Melrose News

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

Popcorn

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.

Take a Stand - Lend a Hand

Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:39 PM

This week in class students have been discussing ways to stop bullying in schools by becoming Active Bystanders. We have discussed the difference between ‘bullying’ and ‘bothering’, listed the different types of bullying behaviours, and identified ways to help others around our school when we see or hear bullying. Students in A10 are running their EQ assembly on the theme ‘Take a Stand- Lend a Hand’, and the assembly will finish with the whole school singing “I Gotta Feeling’ (Melrose version). You are most welcome to come along tomorrow and join us in celebrating this event.

Many thanks to Kerry Holt and Andrew Patton for the work they have done this week to promote anti bullying. We are fortunate to have such passionate staff, and are grateful for their expertise and assistance.

Vacation Care Program

Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:35 PM

Vacation Care programs have been finalised. We have many fantastic activities planned for the children over the Term 1 break. Should you wish to make a booking, please phone Wendy at the front office. Bookings and all payments must be made no later than Friday 28th March.

Vacation Care Program - Term 1 Break, 2014

Melrose Athletics Carnival

Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:34 PM
Students will travel by bus to participate in the Melrose School Athletics Carnival on Thursday 3rd April, at the Wodonga Athletics Track, Pearce Street, Wodonga. Senior and middle Years students from Year 3 to Year 6 will leave Melrose at 9.15am and return at 2.30pm, junior students in years Foundation to Year 2 will leave Melrose at 11.40 and return at 2.30pm.  Students are to be in full school uniform or house colours, bring drink bottle and lunch (NO LUNCH ORDERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM SCHOOL CANTEEN ON THIS DAY) Snacks will be available from the track canteen. Parents are very welcome to attend. Please return your signed permission form along with $3.00 to school by Friday 28th March 2014.

Borambola Camp Payments

Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:38 PM

Reminder: to parents making repayments  for the Year 5/6 campPayment 3 - $80 is due tomorrow- Friday 21st March

Final payment $70 due Thursday 3rd April