Week 8 – Beginning Monday 22 March, 2021
Tilly the assistance dog
From today, Tilly the assistance dog will be a regular visitor to our school during drop-off and pick-up time. Tilly has been trained to Public Access Standards by Canine Assistance Australia to work with one of our students. Tilly is still a young dog and is getting used to working in noisy places and busy places.
Tilly will be escorting and collecting a student in Room 6 to and from school. While Tilly is working we all need to remember to follow protocols that apply to assistance dogs. Please feel free to discuss some of the protocols with your child:
- Remember the dog is working
- Give the dog space
- Ask the student’s mum if you can pat the dog (be prepared for the answer to be no – Tilly may need to be focused)
Ms Hill, our art teacher, will be commencing the mural (on the walls of the toilet block), on Wednesday 24th March at 9:20am, and would love some helpers if people are keen.
Artist Eleisha Pirouet has created 6 sketches based on student drawings and ideas, and this week our school community is invited to vote on which design they’d like to see come to life. Hard copies will be on the pinup board outside art room.
- To complete the Third Party Online Consent form for your child(ren) – sent via Connect on 16th Feb, and again on 18th
- To return green update forms (even if there are no changes to make), and pay school Contributions.
- To get a late pass from the office if your children are arriving after the school bell in the morning. Also, if collecting children early, you must sign them out at the office before getting them from the classroom.
- If your child will be away from school due to extended holidays, please ensure you inform the school via text message (0437 887 585) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parents are asked to use the front door of the Admin building.
School Board update
The Millen School Board’s first meeting for 2021 was held on 11 March.
At this meeting we approved the 2021 School Budget. In the Budget funds have been earmarked for the quadrangle upgrade. It is very disappointing that the upgrade has not been able to go ahead as intended due to cost and site access issues. The Board will consider how we can advocate for funding for this important project – I think most families will have a child who has scraped their knees on the rough ground!
At the meeting we also endorsed the school’s new Business Plan for 2021-2024. Progress toward achieving the commitments in the Business Plan will be reported to the Board as part of our role is to monitor the performance of the school. We noted the Statement of Expectation which is the agreement between the Director General and the Principal. And finally, we discussed the upcoming School Review, and look forward to being a part of the review process in late March.
Linda Adnyana, Millen Primary School Board Chair
Greenbatch & Containers for Change:
The collection bins will have a new location in the corner outside the Art Room. Collection day will still be every Wednesday.
News from the P&C
GET YOUR BUNS….IN EASTER IS COMING!
We all love a good hot cross bun toasted up with lashings of butter, and this year you can bun-it-up and support your P&C at the same time, it’s a win win!
Place your Abhi’s Hot Cross Bun orders via the Quickcliq app https://quickcliq.com.au/ by Tuesday 30 March for collection after school on Thursday 1 April (last day of Term 1) from the canteen or we can send them home with your eldest child (or afterschool care).
Packs of 6 Traditional – $7
Packs of 6 Chocolate – $7
Quickcliq orders open next week – https://quickcliq.com.au/
COME JOIN THE TEAM!
The P&C is looking to fill the position of Secretary. Duties include: taking minutes at general P&C meetings, distributing (emailing) finalised minutes via Google docs and collecting mail. Worried you can’t make it in person to the meetings, that’s ok you can dial in via Zoom! For queries or interest please email: email@example.com
UNIFORM THANKYOU AND WELCOME
We’d like to say a huge thank you to the dedicated Ellena who has run our uniform shop for the past few years, particularly last year with the stress of COVID-related delays. We appreciate all the time and energy you have poured into this role Ellena.
The P&C would like to welcome our new Uniform Coordinators, Gillian Croft and Catherine Finch. They are kicking things off by opening the uniform shop next Thursday 25th March in its new location (the old front desk area).
Monday, 22 March – Harmony Day – children are encouraged to wear orange clothing or to dress in clothes representing their cultural background
Wednesday, 24 March – 45am – Junior assembly hosted by Pre-Primary – Room 16
- Interschool Summer Sports Carnival
Thursday, 25 March – Uniform shop open 8:15 – 8:45am – note new location in the old front office.
- NAPLAN practice test – Years 3 & 5 students only
Friday 26 March – Swan Valley Adventures – Yr 6 excursion
Tuesday 30 March – Orders for Hot X Buns close
Thursday 1 April –
- Easter Hat parade – 8:45am
- Hot X Buns collection from canteen – end of day
- LAST DAY OF TERM