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From the Principal

From the Principal
Our school enrolments have reached 345 students this term.  I would like to extend a warm welcome to each of our new families.  We hope you enjoy being a part of our Dutton Park State School family.  A great way to connect with other families in the school is to drop in to the Parent Hub (under C Block) on Thursday mornings for a cuppa.
Throughout this term, we begin to plan for the start of the 2019 school year.  We are also beginning to schedule our Prep interview times.  I would like to encourage all families to notify the school of your intention to enrol your child for next year, or if your family is moving elsewhere.  This will assist our planning purposes.
Thank you P&C!
Last year, the P&C contributed to moving our old sandpit to a more appropriate space where sand didn’t clog our drains.  You will have seen the commencement of these works and the new seating area where the old sand pit was.  Unfortunately, the rain has hindered the next steps in these works, but we look forward to when these can be accessed fully by students and families. 
I would like to thank the P&C and the key fundraisers who were able to make this happen.
We also had some problem areas on the oval which have also been returfed, but again, the weather is making completion difficult. 
Nevertheless, I’m sure we are all appreciating the wet weather watering our gardens and filling our water tanks!
War on Waste
There is much excitement from students about driving our school’s War on Waste.  We are looking forward to finding ways to engage with the adult and wider community particularly through composting, gardening, recycling, fundraisers and chickens.  Please be on the look out for communications from students in the near future.  The start of the term has already been a busy time for them!  Groups of students from most year levels (even some Year 2 students) volunteered to speak to staff, incoming Prep families and the P&C this week.  It was wonderful to see how enthusiastic (and courageous!) they all were.  I’m sure there are plenty of parents reading the newsletter who would not be so willing to speak to a large group of adults they don’t know!   Thank you to the P&C for agreeing to contribute funds to this cause.
We also conducted a waste audit.  I am sure they will share their data will you in the near future, but I was also very proud to see that the students are all so invested in the cause, that they did not even flinch at having to sort our smelly garbage. 
Day for Daniel
Student Council have planned a cybersafety theme for Day for Daniel.  They had planned to present on assembly, but will now film a ‘skit’ to be shown in classrooms and encourage students to wear red on Friday 26 October to raise awareness for CyberSafety.
Community Consultation Sessions
At this stage, our school hall has been booked for 27 October and 1 November for Community Consultation Sessions.  More details to be provided as I receive them.
School Leaders 2019
Year 5 students have begun the process to consider their nomination for School Captain position for 2019.  Nomination forms for the School Captain position are due on Monday 29 October at 9 am. Shortlisted students will present their speeches on assembly in Week 7.  Any students who require assistance in completing their application form should either see me or their class teacher.
Other leadership positions will be finalised in Term 1 2019.
Southbank trip 
The start of the term saw our next round of students who had cashed in for Southbank head off on their trip.  Apparently, these are photos of ‘the best day ever’! 

20 points
Week 10
Week 1
20 points
30 points
80 points
100 points
180 points
Theo 1 M – 30 mins with my favourite teacher
200 points
220 points
Sophia Prep F – Lunch with the Principal
Imogen and Holly – Cooking Class with the Principal
250 points
Movie and Popcorn
Alex 5/6 D
Jaromir 5/6 D
Felicity 5/6 D
Mark 5/6 J
Dylan 5/6 D
Mohammed 5/6 D
Movie and Popcorn
Ava 4/5 B
Elina Prep F
500 points – Southbank
Shalyn 1 WA
Annika 2 M
Ava 4/5 B
Edu 4/5 B

Churchie Sessions  
Just a reminder:
In 2017, students from Churchie ran some very successful sessions on first aid.  This year, we have a group of willing Year 9 students ready to run some afternoon sessions in Term 4:
There will be three sessions 3.30- 4.45 pm on:
  • Monday 29 October – using green screens (* 1 space left)
  • Monday 5 November – creating your own story in braille and (* 6 spaces left)
  • Monday 12 November – a mix of green screens or creating a braille story. (* 6 spaces left)
As the workshops will not commence until 3.30 pm, it is essential that parents make appropriate supervised arrangements for their child until this time. Parents must also make appropriate pick up arrangements.  No student will be allowed to leave the Library without an adult at the completion of the workshop.
The workshops are aimed at Year 3 and 4 (but other year levels may be considered if there are available places) and will cater for a maximum of 12 students. Places will be filled on a first in first served basis.  Students may opt for one or multiple sessions.  Each session will be held in the Library and the Churchie boys will be accompanied by a staff member from their school.
If you would like your child to participate in one or more of these workshops, and you have not yet completed a permission form, please collect one from the office.
Nicole Goodwin