Best wishes for the holidays and a happy Easter
We wish all Barbreck students and families a very happy, relaxing holiday period and, indeed, a wonderful, restful Easter. May the holidays and especially Easter, provide opportunities for family time and enjoyable activities with friends.
Year 4 Anglesea Group Camp
Year 4 returned from their three-day stay in Anglesea, filled with stories of learning, laughter, experience and thorough enjoyment. Staff attending the camp, Ms Simone Schilte, Ms Lisa Barker and Ms Georgina Stride are warmly thanked for their commitment, work and professionalism whilst the girls were away and in their care. Thank you also to Mr Tom Crebbin and Michaela Mayes from OEG, who led the group for a day, to run the Anglesea ‘Iron Girl’ competition.
Year 3 Science Discovery Dome Incursion
As part of the Year 3 Science Unit of Investigation, ‘Night and Day’, the students were excited to learn new science concepts in the large inflatable space dome. The incursion provided the girls with an immersive experience learning about the movement of the sun, moon and earth. They also learnt how the seasons are formed and the different phases of the moon. These concepts were demonstrated with a giant projector that showed simulations and videos of the sun and earth.
The girls were lucky to have two sessions in the dome. In the first session, they learnt the science concepts. Then later after discussing their thoughts and understandings in class, they created their own questions to share in a follow-up session. They will now be applying their new insights in classroom activities and present them to each other at the end of the term.
Readers are invited to enjoy two of the many excellent snippets of student’s reports:
On Wednesday 8 March, all of the Year 3 girls went in the Cosmodome. We learnt about the Earth, the Sun, the Moon and time zones. Nick, the presenter, taught us all about day and night, the seasons and the tides. We saw a show about the stars and it was very interesting. Did you know that it takes one year for the earth to orbit around the sun? I learnt so much in the Cosmodome.
Hattie Koco (3W)
The Year 3s had an amazing time in the Cosmodome incursion. It was all about the Sun, Moon and Earth. We learnt so much and everyone was having a lot of fun too. When we walked into the Cosmodome it was like being taken into space. It was a giant tent. Nick taught us a lot about space. One thing I learnt was that the moon was created when Thea crashed into Earth. At the end, we learnt about the shapes the stars make in the night sky. It was a shame to end the fun and no one wanted to leave. There was so much learning!
Clover Oxley (3W)
Mr Tim Tainsh, Year 3 Teacher
Important Dates to Remember
Final day of Term One Friday 31 March, 1.00pm dismissal
Day One Term 2 Tuesday 18 April
Year 6 Camp
Date: Tuesday 18 April – Friday 21 April, Golden Valleys Lodge
Co-curricular Activities Term 2, 2017
Please note the following important information regarding the commencement dates for co-curricular activities in Term 2.
|Swim Squads||Tuesday 18 April||Friday 23 June|
|Learn to Swim||Wednesday 19 April||Thursday 22 June|
|Yrs 4-6 Junior Joggers||Tuesday 18 April (7.30am)||Tuesday 20 June|
|Yrs 5 & 6 Afterschool Sport||Tuesday 18 April (3.30-5.00pm)||Tuesday 20 June|
|Gymnastics||Wednesday 19 April||Thursday 22 June|
|Epstein singers||Wednesday 19 April (7.45-8.45am)|
NOTE: Years 5 & 6 Afterschool Sport is compulsory.
|Afterschool Sport (Yrs 3-4)||Monday 24 April|
|Monday 19 June|
|Tennis||Monday 24 April||Monday 19 June|
|‘Les Lucioles’ (Yrs 2-3)||Thursday 27 April (Recess)||Thursday 22 June|
|Club Français de Barbreck’ (Yrs 4-6)||Thursday 27 April|
|Thursday 22 June|
|Yr 3 Stage Skills||Tuesday 2 May|
|Tuesday 20 June|
|Yr 4 Stage Skills||Tuesday 2 May|
|Tuesday 20 June|
|Homework Happenings (Yrs 3-6)||Monday 24 April|
|Wednesday 21 June|
|STEM (Yrs 5 & 6)||Monday 24 April|
|STEM (Yr 3)||Wednesday 26 April|
|STEM (Yr 4)||Thursday 27 April|
|STEM (Yr 2)||Friday 28 April|
|Write on Wednesdays||Wednesday 26 April|
|Wednesday 14 June|
|Chess (Yrs 3 & 4)||Friday 28 April|
|Friday 16 June|
Parent Information Line – (number: 9828 3994)
Parents are asked to use the regularly updated Parent Information Line during important times such as a Year level being on camp. The line contains information about the camp and bus arrival information.
Winter Uniform Term 2
Term 2 commences in mid-April this year and the weather is likely to still be fine and warm.
Parents are advised that choices between summer and winter uniform can be made (according to the weather) for the first three weeks of Term 2. The official day for the wearing of winter uniform is Monday 8 May. This date will be reviewed and adjusted if the weather still remains warm.
Absence from School
Parents are reminded that we require a message to be placed on the Student Absentee Line (03 9828 3021) when your child is away on any school day. In order to assist us with safety and security, we ask that parents always advise the Junior School Office on this line – even if classroom teachers have been advised.
School Attendance Rolls
The School bell rings at 8.30am. At this time, the students commence the organisation required for the day. With respect for traffic conditions and families taking siblings to other schools, the attendance rolls are marked in classrooms at 8.40am. Students who are not present at 8.40am are marked absent. These records are sent to the Junior School Office for official entry.
Any student who arrives after attendance rolls have been marked, must report to the Junior School Office to sign in. Accordingly, the records are rectified. Those students who do not sign in, are still deemed absent. In terms of safety and security, it is therefore critical that these steps are followed. Please note, if students arrive after 8.30am, it is assumed it is for traffic reasons.
Term 2 Late Pickup and After School arrangements
Parents are advised that students who are still waiting to be picked up by parents after dismissal at 3.30pm, will be placed in the After School Program at 3.50pm by the teacher at close of duty. Parents will be advised.
Students still waiting to be collected after extra activities will be placed in the After School Program after 10 minutes after the session finishing time (please see below):
|Afterschool Sport||Yrs 5& 6||Tuesday, 5.00pm|
|Afterschool Sport||Yrs 3 & 4||Monday, 4.30pm|
|Homework Happenings||Mondays–Wednesdays, 4.15pm|
|Stage Skills||Yr 4||Tuesday, 4.30pm|
|Write on Wednesdays||Yrs 5 & 6||Wednesday, 5.00pm|
|French Club||Yrs 4-6||Thursday, 4.30pm|
Parents will be notified and will be billed accordingly by After School Providers, Camp Australia
Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)
All families are encouraged to register with Camp Australia (our OSHC Provider) by telephoning the Camp Australia Head office 88551 4100 or 885 14160 for details.
Note: Camp Australia offer a reduced fee for such circumstances.
If you need to contact Out of School Hours Care please note the parent contact number is 0412 510875 or 9828 3904.