FROM THE PRINCIPAL

A message from the Principal

 

Welcome back to Term 4

Welcome back to everyone for an adventure-filled Term 4. Staff and students are gearing up for a vast array of activities throughout the term, including: swimming, camps, sleepover, carols, Year 6 graduation, instrumental concerts and much more. We are anticipating a visit from Samuel Johnson and the Love Your Sister team later this term, as part of Junior School Council's community actions. And, of course, today we are celebrating Crazy Sock Day as part of Walk to School October. 

 

Our Prep teachers have already started visiting local kindergartens to get to know next year's students and transition sessions will start in November for the newest members to RNPS. For family friends interested in enrolling for 2021, please inform them that tours will start in early 2020 and will be published towards the end of this term. 

 

We are making great progress behind the scenes with our building program from DET. I can now confirm that we have worked with the Victorian School Building Authority to agree on a new Junior Learning Hub with 6 classrooms for Year 1 and 2 students that will be built in the place of the current Year 1 and 2 rooms. Of course, there are many bridges to cross and things can always change in projects of this nature, but at this stage we anticipate some disruption to class locations for the first semester only of next year, with the project completion currently scheduled for Early June 2020. 

Ringwood North Family Festival: Sponsors 

Plans for the Ringwood North Family Festival (September 12, 2020) continue apace with some amazing behind the scenes work from our planning committee parents. Sponsorship opportunities are still available but are filling up fast. Any remaining school families that would like to have their business sponsor the festival should get in quick as we are now in negotiations with other local businesses. The following image shows the sponsorship slots still available in green.  For more details please see the full document: 

 
 

Visiting School

On Monday we hosted a visit from the entire staff of Pat Heung Central Primary School, a public school from a disadvantaged area in Hong Kong. The school has just started implementing Positive Education in their school and received a charitable grant to visit schools in Victoria to assist them. 

The staff were wonderful to talk with and engaged in strong discussion about Positive Education and how we can best employ this in schools to support students, parents and staff. We also shared ideas on curriculum and 21st century learning. 

We found many similarities in our school's goals and approaches and formed a relationship that I'm sure will extend beyond just this visit. It's great to see that the Pos Ed community is expanding across the globe and we look forward to linking with many schools from many other countries in the future. 

 

Trivia Triumph! 

Thank you and congratulations to the community for the amazing support provided for Lincoln on Saturday night. Mel Lundberg and her team did an amazing job organising a fun-filled night that brought the best out of all of us and raised a great amount of money to support Lincoln over the coming months. 

Of course, it would be remiss of me not to mention the extraordinary effort of staff, overcoming many obstacles, to emerge victorious on the night. Under threat of humiliation, the teachers rose to the challenge to win by 2 points. Huzzah!