Care Monkey

Last week Steve wrote about Care Monkey and how we are going to begin using it at Moriac Primary School. We will be trialling it during the remainder of the year for different excursions with the aim for full implementation in 2017.

Below is the information that was sent out last week.

CareMonkey automatically keeps medical and emergency details up to date for any organisation with a duty of care. It makes these important details instantly available to teachers (in school or on camps, excursions) in an emergency…so they know who to call, what to do, or what to tell an ambulance paramedic. CareMonkey automates the permission and consent form process too so parents and carers can complete permission forms via their smart phones or on their home computer. It’s used by schools, universities, in sport, in HR, scouts, church and youth groups, the disability sector and camps.

Moriac parents and carers will receive an email invitation to sign up to CareMonkey. You then complete the information about your children and share with the school (as you currently do annually via paper copy). You will be asked to provide up to date medical and emergency contact information on your children. This is secured using the same privacy protocols that the school currently utilises with paper medical documents. At a later time, you may choose to share this information with the football or netball club or scout groups. That’s your decision alone. The school shares with no-one except relevant medical personnel in the event of an injury on excursions or at school, as is the case in all schools.

CareMonkey will also provide parents/carers with the ability to give permission for children to attend excursions etc via their smartphone or computer. You will receive a notification that a permission form is waiting your attention. You can go on to CareMonkey and read the details of the event and give secure permission straight away. It will also send you reminders if you haven’t responded after a few days. This will eliminate the unhappy scenario where students miss excursions due to lack of permission from parents.

I urge you to go to the CareMonkey website scroll down and watch the short video that explains the program. I also urge you to accept the email invitation. The school believes this updated information sharing process will take the hassle out of communication for school and home and strengthen that partnership.

Please note paper forms will continue to be available on request.

School Concert

It’s that time of year again, with students currently rehearsing for our annual School Concert. This year the concert is being held on Tuesday, 29th of November and will once again be held at The Geelong Arena. This is a whole school event, with all students working hard to create a selection of different songs and dances for our entire community to enjoy. Please be aware of the following dates and times;

WHEN – Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

  •        TIME – 6.30pm
  •        WHERE – The Geelong Arena (110 Victoria St, North Geelong)

Information on when tickets are available and what costumes students will need will be given out in the next few weeks. We do ask that if a student cannot be at the concert for whatever reason parents let the school know as soon as possible to assist in the organisation of the production.

Jared Smith

The Arts

Suzanne Prendergast – Bastow UP: Principal Preparation Program

Suzanne Prendergast – Bastow UP: Principal Preparation Program

This year I am undertaking the Department of Education, Bastow Institute of School Leadership Unlocking Potential: Principal Preparation Program.

After applying for this course last year I sat an interview and was successful in being accepted into this program.

The program consists of a number of elements –

  • Professional reading requirements and reading logs based on these readings;
  • A 20 day Principal Internship at another school.
  • Seven workshop days in Melbourne as well as two, two day residential programs;
  • A two day Open-to-Learning Learning professional development session;
  • Learning reflections;
  • A 6, 000 word leadership project AND

Next week I will begin the start of my 20 day Principal Internship. I will be spending the next two weeks at Mandama Primary School learning from, and working with Marina Keegan, the Principal at Mandama PS. I will then be spending another two weeks in term 3.

During my time at Mandama Primary School Amanda Gallucio (currently Mon, Tues and every second Weds) will be working full time in the 3/4 classroom so there will not be any disruption for the students.


Collaborative Action Research Project at Moriac Primary School

As previously mentioned in the Newsletter Moriac Primary School applied, and were accepted into, a Department of Education funded Team Teaching Action Research Project led by Deakin University. We were one of ten fortunate schools to be accepted of the 80 schools that applied.

Attached (below) you will find a document containing further information on the project.

Please contact us if you have any questions.



2016 Notice of School Council Election and Call for Nominations

2016 Notice of School Council Election and Call for Nominations


An election is to be conducted for half of the members of the School Council of Moriac Primary School.

Nomination forms may be obtained from the office and must be lodged by 4pm, Thursday 3rd March.

Following the closing of nominations a list of the nominations received will be posted at the school. The membership categories, terms of office and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows –


Membership category Number of positions Term of office
Parent member Four The positions are from 16 March 2016 for a period of 2 years (up to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2018).
DET  employee member Two The positions are from 16 March 2016 for a period of 2 years (up to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2018).


If the number of nominations is equal to the number of vacancies, the ballot will not take place and the nominees will be declared elected.

If the number of nominations is less than the number of vacancies, a notice to that effect and calling for further nominations will be posted in a prominent position at the school.

If the number of nominations is more than the number of vacancies, a ballot will open on Monday 7th March and close at 4pm on Monday 14th March.


Information on the role of School Council is also available from the office.

Steve Durkin


SENTRAL – update 1

SENTRAL at Moriac Primary School

Thank you to all of the parents who are on Sentral.  We believe it is an excellent form of communication between the school and home in regards to messages, learning and general information. We have also had a lot of people enquire about an app. There is meant to be an app coming soon, we are waiting to hear about the release date!

A few parents have expressed concerns about logging on to Sentral. There have been a number of reasons for this and I thank those parents who have had a go and others who have contacted me – it has generally been a ‘quick fix’ to get these parents on.  A number of parents have registered but have not completed the next step which is entering the ACCESS KEY once you have been approved (this is a safety measure for the school and your privacy). Please note – if you have not received an email within a day please try to enter your access key anyway as it may have been approved but the email not sent.

I thought I would explain a couple of main points in each newsletter about Sentral. Please open the attachment to view the information.

SENTRAL at Moriac Primary School newsletter update 1