New Grades, Twighlight Sports and VPA China Exchange

Dear Parents / Guardians

New Grades

Prep B children with their teacher Ms Turner
Prep B children with their teacher Ms Turner

Today we saw all children step up into their new grades with their new group of friends and their teacher. It is quite rare to have all teachers available for this session but we appreciate the new staff members taking the time to come into the school to meet the children. I would especially like to thank our new graduate teachers who volunteered their time to be here.

Prep D children with their teacher Ms Page
Prep D children with their teacher Ms Page

They were supported by one of our own teachers in the classroom today. Our new prep children were very excited and explored various areas around the junior playground.

Twilight Sports

On an extremely hot evening the Twilight Sports session showcased the talents of students, teachers and parents. Skipping, basketball, badminton, soccer and hula hooping were on offer. Here we have Alexandria and Deman (Chinese Exchange Teacher) having fun whilst getting a bit of exercise and sunshine. Next year, the event will be back on in term 1 (weather permitting) and I encourage more families to enjoy the event with us.

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VPA China Exchange 2016

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 2.34.42 PMThere is an opportunity for seven grade 5 or 6 children to participate in this exchange program from 11th – 24th October 2016. Last year, I travelled with four children and it is an exceptional opportunity for children to experience the Chinese culture, enhance the Mandarin language learned this year, attend classes in Jinling Primary School in Nanjing, meet children from other schools and perhaps undertake a side trip to visit our sister school in Chang-zhou. There are restrictions this time around – we must have a teacher to student ratio of 1:7 and there is an Expression of Interest process in place; meaning we might not
actually be accepted in the program. After two years of this exchange operating, it has become highly sought after
by schools. The cost has been set by the VPA (Victorian Principals Association) at $2,500 (under 12yrs) and $2,900 (over 12yrs). If your child is interested in this exchange and has your support, could you please let me know by Wednesday 16th December?

Deborah

Deborah Harry

Deborah Harry

Former Principal at Hillsmeade Primary School
Deborah was the Principal at Hillsmeade from 2013 to 2016, after four years as the Principal of two schools in Castlemaine.She holds a Master of School Leadership from Melbourne University, a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching and a Bachelor of Business Honours.
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