Principal's Message - 7th May

Dear Queenscliff Parents and Carers,

It was wonderful to see so many families at our Week 3 Assembly on Friday. It was a spectacular celebration of the exciting and engaging learning that has been happening in classrooms over the past three weeks and an opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our students in earning Excellence Certificates. Congratulations to all of our Excellence Certificate recipients, who have achieved ten Excellence Stamps in their diaries over the course of Term 1 and Term 2.

ANZAC Day

I was immensely proud of our School Leaders, Elli Smith, Charlie High and Sol Eldridge, who represented our school at the Borough of Queenscliffe’s ANZAC March and Service on Thursday 25 April. I marched with our School Leaders down Hesse Street to Fort Queenscliff, whereby they participated in the service by reading the poem ‘Why We Wear Their Medals’ and laid a wreath to pay our respects.

In addition to this, our school hosted a special ANZAC Day ceremony on Friday 26 April led by our House Leaders, Aike Martino, Jemma Sheridan, Ravi Patel, Winter Boyd and Anouk Ulph. Our House Leaders shared the history around the significance of ANZAC Day, read aloud readings of the poems, ‘For the Fallen’ by Lauren Binyon and ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae and led the school in one minute of silence following the playing of the ‘Last Post’ on the bugle. Jemma shared the history of her great grandfather’s war medals and their meaning. It was a very special ceremony, encouraging our students to reflect on those individuals who have gone to war for our country and who continue to do so today.

Lightning Premiership Soccer

On Wednesday 24 April, our Year 5/6 students represented our school at the Lightning Premiership Soccer competition at the Shell Road Reserve in Ocean Grove. We had three teams compete against other schools in the Bellarine, including St Aloysius, St Leonards, Point Lonsdale, Port Arlington, Wallington and Drysdale primary schools. Overall, our three teams came out on top and were crowned champions for both the girls and boys divisions. Our students represented our school with pride, sportsmanship and respect both on and off the field. We are so proud of their achievement! We will now have two teams go on to compete in the District Lightning Premiership Soccer competition in the coming weeks, whereby they will compete against schools in Geelong.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Leigh Churchill, Mrs. Hannah Petrie and Mrs. Melissa Fitzgerald for all of their leadership and coordination of this event. Both Mr. Churchill and Mrs. Petrie ran coaching clinics and training sessions in the lead up to the Lightning Premiership competition, ensuring our students were prepared with the necessary skills and understanding of the game to participate to the best of their ability.

IDAHOBIT Day

We are excited to invite you to join us in celebrating IDAHOBIT Day on May 17 2024. This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the discrimination faced by the LGBTQIA+ community and promoting acceptance and equality.

In early childhood and primary school settings, IDAHOBIT provides an opportunity to encourage children to reflect, share, and discuss the diversity that they already engage in within their school, families, and the broader community. In addition to this, celebrating IDAHOBIT Day aims to promote greater acceptance, understanding, and respect among our students toward the LGBTQIA+ community.

To show our support, we encourage all students, staff, and families to wear rainbow colours on Friday 17 May 2024. Rainbow colours are a symbol of diversity, inclusivity, and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Students and families can get creative with their outfits by wearing rainbow shirts, socks, hats, or even accessories like rainbow bracelets, scarves, or clothing items that make up a rainbow (red top, blue pants, pink hat).

We are asking for a gold coin donation on the day. All proceeds will go to QHub Geelong, an organisation that provides a safe and supportive space for the LGBTQIA+ community to access information and services aimed at improving health and wellbeing. Your donation can make a real difference in supporting their important work. I look forward to seeing our QPS community coming together to show our support for inclusivity, acceptance, and love.

Year 6 Grip Leadership Forum

On Monday 29 April, our School Leaders, Elli Smith, Charlie High and Sol Eldridge attended the GRIP Student Leadership Forum at Geelong West Town Hall. Our student leaders engaged in workshops focused on developing their leadership skills, including problem solving, creativity, empathy and critical thinking. As part of the day’s events, they had opportunities to collaborate with other student leaders from the Geelong area.

