School Safety – Our Responsibility

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As you may be aware, this week is Road Rule Awareness Week. Your P & C have been releasing snippets of information relating to Road Rules as they apply to our School Zone on our Facebook page and we have been receiving comments and messages from parents expressing their concerns. Thank you for your support!

The School and the P & C are becoming increasingly alarmed at the disregard for the safety of our children in peak drop-off and pick-up times.Council Rangers, police and School Staff are monitoring the behaviour of drivers during peak school zone times when really they shouldn’t have to. Everybody should be aware of the road rules particularly as they concern the safety of not just your child, but all children of our school.

Please, we can do better!

Our school doesn’t offer a lot of parking, it does not have great accessibility. What it does have is a 40k speed zone, flashing lights, dragons teeth, No parking zones, a designated Bus Zone. We can do better!

Therefore, the P & C on behalf of the School Community has requested Council, School Crossing Supervisors (RMS), and our local government representatives to consider and support a number of  initiatives to improve our school zone. These include:

  1. A Review of the request for School Crossing Controllers.
  1. That our Crossings be raised crossings to slow down the traffic approaching from the eastern AND western ends of Bangalay Road.
  1. The Dragons Teeth markings be extended in length – obviously, drivers seem not to notice the flashing lights or the 40-k sign on the road.
  1. That Flashing Lights be placed on both sides of Bangalay Drive on approach from both the eastern end and western end of the School Zone
  1. That all Road signs are replaced. They are fading and therefore may not be as legible to drivers. This also applies to line markings.
  1. The installation of “No Right Turn” signage and/or “No U-Turns” into Belgrave Place and Chatsworth Place off Bangalay Drive. This is one of our biggest concerns.
  1. Consider building a Bus Interchange at the front of the school realigning the width of the footpath and the width of the actual bus zone on Bangalay Drive itself thus ensuring the safety of our school children utilising bus services
  1. Painting “BUS ZONE” on the road. We are continually having to ask parents NOT to park in the Bus Zone due to very poor signage. The Bus Zone is not significantly long however the signs are placed at each end of the bus zone and our parents appear not to see it
  1. Consider whether the traffic environment outside the school would support the initiative of a School Drop-off and Pick-up initiative without disrupting traffic flow.
  1. Reconsider the Parking Zones around the School.
  1. We request that a “Disabled Parking Zone” be added within the school zone and suggest a possible location that is at the easterly end of the Bus Zone where accessibility to the school is via a flat path.

We can only hope that they heed our requests – maybe not all as other factors will come into play especially a financial factor. We ask that you also support us by writing of your concerns to Council.

What can I do now?

It’s simple:

  1. Obey  and RESPECT the Road Rules – if you don’t know them, learn them
  2. visit  www.safetytown.com.au/parents for information on how to keep your children safe
  3. Set an example for your children – use the crossings, continue your journeys after drop off/pick up or down Bangalay instead of performing u-turns illegally or obstructing traffic
  4. Cross the road with your children at the Crossings not between them
  5. Park in designated zones – not the bus zone, not “No Stopping Zones”, not within 5m of the School Crossings
  6. Walk to school if possible! Its good for you, your child and the environment
  7. Use the links below to learn more!
  8. Support your P & C with their initiative to improve our School Zone! Write to our local member, council the RMS!

 

Please drive carefully around our School and protect all CHILDREN!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pool Party Update 😔

Hi everybody! In conjunction with Swimwell who operate the Town Pool we have made a joint decision to postpone our pool party this evening to Friday, 3 March 2017.
If you could share this post to as many school friends as possible just to get the message out there!!We have no access to Skoolbag. 

We are sorry to disappoint everyone however your safety is of utmost concern to us. Hopefully we will see you on 3 March. Thank you 😊

Pool Party 

As luck would have it there is a severe thunderstorm warning for Port Macquarie this afternoon just as we are preparing for our Pool Party. 😩
Please note that we will be making a judgement call at 5 o’clock to determine if the Pool Party will proceed. 
If we have to postpone 😔 the Pool Party will be held on Friday 3 March subject to availability. Thank you.

Volunteers…your P & C needs you!

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Our P & C is run and assisted by a great group of volunteers. In the next two years, we will be losing some key volunteers who have given their all to the success of our events, activities, Canteen and Uniform Shop. In 2017, we will be conducting succession planning to ensure that the strength and activities of the P & C continues well into the future.

