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Friday 13 April

IGS News is for the benefit of the IGS community of staff, students, parents and caregivers. It includes details which may be legally privileged and confidential, not to be disclosed externally.

Whole School

2018 Term Dates (pdf) 

IGS Calendar 2018 (pdf) 

IGS Community Learning Program 2018 (pdf) 

2018 HICES Music Festival (pdf) 

Seeking host families for Spanish exchange students from approximately 21 July to 11 August (pdf)

Ranier Uniform News (pdf)      **NEW**

 

 

First Music rehearsals back, Term 2      **NEW**

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The first rehearsals back for all Ensembles and Choirs are in week 1 (week of Monday 30 April). The only exception is Junior Orchestra, they start in week 2 on Monday 7 May.

If your child is taking private music lessons, please confirm their first lesson back with their music tutor.

We wish you a great break.

Best wishes

Erin Vencken
Music Administrator

 

 

Calling IGS families to host Italian exchange student from approximately 17 June – 29 July 2018

This year we have one more Italian student wishing to visit IGS on exchange from our sister school in Rovereto, Italy than we have IGS students who have applied to go to Italy. Therefore, we are looking for families willing to host this female students so she can also participate in the exchange program this year. The student is 17 years old and will be in Sydney from approx: 17 June to 29 July.

We would be happy to hear from families with children in High School or Primary School. There is no payment for hosting and hosting is for six weeks which will include the June – July holiday period. If you are able to help, please contact Ms Rosalba Genua-Petrovic at rosalbag@igssyd.nsw.edu.au  or on 9219 6783. If you can only host for 3 weeks I would also like to hear from you.

Your help would be very much appreciated.

Rosalba Genua-Petrović
Director of Languages

 

 

Calling IGS families to host French exchange students for 6 weeks between  the dates of 20 June – 10 August 2018

This year we have two more French students wishing to visit IGS on exchange from our sister schools in Montpellier (girl) and Valbonne (boy), France than we have IGS students who have applied to go to France. Therefore, we are looking for families willing to host one of these French students so they can also participate in the exchange program this year. The students are 16 years old and will be in Sydney for six weeks between 20 June  to 10 August. As the students are from different schools the dates of their stay differ. The girl from Montpellier will arrive in the later part of these dates.

We would be happy to hear from families with children in High School or Primary School. There is no payment for hosting and hosting is for six weeks which may include part or all of the June – July holiday period. If you are able to help, please contact Ms Rosalba Genua-Petrovic at rosalbag@igssyd.nsw.edu.au  or on 9219 6783. If you can only host for 3 weeks I would also like to hear from you.

Your help would be very much appreciated.

Rosalba Genua-Petrović
Director of Languages

 

 

Calling IGS families to host German exchange student  approximately 2 July – 12 August  2018

This year we have one more German student wishing to visit IGS on exchange from our sister school in Germany in need of hosting. Therefore, we are looking for families willing to host this German student so he can also participate in the exchange program this year. The students is 16 years old and will be in Sydney from 2 July to 12 August.

We would be happy to hear from families with children in High School or Primary School. There is no payment for hosting and hosting is for six weeks which will include the June – July holiday period. If you are able to help, please contact Ms Rosalba Genua-Petrovic at rosalbag@igssyd.nsw.edu.au  or on 9219 6783. If you can only host for 3 weeks I would also like to hear from you.

Your help would be very much appreciated.

Rosalba Genua-Petrović
Director of Languages

 

 

 

Message from Joe Degeling, Director of Counselling Services, Psychologist

Dear Parents and Carers,

Talking with your child or teenager about sexting (the sending of nude or semi-nude pictures to someone else via a message/app) may feel awkward. It may be one of those discussions you just don’t want to have. But it is likely to be a very important discussion to have with them. Sexting can be viewed as fun and flirty by some young people, but chances are they will have little understanding of the consequences of clicking “send”.

The data on how many Australian young people engage in sexting is varied – some studies have found that 13% of 16 to 17-year-olds had sent an image/video, while around 18% had received a sext. Other studies have found that up to 45% of young people aged 13-18 had sent a sext, while up to 67% had received one. Whichever way we look at it, young people are sexting.