Congratulations Mrs. Petrie

I would like to congratulate our Leader of Wellbeing, Disability and Inclusion, Mrs. Hannah Petrie, on being awarded a scholarship through the Department of Education to study a Masters of Inclusive Education. As these scholarships are difficult to attain, I am tremendously proud of Hannah and her achievement in being accepted into the program. The Masters of Inclusive Education will continue to build upon Hannah’s outstanding knowledge and expertise in this area and our school is incredibly grateful and proud to have a staff member who is so eager and dedicated to improving their practice. I know Hannah will be able to apply her new understanding, knowledge and skills attained from her studies into her role as Leader of Wellbeing, Disability and Inclusion to improve the wellbeing of all our students and families at QPS.

VHAP Mathematics Champions

Congratulations to Lily Golightly and Charlie High completed the Victorian Higher Ability Program for Mathematics in Term 1. Both Charlie and Lily engaged in weekly lessons and completed challenging problem solving tasks throughout the program. Their submissions were high quality, with their VHAP Teacher, Elena Sieminski, commenting that they ‘applied outstanding effort in every VHAP lesson’. Well done Lily and Charlie!

Kids Messenger App

In recent weeks, it has become apparent that there have been some challenges with our students using the Kids Messenger app outside of school. Kids Messenger app is an app for children to assist them in connecting with their peers and family and was an effective tool used during Covid lockdowns. However, I encourage parents and carers to carefully monitor and supervise communication your child has when using the app. We have become aware that there has been disrespectful communication occurring between students online using this app, and communication has been occurring at inappropriate times of the day (e.g. 5:00am or 10:30pm). If you permit your child to use this app, I encourage you to engage in a discussion with your child about the expectations and protocols for communicating with their peers and to reiterate the importance of respectful and kind online communication. In addition to this, monitor and supervise the communication your child is having whilst using the Kids Messenger app. Parents are encouraged to review information and guidelines provided by the eSafety Commissioner about strategies you can put in place at home to ensure your child engages online in a safe and respectful manner. The eSafety Commissioner provides explicit guidance and advice on:

Year 5/6 Camp - Camp Adekate

I look forward to joining the Year 5/6 students this week at Camp Adekate, near Ballarat. I will be joined by Mrs. Hannah Petrie, Mr. Leigh Churchill, Mrs. Morgan-Lee Hickey and Mrs. Cherry Wake on Camp. Camp provides our students with a rich learning experience to connect with their peers and teachers in an outdoor setting and further develop skills in communication, problem solving, independence and responsibility. They will participate in a range of outdoor activities including flying fox zipline, orienteering and archery. I am also looking forward to dressing up in a disco-themed outfit for our tenpin bowling adventure! Thank you to Mrs. Hannah Petrie for her outstanding organisation and leadership in coordinating this special learning experience for our students.

Swimming

Our two week ‘Learn to Swim’ swimming program for our Prep to Year 4 students was a success. Our students participated in daily swimming lessons at the Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre in Ocean Grove. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who assisted throughout the program. It was wonderful to see the development of our students over the two weeks with increased skills and confidence. Swim teachers reported that our students were very respectful, engaged and enthusiastic during their participation in the program.

Werribee Zoo Excursion

On Thursday 16 May 2024, our Prep to Year 2 classes will be heading to Werribee Zoo for a day excursion to align their Integrated Studies and Science topics for Term 2. Thank you to the parent volunteers who have offered their support for the day. I am looking forward to hearing about the exciting adventures and learning our students can gain from the visit to the zoo.

Special Days/Events Parent Survey

As there are many important special days over a school year that can be celebrated, ranging from Earth Day to Reconciliation Week, and R U OK Day to World Oceans Day. All of these days are important and have equal value and importance in shaping the minds and understandings of our students. However, unfortunately, we cannot celebrate every special event at our school as it would simply disrupt core teaching and learning as well as school operations too frequently.

As a result, I am seeking feedback from our QPS parent community to determine what you value and what you think is important that we celebrate at our school to help inform our decision making on school events in the future. I encourage families to consider, ‘what is it that we value for our children?’ ‘What key messages and understandings of the world do we want them to gain?’. I would like to see that our school celebrates a range of different special days that highlight what we value and that there is alignment with our School’s vision, including our priorities of sustainability and care for our environment, respect for First Nations People and culture, celebration of diversity and inclusion, and actions to promote positive health and wellbeing for our students and school community.

