Melrose News

Mortimer Sheild Gala Day

Thursday, May 22, 2014 2:31 PM
On Monday 2nd June, the girls school rugby teams will play against other schools in a league tag gala day run by the NRL. Students will leave Melrose at 9.05am to Survass Park / Jelbart Park and return to school at approx. 3.00pm. Students will require school sports jumper, shorts, boots/ runners, lunch and drink. Permission slips are going home today and need to be returned by Thursday 29th May.

Senior School Winter Sports

Thursday, May 22, 2014 2:30 PM
Students in Areas 1,2,3 & 7 will participate in the Senior School Winter Sports which begins Friday 30th May and continue on Fridays 6th & 13th June and 18th & 25th July. On these dates students will depart Melrose at 1.10pm and return at 3.00pm. Venues for events: Soccer/Netball-Kelly Park, Hockey-Hockey Centre Siva Dve, Tee-ball-St Monicas PS Brockley St, Football-Wodonga Racecourse. Students will be required to be in full school uniform with appropriate footwear and bring a drink bottle. Permission slips will go home with students today and need to be returned with appropriate money to your classroom teacher before Thursday 29th May.      

Year 3/4 Questacon Virutal Conference

Thursday, May 22, 2014 2:29 PM
On Wednesday 4th June, Year 3 & 4 students have the opportunity to participate in a virtual conference in A17 with Questacon in Canberra. The lesson is focused on innovation and students will learn new skills to solve problems. Please return  the permission slip along with $2.00 by Monday 2nd June. The session may be recorded for learning purposes. If you do no wish for your child to be recorded, please write “I DO NOT WISH MY CHILD TO BE RECORDED DURING THIS SESSION” above your signature on this permission slip. Children can still participate in the activity but will be out of the view of the camera.

Year 5/6 Melbourne Excursion

Thursday, May 22, 2014 2:28 PM
On Thursday 19th June, students will be visiting Kinglake National Park, Science Works and the Melbourne Museum, leaving Melrose at 7.00am sharp and returning at approximately 9.00pm. Students are expected to be in full school uniform and to bring a packed lunch, snack and drink bottle. Please return permission slips with the payment of $55 to your child’s classroom teacher by Tuesday 10th June.

Year 6 Transistion

Thursday, May 15, 2014 7:03 PM
Year 6 students have been given information regarding Secondary School enrolment for 2015. These Year 6 to Year 7 Transition forms need to be returned to your child's teacher as soon as possible. These forms are an application for Year 7 placement. These are forwarded from us to the relevant Secondary School who will then send an enrolment package to the student. Thank you to those students who have already returned their application. If you have any queries relating to Transition please contact  your child's teacher.

Education Week and Open Days

Thursday, May 15, 2014 7:01 PM
Mon 19th May - Preps   All current Prep classes will be having a “Crafternoon” session from 2.40pm - 3.20pm Parents invited to participate with their child

Tues 20th May - Yr 1/2 All current Grade 1/2 students from Areas 10/11/12 & 13 and their families, are invited to celebrate Education Week with a book and BYO Picnic lunch from 11.30am - 12.30pm 

Wed 21st May - Yr 3/4 All current students from Areas 4/5/6 & 8 will be participating in a “Make an Invention Activity” 2.30pm– 3.20pm.  Parents welcome to attend and participate.

Thurs 22nd May - Yr 5/6 Students from Areas 1,2,3 & 7, as part of their Rich Task topic “Protecting Endangered Animals”, will take a short expedition to the pondage at the Cnr of Felltimber Creek Rd and Melrose Drive. Leaving the school at approx. 12 noon, parents are welcome to walk with us or meet at the pondage.

Fri 23rd May - All year levels BOOKS, BLOKES AND BREAKFAST 7.45am - 8.45am Bring an adult male family member/friend/neighbour to share a story in the Library and have breakfast!

SCHOOL TOURS FOR PROSPECTIVE 2015 STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES - MONDAY - FRIDAY  Guided tours between 9.00am - 3.30pm  or anytime by appointment  Come along and have a tour of our school and see all the great facilities that Melrose has to offer!

