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VCE/ VET: Our timetable will run as usual this term starting from tomorrow Wednesday. Students will log on to each Google Classroom at the appropriate time each day. Work will be submitted through Google Classroom and regular feedback will be provided.

VCAL Will have a blend of Hardcopy and Google Classroom and Practical Delivery.

 Middle Years 5-10: Packs of Hardcopy work will be available for collection from the front of the school by 9am tomorrow; this work may also be made available via Google Classroom.

Students are encouraged to complete their work for each subject at the timetabled time and contact their teacher in that time window by Google Classroom, email or phone if they have any questions or are seeking clarification in preparation for next week. Packs will be available for collection and drop off on Friday afternoons and Monday mornings. Laptops will be made available to primary students, and for those who require computers shortly. Please standby.

Year specific Timetables will be available tomorrow online and within the student packs.

Students who do not have internet connection or suitable devices at home are encouraged to contact our School Office on 51580254 24hours beforehand. They can then attend, coming in through the front office, registering and having their learning delivered Virtually in Room 7 supervised by a staff member.

Early Years Prep-4: Packs of hard copy work will be available for collection from the front of the school tomorrow Wednesday morning at 9am. We will trial a system where pickup and drop off under the Principals window will be available to parents PM on a Friday and AM on the following Monday. Staff will have packs ready by 12.30pm on a Friday.

Teachers are available to answer questions via Webex, email, phone and Google Classroom. In preparation for next week, packs will be available for collection and drop off on Friday afternoon and Monday morning. Laptops will be made available to primary students shortly. Decodable readers will be available. Perhaps one for this week and a couple for next week.

Home Groups: Each Home Group now has their usual teacher and an Education Support Officer to support The Homegroup. One of the tasks will be to contact families on the progress and the successes and challenges.

Our Library will be open and return boxes available

As advised by DET and The Department of Health things may change, we will keep you informed, we are here to support you. Please feel free to contact the school with any queries or questions. Please contact staff during their work days and school hours, refer to the timetable.

Please remember that Parents, Students and Staff can contact me any time on 51580254 or my Mobile 0407 524902 or via my email address cashmore.tim.h@edumail.vic.gov.au

Tim Cashmore

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope your family have had a safe break from school and that students are ready to continue their learning from Wednesday 15th April.

As you may be aware, in response to the COVOID 19 crisis, the Government of Victoria has stated that all students who can work from home in Term 2 must do so.

All students will be working from home except for students in the following categories:

  1. Children on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. This will be available for children of parents who cannot work from home, and vulnerable children.

If you feel that your child/children meet the criteria and on-site supervision is required, please contact the College Office on 03 51580254 to provide the following information:

  • Name of child/children in need of on-site supervision
  • Dates supervision is required
  • Reason why your child/children needs supervision

 No students will be able to attend for on-site supervision without prior arrangements being made. This is due to staffing restrictions as a result of adhering to social distancing requirements.

In preparation for flexible and remote learning, we are continuing to put in place measures to ensure that our students are given as much support as possible through virtual platforms including Google Classroom and Webex Video Conferencing. Please note, staff will be in frequent contact with students and, where appropriate, parents and there will be a range of opportunities for students to ask questions and discuss learning. Students will be required to submit work through Google Classroom and feedback will be provided regularly. Work packs will also be provided in consideration of student developmental levels and potential internet accessibility issues. These packs will be available for collection from the front of school from Wednesday morning.

If your child/children do not have access to a device at home for school based work, please contact the College Office.

We have been informed that over the next two weeks the department will provide the school with access to sim cards and internet dongles which will provide internet access to students (who do not currently have internet access at home) for the purposes of completing school work only. These will be distributed as needed.

Tuesday 14th April is a Pupil Free Day. Staff will be continuing to plan for online and flexible delivery of curriculum. After this date we will provide families with additional ‘age specific’ information about how classes will be delivered for your child/children. We will also provide more specific information about who to contact should you have questions about your child’s/children’s learning, engagement or wellbeing.

