1/2 Unit

 

In 1/2, we have been busy writing procedural texts and design briefs and conducting experiments.

Last week, we wrote a design brief for a paper aeroplane. We tested them and then got the student whose plane flew the furthest to teach the other students their design.  We then tested them again and discussed the different constraints such as the thrust and the construction.  It was great fun!

Last week, we wrote a design brief for a paper boat.  The boat must hold five specific objects.  We will be finishing our construction of the boats this week and testing them.  After we’ve tested them, we will be learning how to make two different types of origami boats.

This is just some of what we are up to in 1/2 this term.

1/2 Team.

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REMINDER year 3- 6 students – Neighbourhood Watch Concert

We hope everyone has had a fantastic weekend – enjoying the weather and maybe even the Geelong Show or Raven’s Creek Spring Fair today!
Just a reminder that the year 3-6 student have the Neighbourhood Watch Concert in Winchelsea tomorrow. Buses leave first thing in the morning (after the roll is completed). Students are required to take a snack, water bottle and hat with them (they can take their school bags). 

Art Show

What a success!

Thank you to all those who attended the art show tonight. It was a wonderful night with a lot of very creative art work pieces on display.

Bendigo Bank Encouragement Award – $100 – Zali S

Bendigo Bank Acknowledgement Award – $50 – Ruby B

Achievement certificates – 

PREP – Leo and Elizabeth

YEAR 1 – Ryder and Archie

YEAR 2 – Ethan and Maggie

YEAR 3 – Jack and Penelope

YEAR 4 – Ashton and Myah

YEAR 5 & 6 (combined) – Sam, Georgia, Lily and Clodagh

A MASSIVE THANK YOU to Allison for all of her amazing efforts in organising and running a wonderful event.

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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 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.

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

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