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Teesdale Primary School


Welcome back for term 3
We hope that all families have enjoyed the term break and that students are ready for learning for term 3.


This term there are a number of extra curriculum programs planned including the eSmart Cybersafety Parent Workshop on the evening of Thursday 18th August, the School Concert on the evening of Tuesday 13th September and the Sporting in Schools hockey clinics for Years 3-6. 

We are also continuing our teaching staff pedagogical coaching program with Educational Consultant Vicki Renick to support our work to improve learning outcomes for all students.  This work provides students with enhanced opportunities to understand what and why they are undertaking quality learning tasks and how to give and expect feedback about their learning.

Sporting in Schools extra curricula activity – Hockey
The term 3 Sporting in Schools activity will be hockey.  The Sporting in Schools clinics provide a wonderful opportunity for our students in Years 3-6 to participate in a free, one hour, four week sporting skill program.  The clinics will be conducted on Mondays, 3.30-4.30 p.m. commencing in August. 

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden extra curricula activity program update
We are very fortunate to have the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden accredited program to offer at Teesdale.  The staff who work in the program, Deb Smith and Ashley Dewhurst, provide a great additional learning program.  

This term’s Wednesday program has been rostered for Years 5 and 6. We are also utilising the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden activities as a theme for both our “Picasso Cow” art project and for our School Concert items. The garden activities greatly enhance our whole school program and it is well worth celebrating through our arts.

Working Bee Term 3 date
Term 3 Whole School Working Bee is planned for Sunday, 7th August, 9-11.00 a.m.  Tasks will include clearing the area in readiness for the new sandpit and tidying the bird corridor area.  All welcome.

Student Free Curriculum Day advanced notice – Friday 26th August
Term 3 Student Free Curriculum Day is planned for Friday 26th August.  The day will focus on social competency development support for students.  

eSmart – Community Engagement Program
As part of their commitment to support school communities in being safe, smart and responsible online, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation will be facilitating a parent seminar at SCHOOL on Thursday 18th August from 6:30 to 8:00pm.  

Facilitated by the experts in their eSmart Schools team, parents will be presented with all the latest trends and research about Cybersafety and online behaviours.  Strategies and guidelines will be discussed that relate to safe, smart and responsible uses of technology in the home.

The eSmart Schools program is a cultural change initiative developed by the Foundation in consultation with academic and industry experts.  eSmart aims to create positive, respectful and inclusive cultures that reduce bullying, cyber bullying and increase Cybersafety.

eSmart – Being smart, safe and responsible

Chatterbox:
Making new friends online is fun – but it can turn nasty if you’re not careful.

More friends online mean more people can see everything you put on your profile.

Never forget that the person you’re talking to is a real person with real feelings: if you wouldn’t say it face to face, don’t say it online.

Sending or forwarding mean or humiliating things about other people can cause real hurt – and in some parts of Australia, it’s against the law.

Please visit: www.esmartschools.org.au

Crazy Hair Day
If you visited Teesdale PS on the last day of last term, you would probably have thought that the students were having a bad hair day!  Well you would be nearly right!  It was in fact “Crazy Hair Day” and it was all for a good cause.  Teesdale PS students were encouraged to support the Epilepsy Foundation with a gold coin donation.  The students and their families went to a great deal of effort to produce very creative and colourful hair designs.  Even the teachers were caught up in the fun!  We are pleased to announce that just over $200 was raised.  Great effort everyone!

Parents and Friends Association
The PFA are currently organising gifts for the Father’s Day Stall and looking for donations of clean washed empty pasta jars.  Please leave at the school office foyer.  

Once again, our school is supporting the Geelong Food Winter Relief Toucan Appeal.  Please give a can, or anything else you can, into the donation box at the school office foyer.  (Donations can include NEW cereal, milo, cake mix, vegemite, money, sugar, tea/coffee, cling wrap, foil, shampoo/conditioner, toiletry products.)  

If you would like to be part of the PFA team please:
Connect with PFA on Facebook: 

Teesdale Primary School PFA: https://www.facebook.com/groups/355011767931490/

August is Enrolment Month at Teesdale PS
• Will your child be attending school in 2017?
• Are you moving into the Teesdale area?
• Do you know someone who is?

We would like to invite you to visit our school for a Parent Information Session and a tour of the school grounds and facilities. Parents will meet the principal and be able to ask any questions that may have about our school and the school curriculum.

When: Monday 15th August
Time: 2:15 - 3:15pm.
Where: Teesdale Primary School

If you would like to know more about our school, please phone us during school hours on 5281 5218 or head to our website at: www.teesdaleps.vic.edu.au

• Be smart, safe and responsible online!
• Don’t forget the Parent Information Session!

• Hope to see you at The Mudbrick Café this month!
Wednesday 10th August
11:30am – 12:15pm
Selection of seasonal foods, slices, cakes and muffins tea, coffee and hot chocolate
Come along for a cuppa and chat!
All welcome!