Web Site Makeover and other communication

This is the last day that you will see this web site format. As from Friday 28th October, our web site’s ‘renovation rescue’ will be complete. We trust you will enjoy the new format. It is being launched as part of the school’s updated, stream-lined communication strategy.

In line with our twin commitments to reduce our environmental footprint and to provide real-time information to our community, the school will be utilising four media for interaction between home and school:

Our school WEBSITE has been given a massive makeover.

Check it out tomorrow on this page.

FACEBOOK. We will be leaving Moriac PS as a ‘person’ on Facebook and running with a PAGE only. Please ‘like’ our page to ensure you are kept up to date with the latest news. https://www.facebook.com/moriacprimaryschool/

SENTRAL will continue to be used to provide specific, private information about your child.

CAREMONKEY replaces paper notes and permission forms, medical information forms and medical incident reports to families. It is described in more detail below. In just three weeks, parents/carers of over 120 of our students have had their profiles shared with the school.

OUR NEW COMMUNICATION STRATEGY

  • Replaces the paper system and reduces the risk of paper being misplaced or lost
  • Replaces all permission forms for camps, excursions and other events
  • Enhances privacy through secure log on
  • Replaces student diaries
  • Replaces the need to fill out the medical form each year, just update when required
  • Replaces the school newsletter as information is available live on the website
  • Ensures that you are receiving the most up to date information in a timely manner straight to your electronic device.

More about the new app. 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 have received 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. Once you have done this, you only need to edit the information as your child’s conditions change (eg. You discover your child is allergic to something, you just update. No need to resubmit the whole handwritten Medical Information Form). 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. On your smartphone, 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, with a touch of your finger. 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 http://www.caremonkey.com/ and 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.

We trust, with the move towards the new information sharing strategy, that parents, carers and the wider community will help us celebrate our schools’ many achievements.

Steve Durkin

Information Sharing

Following the recent survey which asked parents what sort of information they wanted and in what format, the school is updating its lines of communication with the community. It is acknowledged that there have been too many methods of providing information and that it can be confusing. Of particular angst to school and parents is the loss or misplaced permission form for excursions and the like. Below is a link to a document that outlines how we will provide information to you from November and what these will continue to do, or replace.

Basically, there will be four media for interaction between home and school.

The WEBSITE will provide the broader community with information about the school. There will be items such as celebrations, school information, the school calendar, access to forms and contact details. It is a window into the school for people outside our school community, as well as providing information to those within it.

FACEBOOK is being revamped as a means of notifying you about school events. It will let school ‘friends’ know that an event or item has come up.

SENTRAL will continue to be used to provide specific, private information about your child, as it currently does. Information includes academic, attitudinal and behavioural, as well as communication between home and school.

CAREMONKEY is new and will replace paper notes and permission forms, medical information forms and medical incident reports to families. It is described in more detail below.

 

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 http://www.caremonkey.com/ and 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.

Steve Durkin

informationsharing

BYO Device 2017

Reminder that there is an information session for parents of 2016’s year three, four and five students (next year’s four, five and six students) on Thursday 6th October at 6.30pm in the year three/four building. This session will provide information on the school move to allow senior students to bring their own tablet/iPad to school for school use from 2017. Reasons, options, security and other information will be provided. Hope you can come along.

Bike Education

The Year Fours have just completed their Bike Education training program.

This important program helps students to

  • develop student bicycle riding skills; and
  • build understanding of road rules.

The in-school training is conducted by a trained staff member (we have a few and Ben Raidme is our current trainer) and culminates in an on road activity.

In a nutshell, the school’s policy on students riding bikes to school is:

  • Students in year 3 and under are not permitted to ride to school unless accompanied by an adult. **
  • Students who ride to school must wear a safety helmet. No helmet, no ride.
  • The school will provide Bike Education for year four students each year.
  • Appropriate training of a Bike Education coordinator will occur as required.
  • A lock up bike shed will be maintained for bicycles and scooters.
  • Cyclists and scooters must dismount at the school gate and walk the bicycles/scooters to the bike shed. No riding in school grounds, unless participating in supervised Bike Ed. activities.
  • Students are not permitted to use any bicycle or scooter belonging to another student, unless pre-arranged to facilitate Bike Ed participation.

**It is recommended that children under 10 years of age do not ride on the road without adult supervision. They have yet to develop the understanding, skills and experience to cope with traffic at this age.

Bike Ed…Away we go!!

BikeRide

Fathers’ Day Breakfast 2017

We would like to thank everyone for the fantastic turnout to our Fathers’ Day Breakfast! It was great to see so many dads, grandfathers and special people attend with the students.

A special thank you goes to Lauren McAdams (organiser), Carly Klug, Lee Reid, Andrea Newton, Jess Kelly, Amy McPhee, Kerrie Kershaw, Simone Bellears, Felicia Fawcett and Donna Durkin for all their cooking efforts! (Thank you to others who assisted – we apologise if we left anyone out!)

Fathers' Day Breakfast 2017

Communication Survey

Communicating with parents, carers and the community is very important to Moriac Primary School. There are many reasons for schools to communicate and we are keen to implement a simple and effective system for our community. We are also committed to decreasing our environmental footprint by significantly reducing the amount of paper we consume.
The school recognises that it is easy to be swamped by multiple forms of communication arriving at the home and has resolved to streamline the process. Below are the current reasons for communication. The school hopes that your input can assist in the development of a more manageable process.

Academic Reports, Attitude & Behaviour, Descriptive Comments, Curriculum Continuum Tracker, Family Information Update, Attendance Records, School Calendar, Newsletter, Parent/Teacher Messaging, School Notifications, Events Reminders, News, Celebrations, School Information, Values, Vision, Purpose, Forms, Policies, Permission Forms, Medical Information Updates, Notices, Consent Forms, Incident Reports, On/Off Bus, Out of School Hours Care.

To help the school to determine an effective communication strategy going forward, we request that you complete a brief survey. It asks five questions about your preferred communication channels. Your input is extremely important to the school.

 

The survey will take less than five minutes. The link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XF7PG7D