Well here we are at the end of term 1 for 2016. It has been a short term and we are in for an 11 week term when we return. It is important therefore that we take the time to rest and refresh as we head into the winter months. I hope you all have a lovely Easter break and spend quality family time together.
New School Council
Congratulations to our new School Council office bearers for 2016:
- President Stewart Johnson
- Vice President Corey Fleming
- Treasurer Brooke Gniel
- Minute Taker Jodie Bray.
We will be hosting a Parent Information Session early next term to share the Annual Report with our school community.
Farewell Sharon Whiting
Tomorrow afternoon, staff will farewell Sharon Whiting, our Business Manager. Sharon is retiring from the Department of Education after over 30 years of dedicated service. Many of our past and present parents/guardians have had conversations with Sharon and have valued her professional, calm and respectful approach. On behalf of the Hillsmeade community, I would like to wish Sharon well in retirement.
Last Thursday, the Progressive Choir were invited to sing at the opening of Coles, Casey Central. Mrs Scott and I walked the School Captains and the members of the choir down to the shopping centre where we were involved in the opening ceremony. The Choir sang the National Anthem before performing a number of songs as community members came through the doors. I was asked to cut the ribbon with our School Captains, Stefanie and Joel. It was a great community event and fantastic that Hillsmeade Primary was asked to be involved.
We held a working bee on Sunday 9am to plant donated plants into the recently developed garden beds around the portable classrooms. Thank you to all families and staff members who participated in this project.
Parent Helpers Session
Today 15 parents attended our third Parent Helpers session. It is exciting for us to know that our parents are willing to learn more about how to support children with their reading and then volunteer some time to listen to the kids read. We’ve also set up processes in the classroom to ensure that our volunteers have Working with Children Checks and sign in and out each time they are here to support us. This is a DET requirement and we thank all parents for following the policy and processes.
If you are travelling for the break, please do so safely. We look forward to students returning to school on Monday 11th April.