Welcome Back to our first post circuit breaker Bulletins.
I’d like to thank our students and families for their support over the last three weeks. There would not be many people who would choose lock down conditions, and it is a trying time for everyone. It is however when our School Values of Curiosity, Resilience, Respect and Friendship get tested, so if we can come through it with heads held high, then it is a good thing.
One thing I have noticed is the genuine care that our staff demonstrate for the students at IEPS. They exemplify the moral purpose of the school in supporting every student to the best of their ability.
There are a few projects coming up around the school that I would like to share. The first of this will be the Accessible Buildings Project. In 2020 the school applied for some work to be done under the accessible building program. The purpose of the program is to add design features into the school that allow the buildings to be used by students, staff or visitors that may have mobility issues. We have sought to schedule the works so that they have minimum disruption to the functioning of the school. More details around start times and logistics will follow once I receive them. These works will funded by the Department.
Our Essential Maintenance Program has also finished off a couple of jobs. The arborist has done the annual work with the Friendship Tree, having the dead wood removed and some weight reduction work. The crew also did similar work along the Robin Hood Road boundary of the school.
Another safety related activity was the checks and remediation of our Safety Lighting, especially around the high use out of hours areas near the gym. We also upgraded the lighting in the Art room.
A new Sub-Committee of School Council
At our most recent School Council meeting the Community Engagement sub-committee was re-established. The purpose of this group is to continue to strengthen the partnerships between parents and teachers by engaging them in conversations and sharing the teaching and learning that is taking place in our school.
In order to achieve this the group will:
- provide a communication forum between parents and school council to strengthen connections and build understanding of the direction of the school
- provide a platform for the school to share the teaching and learning that is taking place and engage parents in related conversations
- provide a forum for parents and teachers to develop connections to the wider community.
The School Council is keen to re-establish links between itself and the community and we look forward to the two–way conversation taking place.
This means that we will now have the following sub-committees of School Council;
- Community Engagement
Our next School Council meeting will be on August 4th.
A bit of research
After a brief hiaitus following the circuit breaker it might be timely to share an extract about how emotions and learning are connected. It comes from an organisation called Science of Learning and Development and is from an article by Pamela Cantor, M.D., Linda Darling-Hammond, Merita Irby, and Karen Pittman.
Positive developmental relationships. The key characteristics of a developmental relationship include emotional caring and attachment that create trust and support learning and growth. The emotional connection is joined with adult guidance that enables children to learn skills, grow in their competence and confidence and become more able to perform tasks on their own and take on new challenges. Developmental relationships can both buffer the impact of stress and provide a pathway to motivation, self-efficacy, learning and further growth.
Environments filled with safety and belonging. Children learn best when they feel physically, emotionally and identity safe, when their cultures are represented and valued in their learning communities and when they feel a sense of membership and connection. Learning communities that have shared values and routines, communicate worth as well as high expectations and demonstrate cultural affirmation create calm and ignite students’ capacity for engagement and creativity.
The ideas in this very brief piece are supportive of the work our staff and students do in the Smiling Minds program. As kids return to class after breaks and at the start of the day they reconnect with teachers, peers and environment. That notion of ‘getting ready for learning’ is an important concept that we try and reinforce consistently throughout the day.
WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECKS
- valid for 5 years
- transferable between volunteer organisations
- free of charge for volunteers, but cannot be used for paid employment.
You can apply online using this link:
When you have received your card, please bring it to the office so that we can make a copy and inform the class teacher.
Enrolments for Prep in 2022 are now open and we are taking bookings for School Tours for prospective parents on Thursday mornings at 10:00am. You may either collect an enrolment form at the office or download from the link below if you have a child commencing in Prep in 2022. Do not hesitate to book a tour for a Thursday morning, even if you already have a child at IEPS.
When lodging the enrolment form, we are also required to sight the original birth certificate and current immunisation history statement, which we will take a photocopy of for school entry requirements.
Understanding Autism and Becoming More Inclusive
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As mentioned in last week’s Bulletin, teachers have been completing professional learning about autism and are planning activities for students, focussed on respectful relationships and inclusion. We are looking forward to Hoodie day on the 25th June, with more information about the day to follow. Please find below some information about Autism, contact details for Autism Connect and AMAZE, and a link to a wonderful short video created by Ryell K.
Ryell is in Grade 5 and excited to share some of the challenges he faced and overcame and what autism means for him. Every journey is different and it can be difficult getting support or having someone who has shared similar experiences. If you would like to connect with a parent from our school to talk through any challenges presented by neurodiversity, Ryell's mum Laila is more than happy to be available for that. Her email is LAILA.FERNANDEZ@GMAIL.COM"
What is Autism Connect?
Autism Connect is a free, national autism helpline, providing independent and expert information over phone, email and webchat.
It supports autistic people, their families and carers, health professionals, researchers, teachers, employers and the broader community. The helpline is free, evidence-based and independent.
Autism Connect advisors offer expert advice in many areas, including:
- exploring autism and autistic identity
- assessment and diagnosis support
- school and education
- the NDIS
- transition to employment
- behaviour and communication strategies
- referrals to services peer support connections,
- finding autism-friendly places and events, and
- making environments accessible.
Autism Connect-National autism helpline-
Open 8am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.
Autism information you can trust. Free, confidential and independent.
Please note: this is not a counselling service and we do not provide healthcare referrals. However, we can give information about accessing these services.
Calling all snow families, Ivanhoe East Primary Ski and Board team needs you!
Do you love the snow? Whether it is Apres, Bunny slopes or Carving the first tracks we are looking for like minded families to be part of the 2021 Victorian Snowsports Interschools.
The IEPS team is a non-competitive, friendly team with a focus on supporting the kids to do their best regardless of their race experience or skiing/boarding competence. It's all about giving it a go, having some fun and making new friends.
The interschools are held at Mt Buller from the 23rd to the 29th of August and caters for all age groups and capabilities.
Entries close soon so if you are interested or would like some more information please contact Kristi Lewis on Kristi.firstname.lastname@example.org or 0414 259 346
More information about the interschools - https://www.interschools.com.au/info-hub/about-interschools/
Race time table https://cdn.revolutionise.com.au/site/jeowwseembk9fr2f.pdf
Sophia and Shaman
|1C||Eleanor & Ben|
Audrey and Milly
Matilda and Charlie
Asher and Akshayan
Roster Help needed
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|Friday 18 June||Rebecca Paterson||9:00am - 11:30am||
|Monday 21 June||Lesley Adamson||12:30pm-1:45pm||
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Last day of term
Term 2 Roster
We invite to have a look at our new online roster! We cannot do this without you. Please choose anytime that is free and fill in your name.
Did you know
We will offer a limited lunch menu for the remainder of the term. This includes sandwiches as well as toasted options and super snags. No daily specials available.
Volunteers & Hygiene
Please sign in at the front office upon arrival.
We will be practising social distancing in the canteen. Please wear a mask. No more than 1 volunteer will be in the canteen at any one time. All surfaces will be sanitised regularly and hand sanitiser is available for your use.
Sonia - Canteen Manager
Phone: 03 94992171