No more blue bus forms!

There are now no more blue bus forms.  Applying for, or changing address for, all bus passes will now be electronic.

There are brochures at Reception from the NSW Transport Authority, with information on how to complete your online application form.  Or you can just go strait to the link and follow the prompts:  www.transportnsw.info/school- students

Once you have completed the online form, you need to print, bring it to school, and have it stamped and signed by us.  We will then post it to the relevant bus company.

Warm Regards,

Felicity.

Important information in relation to camps and excursions

We are now using the Parent Lounge on our school administrative system to process permission notes for camps and excursions. You should have received details of your log-in by email last week. If you haven’t received these details, please email Matt or Jon in ICT for assistance. When your child has a camp or excursion, you will receive an email from the school alerting you that there is a permission note to be signed and asking you to Login to the Parent Lounge to do this. We will attach some clear instructions to this email to assist you with this process.

You can check in to the Parent Lounge at any time to see if there are any camp or permission notes outstanding. You can also view your child’s school reports and update your contact details. We hope this new system will make it a little easier for parents (and our Reception staff) to handle permission notes. The process of giving permission is very quick and simple and this will mean no more chasing endless paper notes. We understand that it may take a little while for everyone to get used to the new system, but please assist us by checking your emails regularly and completing the permission process promptly when you receive notification of a camp or excursion. If you are having any problems at all with the system, please call the school as we are really happy to help you.

Canteen Roster

The canteen is seeking helpers for Tuesday 24th May. If you are available between 9.30am-2.30pm, would like to claim some RC&M hours as well as have a free lunch for your child/ren, please contact Amanda Eade on:  0411 837 699 or email:  amandaeade55@gmail.com

Also, there are still plenty of shifts waiting to be filled.  If there is another day that suits you better, please let Amanda know.

With many thanks,
The School Canteen.

Canteen Roster

Canteen Roster

Dear Parents

Thank you so much to all of you that helped in the canteen last term.  Your support is always appreciated and, as always, very much needed.  Please think about putting your name down for a shift.  It’s a fun way to claim those RC&M hours, as well as meet the school community while your children receive a free lunch!  With no experience necessary, please contact Amanda Eade on amandaeade55@gmail.com or text 0411837699 to choose a date that suits you best.

TERM TWO
Canteen Roster

Permission slips for camps & excursions

In the interests of ensuring adequate planning and risk management, all permission slips must be completed and returned to the school at least 5 days before a camp and 3 days before an excursion.  Students who have not returned a permission slip within this time will not be permitted to attend the camp or excursion. To assist with this, we will ensure permission slips are sent home at least 10 days before a camp and 8 days before an excursion.  In the short term, whilst we are all getting used to this system, teachers will support students with reminders to return notes on time.

Thank you,

Nerrida, and the Admin team.

A Gorgeous Autumn Festival

The school celebrated the Autumn Festival last Monday 21 March.  The whole school community came together to celebrate this special time.  A beautiful display of Autumn offerings from the garden and Mother Nature was created in the Amphitheatre.  Thank you to everyone for bringing in produce and offerings from your gardens and from home.  Teachers, students, and parents gathered, in their Autumn colours, to celebrate the Festival with music and song.  We were also joined by special guest, Irish Joe Lynch, who shared some entertaining stories with everyone.  The school then gathered on the grass, surrounding our clever musicians, to enjoy some Autumn dances!  Much fun & joy was had by all!

Autumn Festival 2016 Nerrida 1

Photo:  Nerrida Johnson

Autumn Festival 2016 Nerrida 2

Photo:  Nerrida Johnson

Autumn Festival 2016 Irish Joe Lynch

Photo:  Nerrida Johnson

Autumn Festival 2016 Felicity 1

Photo:  Felicity Dynes

Lost Property

Small items that are handed in to Reception, are on display in the Reception window.  Two single keys were found in the car park on Thursday, they are now in the Reception window :)

Warm Regards,

Felicity

Drop-off and Pick-up Reminder

Just a gentle reminder when dropping off or picking up children that this is to happen from the bottom car-park.  No children should be dropped off or picked up from the top car park as this is a school bus zone.

Permission slips for excursions!

Important Information ~ Return of Permission Notes!

We are finding that parents are increasingly returning permission slips after the due date, and on many occasions on the actual day of the camp or excursion.  In some cases, we have had to telephone parents on the day of the excursion to chase up a permission note.  This is not only time consuming for us, it also makes it very difficult to adequately cater for any additional student needs on the camp or excursion (illnesses, medications etc.).  For this reason, we will no longer accept permission notes which have been returned after the due date.
Permission notes for camps must be returned at least 5 days prior to the camp.  
Permission notes for excursions must be returned at least 3 days before the excursion.  
If the permission note is not returned on time, the student will not be able to attend the camp or excursion.  Please help us out by returning permission notes on time.

The No.1 bus from Ballina

Blanch’s No.1 bus from Ballina

Byron Council posted the following roadworks notice on their site yesterday regarding Broken Head Rd reconstruction, which will see one lane traffic conditions from next Monday 14 March 2016, extending for a 8-week period to 24 May 2016.  Students are advised that there could be additional delays with both the morning and afternoon school to Ballina route.

http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/road-works/2016/03/14/broken-head-road-reconstruction-works

Phil Blanch has communicated to the school that to address the existing delays with the morning bus No.1 they will be adding an extra bus No.15 shortly.  More details will be communicated to the students and parents of regular users of this service shortly, but this may or may not alleviate the schedule during the Broken Head upgrade. They are hoping that one lane traffic may be beneficial to the buses traffic flow, but we shall see!

Communication

We love communicating with parents – it’s how we best work in partnership with you to support your child’s learning journey.  Please help us out by using the correct form of communication.  If you need to speak to a teacher, the best option is to call reception and ask to make an appointment.  Alternatively you could email the teacher (preferably through our reception email address  reception@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au.  Please do not contact the teachers by calling or texting their mobile phones.  Our teachers work hard and they do need to have a home life away from work – phone calls and text messages disturb this time and are not helpful to good communication.

Privacy Reminder

It is wonderful when parents and friends come to school events and many parents love to take photos of their children at these events to remember the occasion and share with family and friends.  Whilst sharing photos of your own child is your own choice, sharing photos of other children without their parents’ permission is a breach of privacy.  For this reason, we ask that parents who take photos of children other than their own at school events do not share the photos on social media (Facebook, Instagram etc.) or on any other website or sharing platform.

Communication

We love communicating with parents – it’s how we best work in partnership with you to support your child’s learning journey.  Please help us out by using the correct form of communication.  If you need to speak to a teacher, the best option is to call reception and ask to make an appointment.  Alternatively you could email the teacher (preferably through our reception email address  reception@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au.  Please do not contact the teachers by calling or texting their mobile phones.  Our teachers work hard and they do need to have a home life away from work – phone calls and text messages disturb this time and are not helpful to good communication.

Drop-off and Pick-up Reminder

Just a gentle reminder when dropping off or picking up children that this is to happen from the bottom car-park.  No children should be dropped off or picked up from the top car park as this is a school bus zone.

Car Park Dust

Dust in the bottom car park has become an issue in this dry weather. We have been working on a solution to this and will be installing a sprinkler system within the next 10 days.  It may take a little while to fine tune this system, however we hope to have an immediate reduction to the level of dust once the system has been installed.  In the meantime, please take care to drive slowly in the car park.  Thank you for your patience whilst we try to find the best solution.