Dear Parents and Carers,

2014 School Fees

During 2013, Orana has experienced some issues with collecting school fees on time from a number of families. At the School Board meeting last Thursday evening, a decision was made that from 2014 the options for school fees will change. School fees will no longer be sent out each term. Instead families will need to pay by direct debit on a fortnightly or monthly basis. The school fees will be divided into 26 fortnightly payments or 7 monthly payments. There will be two start dates for the fortnightly payments starting at the end of February and the monthly payment will also start at the end of February. There will still remain an option to pay up front. This will make budgeting easier for families and the school.

There will be more information circulated towards the end of Term 4.

Performing Arts Festival

This week both our junior and senior choirs performed outstandingly well in the Choral Singing section of the Festival. Both choirs received sensational marks and comments and all of the children represented Orana beautifully. On Wednesday night our school band performed. They played spectacularly well and are to be congratulated for staying so focused after their long drive to the venue.

A very big thank you must go to Mrs Draper and Mrs Marshall. Both teachers have shown great dedication and commitment and their talents have helped to inspire our children.

Father's Day Breakfast

Next Thursday morning, the P&F will be holding their annual Father's Day breakfast. For those who have returned their forms, the sausage sizzle will begin at 7.30am in the Quad near the canteen. At 8.45, the bell will ring and we will make our way to the hall for a short prayer service where we will give thanks for our Dads. We hope to see many of you at the Breakfast. The last day for order forms to be returned is tomorrow, Friday 23rd August.

Mobile Phones

The teachers on duty after school have noticed, and are concerned about, a growing number of parents driving through the school grounds while talking on their mobile phones. Not only is this illegal but it is also highly dangerous with so many small children walking around. Please take care when driving through the school!

Election Strategy

In the coming weeks parents will be provided with information regarding the upcoming federal election and the policies that will impact upon the education of your children.

Top Tips for Parents from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

Communication

  • Parents need to negotiate and compromise - too much freedom is not a good thing.

  • The frontal lobe of teenagers is located in their parents' brains.

  • Help them find their 'spark' - What gets your children up in the morning?

  • When kids are angry or upset your default position should be 'you're upset, we'll talk later'.

  • Don't talk too much and listen more - kids have a 1 minute 13 second attention span.

  • Use humour, be light-hearted and upbeat, not sarcasm, not put-downs.

  • Set very clear boundaries - talk about your values

Please note that none of the Leadership Team will be in the school tomorrow. Mrs Di McKay will be in charge during our absence.

Andrea Woodgate / Assistant Principal