positive as you settle into school routines and begin to develop new relationships with staff, students and parents. Please contact your classroom teacher or the office if there is anything that the school can do to further support your family. 2019 is set to be a busy year with lots of events, activities and initiatives ready to go. We remind families that 2019 is a Camp year for students in Years 3 /4 and 5 /6.
As always, the year starts off with many of our House and Interschool sporting events and carnivals. Last Friday students in Years 3 – 6 enjoyed the House Swimming Carnival.
Children enjoyed a wonderful day at the pool participating in official events, fun activities and even a bit of free pool time. Congratulations to Boeing, for yet again being the winning house. It is also very fitting that the Champion Boy and Champion Girl happen to be Boeing House Captains. Congratulations to Mitchell Reeks and Emily Kristic for being our 2019 Champs.
The District Twilight Swimming Squad will be selected as a result of the day with this interschool event being held on Thursday 21st February after school. Thankyou to Mr Payton for his coordination of the program and to all staff and parent helpers who contributed to the success of the Swimming Carnival this year.
The Swimming Sports was also the first official duty for our newly elected House Captains.
Congratulations to the following students as they take on this leadership role.
Boeing – Emily Kristic and Mitchell Reeks
Concorde – Trinity Watts and Jasmine Attwell
Douglas – Justin McConnell and Cameron Sheppard
Hercules – Teisha Menezes and Peyton White
Junior School Council
Last week classes in Years 3 – 6 held elections for our Junior School Council. Well done to the many students who expressed interest in this role, preparing and presenting speeches. Congratulations to the following students who were successful in becoming this year’s Junior School Councillors:
3 /4 T – Lily McMonagle and Lisa Vartanova
3 /4 O – Casey Dowal and Cooper Martin
4 /5 P – Ben Jeal and Elliott Lee
5 /6 L – Chloe McCracken and Tane Webster
5 /6 P – Amber Harrison and Kade Payton
A special welcome to all of our new Preps who started school with big smiles last Monday. It is a very exciting time for the children as they start the first stage of their formal education. Today we were pleased to welcome our preps as they joined us for their very first assembly.
With about half of the group being new to our school, we look forward to getting to know all our new families.
Welcome to Mr Sam Milner who is our PE teacher. Mr. Milner is here on a Monday and Tuesday and works at another school
for the remaining three days of the week.
Welcome to Miss Chelsea O’Meara who has transferred from Killara PS and joins the Year 3 /4 team. We are extremely happy to have both new staff members on board as part of our SWPS community.
We are pleased to say that our shade sails have finally been installed providing much needed shelter over our playground areas.
Once again, we would like to acknowledge the wonderful work of our fundraising team FOSW, who have been working hard for the past couple of years to see this come to fruition. Of course this was further enabled by the very generous donation of $40,000 from the Andrews government. Thankyou to all the students, staff and local community members who supported this venture for our school.
Parent / Teacher Meetings
Bookings for Parent / Teacher meetings are now open on Compass. Please take the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher so that any relevant information can be passed on to the school. Please contact the office if you need assistance with bookings.
Teacher Availability Before and After School
At Sunbury West we have an open door policy and are happy to arrange times to meet with parents at any time. There are times however, when teachers have other commitments such as meetings and professional learning. These take place on a Monday, Tuesday and for some staff, Wednesday afternoons, commencing at 3.50pm. We ask that parents arrange an alternative meeting time if they feel that the purpose of their request to meet might extend beyond this time.
Parents In Buildings
We ask that parents wait outside school buildings during pick up times in the afternoons. Should you need to speak with a teacher etc, we ask that you refrain from entering the building until after the bell.
School Council Elections
We will be calling for nominations for School Council in the near future. We have several parent vacancies which will span a two year term if you choose to nominate. If you’ve previously considered becoming involved in School Council but the opportunity has always passed you by, consider this early notice. The nomination process will be announced next week.
FOSW (Friends of Sunbury West)
Our FOSW team has already met to kick start our fundraising for 2019. We are always looking for new members to help this dynamic team of volunteers. FOSW meets on the first Monday of the month at 2.30pm in the Community Room so if you have an hour to spare, please pop in for a cuppa.
Absences / Late Arrivals
We remind parents of the Department guidelines regarding notification of absences. If your child is absent from school without explanation by 9.15am, the office staff will be contacting parents directly via text message to clarify whether they should be at school. Please remember that absences should be communicated to the school via COMPASS. Similarly, if your child is late and they have not been signed in at the office, parents will also receive a text message.
We remind parents that for student safety, parents are not permitted to park in any of the staff car parks during drop off and pick up times.
In 2019, we will only be publishing our newsletter monthly. As we now rely on Compass heavily for ongoing communication, we envisage that the newsletter will be more a celebration of what has been happening at each year level and in our specialist programs.
Student of the Week
This year we will endeavour to notify parents if their child is receiving a Student Of The Week Award.
A notification will be sent to parents via Compass by 4pm on a Friday afternoon advising them that their child will be presented with this award at the following assembly.
As we transition to a monthly newsletter, we will still publish weekly Students of The Week via Compass on a Monday.
We have sent home a final expression of interest for the 2019 Wakakkiri program. As registrations are drawing to a close, we must finalise our numbers. This Performing Arts, Artist in Residence Program is available to students in years 3 – 6. It spans 12 weeks with the program culmination in a concert at the Clock Tower Centre in Moonee Ponds. If you would like your child to participate, please return the form to the office by Friday 15th February.