Melrose News

100 days of School

Friday, July 25, 2014 12:53 PM
Wednesday the 30th July marks 100 days of school for 2014. This is a great opportunity to celebrate commitment to learning, participation, goal achievements and attendance. F-2 Students from A10-A16 will be asked to bring a collection of 100 'things' in the past we have had leaves, tea bags, paper clips, lego pieces…. It's up to you!

ANZAC Centenary Project

Friday, July 25, 2014 12:52 PM
The Wodonga RSL Sub Branch together with the Defence School Transition Aide/Mentor Program (DSTA and DTM), are proud to bring you the ANZAC Centenary Project. Entries are open to all students (not just Defence students). Entries can be submitted by students from the Wodonga Region on a Centenary of ANZAC project, see entry form for all details. Lots of categories to enter; Primary / Secondary / Group entry. Prep entry - colour in competition, Years 1/2 entry - Colour in competition, Years 3/4 - design a postage stamp, Years 5/6 - Design  stamp, Digital presentation, Visual Art or Short story. There are lots of AMAZING PRIZES!!! First prize Primary is prize packs valuing $200- $500, First prize group entry is a GO-Pro for the School Library. Prizes will be awarded in Term 1 of 2015 at a dinner, by invitation at the Wodonga RSL. Major prizes for first place, encouragement awards to second place. Every entrant will receive a certificate sent to their Principal for presentation at school. Closing date for entries 1st March 2015. Please contact our Defence Transition Aide Janine Ramage for more information. Entry forms can be obtained from either Janine or the school front office.

Melbourne Zoo Excursion

Friday, July 25, 2014 12:51 PM
Every alternate year, the junior students participate in an excursion to the Melbourne Zoo as part of our rich project curriculum. We have scheduled this excursion to take place in Term 4 over two weeks – A14, A15 & A16 Friday 14th November and A10, A11, A12 & A13 Friday 21st November. The cost of this excursion will be $55 per student. We are not asking for payment at this time, only advising of the intended excursion so that you can plan well in advance. A note will go home with your child (if they are in A10-A16) this week with the basic details, as well as a separate form to be filled out by those parents wishing to assist on the day. On this note you will also find the requirements for parents helpers. If you have any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to see me – 

EQ Corner - Being Aware of Learning Styles

Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:26 PM
Have you ever found it difficult to learn something new? Maybe the way it was being taught  wasn’t your preferred learning style. Everyone has a learning style or a preferred way of learning. The 3 main styles of learning are Visual Learners, Auditory Learners, and Kinaesthetic Learners. 

Visual Learners Learn through seeing. They need to see body language & facial expressions to fully understand the content. They tend to prefer sitting at the front of the room to avoid visual obstructions. They may think in pictures and learn best from visual displays including: diagrams, illustrated text books, videos, flipcharts and handouts. During a discussion, visual learners often prefer to take detailed notes to absorb the information. Colour-coding notes and possessions help to organise their thoughts. Visual learners prefer written directions over spoken directions, and they visualise the spelling of words or facts to be memorised.

Auditory Learners Learn through listening. They learn best through discussions, talking things through, and listening to what others have to say. Auditory learners interpret the underlying meanings of speech through listening to tone, pitch, speed and other nuances. Written information may have very little meaning until it is heard. These learners often benefit from reading text aloud and using a tape recorder. Written exams and directions should be delivered verbally for auditory learners, as they may have difficulty following written directions. Kinaesthetic Learners Learn through moving, doing and touching. They need a hands-on approach, and actively explore the physical world around them.

Kinaesthetic learners can find it difficult to sit still for long periods and may become distracted by their need for activity and exploration. They can usually assemble parts without reading directions, and computers seem to reinforce their learning through the sense of touch. Making models, role plays, lab work or anything that involves physical touching will facilitate their learning.  

Ask yourself the following questions and circle (V), (A), or (K) to help work out your own preferred learning style. 

1). When given written instructions on how to build something, I:
(V) Read them silently and try to visualise how the parts will fit together (A) Read them out aloud and talk to myself as I put the parts together
(K) Try to put the parts together first and read later 

2). To keep occupied while waiting, I:
(V) Look around, stare, or read
(A) Talk or listen to others
(K) Walk around, touch things with my hands, or move/swing my feet as I sit 

3). If I had to verbally describe something to another person, I would:
(V) Be brief because I do not like to talk at length
(A) Go into great detail because I like to talk
(K) Gesture and move around as I talk 

4). If someone were verbally describing something to me. I would:
(V) Try to visualise what they were saying
(A) Enjoy listening but want to interrupt and talk myself
(K) Become bored if the description went on too long 

5). When trying to recall names, I remember:
(V) Faces, but forget names
(A) Names, but forget faces
(K) The situation that I met the person, not their face or name

2015 Enrolments Due August 29th

Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:25 PM
Please contact the office if you wish to have a tour of our school or if you would like a copy of our enrolment information 60591955. Current families with siblings beginning in 2015, may collect an enrolment form from the school front office to fill in and return as soon as possible.


Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:24 PM
Thursday 14th August 
Envelopes will be sent home next week with each child. Please put the correct money in your child’s envelope and send it to school  on the day as change is not always  available at the school office. 
Family photo: Parents wishing to have their children photographed together (with siblings who attend Melrose), will need to collect a Family envelope from the school office as these will not be sent home with the individual  photo envelopes.

School Disco

Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:22 PM
JUNIOR DISCO 4:30-5:30pm
SENIOR DISCO 6-7:30pm  

The junior disco will be structured around action songs eg. hokey pokey, chicken dance, nut bush etc. The senior disco will be the traditional variety of top 40 songs (particular songs will be screened for appropriateness though!)  

Melrose Munchies will run again making snacks, drinks and glow sticks available for purchase (prices will be included in next weeks newsletter)  

Any parents who are available to work in the canteen (even if it’s for a half hour shift) please see me in Area 16.  

Thanking in advance the parents and teachers who volunteer their time to assist on the night – your support is greatly appreciated!

Aldi Community BBQ - This Saturday

Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:21 PM
We will be running a community BBQ at Aldi Wodonga THIS Saturday 19th July 9am-3pm. Any parent helpers would be greatly appreciated!!! If you are available anytime between 8:30am (set up) and 3:30pm (pack up) could you please ring the school on 6059 1955 and leave a message with Wendy.