Newsletter #6 01/05/2019

Principal’s Report:

In this edition of our School Newsletter, the focus is on highlighting the many and varied activities organised for our students during Term 2.

Firstly, let me begin by congratulating and thanking our school community for the enormous response to our Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal at the end of Term 1. You will recall that our SRC organised a Casual Clothes Day, Easter Egg Hunt and a Harmony Day Lunch on that day. As part of the special day, we distributed Donation Envelopes for the Appeal. I was thrilled to find out this week that your donations totalled $564.60. That is an amazing effort for a small school but unsurprising, given the generosity and support our school community displays for such special causes.

Homework Club
Our popular Homework Club resumes this term each Wednesday between 3.30-5.00pm. The four Clubs this term are:
Drama – Tim Cove
Gardening/Sustainability – Nadege Kitching
Fitness, Movement & Coordination Skills Training – Alison Umbers
Puzzles, Games and Technology – Mr Charisis
The positive response to this initiative due its success in engaging students in a diverse range of activities over the last two years has seen 75% of our students choosing to remain at school to attend these activities this term.

Choir
This year our school is incredibly fortunate to once again have access to the musical talents and skills of both Katrina Wilson O’Brien and Virginia Bott. This year they will team up to guide our students throughout the period leading up to and including our performance at the Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday 8th August. At 7.30pm.

The After School Choir Program will be held each Thursday between 3.30 – 4.30pm, beginning this week.
(Note: the After-School Care Program will be in place from 4.30 – 5.30 for the convenience of parents if children cannot be picked up at 4.30pm). Please contact the School Office if you will need your child to remain at school after Choir.

AFL Clinics at School
Maharishi Primary School has been identified by the AFL as a high percentage multicultural school. The aim of the AFL is to increase the number of multicultural students playing football in the community. To do this, specialised coaches are coming to our school to engage and provide our students with a basic introduction to football.  The students will be taught the fundamental skills of AFL whilst having lots of fun playing many games. Ultimately, The AFL would like to see students who were born overseas or those with parents born overseas playing the game and increasing this rapidly growing number. The benefits being promoted for playing AFL include being involved in the community, meeting new friends and keeping fit. Early in Term 3 there will be a round-robin football competition for some of the multicultural schools in the area in which we’ve been invited to participate.

The Clinic began today and will be held each Wednesday during lunchtime between 1.15-2.00pm. As this is a “Sports Uniform” day, there are no other special requirements.

Edendale Farm Excursion
Next Wednesday 8th May, the Pearls, Sapphires and Diamonds will be attending Edendale Farm in Eltham.

Years 5/6 School Camp
This year’s school camp for the Emeralds will be at Beechworth between Tuesday 21st-Friday 24th May.

PIT Gymnastics
All students will attend sessions each Friday between 1.00-3.00pm at PIT Gymnastics. This is always a popular activity for our students. A reminder that this is “Sports Uniform” day.

Mother’s Day Breakfast
This year we will once again hold our Mother’s Day Breakfast for Maharishi School mothers, grandmothers and special persons. On Monday 13th May between 9.00-10.30am.
You are invited to attend and enjoy a relaxing chat, a coffee or tea with some delicious pastries. The event will follow our Monday Morning Assembly. Fathers and/or other family members are required to volunteer their time on that Monday morning to make coffee/tea and offer general assistance as hosts for that morning.
RSVP to the office by Thursday 9th May to offer your assistance for the event.
RSVP to the office by Friday 10th May to confirm the number of people from your family that will attend.

School Uniform
We are in the transition period from Summer to Winter Uniform during the first two weeks of Term 2. From Monday 6th May, all students should be wearing the Winter Uniform. I seek your support to ensure the requirements of our School Uniform Policy are understood and respected by all so that we achieve an appropriate level of uniformity across the school. Guidelines and photos can be found on page 15 of the 2019 Student & Parent Handbook.

In the context of all the activities highlighted in this newsletter, we would like to remind all parents that Wednesdays and Fridays are strictly Sports Uniform Days. These are the days when sporting activities such as the AFL Clinics, school-based sports coaching and PE, PMP (Pearls), Homework Club and PIT Gymnastics have been scheduled.

Key Dates
Next Tuesday 7th May is an important day in the Vedic Calendar; Akshaya Tritiya – The Day of Lasting Achievements. Maharishi placed great emphasis on the value of making resolutions for progress on the Day of Lasting Achievements. On this day, Surya (the Sun) and Chandra (the Moon) are both exalted, creating a status of greatest brilliance, which is highly auspicious for starting or supporting a project for excellent lasting achievements. 

