25 Nov 2019

Abacus Newsletter 25th November 2019

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

This Week

Week Beginning – Monday 18th October

Wednesday Abacus Fair Meeting 8.45am
Next Week

Week Beginning – Monday 24th October

Tuesday School Tour
Important Dates This Term

Friday 13th December –  Last Day of Term 1 – Christmas Concert

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.

Abacus Calendar for 2019-2020 is available here.

Abacus News

It is really great to have children back in school this week. We have really missed them in the last two weeks. Abacus is just a bit too quiet without children!

Sadly we said goodbye to Pauline Dear last week. Pauline has left Abacus to work with Australian International School where her own children go to school. We wish Pauline the best of luck. Over the next two days we will be interviewing for a replacement Senior Administrator.

School Fair

Sadly we have had to cancel the fair this year as classes were suspended by the EDB. We will run a lucky draw on the Christmas concert day and refund any ticket and food sales.

School Handling of Protest Conversations

We met last week to discuss how we handle children and the protest conversations or role play that may come about as a result of protest information they have overheard or scenes they have witnessed. This is an overview of what was discussed.

  • No teacher or EA will initiate the subject of protests with children
  • Any teacher or EA who overhears a protest conversation will quietly move the child aside from other children in the class and listen to them without offering any opinions, then will call their parents just to let them know what has been said so the parent can follow up
  • Any children seen mimicking ‘protest play’ in the playground will be asked to make a different choice for play 
Library Reminder
The last books will go out for this term this week and please remember to return all library books by 6th January.
Gruffalo Ticket Payment
Please remember to pay for your Gruffalo tickets if you have not made payment yet. Thank-you
Class Teachers for This Year

The class teachers for this year are as follows:

K1 English Class – Hannah Derisley, Sue Tyson/Penny Loveridge and Michelle Chan

K1 Bilingual Class – Olivia Kane, Allison Fung and Maria Lee

K2 Bilingual Class – Zena Deal (Maternity cover) Danielle Evans, Susanne Liu and Anita Jims

Danielle is currently on maternity leave until December. Zena is joining us from Clearwater Bay School for the term to cover.

K2 English Am Class – Suzanne Carrigan, Bridgette Walker and Hannah Jamieson

K2 English Pm Class – Fiona Hall, Bridgette Walker and Hannah Jamieson


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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

K1 Bilingual Class

K2 English Class

K2 Bilingual Class