Newsletter #14 20/11/2018

Principal’s Report

2018 Twilight Celebration Event

This year’s Celebration Event aims to bring together students, parents, extended family, friends and staff on our school grounds to acknowledge the achievements of our students and school throughout the 2018 school year.

This year we are moving to the Basketball Court where the formalities of the event will take place; the presentation of student achievement awards and student performances.  Every student will be presented to the audience to be acknowledged for their efforts this year, while all students will participate in performances during the evening. The Organising Committee, made up of staff and parents, have planned to accommodate everyone comfortably. There is no limit on the number of family members and friends who you can invite to the event. Families should bring along camping chairs, picnic blankets, food and drinks to enjoy during the evening, although further details will be provided over the next couple of weeks.

The twilight event will begin at 5.30pm and conclude at around 8.30pm, with formal presentations taking place between 6.15 – 7.00pm. There will also be “roaming entertainment” for the students that we have organised for the evening.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to help us make it a lovely school community  event and to conclude the school year together with the wonderful community spirit that we continue to develop so effectively.

Year 6 Graduation Dinner

Tonight we have our Year 6 students and their families, Year 5 students and our school staff attending one of the major events of our school year – the Year 6 Graduation Dinner. We are looking forward to sharing lots of memories and celebrating the contribution to our school of our most senior students.

Parent Seminar #7/2018

Tom Paul Haynes is a Melbourne-based futurist and researcher with the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living. He holds a Masters in the Science of Creative Intelligence from Maharishi University of Management and had a son that attended the Maharishi School in Reservoir and is husband to our very own, Suzi.

The question of free will and determinism is one of the perennial debates in Western philosophy – that has its foundation in the relationship of mind and body, consciousness and matter. Tom will facilitate a discussion of this question in the light of Maharishi’s knowledge, the quantum paradigm and the experience of transcending.

Please join us in the Meditation Room next Monday 26th November immediately after the Parents Group Meditation session (approximately 9.45—10.30am) for our final Parent Seminar for 2018. To assist us in our preparation, would you please RSVP to Suzi by this Friday to indicate your attendance.

A Little Ray of Giving

You may recall that in 2016/2017 our school joined with the Reservoir Office of Ray White R/E to donate a gift to their “A Little Ray of Giving” charitable initiative. In 2018 we will once again be supporting this activity. We are looking at collecting new toys/items for children aged from newborn to 18. All gifts, big and small, will make a difference! The gift should be wrapped, with an indication of whether it is for a boy or girl and outlining the age group as well.  Please drop off your gifts to the General Office and we will get the SRC students to organise things, as they have done so well over the last couple of years. On behalf of the RSC students and student leaders, we thank you in anticipation of your support.

Semester Two Student Reports

Reports will be emailed to parents at the conclusion of the school year. If you have recently changed your email address, please immediately notify the school of this change to enable us to update our records.

2019 School Planner

Next year’s School Planner is attached to the same email with which you received this Newsletter.

The Planner includes all confirmed Term Dates, School Planning Days, Parent/Teacher Interviews and School Events.

2018 Maharishi School Fitness Challenge

The Fitness Challenge has come to an end. How inspiring it was to see our students so active during the school day and no doubt at home also. There have been some lovely stories of families going for walks together in the evenings. Students recorded some incredible results during the seven days they wore their pedometer. This week we will collate all the results, both the total number of steps recorded by each students and the sponsorship  that students were able to get. Once we have established the final tallies, we will be able to present students with their prizes. Would all families please assist us by collecting all the sponsorship money from your child’s sponsors and returning it to the school by this Friday 23rd November.

School Disco

We will once again be running a Student Disco, following on from the successful Discos held over the past couple of years at school.

We look forward to seeing you all on Friday 7th December from 5.30pm.

Please note – After-School Care will still be available between 3.30 – 5.30 for those families who need it that afternoon. Students can bring a change of clothes and remain at the school if that is more suitable to parents. We would like to see all students attend this fun evening.

Instrumental Music Soiree

On Friday 7th December (9.30-10.30am), on behalf of Nick Aston and the school, I would like to invite the families of those students who are a part of our Instrumental Music classes (Piano) to attend the school to listen to a ‘mini-concert’ performed by all the Piano students. Please confirm your attendance, and numbers,  by contacting the Office.

Key Dates

Tuesday 20th November Year 6 Graduation Dinner (7.00-9.30pm)

Wednesday 21st November Tennis Program (Keon Park Tennis Club: 3.30-5.00pm)

Friday 23rd November Gymnastics Program

Monday 26th November Parent Seminar #7/2018 – Guest Speaker: Tom Haynes

Homework Club (3.30-5.00pm)

Wednesday 28th November Tennis Program (Keon Park Tennis Club: 3.30-5.00pm)

Friday 30th November Gymnastics Program

Monday 3rd December Homework Club (3.30-5.00pm) – final session

Wednesday 5th December Tennis Program (Keon Park Tennis Club: 3.30-5.00pm) – final session

Friday 7th December Piano Soiree 9.30-10.30am (all Family members invited)

Gymnastics Program—final session

School Disco (6.00-8.30pm)

Monday 10th December Twilight Celebration Event (5.30-8.30pm)

Tuesday 11th December Last Day of School for 2018

Wednesday 12th December Semester Two Student Reports distributed

Steve Charisis – Principal

Respectful Relationships

This term, Mrs Burnham and Ms Russell have been working in Respectful Relationships class on ‘managing gossip, drama and rumours’. The Diamonds and Emeralds have been reading the book, “A smart girl’s guide to Drama, Rumours & Secrets” by Nancy Holyoke and undertaking role plays and activities to learn how to manage this aspect of social life at school. We heartily recommend this book to parents who wish to purchase a copy for home use via Booktopia (online). All growing children need to be able to identify the difference between ‘conversation’ and ‘gossip’, and the book is an inviting and useful resource to refer back to as our children navigate the increasingly complex pathways of social interaction.