MJPS Stage 1

Term 2 2015

Welcome back to Term 2 after a well deserved break. The children are eager to get back to work and catch up with their friends. Your continual support is greatly appreciated in building the strong and positive connections between home and school which are vitally important to your child’s education.

The following information is provided for you to better understand the teaching and learning programs designed for your child.

if you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress please contact their class teacher. The Assistant Principal or Principal can discuss wider or whole school concerns. Please contact the school office should you wish to make an appointment

Key Dates

5 May Year 2 excursion to Tramway Museum

8 May Mothers' Day stall

21 May MJPS and La Pa disco

27 May year 1 excursion to Rouse Hill House and Farm

For whole school events please refer to the weekly newsletter

Stage 1 Staffing

Class Teachers

1B Gina Batziakis
1G Melinda Gimblett

1K Karen Lucas and Karen Middleton

1SA Sandra Mather and Amanda Abeni

1Z Zoe Baeten

2F Brian Franki

2K Nickie Karas

2V Helen Vogel

2Z Areri Zouroudis

Assistant Principal

Nickie Karas

Support Staff

Ana Andreu EAL/D (English as an additional language and dialect)

Elke Smart Reading Recovery and Learning Support

Mary Stamatellis Greek

Hong Jin Wu Chinese

Sue Mirow Library



Tuesday - Year 2

Wednesday - 1B and 1K

Thursday - 1SA


Monday - 1B 2F 2K 2V 2Z

Tuesday - 1G 1K 1SA 1Z


Wednesday - 1K 1SA 1Z

Thursday 2F

Friday - 1G 1B 2K 2V 2Z


Monday - 1K 1B

Tuesday - 1SA

Wednesday - 1G 1Z 2K 2F

Thursday - 1B 2V 2Z

Friday - 1G 1B 1SA 2K 2F 2V 2Z

Key Learning Areas


During the teaching / learning of English children will participate in rich and diverse literacy activities both in whole class and group work situations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, handwriting and using digital technologies, spelling, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary, thinking imaginatively and creatively, expressing themselves and reflecting on learning.

This term, Year 1 will focus on the English key concept of Imagination through the use of visual literacy in print, sound and images. Students will learn about how imaginative characters are portrayed and developed in a variety of texts and how authors create imaginary stories. Year 2 will focus on the key concept of Representations Across Different Cultures. Students will study the morals, ways of thinking, symbols, settings, themes and characters in stories.

All students will have an opportunity to speak in front of the class each week. The term’s news roster outlines the topics to be presented each week. Please discuss and practise with your child their news topic at home so they are able to feel more comfortable and confident when it is their turn to speak in front of the class.


The children will continue to learn and develop various concepts within the Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability strands of the syllabus. All students are provided with opportunities to develop and use a variety of mental strategies, hands on activities, interactive whiteboard activities and written work to meet their individual needs. A strong emphasis on working mathematically and problem solving strategies will continue to be incorporated across all strands.

This term, Year 1 will be trialling maths groups in the number strand across the grade. Students will be assessed and grouped by the teachers according to their learning needs. The groups will aim to reinforce or extend the students' concept development in the area of number.


Mathletics is Australia’s most used educational website aimed to help students enjoy maths and improve their results. Mathletics is encouraged both at school and at home to optimise students learning of mathematics. All students have been given their password and username to use at home. We encourage you to guide your child to use it at home. Please see the website: http://www.mathletics.com.au/.


Year 1

Students will study the unit Families Past And Present. This unit provides opportunities for students to explore, through stories told, the reasons why certain people, events and days are important to themselves and their families. The unit focuses on continuity and change in different families, looking at the value of what is retained and why changes are made. The excursion to Rouse Hill and Farm will compliment this unit of work.

Year 2

Students will study the unit Transport . This unit provides opportunities for students to explore transport systems in their local area and beyond. The unit focuses on the benefits and responsibilities of transport use. The excursion to the Tramway Museum will compliment this unit of work.


As part of our technology lessons Stage 1 will continue to work with I pads I pad apps such as Popplet, Book Creator, Puppetpals and Explain Everything will be used to support student's learning across the key learning areas.

Classes will also be using the computers in the computer room.


Stage 1 will participate in CAPA (Creative And Practical Arts) groups this term where students will continue to develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of visual arts, music, dance and drama. During music groups Mr Franki will be teaching Year 2 how to play the recorder.

Students will also participate in a series of Raw Art workshops provided by specialist art teachers visiting our school.


Stage 1 will be learning about safety. We will be covering road, water and bicycle rules as well as safety around the home, in school and in our environment. Students will develop the knowledge that their personal safety depends on the actions of themselves and others. Our sport and fitness program will aim to develop gross motor and fundamental movement skills.

This term the students will participate in the Sports Pro program focusing on gymnastics. The program aims to develop muscular endurance, strength, power, flexibility, coordination, agility and balance.


  • School starts at 9:00 am. If children arrive later than this time they are required to get a late note from the office.
  • Students are to wear their sport uniform on their sport and fitness/gymnastics day.
  • Read the newsletter and all notes that go home as this term is very busy.
  • When sending notes and money to school, please place the money in an envelope with your child's name, class and what the money is for. Please staple the permission note to the outside of the envelope.
  • All money should be submitted via the class teacher. Please do not give money to the office.
  • All absences must be accompanied by a letter of explanation when the child returns to school after an absence.

Stationary Supplies

All Stage 1 students will need to have their own glue stick to use in class. We recommend either BOSTIK or UHO glue sticks as they are a better quality to use.

Year 1

Year 1 students are required to bring a set of Faber Castell textas, 1 glue stick BOSTIK or UHO.

Year 2

All Year 2 students are required to have their own pencil case equipped with glue stick,set of coloured pencils, 3 HB lead pencils, sharpener, eraser, textas and highlighters at school every day.

Home Learning

Weekly homework goes out every Friday and needs to be returned the following Thursday. Please read the reminders and important messages in each week's homework sheet.

Personal Belongings

Please make sure that all jumpers, lunchboxes and hats are clearly labeled with your child’s name.

Class Requests

Please bring 1 box of tissues for class use. Thank you.


For safety reasons please do not arrive to school before 8:30 am unless your child is booked into the Care Centre. On arrival students are to put their bag in the allocated class area and move to the basketball court and COLA where there is a teacher on duty from 8:30 am.

Children are not allowed on the playground equipment before and after school. Your support to reinforce this message is greatly appreciated.

Term Statement of Accounts

Parents have received the term 2 statement of accounts. This lists all activities for each child at this school for term 2. We hope that this information gives parents sufficient financial notice to plan for these costs. Parents can pay in the usual manner through the class money folders in either one lump sum or by instalments or activities. As previous, any parents seeking financial assistance should ask at the office or directly with the Principal. It is important to note that students will continue to receive permission notes before each event, however these simply need to be signed and returned to the class teachers. What we are trying to do is to separate the information/permission side from the money side and make it easier for both parents and the school.

This is a trial in 2015 and will be evaluated at the end of the year. Whilst we appreciate having Internet banking available would be easier for some, unfortunately that option is not available to us with our new office system at this time. We know that it is coming but cannot give a date for implementation.

Links to help you at home