Welcome back to school and a special welcome to all of the new families who have commenced with us. Our P&F are planning a Meet and Greet gathering next Monday, 12th February just after morning drop off. I look forward to having a coffee with those who can gather (new and not so) in the staff room at this time.
We have a communication app called School Star. If you have not yet downloaded it onto your mobile phone, please go to the app store and search for School Star. There you will be able to register and align the app with Southern Montessori School. It’s free, will ensure you are up to date with all the latest news and actually saves us money.
Here are two short reminders that also appeared in last week’s ‘Welcome to 2018’ letter:
Especially for our new families, a reminder that our child protection practices require that adults never enter student toilets. There is a disabled toilet in the downstairs foyer that adults can use, and also take their own children to when needed.
Another reminder concerns supervision of children after hours. Our duty of care for students concludes at 3:40 when yard duty ceases. It is best that families leave the school premises at this time to avoid any confusion around duty of care and who is responsible for supervising children.
Parking – please be considerate of other drivers. The council needs to re-spray the lines that designate parking bays. Please park such that other drivers can easily access / leave adjacent bays. You are welcome to contact myself or alternatively the council to share and concerns or ideas about parking – ph.83840666.
This Bulletin is accompanied by an article from Principal’s Digests titled; Things your teenager needs to know. Of course, you don’t all have teenagers but this article has some content that is applicable to a much wider audience. I happen to have a 17 year old who loves to say, ‘But dad, everyone else is …(doing this or going to a party)…’. I think not!
Last week you will have received a Parent Volunteer Pack, which includes information about upcoming Induction training. This is for any parents and caregivers who wish to become designated volunteers (sports team coaches, excursion/camp helpers, classroom helpers). While not mandatory in 2018, it will be a requirement that in 2019 all volunteers undertake an online training module (free) – Responding to Abuse and Neglect. This 90 minute training will largely replace the parent volunteer induction course I offer but not completely. https://rantrainingvolunteers.e3learning.com.au/
Participants will need to print off certificates as proof and names added to our register. The online module will be updated around May, so for those of you who are eager, I suggest holding off until then.
The first week of the school year was fantastic. It was such a pleasure to see how smoothly the children settled into their learning and how they welcomed new students. I am optimistic about 2018 and look forward to regular and fruitful conversations with community members.