I invite parents/carers to complete the survey by clicking the link below, identifying 5 key special days/events from the list provided. Please complete the survey by Friday 17 May 2024. If there are other special days/events that are not listed in the survey, please add in the ‘other’ category.

Special Events Survey

Our Vegetable Garden

Over the past two weeks, our students have been busy preparing and planting in our vegetable garden. During Science lessons, students have been learning about the life cycles of plants and planted seedlings in our garden. A special thank you to our amazing parent volunteer, Sally Caldwell, and our gardener, Liz Graham, and our Science Teacher, Mrs. Melanie Vistarini who have dedicated many hours in preparing our gardens for our students to enjoy. I encourage families to take time to check our vegetable gardens and admire the work of our school community.

Year 2 Parent Teacher Interviews

Year 2 Parent Teacher Interviews will be held at the end of this term, due to Mrs. Laura Atkins commencing her parental leave in Term 3. The Year 2 Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Monday 17 June and Tuesday 18 June 2024. Bookings for Parent Teacher Interviews will open via Compass on Monday 13 May 2024. A reminder will be sent out to Year 2 families prior to bookings opening online. Mrs. Morgan-Lee Hickey will also be part of these interviews, providing families the opportunity to meet with her in person before she commences her appointment at Year 2 Classroom Teacher in Term 3.

Parent Class Representatives

Mrs. Melissa Fitzgerald and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with our Class Representatives on Wednesday 24 April at the Wharf Street Pantry. It was a wonderful opportunity to get together and discuss all things school related. Our Class Representatives will be setting up WhatsApp groups for parents/carers for each class. Parents will receive an email from their Class Representative in the coming weeks, and parents will have the opportunity to opt into being part of a Class WhatsApp group to increase communication and connection within our community. Thank you to Alex Wyatt (Prep), Elise Kerney and Laura Clarke (Year 1), Kelly Clifford and Elisa Brent (Year 2), Naomi Stacey (Year 3/4TH), Guy Le Page (3/4F), Michelle Grainger (3/4TA) and Daniela Sayegh (5/6C) for being our Class Representatives for 2024. I encourage parents and carers to connect with their class’s Class Representative if you have any questions, feedback or ideas for our school.

Labelling Winter School Uniform

As we head into the cooler months and students are coming to school wearing jumpers and jackets, I encourage families to ensure all their child’s school uniform is labelled with their child’s name. This will ensure items can be returned to your child if lost in the yard. Thank you for your support.

School Council

I am looking forward to meeting with our School Council for our next scheduled meeting on Monday 13 May 2024.

As the days get shorter, and the temperatures decline slowly heading into Winter, Autumn is a beautiful season where we can take time to notice the small and big changes in our environment. I have loved seeing the leaves in the streets of Queenscliff change from dark green, to dusty yellow and to burnt orange. It is a season that invites us all to slow down, savour the beauty of our changing landscape and spend time with our loved ones enjoying the things we love.

Nyatne baa Gobata

(Thank you and take care)

Mat McRae
Principal

Wellbeing

Dear QPS families,

Welcome to the Wellbeing tab. Each newsletter we will aim to provide you with articles and information relating to health and wellbeing at QPS.

These may include:

Wellbeing Updates: Information about upcoming events, important dates, and any changes or updates to school policies or procedures.

Curriculum Updates: Information about what students are learning in class, including any special projects, themes, or areas of focus relating to School Wide Positive Behaviours and Respectful Relationships.

Parent Resources: Tips and resources for parents to support your child’s/children’s learning and development at home.

Community News: Information about community events, initiatives, or partnerships that may be of interest to the school community related to wellbeing.

Wellbeing Tips: Advice and strategies for promoting mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing for students, parents, and staff.

Celebrations and Events: Highlights of school celebrations, and cultural events, fostering a sense of community and inclusivity.