With changes to the funding of education in the near future, it is even more prudent that we have a strong volunteer base who can continue to fundraise and extend our school community to ensure that our children have the resources and infrastructure for their learning.

We also need to “share the load” or “share the love” as we like to call it! Therefore, we are looking for volunteers to assist us in the following positions. If you are able to help let us know!

Grants Coordinator

In 2017, we are looking to source funding for the completion of our canteen upgrade and our Sustainable Sensory Garden. Our ability to source funding externally alleviates the need to run fundraisers internally through our School Community so parents don’t feel like they are constantly handing out funds.

The coordinator would work closely with the P & C Executive and sub-committees. If you like writing tenders and proposals and sourcing funding then this just might be the role for you!

Barista

Every Friday and for special events our Canteen sells wonderful Barista Coffees. The Coffee machine is operated by a limited number of volunteers, well actually two. We need a volunteer or two to assist us on a rostered basis to provide this service to our families. If you think you would like to be our Barista, please drop us a line! Even if you don’t know how to make barista coffee, we can train you!

It’s a great way to volunteer, meet other parents from the school and make good friends. Please contact us on info@tackingpointpandc.org.au.

Sensory Garden Coordinator

Following on from our 2016 20 Anniversary Paver Fundraiser, we are now looking for a volunteer to coordinate the development and activities for the creation of our Sustainable Sensory Garden.

This will be quite a big role as you source funding (in conjunction with the Grants Coordinator), volunteers for working bees, engage a landscaper, liaise with the School and so on to bring this garden to fruition. So for all the green thumbs out there, those with an interest in the environment or just want to be part of very special part of our school volunteer for the role of Sensory Garden Coordinator.

Social Media

Currently, the P & C communicates with our School Community via our Facebook page, our website and this Newsletter that is also distributed via the Skoolbag app. If you love social media and communicating in an online format, then you just might like this role!

It will include an administrator role for the website and the Facebook pages so a bit of knowledge here would be a great bonus. In addition, you will also assist the Executive Committee in creating a Social Media Policy to protect and administer our various sites.

Volunteer Coordinator

The P & C Executive are looking for a volunteer who is passionate about the value of our volunteers within our school community.  This role is responsible for the recruitment, management and support of Volunteers to assist the P & C across all of events and activities to provide better outcomes for our School.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer positions, then please contact us! We would love to hear from you!

 

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Just One Thing 2017

if-you-do-anything-for-your-child-this-year-doWe have commenced our Just One Thing campaign for 2017. Our P & C relies on the involvement of our volunteers – parents, grandparents, friends within the school community, teachers and the children themselves. Just One Thing is our Volunteering Campaign for 2017 encouraging all of our school community families to volunteer with the P & C and the school.

We are asking everyone within our school community to do JUST ONE THING to support our School and the P & C! You choose!

If you have attended the Parent Information Nights held over the last fortnight you would have been handed an open letter and an activity nomination form. If not, then additional forms are available to download below.

Please take the time to consider where you can do you just one thing for 2017! Forms can be returned to the Canteen or scanned and emailed to info@tackingpointpandc.org.au

We do hope that you will embrace this campaign and be part of a very special school community.

Click here to access your Nomination Form for Just One Thing 2017!

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pool party 2017

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A great way to start the School Year!

It’s time for the 2017 Pool Party proudly hosted by your P & C!

It’s a great evening of fun for the kids and parents get to have a little end-of-week break from meals and the heat!

The event is being held at the Port Macquarie Town Pool, Gordon Street. Entry is $5 per person which includes 30 mins on the Aqua Scramble (per grade).Tickets are available upon entry to the Pool.

Please bring your own food, drinks, blanket/picnic rug or chair (n.b. esky’s are permitted!) and enjoy a lovely evening catching up with friends… or making new ones!

The Pool Canteen will be open so you can buy all those goodies – chips, ice-creams and drinks PLUS their Barista will also be on hand to make a good coffee!

The Aqua Scramble will operate at different times for each year to ensure the safety of our children and that everyone gets a go. Please refer to the timetable below for times! Hope to see you all there!

25 Metre Pool: 50 Metre Pool
6:00pm – 6:30 pm           Kindy  
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm          Year 1 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm         Year 4
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm          Year 2 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm         Year 5
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm          Year 3 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm         Year 6

 

We hope to see you there!