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Wednesday 23 May

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) 

Term Dates 2019 and 2020 (pdf)

IGS Community Learning Program 2018 (pdf) 

2018 HICES Music Festival (pdf) 

Ranier Uniform News (pdf)

How to apply for a volunteers Working With Children Check (pdf)

 

 

HEALTH ALERT – IMPETIGO      

Dear Parents and Caregivers
 
We have a confirmed case of Impetigo in Kindergarten. Sometimes called “School sores” impetigo is highly infectious and leads to blisters forming on the skin. For a small number of people this can be a very serious illness but generally is less serious for most people. None the less anyone displaying symptoms should be quarantined. 
 
People with new born babies in their households should take additional precaution so please be aware of the information in the link below. 
 
The main way to minimise the spread is through good hygiene by washing hands etc. If your child presents with the symptoms it is important that they do not attend school until they have received treatment from your doctor. 
 
For more information please follow this link for advice from NSW Health
 
 
 
 
 

 

Urgently seeking IGS families to host Spanish exchanges student from approximately 21 July – 11 August  2018      

This year we have more Junior Spanish students wishing to visit IGS on exchange from our sister school in Madrid, Spain than we have IGS students who have applied to go to Spain on the Junior Spain exchange. Therefore, we are looking for families willing to host these students so they  can all participate in the exchange program this year. The students are 14-15 years old and will be in Sydney from approx: 21 July to 11 August, the first 3 weeks of term 3.

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 3 weeks. 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 part of the 3 week period I would also like to hear from you.

Your help would be very much appreciated.

Rosalba Genua-Petrović
Director of Languages

 

 

Urgently seeking IGS families to host French exchange students for 6 weeks between the dates of 17 June – 28 July 2018      

This year we have two more female French students wishing to visit IGS on exchange from our sister school Valbonne, 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 15/ 16 years old and will be in Sydney for six weeks between 17 June  to 128 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 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

 

 

Urgently seeking IGS families to host German exchange students  30 June – 12 August  2018      

This year we have more German students wishing to visit IGS on exchange from our sister school in Germany in need of hosting, 2 girls and 1 boy Therefore, we are looking for families willing to host these German students so they can also participate in the exchange program this year. The students are 16/17 years old and will be in Sydney from 30 June to 12 August. We also have 2 other German girls needing needing hosting for only 2 or 3 weeks during this period.

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 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 Photos 2018     

Child Care Subsidy – Family Transition Facts and Checklist (pdf) 

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

School Opinion Survey: Early Learning Centre (pdf)

 

 

A message for families in regards to the new Child Care Subsidy      **REMINDER**

Please see a message below from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training in regards to the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) that will take effect in July this year. Note, this is for families who are currently claiming the Child Care Benefit and/or the Child Care Rebate for Approved Care (IGS Early Learning and/or Out of Hours Care).

We have provided you with a  transition checklist via the IGS News, but you will now need to complete the Centrelink Child Care subsidy Assessment. 

Dear IGS families 

You need to do a Centrelink Child Care Subsidy Assessment now.
 
You can do your assessment through myGov using your Centrelink online account. Or, through the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
 
This is important, because if you don’t do your assessment, you may not receive any subsidy from 2 July.
 
Please do this as soon as possible. To find out more, visit education.gov.au/childcare or watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q6sTeqWkcY.

Primary School

Compulsory school attendance policy (pdf)  

School Photos 2018 (pdf)     

Child Care Subsidy – Family Transition Facts and Checklist (pdf) 

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

School Opinion Survey: Primary School (pdf) 

 

A message for families in regards to the new Child Care Subsidy      **REMINDER**

Please see a message below from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training in regards to the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) that will take effect in July this year. Note, this is for families who are currently claiming the Child Care Benefit and/or the Child Care Rebate for Approved Care (IGS Early Learning and/or Out of Hours Care).

We have provided you with a  transition checklist via the IGS News, but you will now need to complete the Centrelink Child Care subsidy Assessment. 

Dear IGS families 

You need to do a Centrelink Child Care Subsidy Assessment now.
 
You can do your assessment through myGov using your Centrelink online account. Or, through the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
 
This is important, because if you don’t do your assessment, you may not receive any subsidy from 2 July.
 
