1 Apr 2019

Abacus Newsletter 1st April 2019

Abacus Kindergarten’s latest newsletter available to read now. Find out the latest news from around the school and upcoming events.

Coming Week Dates

Week Beginning – Monday 1st April

Friday Public Holiday – No School
Next Week

Week Beginning – Monday 8th April

Thursday Sports Day
Friday Easter Holidays Begin

Staff Meeting – No School for Children

Important Dates This Term

Friday 5th April –  Public Holiday
Thursday 11th April –  Sports Day and Final Day of Term 2
Friday 12th April –  School Closed – Staff Meeting
Monday 29th April –  Term 3 Begins

Although we are not governed by the statutory holidays for schools, we follow the ESF schools calendar. During every year we have 5 teacher training days built into the calendar. This is in addition to the contact days with children. These CPD days are added onto our calendar not removed from the contact days with children.

Please find the school calendar for Abacus Calendar for 2018-2019  here. We also now have the Abacus Calendar for 2019-2020 available here.

Easter Camps

During the first week of the Easter holidays we will be running two holiday programs. The first is an Outdoor Activity two day camp during the 15th and 16th April. The second is a STEAM camp during the 17th and 18th April.

Please see the flyers and details here.

Easter Camp Flyer.

Contact the office if you would like to book.

ART Exhibition

The K1 children are busy with all of their amazing art projects currently. We are very excited to be able to share all of the fantastic artwork with their parents on May 10th. Please keep this date free if you are a K1 parent to come and visit the exhibition.

After School Playground and Car Park

We still have a few parents ignoring our request not to take children to the playground after school. This is a friendly reminder that children are not permitted on the playground or front garden after school at lunch time or 3.30pm. We do not have insurance cover for these times as there are no staff members on duty.

In addition we have a growing number of helpers bringing children to the car park to play after school. We are increasingly concerned for the safety of these children. The group of helpers are generally sitting and chatting on the steps whilst the children play on scooters etc in the car park. These children are not being adequately supervised and we have seen several accidents nearly happen over the last few weeks as cars arrive and depart from the car park. This is particularly dangerous on our playgroup days when there are many cars entering the car park to drop families off for playgroup. We do not own the car park and cannot prevent cars or children using this space after school, however we feel duty bound to tell you that this is not a safe space to play after school, especially when children are not being supervised properly by the accompanying adults.

Parent Volunteer Information

Please take a look at our Parent Volunteer Screencast if you are a parent volunteer at our school.

Parent Volunteer Screencast

Contacting Class Teachers

Email is one of the avenues open to parents to contact their class teachers. We have had a couple of parents recently who have been upset because emails to teachers have not been responded to during school time. Teachers only read their emails before and after school. They do not check them during class time. Therefore if you have an urgent message that needs a response during the school day we ask that you telephone the school office instead of emailing the teacher.


(All links open in a new tab/window)

Moodle – Your child’s portfolio and reports, class news, school news and photos.
Gateway – Change personal details, sign up for events and book parent consultations on Gateway.
The School Calendar – All important dates can be found here for next year.

Class Pages

K1 English Class
Olivia Kane, Michelle Chan and Sue Tyson/ Penny Loveridge
K1 Bilingual Class
Hannah Smith, Allison Fung and Maria Lee
K2 English Class
Olivia Kotyck, Anita Jims and Jackie Henderson
K2 Bilingual Class
Danielle Evans, Susanne Liu and Bridgette Walker