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NEWSLETTER (Issue 9)
15th June 2020

ASHBY: ALWAYS STRIVING TO EXCEL

IMPORTANT REMINDER:-
We are concerned that social distancing measures are not being adhered to and cars not stopping at the pedestrian crossing throughout drop off and collection times by parents/carers on Waratah Street each day. It is important that everyone adheres to the Government and Department expectations relating to returning to school in order to maintain the health and safety of our students, staff and families.
In order to avoid staggered drop off times (which would be later than 8:50am) we ask that all families support us in the implementation of this.
Lawton Ave gate is unlocked daily and we ask that this entrance and exit is used where possible by students in 3 to 6 (and their siblings if younger).
We, as a staffing group will man the Waratah St crossing from 8:45am until 8:55am and 3:20pm until 3:25pm. Please ensure you are using the crossing and not walking over the road between cars.
Students are not to arrive prior to 8:45am unless booked in to Before School Care.  
Please talk to your children at home regarding the importance of adhering to these expectations.

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

It has been great to have the 3-6 students back onsite this week. There has been an enthusiastic vibe around Ashby and we are very excited to have the team back together and returning to normality.
It was fantastic to see 4/5 Mair in the paper last Wednesday celebrating this also.
Students have been unpacking the newly developed ‘School Wide Positive Behaviour Matrix’ that staff and students developed in Term 1. This will underpin all expected behaviours and what it looks like to be a member of the Ashby community.  This includes four specific areas that are related back to TERRI. 
  1. In learning spaces
  2. In outdoor spaces
  3. In the digital world
  4. In the community
We will be sending a copy of this home for all families to unpack together and where possible display on the fridge or somewhere prominent at home for all to see.
 
Students have been sanitising and following strict hygiene processes and we thank them for their diligence with this. We do have some students still not bringing a drink bottle. 
Please ensure these are packed for this week as it is imperative they are drinking water throughout the day and we are not wanting to access the drinking taps where possible.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Friends of Ashby group for providing an amazing luncheon on Friday. We appreciate your kinds thoughts in regards to staff efforts throughout the remote learning experience. 
This was a lovely treat and well received by all. Yum Yum Yum!

Again, we would like to thank all families for their efforts throughout remote learning also.
Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey LINKED, as we appreciate your feedback and reflection on this time at home.

Modified reports will go home next Wednesday June 24th for Semester one.  A letter outlining the information offered in these reports will go out on COMPASS this week.
 
Amy and I finalised prep placements for 2021 today. This year is certainly going quickly, and we are excited to be sending out letters welcoming students to Ashby for 2021.
 
Enjoy your week everyone,

 

Meg Bone
Principal Ashby Primary School
1-7 Waratah St, Geelong West, 3219
52231291
 
MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL CAPTAINS
Dear Parents/Caregivers,
 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for helping and supporting all of the students at Ashby during remote learning. Remote learning for us all was definitely a challenge however we got through it successfully, because of the amazing support, effort and encouragement you displayed to help your child/children.
 
As school captains, we were very proud to see how many students were able to engage in remote learning and it was also terrific to see everyone share their work online. With remote learning now over, we hope you all have the chance to have a break and have an opportunity to get your own work done! 😃
 
Kind Regards,
Ed and Lyla
Ashby Primary School - School Captains.
OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE
OSHC will be returning to normal for Term 3. If you signed up for permanent bookings at the beginning of the year, these we be reinstated for Term 3. Please contact the Administration Office if you need to cancel these, otherwise you will be charged for the bookings.
During Term 3 you will be able to continue using the Smart Central website to view and apply for bookings. The cancellation/booking time frame of 6pm for BSC and 2pm for ASC. Cancellations need to be sent to the Administration Office. Please make ensure confirmation of bookings is received before attending.

For the remainder of Term 2 you will need to contact the Administration Office
by Thursday 4pm the week prior for your bookings or they will not be accepted, due to staff allocations. 
JUNIOR SCHOOL COUNCIL
JSC are pleased to let Ashby know that the Dress Up as an Animal / Casual Dress Day fundraising for Wildlife Victoria planned for Term 1 will be taking place on the last day of Term 2 - Friday, June 26! Please bring a gold coin donation on the day!
AWARDS
 
FAMILY REFLECTIONS
Hi everyone.
Just a little note of reflection from myself on behalf of our family.
 
