Heathdale flower 14th November 2019

Junior Jottings

Lovely to meet our parents at the Information Night as we transition into Primary School.

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We enjoyed meeting with Year 2-5 parents and guardians at our 2020 Primary Information Night. We had the opportunity to introduce Primary staff leaders and discuss some of the activities, themes and student learning programs which will begin in the new year. We are excited about the opportunities ahead, described by our Heads of Learning Modules, Mrs Cathy Ward and Mr Joe Haworth. Both of these leaders bring a passion and vision for a high standard of Christian Education to continue to be delivered to the benefit of each of our students. Correspondence will soon be sent home to all families with regard to what is planned as we look forward to the new school year.

Our last swimming groups conclude this week and it has been a joy to see each student do their best in gaining water confidence and acting responsibly and safely. We recommend the importance of water safety and developing student abilities around water, particularly as the summer holidays approach. Several local pools offer holiday swim schools for students which you may wish to inquire about for your child.
We have ahead of us some busy, exciting and energetic weeks as we prepare for our celebrations for the end of year. Our students’ musical practices are a delight to hear throughout the school, and I am sure you are all looking forward to joining your child as they perform at their concerts. Please keep in touch with your child’s teacher for more information about the end of the year matters that relate to your child.
May you continue to know the Lord’s peace and joy as we prepare for the end of our school year.

Prep & Yr 1 Concerts & Yr 2-4 Celebration Nights

Students are sounding beautiful as they rehearse class songs for our celebration nights which are fast approaching! We look forward to seeing families in attendance and enjoying a wonderful time celebrating the end of the year.

Prep & Year 1 Concerts
Thursday 21st November
5.30 – 6.30pm: Prep
7 – 8 pm: Year 1

Year 2-4 Celebration Night
Thursday 28th November
6 – 7 pm: 2B 2E 3C 3O 4C 4S
7.30 – 8.30pm: 2C 2H 3K 3Z 4G 4L

Please refer to the email to parents which was forwarded last week for further information regarding arrival times and costumes.

Please note that parking is available adjacent to the Church with entry via Heaths Road. Parents may also wish to use the College carparks entering from Derrimut Road.

Kinder Family Night & Concerts

Kinder families are invited to attend the Kinder Family Night on Tuesday 26th November and also our Kinder end of year concerts on Thursday 5th December for Echidnas & Koalas, and Tuesday 10th December for Possums & Wallabies.
Kindergarten staff will be in attendance and these evenings will be a wonderful time to greet and meet all families in this informal setting and farewell one another for the end of this year.
Please refer to the email forwarded to kinder parents last week for further details.

Student Free Day

Friday November 22 is a Student Free Day for Prep-Year 6 students. Staff will be involved in curriculum planning for 2020. Kinder sessions will be as normal.

Big Childcare will provide care for Prep-Year 6 students on the Student Free Day, Friday 22nd November and will also be open for bookings during the entire holiday period from the end of the school year, Thursday 12th December. Please go to the Big Childcare website to inquire and find out further details. Bookings can be made online at www.bigchildcare.com

Parents as Partners

As in past years, we have been very blessed this year to have a dedicated group of people faithfully come in each week to listen to students read, encourage them and to assist teachers change student take home books. This Parents as Partners program will finish for the year on Friday 15th November. Your kind assistance and fervent encouragement has been invaluable to us and is very much appreciated.


We have had some confirmed cases of chickenpox in the Junior School amongst some children even though immunisations have taken place. Symptoms of chickenpox can include a low-grade fever, general discomfort, a skin rash or spots, which may become itchy. Chickenpox is very easy to catch and students with chickenpox should not return to school until the last blister has dried. If your child becomes ill please take them to your local doctor for assessment. Thank you to parents who have kept us informed about such health matters so we can inform other parents to be alerted.

Free Webinar for Parents – Balancing extra-curricular activities

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- How independence impacts children
- How to raise nimble problem solvers
- Ideas to know how safe, smart and capable your kids can be

Wednesday 27 November 2019 8:00pm. If you are unable to make the scheduled time you can simply register and access the recording later. How you can register:
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Letters sent home

November 1
Prep Concert letter
Year 1 Concert letter
Kinder-Year 4 Junior Journal

November 7
Kinder Family Night invitation