From Our School Leadership Team,

This year we celebrate the Year of the Dog as the Chinese New Year festivities commence. The Chinese New Year commences on February 16th and involves bell ringing, traditional dancing and fireworks. Red envelopes containing money are given to children and good luck messages enclosed for the year ahead. Families will also clean their homes to sweep away bad fortune and celebrate with a family dinner. People born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018 have a special reason to celebrate the year of the dog and they are known to be communicative, serious and responsible.

 

Thank you to those families who have returned the permission forms required for the school year ahead. Make sure they are all back this week.

 

Our office is one of the busiest spaces in the school. Parents will call, come to the window or arrange appointments to discuss issues or meet with school leaders. If you are waiting for your child at the end of the school day, we ask you to wait outside the doors that your child will exit from at the end of the school day. Thanks for your support in making sure this area is as clear as possible.

 

Classroom convenors are integral to the successful operation of our school. They form a tangible link between classroom teacher and the parent group of the class. It is a great way to be involved, requires ongoing engagement with the teacher and the ability to organise, communicate and share information with your class group. Please see your teacher or Matt from PC to volunteer your services.

 

School Council elections

School councils play a key role in Victorian government schools. Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging experience. The school council supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.

The School Council Election process begins on Monday 12th February. This year we have 3 parent positions available for a two year term.

If you wish to nominate for School Council a Nomination Form can be found in the Main Building (3/4 Building) at the noticeboard on the left in the main corridor. (Just down from the office)

These forms will be available on Monday 12th February.

Timeline:

a) Notice of election and call for nominations Monday, 12 February 2018

b) Closing date for nominations Monday, 19 February 2018 at 4pm. (Strictly 4pm)

c) Date by which the list of candidates and nominators will be posted, Wednesday, 21 February 2018

d) Date by which ballot papers will be prepared and distributed, On or before Monday, 26 February 2018

e) Close of ballot Monday, 5 March 2018 at 4pm. (Strictly 4pm)

f) Vote count Tuesday, 6 March 2018

g) Declaration of poll, 7 March 2018

h) Special council meeting to co-opt Community members (the principal will preside), to be advised.

i) First council meeting to elect office bearers (the principal will preside), to be advised.

 

School Leadership Badges.

On Monday February 26th we will host David Southwick our local member of Parliament who will present our school leadership badges to the senior students at assembly. This important acknowledgement will be done at the whole school assembly and we welcome family and friends to join in this important school event.

 

Chewing gum is not tolerated at anytime in our school.

Hats need to be worn in our playgrounds. These hats need to be clearly named and are those hats approved in the school uniform policy.

 

Balaclava Road carries an enormous amount of traffic. Parking in this street is controlled by clearly designated times and signage. Please make sure you park safely, according to the directions and ensuring you don’t get a ticket!!!

 

Bush dance

The Staff of Caulfield Junior College invite the whole school community to join us for the 2018 Welcome Bush Dance and BYO Picnic. February 16th, 2018, 5 – 7pm.

 

Information Booklet

Coming home today you will find a small information booklet that contains critical details for the families and students. Please read this booklet carefully and prepare any questions you may have for the upcoming Parent Teacher conferences. The booklet also contains some very important information from the Parent Committee and a page with some suggested areas that you can discuss at the You Tell Us interviews you have booked with your teacher.

 

In 2018, we will not be holding Information sessions for year level and class groups. This new direction increases the importance of the Parent Teacher interview and allows families to ask those questions that are of specific concern to their child or are issues they need clarified.

 

The library redevelopment continues with new furniture arriving soon, a new circulation desk being added and technology being installed to better utilise the collection, allow students to research and staff being able to use the interactive board for the structured lessons and learning programs.

 

In 2018, we will be participating in the Coles docket program that allows schools to redeem credits for sporting equipment, resources and learning material. A drop off box will be located in our foyer and we ask you to lodge your dockets so we can access the rewards program.

 

Children who are unwell should not be at school. We currently have a number of students with “gastro” and we ask families to keep a look out for symptoms and keep them at home until at least 24 hours after the last event. Thanks for your assistance and vigilance with the welfare of your children and our students.