At this stage, our Office will remain open during school hours.  Feel free to contact us.

Stay well.

Tim and Kathy



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Liberty   Swing, Newman Park Traralgon

Do you have a key for   the Liberty Swing in Newman Park Traralgon?Newman Park, located on   Peterkin St in Traralgon boasts an ‘access for all’ type playground which   includes a railway station and platform, a maze decorated by local schools, a   teenage exercise/adventure area, an adventure castle, new BBQ facilities, new   toilet facilities incorporating disability access and a Liberty Swing financed   by the Variety Club some years ago.There was a lot of hype   and publicity when the Liberty Swing was first installed which saw a great   demand for its use.  We want to remind the community of this valuable   equipment and encourage its use to ensure the need continues to be identified   in the future for the establishment of accessible facilities such as   this.  The Liberty swing is accessible by a key that can be lent from   the Traralgon Service Centre from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30am   and 5.15pm.  The key can be collected on a Friday evening and returned   Monday morning if weekend use is required.  The Traralgon Service Centre   can be contacted on 1300 367 700.A number of keys were   distributed to local residents when the Liberty swing was first established   for more convenient and frequent access.  If you have, or know of   someone who has a key that is no longer required, we would appreciate that   you return it so that it can be redistributed to another family.  If you   feel you would benefit from having a key for the Liberty swing, please   register your interest.  All correspondence should be made to Laura   Jenkins, Rural Access Project Officer at Latrobe City Council by emailing laura.jenkins@latrobe.vic.gov.au



Social   Inclusion Week event in Sale

SOCIAL INCLUSION WEEK ►CELEBRATION◄◄◄◄Thursday 28th November 11am—2pm in the SALE MALLCome and join us!►Music►Information stalls

►Creative workshops


Rudely Interrupted are   a unique indie rock act with a great sound

‘Their music is some of the most energetic   and genuine to emerge from the Australian rock ‘n’ roll underground in recent   times. Timeout Sydney.

If the weather is bad   we will be in the Sale Memorial Hall

For more information   call Leanne on 0429 588 818



“Puzzled by Autism?”

for families of   children with autism –        grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends.

(Parents can come   too)

Wednesday   November 20, 2013: 7.30pm

at WECAN12 George Street, Warragul

Discussion and   Conversation led by Child Psychologist Lisa Archer

  •   What is autism?
  • Common myths and   misunderstandings
  • What does the   future hold?
  • Other questions   or concerns you may have and would like to explore

Please note:   Registration is necessary as this session can only proceed if we have   sufficient interest and numbers to bring Lisa here.

Gold Coin Donation.

RSVP: November 13, 2013 to Anne at WECAN

Ph: 5622 1200 or email admin@wecan.org.au



Cerebral Palsy Support Network new   website launch event

Date:   Friday 22nd November Time: 6.30pm

Venue: CPSN office, 525 High St   Preston

RSVP: by 15th November


Don’t   forget to your RSVP in quick and come along and help us celebrate the launch   of our NEW website –


The Board of Management and staff would   love for all members to come and join us over a glass of bubbly and some   delicious treats to help us officially launch the website on Friday 22nd November @ 6:30pm, 525 High   Street Preston.

This is a great opportunity for members   to come together and learn about how the new website can make your   life easier.

The new website www.cpsn.org.au will go live as of   the 13th November, so make sure you check out the upcoming news & events, a heap of information, resources and   so much more then!

In celebration we will also be holding a   members only website scavenger hunt, where you could WIN a $200   Coles / Myer voucher. Registrations for the   scavenger hunt will open on Friday 13th November. Stay tuned for   more information on how to win!

For further information on the website   launch please refer to the attached invite.

For all RSVP’s to the event please   contact cpsn@cpsn.org.au and express your interest.



Welcome to DARU Update – 11 November 2013

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Disability Self Help Grants Program   2013-15: Funding round now open

Grants   of up to $10,000 (over two years) are available to self-help groups to cover   general expenses, minor works and equipment purchases.