Junior Parent Helper Information Session

Thursday, May 15, 2014 6:59 PM
Teacher’s highly value and appreciate the support offered by parent helpers. Jobs undertaken may vary from doing literacy activities with students, assisting with worksheets, contacting books, helping with displays or sharpening pencils – each job is appreciated as I am sure you will agree – there are never enough hours in a teachers day!!! 
Tomorrow - Friday 16th May, we will be holding a parent information session at 2:30pm in the staff room. This will run for approximately half an hour and will give you general information as well as answering any questions you may have. Thank you to parents who have RSVP’d for this session, if you have not, but are still interested in helping out in your child’s classroom, please feel free to come along! The session will be run by Mr Shane Lockhart and Mrs Rachel Saunders.

Beechworth Excursion

Thursday, May 15, 2014 7:20 AM
On Wednesday 21st May, A14, A15 & A16 are going to Beechworth as part of our Snap! Crackle! Pop! Rich Project (Exploring Change in the Kitchen). Students will make bread at the Beechworth Bakery as well as tour and taste Beechworth Honey. Permission notes for this excursion have been sent home, if your child did not bring one home, please see your child’s classroom teacher to organize a new one. A separate note went home about parent helpers for the excursion. If you would like to help out on this excursion, please fill out the form and return ASAP (a completed form does not automatically confirm attendance). THE COST OF THIS EXCURSION IS $15 PAYABLE ASAP. See Rachel Saunders for further details.

Every Day Counts - Valuing School Attendance

Saturday, May 10, 2014 7:25 AM

We all want our children to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.

If students miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school.

There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading.

At last week’s assembly I had the pleasure of presenting almost one third of our students with Attendance Awards. Each of the 80 children named as an Attendance Star had not missed a single day of school in Term One!

We also recognised Areas 16, 13 & 6 for excellent weekly attendance numbers last term, and A3 took out the weekly award for the first week of this term. Congratulations to all students and their families who attend regularly and are committed  to education and learning!   

Thanks so much,    Kellie Thorp


EQ News - Resilience

Saturday, May 10, 2014 7:23 AM
Resilience is a 21st Century parenting concept that every parent needs to understand. 

Some kids are resilient by nature – their temperament helps them to be mentally and psychologically tough. You know those kids. They get straight back up after a setback or disappointment. Rejection in the playground doesn’t faze them. Unfortunately, not every child has such natural resilience. The good news is that most of the research shows that resilience can be nurtured and developed, particularly when parents themselves are resilient and they actively foster it in their kids. Resilient kids share four basic skill sets - independence, problem-solving, optimism and social connection.   

Building Resilience From a resilience perspective parents need to coach kids through some of their more challenging moments and reviewing what they may have learned for next time. Avoid solving all their problems for them.  You can promote a lasting sense of resilience in your kids by :  Having a positive attitude yourself. Your attitude as a parent impacts on their ability to bounce back from some of the difficulties they face. Make sure you model a ‘you can do it’ attitude for your child when he meets some of life’s curve balls.

- Look for teachable moments. Many kids’ learning opportunities are disguised as problems. Make the most of these opportunities so that kids can grow and learn from some of the challenges they face.
- Make kids active participants in the family. Active participation in a family develops the self-help, problem-solving and independence skills of kids that are necessary for resilience. 

Build kids coping skills - There are plenty of strategies you can pass on to kids to help them cope when life doesn’t go their way, including acceptance, getting away for awhile, and normalisation. Promoting resilience in kids is a not a single event but a continuous process that requires adults to be supportive and empathetic when things don’t go their way. It also requires you as a parent to have an understanding of resilience, so you have faith in your yourself, and your child’s ability to cope.   

Regards, Maree Geoghegan - EQ Coordinator


Saturday, May 10, 2014 7:21 AM
Popcorn will be available for 50c per cup at the end of 1st break (Thursday’s only) from the canteen window.