Thank you to our students, teachers, support staff and parent community for an extraordinary year. We have worked together in ways that we never expected and I am proud to be the principal of our amazing school. Our students have shown resilience by adapting to the many changes throughout the year. They are eternal optimists and remind us all of the importance of connection and friendship.
I am so grateful to our dedicated teachers and education support staff for supporting our students during face to face teaching and remote learning. They are highly professional, knowledgeable and always put the needs of their students first.
Thank you to IEPS School Council, Sub committees, the PTFA and our Class Reps for their commitment to the school and for their willingness to help us all remain connected during the year.
I also thank each of you for supporting us all as we navigated our way through each of the challenges presented throughout the year. Thank you for your feedback, messages of support and for your extraordinary efforts to support your children’s learning.
We are looking forward to the opportunity to connect with each other in 2021 and ask that you save the date of Friday the 5th of February for our annual Welcome Picnic. Next year’s event will be one to remember as we celebrate our amazing community. Further information will be provided in January.
Year 6 Graduation/Farewell to families
We say farewell to our Year 6s and wish them well as they make the next step into secondary school. Thank you to the Year 6 teachers, Ms Seng, Ms Hamilton and Ms Paterson, the Year 6 students and the Graduation Committee for ensuring that our students had a memorable graduation experience.
We will also be saying farewell to a number of families who have had a long association with the school and we say thank you and good luck for the future to these families:
Baligar, Berthelsen, Brady, Buzari, Callahan, Camilleri-Habib, Canty, Cardamone, Chilcott, Chuter, Collia De Polacek, Curci, Danckert, De Banks, Dhanesha, Digiantomasso, Drew, Elliot, Garwoli, Goonan, Griffith, Guo, Hamilton, Kelly, Kemp, Kerr, Lewis, Litsas, Luijkx, Malapanis, Marinelli, McKenzie, McLaughlin, Miskle, Munro, Naumoski, Neoh, Pagnin, Palavestra, Petereit, Prabaharan, Scanlon, Sjanta, Soteriou, Steer, Thanos, Vincent, Watson, Wickremesinghe & Ye.
We will celebrate the end of the school year with a short assembly on the oval this Friday just after 9am. This will allow us to come together and farewell our Year 6 students. Parents and carers are welcome.
Student reports were made available through Compass on Monday and the Portfolios have been sent home with your children. The portfolios are a representation of the various stages of the learning process and celebrate student achievement.
Visit from Heidelberg Police Youth Community Liaison
We had a visit from Alison and Libby from Heidelberg Police who met with our Year 4, 5 and 6 students. They talked about the important role of the police which is to help keep our community safe. They also reminded students that they should not be on the school grounds after school unless they are with a parent or adult. They discussed the seriousness of causing damage to the school and how dangerous it is to climb onto the school roof. The students asked Alison and Libby lots of questions and we look forward to welcoming them to a whole school assembly early next year.
School commences for students from Year 1-6 on Friday the 29th of January and for our Prep students on Monday the 1st of February.
Friday 5th February starting at 5.30pm.
Please keep this date free for a fun community event!
Last Day of term is Thursday 1st of April
Monday 19th April Curriculum Day
Students start Tuesday 20th April
Last day of term is Friday 25th June
Monday 12th July Curriuclum Day
Students start Tuesday 13th July
Thursday 9th of September (Variance to School Day- Parent Teacher Meetings. Students do not attend school unless attending a three way conference)
Last Day of term is Friday 17th September
Students start on Monday 4th October
Last day is Friday 17th December
Best wishes to you all for a happy Christmas and New Year and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2021.
School Council 2020: Decisions, Progress & The Future
It has been an interesting ‘socially distant’ year for School Council! As this year comes to a close we wanted to share with you some of the activities and achievements from Council throughout this year.
Earlier this year we kicked off by farewelling departing council members, welcoming new ones and appointing office bearers for 2020. Office bearers for this year were:
- Co-Presidents: Kate O’Callaghan and Luisa Ford;
- Treasurer: Ian Nathaniel; and
- Secretary: Karen Gibbons.
