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28th November, 2013 Vol 17 Issue 38 E: Newsletters: http://rcpsadmin13.global2. Phone: 03 5428 7277 Fax 03 5428 6981 69-77 Main Rd Riddells Creek Vic 3431

School Diary
Nov 28th 29th Dec 2nd 5th Swimming Banskia 2nd till 13th Piano (Melissa)/Violin Concert 5.45pm for a 6 o’clock start. - Whole School Fun Day Jumping Castle & Disco. Say NO to Palm Oil to protect endangered orang-utans School Council Mtg Assembly 3pm BTR

Hi Everyone,
This week I thought I would take the opportunity to talk about school shoes as I know you will be considering new footwear for growing feet.


Did you know that feet grow on average, 17 sizes during the school years with the average child spending around 30 hours per week in their school shoes? Children’s feet develop most rapidly within the first twelve years of their life. In reality, by the time a child reaches 12 years of age, his/her feet are about 90 percent of its adult length. Neglect of their feet during these early years can lead to problems later on in life and possibly in other parts of the body, such as the legs and back. Podiatrists recommend the following when purchasing new shoes for children:  The child is in a standing position for parents to tie laces and check shoe width.  Check the length of the shoe from the longest toe.  Never buy shoes that are too large in the hope of economic gain through them lasting more than one year.  Check shoes for flexibility at the ball of the foot.  A shoe’s heel cup and arch regions should be firm and not compress with pressure.  Children should not be given hand me down shoes  Ensure that children wear correctly fitting socks. A sock too large or too small can throw out a shoe’s fitting. Our school policy states that 1. Footwear such as clogs, thongs, scuffs, high heels, party type shoes, high top boots (all brands), skate shoes (all brands), converse all stars (standard and high tops) and billie (happy) shoes (laced or unlaced) etc are unsafe and unsuitable for school activities. 2. Suitable footwear will be runners, predominantly black or white with appropriate support, or lace up shoes or ankle boots that are predominantly black. Please keep fashionable shoes with fluorescent colouring for weekend wear. They are not to be worn at school. Three years ago we started “Fantastic Fridays” for the Grade 5 and 6 students during December. They have enjoyed many interesting, challenging and fun activities. On Friday December 6th, we are having a Fantastic Friday for the whole school. We started with the idea of having a jumping castle as a thank you to all our students for the magnificent effort they put in with our production of “Alice”. Parent Club has come on board too, and we will be starting the day with a healthy breakfast of fruit and cereal , there will be an out door dance party to go with the jumping castle later in the morning and an icecream van here between recess and lunch. Prices range from $3 to $5 per icecream. Children will be encouraged to wear orange in support of the orang-utans. Classes will have a rostered time to enjoy the jumping castle. It should be great fun!


Wear Orange!

-Assembly 3pm MCD 10th 12th Grade 6 Transition Day -Grade 5 Discovery Day to Gisborne SC -Drums Concert -Christmas Stall


-Assembly 3pm MGP & BSD 16th 18th 20th Grade 6 Graduation Dinner Afternoon Tea to Thank our Parent Helpers NO BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL CARE NO CANTEEN NO BUSES Staff Assembly Term 4 Ends School Starts at 8am School Finishes at 1pm

Jan 2014 30th Term 1 Starts

Kim Ryan Principal

Have a look at the below Vic Health website for more information .au/page/schools

Parent Club
Friday 6th December has been earmarked as a Fun Day for the whole school. We will start with a ‘Walk 2 School’ and a healthy breakfast in the performance centre. Then a jumping castle, disco and ice cream van at snack time and lunch time. We are also encouraging children to wear so met hing or a nge t o rai s e awareness of the detrimental impact that palm oil farming is having on the environment. There will be a notice home with more details about the day. Snacks and ice creams will be available for purchase. ($3-$5) If you are able to help, either with breakfast, preparing snacks or with helping to organise the events, please let Guinevere know 0412 115293 or

On behalf of the Ride2School program, we would like to invite you, as a parent of Riddells Creek Primary School, to participate in their travel to school survey. Your responses will help us better understand the concerns of parents of school aged children across Victoria. We are keen to hear from all parents, whether your children are driven, walk, or cycle to school. For your chance to win an iPad, simply complete the following 5 minute survey by 24 December 2013: 2Sparent The winner will be notified by email and announced on the Ride2School website in January 2014.
NOV 30th



Macedon Primary School invites you to ‘Spring into Summer Fest’ Macedon Fete 10am to 2pm. “Come along & enjoy our true country fair”.

DEC 7th
Community Christmas Fun Day. 12 - 4.30pm at the Macedon Ranges Masonic Lodge 73 Main Rd Romsey. All ages welcome, Free admission. Riddells Creek Twilight Farmers Market Riddells Creek Primary School 5 - 8pm. Friday Duneira’s Annual Xmas Carols in the Garden 5 - 6pm. BYO Picnic gates open 3.30pm Bookings



Library News
As it approaches the end of the school year, I would be grateful if bookshelves at home could be searched for library books. Please return books to school as soon as possible. Jennie Ballard - Library Technician

You Can Do It Stars of the Week!
Congratulation to our Girls Softball team who competed at the State Softball Championships last Thursday.
The grade 5/6 girls softball team woke up at the crack of dawn to make their way down to Wheeler's Hill for the 2013 State Softball Championships. Even though they lost their 3 games it was a wonderful day where they had fun and played their best. It was lovely to see the girls' hitting home runs and catching other teams out during the final match. They displayed great teamwork and sportsmanship. We would also like to thank Annie Horton who drove the mini bus to and from Wheelers Hill - an amazing job. WELL Done!

Sandy Says! “Please check the lost property bins”
A huge amount of lost property is in the Lost Property Bins in Banksia & Melaleuca, mostly un-named. Some will be washed and put in our emergency clothing box, but most will be thrown out at the end of term unless claimed. Attendance 18/11/13 - 22/11/13
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GISBORNE AQUATIC CENTRE JANUARY INTENSIVE SWIMMING 5 DAY PROGRAM 6th – 10th January 2014 13th – 17th January 2014 20th – 24th January 2014 Cost: $71 per child Spaces are limited so CALL 5421 1452 AND BOOK NOW!

Black Boys Skate Style Helmet. If Found please return to the office.
All new preps receive a 10% discount including any lay-bys (as do Year 7s). VIP days are on 29th and 30th No v where all purchases (NOT lay-bys) will receive a 20% discount.


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