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Teesdale Primary School

Hello everyone
The end of the year is fast approaching, but we still have a very full schedule to fit in before school finishes on Tuesday 20th December.

The Prep -2 classes are having a Celebration Excursion on Thursday December 8th to Geelong Waterfront and also a BBQ and Games evening on Wednesday 14th December.  

Teesdale PS Senior 3-6 students will be participating in a variety of ball sports at the Inverleigh Oval – Cross Chase, Tunnel Ball, Corner Spry and Captain Ball.

The sports day will begin at Inverleigh PS at 10:00am and finish at 12 noon.    Students will also have a BBQ sausage at Inverleigh before returning to Teesdale.

Orientation Day for our new students coming to Teesdale PS in 2017 will be held on Tuesday 6th December. We invite new students to join the classroom activities and give them a chance to view the new school surroundings and make new friends.  

Parents will meet with our staff for a short information session and tour of the school facilities.  We are looking forward to welcoming our new students and their families and hope that they have a smooth transition into our school in 2017.  Please feel free to contact the school on 5281 5218 during school hours if you require any further information regarding enrolment.  

Enrol now for 2017
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Don’t forget to read our newsletters online at our website, or on the Parent Portal on Sentral.  Printed copies can still be obtained from the school office or at the Teesdale General Store.

Year 6 Graduation
The end of the year concludes with our Year 6 Graduation celebration to be held in the Teesdale Hall on Thursday 15th December.  We hope that our graduating students and their families have a night to remember and we wish the students all the best for the future. 

School Staffing and Planning 2017 
We continue the process of finalising staffing for 2017.  Ms Caitlin Longmire has decided to not take up her offered position at Teesdale and has accepted a role at Torquay.   As a consequence, we have appointed Mr. Andy Loke to the 12 month Graduate vacancy.  Andy will be teaching a 3/4 class. Andy has been teaching for 4 years, most recently at Doncaster PS. We have also appointed Mr. Luke Thwaites to our teaching team for next year.  Luke will be teaching a 5/6 class.  Luke has been teaching for 9 years, most recently at Templestowe Valley PS.  We are looking forward to the contribution they will both make to our staff team.  

Our class sizes for next year will be approximately 22 students per class.

Prep: Meg Andrews, Year 1/2: Lilian Pitaro and Helen Bathgate, 3/4: Roxanne Wells and Andy Loke, 5/6: Kate Wojcik and Luke Thwaites.

Specialist roles: Merron Southall - Science and Literacy support, Melissa O’Toole – Art and Literacy support, Peta Haberfield – 5/6 classroom (one day per week) and Physical Education/Sport, Jacqui Kelley - 1/2 classroom (one day per week, term 2-4) Pam Breheny – 1/2 classroom (one day per week, term 1), Kate Wojcik – Indonesian (one 3 day per fortnight Y3-6).  We are planning to ensure that there are extra staff, as listed, to support our Literacy program in Y1-4.

Education Support roles: Sue Aitken – Business Manager, Chris Watts – Integration Aide and Before School Care Program Assistant, Sue O’Mealley – Integration Aide, Deb Smith – After school Care Program Assistant, Mel Linguey – OSHC Co-ordinator.

Our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program will continue in 2017. 

School Council
At our final School Council meeting for 2016, School Council discussed many of the achievements of our whole school this year.  I would like to highlight some of the achievements that we have, as a team, completed this year to improve the teaching and learning environment:

1.  Implementation of “Learning Intentions” and “Success Criteria” in all classrooms
2.  New Report format
3.  Achieved eSmart national status
4.  Leading Teacher appointment to lead our Teaching and Learning teams
5.  Upgrade of the Mudbrick building
6.  New sandpit completed
7.  Introduction of the Mudbrick Café monthly opening

We are certainly committed to processes to support our continuous improvement in the many facets of school life.  We are also strategically planning many new initiatives in 2017.

Important Dates
Please mark these important dates in your calendar:
•  Last day of school for this year is Tuesday 20th December and students finish early at 1:15pm.
•  Teachers resume school on Monday 30th January, 2017 and this is a State-wide Student Free Day.  
•  All students start school on Tuesday 31st January, 2017. 
•  Prep students do not attend school on a Wednesday until after the Labour Day weekend in March.
•  Wednesday 25th January, 2017 is Book Pack Collection Day at school for A-L families
•  Friday 27th January, 2017 is Book Pack Collection Day at school for M-Z families

Parents and Friends Association (PFA) have worked tirelessly this year and organised many fun events.  The recent Muffin and Milk Day was a great success. We would like to thank our PFA team for their dedicated volunteer efforts.  

The students enjoyed the lunch day catering, yummy recess snacks, sports day refreshments, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day stalls, the Bunnings BBQ sausage sizzle and the social Higheight Fundraiser at Inverleigh. Thank you for the wonderful work you do for the Teesdale PS community.

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As this is the last newsletter of the year, Teesdale Primary School would like to acknowledge the fantastic team effort there has been from our whole school community in 2016.  The students for their hard work, the staff for their dedication, the parents and volunteers for the amazing support they have given our school.

The staff and students would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas holiday break and look forward to seeing you return safe and well in 2017.