Parents and Carers Support Groups – Autism Specific
POKITS – Parents of Kids on The Spectrum
Support group for parents of kids with autism spectrum disorders.
Meetings: held on the 1st Monday of each month (except January) from 7.30pm to 9pm at Crossway North Baptist Church, Unit 7/334 Hume Hwy, Craigieburn
Susie Ball :0402 245 086
Renee Stott:0412 524 678
Sussex Autism Carers Support Group
The 1st Thursday of the month (except school holidays & public holidays)
Sussex Neighbourhood House at the Pascoe Vale Community Centre, 7 Prospect St, Pascoe Vale
Craigieburn Autism Support Group (online)
Online support group, people are welcome to join from any region.
Admin: Kylie Clear
‘Craigieburn Autism Support’ on Facebook
OTHER AUTISM SUPPORT GROUPS FROM OTHER REGIONS:
Attitudes to School Survey
PARENT / GUARDIAN INFORMATION AND CONSENT LETTER
2021 Student Attitudes to School Survey
Dear Parent / Guardian,
This letter is to inform you about the 2021 Student Attitudes to School Survey (AtoSS), that your child is invited to participate in.
About the survey
We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of your school.
The AtoSS is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist your child’s school to gain an understanding of students’ perceptions and experience of school. Students will be asked about their thoughts and feelings in relation to their school, their learning, peer relationships, bullying and life in general.
There are also some questions about student health and wellbeing. Understanding health and wellbeing needs is important to support students to learn and thrive at school. The Department is providing this addition to the core survey to allow your child’s school to capture this information to support students.
FOR OUR STUDENTS IN YEAR 7 TO 12. Students will be asked about resilience, family relationships, community connections, health (including mental health), access to health services and physical activity.
FOR OUR STUDENTS IN YEAR 4 TO 6. Students will be asked about resilience, community connections, mental health and physical activity.
This year, the AtoSS will be conducted at your school over the period 10th May and 11th June.
What are the benefits?
In our experience, young people enjoy having their say. We have been running this survey for nearly 20 years and it has been invaluable in helping schools understand student views. Your school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child’s schooling experience.
What are the risks?
While we do not anticipate many risks of participation, some students may find some of the survey questions too personal and sensitive in nature. Should you agree for your child to participate, they are still free to skip questions or to withdraw at any stage if the survey makes them upset or uncomfortable.
The survey been approved by a Human Research Ethics Committee. The questions are selected from validated survey instruments, are strength-based, and tailored for each year level group.
What will my child be asked to do?
Your child will be invited to complete the survey online during class time using a purpose built secure online survey tool. It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Please note:
- Student participation in the survey is voluntary and students may withdraw at any time.
- The survey will take around 20-45 minutes to complete.
How is my child’s confidentiality protected?
Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey from their teacher. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used to link data for statistical and research purposes only. Personally identifiable data will not be recorded in the survey response file. This ensures that the confidentiality of your child’s responses is protected at all times.
How will results be reported?
The survey results will be reported back to the school in an aggregate form throughout the survey period. All survey data that is made available in reports are for groups of students only so that no individual student can be identified. Data suppression rules are used for schools with low student numbers per year level.
Your school may share the results of the survey with parents, in documents such as the School Annual Report.
Options for participation
Participation in this survey is voluntary. If you do not wish for your child to do the survey, please opt out via email to your school: email@example.com. Please do so before 7th May, stating that you wish to opt out of your child’s participation, along with their name and year level.
If your school does not receive a Refusal of Consent email from yourself before the survey commencement date mentioned within this letter, it means that you give your consent for your child to participate in the 2021 Attitudes to School Survey.
A copy of the survey that we are asking your child to complete is available from your child’s school. Please contact the administration office if you would like to see the survey before making your decision about whether you would like your child to participate.
If you would like more information, please speak to your child’s teacher, or contact the Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Education and Training Victoria
Mother’s Day Stall
Victorian Chief Health Officer message to Victorian schools and their communities
I would like to take this opportunity to thank students, staff, teachers, parents and carers for ensuring a safe and successful start to the 2021 school year and to thank you for your cooperation during the short period of remote learning in February during the circuit breaker restrictions.
As Term 2 commences, schools continue to be able to operate with a largely normal program of activity, enabling important on-site activities to return, such as school open days and working bees, with appropriate health and safety measures in place.
Throughout the pandemic, Victorian schools have rapidly and successfully adapted to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, embedding COVIDSafe principles by reinforcing good behaviours, creating safe spaces, adapting activities, and responding quickly to COVID-19 risk.