What does this mean for you? If you have a goal or intention that you would like to fulfill, Tuesday 7th would be an ideal day for launching new initiatives and starting new activities.

Thurs 2nd May Boite Choir Rehearsal (3.30-4.30pm) – After School Care available 4.30-5.30
Fri 3rd May (Sports Uniform Day) PIT Gymnastics
Student Lunch Day
Tues 6th May KPDSA District Cross Country (9.30-11.30)
Wed 8th May (Sports Uniform Day) Edendale Farm Excursion (Pears/Sapphires/Diamonds)
AFL Clinic (1.15-2.00pm) – Emeralds
Homework Club (3.30-5.00pm)
Thurs 9th May Boite Choir Rehearsal (3.30-4.30pm) – After School Care available 4.30-5.30
Fri 10th May (Sports Uniform Day) PIT Gymnastics
Student Lunch Day
Mon 13th May Mother’s Day Breakfast (9.00-10.30am)
Tues 14th May NAPLAN Testing (Yrs. 3&5)
Wed 15th May (Sports Uniform Day) NAPLAN Testing (Yrs. 3&5)
AFL Clinic (1.15-2.00pm) – Emeralds
Homework Club (3.30-5.00pm)
Thurs 16th May NAPLAN Testing (Yrs. 3&5)
Boite Choir Rehearsal (3.30-4.30pm) – After School Care available 4.30-5.30
Fri 17th May (Sports Uniform Day) PIT Gymnastics
Student Lunch Day
Tues 21st May Emeralds School Camp (Day 1)
Wed 22nd May (Sports Uniform Day) Emeralds School Camp (Day 2)
AFL Clinic (1.15-2.00pm) – Emeralds
Homework Club (3.30-5.00pm)
Thurs 23rd May Emeralds School Camp (Day 3)
Boite Choir Rehearsal (3.30-4.30pm) – After School Care available 4.30-5.30
Fri 24th May (Sports Uniform Day) Emeralds School Camp (Day 4)
PIT Gymnastics
Student Lunch Day

Science News
Term 1 was filled with all students investigating the joys of forces and energy as they focused on the Physical Sciences. These activities aligned with a number of SCI Principles. The end of term brought an extra challenge as classes completed a STEAM project, which combines the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths in a design and construction challenge.

The Pearls class finished their first ever term of Science by creating a moving animal after investigating the different ways things move.

The study of forces complements the Principle “Every Action Has A Reaction”. Both the Diamonds and Sapphires investigated this principle through creating a marble run and a mini-golf course respectively, studying forces including gravity and friction and including obstacles to show the effect of pushing forces.

The Emeralds class studied light and shadow and created a shadow puppet theatre show, which they are working on presenting to the school community. This aligns with the SCI Principles “Opposites Are Found Together”

The children would love to explain their work to parents in the art room on a Tuesday or Thursday before or after school, and all are welcome to try for a hole-in-one or test the marble runs with the students.

It’s been a wonderful rewarding start to the year and I’m look forward to continuing working with the classes as they investigate Chemical Sciences in Term 2.
Raja Aston
Diamonds Investigate How “Life Is Found In Layers”
One of the fun activities to reinforce children’s understanding of this principle and its meaning included the visual representation of layers of coloured sand in a jar. So now every time the students look at the jar, it will act as a prompt to remind them of the SCI Principle and its meaning.

Term 2 Class Captains
Congratulations to the students who have been appointed as Class Captains for Term 2. On Tuesday they attended their first SRC Meeting with me and the Term 1 Class Captains. The enthusiasm was already quite evident so I have no doubt I will be receiving some creative and unique suggestions for the school.

May Residential Weekend Meditation Retreat (Lower Plenty: May Friday 3rd -Sunday 5th)
Relax, Revitalise, Rejuvenate: A Weekend Meditation Retreat is a great step up in experience, understanding and benefits. This is a great opportunity to have an entire weekend to:
dissolve deep tiredness and stress
let go of all cares and responsibilities
go deeply into experience and understanding
enjoy great food and good company
all in a very nourishing environment where everything is provided. 

There are only a couple of rooms left for this weekend’s course. As a member of the Maharishi School community, you may secure one of the final couple of places and receive a 15% discount.
For further details contact Larry Clarke/Faye Shepherd.
Email: news@tmprogram.com.au Phone: 03 9462 3661