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2018 Premier's Reading Challenge

Essendon Primary will again participate in the Premier's Reading Challenge. This is not a competition, but rather a challenge to each student.  It will run from now until the end of August. There are many titles available in the reading lists, which are arranged by year levels. These lists are available on the DET website. Students across Victoria in past years have voted for their favourite books and these are also listed on the website. I encourage all our students from Foundation to Year 6 to become involved and to enjoy the reading challenge. Parents, I urge you to support your children and give them encouragement with this important annual event.

ANZAC Assembly

On the afternoon of Tuesday 24th April Essendon Primary School held a special assembly to mark the 2018 Centenary Anzac Day (25 April 1918) and the 2nd Battle of Villers-Bretonneux.  On Anzac Day 1918 the Australians retook Villers-Bretonneux from the Germans, halting the German 100 day advance ultimately changing the course and ending the war. Congratulations to all school members, especially the students who demonstrated outstanding responsibility and respect on this solemn occasion. Thank you to the special guests who attended in uniform and medals and participated in the ceremony to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of those who have served Australia during periods of war and peace.

2019 Foundation (Prep) Tours

The first of our 2019 Foundation (Prep) tours will be held this Friday, 27th April from 9:30am to 11:00am in the 3/4 Learning Space. Additional tours will be held on Friday 4th and Friday 11th May.  Bookings can be made through Trybooking for those who may know of anyone who is interested in enrolling their child. We have again decided to accept the enrolment of all 2019 Foundation students who have siblings enrolled at the school, if submitted before 25th May 2018.  This will then enable us to know how many 2019 Foundation places we have available to offer new families. Requests for the enrolment of 2019 Foundation siblings who live out of the school catchment zone after this date will follow the ‘Expression of Interest’ process outlined in our enrolment policy.

The New Sandpit

The new sandpit has been a big hit with many of our students.  We began the term with a timetable for different year levels to play in the sand pit at different times during recess and lunch. However, it became too heartbreaking to turn students from different year levels away. We now have the sandpit as a specific yard duty area and it has become the highlight of the day for many staff. The Foundation Learning Community kindly donated a range of toys for all year levels to use and we are in the process of purchasing more sandpit equipment because of the high demand.  Thank you again to all parents and families who contributed to our Playground Fund as the sandpit was only made possible through your generous donations.