While we have seen outbreaks emerge in Victoria, we have also witnessed our capacity to respond quickly to limit the impact of these outbreaks.
Given the current very low risk of COVID-19 transmission in the community, continued high rates of testing and wastewater monitoring, and continued observance of health and safety measures in schools; those with medical vulnerabilities or their carers can feel reassured to continue to safely work and learn on school sites, and enjoy the benefits of doing so.
It is crucial, however, for everyone to remain vigilant by staying home when unwell, performing regular hand hygiene, wearing a mask when required and maintaining physical distancing from others when practical.
Should cases of COVID-19 increase again in the community, I am confident that with COVIDSafe plans in place, alongside our ability to quickly identify and respond to cases, schools remain safe places for all staff and students. I also continue to be reassured by evidence that children are less impacted by the virus and are less likely to develop severe illness.
The school community continues to have an important role to promote COVID-19 testing when a student or staff member has any symptoms, no matter how mild, and ensuring they remain home until they are well. Getting tested and staying home until results are known is critical to limiting community transmission.
Adj Clin Prof Brett Sutton
Victorian Chief Health Officer
Annual Iftar Dinner.
Hume Valley School would like to invite you to attend Ramadan Iftar night on Thursday the 29TH of April 2020. 5:30 pm – 7:00pm.
At the Koroit Avenue Campus.
Ramadan is the holy month in the Islamic calendar in which people of the Islamic faith fast for approximately 30 days from sunrise to sunset, in which Muslims are not allowed to consume any food or drink.
Iftar means the breaking of the fast. Ramadan is a time of the year where Muslims reconnect to their faith, enjoy sharing food and celebrating with family and friends.
We would like to ask families to please bring along what you would like to eat for Iftar to share with others.
We hope that our students and their families will be able to join us for the Iftar night to celebrate, as this will be an opportunity to share and taste some delicious foods from the Islamic world.
Please RSVP by 26th of April 2021
Members of the Cultural Awareness Committee
Term 2 Canteen.
Term 2 Commences.
Monday 19 April 2021 is the first day of term 2.
Teachers and education support staff are on duty for student supervision from 8:45am each morning.
Staff are not available to supervise students, including the school office area, prior to 8:45am unless prior arrangements have been made for emergency situations. We appreciate your cooperation with this.
End Of Term 1
Thursday 1 April 2021 is the last day of Term 1.
Students will be dismissed at 2:00pm.
Buses will run 1 hour earlier for afternoon drop off times.
Key Dates 2021
Click on the link below to view key dates for 2021;
Students return to on-site learning at school from Thursday 18 February.
Dear parents and carers
The Victorian Government has today announced that the circuit breaker actions that came into effect last week will end at 11.59pm on Wednesday 17 February. This means that students will return to on-site learning at school from Thursday 18 February.
From 11.59pm Wednesday 17 February, consistent with advice for the broader community, secondary school students aged 12 or older, must wear a face mask at school, unless an exception applies:
- in all indoor spaces
- in all outdoor spaces when 1.5m physical distance cannot be maintained.
Visitors and parents must also observe this guidance.
Thank you for supporting your children and our school staff this week. We look forward to seeing our students back at school with their friends and teachers, with school opening at the standard time.
The wellbeing of all our students is our priority and our school staff and teachers are here to support you and your family. Information that might be of assistance to you in talking to your child about COVID-19 is available. If you are concerned about your wellbeing or that of your child, please contact the school so we can talk with you about how we can best assist. Other sources of support include: Parent Line 13 22 89 and Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800.
The Department’s COVID-19 helpline is also available on weekdays from 8.30am to 5pm on 1800 338 663. If you know a family who speak a language or languages other than English and you know they would like further information, interpreting services are available by phoning 131 450 first.
For families with a child with a disability, the Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) has additional information.
And, finally, a reminder that if you, your child, or a family member develops symptoms of COVID-19 you should get tested at a COVID-19 testing facility and stay home.
Each family should regularly check the list of public exposure sites in Victoria (where a person with COVID-19 has attended), and if anyone in the family has attended a site at the times listed, follow the instructions given.
Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or contact the school if you have any concerns.
Hume Valley School
Tuesday 16th February, 2021
SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTIONS
Dear Parent and Carers,
Our 2021 School Council Election process has commenced and following a call for Nominations for our 2021/2022 School Council we received the following nominations for our two year positions:
- Jodie Jones
- Domenic Fama
- Loren Cronin
- Emma Lawless
Congratulations and thank you to these nominees for their election to two year positions on the Hume Valley School Council.
SECOND CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
There continue to be TWO parent vacancies for the Hume Valley School Council.
