Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
In the light of the recent experience with the 2008 year 2 transition to new schools, I have made a suggestion that we look to forming a new committee as part of our P&C to oversee future year 2 transitions.
The transition at the end of year 2 is a huge issue for our families, one that most of us begin agonising over in preschool, when we first begin to make our decision about the school we will send our child to. The issue gets bigger over the next few years often becoming overwhelming by the end of year 2. Having just made what was fortunately for us, a very happy transition to year 3 in a new school, it has struck me that this largely positive experience, was more by good luck than good management. There was a definite feel of every man for himself, in bailing out of the school and a cheerful yet haphazard induction into the new school. I think we can do better than this.
I believe that parents through the P&C should be taking a more proactive role in overseeing and supporting this process and that priority needs to be given to yearly evaluations to ensure our children are given the best start at this difficult time.
So, here is a draft proposal for how this will work.
1. We establish a permanent committee under the umbrella of our P&C. This underlines the importance we are placing on this issue to all within our community, and ensures we have an ongoing forum to oversee each year’s transition.
2. A survey of year 3 parents is taken in the first half of each year. We need to find out what worked – and what didn’t.
3. We put together check lists and information for parents for each of our main y3 schools. What they need to know, what they need to find out, local knowledge etc.
4. We establish strong links with our main y3 schools and constructively assist in finding solutions for any problems that are encountered.
5. We share useful feedback to y3 schools, which may help them in their induction programs - it’s not just our kids who change schools – hopefully our research will yield helpful information for other children who are changing schools.
6. We encourage old Yeo Park parents to act as mentors, helping to introduce new families into the established social network at their new school.
Ok, these are just my thoughts to get the ball rolling. This is all open to further discussion. Given the enthusiastic reception this was given at the P&C meeting I hope we will have the nucleus of a group to make a start. All are welcome to participate, not just year 2 parents though they obviously have a very strong interest. Let’s get some more ideas happening. Leave a comment here, or contact P&C members and register your interest, we will then call a meeting over coffee, and start the discussion.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I won't be at school tomorrow but will try and update lines messages on Friday. Robyn.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
I had a great night, and I hope most people did.
Shaun, we missed you. Where were you?
I know Isabelle was taking photos, and I'm hoping she'll donate some of those for the blog.
For those who missed out, we'll do this again. We'll probably do a non-clothing swap (homewares, toys, sporting kit etc) and another fashion one in the spring.
Thanks Alison, awesome idea and excellent execution.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
There is a small core of year 1's who have been badgering for mutual online time. Between 5:30 and 6pm Wednesdays is that time.
If you have no idea what Club Penguin is, this is a brief overview. It is a Disney website with a large number of games and a social networking component. There are games to be played with other people, and games to be played against the computer. There are moderators everywhere, so I suspect it is the safest online place in existence. Disney could not afford for it to be anything else. Conversations can be typed, or selected from drop down options.
Your kids will need to know each others' penguins' names in order to find one another. They will also need to be on a common server.
Just before 5:30pm I will update this post with which server Ben will be on (I'll pick an empty one so there is no risk of it filling up).
UPDATE: The server is: Powder Ball.
If this all sounds insane - just wait. It will catch up with you. If not Club Penguin, then something else. :)
P&C meeting is tonight from 7pm. Agenda is here. Come along if you can, everybody is very welcome.
Also, if you were thinking of coming to the Style Swap but the beginning of term has been slightly less organised than you were hoping, it's not too late! We have enough people to go ahead, but we have plenty of room for extras. We'd love to have a drink with you, so bring your money in tomorrow and your name will be on the door!
(Really, honestly, we'll take money at the door, but to make sure we don't run out of food or wine, we'd like to know if you are coming by Friday morning.)
Monday, May 11, 2009
There are a few SOS Stewie tattoos left for $1 each if anyone wants an extra one or two.
If you were planning on coming to the Style Swap but haven't quite got your money in, please get it in tomorrow so we can get tickets back out to everyone.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
So far we have:
5 clothes racks
Mirror for the accessories table
Savoury pastries (?)
This is just to save 437 emails updating where we are currently up to.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The Theatre of the Deaf was on this morning.
Please remember to bring back your acceptance for the Style Swap.
There will be Stewart House dolphins on sale before the first bell (9:20am) on Friday morning. I think they are $3?
Please feel free to jump in and flesh this out!
Ashfield NSW 2131
P & C Meeting – Agenda
13 MAY 2009
1.Meeting open, welcome and apologies
2.Acceptance of Minutes of previous meeting
3.Reports from the principal treasurer school council
4.Fund-raising Committee update
I think I have managed to embed the minutes. Let me know if you can't see it.
Minutes 18 Mar 09
Anyway, from my quick reading of the minutes, the following items are outstanding, or awaiting followup from the last meeting:
- Stacey's application for K. Rudd's stimulus funds for various upgrades.
- The year 1 teaching position (although I think we all know how this turned out)
- Choosing a date for the pizza and pyjama night
- Second date for the Bunnings BBQ
- Total Learning Books date
- P&C spending consultation
- Woolworths fundraising application
- Funding requests to clubs
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Also, if anyone would like to contribute a plate of nibbles - something you make routinely and is not onerous - it would help us keep the costs of the night down.
So far we have a couple of dips, some bruschetta and brownies. Let me or Alison know if you can help out.
Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you on the night.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Here are soft copies of the invitation and the FAQ for the Style Swap night.
So chase up your friends and lock them in. You need to have your RSVP in by next Friday, 8th May. We wouldn't like to run out of bubbly on the night!