Grade 3.4 Beaconsfield PS

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No assembly tomorrow

Just a reminder that there will be no whole school assembly tomorrow due to House Meetings.

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Camp FAQ- Where do the kids sleep?

Camp FAQ- Where do the kids sleep?

Today the students in my class were asking this and it occurred to me that parents may like to know too!

At Golden Valleys Lodge, the rooms are dormitory style bunk rooms. They sleep between 24-30 students with bathrooms at each end. The students do not have to leave the room to go to the toilet during the night and the whole area is carpeted, very clean and well-maintained. Two years ago, we were slightly concerned as teachers, but we were willing to give the kids a fair go and to our surprise it worked beautifully! The design of the room is such that we still put the students in groups of 6-8 (same gender in the bunk room of course!) and they give us the names of people they’d be comfortable with. The great thing is, that if they don’t get all their friends on the list, they won’t be far away anyway! This gives the students some peace of mind and it is very easy to keep track of students who are struggling to get to sleep or making some noise. Teachers do not sleep in the dorm with the students but our rooms are right next door. We patrol the rooms at night and honestly, they crash pretty easily because the activities are very exciting and tiring!

A tip for bedwetters:

Put pull ups at the bottom of the sleeping bag with a 2 plastic bags to wear at night and dispose of in the morning 🙂 It’s very common to still have accidents at this age so your child won’t be alone but they never need to tell their friends!

Stay tuned for more FAQs next week!

 

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Camp FAQ- What if my son/daughter has a special diet?

Camp FAQ- What if my son/daughter has a special diet?

Great question! Andrea at Golden Valleys Lodge can cater for everyone! They serve hearty meals with plenty for everyone and she can also incorporate your own food if required. This does not mean the students can bring snacks etc., rather, they must have a specific reason (GF, Dairy Free, Halal, medical reason) and it must be arranged with your classroom teacher with everything outlined and labelled with your child’s name on it. Later this term we will be sending out the dietary form (new this year) and medical forms, so stay tuned for those.

You would be surprised at what the kids will eat and try when they are on camp. Please don’t let food be the reason your child is worried about camp! We can cater for everyone 🙂

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Camp Deposits Due

It’s that time of year again, where we are asking you to secure your place for Golden Valleys Lodge in Term 4! Deposits are due Wednesday 3rd August.

We are all very excited about camp, as it is a fabulous way of the children experiencing some independence with the support and guidance of their teachers. I can honestly say I have never had a child come home from camp disappointed! They achieve things out of their comfort zone with their classmates and they have so much fun they can’t wait to tell their loved ones all about it!

This is a great time to start having those conversations about what the students will need to do on camp that is normally done by a parent or sibling. Eg. packing a suitcase, keeping belongings together, regulating the shower water temperature, washing their hair, remembering to brush their teeth, trying food they may not have eaten before etc.

Having sleepovers with someone other than family is a great opportunity for the children to experience what it might be like on camp away from parents and siblings.

Rest assured that we teachers have seen it all! We support the children the entire time and they always come home proud of themselves for facing the big challenges (for some it is the Giant Swing, others it’s just sleeping in a room with their friends- we understand that every child is different!). We are at camp for your children and they will be able to come to us at any time throughout the camp.

Your kids are amazing! They will LOVE camp and most likely surprise you with what they can do with some encouragement and their friends supporting them!

Please see the blog in the coming weeks for some FAQs that may assist you in planning for camp.

 

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HPV Come and Try Session

Dear Parents and friends,

As you may be aware during Week 2 and Week 3 of this term Mr Cole has been using the Human Powered Vehicles (HPVs) as part of the grade 3 to 6 PE lessons. For those students who would be interested in joining Beaconsfield Primary School’s HPV team there will be a ‘Come and Try’ session this Wednesday, 27th of July 2016, after school on the outside basketball court and front drive way until around 6:30pm. You do not need to attend the whole session, this is an opportunity to have a look and ask questions.

To attend this ‘Come and Try’ session students must be turning a minimum of 10 years of age in 2016 and be accompanied by a responsible adult. The team is a parent run program supported by the school so parent participation in the running of the team is required.
The current race team members will have their regular training session between 3:45 and 4:45pm if you wish to watch how more experienced riders handle the HPVs, ask the students questions or ride on a more challenging track than the one used during PE lessons.

Mr Cole can provide bike helmets for the session but if you wish to use your own helmet please remember to bring it with you. As there are many moving parts on a HPV, please do not wear loose clothing. It is recommended that riders wear tracksuit pants or leggings, not skirts as they may become caught in the chain.

Thank you kindly,

Mr Cole

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Crazy Hat Day

Just a reminder that tomorrow is Crazy Hat Day. Please wear a hat and bring along a gold coin to raise money for Beyond Blue.

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PE next week

Dear Parents

During PE lessons in week 2 and week 3 the students in grades 3 to 6 will be given the opportunity to ride the school’s human powered vehicles (HPVs). A HPV is like a pedal car. Half the grade will ride next week, while the other half the following week. Mr Cole can provide bike helmets for the lesson but if you wish to use your own helmet please remember to bring it to school on the day you have PE. As there are many moving parts on a HPV, please do not wear loose clothing. It is recommended that riders wear tracksuit pants or leggings, not skirts as they may become caught in the chain.

Thank you kindly,

Mr Cole

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