If you have any topics that you believe would be valuable for the Wellbeing Team to include in the newsletter, please take a moment to fill out the survey below with your ideas. We are committed to providing resources and information that meet the needs of our school community. Examples of topics might include cyber safety, healthy eating, gaming, screen time, and more. Your input is valuable to us, and we appreciate your contribution to promoting wellness within our school.

Click here: Wellbeing Survey

IDAHOBIT Day

We are excited to invite you to join us in celebrating IDAHOBIT Day on May 17th! This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the discrimination faced by the LGBTQIA+ community and promoting acceptance and equality.

In early childhood and primary school settings, IDAHOBIT provides an opportunity to encourage children to reflect, share, and discuss the diversity that they already engage in within their school, families, and the broader community. In addition to this, celebrating IDAHOBIT Day aims to promote greater acceptance, understanding, and respect among our students toward the LGBTQIA+ community.

To show our support, we encourage all students, staff, and families to wear rainbow colours on May 17th. Rainbow colours are a symbol of diversity, inclusivity, and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. You can get creative with your outfit by wearing rainbow shirts, socks, hats, or even accessories like rainbow bracelets, scarves, or clothing items that make up a rainbow (red top, blue pants, pink hat, etc).

We are asking for a gold coin donation on the day. All proceeds will go to QHub Geelong, an organisation that provides a safe and supportive space for the LGBTQIA+ community to access information and services aimed at improving health and wellbeing. Your donation can make a real difference in supporting their important work.

Let's come together as a community to show our support for inclusivity, acceptance, and love. Thank you for your participation and support.

QHUB

Staff Professional Development

On Monday the 15th of April (Curriculum Day), staff at Queenscliff Primary School participated in a Webinar PD presented by Sandhya Menon, an Educational & Developmental Psychologist.

Sandhya is the author of, ‘The Brain Forest’, a children's book to understand neurodiversity, and ‘The Rainbow Brain’, a children's book that is the first of its kind to understand both autism and ADHD together.

The webinar centered on providing support for students with autism and ADHD in the classroom. Throughout the session, staff engaged in the learning of:

  • What is autism?
  • What is ADHD?
  • What is an affirming perspective of this?
  • Classroom accommodations that these neurotypes need
  • Implementing a Universal Design for Learning that supports inclusion of all the students in your classroom
Onwards and Upwards Psychology

Screen Time

Please find below some helpful tips on screen time for your child
To read more: https://www.esafety.gov.au/par...

Screen Time

Class News

Prep News - Counting Collections

This week, the Prep students have been working hard in their math classes. They've been busy counting objects such as pencils, beads, gumnuts, counters, clips and shapes. After counting, they record the numbers and draw pictures of what they counted. We've been teaching them counting skills such as matching items one by one and moving them from one side to another to keep track. The children are excited to choose what they want to count and work with their friends. Counting collections offers a hands-on approach to developing number sense and mathematical fluency. Engaging in counting collections sparks curiosity, problem-solving skills, and a deeper understanding of mathematics.

Grade 3/4F News

During our Maths unit this term, Year 3/4 students have been expanding their understanding of Fractions. Students have applied specific vocabulary in their learning including, ‘fractions, part-whole, equal, denominator, numerator, equivalent fractions, number lines and decimals’.

Students have organised manipulatives, cut and folded paper, drawn and shaded fractions, placed fractions on a number line and compared ‘more than’ and ‘less than’. We have added repeated proper fractions to make a whole and are working to extend this understanding to improper and mixed fractions.

Students have discussed fraction situations that occur in everyday life such as what fraction of players in a sports team are playing on the field, sharing a pizza with friends or more importantly, what colour fraction possibilities might occur inside a packet of Smarties!

3/4F - Fraction Art

This week, 3/4F students created amazingly artistic designs in small groups using 2-dimensional shapes. They identified the denominator in their designs by calculating the total of shapes used. Students were tasked with categorising various properties within their designs such as shape, size, colour and vertices and representing these as proper fractions where the addition of each numerator must equal one whole. Impressive outcomes were achieved as each group successfully solved ways to present their fraction calculations.

Japanese News

Over the weekend, a special celebration in Japan called Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) was held. It is celebrated on May the 5th every year.

