Friday, 13 December 2013

16: Friday 13th December 2013

From the Headmaster

Calling all Exabrits!
With just one week remaining it is opportune to remind Exabrit parents whose child will be applying for a PreKinder place, that their child will have priority on the testing and entrance list into PreKinder, provided their complete application is received before the end of this calendar year. We do have some applications that have been made shortly after the birth of their child! It is never too soon to try to ensure that your child has the best education.

Christmas Fair a GREAT Success
Thank you to all who contributed in making the ABC Christmas Fair a wonderful event. It was enjoyed by all and many worked to ensure that it was a success. Thank you.

Primary News

Cell phones in Upper Primary.
Our policy toward cell phones will change when we start school again in January. Smart phones will no longer be allowed to be brought in by Primary students. This means any phone able to access the internet. The only phones allowed in school will be the most basic handsets, available from all network providers, that can only be used by children to text and call parents after 1:30pm. These phones will still need to be handed in at the UP office each day and collected at the end of each day. Any smart phones bought in by students will be kept in the UP Office and only released to parents. This change in policy reflects our concerns, that we have already shared on our blogs and in a recent School for Parents, about the unfiltered content available to children on these devices. We appreciate your support in keeping your children safe and with this important change in policy. It should also be noted that no other electronic items should be brought into school by children, for example, Ipads and Ipods. 

Christmas Shows and Christmas Fair
We look forward to welcoming all children and parents to the primary Christmas fair and LP Christmas shows on Wednesday 18th December. Children in LP will all take part in brief Christmas performances (please see the schedule below) whilst UP teachers and assistants organise a Christmas fair in the LP playground which takes place simultaneously. 

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Friday 13th December: LP Reports go home
Wednesday 18th December: LP Christmas shows
Friday 20th December: Last day of school - children leave at 11am - no Play Room

Upper Primary
Wednesday 18th December: UP Christmas fair
Friday 20th December: Last day of school - children leave at 11.30am - no Pass Club

Secondary News

Christmas Fair
We had a fantastic Christmas Fair yesterday and want to thank all the community for their contribution to a special evening. It was a pleasure to see staff, students and parents all cooperating and working together. Many of our community projects and charities were able to raise funds which will help in our attempts to support the ongoing millennium development goals that we are contributing towards as 2015 approaches.

Parent Partnership and Reports
On Tuesday we have a Parent Partnership Meeting for Grade 6,7 and 8 parents. We have some important issues to discuss as well as handing out Cal 1 reports. We hope to see you there.

Awards Assemblies are coming next week - YOU are invited - please see the dates and times below. We will be awarding ROC Merits as well as the HM Roll of Honour! HoY have details published on their class blogs.

The Last week of Term
This is an important week for us and we will be working through until break time on Friday when we will have our traditional tug of war and Christmas assembly. Please ensure your son or daughter is here all week as usual. Attendance and participation in our community activities are both really important to us.

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 13th December: International Award Silver trip
Tuesday 17th December: Grade 7 Music and Awards Assembly 1.30 pm PAC
Tuesday 17th December: Grade 6,7 and 8 parent Partnership meeting 6pm PAC. Cal 1 reports issued for Grade 6,7 and 8.
Thursday 19th December: Grade 10 and 11 Awards assembly 10.45 am PAC
Thursday 19th December: Grade 6 and 8 Awards assembly 12.15 pm PAC
Thursday 19th December: Grade 9 and 12 Awards assembly 1.15 pm PAC
Friday 20th December: Last day of term. Grade 9 and 11 Cal 1 reports issued. 
Students leave at 12 noon

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