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Welcome to 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the 2018 school year.   This year we welcome almost 60 Prep students to Atherton State School. Today was the very first day of school for these students.    We also inducted over 50 new students to our school who have transferred in from areas across Australia.    Welcome to Atherton State School.
New Atherton SS Staff Members
This year we welcome a number of new staff members to our school.  They are:
§  Miss Sullivan – Year 1C Teacher
§  Mrs Milson – Year 1A Teacher
§  Miss Mackley – Year 2/3 Teacher
§  Mrs McCann – Year 3B Teacher (Friday only)
§  Miss Hook – Year 4B Teacher
§  Miss Day – Year 5A Teacher
§  Mrs Drummond – SEP Teacher
§  Miss Kistner – SEP Teacher
§  Miss Whitacker – SEP & Reading Teacher
§  Mrs Meagher – Reading Teacher
§  Miss Greathead – Speech Language Pathologist
I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new staff members joining the Atherton SS team this year.
I am aware that some classes at Atherton State School are quite large at the moment, particularly the Year 4 cohort.    As per Education Queensland policy our school staffing, and classes, will not be confirmed until the 8th day of school this year.  Our school will be staffed for 2018 based on the numbers of children enrolled at the school on Thursday 1st February 2018.  Once our enrolment is confirmed the school will be able to make further decisions on class groupings, and if necessary, make any adjustments that may be required to keep class sizes within the Education Queensland recommendation.   Atherton State School is still seeking enrolments, therefore if you know of any families that have not enrolled at a school, or you know of Prep students who have not started at school, encourage them to visit Atherton State School for an enrolment interview.
Year 6 Camp
The annual Year 6 camp will be held at Tinaroo Outdoor Education Centre commencing on Tuesday 30th of January and concluding on Friday 2nd February.  This year all year 6 classes will go on camp together.  Students who are not attending camp will come to school as normal at Atherton State School and will most likely join the Year 5 classes for the week.   To make it easier for families full payment for this year’s camp is not due until the end of the school term.  Families are encouraged to make an appointment with our Business Manager Helen Riley if they wish to create a payment plan.   The school would like all year 6 students to attend the camp therefore if there are any concerns that you may have that potentially could result in your child not attending the camp please discuss these with your child’s teacher or the school office.
School Books
It was wonderful to see students arriving with all their required school books and resources this morning.  This is greatly appreciated by our teaching staff.  If you have not yet purchased your child’s materials for school please do so as a priority.  Many local businesses have quite decent ‘back to school’ specials on at the moment.
Atherton State School utilises a number of platforms to communicate with our school families and the community.    These platforms are:
·         Atherton State School Facebook page.  This page is updated regularly with messages and reminders for families.  Search for Atherton State School and like the page.  Please note – during the day the Facebook site is occasionally monitored.  For urgent matters families are reminded to contact the school office on 40957333.
·         Skoolbag App.   The app is available for both Apple and Android devices and is free to download.  Search for Atherton State School in the App store or Google Play store.  Messages and quick alerts are sent from the school through the app. 
·         Newsletters.  Newsletters are published fortnightly and are found on our website, Facebook site or through the Skoolbag app.  Newsletters are not printed however we can print copies for you if you wish to receive a printed version.  Let the school office know if you wish to have a printed copy.
·         Website.  Our school website contains many sources of information to assist you.
If your child requires medication throughout the school year the office must be notified.  Almost all medications must be stored in the school office.  Exceptions to this policy are lifesaving medications such as epi-pens and Ventolin.   All medications must have the child’s name and the correct dosage stuck to the medication.  All pharmacies can provide these stickers for you.  For more information contact the office.
Australia Day Public Holiday
A reminder to families that this Friday is a public holiday for Australia Day.  School will conclude on Thursday this week and will resume on Monday 29th January.
Nicholas Shirley
Principal, Atherton State School