Glengala Gazette – Issue #23

Parent Opinion Survey
It is that time of year again where the Department of Education seek feedback from members of our community to help support improvement, and celebrate the achievements of the last 12 months here at Glengala. Families have been randomly selected to participate in an online survey which is due before the end of August. If your family has been selected you will have received an email with directions and a link to respond to your uniquely identifiable survey. Your survey will appear in your selected language that you have set on your browser or mobile device. Once you have completed your survey please call and let the office know so that your family can receive a canteen voucher, (1 per family), to thank you for taking the time to offer your insights. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Cyber Safety – Students Playing “Fortnight”
We have noticed an increase in negative behavior of students at school who have reported playing the free online multi-player game “Fortnight”. We need your support to encourage healthy and positive online habits and interactions with students at school and at home. Part of our Technology user agreement for every child is that they behave safely and responsibly in online environments at school and at home. “Fortnight” is an online multiplayer shooter style game which is not moderated, therefore young players may be exposed to offensive language from random strangers via voice or on screen text chat. You can support your child by moderating interactions if playing online games, placing limits to time spent playing games and encouraging your child to report unsafe behavior whilst playing these games. We will be hosting a Parent eSmart session in eSmart week, keep an eye on the calendar for dates and times.

Foundation Information Sessions
Our final Foundation Enrolment sessions for 2019 will be held tonight, Thursday August 9th, at 5.30pm. To avoid being placed on a waiting list for Foundation 2019, please contact the office as soon as possible. If you have any friends or family who are still wishing to enroll please pass this information on to them and ask them to make contact promptly. This allows us to make staffing and resource allocation decisions to be as prepared as possible for a smooth start to 2019.

School Concert
Thursday 30th August is our annual school concert. This is a free event for all our families to enjoy. Our theme this year is Coming Together, which celebrates our diversity and connections as a community. It will be held at Sunshine Secondary College on Graham St. Please note, although this is a school event, students are not in the care of teachers, Parents or authorised guardians MUST BE PRESENT WITH CHILDREN Please keep an eye out for further information from Diana, our concert Co-ordinator.

Athletics Carnival 3-6
Next Friday 17th August students in the 3-6 Learning Space who have made standards for age groups for athletics trials will attend a Network Athletics Carnival. Be on the look out for a permission form to be returned as soon as possible. We apologise for the short notice as I am sure you can appreciate the running of trials takes a fair bit of time.

Rebuild InformationStage 1 and 2
Our new synthetic turf which leads to our amphitheater and the new temporary administration building is finished. This will be a lovely place for students and staff to engage in learning, enjoy each others company and share school celebrations. A planning meeting has been held for Stage 2 and plans are being developed. At this stage demolition of the North Building will commence during the September school holidays. More information will be made available as it comes to hand.

It is pleasing to see most students in full uniform. A reminder that blue is our main colour, any undershirts can be light blue or white, and leggings must be navy. There is a full range of affordable uniform available from the office and local businesses, including warm jackets to counter the cold winds during winter. If you would like assistance with purchasing uniforms please come and speak to Kathy, Jenny or Kellie in the office.

School Hours – Before and After School Care
The school business hours are 8:30am to 3:30pm. Students arriving at school between 8:30am and the time supervision commences at 8:45am must attend Breakfast program in the Canteen Foyer. If your child requires to be at school before 8:30am or after 3:30pm, you must enroll your child in Kelly Club for access to Before and After school care. See the Office for Kelly Club information or contact Angela through the school.

2019 Enrolments & School Tours
Enrolment Tours are every week—Thursday 9:15am. Please call the office to book a place.

As always, if you have any concerns or celebrations you wish to share please come and see myself or Kris any time.

Sam Fleming

Acting Principal