Maharishi School, Reservoir: Newsletter #10

Principal’s Report
Welcome back to everyone for what promises to be a wonderful term for our school community.
We are happy to announce that Emily Renna is our new Administration Assistant and has started in the school office this term.

We have an array of events and activities for our school community planned for this term, including:

  • School Production
  • Drama Classes
  • Choir Concert
  • Science Expo
  • Book Week Activities
  • Parent/Teacher Interviews
  • Family Life
  • Class Excursions

We look forward to everyone’s involvement and support for the events we have planned.

Change to School Calendar
The staff and I have reviewed the School Calendar and made some amendments that will better suit our school community for the range of events and activities planned for this term.

There was a proposed “Student-Free Day” on Monday 15th August but this has now been shifted to Wednesday 3rd August. On this day, which will still be a “Student-Free Day”, the school will now be conducting Parent/Teacher Interviews during the morning and early afternoon after which time our School Choir will be making their way to the Melbourne Town Hall for their evening performance. It is expected that most staff and much of our school community will also attend.

We felt that this day, which involves up to 20 of our students and will last into the evening, would allow students to rest earlier in the day as well as giving parents an opportunity to come to the school during the day for detailed discussions about their children’s progress this year, prior to their attendance at the concert

Parent Teacher Interviews
Our second round of Parent/Teacher Interviews will be conducted on Wednesday 3rd August from 9.00am – 2.00pm. In ad-dition to discussing aspects of the Semester One Student Reports, these interviews are geared more towards parents and teachers agreeing on the strategies between home and school that will be implemented to address the areas of improvement/enhancement that have been identified during Semester One.

Information about these interviews and the scheduled times available to parents will be distributed over the next couple of weeks.

Drama Classes
Each Friday this term, the students will participate in Drama classes that will be used to prepare them for the Term 3 Pro-duction of Aesop’s Fables. The school has employed the services of Ms Jo Anderson who is familiar to the students as a re-sult of the Relief Teaching days she has done at the school this year. Ms Anderson has also run a Helen O’Grady Drama Academy
studio so she comes to us with plenty of experience in drama performances and children’s productions. Our teaching staff will also play an important role in team-teaching with Ms Anderson during these sessions each Friday.

Term 3 Production
This year Maharishi School will be changing the format of the traditional “End-Of-Year” school event. We will now have in place two separate events.
The first one will be the School Production which will now take place at the end of Term 3. This year our students will be performing a number of Aesop’s Fables. All students from Foundation – Year 6 will be involved in one or more of the performances of each fable.

The production will be performed at The Rivergum Theatre, Parade College, Bundoora on Wednesday 14th September (7.00 – 9.00pm). Information about ticket sales and other matters related to this event will be distributed throughout the term. I also expect we will be asking for parents to assist us with props and costumes so your involvement would be
welcomed and appreciated.

On Monday we spent some of the afternoon reading the fables to all the children. As well as listening intently, we could sense their enthusiasm for the production. It promises to be a wonderful event.

Choir Excursion
Another big event during Term 3 will be The Maharishi Performance Choir performing at the Boite Schools Chorus Concert, Windrush at Melbourne Town Hall on Wednesday 3rd August. This is an extra-curricular activity and an opportunity for students to perform at one of Melbourne’s prestigious performance venues alongside acclaimed artists and 300 school students from across the state. Students selected to perform in the concert must commit to attending weekly lunchtime rehearsals on Thursdays and one Sunday massed choir rehearsal.

Rehearsal Schedule
All students in the performing choir will be required to attend all weekly rehearsals during Thursday Lunchtime
Sunday Massed Choir Rehearsal – Polishing Rehearsal
All students in the performance choir are required to attend the following Massed Choir rehearsal. Parents will be required to drop off and pick up students from the rehearsal venue.
Date: Sunday 31st July
Time: 11.30pm-1.30pm
Venue: Melbourne Girls College,
Yarra Boulevard, Richmond
By this stage, students are expected to know all the songs from memory. The Artistic Directors will be at this rehearsal.

Concert Day
Date: Wednesday 3rd August at 7pm
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall
Swanston Street, Melbourne
4:00pm: Parents drop-off students at Melbourne Town Hall for t-shirt collection and fitting, briefing
4:30pm: Rehearsal
6:30pm: Dinner Break. Students need to bring their own dinner.
7:15pm: Return to stage ready for performance
7:30-8:30pm: Performance
8:30pm: Parents collect children from designated meeting point at performance venue.

Science Expo
This year, Science Week will run at our school from the 15th – 19th August.
Ms Aston is organising a Science Expo to run on Tuesday 16th August where parents will be invited to attend the Expo and interact with the students who will be presenting some of the work they have done in their Science classes.

Book Week
This year, Book Week will run at our school between 22nd – 26th August.
At this stage we are planning a Dress-Up Day where gold coin donations will be forwarded to the Starlight Foundation. There will be a large selection of activities for the students during the week.
We are also awaiting all the books we have purchased with the “Loose Change” fundraising activity. We have selected most of the 2016 Shortlisted Titles plus a few others. These will be on display in the Library as soon as they arrive.

Family Life
The school has planned for Family Life Victoria to run a series of classes on Sexuality Education to complement the AusVELS Health Curriculum at the school. As part of this curriculum initiative, we have arranged for a PARENT INFORMATION
SESSION to be held on Monday 22nd August at 7.00pm – 8.00pm.
The One hour session is designed to give parents an opportunity to have a better understanding of some of the issues for schools in sexuality education and to find out more information about the class program your children will be participating in. More details will be sent to you prior to the event.

Gymnastics – Term 4
As part of the change to the events schedule of the school to previous years, we would like to inform you that the
Gymnastics Program will now take place during Term 4.

End of Year Celebration Evening & Year 6 Graduation Dinner
Although some events have been changed this year, either in format or scheduling, I would like to inform our school com-munity that there are some traditions and events that are significant and have an important place at the school for students, parents and teachers.

This year, the Year 6 Graduation will continue in its format of previous years. I look forward to being a part of it in 2016.

The school’s End-Of-Year Event will change in its format and have ‘Student Achievement’ as its focus.
This event will also be held at the Rivergum Theatre, Parade College, Bundoora, on Monday 12th December in the evening. Please set aside this date in your diary.