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23rd June 2020
News From the North
It is the end of term and that means School Spirit Awards.
Despite working at home, our students have continued to be exceptional learners and they have been recognised by their teachers through a School Spirit nomination.
Whilst all students deserve to be awarded for their fabulous online learning and excellent return to school efforts, there can only be one winner from each year level. Which again causes a dilemma for Mr Mackay, Mrs Mackay and Mr Hilton as they read about the 4C’s and the wonderful dedicated students that have been nominated.
Mr Mackay filmed the assembly for all grades to watch in their classrooms - and he filmed the class teachers of the students who were awarded with the Term Two School Spirit reading their award.
Below are the students who were nominated and on the next two pages, read about our wonderful award winners and why they were nominated.
Congratulations to all our nominees.
1H - Homeyra
3A - Carlo
5L - Ajla
1G - Sana A
3B - Ahmed
5F - Elaha
1L - Aarohi
3V - Oneesha
5W - Eshail
1O - Reena
3F - Rishag
5G - Rathin
1LH - Layla
3W - Vibhish
5D - Fathima
2N - Christa
4FM - Rakshana
6L - Shathu
2C - Beryl
4P - Prisha
6K - Abhinav
2V - Reem
4H - Sharifa
6A - Qasim
2M - Dhatsin
4DW - Amelia
6D - Zainab
2T - Tasneem
4N - Sumeyye
6V - Santhya
Term 2 ends this Friday 26th June
- School finishes at 2:30 pm.
Term 3 begins Monday 13th July.
The winner from Year 1:
Sana is most certainly the most deserving recipient for the School Spirit award for Term two! She demonstrates a true love of learning and takes the greatest amount of pride in all of the learning tasks that she completes. Sana demonstrates our school values at all times, in particular she has the most caring nature and willingly helps all of those in need. 1G is very lucky to have you Sana, as you make our learning space a happy and safe place to be. Well done on all that you have achieved and continue being you as you truly are amazing!
The winner from Year 2:
Beryl always demonstrates the 4Cs and is a delight to have in the grade. Although quiet, she is a confident and proactive member of our class. She is extremely hard working, listens carefully and completes everything that is ever asked of her. She is also quietly competitive and very mature in the way she conducts herself. This competitiveness, combined with her work ethic, has resulted in Beryl making excellent progress across the curriculum.
The winner from Year 3:
Throughout Term 2, Oneesha has consistently demonstrated the 4C’s at school and during remote learning. She takes great care of her work, shows common sense when working online, cooperates by contributing her opinions and ideas, and shows courtesy by using her manners when communicating with her teacher and classmates. Oneesha did an incredible job reciting the ‘Dandenong Ridgeback’ text map during remote learning and had taught the rest of the class when we got back to school. Thank you for being such a valued member of the class!
The winner from Year 4:
Sumeyye radiates positivity and cheerfulness! Her smiling aura draws people towards her. Sumeyye only joined our DNPS family this year but has quickly become a guiding example of our 4Cs to all her peers. Her incredible efforts during our remote learning was amazing, She sent videos to show her understanding of the tasks, handed in her work regularly and shared insightful communication over video calls. You should be so proud of your hard word Sumeyye!
The winner from Year 5:
Fathima is a respectful and dedicated student, who constantly follows Dandenong North Primary School’s 4Cs. Fathima expresses resilience and flexibility in the classroom and displays exceptional efforts in all that she does. She is a thoughtful and gen-erous student, who quietly goes about displaying acts of kindness to classmates and teachers. Fathima exhibits qualities of a true role model and sets an excellent example for her peers. Fathima, your optimistic attitude and infectious personality are traits to be extremely proud of. Well done!
The winner from Year 6:
Shathu has done an exceptional job, this semester. Initially she found remote learning difficult and overwhelming. However, due to her passion and dedication to her learning, she persevered through this unprecedented situation by completing her work to a high standard, attending class WebEx and making sure to ask questions when she was unsure. Also, every morning, without a doubt, she would send me a beautiful email wishing me a lovely day. This highlighted the 4Cs. Since coming back to school, she has adapted extremely well and continued to demonstrate her love for school. Well done to everything you have achieved!