The history of Kodomo no Hi goes back many years. Originally, it was a holiday called Tango no Sekku that was celebrated by samurai families to wish their sons good health and strength. Later on, it was renamed to Children's Day and became a national holiday in 1948, after World War II.

One of the most iconic symbols of Children's Day is the koinobori, which are colorful carp-shaped windsocks that are hung outside of homes and buildings. These windsocks are said to represent the strength and perseverance of the carp, which is known for swimming upstream against strong currents. Families often hang multiple koinobori, with the largest one representing the father, the next largest representing the mother, and smaller ones representing each child in the family.

Japanese News

Children's Day

Another symbol of Children's Day is the kabuto, which is a type of helmet worn by samurai warriors. Many families will display a kabuto in their home as a symbol of strength and protection for their children. You can make your own origami kabuto at home by following the instruction page attached.

Did you know? In 1988, the first National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day was established on the 4th of August. This was historically created to celebrate the birthdays of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were taken from their families at a young age, without knowing their birthdays (The Stolen Generations.)

A photo of koinobori decorations in a local park in Tokyo, taken by Hurley Sensei in 2023

Kabuto Instructions

Literary Festival

It is fast approaching the Queenscliff Literary festival time of year and over the next few weeks, we have author sessions for our students to attend.

The Authors will be setting up at St Aloysius Hall and Queenscliff Primary School students will walk over to participate in their workshop:

GradeDateLocationTime/Workshop

Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2

10th May

St Aloysius

10am-11am Rhys Jeffs workshop

Grade 5 and Grade 6

15th May

St Aloysius

9.30am-3.00pm Song workshop

Grade 3 and Grade 4

16th May

St Aloysius

10am-11am Shelley Ware author workshop


Friday 17th May – QLF Community Concert
9.15am: Grade 5 and 6 students from 3 schools to arrive at town hall
9.30am: Rehearse their songs
10.30am: Snack
11.00am: Concert (approx. 45mins)
11.45am:
Combined zoom meet with Indigenous Literacy Foundation to announce funds raised by each school through their book swaps.

Grade 3/4 students will walk down at 10.30am to watch the concert beginning at 11.00am.


Homework at QPS

In our approach at Queenscliff Primary School, we prioritise fostering a love for learning that extends beyond the classroom. Rather than traditional homework sheets and structured tasks, we encourage students to engage in reading at home. Research underscores the myriad benefits of this practice, including cultivating a passion for reading, strengthening the bond between home and school, and fostering a nurturing environment for families to share together. There is a wealth of research studies into the impact of homework, indicating that conventional homework does not yield significant academic advantages for primary-aged students. Therefore, we believe in focusing on activities that truly enhance their learning journey and overall well-being.

We encourage our students to focus primarily on reading each night/morning independently or with a member of their family. Students in Year 3 to 6 may be given projects or tasks to complete independently at home linked with their Integrated Studies topics.

In addition to daily home reading, we encourage families to participate in shared learning experiences together whereby students can learn valuable life lessons and skills, for example, turn taking, winning and losing, problem solving, communicating and organising. Participating in activities such as board games, gardening, cleaning, painting, roleplaying, building and construction can foster creativity, imagination, problem solving and communication skills. In addition to this, getting outdoors and connecting with the environment are valuable learning experiences for students to gain a deeper understanding of the world around them and how it relates to them. Visits to the beach and rockpools, bushwalks, climbing trees and building cubby houses as well as planting and cultivating a vegetable garden are all rich learning experiences that will support the development of these skills, in addition to providing your family with an opportunity to connect with each other.

The exert from ‘The Connection’ in the United Kingdom provides an interesting read:

Primary school children get little academic benefit from homework

Published: May 11, 2022 7.33pm AEST

Not much academic research has been carried out on the impact of homework for children in primary school. The available meta-studies – research that combines and analyses the findings of a number of studies – suggest that homework has little or no positive benefit for the academic achievement of children of primary school age. A central reason for this seems to be the inability of children to complete this homework without the support provided by teachers and the school.

Some research has suggested that primary pupils lack the independent study skills to do homework, and that they are not able to stay focused on the work.

What’s more, homework may actually have a negative effect if parents set unrealistic expectations, apply pressure or use methods that go counter to those used at school.

