Allergies and Intolerances

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

At our School Council meeting last week we reviewed our Allergies and Canteen policies to ensure that all students with allergies and food intolerances are handled appropriately,

Below is some of the relevant changes to the policies.

Food Intolerances

  • Parents and carers of students with intolerances are to inform the school of their child’s diagnosed intolerance and provide a copy of their ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions and/or medical letter from their treating doctor, outlining their condition and providing strategies for risk minimisation.

After receiving a copy of the ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions and/or medical letter from their treating doctor, a meeting will be convened with the student’s parents/carers and a member of the school’s Principal Class to develop an Individual Allergic Reactions Management Plan (please see the school’s Allergy Policy on the school’s website for further information)

Canteen Use

  • Parents and carers of students with allergies and/or food intolerances are strongly encouraged to liaise with canteen personnel about their child’s dietary requirements on a yearly basis
  • When ordering lunches through the canteen, parents and carers of students with allergies and/or food intolerances are encouraged to label their child’s lunch order with a clear indication that their child has an ‘ALLERGY’ and/or ‘INTOLERANCE’
  • Canteen staff will implement a double-checking process for all orders labelled as ‘ALLERGY’ and/or ‘FOOD INTOLERANCE’ to minimise the risk of exposure to allergens

Classroom and specialist teaching staff will distribute all canteen lunches to students each day. As part of this process, they will double check the labelling on student lunch orders that are labelled as ‘ALLERGY’ and/or ‘FOOD INTOLERANCE’ to ensure contents match the order and are also labelled with the ‘ALLERGY’ and/or ‘FOOD INTOLERANCE’, for example, an order requiring gluten free items are labelled as ‘gluten free’

Mrs Chalmers, our Assistant Principal, will be contacting parents of students with allergies and/or intolerances between now and the end of the year to set up a meeting to develop their child’s Individual Allergic Reactions Management Plan.

Year 5 Social Program

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

This week saw the culmination to our Year 5 Social Programs, Cool Blokes and Girl Stuff. Year 5 staff organised a breakfast for parents to see first-hand tohework the students have been involved in during the program. An important component of the program is for our students to develop resiliency skills and the ability to work together to complete a set task. It was great to see so many adults in attendance supporting their child’s learning and development. It is important for parents to ensure that they are actively involved in their child’s lives. The one on one moments shared between parents and children are gold. As families, we all do the group activities but equally important is for parents to make individual time to spend with each of their children.

Talking Tactics Together

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

A yearly event on the school calendar is the Year 6 Talking Tactics Together night. Again, this year, our students performed admirably and provided their parents with many strategies and information when dealing with drugs. We had a very enthusiastic turn-out of parents with over 80 parents in attendance. What makes this night so important is the fact that the students are the presenters. Our teachers provided the educational vehicle and it’s the students who take the active role on the night. The students have spent much time researching body mapping – learning about the effects of drugs on the body, talking tactics – learning refusal techniques to help in situations where you may feel pressured and harm minimisation – identifying unsafe situations and strategies to minimise harm. This year I spoke to the audience about the importance of opening lines of communication with your child, how the adolescent brain operates with alcohol and importance of role modelling in developing positive attitudes towards drugs. A huge thank you must go to the Year 6 team for their efforts in preparing the students in such a professional manner. Here are some useful numbers and websites for parents to access to give them more information about this important topic.

Knox City Council Youth Services 9298 8469

Foundation Grandparent’s Afternoon

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The Foundation students finished their very busy term with a Grandparent’s Afternoon and it was wonderful to see so many grandparents attend, some travelling from the country or from the other side of Melbourne. The children very proudly shared their Work Books, writing and poetry books.  They completed a THRASS codebreaker activity alongside some mindful colouring. The afternoon finished with the reading of a book and you guessed correctly…it was all about grandparents.

It was an afternoon that will be long remembered by both the children and their grandparent’s.

Reading Success Shared in The Age Newspaper

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Hopefully many of our community members saw the wonderful article Minding the gender gap: how schools are trying to stop boys falling behind that was published on page 2 of The Age newspaper on Monday this week, which highlighted some of the work we have been doing around engaging our students in reading. The article focused on the range of intervention programs and strategies we have been implementing to support our students and the rejuvenation of the library and individual classroom libraries to provide a broad range of engaging and appropriate texts. While the article focused on engaging boys in rich literature and supporting the development of their reading skills, it has been great to see all of our students benefiting from this whole school focus. If you missed the article you will be able to locate it via The Age website at