The above program is now open   and accepting funding applications up until 13 December 2013.

The grant round opening was advertised in Saturday’s Herald Sun newspaper (9   November), and previous program applicants have also been notified in writing   and sent guidelines for their consideration. Additional notifications are   being sent to The Collective of Self Help Groups and the Victorian Local   Government Disability Planners Network.

Further funding program information is provided in the website link below,   including guidelines and application form.




Community Family Fun Day

Make   & Create Crafts

Jumping   Castle

Saturday 30 th November 2013

10:30am – 1:30pm

Meeniyan   Recreation Reserve

Hanily   Street, Meeniyan

For   further information or to organise transport assistance

please   contact Julia at South Coast Primary Care Partnership

5674   0900

Sensory   Play


Come   & Try games & sport

Face   Painting

Family   treasure hunt

Quiet   Tent Autism friendly event



3D Program

This program is an initiative of   Cooinda Hill Traralgon and aims to support people with a disability between   the ages of 18 – 35 to try new options, learn new skills and put them into   action

An   initiative of Cooinda Hill Inc., the 3D Program is unique. It has been   established by professional and experienced staff using a set of 3 innovative   learning principles. The 3D program is aimed at young people between the ages   of 18-35 years of age who may need a bit of support building their   independent, adult lives. 3D is highly flexible, enabling people to get the   most out of the program, no matter what their life goals and priorities are.   The 3D Program strives to provide an engaging and supportive learning   environment which aims to provide the individual learner with the best   possible opportunity to explore, transition and maintain life long skills and   confidence to:

  •    Seek and maintain suitable employment
  •    Live independently, or learn independent   living skills
  •    Develop self advocacy skills
  •    Build Self esteem and confidence
  •   Understand   the importance of healthy living, good personal hygiene and presentation   skills
  •   Managing   and budgeting money
  •   Go   onto further education opportunities

Simply ring Cooinda Hill on 51744834   for further information. You can also speak to your planning or case manager.   Then you come and meet us and talk about the goals you have for your life and   what support you need to reach them. Remember, it is your choice what you do   with your life.

We support you to learn to make   smart decisions and give you direction to find what you are looking for



Genetic Support Network of Victoria – GSNV “Bits   & Pieces” email publication

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Children with a Disability Australia (CDA) monthly   e-news November 2013

To have your copy emailed to you contact CDA: 1800 222 660 or via email to info@cda.org.au


“Wear something blue for 15q”

International Prader Willi Syndrome Organisation (IPWSO)   news flash

Greetings to you all!

Our very special date is just around the corner—15.11.13—15th   November, 2013. What makes this date   so special? The line-up of numbers are exactly the same as the deletion on   chromosome 15 that makes not only Prader-Willi   Syndrome what it is, but also is the marker for

Angelman’s Syndrome, and Duplicate 15q syndrome. These three syndromes are pinpointed by   this line-up of numbers which, coincidently, become the date, 15.11.13.

We want you to wear blue, to do something memorable to   publicise our special date so that people will become more aware of PWS.

“Wear something blue for 15q”

To all our PW Associations, to our Parent, Scientific, and   Caregiver Delegates: Please publicise awareness of this one-in-a-hundred-year   date by posting on Facebook, Tweeting around the world, making people aware   that we exist! All the information you need, you will find on our webpage www.ipwso.org  along with two amazing diagrams showing the   similarities among our sister syndromes. Use this information in your   newsletters, your email groups, your Facebook pages, and let’s see if we can   raise the profile of 15q around the world! You may also use these logos.

