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and be using them from the beginning of next term. Final concreting around this classroom will be completed in coming days. The two new classrooms and offices at the end of the Library are progressing rapidly with the frame erected last week and the roof going on in coming days (hopefully ahead of the next monsoonal rain cycle). This project will now progress quickly over the next few weeks and should be ready for use early in Term 2. David Cannon Principal/CEO From the Assistant Principals EARLY LEARNING Parent Teacher Discussions As you know in Term 1 and in Term 3 Parent Teacher discussions are scheduled. This week on 24th and 25th March Parent Teacher discussions were held for all year levels including Preschool. If you were unable to schedule a meeting on these two days, please see the classroom teacher to schedule a time that is mutually convenient. Holiday Care Program Nerida Cooper and the rest of the Holiday Care Program staff will provide another exciting Holiday Care Program during the upcoming Easter school holiday break. Please note that this program will not be offered on public holidays. Please ensure that bookings are made by Week 10 to ensure a spot. Essington Early Childhood Forum Reading in Early Years Sophie Roxburgh facilitated an excellent session on Reading in Early Years on 18th March. This session was well attended by around 60 parents and staff members. The session offered a variety of hands-on and concrete ideas to promote reading in young children and thank you to all the parents for their detailed and very positive feedback. I sincerely thank Sophie Roxburgh for this excellent presentation. Preparations are already underway for another early childhood forum in Term 2. Details of this will be provided early next term. Be SunSmart Our school is an active member of The Cancer Council of Northern Territory SunSmart Schools Program. The aim is to improve the health of our school community by reducing the risk of skin and eye damage and skin cancer. Skin cancer rates are higher in Australia than anywhere else in the world, with skin cancers accounting for around 80% of all new cancers diagnosed each year. The major cause of skin cancer is exposure to the ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun over many years. Maximum damage occurs during childhood and adolescence. It is never too late to start protecting your skin. The Cancer Council of NT promotes Be SunSmart SLIP on a shirt, SLOP on some sunscreen, SLAP on a hat, SEEK shade & SLIDE on sun glasses. For more information visit www.cancercouncilnt.com.au. Next term, information sessions on being SunSmart will be facilitated for staff as well as parents by The Cancer Council of Northern Territory. Details will be provided closer to time. Jaya Srinivas Assistant Principal Early Childhood Programs JUNIOR/MIDDLE SCHOOL Harmony Day 2010- Express Yourself Since last Sunday 21st March, Australians of all backgrounds have celebrated the diversity of the nation's cultural heritage on Harmony Day. This year marks 61 years of Australian citizenship which is the unifying force behind our varied ethnic, religious and linguistic heritage. The theme for Harmony Day 2010 is Express yourself to celebrate the diversity and richness of Australia and a sense of belonging for everyone. We will be celebrating Harmony Day at Essington tomorrow. There will be a Casual Clothes Day (staff and students are encouraged to wear orange to symbolise Harmony Day and donate a gold coin) and members of the Junior School SRC will be holding a Cake Stall. All monies raised will go towards the victims of the Haiti Earthquake. Many thanks to the students and families who have donated to the Cake Stall and to the SRC students and teachers for organizing this worthwhile event. Term 1 Parent Teacher Discussions Thank you to all the parents who attended the Parent Teacher Discussions this week. If you were unable to schedule a meeting on these two days, please contact your childs teacher to arrange a mutually convenient time. National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy 2010 From Tuesday 11th until 13th May (Week 5, Term 2) all students in Australian schools in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will participate in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). They will be assessed in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy using common national tests. Similar to our NAPLAN testing process last year, Years 3, 5 and 7, our Year 9 students will sit a practice test prior to testing. More information for parents will be provided closer to the dates next term. Natalie Hyde Assistant Principal Years 1-10 Early Learning Notices Preschool Last week we danced our way into Week 8 with our second ever Preschool Disco. What a fantastic night! We had a great turnout and the children enjoyed dancing with Miss Daniela, getting their faces painted and making balloon people and streamers with Miss Gianna. It is a big fundraiser for the Preschool and we wanted to say thank you to all of the staff and parents who helped out on the night. Carrying on with our Australian animals topic, in Weeks 8 and 9 we have learnt about mammals. Last week, we looked at marsupials - mammals that carry their babies in a pouch, such as koalas, kangaroos, wombats, etc - where the children made a class collage of different marsupials. In Week 9, we looked at monotremes - mammals that are like no other mammals because they are hatched out of eggs. The children have made wonderful echidnas and platypuses in class that look sensational! Thank you to Moyra, Natashas Grandmother and Kristen, Natashas Mum for reading us a story in Preschool 3 and Jackie, Isabella's Mum, from Preschool 4 for reading us a story in the library. Also thank you to our classroom helpers last week and this week: Tiffany, Kais Mum, from Preschool 3, Tamara, Jenahs Mum, Peta, Jasper's Mum, and Pa, Max's Grandpa from Preschool 1 and Tracy, Harrys Mum, from Preschool 2 for your wonderful cooking with the children. Miss Rhiannon and Miss Christine The Essington School Darwin 2
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