Melrose News

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

Year 6 T-Shirts

Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:37 PM

Year 6 students have the opportunity to have their names printed on the back of their school shirts.  For this to happen, they need to bring a clean, named school shirt and $12 to their classroom teacher by Friday 4th April (last day of Term 1).  Their name needs to be written in permanent marker somewhere on the inside of the shirt so they do not get mixed up after printing.  The shirts will be back by the start of term two.  The cost of this will be $12 per item printed.   Multiple items can be printed, however only school shirts can be printed.  

No late orders will be taken.

National Day of Bullying

Thursday, March 06, 2014 1:15 PM
Bullying is something we hear about often both at school and in the workplace. However, people can hold quite diverse views on what bullying actually is. The national definition of bullying agreed to by all state and territory departments is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.  Bullying has negative impacts for students who are bullied, those who do the bullying and the students who witness it. Involving students in the school’s anti-bullying strategies is an important part of the solution.  Australian research shows that bullying peaks during the years of transition to high school and early high school, and then tends to decline in senior school.  

Some students are more likely to be bullied – those who stand out as different, those with a disability and those who react more strongly to teasing. Some students are also more likely to bully others.   Bullying is serious: even what appears to be ‘mild’ bullying can have a devastating impact on students if they don’t feel safe coming to school and are not able to focus on learning and having fun with friends.  

Why talk about bullying?  The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is on 21 March 2014. This day is an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and the whole community to take a stand together against bullying and violence. This activity is part of the work being done across Australia to ‘take a stand together’ on the National Day of Action. 

Wear Blue for Autism

Thursday, March 06, 2014 1:13 PM

Please support Trent Martin in raising funds for Autism Awareness. As a student of Melrose Primary School Trent asks that you support him and other students with Autism by wearing BLUE this April 2nd in support of Regional Australia Autism Support Networks.

Bring in a gold coin donation on Wednesday April 2nd and wear some funky blue clothes to raise funds to support local families with Autism. There will also be Autism pins, clips and more to purchase so bring in some gold coins. 

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.