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Welcome back to the 2016 school year

2/02/2016

Welcome back to the 2016 school year.  A special welcome to those families who are joining us for the first time.  I am pleased to welcome you to Kruger State School. You and your family are now members of the Kruger Team.

The Kruger Team consists of a professional and enthusiastic staff; a culturally diverse population that constantly strives to achieve the Kruger Team Expectations of Best Effort, Be Respectful and Be Safe at all times, and a loyal and supportive community.

Welcome New Teachers

Sarah Blums (Year 1), Nicola Nopma (Year 1), Sam Baguley (Year3), Jessica Furness (Year 3),  Karen Borron (Year 4 ), James Garrard (Year 4), Tracy Roberts (Year 4),  Elise  Sands (Year 5), Julia Hunt (Year 6), Lisa Sullivan Ward (Instrumental Music) and Roberto Mango (LOTE).

School/Community Teacher:

Katie Baills will be working on school community projects for 2016. Katie has been a Year 5 teacher at Kruger for many years and has built positive partnerships with the community during this time. In 2016 Katie will be involved in building partnership projects with the whole school and wider community.

Learning Engagement Teacher:

We welcome Lisa McLeod to the Kruger Team. Lisa will work with teachers to ensure that all students are engaged in quality learning at all times. Students whose behaviours prevent them and others from learning will be supported by Mrs McLeod. Lisa comes to us with specialised experience in learning engagement and behaviour support programs. 

Temporary classes until week beginning 5th February 2016

Please be aware that all classes and staffing in Queensland State Schools is temporary until the week beginning 5th February 2016.  During the first 3 weeks enrolments and classes are being finalised.  On Day 8 of the school year all schools will be given their final staffing allocation depending on Day 8 student enrolment numbers. This is why it is very important for all students to be back at school on time.

 It may be necessary for classes to be rearranged to accommodate any increase or decrease in predicted enrolments. This may mean that teachers change classes or students are allocated different classes. If your child is affected by this changeover you will be sent a letter explaining the situation.  Thank you for your understanding.

Arrival at school in the morning

Our first bell rings at 8.20am.  Students will move to classes and be ready to start lessons by 8.25am.  If students arrive before 8.20am in the morning they need to wait in the undercover area near the tuckshop. If they are with a parent they can wait near their classroom under parent supervision.

There is no supervision in the school grounds before 8.00am.  After 8.00am a staff member would be available near the admin block if students require assistance.

Teachers will remind students of this process but it is important that parents instruct their children where to wait if they arrive at school before the 8.20am bell.

Leaving school at the end of the school day

The school day finishes at 2.30pm and students are dismissed by teachers. Parents should ensure that children know how they are getting home in the afternoon. If you are collecting your child, it is important for children to know where to meet you.

Prep and Year 1 students will be kept in rooms for a few weeks to ensure their safety and to allow parents to communicate with teachers about collection procedures. After Week 3 Prep and Year 1 students will be dismissed from rooms on the 2.30pm bell.

Students still on the school grounds after 3.00pm should wait in the under covered area near the tuckshop.

Please be aware that they will be unsupervised after 2.30pm.

Please be sure to communicate with teachers and your children about afternoon procedures to ensure the safety of all students.

Smart Start to 2016

During the first couple of weeks all students will participate in a Smart Start program to support their higher performance in 2016. This program is designed to give a head start to the school year. All students will participate in revision lessons and activities to extend their understandings in English and Maths, set their learning goals for Term 1 and be supported to develop positive relationships to set them up for a successful 2016.

All students will also participate in a range of assessment tasks to enable teachers to understand the capabilities of everyone in the class. Teachers will then plan and implement programs to target all students’ needs.

Kruger’s facilities renewal and building program

No doubt you will have noticed the extensive building work going on at Kruger.

Project 1

  • A two story building (8 classrooms) located beside the School Hall, near the junior school oval.

This is a major project and will be fast tracked to be finished by July 2016. The contractors have been very good at working through the school holidays with the demolition and will work after hours including weekends to minimise the noisy parts of the build. In the next few weeks the pylon work will be done. This will mean considerable noise especially for classrooms near the building site. We are told that this noise will be for 6 -7 days and then the noise will just be normal building noise.

Teachers in nearby classrooms have made provisions to deal with this noisy period. The Year 1 students will have school bags in classrooms and have been allocated an alternate eating area.

As part of this project there will be a waiting area built near the bottom carpark so that students are able to wait to be collected.

Project 2

  • Renovation of  all rooms in Block 1, including furniture (Year 4 block near the tuckshop).

Some of our Year 4 classrooms in Block 1 are complete and ready for day 1. They look great! I thank the contractors for their speedy finish so that we can be up and running for the start of the school year.

Project 3

  • Update of our Multi-Purpose Court.

The outdoor multipurpose court has been refurbished during the holidays. The finishing touches and the surface are to be done in the next few weeks. Once again a fast track project for us.

Project 4

  • Wireless upgrade for the whole school.

The school and the department have combined to fund a total wireless upgrade for the school. This will result in faster internet connection for staff and students in every building and allow for each classroom and computer lab to run more digital equipment. In particular it will support our IPAD programs.

I thank you for your understanding while the considerable facilities work is taking place. In a very short time we will appreciate the great upgrades that are taking place. I will keep you informed in School Newsletters but please come and see me if you have any questions or would simply like to have more information on these projects.

Year Level Newsletters

Keep a look out for your Year Level Newsletter.  This Newsletter will outline Term 1 Key Learning and assessment for your child and give you other information relevant to the year level.

 

School Absence Line

If your child is sick and won’t be attending school please phone our Absence Line and register the absence:      ABSENCE LINE:    3814 9360.

Everyday Counts at Kruger State School

Be on Time Everyday!

The School Day

 
First Bell                                                                        8.20am
 
Morning Session                                                              8.25am to 10.30am
 
FIRST BREAK                                                            10.30am to 11.20am
 
Middle Session                                                             11.20am to 1.00pm
                                                                                     
SECOND BREAK                                                         1.00pm to 1.20pm
 
Afternoon Session                                                          1.20pm to 2.30pm
 
CLASSES DISMISSED                                                   2.30pm

School Newsletter

Our school newsletter comes out fortnightly beginning Week 3.

It will be emailed to you on Wednesday 10th February and fortnightly from then onwards.

 Please be sure that the office has your correct email address.

If you do not have email, please advise the office that you will need a paper copy. This copy will be sent home with your youngest child.

If you receive the newsletter by email you are able to change the language of the newsletter by clicking on the drop down box ‘Translate Select Language’ at the top of the newsletter.

You will be able to read the newsletter in a variety of languages.

 Regards
 
Jody Stehbens
Principal
Kruger State School