With very best regards to you all,

President and Board of IPWSO


2012 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi wheelchair accessible   vehicle



        2012   Volkswagen Caddy Maxi wheelchair accessible vehicle.

  •   1.6   litre diesel
  •   Automatic, only 20,000 km
  •   Registration to June 2014
  •   Cruise control, remote locking, air   conditioning
  •   One owner, only 18months old, full service   docs, well maintained
  •   4 separate seats and wheelchair passenger has   a spacious, comfortable compartment with unobstructed views through side   windows and a forward windscreen
  •    Wheel   chair(electric or manual), can be placed in back of vehicle, or a childs   chair can sit between the back seats to be close to driver and family   members.
  •   Flashcab conversion embraces simplicity,   quality and safety, well above Australian standards. The rear of the vehicle   is built to protect the wheelchair passenger in the event of a rear end   collision.
  •   Access for the wheelchair is by a folding ramp   through a rear door making use of the more common parking bays in carparks.  The ramp is fabricated from steel tube   sections and sheet steel and is particularly innovative in design with   simplicity and strength being the main criteria, strong, but light to lift.
  •   Ease of loading and unloading with limited   mechanical gadgets makes it a fast and reliable system.
  •   New vehicle with conversion $55,000, ASKING PRICE $46,500 ono.
  •   LOCATION Bendigo (central Victoria)
  •   CONTACT Meg or Pete 0458 362247

(more photos and information on   request)



Amaze eSpectrum November newsletter

Go to:http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=3ff4b42e2c0727072e6866e00&id=2397bde670&e=df272bcc45


The ‘What about Human Rights’ Forum is for People   with

a Disability, Service Managers and Support Staff

The ‘What about Human Rights’ Forum is for People with a Disability,   Service Managers and Support Staff.BRING YOUR BOSS AND BRING YOUR WORKERS!Human rights matter. We all have human rights, sometimes people with   disability miss out on their human rights.It is important that everyone can get together to learn about human rights   in disability services. We all have a role to play, People with Disabilities,   Worker and Bosses.The forums will explore:

– NDS Victoria’s online human rights training program for disability   support workers

– VALID’s My Rights Training Program for people with a disability

If you would like to attend the forum please book online through Event   Bright or see link below.

Traralgon https://traralgonhumanrightsforum.eventbrite.com.au

Uniting Church  Park Lane, Traralgon

 Friday 22nd   November 2013 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Registration from 9:30am  (Morning tea provided)

Additional session for managers

12:00pm   – 1:00pm

Breigh Smith – Policy and Project   Officer, NDS

03 8341 4300 breigh.smith@nds.org.au

Jon Slingsby – KSP Self Advocacy Coordinator, VALID

03 9416 4003  jon@valid.org.au


Parent Support Groups meeting in 3   weeks’ time


Parents of   children with Autism Spectrum Disorder invited to attend the following   meeting: Inverloch & District ASD Support Group

Wed 4th Dec10.30am-12.30pm Inverloch Hub meeting room near playground 16   Abeckett St Tea/Coffee   provided   We provide   support info & social get-togethers. We have info on services in the   area. For more see the Autism Gippsland website


Contact Julie   5657 4248; Franki 0410 645 613 franki@hopkinsdesign.com.au




Bairnsdale & District challenging behaviour PARENT support group

You are warmly invited to attend the   following morning coffee/tea’s of the    Bairnsdale & District Challenging Behaviour Parent Support Group.   Parents of children with autism, ADHD, ODD and undiagnosed additional needs   are warmly invited to attend.

When:……………………………………………………………………….. Wednesday   December 4th 2013

Time:………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 10am—noon

Venue:…………………………………………………………………………………….. Relle’s   Chatterbox Café

2 / 180 Main Street – Campbell’s Centreway   Arcade, Bairnsdale

This meeting will be an informal opportunity   to get together in relaxed surroundings and chat.   Meals available if you wish to have lunch   afterwards

Coffee and cake is available to purchase as well

For further information please contact

Narelle    51 522 126 – 0414 915 440  or

Yvonne Waite from Parent To Parent Gippsland   1800 010 453 p2pg@noahsarkinc.org.au


Wellington Special Needs Network Inc

are a group of parents of children & adult children with   disabilities who get together to share.    For more info contact Rosemary 0413 010   047

