarded with a Tea Pot ticket. They then have a chance to participate in a morning tea with me, hosted by members of the SALT – Wellbeing Team.
Well done to the following students who were drawn out of the Tea Pot on Friday at assembly and had an enjoyable morning tea today:

Alexa - 1GTilly - 2HKristian - 1GCharlotte - 2HAva - 1G
Sophie - 3CMila - 3BThomas - 4PFred - 4TSam - 4T
Charlie - 5/6KBen - 5/6KMav - 5/6KChloe - 5/6MAryana - 5/6M


UOOUOO ARTISTS VISIT GIPS
On Monday we held a special assembly as we were visited by two artists, Fiona Tweedle & Janie Fearon. They shared their experience of being selected to paint and decorate a fibreglass UooUoo, a Uoo Uoonicorn, (pictured below) to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital 150th Appeal.

We listened to how the artists went about their task, the problems they encountered and the joy of giving to others. Several students asked interesting questions about the whole process and kept the artists busy right through lunchtime! The Year 3 and 5/6 classes have finished their UooUoo’s…check out photos of their work on our website:

https://sites.google.com/view/gips-art/home


…….. LIBRARY NEWS

We have had a wonderful start to 2021 in the Library.  Students have enjoyed sharing and borrowing from our great collection of picture, fiction, and non-fiction books.  Over 150 new books were purchased in Term 1 using some of the rewards from Scholastic Book Club orders.  There are lots of exciting new titles from all genres for all reading levels and we thank you for your continued support. 

To celebrate Harmony Week last week, we shared stories that celebrate inclusion, diversity, and kindness. 


NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME


We have registered to participate in the ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) on Wednesday 19 May 2021. “Give me some Space!” by Philip Bunting will be this year's book.  National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is an annual event that aims to engage children of all ages to enjoy books by creating a sense of excitement around reading. 

For the first time ever, not only will the official story for National Simultaneous Storytime be read by over 1 MILLION kids across Australia and New Zealand, but it will also be read by astronauts from the International Space Station!

Happy Reading!
Krista Morris

REGIONAL SWIMMING CARNIVAL
Two of our students, Luke and Abbey, qualified for the Regional Swimming Carnival. Well done to Luke who finished seventh in breaststroke and Abbey who came first in freestyle and second in butterfly.
Abbey now qualifies for the State Swimming Carnival at the Melbourne Sports Aquatic Centre in April, competing against the best swimmers in Victoria. A fantastic achievement and we wish Abbey all the best!

RIDE2SCHOOL DAY
Last Friday we celebrated National Ride2School Day. This was the perfect opportunity to kick-start new healthy habits and promote the many benefits of active travel. In total, we had 294 students either walk, ride or scoot to school and our bike and scooter area was full to overflowing. In the afternoon we were visited by Ashburton Cycles, one of our school sponsors, and students were given the opportunity to get their bikes checked.


READING @ HOME PARENT INFORMATION SESSION

Parents of Year 1 & 2 students are invited to an information session tomorrow morning about how to help your child with reading at home. The session will be run by Robyn Challis and Brodee Procel.

When: Thursday 25 March
Time:   9.00 – 10.00am
Where: Library

SPECIAL EASTER LUNCH
The PA have organised a special Easter lunch on Tuesday next week. There are 6 lunch options to choose from and orders via Trybooking need to be made by 5pm Friday: https://www.trybooking.com/BPRYN

POKEMON CARDS
Teachers have had quite a few issues recently, particularly with our younger students, with Pokemon cards and the impact it has had on students being able to focus on their work in the classroom. We are going to trial students only bringing Pokemon cards to school on a Monday and a Friday, and request your cooperation with this strategy. 

LOST PROPERTY
Please can you take the time to label all uniform. We regularly sort and return as much lost property as possible during the school year. It is always disappointing to see the huge amount of unclaimed uniforms that are in excellent condition in lost property. The lost property box is located in the main building under the stair well outside the 5/6C classroom.

LAST DAY OF TERM 1
Just a reminder that the final day for this term is Thursday 1 April. We will have an assembly on this day at the earlier time of 1.50pm and school will be dismissed at 2.30pm. At this assembly next Thursday, a dance group will be performing and our senior choir will be singing.

TERM 2
We have a Curriculum Day on Monday 19 April. The teachers will be focussing on Maths and specifically looking at learning tasks and assessment. Team Kids are running a program on this day.
The first day back for students will be Tuesday 20 April.

Have a great break.

Garry Collins
Principal