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9th December 2019


School Banking finishes this week.

I would like to start this week by again thanking Kathy Hyland for another lovely Arty Afternoon here at Ashby on Friday.  The quality of the  artwork is amazing and of such a high standard and this is clearly Mrs Hyland’s passion rubbing off on the students.  We will be sending artwork home over the following two weeks.  Thank you to all staff who ran art activities for families and friends.  It was a great afternoon.
Congratulations to Kate Haussegger and Jake on their wedding last weekend.  Very exciting for their family including Ida and Ruby.
Congratulations to Michelle Rundle, George Kikos and Carly Ellis who have all been successful in obtaining positions here at Ashby next year in Educational Support roles. Julie Costello is reducing her time fraction to two days, in order to embark on a new pathway in Disability support, and Larissa Coleman will be on Family Leave.
We value feedback from not only parents, but also students and staff and over the past few weeks we have gathered some solid feedback in relation to communication, including weekly notes, newsletters etc., assemblies, parent feedback in relation to student learning and more.  Taking multiple factors into play, we have made some changes to these areas from 2020.
Assemblies will now take place on a fortnightly basis.  On the alternate weeks we will arrange house activities, to ensure students get to know a large cross reference of their peers and take ownership of a project or role around the school; Buddies, in order to build a whole school Buddy program; and Open Classrooms, to provide parents greater opportunities to view and discuss learning with their child in class.  We will explain this in detail in the new year, once we further unpack as a team what this will look like.
Newsletters will also be going fortnightly and run on alternate weeks to a class bulletin that will outline the key learning concepts for the fortnight, so parents can support at home and any reminders etc.
New prep students have been enjoying their transition into Ashby.  They have had 3 sessions so far and will join us again next Friday for a whole school transition morning.  Following this (without 2020 prep students), we will be walking to the waterfront for a play and sausage sizzle. 
The building works are coming to an end.  Carpet went down last week, and the big clean up begins this week.  We have booked removalists to move us in next week on the 19th of December.  We are very excited and thank all the student and staff for flexibility and patience over the past 15 months.
We are seeking volunteers to water over the holiday period.  Please leave your name with the Administration office staff and we will arrange a roster.  It is likely to be only a couple of times of the 6 week period and appreciate any support we can get.

Meg Bone
Principal Ashby Primary School
1-7 Waratah Street, Geelong West, 3219

(Games with the Grade 6 Students)
A reminder to all families that have not paid their child's Essential Education Item charge of $205 that this is due and can be paid via Bpay, Direct deposit or by cash or card at the office.
2020 Essential Education Item charge are now live on Compass for $210. Please contact the Administration Office if you need assistance with paying on Compass.
At the end of October, we held our first live, online parent information session regarding our 2020 Year 3-6 BYOD iPad program. The number of those who joined to view the session was welcomed and we thank those parents / families for their online attendance. For any parents / families that were unable to make the live online session, the link below will direct you to the presentation that was given. 
2020 BYOD iPad Presentation:
In further supporting our school community with our BYOD iPad program for 2020, we have redeveloped our '2020 APS BYOD iPAD GUIDE’. This is currently being finalised and will be shared via Compass as well as being loaded to the Apple iBook Store for download. 
Additionally, we would like to remind parents / families that we have the online iPad purchasing portal open. This has been developed by and facilitated by JB HiFi Education Solutions. For parents / families looking to purchase a new iPad device this is the ideal place to start. Login details are below.
School Code: ASHBYPS2020
If you have any questions or queries regarding the program itself for 2020, please contact the school.  

Thank you to everyone that supported the collection of 5 cents pieces to help the KIDS HELP LINE. Total amounts will be in the newsletter next week.
If you have any queries for School Council, please email Emails will then be forwarded to the relevant subcommittee Convener/ Chair.
  • All Ashby Staff - for being a supportive, creative, caring and dedicated team to work in. Thanks for the great year!
Please come by the Administration office if you would like to fill out a T.E.R.R.I acknowledgement form.
PREP: Haya, 1/2A: Ollie, 1/2B: Mietta, 1/2C: Kayla, 3/4A: Ruby, 3/4B: Georgia, 3/4C: Noah, 5/6A: Ryan, 5/6B: Ava, 5/6C: Olly. 
PREP: Evie, 1/2A: Samson, 1/2B: Sasha, 1/2C: Emily, 3/4A: Sara, 3/4B: Gabriel, 3/4C: Makayla, 5/6A: Almin, 5/6B: RJ, 5/6C: Lucy. 
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Upcoming Calendar Dates

Monday 9 - 13 December 
Bike Ed Program (3/4 Students)

Thursday 12th December 
Grade 6 Graduation - 7pm @ Ashby PS Hall

Friday 13 December
Whole Transition followed by School Sausage Sizzle (No lunch orders)

Tuesday 17 December 
Table Tennis (consent and payment on Compass - Grades 3-6)

Wednesday 18 December 
School Reports (available from 3:30pm)

Thursday 19 December
Assembly @ 1:30pm
Last day of Term - School finishes @ 2:15pm

Friday 20 December
Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day 

2019 Term Dates
Term 1:
Wednesday 30 January to Friday 5 April

Term 2:
Tuesday 23 April to Friday 28 June

Term 3:
Monday 15 July to Friday 20 September

Term 4:
Monday 7 October to Friday 20 December
Ongoing Dates:

Nude Food 'Chewsday'
Each day

School Banking
Each Tuesday

Fresh Fruit Friday
Each Friday morning (except for the first and last week of term)

Lunch Orders
Each Wednesday and Friday (unless otherwise notified)

Ashby Ukulele Players
Each Wednesday lunchtime in Ms Mair's classroom.

School Assembly
Each Friday 2:50pm (Unless notified)
School Office Closing Hours

Office closes 4:30pm

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, or alternatively use our Skoolbag App to update your details.


Last week for School banking in 2019!

Due to the amount of bank books being deposited, it is no longer feasible to continue with the school banking program. We certainly wish to encourage you all to still save your money, but unfortunately the amount of volunteer hours out way the need at Ashby PS.

There will be NO School Banking in 2020.


Fresh Fruit Friday

If you want to help out our little school a really easy way is to drop into help chop fruit with other parents on Friday mornings after 8.50am drop off.  All hands on deck and it only takes 30minutes.  Everyone welcome - a great way to meet other parents.
A reminder to all families that have not paid their child's Essential Education Item charge of $205, this can be paid via Bpay, Direct deposit, Payment plan, Cash or Card at the office.

Sick Bay Linen

Has your child been in sick bay lately? Like them to experience 'clean' sheets? Can you change the sick bay linen for us this week? 

email or just drop by the office. 
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Other helpful items...

Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)

Families currently enrolled into the OSHC program will have received an email asking them to sign into Smart Central’s Parent Portal.
For families wishing to enrol their child/ren into the program, please see the office for the link to enrol.
Please do not hesitate to contact or 03 5223 1291.


Regional Parenting Courses

The City of Greater Geelong run a number of Parenting courses across the region. Click here for upcoming programs.
1-7 Waratah Street, Geelong West VIC 3218
Tel: 03 5223 1291 Fax: 03 5222 3652


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