Anita 51444408 bennell@vic.australis.com.au

Where: 5 Star Housing Community Room – Between Howard & McCole   Streets Sale

Monday December 2nd 7:30pm – 9:30pm

  All family members welcome



‘Acknowledging Challenges BUT Living the Potential’

Presented By Kerry   Cooney – Author and Founder of “Every Day with ADHD” Renowned Australasian   speaker on Behaviour Management for challenging behaviours Answering the hard   questions

National Tour 2 Events One Day Open Seminar  Thursday 5th December 3.5 hour Youth Workshop Friday 6th December Understanding the behaviour   of ADHD and Learning DisabilitiesManaging the behaviour of   ADHD and Learning Disabilities

Turning Disengagement into   Engagement

Who should attend?

Parents Carers Support   staff

Disability Workers Youth   Workers Justice Workers

Drug and Alcohol Mental   Health Educators

Allied Health Managers   Service Coordinators

Where Cost

Travelodge Southbank One   Day Open Seminar $165.00 Cnr Southbank Ave & Riverside Quay Southbank

3.5 hour Youth Workshop   $88.00

Attend both events $220.00

Parking is available for   $12 per day from hotel reception. (03 8696 9600)

Presented By Kerry Cooney –   Author and Founder of “Every Day with ADHD” Renowned Australasian speaker on   Behaviour Management for challenging behaviours  Answering the hard questions

Further details Seminar outlines, dates and   bookings are available through the ‘Workshops and Seminars page’ on our   website.

****Please Note: It would be   advantageous for those attending the “Youth Workshop” to attend the one day   seminar as well.

Every Day with ADHD | Australia | +61 488 99 77 65 | www.everydaywithadhd.com.au  | admin@everydaywithadhd.com.au


‘World Festival of Magic’

The ‘World Festival of Magic’ 20th   Anniversary Show is a spectacular family entertainment starring the   world-renowned Australian magician Michael Boyd whose mastery of   ‘Grand Illusion’ will amaze and astound you!


The Lions Club of Melbourne   Markets hosts this show to lift the spirits and bring well needed joy,   laughter and amazement to the special needs and disadvantaged children from   your local community. This   show will captivate and mesmerise both adults and children for the full 90   minutes.


Melbourne Convention Centre

Plenary Hall – 1 Convention Centre   Place, South Wharf


2 Show Times Available

Saturday 21st   December 2013

11.00am & 2.00pm

Please enjoy the tickets,   complimentary of the Lions Club of Melbourne Markets and the business   community of Melbourne and Surrounding Areas.


These   FREE tickets are available by contacting Yvonne at p2pg – yvonne.waite@noahsarkinc.org.au or call 03 51 353   131 or 1800 010 453.  Please provide   these details: how many people will be attending – one ticket per person for   adults and children, and which show would suit you best 11am or 2pm

Note   – transportation and other associated costs are not covered, just admittance   to the show in Melbourne

Should   you have any further queries please contact Yvonne

Autism   Spectrum Australia (Aspect) 2 Day WEEKEND Positive Behaviour   Support Workshop: CARLTONReminder for weekend workshop.Places still available but minimum numbers are required for this   workshop to go ahead so please encourage parents carers and interested   professionals to register before Friday 15th November  


Autism   Spectrum Australia (Aspect) 2 Day WEEKEND Positive Behaviour   Support Workshop: CARLTON


In response to requests for a weekend workshop we have scheduled   Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st November for parents and carers of   children and young adults aged 6 – 25 years with ASD and living at   home.  A great opportunity for parents and the professionals currently   working with their child to come along together and work as a team. Registrations are now   openWhen:                          Saturday 30th November & Sunday   1st December 2013 Where:                          Rydges on   Swanston – 701 Swanston Street, Carlton, VIC 3000Time:                            Saturday   9am-4pm & Sunday 9am-3pm (8:30am arrival for registration each day)Cost:                             $95 per   person (includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea & workshop materials)

Registration:               Register   & Payment online via the following direct link


Accommodation is also   available at Rydges on Swanston at a discounted rate for registered   participants who wish to stay for the weekend of the workshop.