Listed below are some good resources that parents may access for more information as well as practical advice on how to help a young person affected by sexting. I have also attached a very good PDF for your reference on this topic.

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/sexting.html
https://www.parentline.com.au/parenting-information/tip-sheets/sexting.php
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/talking-about-sexting

As always, the school counsellors are available to discuss this and any other concerns you may have about your child.

Kind regards,

Joe Degeling
Director of Counselling Services, Psychologist

Sexting Handbook (pdf)

 

 

EFTPOS now available at the IGS Canteen

Dear Parents and Caregivers, 

Due to high demand, we are now accepting cards at the canteen. 

If you have a MASTERCARD, VISA or EFTPOS enabled card then we can TAP, SWIPE or INSERT your card, no minimum spend.

Thank you,

Patricia Anthony

 

 

Canteen Information

The 2018 Canteen menu is now available: IGS Canteen Menu 2018 (pdf)

All returning families will need to log onto FlexiSchools to update their child’s class.

All new families can register online for a FlexiSchools account. Please see pdf documents below. Alternatively, please visit the IGS Canteen staff and they will help you in setting up your account. 

IGS Canteen Online Ordering (pdf)

Linking Student Cards to a Canteen account (pdf)

 

 

Music Ensemble Timetable 2018

Please see the link for our Music Ensemble Timetable 2018. Rehearsals start next week, the week of Monday 5 February.

Please note that as of this year, there is the opportunity to apply online for private lessons and/or ensembles/bands/orchestra/choirs. The link is: https://www.igssyd.nsw.edu.au/learning/co-extra-curricular-activities/music/music-tuition-and-ensembles/music-application   

Early Learning (Preschool & Transition)

Early Learning Vacation Care (pdf)

A letter to Early Learning families regarding Kindergarten offers (pdf) 

Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic fun run invitation (pdf)      **NEW**

 

 

Early Learning Child Care Benefit

The International Grammar School has recently gained approval as an approved childcare provider, allowing eligible families to access the child care benefit and/or the child care rebate on all of the following Early Learning fees:

  • Before Care (7.30am – 9.00am)
  • Preschool (9.00am – 3.00pm)
  • After Care (3.00pm – 6.00pm)
  • Vacation Care

For parents and caregivers who determine they are eligible for the Child Care Benefit and wish to claim this, please provide Reception with the following details:

  • Your Name
  • Your Customer Reference Number (CRN)
  • Your date of birth
  • Your child’s customer reference number (CRN)

Customer reference numbers can be obtained from the Department of Human Services.

Please note, if you have already provided the School with the details, there is no need to resend this information.

Should you have any questions or queries, please contact IGS Reception on 9219 6700 or via email.

Primary School

K – 6 Vacation Care (pdf)

Term 2 Clubs for Years 1 to 6 (pdf) 

Years 5 and 6 Sport Term 2 (pdf)      **NEW**

Lights Off Torches On! (pdf)     **NEW**

Years 3 to 6 Cross Country Carnival (pdf)   **NEW**

Primary Library update (pdf)     **NEW**

Out of School Hours (OOSH) Program 2018 (pdf)  

Updates to the HSC Minimum Standards in Literacy and Numeracy (pdf) 

Enriching Experiences (pdf) 

Typequick Online for Years 2 to 6 (pdf) 

 

 

Claiming the Child Care Benefit for After Care and Vacation Care


A reminder that eligible families are able to access the Child Care Benefit for Primary After Care and Vacation Care.

For parents and caregivers who determine they are eligible for the Child Care Benefit and wish to claim this, please email Reception with the following details:

  • Your Name
  • Your Customer Reference Number (CRN)
  • Your date of birth
  • Your child’s customer reference number (CRN)

Customer reference numbers can be obtained from the Department of Human Services.

Please note, if you have already provided the school with the details, there is no need to resend this information.

Should you have any questions or queries, please contact IGS Reception on 9219 6700 or via email.