Please do this as soon as possible. To find out more, visit education.gov.au/childcare or watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q6sTeqWkcY.

 

PTF - General Items

IGS Community Meeting – Tuesday 5 June, 6-7.30pm: High School Exchanges and Experiences      **NEW**

All IGS parents, caregivers, teachers, staff & friends are invited to attend the next IGS Community Meeting on Tuesday 5 June from 6-7.30pm in the Year 12 Study Centre in Mountain street – marked by the purple pin in the attachment.

The focal point for this meeting will be a panel discussion about High School Exchanges and Experiences with Mary Duma, David Hamper, Rosalba Genua-Petrovic, Anthony Dennehy and Lucy Howard-Shibuya.

Agenda
1. Brief PTF report – Andrea Belunek, PTF President.
2. Principal’s report – Shauna Colnan, Principal.
3. Panel Discussion on “High School Exchanges & Experiences”.
4. Open Forum.

Refreshments will be provided.

These meetings are an opportunity to hear about what is going on across the whole school and provide access to the school’s leadership team in a relaxed atmosphere. The last part of each meeting is an “open forum”, providing parents with an opportunity to ask questions about school related issues.

Thank you to the IGS Canteen for providing the refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you.

PTF Committee

Contact: ptf@igssyd.nsw.edu.au

 

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 Community Service Initiative      

Thank you to all the parents and caregivers who donated to the Dress for Success and Dress for Work donation drive last term. All of your donations were warmly received! Thank you!! 
 
Please look out for this term’s community service initiative. The Food Pantry welcomes donations of non-perishable items, toiletries and cleaning products from your own pantry, veggie garden or business. 
 
Look out for the signage coming soon with a drop off service at the next second hand uniform sale. Thanks again!! 
 
 
 

 

Lost Property

Please note there is a large collection of keys, glasses, cables and earphones. They are all in a yellow container on top of the lost property cupboard, which is under the stairs outside ground floor Reception. Please come and collect these things asap
 
Thank you,
Lost Property Volunteers 

 

 

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

 

PTF - Notices for Class/Year Groups

Year 3 Welcome and Events Letter (pdf) 

 

 

Year 3 Families Term 2 Update

Dear Year 3 families

Term 2 already! How time flies. There are a lot of fun events happening this term that Year 3 families can have fun at.

There is LOTO (Lights Off Torches On) on Wednesday May 23, which looks like terrific fun, reading in your PJs with friends by torch light at school and much more. Details and booking information can be found in IGS news. We’ll be there in our PJs ready to read. We hope you can make it a date too.

Or perhaps you’re into a bit of Shakespeare and we’ll see you at the High School performance of The Tempest. Again details in IGS News. The STEAM Movie night is scheduled for June 22 and that’s always a great night too

But the highlight of the Term has to be the Year 3 event on Sunday June 17. It was to be a movie but we have something even more exciting in mind……. a fun time at LUNA PARK.

We are able to purchase heavily discounted unlimited ride tickets if we book as a School group with a minimum number of 20. It will be a fun event to be with friends and family.

If you are keen to come please reply to the email you will receive with a YES to Luna Park so we can get an idea of numbers/interest and can go ahead with planning.

Looking forward to another great Term.

Cheers

Allison 3 Gold 0448260284
Monique 3 Green 0401035001
Glenda 3 Blue 0402052494

 

 

TICKETS CLOSING SOON YEAR 5 FAMILY CATCH-UP. GET YOURS HERE.

Year 5 Activities 2018 (pdf)

 

 

YEAR 5 EVENT REMINDER – THIS WEEKEND      **NEW**
 
Looking forward to seeing year 5 parents and carers at the year 5 catch-up this Sunday 27 May at 5pm at acre eatery in Camperdown.
 
If there are families who have missed the ticket buying window you are welcome to just turn up on the night and purchase food and drinks as you go.
 
Look forwarding to seeing you there, 
 
Lisa, Connie and Annette

 

 

 

Year 12 Formal Tickets Now on Sale      **NEW**

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Tickets for the Year 12 Formal are now on sale via Trybooking. Please follow this link https://www.trybooking.com/UVGC to purchase your ticket/s. If you have any issues, please click on the “Contact Event Organiser” for help. 

Thanks,

Yr 12 Formal Committee

 

 

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