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Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children

Dear parents,

As a result of the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry, the Betrayal of Trust report was recently tabled in Parliament which included fifteen recommendations which were all accepted. The implementation of one of these recommendations was the introduction of Child Safe Standards for organisations providing services for children.

What does this mean for us at Greenvale Primary School? We already have many policies and procedures in place to protect the safety of all of our students from abuse in line with these new Child Safety Standards requirements and have made arrangements to ensure that we meet any perceived gaps.

Further steps we had to put in place are:

  1. The writing of a Child Safety Policy stating our commitment to child safety.
  2. A Statement of Commitment to Child Safety.
  3. The development of a school Code of Conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate adult behaviour with children and making this known within the school community.

For more information on the Child Safe Standards go to the Department of Health and Human Services site at or visit the Department of Education & Training’s site.

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Choir visit to Nursing Homes

The Senior choir students yesterday visited 4 different nursing homes to sing Christmas songs. The homes are in Westmeadows, Tullamarine, Essendon and Meadow Heights. They always appreciate our visit and the residents and staff showed their appreciation. I’m very proud of the choir students’ beautiful singing and particularly of those who sang solo for the first time.

Well done Choir! We’ll continue the Nursing Home visits again next year.

 

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Year 4 Excursion to CERES Community Environment Park

As part of their unit on Africa, the Year 4 students visited CERES Community Environmental Park. Students were taken on a tour around the park where they were provided with experiences which explored African culture. During the excursion they participated in water collecting and learnt how to play the Djembe. Students also learnt about traditional African ceremonies such as weddings and participated in a role-played African wedding! Here are some photos from the day.

 

 

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Tabloid Sports 2017

On Friday December 8th all staff and students in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 participated in Greenvale Primary Schools Tabloid Sports.

This fun filled morning was spent out in the school grounds and across the Bradford Oval as students participated in a range of active events focusing on participation, sportsmanship and school spirit.

The events consisted of 50m sprints, bean bag balance relays, parachute games and tunnel ball races. The students looked amazing in their house colours and our House Captains did an amazing job of running the activities.

Thank yous to the parents who volunteered their time to assist and spectate on the day, the captains for (once again) stepping up in their leadership role and the teachers for working tirelessly.

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Latitude

This term for Curiosity we have been learning about forces and gravity. On Tuesday the 28th of November the Year 2’s went to Latitude. At Latitude we completed lots of different activities. We went on an very high obstacle course and did some rock climbing. We also got to jump, play dodge ball and shoot basketball hoops on the big trampolines. After our session we went to Bundoora Park and ate lunch. We all really enjoyed the day and had a lot of fun!!

Below are some pictures from the day.

 

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Year 1 Science Incursion

The Year 1 students have been busy designing, creating and evaluating a number of items this term while working collaboratively with their peers during STEM activities. Students have made moveable toys and a shelter for an animal and they will continue constructing various objects over the next few weeks. In week 8, the Year 1 students had the opportunity to attend a Hands on Science Incursion to continue to develop their skills and knowledge in this area. During the session students predicted and experimented with various materials to determine how things could float, move and fly.

It was a wonderful experience for the students who thoroughly enjoyed the incursion. Below are some photos of the day.

 

 

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Foundation Bundoora Farm Excursion

On Friday 24th of November the Foundation students went on an excursion to the Bundoora Farm. The students were lucky enough to milk a goat, make lemon cordial, cuddle guinea pigs, plant a shrub, visit the many farm animals that were on display and take part in a poo pick up race! All students thoroughly enjoyed the Farm excursion and came home with many happy memories and a much deeper understanding of the importance of sustainability. Please enjoy the following photos that displays the fun and excitement that was had on the day.

      

 

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7 Ways parents can manage web connected devices at home

7 ways parents can manage web connected devices at home

 

This is an excellent, interactive infographic from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner that can help you better understand how your children are accessing the online world and, as parents, how you can manage their use and keep them as safe as possible.

Head over and click your way around the various sections to learn what you can do.

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