Student Attendance Policy

The Department of Education and Early Childhood (DDECD) released new guidelines in regard to student attendance last term. The DEECD policy outlines concerns for students who have more than five Unapproved Absences in one calendar year. Parents are expected to notify their child’s school giving an explanation of why their child was absent and notify the school prior of any absences their child will take that they are aware of.  For absences in regard to extended family holidays to be approved, parents must notify their child’s school prior to the holiday and get from their child’s teacher a Student Absence Learning Plan which their child must complete while they are away.  In line with this, we have revised our Student Attendance Policy and Protocols at Greenvale. Please find following some extracts from the policy which was ratified at our School Council meeting. You may also view the whole Student Attendance Policy on our website.

The Education and Training Reform Act 2006, the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 and the Education and Training Reform (School Attendance) Regulations 2013 require children of school age (six to sixteen years) resident in Victoria are required to be in full-time attendance at a government

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Year 6 to Year 7 Transition

Our year 6 to year 7 transition program is well underway.  Secondary Schools have busily been advertising their facilities, incorporating many Open Days, Information Sessions, and Guided Tours.

Please visit the newly added Transition page (under the Parents menu) to find everything you need to know.

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Technology no substitute for reading time: Mem Fox

This link is to an article written about Mem Fox, who is a very well known children’s author. She wrote the book Possum Magic and is passionate about children’s reading. She stresses how important it is for parents to read to their children.

Digital literacy such as reading on  iPads , is another means for children to have access to books, but it does not replace a parent reading to and with their child. Children who become successful readers have parents who read to them. Please read this article to learn more.

– Georgia Kroger

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Insights – Parenting Ideas: Danger: ‘screenager’ ahead… (by Michael Grose).

Computer game addiction is on the rise among Australian children and teenagers, replete with a host of alarming consequences, writes Karen Fontaine

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Insights – Parenting Ideas: Coaching Kids in Social Situations (by Michael Grose)

Kids are born with L plates when it comes to social skills.  Boys, in particular, need a little help and prompting about how to act appropriately around other kids…

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A Big Thank You to the store Manager and Staff at Coles Supermarket Greenvale

Staff, students and the broader community would like to thank  Coles Supermarket store manager Mr Musti Tekin and his staff  for their fantastic support, hard work and generous donations at our ‘Family Fun Night’on Thursday 29 March.

The ‘Family Fun Night’ was a great success.   With all the activities, events and sausage sizzle  the school raised $3987.20

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Principal’s Welcome

I would like to welcome all  members of the Greenvale Primary School community to our website. You will find many links to useful information and resources. Suggestions to improve our website can be forwarded through the school office.

The year is certainly moving along very quickly as we near the end of Term 3. I have indicated in a recent Newsletter that I have decided to complete my time as Principal at Greenvale at the end of this term and move on to the next phase of my working career. Assistant Principal, Mrs Jane Greig-Hancock has been nominated as the Acting Principal for Term 4 while the position is advertised and filled. Jane is an outstanding member of our community and contributes in so many ways to the school. Her responsibilities include: student welfare, daily organisation of the school, curriculum leadership, data management and teaching and learning. I’m sure everyone will give Jane their full support as she takes on the role of Acting Principal.

Don’t forget that it is Sun-smart time which requires all students wearing a broad brimmed hat when outdoors.

We are looking for lots of volunteers this Saturday 7th September to help out with an election

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