Melrose News

Melrose Out of School Care

Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:17 PM
We have vacancies for Before and After School Care.  Before School Care opens at 7.00am, and children leave care  from the Multi-purpose room at 8.50 to go to class. After School Care begins at 3.20pm and closes at 6.00pm. 
ASC: $15 per child     
BSC: $12 per child
The cost of care is calculated by your Centrelink Child Care Benefit percentage.
Eg:Taxable Income: $41,000 = 100% CCB                             
= $5.22 for 1 child in care per day

See Wendy at the School office to book and if you have any queries regarding the above.

Italian Classes

Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:14 PM
This week in Italian classes, we were learning about Carnevale. Carnevale in Venice is a two week celebration before Lent. Mrs Pooley bought the small masks on her first trip to Italy in 1999.  Her son Damian  was in Venice for Carnevale several years ago, and bought the large mask.

To Choose Yourself - Making Choices

Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:13 PM
To make effective choices we must first understand the definition of choice, the kinds of choices that are made, the processes by which choices are made, and the ways that choices affect people. Choices are frequently made by default or out of habit, and are often made on faulty information. Choices lead to consequences. The accumulation of choices, whether made consciously or unconsciously, and the consequences that follow, add up to the person we are. We can choose the person we want to be by slowing down our decision making (changing our habits) and making effective, thoughtful, fact-based choices on the way we think, feel and act. All of our thoughts, feelings and actions are based on a choice we have made and for which we are responsible. We can teach / remind students that when they are demonstrating a particular thought, feeling or action, they are making a choice to Think, Feel, Act in that particular fashion.  Students can learn the ‘choice-making process’ to examine the choices they make and to make better choices that lead to better consequences for themselves and others.

Division Swimming

Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:12 PM
Qualified students will participate in the Division Swimming Carnival this Friday 28th February at the Waves Aquatic Centre in Wodonga. The Carnival will run from approximately 9.00am - 3.00pm and each child has been given the times that they will be swimming by Matt Quine.  Students are required to be in full school uniform and bring swimmers, sunscreen, hat and towel. Please note that it will be the parents responsibility to transport their child to and from the venue. 

School Sores

Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:12 PM
There has been a confirmed case of Impetigo (School Sores) reported to the school. Impetigo is extremely contagious skin infection and can be spread from one person to another through touched or shared items, scratching, or picking at blisters and scabs. It first appears as small, itchy, inflamed areas of skin which then blisters. Children are able to return to school after treatment from your GP has started and the sores are completely covered with a watertight dressing.


Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:13 PM
A huge thank you to the 10 students who have returned their books from last year!! We still have 20 students with overdue books from 2013. Please have a look at home, they must be somewhere. If books have been lost, see Kimmie in the library.

Grade 5/6 Swimming Carnival

Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:13 PM
Friday 14th February
All grade 5/6 students - Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre - 12.00 - 3.00pm - Students can wear either their school uniform or house colours on the day - Students will catch the bus over due to the impending weather forecast of rain. They will need to bring a drink and lunch as there is no canteen available. Parents are most welcome to attend.

Emotional Intelligence News

Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:11 PM

How Parents Can Help Teach Their Child Emotional Intelligence.

Although our school uses emotional intelligence curriculum in the classroom, parents are in the best position to teach and enhance a child's innate emotional intelligence. Here are a few suggestions for what you can do to help.

1. Accurately name your own emotions. Children learn by watching you. If you're sad and crying, or angry, take some time to name those emotions out loud with your child so he or she can learn to identify what you're feeling.

2. Use a rich vocabulary. Emotions aren't just "happy" or "sad." Sometimes, emotions are extremely complex, and a rich vocabulary of feeling words can help unfold the complexity of the emotions. Use many different words to describe feelings in your home, so your child can learn about the complexity of feelings.

3. Validate your child's feelings. If your child is having a complete meltdown, take some time to validate his or her feelings, even if you don't give in to them. Instead of ignoring a tantrum, say, "I know how frustrated you are that we can't go to the park right now, and it's completely reasonable to feel that way."

4. Teach empathy. Talk about compassion and empathy for others' feelings, and model it yourself in your interactions with others.

5. Understand different viewpoints. If your child comes home from school feeling angry with his friend about a disagreement, take the time to talk through the disagreement and help your child understand his friend's different point of view.

6. Model effective communication. As your child gets older, use effective communication as you navigate your own relationships. Blowing up at your husband and leaving the house won't do it. Instead, use feeling phrases like, "I feel angry with you, and scared about the consequences for our family, when you don't follow through with paying the electricity bill like you said you would."

Emotional intelligence is a skill that your child can develop over time as he or she interacts with you and the world. Teach empathy and model your own emotional intelligence to give your child the best start possible.

Expression of Interest - 5/6 Camp

Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:10 PM
Letters have been sent home with grade 5/6 students last week asking for expressions of interest in a grade 5/6 camp this year. Senior students have the opportunity to attend a school camp to Borambola Sport and Recreation Centre, which is located near Wagga Wagga. This will be a three day, two night camp and is booked for Monday 28th April to Wednesday 30th April, 2014. Borambola is an outdoor camp with activities especially designed for primary school aged students. These include rock climbing, abseiling, archery, BMX riding and canoeing. All activities are supervised by trained outdoor education instructors. The accommodation is modern and well appointed. Three meals daily as well as snacks are included in the program. The approximate cost for the 3 day camp is $270.00. This may vary slightly due to the number of students attending. If you are interested in your child attending this camp, please sign the form that was sent home with your child and return it to the school office no later than this Friday 14th February. Spare forms are available from Wendy at the office.

Tour of Wodonga Excursion

Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:09 PM

On Monday 24th February, as part of their Rich Task, students from Areas 4,5,6&8 will travel around Albury /Wodonga to take photos, in order to make a photo presentation about their local community.  Students will visit  the Hume Weir, Army Museum and the Botanical Gardens, leaving Melrose at 10.00am and returning at 3.00pm. Students must be in full school uniform including hat, bring their drink bottle, lunch and snack in a disposable container. Permission notes along with $7.00 will need to be returned to the school no later than Thursday 20th February. 

The $7.00 cost for this excursion is covered if you have paid your child’s cultural costs or signed your EMA cheque over to the school.