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Teesdale Primary School


Welcome to our School
Welcome to the 2017 school year at Teesdale Primary School. A special welcome is extended to families who had children starting at our school for the first time.  We have a student population of 151, about slightly down on last year.


School Leaders 
This year Teesdale Primary School have elected School Leaders. Tom Cowling and Eliza Dewit are our school captains and our school vice captains are Teague Holdsworth and Matilda Murgatroyd. Together they will lead school assemblies, assist with organising special events including fundraisers and attend school functions and important events like ANZAC Day ceremonies with Mr Rau.  We congratulate them and wish them all the best for the year ahead.

Staffing News
We also have new staff joining us this year and would like to welcome Mr Andy Loke in grade 3/4 and Mr Luke Thwaites in 5/6. 

Teaching staff member, Helen Bathgate, has announced her intention to retire.  Helen has been a valued staff member at Teesdale since 1989.  

In Helen’s own words:
“Being from the Mallee region of Victoria myself, I’ve always loved the country aspect of Teesdale and have been actively involved in teaching a huge number of students that have been at this school.  I love watching them progress, no matter how great or small, and grow into citizens of the community of whom we can feel very proud. I have also met many fabulous parents over the years and have been part of some amazing staff teams at the school who have all helped to make our wonderful school great”.

Helen will be teaching her 1/2B class for term 1, followed by Long Service Leave and then retirement.  We thank Helen for her significant contribution to the Teesdale Primary School community, over 28 years, and wish her a fulfilling retirement.  Our final assembly for term 1, on Friday 31st April, will be Helen’s farewell assembly.  Details of a social gathering opportunity will be forwarded, when known.  We have currently advertised for a full-time teacher for the 1/2B class for terms 2-4.  More details will be communicated when the outcome is known.

Book Pack Days
Thank you to families for supporting the Book Pack collection days.  The packs contained everything the students required to start school and it was great to see that everyone took advice on board and clearly named all the items!  It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with all our families, hear their holiday news and see how much all the students had grown over the holiday break!  Thank you to our PFA team who organised a cuppa and cake get together once the children had settled in their classrooms. First day of school is a big adventure for parents as well as children!

Welcome Family Picnic 
The Welcome Picnic event, held last month, was a great success.  The pleasant weather conditions helped create a wonderful opportunity for parents and staff to meet and socialise informally.  Thank you to School Council for supporting this event.  Thank you also to staff member Merron Southall for organising the activities.

New School Council Members 
At the close of Nominations on Friday, 10th February, as the number of nominations matched the vacancies, the following parents were duly elected:
Kerryn Beauchamp:  one parent, two-year vacancy
Glenn Murgatroyd:   one parent, one year vacancy

As part of our School Council Constituting Order, we also have a representative of the Parents and Friends Association (PFA) on School Council.  PFA have designated that Genevieve Elijah will be their representative for 2017. We thank Kerryn, Glenn and Genevieve for their interest and support of our school and look forward to their contribution to School Council. We would also like to thank our retiring school council members, Liisa Weatherly, Fiona Warelow and Scott Norton for their valued contribution to our School Council.

New Sandpit Shade Structure completed
It is great to see the number of students, from across all year levels, enjoying the sandpit area.  The completion of the shade structure has further enhanced the area.  Special thanks to parent Lana Van Galen for her project management of this school improvement.  The shade structure was funded from a grant from the State Department of Health and Human Services.

Thank you to our parents who volunteered at our Prep Working Bee last Sunday.  A number of jobs were completed, including spreading of the soft fall under our playground equipment.

Life Education Van 
As part of our drug and health education this term, we are having the Life Education mobile learning centre visit our school.  Life Education delivers health and drug education through a unique mobile learning centre environment, which provides students with strategies required to leave a healthy lifestyle.  A wide range of age appropriate topics range from the human body and how it works, to healthy eating and nutrition, medicines and drugs, bullying, resilience and social skills. The van will be here for 3 days in March, with all classes attending sessions.  

