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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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Parents as partners program

This year we conducted a very successful Parents as Partners Program for our 2018 Foundation parents. We really enjoyed working with our parents to help them become familiar with many school processes and learn about the ways in which we can work together to ensure every child achieves the best possible education. Many parents requested that we post these notes on our website so they could refer back to them when needed.

Parents as partners program presentation

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Year 5 2018 Junior School Council

This week the Junior School Council reps for 2018 were announced at the morning assembly. The Year 4 team would like to congratulate Asli from 4MP and Emmanuel from 4RW for being announced as the new Junior School Council Reps for Year 5. It is a very exciting time for the new JSC reps and the Year 4 team would like to wish them a fantastic year as they take on board their new leadership roles for 2018. Well done!

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Dianne Fossey Gorilla Fund

As part of their Geography unit on the Congo Rainforest, Year 4 students raised money for the Dian Fossey Gorilla fund. To raise money, students made gold coin donations and participated in a competition to guess how many banana lollies were placed into a jar. Congratulations to Asli in 4MP who guessed correctly! The money raised by students will be going towards the adoption of a Mountain Gorilla in Africa, where they are looked after by staff at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

 

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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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