F-6 Celebrations Day

The F-6 students have their celebration day on this Friday. They will spend the day celebrating the year that was 2016. I would like to invite parents, carers and friends to join the students at the college at 12.45pm for lunch followed by their performance that starts at 1.40pm.

The grade 6 students will then have their graduation night at the Railway Hotel with family and friends commencing at 6pm.

Years F-6 Swimming Program

Parents of students in years F-6 should note that the swimming program will occur all week. Students are expected to participate in the program and will be swimming from Monday to Thursday this week. Parents are requested to send students to school with appropriate gear and fuelled up with food and water so they will cope with this activity.

If any child in the F-6 years cannot swim for whatever reason, then parents need to communicate that to the appropriate staff member.

Foundation – Year 6 News

Students of the Week - Back: Bronte, Indy, Oscar and Noah. Front: Molly, Callum, Triston and Amy.
Students of the Week – Back: Bronte, Indy, Oscar and Noah. Front: Molly, Callum, Triston and Amy.

We are set for an exciting celebratory week in the F-6 section with swimming, a celebratory assembly and Year 6 Graduation Dinner. From today until Thursday the students will be swimming in the afternoons in small groups with Miss Barratt, Mrs Keel and Mrs Noonan instructing and other staff supporting and supervising. It has been well published recently that it is incredibly important for students to develop basic swimming skills and more importantly, water safety and survival skills. This will be our focus for the sessions.

Reading Awards - Back: Jameson, Emily, Charlie, Cameron, Seth, Clare and Mason. Front: Ebony, Tilley, Triston, Diesal, Matilda and Mathilde.
Reading Awards – Back: Jameson, Emily, Charlie, Cameron, Seth, Clare and Mason. Front: Ebony, Tilley, Triston, Diesal, Matilda and Mathilde.

On Monday 12th December, we will be holding our Swimming Carnival with OLHC from 10AM at the Murtoa Memorial Pool and we welcome our parents, guardians and carers to join us for the day. The students will be participating in some competitive and fun activities until noon and then we’ll have a break for a barbeque lunch. After the lunch break, we will resume with a free swim and relaxed afternoon to celebrate the year.

Important Dates

Week 10 – Monday 5th to Thursday 8th December – F-6 Swimming Program

Week 10 – Friday 9th December – F-6 End of Year Assembly from 1:40PM in the stadium

Week 10 – Friday 9th December – Year 6 Graduation Dinner from 6PM at the Railway Hotel

Week 11 – Monday 12th December – F-6 Swimming Carnival from 10AM at the Murtoa Memorial Swimming Pool

Week 11 – Tuesday 13th December – Statewide Steps Day (Years F to 9)

Week 11 – Wednesday 14th December – Presentation Evening at the Mechanics Hall, Murtoa (please be seated by 6:30PM)

Foundation – Year 6 Assembly Schedule

Week 10 – F-6 Celebration Friday 9th December

Swimming Program

On Monday 5th December to Thursday 8th December F-6 students will be involved in their annual swimming program. This will take place during periods 5 & 6; students will have a set session during this time with our Austswim qualified teachers, Miss Barrett, Mrs Keel and Mrs Noonan.

Students need to remember to pack bathers, rash vest, towel and sunscreen in a waterproofed back.

There are a variety of ways families can pay for school swimming activities for the 2016/2017 season.  Families will need to indicate which payment method they are choosing. Students can pay for each day, or the school provides a swim pass for school activities, or families purchase a family membership from the swimming pool. The cost of swimming is in the table below (please note the students will be involved in another swimming day in the last week of term):

Swimming Cost:

$2 Per day
$20 Single Swim Pass – school activities only
$35 Family Swim Pass – school activities only
$110 Family Season Membership 2015/2016

Swimming Carnival

On Monday 12th December students will be involved in the annual Swimming Carnival with OLHCS. Students will begin the school day as normal and then proceed to the pool before the beginning of the carnival. We invite parents and friends to join us at the pool from 10am.

At the conclusion of the carnival at midday there will be a BBQ lunch for sale. Students will need to pre-order their sausage (see order form below). Families are invited to purchase sausages on the day.

In the afternoon students will be invited to stay at the pool for a leisurely swim. At the conclusion of the day students needing to catch a school bus home will be transported back to school to do so.

F – 6 End of Year Celebration

The end of the year is drawing nearer and our 2016 celebration preparations are in full swing. On Friday 9th December, we will be hosting a F-6 Celebratory Assembly from 1:40PM in the stadium. This will incorporate a Christmas theme with individual class carols, 2016 highlights and also a brief ceremony for our graduating year 6 students.

Hamper Items

We are asking families for donations of non-perishable items to make 3 hampers. Items can be dropped off at the school office or given to classroom teachers. All donations need to be at school by next Wednesday 7th of December.

Murtoa College End of Year Fundraiser – Murtoa Market

Parents and Friends and the school community would like to make note of the following fundraisers that we will be involved with and need your support.

Murtoa Market – Sunday 11th December

  • BBQ – helpers needed, coleslaw, onions etc..
  • Cake stall – helpers, donations of cakes/slices etc..
  • Selling of raffle tickets

Items for the stall can be left at school on Friday 9th December.

Junior School Leaders for 2017

I would like to repeat my statement from three weeks ago. One of the most important aspects of school governance is the student voice. This is an element that involves the students having opportunities and the ability to have their ideas heard. We have now completed our college student leadership profile for 2017. Our junior school leaders for 2017 have been decided.

  • JUNIOR CAPTAIN: Jorja Gardy

  • JUNIOR CAPTAIN: Oscar Gawith

  • JUNIOR VICE CAPTAIN: Archie Gawith

  • JUNIOR VICE CAPTAIN: Olivia Ritchie

The process followed was a presentation in front of the whole
F-6 section of the college and then an interview with the Principal and Assistant Principal. At the conclusion of the process, the panel decided on two captains and two vice-captains in the junior area of the college. The 2017 Junior Murtoa College leaders are listed below. I am looking forward to them being outstanding leaders of the college and I believe that they will continue in the same vein as their predecessors.