Please refer to the attached workshop flyer for further   details.  Please check the eligibility criteria prior to   registering. If you have any additional queries, please contact Amber   Day (Administration) or Heather Kirkhope (Program Coordinator) – Email aday@autismspectrum.org.au  or Phone 03 9377 6600

Eligibility to   participate in this 2 day Workshop:

§ Parents or carers of children and young   adults aged between 6 and 25 years, diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum   Disorder (ASD)

§ The individual with ASD must be living at   home

§   Participating   families are encouraged to invite professionals or service providers working   with them to attend the workshop

Families   participating in this 2 day workshop will:

§ Develop an understanding of autism and how   an ASD impacts upon learning and behaviour

§ Learn how to be proactive by creating an   autism friendly environment at home

§ Learn how to write an autism specific   behaviour support plan for one of their child’s behaviours

§ Learn how to write a plan to respond   confidently when challenging behaviour occurs

§   Learn   how to teach new skills to promote their child’s independence and quality of   life


Over several weeks, Grade 5/6 students have been studying the story “Rowan of Rin” by Emily Rodda. As a follow up activity, they created model town of Rin and clay figures of the story’s characters.

They then re-created the story using their props to make a Claymation video.

This creation is the result of many weeks work, the first time we have used this technology on the library Ipad, and the students are to be congratulated on their efforts.

Well done Grade 5 & 6 (& Terrie & Mrs Bruce!!).

Video Link :


Rowan Of Rin

Staff Outing

On Sunday, 9th June, 12 staff members and their partners  took part in our staff excursion to see the Great Gatsby at the Pictureshowman in Merimbula. Staff dressed for the occasion in 1920’s gear, and the movie was followed by dinner at Wheelers Restaurant. It was a most enjoyable excursion; great fun with great company!!


Our Eco-Cubby Project

‘Eco-Cubby is a workshop program for children that place architects and designers in schools and communities to promote the concept of sustainable design. Through the development of an Eco-Cubby, children engage in challenging dialogue to learn about, build awareness of and take action for sustainable living.’

Kathy Scott, Leading Teacher-Primary, introduced her staff to this project early 2012. The project was developed by the City of Melbourne and Regional Arts Victoria to encourage young people to explore sustainable living.  Lisa and I jumped at the chance for our 3 / 4 class to be involved in the Eco-Cubby Project. Kathy registered us and we were accepted to become part of the program. Regular visits during the year from our architects, Sunny Wilder (Building Architect) and Cathy Pirrie (Landscape Architect), saw the students move from whimsical ideas of what a ‘dream school cubby’ would be,  to the designing and making of a user friendly, environmentally sustainable and practical model of a cubby for our school ground.

Lisa and I embraced the idea that this project could be embedded into our core curriculum. Kelly Boucher, Gippsland co-ordinator of the project, visited us to observe our progress. She was excited about the work we were doing and commented that the children showed a very high level of commitment and congratulated us for making the project a real part of the curriculum.

The model of our cubby has been on display in Melbourne at the Sustainable Living Festival and will be returned to us over Easter. We will display the model, and a journal of the students’ collated work, at the school in Term 2. Meanwhile, enjoy the short films that show some of the work the Year3 /4 students did during the year towards their Mallacoota P-12 College Eco-Cubby.

Thanks to Don Ashby for the filming and Paul Bryan for opening our website!

Eco Cubby Video

Lee Ellis and Lisa Broome


  • The power was out all day and it was very hot!
  • We continued our postcards.
  • We saw a gold coloured frog jump out of the water tank.
  • We got Tuesday’s fruit platter.
  • We missed huff and puff but we played a game inside.
  • We learnt why water is important for our bodies.
  • It was a fun day.
  • We had a different teacher again today and she will be here tomorrow too.

Today we had a different teacher.

  • 2 students ran huff and puff.
  • We learned about the differences between living and non living things.
  • We did money maths.
  • We read I’m an Australian big book.