Young Leaders Conference 2017
This year all our year 6 students are invited to attend this conference in Melbourne.  We believe the day is a valuable opportunity for our students to participate in this leadership training, to build their confidence, self-esteem and enthusiasm for being a young leader at Teesdale PS.  The object of the day is to promote, educate, inspire and empower our students and our young inspiring leaders are looking forward to the event.

Bravehearts
Students in grades P-2 had the opportunity to experience the Bravehearts Personal Safety Education incursion, ”The Ditto Show”.  

The show is a live performance staring Ditto, the Bravehearts’ mascot and aims at giving children the skills and strategies they need to stay safe and know what to do if anything does happen.  Parents were encouraged to attend the show if possible, or alternatively, visit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcW7McpnvGI

Kitchen Garden News
A huge thank you to the parents and their families for helping with watering the vegetable garden and school grounds over the holidays. Your support is greatly appreciated and means we have plenty of produce to harvest during the term. We welcome back the grade 5/6s in the kitchen and garden this term. The kitchen will begin the term focusing on preserving some of the bounty harvested during the holidays.  We have apricots and plums from our orchard, the garlic has been curing and is ready to preserve in olive oil, and hopefully some apples and quince soon if we can keep the birds away! We’ll see what lies beneath the soil today in terms of potatoes from our wicking bed. In the garden, they’ll be a focus on feeding tomatoes, pruning dried flower heads from our herbs, re-establishing the compost system and preparing the soil for autumn and winter vegetables. 

Our garden is bursting with potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes and plums which the students have been weighing, recording and giving to the kitchen to use in a variety of dishes and preserves. So far students have made plum and chia seed jam, tomato relish and chutney. All of our preserves will go on sale at the next cafe on the 15th of March which is part of the Real Food Festival.

Finally, as always we warmly welcome the support of volunteers in either the kitchen or garden. All you need is a valid working with children check which is free and forms are available online or the post office. 

Mudbrick Café Report 
The Mudbrick Café provides a wonderful opportunity for students to engage in real life learning experiences.  

Our first Café, on Wednesday 15th February, attracted 18 guests.  Two of our students, Taliah and Maya, performed for our guests.  Our school student leadership team, Tom, Eliza, Matilda and Teague, were our serving crew.  Austin was our greeter.

Mudbrick Café Dates for 2017 – Open Wednesdays (once a month) 11:30-12:15pm.

March 15th (The Café will be part of the Real Food Festival – Bookings are essential for this event as places are limited to 30. Please phone the school office on 5281 5218 to reserve your seat).

May 17th, June 7th, Aug 16th, Sept 13th, Oct 18th and Nov 15th

Parents and Friends
The Parents and Friends Association welcomes all our families to the school for 2017.

It promises to be a very exciting year for the school with some fantastic opportunities for our group to continue to positively contribute to the children’s learning at Teesdale PS.

The Parents and Friends Association is a positive supportive and social group.  It is a great way to meet other parents in our school community. We always welcome new members to bring new ideas for events and skills that will help us achieve our objectives.

If you are a parent or friend who likes to:
• Have fun
• Meet new people
• Have a coffee and a chat
• Feeling at a loss with the children back at school
• Help with new fundraising ideas

Then just come along to the monthly meetings and join us in making this year a very special year for all.  

We extend a special invitation to all parents and especially new families to the school, to come along and have a coffee and chat.  It’s a great way of meeting people.  Toddlers are most welcome.

PFA organises a variety of fundraisers during the year and relies on the school community for valuable support and assistance. Already this year PFA have hosted a morning tea for our new prep parents and a spaghetti lunch day for the students.

Please take the time to join our Teesdale Primary School PFA Facebook page to be kept up to date with PFA events. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/355011767931490/

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

•  Back to school is cool!
•  Don’t forget to come to The Mudbrick Cafe!
•  A big welcome is extended to our new students and new staff!