Council was made up of 7 parent representatives, 4 staff representatives, one co-opted member and Justine Mackey as Executive Officer. Each Council member also sat on a sub-committee to oversee the direction and progress of five key areas of the school: finance, community engagement, policy, canteen and facilities.
Despite 2020 being an unprecedented year, Council continued to meet via Webex during lockdown and some major decisions reached throughout the year, included:
- Approving IEPS’s 2020 Strategic and Annual Implementation plans
- Reviewing school targets and achievement
- Discussing COVID-19 restrictions and their impact on school and our fundraising efforts
- Grant applications
In a normal year, we would also be celebrating many other amazing achievements, but obviously this year a number of events and activities were postponed/cancelled, including our biennial IEPS Fair, so, we are looking forward to having more to celebrate with you next year.
We are also looking forward to spending more social time together with everyone in our community next year, to connect and raise funds to reinvest into our school to improve the facilities for our children.
School Council Focus 2021
School Council will continue to operate as normal in 2021 - with parent, teacher, and leadership team representatives overseeing the responsible financial management of the school.
Council will continue to be focused on balancing the School’s budget and ensuring funds and effort are being spent to benefit students, their learning, their environment and of course our community.
Some of the specific activities Council members will oversee in 2021 include:
- Establishing the broad direction and vision of IEPS within the school’s community;
- Reviewing and approving IEPS's Annual Implementation Plan;
- Approving fundraising opportunities such as the School Gala;
- Regulating and facilitating the after-hours use of the school grounds and premises including OSHClub; and
- Ensuring each and every dollar received by the school is allocated to the right place, at the right time and most efficiently.
For a full overview of School Council’s remit, please visit: https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/school-council-powers-and-functions/policy
Who to talk to if you have feedback/questions
The 2020 School Council will reconvene after the Summer break in Term 1. Nominations for vacant Council positions for 2021 will be called for in February, so keep an eye on the Bulletin if you are interested in applying - it is a very rewarding experience.
Once School Council is re-established in 2021 visitors are welcome to observe at our meetings. You can also submit any feedback or questions through the IEPS office to be given to the School Council President(s) which will be addressed as correspondence at the next Council meeting.
Please remember that you are also encouraged to speak to your child’s teacher or Justine Mackey if you wish to discuss the learning program or anything to do with your child’s learning.
Finally, thank you to everyone in the IEPS community for all your support of School Council in 2020. We very much look forward to seeing you for a ‘COVID-normal’ 2021.
All the best,
Kate O’Callaghan & Luisa Ford
Co-Presidents, IEPS School Council
|PS||Ava and Tom|
|PW||Chloe F and Amaya P|
|2A||Kaira and Darcy|
|2D||Alexa K & Luca|
|3L||Maggie and Elliot|
|4C||Liam T & Tara A|
|4L||Winston, Angela, Will|
|4P||Tuss and Lucy|
|4S||Nigella, Eliza, Georjenna|
|Thursday 17 December||
10:15 - 11:30am
12:30 - 2:00pm
|Friday 18 December||
10:15 - 11:30am
Please contact the canteen if you would like to volunteer in Term 1 next year! We are looking at regaining all our lost connections due to our closure and especially invite our new parents to make contact and join us :-)
Volunteers & Hygiene
Please sign in at the front office upon arrival.
A fitted face mask must be worn at all times in the canteen.
We will be practising social distancing in the canteen. No more than 2 volunteers will be in the canteen at any one time. All surfaces will be sanitised regularly and hand sanitiser is available for your use.
We will be wearing food service gloves at all times.
Sonia - Canteen Manager
BANYULE CHILD YOUTH & FAMILY PLAN – SEEKING FEEDBACK FROM PARENTS
With a challenging year drawing to a close, Council is inviting parents and carers to share their parenting experiences to inform the Banyule Child Youth and Family Plan.
Calling all families and carers! Council is developing a new Child, Youth and Family Plan 2021-2031 and we need your help.
This Plan will be our commitment to children and young people from pre-birth to 25 years. It will help us develop strategies and initiatives so they get the best start in life.
Tell us how we can better support families to raise children and young people.
Have your say by 20 January 2021, visit https://shaping.banyule.vic.gov.au/Families.
Wishing you all a happy and safe break.