- ONE (two year) parent vacancy for 2021/2022
- ONE (one year casual parent vacancy) for 2021
We are hereby calling for nominations for these positions and nomination forms are available using the link below or from our school office, contact number 93093477.
Nomination forms must be emailed to us by 4.00 p.m. on Friday 19/02/2020
School Closure and Learning from Home Program
Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th February, 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
The Victorian Government today announced new directions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
As a result, in line with the directions issued from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, all Victorian schools will move to a period of remote and flexible learning from Monday 15 February to Wednesday 17 February inclusive.
The Victorian Government has stated that all students who CAN learn from home MUST learn from home apart from in exceptional circumstances, including those of Essential Workers – follow this link for essential workers as listed. If you believe your child is eligible to attend on-site learning please contact complete an application via this link click here.
This means that on Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th February:
- Teachers and Education Support Staff will be working from home and
- Students who can learn from home will be learning from home.
The Learning from Home Program provided to your child on these dates will be as below:
- Google Classrooms.
For parents new to Google Classrooms click here for the Parent’s Guide to Google Classrooms. You will also need to click on the consent form link and sign the form prior to your child accessing Google Classrooms.
Please ensure that you access the school’s website, check your emails and text messages, for regular updates and communications from the school.
Your child’s sub school leader will contact you via email on Monday. If you have any other questions you can contact your child’s sub school leader or the school directly on (03) 9309 3477 or via email at email@example.com.
Take care and stay healthy.
Hume Valley School
8th February 2021
School Council Elections 2021
Our 2021 School Council Election process has commenced and below is a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations for our 2021/2022 School Council. Information regarding School Council involvement is attached.
There are four (two year) parent vacancies available for the 2021/2022 Hume Valley School Council. This is a most important role, because it is School Council, in conjunction with the Principal and staff, who form the direction for school improvement.
School Council meets on the second Tuesday night of the month, for a total of eight meetings per year.
Nomination forms are available from our school office, contact number 9309 3477.
Please see more information attached:
We are looking forward to having HVS student back for 2021.
Please see attached instructions for revised Drop Off and Pick Up instructions.
End of Year Celebration-
Thursday 10th December
Please see attached permission form and lunch order form.
Friday the 27th of November is a Curriculum Day/Pupil Free Day.
Dear Parents & Carers,
Just a reminder that we will be having school photos next week.
Koroit campus -Tuesday November 17th
Narrun campus– Wednesday November 18th
VCAL campus– Wednesday November 18th
Photo envelopes have been sent home with your child.
Envelopes can be sent to the school on or before photo day.
If you wish you can order online. If you are ordering online you will have 2 weeks after photo day to lodge your orders.
Important Letter for Parents/ Carers:
Prof Brett Sutton- Victorian Chief Health Officer
Please see letter attached:
Dear Parents / Carers,
Please read the following letter to inform you about the 2020 Student Attitudes to School Survey (AtoSS), that your child is invited to participate in.
This year, the AtoSS will be conducted at your school over the period Monday 2 November to Friday 13 November.
Options for participation
Participation in this survey is voluntary.
If you do not wish for your child to do the survey, please opt out via email to your school: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do so before Friday 30th October, stating that you wish to opt out of your child’s participation, along with their name, school and year level.
If your school does not receive a Refusal of Consent email from yourself before the survey commencement date mentioned within this letter, it means that you give your consent for your child to participate in the 2020 Attitudes to School Survey.
Important Information for Parents/ Carers:
Please read the following information attached regarding the recent situation in our local area, after the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) identified some new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
Dear Parents and Carers,
At this time of year we need to ensure our students are ‘SunSmart’.
To ensure our students can engage in fun, sun safe outdoor activities we will be implementing the 5 Sun Smart steps.
Please read the following document attached: Sunsmart PDF
Hume Valley School community says ” Thank You ” .
Friday 23rd October 2020 is a Public Holiday in Victoria.
Dear parents and carers,
On behalf of our school, I want to say a big thank you to all our students, parents and carers for your continued resilience and support throughout this very challenging year. I know remote and flexible learning has not always been easy, but through our collective efforts, our students have continued to make valuable progress in their learning. You can be confident that our school will support any student who has fallen behind to catch up.
Term 4 is important for every Victorian student, and our teachers will strive to deliver high-quality learning for everyone. Our focus for Term 4 is on making sure that every student is supported in their wellbeing, learning and transition needs.
The Victorian Government has outlined the staged return to on-site schooling for all students as part of its gradual roadmap towards reopening.
Term 4 – On-Site schooling arrangements for students
Please click on the school letter below for important information regarding students returning to on-site schooling.
Diane Bassett- School Principal