Homework may also increase inequalities between pupils. High achievers from economically privileged backgrounds may have greater parental support for homework, including more educated assistance, higher expectations and better settings and resources.

However, it is possible that setting homework for primary school children has benefits that cannot be easily measured, such as developing responsibility and independent problem-solving skills. It could also help children develop habits that will be useful in later school life.

A common task set for homework in primary schools is for children to read with their parents. There is some evidence that this has a positive impact as well as providing enjoyment, but the quality of interaction may be more important than the quantity.

If the purpose of homework is to develop the relationship between home and school and give parents more stake in the schooling of their children then this may well be a positive thing. If this is its purpose, though, it should not be used as a means to improve test scores or school performance metrics. For the youngest children, anything that takes time away from developmental play is a bad thing.

Rather, any homework should develop confidence and engagement in the process of schooling for both children and parents.

Market Roster

Please find Market Roster for this Sunday 28th April and Sunday 26th May 2024

Market Roster
Sunday 26th

Principal's Message - 7th May

Mat McRae

Principal

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Dear Queenscliff Parents and Carers,

It was wonderful to see so many families at our Week 3 Assembly on Friday. It was a spectacular celebration of the exciting and engaging learning that has been happening in classrooms over the past three weeks and an opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our students in earning Excellence Certificates. Congratulations to all of our Excellence Certificate recipients, who have achieved ten Excellence Stamps in their diaries over the course of Term 1 and Term 2.

ANZAC Day

I was immensely proud of our School Leaders, Elli Smith, Charlie High and Sol Eldridge, who represented our school at the Borough of Queenscliffe’s ANZAC March and Service on Thursday 25 April. I marched with our School Leaders down Hesse Street to Fort Queenscliff, whereby they participated in the service by reading the poem ‘Why We Wear Their Medals’ and laid a wreath to pay our respects.

In addition to this, our school hosted a special ANZAC Day ceremony on Friday 26 April led by our House Leaders, Aike Martino, Jemma Sheridan, Ravi Patel, Winter Boyd and Anouk Ulph. Our House Leaders shared the history around the significance of ANZAC Day, read aloud readings of the poems, ‘For the Fallen’ by Lauren Binyon and ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae and led the school in one minute of silence following the playing of the ‘Last Post’ on the bugle. Jemma shared the history of her great grandfather’s war medals and their meaning. It was a very special ceremony, encouraging our students to reflect on those individuals who have gone to war for our country and who continue to do so today.

Lightning Premiership Soccer

On Wednesday 24 April, our Year 5/6 students represented our school at the Lightning Premiership Soccer competition at the Shell Road Reserve in Ocean Grove. We had three teams compete against other schools in the Bellarine, including St Aloysius, St Leonards, Point Lonsdale, Port Arlington, Wallington and Drysdale primary schools. Overall, our three teams came out on top and were crowned champions for both the girls and boys divisions. Our students represented our school with pride, sportsmanship and respect both on and off the field. We are so proud of their achievement! We will now have two teams go on to compete in the District Lightning Premiership Soccer competition in the coming weeks, whereby they will compete against schools in Geelong.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Leigh Churchill, Mrs. Hannah Petrie and Mrs. Melissa Fitzgerald for all of their leadership and coordination of this event. Both Mr. Churchill and Mrs. Petrie ran coaching clinics and training sessions in the lead up to the Lightning Premiership competition, ensuring our students were prepared with the necessary skills and understanding of the game to participate to the best of their ability.

IDAHOBIT Day

We are excited to invite you to join us in celebrating IDAHOBIT Day on May 17 2024. This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the discrimination faced by the LGBTQIA+ community and promoting acceptance and equality.

In early childhood and primary school settings, IDAHOBIT provides an opportunity to encourage children to reflect, share, and discuss the diversity that they already engage in within their school, families, and the broader community. In addition to this, celebrating IDAHOBIT Day aims to promote greater acceptance, understanding, and respect among our students toward the LGBTQIA+ community.

To show our support, we encourage all students, staff, and families to wear rainbow colours on Friday 17 May 2024. Rainbow colours are a symbol of diversity, inclusivity, and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Students and families can get creative with their outfits by wearing rainbow shirts, socks, hats, or even accessories like rainbow bracelets, scarves, or clothing items that make up a rainbow (red top, blue pants, pink hat).

