Well it sure has been an eventful term here at Ivanhoe East with circuits being broken and a seemingly endless stream of different regulations. Let’s just hope that we can settle down into a rhythm next term.
Anyhow what I can report is that since we have been back to onsite learning the students have been brilliant. As mentioned in previous dispatches the words that describe our classrooms are ‘calm and focussed”. These are the optimum conditions for learning and they are the prevailing conditions at IEPS.
We are in the middle of a facilities blitz at present with the roof of the Space Centre getting some serious attention and the junior building getting spruced up. These works will be scheduled to create minimum disruption to our core business. They are however part and parcel of getting a pleasant and amenable environment.
Excellent Work by our School Council
The policy sub-committee of School Council does an excellent job and over the last couple of months they have revised a welter of policy documents to ensure that they are current and relevant. There are two in particular that I would like to draw everyone’s attention to.
Firstly is our Parent Complaints Policy. This was approved by School Council this term and outlines our approach and processes that will be employed when we address concerns that are raised. There is a fair bit of detail in the document (which is easily accessible off our web-site) however I would like to highlight two segments.
This first paragraph is pretty clear in the way our school approaches the whole feedback concept -
Ivanhoe East Primary School welcomes feedback, both positive and negative, and is committed to continuous improvement. We value open communication with our families and are committed to understanding complaints and addressing them appropriately. We recognise that the complaints process provides an important opportunity for reflection and learning.
The second important part of the parent complaints policy relates to the manner in which the process is conducted
When addressing a complaint, it is expected that all parties will:
- be considerate of each other’s views and respect each other’s role
- be focused on resolution of the complaint, with the interests of the student involved at the centre
- act in good faith and cooperation
- behave with respect and courtesy
- respect the privacy and confidentiality of those involved, as appropriate
- operate within and seek reasonable resolutions that comply with any applicable legislation and Department policy
- recognise that schools and the Department may be subject to legal constraints on their ability to act or disclose information in some circumstances.
This is important because we recognise that it is in the best interests of students for there to be a trusting relationship between families and our school.
The second updated policy is the Bullying Prevention Policy. This is a very extensive document and has information in it covering the following key areas-
- Definitions of Bullying as defined by the Education Council of the Council of Australian Governments
- Examples of the type of Bullying that can occur
- Programs and Strategies that are in place to prevent Bullying such as Respectful Relationships, Smiling Minds , Classroom Circles
- How to raise matters relating to Bullying
- How the School will respond to issues that are raised.
As mentioned previously it is a very extensive document and outlines the processes and procedures that will be implemented. Our staff have had time to develop a clear understanding of all of the information that is contained within the policy.
The aim of these two documents is to establish clear and transparent protocols that help build a consistency of approach.
We need your help
Some unfortunate news. Over recent time we have experienced a couple of vandalism episodes on our school site. Although damage has been minimal, it has incurred a cost and this is money we could have better spent on improving kids learning and environment. Our school does have security cameras and we pass on the images to the police for investigation.
How can you help? It’s quite simple and it’s the advice I have received from Heidelberg Police.
If anyone in our community observes any behaviour that may be illegal on our school site - call 000 directly.
Thanks for your support with this matter.
I would just like to wish all in the Ivanhoe East community a safe and happy break. We look forward to seeing students back at school on Tuesday July 13th.
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.
|PB||Isla and Kirsten|
Noam, Jonathan, Aida
Olivia and Jacob
Sanvi and Hamish
Lauren, Aimee, Leona, Christian and Matilda
|ART||Mei C 5P|
Lilliana F (3S)
Roster Help needed
|Thursday 24 June||Emily Furlong||
|Friday 25 June||Canteen closed for lunches|
Monday 12 July
|Tuesday 13 July||
9:30am - 11:30am
11:30am - 1:45pm
|Wednesday 14 July||
9:30am - 11:30am
11:30am - 1:45pm
|Thursday 15 July||
|Friday 15 July||
9:30am - 11:30am
11:30am - 1:45pm
Term 3 Roster
Next term’s roster is now available online! We cannot do this without you. Please choose anytime that is free and fill in your name.
We had a lovely flow of volunteers this term with your additional help. The children loved seeing you and we thank you for your contribution and support! As always thank you Tam for taking care of our tea towels and aprons!
Did you know
Canteen will be closed for lunch orders on Friday for the last day of term. We will have counter sales at recess and lunch breaks.
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 volunteers 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
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.email@example.com 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