Teachers are in the process of completing the June mid-year reports for students. These reports are going to look very different to those in previous years, due to the time spent completing online learning at home. Staff have been unable to complete semester one testing so therefore there will be no assessment of learning provided.
The mid year reports will consist of:
Report writing takes staff many out of school hours to complete and they also take a great deal of effort to complete. We are very grateful to our teachers for their dedication to completing these documents for our community members.
Mid-year reports will be handed out to students on the last day of Term Two, Friday 26th June.
As the year rolls on, we are keen to ensure that all of our current families have their Prep students enrolled for 2021. These enrolments allow us to plan for next year which includes our ability to keep all class sizes as small as possible.
We continue to aim to keep our Prep classes to below twenty as we strive to give children the best possible start to their education. Therefore it is highly important for us to have an idea as to how many students may be enrolling at our school for next year.
If you know of a neighbour or a relative who has a child that turns five before the 30th April 2021, please ask them to come to the office for an enrolment form.
Parents are asked to bring a Birth certificate or Visa for proof of age and an Immunisation History Statement from Medicare, in order to enroll their child at our school.
Early enrolment also ensures children are included in our Prep Transition Program which begins in Term Four.
We look forward to meeting all of our new families enrolling at DNPS and making them a part of our community.
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund provides money for eligible families to be used for camps, sporting events and excursions.
For families who hold a current Health Care Card as of the 31st January 2020, you will be eligible for this fund.
The $125 per student per year is paid directly to the school and is linked to the child and can be used to pay for excursions or sporting events.
The forms needed to apply for this fund were sent home earlier this week and we urge all of our parents to fill in the necessary pieces of information and return these forms to school as soon as possible.
If you have a valid Health Care Card, fill in the required information and return it to the office as quickly as possible. All forms must be returned by 24th July2020.
We are introducing another way that our families can pay the Booklist at DNPS. You can now pay in the comfort of your own home via the Bpay method using the details provided on your Family Statement.
We still accept Cash and Eftpos/Credit Card payments at the office but hope that the Bpay option will help those families that are unable to come into the school during the day.
Any queries please come see me at the office.
Dear Parents / Guardians,
Every year students at Dandenong North Primary School are given the opportunity to participate in the ICAS Assessments (International Competitions and Assessments) run by UNSW Global.
ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving. The subjects offered are English and Maths and it is open to Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 if they wish to enter.
Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition. Every student will receive a printed certificate and an online result report. Top performers will be eligible for medals and are invited to attend special award ceremonies to have their academic excellence publicly recognised.
The assessments are suitable for students wishing to extend themselves academically and take up the personal challenge of competing in an international assessment. Your child will be presented with high-quality, expert-developed questions, allowing them to apply their learning without the need for prior study or revision.
ICAS Assessments are now online, a move that reflects a sector-wide transition to online assessments. This allows greater accessibility for students and faster delivery of results.
Learn more about ICAS here: unsw.global/ICAS
Online parent payment:
In 2020 students have the opportunity to participate in the following subjects:
Monday 24th August
Monday 31st August
Cost per test: $15.95 including GST
These assessments will take place during the day
If you would like your child to participate in any of the subjects listed above, please visit the new online Parent Payment System to make a direct payment to UNSW Global. The Parent Payment System is a simple and secure online payment service specifically for parents to purchase ICAS Assessments.
The web link is: https://shop.unswglobal.com.au/pages/pps
Our school’s unique access code is: RKH746
Online parent payment closes Friday, 17 July 2020.
IMPORTANT: Please enter your child’s name accurately into the System as it will appear on their ICAS certificate.
We are proud to partner with UNSW Global in offering the ICAS Assessments, and look forward to some fantastic results later in the year.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you have any questions and ask for Ms Varas or Mrs Mackay.
Jenny Mackay & Marcela Varas
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