We are asking for a gold coin donation on the day. All proceeds will go to QHub Geelong, an organisation that provides a safe and supportive space for the LGBTQIA+ community to access information and services aimed at improving health and wellbeing. Your donation can make a real difference in supporting their important work. I look forward to seeing our QPS community coming together to show our support for inclusivity, acceptance, and love.

Year 6 Grip Leadership Forum

On Monday 29 April, our School Leaders, Elli Smith, Charlie High and Sol Eldridge attended the GRIP Student Leadership Forum at Geelong West Town Hall. Our student leaders engaged in workshops focused on developing their leadership skills, including problem solving, creativity, empathy and critical thinking. As part of the day’s events, they had opportunities to collaborate with other student leaders from the Geelong area.

Congratulations Mrs. Petrie

I would like to congratulate our Leader of Wellbeing, Disability and Inclusion, Mrs. Hannah Petrie, on being awarded a scholarship through the Department of Education to study a Masters of Inclusive Education. As these scholarships are difficult to attain, I am tremendously proud of Hannah and her achievement in being accepted into the program. The Masters of Inclusive Education will continue to build upon Hannah’s outstanding knowledge and expertise in this area and our school is incredibly grateful and proud to have a staff member who is so eager and dedicated to improving their practice. I know Hannah will be able to apply her new understanding, knowledge and skills attained from her studies into her role as Leader of Wellbeing, Disability and Inclusion to improve the wellbeing of all our students and families at QPS.

VHAP Mathematics Champions

Congratulations to Lily Golightly and Charlie High completed the Victorian Higher Ability Program for Mathematics in Term 1. Both Charlie and Lily engaged in weekly lessons and completed challenging problem solving tasks throughout the program. Their submissions were high quality, with their VHAP Teacher, Elena Sieminski, commenting that they ‘applied outstanding effort in every VHAP lesson’. Well done Lily and Charlie!

Kids Messenger App

In recent weeks, it has become apparent that there have been some challenges with our students using the Kids Messenger app outside of school. Kids Messenger app is an app for children to assist them in connecting with their peers and family and was an effective tool used during Covid lockdowns. However, I encourage parents and carers to carefully monitor and supervise communication your child has when using the app. We have become aware that there has been disrespectful communication occurring between students online using this app, and communication has been occurring at inappropriate times of the day (e.g. 5:00am or 10:30pm). If you permit your child to use this app, I encourage you to engage in a discussion with your child about the expectations and protocols for communicating with their peers and to reiterate the importance of respectful and kind online communication. In addition to this, monitor and supervise the communication your child is having whilst using the Kids Messenger app. Parents are encouraged to review information and guidelines provided by the eSafety Commissioner about strategies you can put in place at home to ensure your child engages online in a safe and respectful manner. The eSafety Commissioner provides explicit guidance and advice on:

Year 5/6 Camp - Camp Adekate

I look forward to joining the Year 5/6 students this week at Camp Adekate, near Ballarat. I will be joined by Mrs. Hannah Petrie, Mr. Leigh Churchill, Mrs. Morgan-Lee Hickey and Mrs. Cherry Wake on Camp. Camp provides our students with a rich learning experience to connect with their peers and teachers in an outdoor setting and further develop skills in communication, problem solving, independence and responsibility. They will participate in a range of outdoor activities including flying fox zipline, orienteering and archery. I am also looking forward to dressing up in a disco-themed outfit for our tenpin bowling adventure! Thank you to Mrs. Hannah Petrie for her outstanding organisation and leadership in coordinating this special learning experience for our students.

Swimming

Our two week ‘Learn to Swim’ swimming program for our Prep to Year 4 students was a success. Our students participated in daily swimming lessons at the Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre in Ocean Grove. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who assisted throughout the program. It was wonderful to see the development of our students over the two weeks with increased skills and confidence. Swim teachers reported that our students were very respectful, engaged and enthusiastic during their participation in the program.

