Message from the Principal

Hello once again. Week 7 already-where has the time gone?

Swimming

The last two weeks students from Years 1-7 have been attending swimming lessons at Bayswater Waves. These will culminate with a swimming carnival at Bayswater Waves on Thursday morning March 24 at 9:15am for children in Years 4 to 7 who have attended swimming lessons. Parents are most welcome to attend. Students will return to school for lunch and the afternoon.

Special Assembly

Keep April 1 free for a special assembly. I cannot announce details at the moment, but we will be having some very special guests attend as well as our usual awards of Academic Excellence sponsored by Mr Peter Tzotzis from Harcourt Integrity Maylands and the Science Excellence award sponsored by Aussie Homeloans.

Harmony Day

Next Tuesday our school will celebrate Harmony Day. We have wonderful cultural diversity in our school characterised by 26% of our students being born outside Australia in one of 36 different countries and 7% of our students being Aboriginal. While we embrace this diversity at Maylands Peninsula every day, we will take time to celebrate it on Harmony Day. We will begin with a short assembly on Monday where students can come along dressed in their national dress. If they do not wish to do this, they are encouraged to wear something with orange in it- the colour representing Harmony Day. On Tuesday afternoon at 2:00pm all students from Pre Primary to Year 7 will move onto Gibbney Reserve to fly kites together. It should be a magnificent sight. Come a little earlier when you pick your children up and maybe you can give them a helping hand.

Canberra

We held a meeting for parents of Year 5&6 students earlier this week to ascertain the amount of interest in a Year 6&7 six day tour of Canberra in 2012. We will need a minimum of 30 students attending to make the tour viable.

We took a group across last year and it was one of the best educational experiences for students. We have deliberately set a long lead time for the tour so that we can engage in some fundraising to reduce the cost of the tour. We also break the cost up into small payments over the next eighteen months. Last year we raised over $8 000 through fundraising efforts to offset the costs. The tour eventually cost $700 which included airfares, all accommodation costs, all meals, entry to all venues and all snow gear for the day in the snowfields at Mount Selwyn.

Parking

Just one more reminder about parking. Please be very careful when you drop off or pick up your child. Some people are putting children at serious risk with their driving practices each day. We need to keep our children safe. Please drive with care and only park in the designated parking areas. As we have some parents with ACROD parking stickers it is essential disabled bays are not used by others.

I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable weekend.

STEVEN SALAMON