PTF - General Items

Lost Property  

Please note there are a couple of sleeping bags and pairs of shoes without names in lost property, along with the regular pile of unnamed lost items. Please come and collect these things from the lost property cupboard asap, which is now located under the stairs outside the main reception on the ground floor.

As always, with the limited amount of space we have, we are not able to store unnamed items for more than two weeks.

Thank you,
Lost Property Team

 

 

Second Hand Text Books and Instruments     

Second hand text book and instrument lists can be found on the IGS Community page of the IGS Portal.

 

 

PTF Volunteer Sign-up including Year Group Reps and Year 10 Formal & Year 12 Formal Organising Committees

All IGS parents and caregivers are invited to get involved with the IGS Community by volunteering with the PTF – you can sign up here.

In 2018 you can: 
* be a Year Group Representative – Reps promote connection amongst IGS families in their class and year group by organising two or three social events during the year;

* support IGS Music at one of the Music Ensemble Concerts held during the year at the school for 1.5-2 hours;

* help at a Food Stall or Activity Room on International Day on Friday 3 August for 2-3 hours;

* sort lost property items once or twice a term in the morning before school between 7.45-9am;

* assist at a recycled uniform sale held once or twice a term from 7.30-9am; 

* assist with student and teacher-led initiatives involving literacy in the Primary Library, Sustainability or Well-being; or

* join the PTF Committee.

The PTF Committee appreciates that each family has their commitments and only a limited amount of time available to “donate”. There are many volunteering opportunities available in 2018 with varying time commitments. Details are set out in the sign-up form.

To assist with the Primary School Disco on Friday 16 March please sign up here.

Note that information about the activities and events in which the PTF is involved is available on the IGS Portal under the “IGS Community” tab.

Contact: ptf@igssyd.nsw.edu.au

 

 

Save the date -13th May-Mother’s Day Classic

Get behind our Early Learning children, the youngest members of the school, in supporting breast cancer awareness and join them for the Mother’s Day Fun Run.

Where-The Domain, Art Gallery Road
Distances-4km walk, 4km run, 7km walk, 8km run

More information to come next term.

 

 

Collecting Coles ‘Sports for Schools’ Vouchers for IGS!

Thanks to all who have collected Coles Sports for Schools vouchers for IGS! Please deposit any remaining vouchers in the FOUR boxes around the school (note the box in Coles Broadway has now been removed). We have until 11 May to deposit vouchers at IGS. Thanks, PTF

 

PTF - Notices for Class/Year Groups

Year 3 Welcome and Events Letter (pdf) 

 

 

Year 5 Family Catch-Up.  Buy Your Tickets Here.      **NEW**

Year 5 Activities 2018 (pdf)

 

 

Year 10 Formal 2018 – Inaugural Parent Committee Meeting / Date Change to 20 March 2018

The Year 10 2018 Formal will be held on 5 November 2018. A volunteer Parent Committee is being established to work with a Year 10 Student Committee to organise the Formal. The first get together for Parents Committee volunteers will be now be held on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at 6.30pm at Timbah, U1/375 Glebe Point Road, Glebe.

Please join us if you’re planning on volunteering to assist with organising the Formal or if you want some more information before doing so. Consistent with revised IGS volunteering guidelines, all volunteers that will meet face to face with the Student Committee and/or attend the Formal as chaperones will require a current Working with Children Check. We welcome volunteers from all professional backgrounds; event management experience is not a prerequisite for getting involved.

To get the ball rolling, students have been sent a survey to garner their expectations and opinions as to what is required to make the Formal a success. We’ve received 71 responses to the student survey, which provides us with a great data set for planning purposes.

We would also appreciate it if you could please email ourformal.igs@gmail.com if you are planning to attend the first meeting or if you want to volunteer but aren’t able to attend the first meeting in person.

Thanks in advance for your assistance and support.

 

 

Year 12 Formal 2018 – Call for Parent Volunteers     

Any parents and caregivers interested in organising the Year 12 Formal can sign up here.

Contact: ptf@igssyd.nsw.edu.au