Education Week will be a game changer
Excursions to the moon, teleporting between classes, face recognition roll call or a school without bell times or walls – the school of the future is only limited by your imagination. That is the message from the organisers of an exciting new challenge being launched today in the lead up to Education Week 2018. The inaugural Game Changer Challenge will showcase the theme of this year's Education Week, Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world, which highlights how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities... Read more
TODAY is Cross Country Day!
The sun is shining and it is a beautiful day for our Cross Country today. All students in Years 3-6 will participate, so remember to come dressed to run and wearing your House Colours! Good luck everyone!... Read more
Egg-ceptional Easter Fun!
Thank you to everyone who came to help celebrate the annual Easter Fair at Athelstane last week. As per usual it was a super successful event and students and parents alike seemed to have an egg-cellent time!! Thanks also to the Easter Bunny who took time out of his busy pre-Easter schedule to attend our event. More photos to come.... Read more
Staff Development Day Term 1
As mentioned in correspondence sent home previously, this term Staff Development Day will occur on Friday 13th April in Week 11. This means that this day is a pupil free day Teachers will be onsite conducting professional learning that day but this is not a school day, and no supervision will be available. Please ensure that you have made alternate arrangements for your children on that day. As a result, there will be no staff development day in Term 2, so students will commence back at school on Monday 30th April for the term.... Read more
EdWeek 2018 - theme and dates announced
This year's Education Week will be held from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August 2018 (Term 3, Week 3). The theme for Education Week is ‘Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world'. This theme communicates how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world. Video: Mark Scott announces theme for EdWeek 2018 You tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULMFWr7_OzU... Read more
Healthy Harold Has Arrived!
Well look who has rolled into town! Today we were greeted with the sight of Healthy Harold and the Life Education Van set up and ready to host lessons at Athelstane over the next two weeks! Each and every class will have a session inside the van over the coming two weeks and the students can't wait to meet Harold. Please ensure that you have paid for your child in order for them to attend. Please note - if you have already paid the entirety of your annual school fees, you will only need to return the permission slip in order for your children... Read more
2018 Resource Allocation Model funding
In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more
Getting Ready For Kindergarten
The time has begun for our newest Kindergarten students to begin their transition to big school! We are so excited to meet you and show you why life at Athelstane is so special. To make the transition to school smoother, it is important for all students to attend our transition sessions: Session #1: Thursday 19th October Session #2: Thursday 26th October Session #3: Thursday 2nd November Please contact the school for further information. We look forward to seeing you there.... Read more
Term 4 Begins MONDAY 9th OCTOBER
We hope that you are all having a fantastic break. We will resume school for the final term of the year on Monday 9th October. There is not Staff Development Day in Term 4, therefore all students and teachers will resume school on the same day. We look forward to seeing you next week.... Read more
NDIS continues its roll out across NSW
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more
Welcome to BOOK WEEK!!
This week Athelstane is celebrating Book Week with the theme "Escape To Everywhere". A number of events will be running this week: Book Fair: this will run daily in the Library from 8:30-9am, and again from 2:30-3:30. This is a great opportunity to purchase some wonderful books. It is first in, best dressed, so hurry in before the books sell out! Author Visit: Author Rowan McAuley will be visitng on Friday to share some wonderful books and the secrets to being an author. Payments for this have now closed. Book Week Parade: On Friday... Read more
NAPLAN Online School readiness test
NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more
Education Week Open Day - Tomorrow
A reminder that parents are invited to an Open Day to celebrate Education Week tomorrow, August 1st. Timetable: K-2 Showcase Assembly 11:30am in the Hall K-2 Open Classroms 12:15 3-6 Open Classrooms 11:30 3-6 Showcase Assembly 12:15 in the Hall Parents are invited to stay and have lunch with their children. We look forward to seeing you there!... Read more
Education Week 2017
Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more
CHANGES TO EASTER FAIR TOMORROW!!
Due to wet conditions, tomorrow there will be no rides or stalls. These activities have been postponed. The Easter Hat Parade and student performances WILL go ahead at 11:30am. Students can bring money for chicken kebabs, corn on the cob or a nuggets and chips from the canteen. We still hope to see plenty of parents for our festivities.... Read more
Introducing Healthy School Canteens
The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more
Our shared responsibility
Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more
2017 School Year - Important Dates
The commencement of Term 1 will soon be upon us. Here is a list of important dates to be aware of as we head into the new school year. School Open/Teacher Development (NO STUDENTS): Friday 27th January First Day Term 1 Years 1-6: Monday 30th January Kindergarten: * Monday 30th January/Tuesday 31st January - Best Start Testing Appointments at the time advised via letter last year. Contact School Office if you require clarification of your scheduled time. * Wednesday 1st February: First school day, all Kindergarten students to attend.... Read more
The staff at Athelstane Public School would like to extend a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our families. We have had a fantastic 2016 and know that everyone will enjoy a well deserved break. We look forward to seeing you all in 2017.... Read more
Winners Are Grinners!!!
CONGRATULATIONS to our Junior Girls Softball team who today won their PSSA Summer Grand Final 12-2! What a fantastic effort by all of the girls and their coach Mrs Hijazi. We are very proud of you all!!... Read more