As I reflect on the last few months, I, like so many others have really thought about what is important and the impact that covid-19 has had on us as a family and individually.
We need far less than we think we do to be happy. We don’t need to visit the shops just for that chocolate bar we are simply craving or have that extra take away coffee this week.
Geez, it’s even amazing how far that last roll of toilet paper will stretch!!
 
The slowed pace of life, whilst it has been a challenge, has given us all a chance to simply catch our breath. It has given us time to pay closer attention to what our kids are saying.
Something as simple, and previously unappreciated, as an evening walk with the family and the new dog can be the highlight of one's day.
 
We are incredibly lucky to have a health care system that is ready and willing to fight this battle. There was a time early on in which I was completely terrified at the prospect of being a nurse throughout this pandemic. The numbers weren’t great, and the prediction was dire. But we, as a hospital and as a country were ready.
We undoubtedly live in the “Lucky Country” and I feel blessed to be a part of an amazing team in Geelong.  
 
Did I hate the fact that we missed celebrating Matildas 6th Birthday with her first little group of prep friends, absolutely.
Did it sadden me when all my kids wanted to do was see their cousins, grandparents, friends, and I had to continue to say no. No doubt.
Did I feel guilt over the fact that I could go to work and interact with my peers whilst my kids could not interact with theirs? Of course.
Did I cry? Yes. Did I laugh? Many times. Did I parent well all the time? Not even close. But am I proud of how we coped and continue to cope as a family, as a community, as a country? Absolutely.
 
My kids drive have driven me absolutely crazy, but I’ve loved (almost) every single minute. Watching a little preppie grow and develop right in front of your eyes was amazing and something I won’t soon forget.
In saying that, I’m so happy to hand her back over to the most incredible team at Ashby. You have adapted and prospered (at least on the outside looking in) and we could not be prouder or happier to be part of the Ashby community. You did an incredible job making a challenging situation as seamless as possible. For that you should be congratulated.
 
Regards, Bec Hook
(Matilda Prep)
 
 

     
 
Upcoming Calendar Dates
FRIDAY 26th JUNE
End of Term 2 - Casual Dress Day, Gold coin donation to Wildlife Victoria (2:15pm finish)

MONDAY 13th JULY
First day of Term 3
 
Communication
Quick Links
2020 Term Dates
Term 1:
Wednesday 29 January to Friday 27 March

Term 2:
Tuesday 14 April to Friday 26 June

Term 3:
Monday 13 July to Friday 18 September

Term 4:
Monday 5 October to Friday 18 December
2021 Term Dates
Term 1:
Wednesday 28 January to Friday 1 April

Term 2:
Tuesday 19 April to Friday 25 June

Term 3:
Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September

Term 4:
Monday 4 October to Friday 17 December
School Office Closing Hours

Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs:
Office closes 4:30pm


Fri:
Office closes 4:00pm

 
Update Your Details

Have your details changed? Mobile number? New address? Please send us a quick email and let us know.

 
Essential Education Item Charge
A reminder to all families that have not paid their child's Essential Education Item charge of $210, this can be paid via Bpay, Direct deposit, Payment plan, Cash or Card at the Administration office or via Compass.
 
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Other helpful items...

Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)


Families wishing to enrol their child/ren into the program, please use the link ENROL
Please do not hesitate to contact
ashby.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au 
or 03 5223 1291 for more infomation.
Please note that bookings during this time need to be booked through the Administration Office, so staffing can be organised.

School Council

If you have queries for School Council please use the link provided to send an email
SCHOOL COUNCIL

Regional Parenting Courses

The City of Greater Geelong run a number of Parenting courses across the region. Click here for upcoming programs.
We are finalising numbers for 2021 now.
If you have a child starting at Ashby in 2021 please fill out the Enrolment form attached and email to the Administration Office with a copy of their Birth Cert and Immunisation Cert.
Or please contact us via ashby.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au and we can get your enrolment form organised for you.

ASHBY PRIMARY SCHOOL
1-7 Waratah Street, Geelong West VIC 3218
Tel: 03 5223 1291 Fax: 03 5222 3652
ashby.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

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