Werribee Zoo Excursion

On Thursday 16 May 2024, our Prep to Year 2 classes will be heading to Werribee Zoo for a day excursion to align their Integrated Studies and Science topics for Term 2. Thank you to the parent volunteers who have offered their support for the day. I am looking forward to hearing about the exciting adventures and learning our students can gain from the visit to the zoo.

Special Days/Events Parent Survey

As there are many important special days over a school year that can be celebrated, ranging from Earth Day to Reconciliation Week, and R U OK Day to World Oceans Day. All of these days are important and have equal value and importance in shaping the minds and understandings of our students. However, unfortunately, we cannot celebrate every special event at our school as it would simply disrupt core teaching and learning as well as school operations too frequently.

As a result, I am seeking feedback from our QPS parent community to determine what you value and what you think is important that we celebrate at our school to help inform our decision making on school events in the future. I encourage families to consider, ‘what is it that we value for our children?’ ‘What key messages and understandings of the world do we want them to gain?’. I would like to see that our school celebrates a range of different special days that highlight what we value and that there is alignment with our School’s vision, including our priorities of sustainability and care for our environment, respect for First Nations People and culture, celebration of diversity and inclusion, and actions to promote positive health and wellbeing for our students and school community.

I invite parents/carers to complete the survey by clicking the link below, identifying 5 key special days/events from the list provided. Please complete the survey by Friday 17 May 2024. If there are other special days/events that are not listed in the survey, please add in the ‘other’ category.

Special Events Survey

Our Vegetable Garden

Over the past two weeks, our students have been busy preparing and planting in our vegetable garden. During Science lessons, students have been learning about the life cycles of plants and planted seedlings in our garden. A special thank you to our amazing parent volunteer, Sally Caldwell, and our gardener, Liz Graham, and our Science Teacher, Mrs. Melanie Vistarini who have dedicated many hours in preparing our gardens for our students to enjoy. I encourage families to take time to check our vegetable gardens and admire the work of our school community.

Year 2 Parent Teacher Interviews

Year 2 Parent Teacher Interviews will be held at the end of this term, due to Mrs. Laura Atkins commencing her parental leave in Term 3. The Year 2 Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Monday 17 June and Tuesday 18 June 2024. Bookings for Parent Teacher Interviews will open via Compass on Monday 13 May 2024. A reminder will be sent out to Year 2 families prior to bookings opening online. Mrs. Morgan-Lee Hickey will also be part of these interviews, providing families the opportunity to meet with her in person before she commences her appointment at Year 2 Classroom Teacher in Term 3.

Parent Class Representatives

Mrs. Melissa Fitzgerald and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with our Class Representatives on Wednesday 24 April at the Wharf Street Pantry. It was a wonderful opportunity to get together and discuss all things school related. Our Class Representatives will be setting up WhatsApp groups for parents/carers for each class. Parents will receive an email from their Class Representative in the coming weeks, and parents will have the opportunity to opt into being part of a Class WhatsApp group to increase communication and connection within our community. Thank you to Alex Wyatt (Prep), Elise Kerney and Laura Clarke (Year 1), Kelly Clifford and Elisa Brent (Year 2), Naomi Stacey (Year 3/4TH), Guy Le Page (3/4F), Michelle Grainger (3/4TA) and Daniela Sayegh (5/6C) for being our Class Representatives for 2024. I encourage parents and carers to connect with their class’s Class Representative if you have any questions, feedback or ideas for our school.

Labelling Winter School Uniform

As we head into the cooler months and students are coming to school wearing jumpers and jackets, I encourage families to ensure all their child’s school uniform is labelled with their child’s name. This will ensure items can be returned to your child if lost in the yard. Thank you for your support.

School Council

I am looking forward to meeting with our School Council for our next scheduled meeting on Monday 13 May 2024.

As the days get shorter, and the temperatures decline slowly heading into Winter, Autumn is a beautiful season where we can take time to notice the small and big changes in our environment. I have loved seeing the leaves in the streets of Queenscliff change from dark green, to dusty yellow and to burnt orange. It is a season that invites us all to slow down, savour the beauty of our changing landscape and spend time with our loved ones enjoying the things we love.

Nyatne baa Gobata

(Thank you and take care)

Mat McRae
Principal

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